I came up with this list in response to what I see in my elected officials today. Unfortunately, I don’t see a lot of these traits. I’m not sure how we can find candidates who subscribe to them, but I’m still searching. Let me know what you think of the list.
What I Want From My Elected Officials
- Not to support legislating any particular religious beliefs, but to support my right to observe my beliefs as I see fit
- To not prescribe how I should live my life, but to effectively legislate the limits of civil social interation (trade, crime, etc).
- To be able to intelligently debate an issue from both sides and appreciate the role of dissent in society.
- Defend my right to free expression
- Defend the weak from the strong, and the powerless from the powerful.
- Resist the unethical influence of corporate lobbying. My representatives at all levels should do their best to represent the needs of their constituents and not the desires of their contributors.
- Understand the difference between playing politics and doing the “right thing”, and should do the latter more than the former.
- Should not be so tied to one party’s platform that they are unable or unwilling to vote their conscience or follow the will of their constituents.
- Support transparency in government except in cases of National Security defined as narrowly as possible.