Everyone entitled to vote in the United States of America is entitled to vote for whomever they choose. However, ostensibly, people who choose to vote in congressional elections do so with the intent of electing the people best qualified to govern the country.
To achieve this objective one must employ intellect rather than emotion because intellect is far less susceptible to manipulation by convoluted issues.
Issues are what the president and all members of congress use to incite people to vote for them despite the fact that the candidates lack the integrity and maturity to effectively govern the country.
The United States Constitution vests all legislative power in the congress. A working knowledge of the Constitution is fundamental to effective governance. The candidates for whom one should not vote are any who demonstrate ignorance of or an unwillingness to be constrained by the precepts of the Constitution.
It is usually unnecessary to question a candidate directly because he or she will normally reveal their ignorance in their rhetoric.
The first thing a candidate should know is that the United States Supreme Court (scotus) is not the law of the land; it has no constitutional authority to legislate, invalidate congressional legislation, or amend the Constitution. All legislative power is vested in the congress as the voice of the people; and the Constitution provides a means for the people to remove ineffective representatives. Conversely, the scotus was placed beyond the reach of the people so that it could be guided solely by the law without fear of reprisal or undue influence. This insular dynamic is in no way intended to facilitate or sanction pontification without accountability on the part of the scotus. The congressional practice of using the scotus to expedite legislative action congress cannot enact through prescribed methods is in fact unconstitutional and cannot be construed to expand the power of the scotus.
A qualified candidate should know that the “equal protection clause” does not mandate that anyone be made equal, it simply requires that the law be applied to all persons equally, In effect it is a proscription against the notions of women’s rights, gay rights, rights based on race and “protected classes” as well as “heightened scrutiny” which is an egregious affront to the equal protection clause itself and the Constitution.
The fifteenth and nineteenth amendments to the Constitution do not confer any rights; rather they prohibit the use of race, sex (gender), etc., as a basis to deny any American citizen rights which are enjoyed by other citizens; barring any circumstances which would render any citizen ineligible such as not having attained the required age or not being the appropriate gender.
A qualified candidate should also know that proscriptions promulgated in the Constitution are binding on the United States government; and the governments of the several states; and by extension anyone acting as proxy or agent for the government; but not private citizens.It is not a function of the scotus specifically nor the government in general to arbitrate fairness. Moreover, you cannot effect fairness to one by being unfair to the other.
So if a candidate talks about women’s rights, gay rights (gay is a euphemism not used in federal law), race rights (commonly referred to as civil rights), human rights (which is a contrivance to impose our views on other countries, and the like, know that he or she is pandering to get elected or reelected and is not serious enough to wield the awesome power of congress.
If a candidate bickers, makes hyperbolic accusations or is unable to cite one issue which he or she could support his or her opponent, he or she lacks the maturity for the daunting work that faces the congress.
Granted, by these standards no one in congress today is qualified to be there and congressional performance attests to that. Unfortunately the problem cannot be solved overnight. However, every two years some of us get the chance to purge a few. Regular purges may persuade the jaded members to do the job we hired them to do or step down.
Let us begin to make better choices in 2014.