Posted by osum on:
"When a man and a woman are equally qualified and she shares your same principles she should always be your choice of candidate!" Suddenly this came out of my mouth, loudly and unequivocally as my younger sister and I discussed candidates in various political races.
I first was surprised by the determination of the statement and secondly by all that it implies. It is fascinating to watch political endorsements get made for political races, time and time again. Some endorsements are ever so predictable; others seem to be pulled from a hat. Organizations & newspapers do (or should) have a process that is respectable and guidelines that are clear which advance the mission and principles of said entity. Likewise, when we vote or endorse candidates, those decisions too should be made as a process and as a reflection of stated core principles, beliefs, standards and who we are.
I for one am a feminist. I am a pragmatic progressive. I am young and I am Mexican-American and I am a Santa Barbaran and I believe ethics in politics are paramount. When I look to support a candidate I carefully evaluate whether the candidate will, for the most part, represent my values and all that I believe, not necessarily that they will vote on everything the way I would like them to, but that their general vision of their jurisdiction matches mine.
It is so easy to be swayed by carefully crafted campaign slogans, articles written by biased (or bought) reporters or by expensive ads, but at the end of the day, does your vote and therefore your independent endorsement reflect who you are, the values that you hold and the vision that you have conceived? If not, it is always a good time to create a process that yields congruent personal endorsement.