Why I Support Senator Lindsey Graham

I should start off by saying that I’m not writing this as an employee of Senator Lindsey Graham. This post is simply my way of telling everyone why I’m going to be voting for him on Tuesday, November 4th. I’m just a Political Scientist (at least that’s what the degree I have from Clemson University tells me I am) with a keyboard. Ronald Reagan said, “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.” It confuses me to no end how the same people who idolize President Reagan have negative things to say about Senator Graham. He’s the epitome of a conservative Republican that is willing to work with the other side. I know that many people have a problem with understanding this, but our government was set up with that very strategy in mind. Nothing can ever work or come to fruition if our nation’s politicians are more focused on winning than compromising and developing solutions.

Many articles are written daily concerning him, but I do feel that I can give a unique perspective that you may not get from the reporter at the local paper. I think a common misconception about him is that because of the national attention he receives he no longer cares about the citizens of this state. That could not be any further from the truth. He’s a normal guy that likes football and goes to church. He doesn’t drive a fancy car, and he lives in a modest house. If you’re lucky enough to meet Senator Graham be assured that he will remember you. I most recently saw him at Clemson’s homecoming, and the first thing he asked me was, “How’s law school going? Is Torts hard or are you getting along alright?” That speaks volumes for him to remember what’s going on in a former campaign worker’s life. There are many politicians that could not say the same.

The beauty of America is that everyone gets to believe whatever he or she wants when it comes to politics. That’s your birthright as a citizen, and it’s what our Constitution protects. I would never say anything negative about somebody that was well informed and voted in a way that they truly felt to be right. It is not up to me to tell you you’re wrong, but rather to tell you why I feel I’m right.

The very reason that many people want Senator Graham removed from office is the same reason why I feel he is the right person for the job. I am not a fan of having term limits not specified by the Constitution. People don’t expect engineers to learn everything they need to about a job in six years, they don’t expect a doctor to be at the peak of his career after six years of practicing, but for some strange reason people think elected officials should know everything there is to know in a matter of a couple of years. If a senator is elected and is subject to term limits, by the time he would understand how to be a senator, it would be taken from him. It’s a difficult craft, and it takes time to get your feet under you in a place like Washington, D.C. The more experience you have under your belt (just like in any field) the better you are at your job. It’s why he’s respected in Washington, D.C., it’s why he’s respected in South Carolina, and it’s why I respect him.

I worked with an incredible group of people during my time on the campaign. Nothing makes me happier than reunions with them. It’s called Team Graham, because that’s exactly what winning a Senate race takes: teamwork. From the campaign manager to the volunteers, there isn’t one person more important than another. I may no longer work for Senator Graham, but I will always consider Team Graham to be family, and I’m lucky to be a part of it.

Not everyone is just like you. People are raised differently, they have different values, and they view the world differently. Here’s what they do share with you though, they’re American citizens. That means that they have the same rights as you, no matter what they choose to believe. I choose to back a candidate for Senate that recognizes that not everyone will always agree with you. I like rational people. It’s that way in politics, and it’s that way in life. You expect your spouse, co-workers, and friends to be willing to compromise, so why would you not want the same from your elected officials?