I will never forget when a young, aspiring campaigning state representative came to my front door to solicit my vote. We had a pleasant conversation, mostly him telling me why he wanted to represent me and why he was qualified. Conservative values, low or no taxes, and a little bit about his background as a tax attorney. Why are most politicians lawyers anyway? But that's another subject.
I told him I had two questions for him and that I did not want him to answer the specific question, but what I wanted to know by asking these two questions was on what basis he would make his decision.
The two general questions were asking how he would decide to vote on some adult video or pornographic legislation and how he would decide to vote on road improvement expenditures.
"Regarding the roads, I will listen to the people and vote the way they want me to vote. The only problem is getting input from the people. Not many people get involved with those kinds of decisions. But that is another problem.
Regarding the, what I will call, moral issues, (This is what he called my proposed question) I will vote my conscience, my morals, my values. If, when the next election comes around, you don't like the way I vote on moral issues, then don't reelect me."
I was stunned! I had found a man that I could support, assuming his moral values matched mine. It is imperative that we elect officials that will respond to the people without compromising their own standards and moral principles. Some issues are relative. Morals and values are absolute. And I will absolutely vote for those absolute values!
After our discussion he left our house to continue canvassing the neighborhood. After a few minutes he reappeared at my door to tell me his car would not start. Assuming it was not a relative political prank to get my sympathetic vote, I graciously went out and jump started his car, which absolutely started.