I was watching a commercial by career politician (never a good thing, in my opinion) Alex Sink, currently running for a seat in Congress as a Democrat representing a Florida congressional district. As I listened to her attempt at cuteness, filming with her elderly father, the loser of the most recent Florida Governor's race got me thinking about what I would ask her in a 'town hall' type meeting, if given the chance. Here's what I came up with:
"Ms. Sink, to simplify things for you, let me first easy that this is a litmus test question. It's a deal maker or a deal breaker. And it's a simple unqualified, unpoliticized, no campaign speech needed or wanted YES or NO question. That's all I want from you. Yes or No. I'm a registered republican, but I will vote for you IF I get the answer I'm looking for, but it comes with a caveat. If you give the answer that results in getting my vote, I will most strongly and vociferously hold you to it.
"If elected to represent the State of Florida in the House of Representatives, you will take oath of office. With your right hand raised, you will repeat the following words:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. "
"Now, here is my question, Ms. Sink. Keeping in mind the oath you swore, and noting that there is no mention whatsoever of political party, party leadership, or for that matter, leadership of any kind, if your President, or your party leader presents you with legislation that the signing of which will put you in violation of your oath of office, will you honor your your oath, and your promise to the voters who put their trust in you, and refuse to endorse the legislation?
"A simple on the record YES or NO is all that is required."
I will be sending a letter to this effect to everyone running for office at any level where my neighborhood is part of the district they will be aspiring to represent, irrespective of the level. National mid-term elections will be taking place in November, with the presidential election two years after that. NOW is the time to get career politicians out of office and make anyone who wants to be elected think about the vow they are taking if elected, and that we, the American electorate are GOING to hold them to their promises.