For months, I’ve struggled to decide how I would vote in the upcoming 1st congressional district election. As a long-time conservative and registered republican, it should have been an easy decision.
The idea of even considering a democrat was a chilling, even frightening, thought.
In the end, though, it boiled down to a vote either for principle or for party.
With less than a month to go before Election Day, I’ve come to a decision. It was not easy. But, I’m proud to say, principle wins . . . as it should each and every time.
As John Quincy Adams so aptly put it long ago, “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
According to American Heritage, principle is defined as “a rule or standard, especially of good behavior: a man of principle.”
And, my friends, there’s the rub when it comes to Doug LaMalfa. Frankly, at least in my opinion, he’s racked up an unacceptable litany of what I’ll simply describe as ‘misbehaviors’.
Sure, democratic congressional candidate, Jim Reed, is far from perfect. But, I know him to be an honest and principled man. And that, alone, makes him deserving of my support.
For me, principle always trumps party.
Dare I say, what’s most important to you . . . principle or party?