Establishment Republicans and liberals are lining up behind U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., for Senate. Their standard refrain is, “He has lots of power, and you should see what he is doing behind the scenes.”

Only liberals such as Anthony Distefano in his Aiken Standard column on May 20 give a coherent philosophical argument on why Graham should stay in office.

The problem is that DiStefano’s admiration of Graham is because he supports Obama more than 50 percent of the time.

Why does this matter? Shouldn’t we want to amass as much power as possible with our politicians, regardless of philosophy?

What this power is used for is what matters. I have watched as Graham, with all his power and Washington connections, has done nothing to stop or mitigate the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. He has done little to stop the growth of government at all levels.

Obamacare, in any form, is not a functional way to provide healthcare.

Tweaks and small changes will never allow it to provide people with affordable and abundant healthcare.

The recent deaths in the VA Hospital due to a dysfunctional bureaucracy show all of us what’s in store with the full implementation of Obamacare.

All the money in the world could never make the VA run well, just as $1 trillion for Obamacare has not insured one additional person, but has raised the costs for everyone.

S.C. Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, is the best candidate for the U.S. Senate.

He would work to limit the size of the Washington bureaucracy and give us a functional healthcare system.

His voting record as a state senator has shown he will be a leader we can be proud of in Washington.

Please research all the challengers for this seat and make a decision based on their record, not on their rhetoric.

Bauer Vaughters