I need to start this post with a caveat and an apology. I may very well offend some of my readers with what I have to say and if I do, I am sorry. This is something that has been on my mind for a few days and it’s time to put the words on paper, in a manner of speaking. Please know this, I mean no disrespect to any one person or the particular issue they deem to be important.
Do you consider yourself a one issue voter? Do you look at any one issue and base your choice of candidate on how he or she stands on that issue? In 2008, I knew several of these kinds of voters and their one issue was abortion. They absolutely refused to consider a a candidate who was pro choice, even if that choice was based on a decision to save the life of the mother of the unborn child. Their reasoning was this. Life is the most important issue and if a candidate does not take a hard stand against the taking of life, especially in the case of innocent children, then they are not worthy of the voter’s confidence.
There are some voters who believe so strongly in the 2nd Amendment that any candidate who gives even an inkling of the possibility that they would be for more gun control is dead in the water. Even if the candidate is trying to use a common sense approach to the issue, those of us who think of ourselves as 2nd Amendment advocates would have a very difficult time supporting that candidate. We believe the 2nd Amendment is important enough to warrant such scrutiny.
Let’s move on to the issue of immigration, which was brought up in the discussion on my post about Rick Perry. Some of you raised valid concerns about his position on immigration. He seems to be an open border advocate and as Bunkerville pointed out, he would like to open up a cross-continent highway from Mexico to Canada, opening up our roads to Mexican truck drivers. Personally, I think Governor Perry may be trying to use a bit of common sense on his approach to immigration, but I do have a problem with this highway. Giving heavy vehicles from Mexico access to our roads is not a smart idea, in my opinion.
Another issue that seems to raise the ire of many people is homosexual marriage. Show me a candidate who is the perfect candidate in every way, except for their stance on marriage, and I will show you a candidate who has virtually no chance of winning the Republican primary. Some voters simply refuse to consider a candidate who differs from them on same sex marriage. Right or wrong, that’s the way it is.
During last night’s debate, another issue came up that is a hot-button issue for a lot of people. Ron Paul raised some hackles with his forceful position on Iran. The man clearly believes we should in no way interfere with another country, as long as said country is not in a position to harm the United States. Since he is of the opinion that Iran falls into that category, he has no problem with them developing a nuclear weapon and he stated as much during the debate. Because of that position, there are people who will in no way cast their vote for the Representative from Texas. It doesn’t matter how right he is on so many other issues, his stance on foreign policy precludes him from gaining support from certain people.
Can you see where I am going with this?
Let me ask a question. Do you believe it is possible to find the perfect candidate? A candidate who is going to be the perfect conservative, with the right stance on every single issue? I think we will find that no matter who the candidate is, some of us are going to have a problem with their position on one issue or the other. The real question is this. Is any one single issue important enough for us to pull our support from a candidate who has the chance to defeat Barack Obama in 2012? If Dr. Paul happens to win the nomination, could we put aside our differences with his foreign policy and help win the election? What about Rick Perry and his issue on immigration? What about Governor Jon Huntsman and his position on homosexual marriage?
Hopefully, this post will provide the breeding ground for a thoughtful discussion. As always, consider the floor open.