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Recently in San Diego the Republican mayor came forth and in a heartfelt and emotional press conference announced that he would not be vetoing the city council's referendum on gay marriage and explained his reasoning behind the lack of a promised veto.
In short, he said he could not look at his daughter (who has been in a long term relationship with another woman the last 4 years) as well as members of his staff and tell them that their relationships were any less meaningful than his relationship with his wife.

He has been hailed as a hero on the left and pilloried on the right.

Conversely in Oregon several months ago a politician has told his predominantly anti-war constituents and told them he would not be voting to cut funding to the troops because the surge WAS working, the situation on the ground WAS improving and the US IS winning.
This angered many of his constituents who told him he was elected to vote the way they wanted and to represent THEM no matter what his heart and conscience said and THEY wanted the troops brought home ASAP.

He has been hailed as a hero on the right and pilloried on the left.

This has made me start to wonder what people actually want from their elected leaders.  Do we elect them to vote the way we want them to vote or do we want leaders who try to do the right thing, even if sometimes we disagree with them?  I'm curious as to what you, my friends on the right and the left think about your leaders.

Poll #1060429 Politician Preferences

I prefer my politician to vote:

The way I elected him or her to vote.
11(78.6%)
Along party lines
0(0.0%)
With his or her heart and conscience even if I disagree with them.
3(21.4%)

If my political representative votes in a way I disagree with:

I contact his or her office screaming bloody murder
4(28.6%)
I vow to never vote for them again.
2(14.3%)
I try to find out their reasoning behind their vote.
8(57.1%)
I respect them for voting in a way that makes them unpopular.
0(0.0%)

Generally I think elected officials vote in a way that:

Ensures their re-election.
10(71.4%)
Appeases their party heads.
2(14.3%)
satisfies their hearts and consciences.
0(0.0%)
tries to get them airtime on political tv shows.
2(14.3%)
tries to distinguise them.
0(0.0%)


Your thoughts?

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swampfaye
Sep. 25th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
I couldn't answer any of your questions. I expect a politician to keep the promises he gave when he was running for election (ie no new taxes). If he doesn't, he's a LIAR and I want him OUT, no matter how much his 'conscience' tells him this or that. If you can't trust a man to know his on conscience on issues he is RUNNING ON, then you can't trust him with your vote.
I can only respect a man for doing what he said he would do, not claiming that he did it for a, b or c AFTER the fact. If they really believed in it, they would have been talking about it BEFORE the vote. But no, they hide behind their politician smiles until AFTER the vote, when you can do nothing but try and unelect them (which is very difficult, mind you).
The reason people hate politicians is they say one thing, and they do another. They get in and they forget about the public and start playing politics FEARING special interests (ie Move On) MORE than they fear the voting public there were kissing up to only a few months earlier. Is that the way our founding fathers wanted it? Everything is bass ackwards!

new_iconoclast
Sep. 25th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
Some of those should have been checkboxes rather than radio buttons.

I desire politicians to vote their heartfelt beliefs, but I have ceased to expect that. What I want them to do is to vote to stay the hell out of my life, but they won't do that either.

If they did act on what they believe, it would be easier to know when to vote for them and when to vote against them.
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