Posts Tagged ‘Alan Keyes’

One Blog, One Vote. Not Wasting It.

August 31, 2012

I’m following the comments on the conservative blogs and social media since the Republican National Convention, and I see two, diverging threads of interest.

One is cautiously optimistic that Romney WILL actually be better for the future of the USA than four more years of Obamanation.

The other sees no differences between them, and sees the choice as binary — either Obama OR Romney — is a false choice. Somehow, they believe, voting for a third-party candidate, or sitting out the presidential race, or even sitting out the whole election, is the only honorable and/or Godly choice. Romney is simply too flawed to be worthy of their votes.

I can identify strongly with portions of both threads, but the appeal of the sitting-it-out option for me is purely emotional, and I’m over it. I was angry about the selection process that gave us Romney, but hardly surprised. The same backstage manipulators that gave us McCain were responsible for giving us Romney, and I’m angry about that, too.

Anger, however, is a dangerous motivation for any decision, but especially for deciding how, or whether, to vote, and especially dangerous this time around.

Alan Keyes, whom I admire and respect, seems firmly convinced that Romney is evil, and only trivially different from Obama. He thinks voting for Romney “just” to keep Obama from a second term is tantamount to selling his soul. Others, friends whose opinions I take seriously, believe that, as well, to one degree or another.

A subset of the above group think Romney is just this election’s John McCain, but I think John McCain was not only a RINO, but an abysmal candidate for President. He may have been able to convince enough Arizonans over the last hundred years to keep him in the Senate, but he was either utterly inept at running for the presidency, or actively defeating himself at every turn, because he couldn’t have done a worse job of running for president if he really didn’t want to be president.

Either way, Romney is far better as a candidate. At least that is my current assessment, based on his acceptance speech at the RNC and his actions in the first day after that.

Having vacillated in 2008 between Joseph Farah’s “None of the Above” position, and writing in Alan Keyes because I could not bring myself to vote for McCain, and because there was no way in Hell I was going to vote for Obama, I finally settled on writing-in Keyes. I don’t regret that vote, because McCain was, and is, as sleazy and success-driven a politician as Obama, but with more history to prove it.

Contrary to what some of my Republican friends say, I have no faith that McCain would have been a better president that Obama has been. Where Obama is ideologically driven to do whatever is worst for America, I believe John McCain would have done whatever his sycophants and manipulators could persuade him to do, and he was as much a chump for the global warming scams and other liberal pretexts for grabbing power, and for establishment Republican “inclusiveness” and “compassionate conservatism” scams as any RINO, and as most out-front Liberals.

While his motivations might have been portrayed as noble, his results would have differed only in degree from those of Obama. If McCain could rationalize any decision with his imaginary legacy, or his chances at re-election, or that coveted chairman-emeritus spot on some tax-money-laundering “non-profit” foundation, he would have done so, and the Constitution, “quote-Conservatives-unquote,”  and his country could be damned.

Any reasoned comparison between McCain and Romney will go in favor of Romney, but, who cares?  Romney isn’t running against McCain. McCain isn’t running, Gingrich isn’t running, Bachmann isn’t running, Cain isn’t running, and Santorum isn’t running.

Ron Paul is running, as always. But it doesn’t matter, because he is a reptile with not more than one view or belief in a hundred in common with me, so he might as well not be running. Ron Paul zealots did their best to steal the nomination, and failed spectacularly. It was a pratfall-on-a-banana-peel, slapstick failure – one that would embarrass into silence and self-imposed obscurity anyone capable of embarrassment.

I now know what another four years of Obama would bring, and I see voting for him, not voting, or voting for a write-in or third-party candidate as an absolute betrayal of my country.

With the huge effort at vote fraud Obama and his troops will undertake, and have already undertaken, including registering illegal aliens, registering dead and non-existent voters, busing union stooges from one polling place to another to vote multiple times, forging and mass-producing fraudulent absentee and early ballots, the living, legitimate voters may be outnumbered. (That isn’t hyperbole. In more than one precinct in 2008, actual votes cast outnumbered registered voters significantly. Vote fraud is a Democrat industry. Fraudulent votes are the one commodity they produce on a regular basis.)

I will be casting my one, legal vote for Romney.

Arithmetic is relentlessly non-ideological, and absolutely dispassionate. My one, legal vote for Romney will require two votes for Obama from the dead, and/or cartoon characters, and/or union thugs, and/or incarcerated felons, and/or illegal aliens, to put him back in the lead.

One vote is all I have, and I’ll be damned (with apologies to my friends who think I will be jeopardizing my soul) if I’ll give Obama even the slightest advantage by wasting it.

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Why I Will Not Vote for “the Lesser Evil” (August, 2004!)

October 17, 2008

[Yes, I wrote this in August, 2004, at the end of the first term of GWB. It still applies, in nearly every detail. Interesting, no?]

As always, the Republican “leadership” has put out the call to American conservatives: it is time for us to come out of the shadows and support Republican candidates with our money, time and votes. Again.

I am not ancient, but I do remember the 1994 “Republican Revolution,” in which conservatives rallied to give the House of Representatives back to the Republicans after decades of Democrat control. Boy, were we going to see some changes when that happened! For a list of the ambitious goals set forth by Republicans after they broke the Democrat death grip on the House, search for “Contract with America” with your favorite search engine. I found it at http://www.house.gov/house/Contract/CONTRACT.html.

In addition to the ten procedural goals stated in the contract, there was heady talk of a real reform of the IRS – perhaps even taking away their extraordinary police-state powers, and making them abide by the due process protections of the Bill of Rights. Several federal departments had better watch out, we were told, because their unconstitutional powers were about to be curtailed, or uprooted, entirely.

We would see federal judges impeached for legislating from the bench. A Republican-controlled House would, as permitted by the Constitution, prohibit the remaining judicial meddlers from using their offices as engines for enacting their socialist agendas.

Conservatives had to be patient, because, as we were told repeatedly, “politics is the art of the possible.” These goals would not be achieved all at once. Of course, it would help if we gave the Republicans lots of money and campaigned on behalf of their candidates for the Senate, too, so “we” could control both houses. Then, watch out!

Abortion will be exposed as the obscene atrocity that it is. Our borders will be sealed against the toxic flood tides of illegal immigration. Our armed services will stop being used for grandiose “Meals on Wheels” projects.  Government agencies will stop dictating to property owners how to use their property in order to protect toads and ferns. The list went on and on. Ah, those were heady times.

Well, it turns out that politics is actually the art of telling people what they want to hear, so they will help you get re-elected, over and over — and then telling them to get lost until the next campaign. At least, that’s politics as seen from this portion of the formerly-Republican, conservative grassroots.

In 1992 and 1996, the Republican presidential candidates ran disjointed, inept and rudderless campaigns, devoid of any principle that might be right, but that might also prove to be a political liability with the “moderates” we needed to fill our “bigger tent.” Dare to mention that legal abortion is the legal killing of unborn children, and well-heeled Republican flacks would rush in from the wings, shushing you and scolding you for harsh, offensive language that might upset the broad coalition “we” needed to capture the White House and both houses of the legislative branch. Dare to compare the IRS with armed robbers, or the Federal Reserve with counterfeiters, and you would be branded as a knuckle-dragging extremist.

Meanwhile, the federal bureaucracy, which grows and festers regardless of who is in the White House, continues to send its tentacles deeper into our lives. Do the Republicans do anything to curtail this cancerous growth? Au contraire, they feed it with enthusiasm. Non-defense spending with no Constitutional justification is way up. It’s not up quite enough to satisfy the big-government lefties in the Democrat Party, but it’s definitely up.

However, the federal law enforcement officers who are charged with protecting our borders have been told to smile at illegal aliens, including potential terrorists, and tell them, “Welcome to the United States.” We are supposed to make nice with the government of Mexico, despite its official policy of encouraging illegal immigration to the United States, and despite its frequent collusion with alien and drug smugglers.

We have a huge and growing bureaucracy dedicated to “homeland security,” but our borders are no more secure against invasion than they were before 9/11. Airport security goons — some of whom barely speak English, and may have illegal immigration “issues” of their own — strip-search and interrogate six-year-olds and elderly grandmothers trying to board commercial airliners. However, the pilots of those, same airliners are forced to jump endless bureaucratic hurdles before they can carry a pistol that might be the last line of defense against hijackers who want to turn the plane into a multi-ton cruise missile.

Despite the clear evidence over decades that increased government spending has zero effect on the quality of education, the federal Department of Education, an unconstitutional agency, grows in power and influence over public education, which is supposed to be a state and local function. Our current, Republican administration is proud of its effort to bloat this agency’s budget.

I could go on for quite some time about the ways in which the Republican Party has broken faith with the conservatives that used to comprise its base. However, by now you have either been convinced, or you have dismissed me as a crank.

Some will dwell on this topic long enough to ask me where I will take my loyalties, now that I am turning my back on the big, dumb elephants. I have decided I will vote for Michael Peroutka, and his US Constitution Party, http://www.constitutionparty.com/.

[Author’s Note: In 2008, I wrote in Alan Keyes, rather than vote for None of the Above, as Joseph Farah of World Net Daily recommends. I was undecided between these alternatives, until that last moment.]

I am through voting for the “lesser of the two evils.” I am through voting as if I were trying to pick a winning racehorse. I will vote for a president who will abide by the Constitution, and not by the opinion polls or the editorials in the New York Times. I am through with the “bogeyman theory” of politics, which dictates that voting for a third party candidate is tantamount to voting for the bogeyman of the moment.

George Bush and John Kerry are both bogeymen, and I’m through with them and the politics they represent. I will vote for Michael Peroutka. I will go to sleep election night knowing I did what was right for my country, and I will ask God, as I always do, to deliver us from all evils — greater and lesser.

TC