Election season is upon us. Just check your mail. The number of political fliers crammed into our mailbox is proof positive.

Election season is upon us. Just check your mail. The number of political fliers crammed into our mailbox is proof positive.


For some unknown reason, I have been reading them all, and I find that most candidates are conservative. What does this mean? How do I measure their claim? Are they conservative enough, and do they represent my values? Do I vote for the one that claims to carry a Bible in their left hand while having a gun strapped to their right hip? Do I vote for the man who is against everything Obama, yet fails to tell me what he is for?


Is the candidate qualified since they believe pregnancy can be stopped by holding one’s breath? What about the one who will fight Washington insiders but is one themselves? Or should I vote for the one that wants to shut the government down and not pay for our bills that they themselves approved a year or two earlier? Or is a conservative one who is happy with millions of Americans without health coverage?


My parents were conservative and as a teenager that meant boring! But when did conservative mean inventing a voter fraud headline and then changing laws to stop people from voting when they disagreed with you. Somewhere along the line, conservative took on a meaning that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.


I took pride in once saying I was a fiscal conservative but now I don’t use that word to describe myself. Maybe extremist is a more appropriate term for those who would impose their moral judgment on us all. Or for those who cut state education budgets for the sake of corporate tax incentives.


Matthew Cvitanovich


Sherman