Reader Opinion: Priorities
We all have a variety of things we consider important. Prioritizing gives us a way to make sense of those things. Which are most important, on a basic level upon which the rest of the items rest? For example, it is a higher priority to check fina...
We all have a variety of things we consider important. Prioritizing gives us a way to make sense of those things. Which are most important, on a basic level upon which the rest of the items rest? For example, it is a higher priority to check finances before we decide on a vacation, since our finances will determine if we have the necessary funds to go on a vacation and what kind of vacation might be in the ballpark.
Politically it is just as important to make our decisions based on priorities. What are the most important issues upon which everything else rests? For instance, if you vote for someone who belongs to your religion, although they do not believe in a democratic form of government, is his/her church affiliation more important than supporting democracy? In that case support of democracy would become the priority and you would vote for the candidate that supported it, in spite of his/her church affiliation.
We have similar choices this election. We have candidates who support the existing system that consolidates the wealth and power in the hands of the few with dwindling concerns for ordinary citizens or basic democratic principles and we have a candidate that supports a change back to democratic principles, taking the power and control out of the hands of the rich and powerful and returning it to the people.
Do you support a candidate that believes in such a consolidation of wealth and power at the expense of democratic principles, just because of their gender, their business success, their campaign promises and "tough talk," or do you see the priority of voting for the candidate that fiercely supports a return to democratic principles?
It is crucial to determine which issues take priority and to vote accordingly.