FOCUS ON FREEDOM This "FREEDOM" acronym has been developed by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Houston Business Connections Magazine for people of faith; but it can be used by anyone looking to make an informed and empowered decision in any given election. THE (F) REPRESENTS – The (F) in “FREEDOM” represents our “FAITH”. We should be trying to identify the candidates whom we believe are governed by the same guiding principles of “FAITH” that we're governed by. Using our “FAITH” as our guide will provide each of us with a much greater chance of selecting the “PUBLIC SERVANTS” who best identify with our core values and beliefs on issues, concerns and causes that are near and dear to our heart.
THE (R) REPRESENTS – The (R) in “FREEDOM” represents “RESPECT”. We should be trying to do as much research as possible on each campaign before we go to the polls to vote. In our research, we should be trying to identify the most respectful candidates. During this process, we should also be trying to identify the candidates who are doing nothing but running negative campaign advertisements in their attempt to destroy their opponent/opponents. Identifying the most “RESPECTFUL” candidate may seem like a daunting and time consuming task; but taking this crucial step will aid you in selecting the candidates who are more likely to “RESPECT” your position on issues, causes and concerns that are near and dear to your heart.
THIS (E) REPRESENTS – The first (E) in “FREEDOM” represents “EXPERIENCE”. We should be trying to identify the candidates who have the relevant “EXPERIENCE” needed to faithfully perform the duties required for the office or position they’re seeking. By selecting the most experienced candidate, we will also be getting the candidate most qualified and prepared to represent us on issues, causes and concerns important to us and our futures.
THIS (E) REPRESENTS – The second (E) in “FREEDOM” represents “EDUCATION”. We should be trying to identify candidates who have the educational background needed to perform the duties required to faithfully serve us from day one. This is especially important in judicial races. It is not in our best interest to elect someone who is a plumber by trade as the next Supreme Court Justice for the State of Texas. Selecting the candidates with the relevant educational background to match the duties required for the office for which they're running is crucial in any election.
THE (D) REPRESENTS – The (D) in “FREEDOM” represents “DEBATE”. Some candidates run from debates. But debates play a crucial role in helping us to relate to candidates; find out where candidates stand on crucial issues near and dear to us; and enable us to identify the areas of strength a candidate may or may not posses. All candidates should be open to debates. Debates are also a very good way for us to identify how a candidate we're thinking about supporting responds under pressure; how quickly they can think on their feet; and whether or not they're knowledgeable and well-rounded. If you select the best debater, you could very-well be getting the person you want to be speaking on your behalf on issues near and dear to your heart.
THE (O) REPRESENTS – The (O) in “FREEDOM” represents “OBJECTIVITY”. Objectivity is something we should be looking for in every “PUBLIC SERVANT”. More often than not, the most objective or open-minded candidate may also be the candidate who will work the hardest for all of their constituents once elected to office. By selecting the most “OBJECTIVE” candidates we stand the best chance of getting the candidates who are more likely to work for what’s best for America, rather than what’s best for their own political career or the special interest groups backing them.
THE (M) REPRESENTS – The (M) in “FREEDOM” represents “MONEY”. You should take a moment to look up this scripture: 1 Timothy 6:10. In the King James Version of the Bible this scripture reads: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” If we can identify the candidates who are the most transparent whereas their campaign, professional and personal finances are concerned, we're probably going to discover candidates who have nothing to hide from us. Following the money trail will oftentimes lead you to answers that will help you understand why a given candidate is supporting a specific issue, cause, legislative agenda, or special interest group. This is not always the case; but oftentimes, following the money trail is the clearest way to uncover why a "PUBLIC SERVANT" may be choosing to support special interests over our interests.
Published on Jun 29, 2014
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