A defense of the single issue voter
You often hear people say you can’t vote on a single issue, and for the most part I think they mean in reference to abortion.
Was slavery just a single issue for Frederick Douglass?
Was segregation just a single issue for Martin Luther King?
Was apartheid just a single issue for Nelson Mandela?
Was the Holocaust just a single issue?
For the many Jews vote on a politician’s position on Israel, is that a single issue?
Just imagine what Nelson Mandela would have said if someone said to him, “well apartheid is just one of the issue.”
What would Frederick Douglas would have said if someone said to him, “well slavery is just one of the issue.”
The point is that many of our great leaders would be considered single-issue voters. And many single issues are that important.
So yes it is all right to be a single-issue voter, and it is part of our great tradition.
Some thoughts Fr Stefan