At least every couple of years we’re faced with the question of whether to vote for a Republican or Democrat. Each party throws out all sorts of issues and positions to try to convince us to vote their way, but most of that is just distraction and pandering designed to win us over despite our better judgement. The candidates look different and have different personalities, but deep underneath they’re all politicians and you can’t count on them for much except to follow one or maybe two basic political principles of their parties.
In the end all that it really comes down to is a very simple decision which can be summed up in a single question, and here it is – the ultimate political allegiance question:
If you were unemployed, which would you prefer:
A: To be given $300 right now in cash, no strings attached.
B: To work a hard 40 hour week and get paid $600.
Neither of these options comes with any promise of future payment or employment attached to it.
If you pick A then go ahead and vote Democrat until there’s a Socialist party on the ballot. If you pick B then you might as well vote Republican even if you disagree with them on other issues, because that’s where your interests lie when it really counts.
And if you find the question and the answers troubling or irritating or unsubtle, then be my guest in using this as an opportunity to think about your personal values and the values of the political party you owe allegiance to.