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A long time ago, I realized that no political candidate of any party actually represents me, my personal interests or needs for political leadership. All of them are unusual people, or they would not aspire to these positions of attention, power and influence.


I have varied interests, and they don’t align completely with a single political philosophy like “conservative” or “liberal”. I’m pragmatic enough to be rather tolerant and flexible on many social issues, yet have no tolerance for the destruction of motivation, the waste and misuse of power reflected by socialism.


No single candidate has ever reflected my views in their campaign statements, strategies or speech. Most important, they lack the clarity to “first do no harm”.


For that reason, I look into each candidate, especially during primaries, and work to determine their positions on issues that are important to me. To do that, I create a weighted spreadsheet that ranks, prioritizes and places values to each issue or concern that differentiates candidates. The weighting combines how important an issue is to me personally, and the candidate's positive or negative position on that issue.


Then it’s off to the materials that candidates publish (including their campaign websites), as well as communicating directly to their campaigns for positions on important issues. By accumulating weighted measurements of each of these candidate positions, it becomes easier to compare the amount of benefit and the amount of damage each would do to our nation, or society and our freedom.


The last thing to believe during an election is any advertising for or against a candidate. Much of this is now coming from vested power interests concealed in shadowy “Political Action Committees”. It’s difficult to detect the motivation or the impact of any issues or positions that they advocate or oppose. The last thing you want is these agents of influence doing your thinking for you.


Remember that for fiscal conservatives and for gun owners concerned for personal safety, liberty and elimination of crime, the most important elections are the primaries. If the wrong candidate represents your positions, you will end up voting for the lesser of two evils in the general election in November.

Here's a sample spreadsheet showing one position and two candidates:

https://skilledshot.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/candidateevaluation.xls

 

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Most political candidates I've observed, stack up poorly, against Gumby.

It's up to us to promulgate a list of candidates who are the least of the evils, for the time being, and get the experienced thieves out of Congress.
 

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The problem is, (except for Trump) most successful business leaders are too busy running those businesses to put up with the BS from the entrenched politicians
 
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This is on point. No candidate is "Perfect" for every voter.

ISRA weekly bulletin from last week:

Executive Directors Message

The lessons from the Virginia elections should be on the minds of every gun owner in Illinois and everywhere else. The liberal Democrats have won both chambers in the Virginia Legislature and control the Governorship. I know you are thinking, so what else is new? The point is it did not need to happen. Virginia has been a Red State for 25 years. Michael Bloomberg poured millions into the election. While that is a factor, it is not the only reason gun owners lost in Virginia. They lost for all the classic reasons.

Anyone can find a calendar for the next 100 years and figure out when the elections are going to be held. If an election sneaks up on you, it’s because you are asleep. Some gun owners like to sit around their coffee shop, gun club, gun show, or wherever they are and gripe. If they would spend that same amount of time getting organized to support a pro-Second Amendment candidate, they would be better off. They simply refuse to get organized and if they do, most of the time it is too late.

Some people don’t want to register to vote because they might be called for jury duty. Voter Registration records are not used anymore to select jurors, drivers’ licenses are used to select jurors. If you don’t want to serve on jury duty, turn in your driver’s license.

The greatest error gun owners make is simply not voting even when they are registered to vote. Let’s go back to Virginia. Only 40% of the registered voters turned out to vote. Historically, gun owner turnout tracks almost exactly the same as turnout among the general public. That means gun owners could have turned the election but didn’t because they were too lazy or didn’t care. There is a technical term for that - Stupid. Another fatal error gun owners make is they continue to pick the perfect candidate, not the best candidate who can win. The perfect candidate who loses is about as valuable as a worn-out shoe sole.

I get calls every election cycle from want-to-be candidates. Most of them claim to be the perfect Second Amendment candidate. Maybe they are, but can they get elected? I have been through thousands of elections and the realities of actually getting elected are harsh. There are a few questions I ask and you should also:

Who is helping you on your campaign? Answer: Well, there is me, my mother-in-law and my friend Clyde.

What groups are supporting you? Answer: I was hoping you would.

Have you run for any office before? Answer: No.

How much do you have in your Campaign Fund? Answer: $50. Can you give me some money?

These, by the way, are real answers I have gotten. I did not make any of these up. This isn’t rocket science. Think about if a candidate replied to you with these same answers. What would you think?

The key is to find a good electable Second Amendment candidate and work to get them elected. You may not agree with them on every issue. The alternative is a candidate that opposes the Second Amendment and won’t listen to any argument supporting it.

To elect pro-Second Amendment candidates over anti-Second Amendment candidates, tough choices have to be made and those choices require work. Not only by me, but also by you.

On the national level there is a real showdown coming. Most gun owners support President Trump and right now it looks like he will win but take nothing for granted. For all those gun owners who don’t vote because they don’t want to be involved, here is some news for you. You are involved whether you like it or not.

Here is an example of what is at stake: The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) just kicked the Remington/Sandy Hook case back to the Connecticut Courts. In the Remington case, the parents of the Sandy Hook victims are seeking to hold the company liable for the misuse of their product by a third party. This case will eventually go back before the SCOTUS. If the parents’ argument stands, every firearm company in the United States will be wiped out. It won’t matter if your semiautomatic rifle, shotgun or pistol is legal to own. No one will manufacture them anymore. We need to get one or two conservative Supreme Court Justices on the Court.
 
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This is a Google screen grab, before they fix it. It's the most accurate representation that ever popped up on Google, I think.

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The various formulas for picking the right person to vote for overlooks the fact that politicians are our slickest criminals.

I've been utterly convinced this or that pol was honest, bright and would do a great job, only to find they're the same old crooks that've been with us since Gaius Julius Caesar.
 

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honestly i try to stay away from the topic of politics
The problem with avoiding politics is that you are affected by politics whether you are involved or not. The difference is if you are not involved AND informed you will be subject to the whims of the lesser of two evils or worse.
 

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I do not, and never will, contribute money to ANY politician, party or cause. I consider career politicians to be the scum of the Earth.
 
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