I have become a single-issue voter.
I used to look at a variety of factors when thinking about who I would vote for.
Where do they stand on taxes? Are they pro-life or pro-abortion? Did they share my general philosophy on the size and scope of government? Were they somebody I would like to have a beer with?
But Covid as radicalized me. Now, one issue stands above every other one.
Do you support the government shutting down society to protect us from a virus that kills less than 1 percent of those who get it or do you support freedom?
If you support freedom, I am in your corner.
If you support more government shutdowns, I will do my damn best to beat you.
Several issues, of course, flow from this one top concern.
Are you being supported by the teacher unions? They continually work to close down schools and keep kids from getting the education they need to thrive.
If you get one dime from the teacher unions, I will throw my support to your opponent.
I don’t care what party you represent. If you are against the teacher unions, I am for you.
I have seen these public school teachers protest, I have seen them call in sick, I have seen them ruin the lives of young people everywhere.
I used to be in favor of public education. Now, I think the whole system needs to be blown up.
Education dollars should follow the children. They should be able use tax dollars to get any kind of education they want. Parochial, private, charter schools, whatever.
Any school system that must deal with teacher unions is delivering a sub-par education to our children.
Another issue: Where do you stand on masks? Do you think there should be a mask mandate for everybody who steps outside their front door?
If you are mask-mandater, I will do everything I can to make sure you lose.
If private businesses say that you should wear a mask, that’s fine with me.
I think it is a stupid policy and I think masks do more harm than good (and plenty of studies support my assertion) but if you think mandating masks is better for your business, I think that’s reasonable.
But the government should butt out of that decision.
Law enforcement has enough on its plate. Enforcing a mask mandate should never be on that list.
If you are a local politician who has mandated a 14-day quarantine for anybody who travels from any other state to your city or state, I will once again do everything I can to support your opponent.
These quarantines are unenforceable, terrible for the small business community and un-American.
We are the United States of America, not the Hopelessly Divided States of America.
In the race for the White House, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE is the clear choice over Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE, when it comes to my top issue and all the other concerns that flow from it.
Trump hasn’t done everything right, obviously.
He unfairly criticized Gov. Brian KempBrian KempOSHA faces big challenge with Biden vaccine mandate DOJ launches civil rights investigation of violence in Georgia prisons DeSantis: Local governments will face K fines for imposing vaccine mandates MORE when he made the correct and courageous call to reopen Georgia.
Similarly, he raised concerns about Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDemocrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms California dreaming did not become reality for Republicans Florida landlord requiring proof of vaccinations from tenants MORE when he was opening up Florida.
But Trump has seen the light. And now he is all about opening up America.
Joe Biden wants to close down this country again. He is strongly being supported by the teacher unions, and so you know he will support them in their efforts to keep America’s schools closed.
Trump was right to worry about the cure being worse than the disease. We must move on to a smarter strategy.
America needs to open up and stay open. Only Trump will fight to keep America open. And for that reason alone, he has my vote.
Feehery is a partner at EFB Advocacy and blogs at www.thefeeherytheory.com. He served as spokesman to former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), as communications director to former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) when he was majority whip and as a speechwriter to former House Minority Leader Bob Michel (R-Ill.).