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Arizona Immigration And Health Care Are Key Factors In My Vote

Updated on May 13, 2010

Values are priceless

I am not a rich man, and by that it certainly would seem a bit silly to be willing to throw any amount of money at politicians, or even at a political party for that matter. Yet, I have certainly done so in the past. I will likely as well, do so in the future. As I see it, there are causes that are greater than myself. Cancer, for example. Children who die from horrible diseases. Anyone who dies from a horrible disease. Some causes are simply worthy of my support.

In the case of politics in particular, that support, by the way, extends beyond just monetary contributions through my vote.

Of course, political campaigns are not cancer. Nor are politicians necessarily, for that matter cancerous—though some surely may find a correlation there. But the reality is that politics affects our lives as much as any horrible disease does. The people who we elect to run the country, and who have the power to make the laws that govern our lives, and tax our livelihoods, are every bit as important, and is every bit in our best interests as a people to understand, as is preventing and combating cancer. Life as we know it is at stake with every vote our elected leaders make, and so our vote is important in who we elect, and whose campaigns we send our money to, in order to help them to get the word out to get the majority of the votes and ultimately win.

All Americans have an agenda they want to see put into action. Not all Americans are engaged in the mechanisms that push those agendas. They know this.

After the vote has been cast

We have to make sure that we're keeping on top of things. We have to make sure that we are paying close attention. We have to make sure that they know that we're paying close attention. That we are engaged in the mechanism.

You see, we may like what they have to say, and we may believe them that they'll follow through with what they say. But at the end of the day we have to make sure they do what they said that they would do...

Or else, why in the hell keep sending them back? What is their disincentive to not follow through with their endless, and fruitless promises?

To be sure, that is exactly what we have done time and time again. And as a result, that's why a bill like the health care bill which does not have the full support of the American people can get passed, and why leaders can now feel free to oppose legislation by the state of Arizona regarding immigration that clearly better than 60% of all Americans support.

I am a republican

I should point out for the record that I am, in fact, a registered republican. I'll get to the why I'm mentioning this in just a second. But, my being republican is not the end of the story. It isn't even the beginning of the story of what I think has been a recent fallout in the state of American politics.

The fact is, I am an American first. The candidate who gets my vote does not, and will not get the benefit of my vote through his affiliation alone. Not a single candidate should. There should be no free pass just because for anyone. Whatever the party a candidate is part of should be only one factor, but not the factor. I want to make that perfectly clear that party lines do not exactly play a role in my key factors.

It is, for me, about policy.

Parties, schmarties. We don't need no stinkin' parties.

I bring up my party affliations only because I know there are going to be more than a couple of folks who will recognize through my other writings where my leanings are, and then will use those as a sole basis to infer the formulation of my opinion on the state of our current situation.

By the way, on the second key factor in my vote I should also point this out; there are a very high number of republicans who oppose the Arizona immigration law. There are a lot of folks who wear the republian badge in state and local legislatures who are writing and making laws right now to boycott the state of Arizona.

They are not winning me over. Again. It's about policy.

One more thought on parties while we're on the topic (feel free to skip on to the next segment)

Nobody is entirely for having parties at all. I'm not entirely for having them either. But even if we didn't have a name to put to someone to define where they more strongly leaned, it doesn't remove the clearly visible philosophical lines that exist between the two parties. Remove the words "republican," and "democrat," and you'd still hear words like "liberal," and "conservative."

The reason I am a republican is mainly because I stand on the same side of the issues that most other republicans do. My leanings politically are not far-right, but on the majority of issues I am definitely a conservative.

Democrats are a hard sell for me for that reason only, in that when it gets down to weighing one vs. the other, the republicans have a strong tendency to tip the scales for me on the issues.

Heedless of what letter follows your name in parenthesis, your stand on the issues is what I'm voting on ultimately. If there happens to be a case where the democrats reigns supreme, I will promptly, and unabashedly take a scissors to the party line and vote for a democrat. I'll even send money to a democrat's campaign. I may have done this before.

Again. Policy, man. That's what it's all about. If you are against Arizona I'm against you.

Why I've written this

We have some very defining issues before us right now. I've pointed out two key factors that are important to me. But there are many, many more. Taxes, for example, and the huge debt we're racking up.

There is a growing discontent by the American people when it comes to the leaders on all sides of the fence right now. What else could be driving this very strong third-party movement?

I think it is abundantly clear, and perhaps more clear than ever before, that all of our elected leaders have simply lost their way. Republican, democrat, or independent. None of those words matter to me. There are too many politicians who have gotten far too comfortable in their seats. They have forgotten who it was who sent them to Washington in the first place, and why they were sent there. It is ever abundantly clear that the concerns, and the desires of the American people are grossly being ignored.

So, I'm making things very simple during this particular mid-term election cycle in November, and onward to the 2012 presidential election. I'm putting those two giant issues, Arizona's immigration law and the health care bill, on the plate. How they voted on, and how they will vote on either of the policies, to me defines a politician's entire mindset regarding the American people. On both issues, the opinion of the majority of the American people have been clear.

These are issues greater than myself. There is no question for me that making sure that I vote for those who are listening to the American people is as worthy a cause as a doctor who listens to his patient who tells him, "Doc, I've got a heavy chest," and then orders a chest X-Ray.

I say only the following:

If you are against the Arizona immigration law I will not support your campaign, nor will I vote for you. If you voted for the health care bill, I will not support your campaign, nor will I vote for you. Conservative, liberal, republican, democrat, or tea party, my vote will count. I think the stance I am taking is a stance many Americans are taking. And their vote will count too. To the politicians, I suggest you make it count as well. A lot has happened to awaken us. The American people. We'll not sit idly by anymore.

To quote a line from Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto of the Japanese navy after Pearl Harbor, from the movie Tora! Tora! Tora!, which characterized his many reflections on the war overall, "I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."

It characterizes as well the thoughts of the American people about our current elected officials and this current administration which has completely disregarded the wishes of most Americans.

Make no mistake. The status-quo is no longer acceptable. With just these two issues alone I've effectively narrowed my plate significantly. I have no doubt that my opinion is fairly unanimous.

There are a few ballsy conservative democrats that could garner my support, and perhaps even some tea partiers who can win me over. There are, as well, a throng of republicans who have lost it.

*A special note from the Springboard*

I will be out of town for a few days and will not have access to a computer, nor HubPages. Please feel free to comment and discuss among yourselves in the interim, and I'll surely comment post-haste when I get back.

By the way, nothing to worry about. Just a vacation is all.


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    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      What we truly need, and I think you touched on this in your comment, is simply for people to vote their conscience. Vote their heart. Vote their mind. Forget about political affilations and other factors and simply do what's right for America. I am a republican, but if I don't agree with something the party does, I'm going to vocalize that. I don't want to see politics getting in the way of reasoned, sound judgement and decision making on very important issues that affect all of our lives. This back and forth between the parties, voting against bills just because the other party wrote the bill is just plain foolishness. It's like two people talking to each other with fingers in their ears the whole time. Why even bother talking in the first place? Nothing will be heard. Nothing will come out of it. And whoever has the power will simply have their way anyway.

      Things have to change. But I think it starts with EVERYONE setting aside politics and putting the issues at the forefront, and being willing to LISTEN and not be so quick to debunk.

      Sadly, I think that's a long road.

    • Pollyannalana profile image


      9 years ago from US

      My husband and I have both been talking we may not be able to vote next election unless it is a write-in.(which is useless) We always have so much hope no matter who is president and I have always been so sick of being labeled because of what I think is right but now I think very many people are torn to not say well I have to vote for him because that is what I am and that is what my daddy was! Ignorance is NOT bliss. Even before I took any interest in politics I thought that was so stupid. My daughter won't eat my Heinz Catchup because of John Kerry. He isn't even Heinz he married someone who is. Please. The point is we better stop being so stupid and we need to start writing letters or talk impeachment or just anything it takes to make someone listen and this time we better mean it and stick together on this because at this rate I feel we have very little time, not real sure we even do. We need demonstrations, we need loud voices saying "no more"! Maybe we need a third party, one that believes we the people are the government, for and by the people and no other way! Make illegal, illegal our first priority. Wipe out lobbying as a close first. Stop smiling Mr and Ms Obama...nothing is funny anymore! Yes you made it there but you will never get back in if you don't get on illegal immigration now, and leave Arizona and her followers alone. We are not missing a move you make and so far they have not been for our benefit!

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thanks, and thanks for stopping by Dr Irum. :)

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      Dr irum 

      9 years ago

      wonderful hub ,i am planning for arizona immigration.Thanks to share with us.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      BJBenson, so true. Term limits are badly needed.

      TinaMarie, thanks for stopping by. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...these mid-terms ought to be really telling. :)

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Drbj, just doing my duty. :) Keeping my fingers crossed for the mid-terms.

      POP, it will be a very interesting election cycle both for the mid-terms and the presidential election I think. There's just too much going on, and quite a lot of dissent, and I think that will bring some interesting voices to the fore. Independents as well.

      Smireles, thank you. And thanks for stopping by.

      Pamela, me too. I think it will be more important than ever before this time around to think well beyond party lines. It HAS to be about the issues, and it HAS to be about holding the incumbents responsible when they get it wrong.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Sheri, I would agree that the whole democratic party has swung very far left. I'm not sure how that changes. I should point out that the entire Congress seems to have shifted...even finding a true conservative republican these days is something sort of like trying to find the proverbial needle in a haystack. The closest thing we have to a strong conservative is Palin, but I'm sure I'm on that bandwagon. Not yet anyway.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      James, always a pleasure. Thanks.

      Opinion, you'd love this photo I saw the other day on FB. Wish I would have downloaded it—usually I do with those kinds of things. But it was basically a picture of a cactus shaped like a hand giving the finger. The caption read, "Arizona introduces new cactus to California." :)

      Hello Hello, sometimes a third party, unbiased opinion is a good thing.

      Sheila, I'm a big proponent of term limits. There is a reason we have them for presidents and I think the same logic should apply to those in Congress as well. When it becomes a career one does things to advance one's career. The wants and desires of the people get left in the dust because the one's they cater to are their peers rather than the people.

      Tom, especially now. It's gotten really bad. REALLY bad.

    • Springboard profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      American Romance, thank you. :)

      Eovery, what's that old saying? United we stand. Great to see you.

      Sunflower, they're presently having a REALLY tough time getting anything outta me as well lately. Hopefully they can all convince me otherwise that my contribution is going to the issues that make up their campaigns. It usually turns out to be fruitless as we all know, unfortunately.

      Tony, that point is likely a breaking point. Let's HOPE it's a breaking point. The status quo just isn't getting it done anymore. Maybe it never did. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

    • TinaMarieTad profile image


      9 years ago from Michigan

      Springboard, Great Hub! I will be one of the many Americans making my vote count too! I also place my votes for candidates that most closely reflect my views and beliefs. I also believe in term limits!! I am glad to see Americans are fired up and ready to make their votes count so we can right the wrongs that are happening to this wonderful Nation before it is too late to act. Look forward to more writing from you..

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      9 years ago from USA

      I think any one who has been in office more than two terms need to go. Not saying they can't run for another office.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Springboard, I have made some of the same decisions you outlined. Very good hub and I hope there are thousands of people will think very carefully before they vote. Thumbs up!

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      Sandra Mireles 

      9 years ago from Texas

      What an awesome read! You have put the complaint of many Americans into words that explain it all! I agree with you that the incumbents need to go!

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      9 years ago

      Bravo. I am an independent and hopefully there will be candidates out there who represent me, regardless of party.

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      You are spot on when you summarize the issues: the odious healthcare bill and the Arizona immigration policy. I, too, will not support any politician who supports those two issues.

      We, the people, are the sleeping giants and we better awake before more "bums" as Tom so aptly puts it, get voted back in.

      Thanks for the wake-up call.

    • SheriSapp profile image


      9 years ago from West Virginia

      My feelings are pretty similar to yours. I choose the candidate that is most closely aligned with my views and thoughts on the issues. Usually, that is a republican, but I have voted for dems in the past. With the current group of progressives on that side of the aisle, I can't see me supporting any more of them for a LONG time!

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      Tom Whitworth 

      9 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Great hub Jim,

      There's a strong anti-incumbancy move in the country today. I say that's a good thing. Throw all the bums out and start all over again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      sheila b. 

      9 years ago

      I agree with you, but I go further. I like term limits, and think all of them who have been in office for more than 2 terms ought to go.

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      It was a very interesting and informative read but not being in the USA it wouldn't be right to comment.

    • OpinionDuck profile image


      9 years ago

      It appears that we are in the Bizzaro United States of America. Everything is backwards from the norm.

      Arizona is doing the right thing, and the idiots running California are doing everything wrong. Instead of trying to balance the state budget, they are trying to admonish and punish Arizona, instead of following and learning from Arizona.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Amen! A tremendous Hub, my friend. I love it!

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      9 years ago from san diego calif

      Bravo Springboard and well said. I am an Independent and I will be voting for a candidate that best reflects my concepts not a partys. Because we have too many Politicians that give great speeches but their actions are entirely different. Like King Teleprompter for example. ( Sorry BPop ) Talk is cheap. Weare at a point but nothing but action counts. Good hub

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      9 years ago from Small Town, USA

      At this point I would not give a dime to any politician but I completely agree with every other point you made, Springboard! Great hub!

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      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      I feel the same. You gotta be for immigration laws and against national healthcare, or you will not get my vote.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      American Romance 

      9 years ago from America

      good job!!!


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