If I were to run for political office, I think this would be my campaign slogan:
I am a politician. Do not trust me. But please hold me accountable for doing the job.
And, just in case voters don’t know what my job is, I might let them know.
Here are my campaign promises:
- I will report everything. When other politicians want me to support their bill, I’ll let my constituents know. When special interests come to me seeking rents, my voters will know.
- Someone can make a reality TV show about me and follow me around if they want.
- I will not stand and applaud at the State of the Union address, no matter what is said and no matter who is giving the speech.
- I will not vote to raise taxes.
- I will not vote to support spending that is not enumerated by the Constitution.
- I will support just about any tax cut.
- When I take an oath to uphold the Constitution, that means I will do that. I will also hold my fellow politicians accountable for doing so.
- When a special interest asks for my support, I will ask them to explain what private solutions have been tried and why those haven’t worked. I will also ask them to show me where I, as an elected representative, derive the power to do what they’re asking me to do.
Am I missing anything?