Single-Issue Voting

Recently I was talking with Kaiju and a mutual friend about “lesser of two evils” voting. That is – both are bad choices, maybe both support an abhorrent policy, but one is clearly a worse choice, so you vote for the other one. Like Bob and Jim both favor cannibalism, but at least Jim is willing to let everyone walk around with a pointy stick to defend themselves. Jim’s got my vote!

I’m not sure if I’m 100% on board with the lesser of two evils vote, but it’s at least a reasonable and justifiable position.

What I’m not sure I get is the reluctance of some people to be “single-issue voters.” Ok, I mean if you’re talking about trivial issues, fine. If you won’t vote for Karen soley because she supports an ordinance to put up more city traffic cameras, that might be kind of dumb. You should be not-voting for Karen because she also supports selling weed in school cafeterias and claims it’s part of a balanced diet.

But if there’s something you think is an intrinsic good or evil, I honestly have trouble understanding how a bunch of much less morally gravid issues can alter the calculus.

thanos

Sure he wants to wipe out half the population of the universe, but he also supports universal healthcare and sees education as a human right! I’m voting for Thanos.

negan

I don’t like that Negan practices slavery, or that he executes people without due process. But the economy is booming and crime is down, under him, so…

1722_moloch2

I don’t like that Moloch demands child sacrifice, but I don’t want to be a single-issue worshiper…

I know it turns some people off, and no one wants to be judged, but seriously. If you honestly think abortion is murdering an infant, or if you honestly think the second amendment is rudimentary in one’s right to defend oneself and one’s family, or hell, even if you think cow farts and cars are going to spell ultimate doom for mankind – those are serious enough issues that you should probably vote for the candidate who falls on your side of the aisle on them, no?

But anyway don’t mind me. I’m just some internet schmuck.

Just go vote your conscience.

-Bushi

bushi

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One thought on “Single-Issue Voting

  1. You make a compelling argument. I happen to have agreed with you beforehand, but still: nice job.

    “Not being a single issue voter” is one of those shibboleths people are conditioned to agree with without ever really thinking about it, or being told why. How often does anyone think exactly like you do, anyway? What you want is an elected official who is MOST LIKELY to vote for MOST OF the things you want to happen and against MOST OF the things you don’t. Maybe some of these are of greater importance than others.

    In 2010, Scott Brown won in Massachusetts of all places solely to be the deciding vote AGAINST Obamacare. That was a single-issue election if I ever saw one.

    Of course, Obamacare passed anyway, but that’s a story for another day.

    Like you said, Bushi: vote your conscience and think for yourself.

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