Morality should be base of political decisions

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2004

This summer, I was honored to be chosen as a U.S. Congressional Page. For three weeks, I lived and worked in our nation's capitol with 78 other kids from around the country. While in Washington, D.C., I had the privilege of meeting all three of Alaska's current Legislators. I was able to witness a speech given by the president of Afghanistan and even caught a quick glimpse as Secretary of State Colin Powell passed by to a meeting in the Capitol Building!

Despite my wonderful and insightful experience, a disturbing element continually surfaced whenever I engaged in conversation with my new peers. I find it an issue that must be addressed, especially in light of the upcoming elections for U.S. Senate.

Regardless of the topic, various individuals would always attempt to establish a difference between policy and morality. The simple fact is that morality must dictate policy. Without a moral base or an absolute truth guiding us through any given situation, we fall prey to relativism and-or inconstancy. Such is the current demise of our nation, especially demonstrated when we cast our vote for any reason other than out of moral conviction.

Alaskans must now choose how they will vote in the upcoming U.S. Senate election. Will you vote for the candidate that promises you the most benefits, or will you vote for the candidate that best represents your sense of morality? Don't you see? If people would be willing to start voting with moral courage, it would demonstrate the integrity necessary to save our society from the internal corruption it now faces.

That is why, as I turn 18, I will cast my vote for Mike Miller. Not just for his political views development of natural resources, opposition to gun control, limited government spending, etc. but for his moral beliefs. Mike Miller is pro-life, defines marriage as only between one man and one woman, and he is a practicing Christian. I support Mike Miller, because I know that I can trust him to lead by his understanding of what is right and wrong. Can any other candidate be equally trusted? I say NO.

Paul Morin, Kenai

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