John McCain vs. Barack Obama…or, why I left the Republican Party

When I turned 18 (oh so many years ago!), I was so excited to be able to vote. Ronald W. Regan was the President, and the backbone he had shown in standing up to America’s enemies (both foreign and domestic) and his conservative approach in most areas led me to feel that America was a truly great country.

After having voted in a few elections, I quickly discovered a disturbing trend. In the primary election, I always voted for the person I felt would be the best person to lead our country and the one who most closely matched my own beliefs. However, it became obvious that the truly conservative candidates rarely won the primary. In fact, the general election typically became an exercise in deciding to vote for the lesser of two evils.

After John McCain and Barack Obama won their respective primaries, I felt dejected. John McCain, in my view, represented the very definition of RINO (Republican in name only). Every bill he chose to attach his name to, I had opposed. McCain-Feingold was his campaign finance reform legislation, which was touted as getting the money out of politics, while in reality it primarily stifled the freedom of speech of groups who might oppose one candidate or another. Oh, and Barack Obama just spent $700,000,000 on this campaign – so explain to me again how McCain-Feingold got the money out of politics?!? McCain-Kennedy was the supposedly “comprehensive” immigration reform…if you count not doing anything about illegal immigration and rewarding those who illegally entered our country as comprehensive reform. And finally, there was the pièce de résistance, in the form of McCain-Lieberman. This “cap and trade” approach to preventing global warming is a thinly veiled attempt at allowing the government far more control over private industry in the name of junk science. (I know that in some people’s minds, my denying that global warming is human-caused is tantamount to denying the holocaust, but that is the subject of another post.) Cap and trade is simply a shell game in which the government gets to impose enormous taxes on industry while pretending to be “doing something” about greenhouse gas emissions.

On what is supposedly the other end of the political spectrum, we have Barack Obama, the king of inexperience. I defy any Obama supporter to name for me one bill that Senator Obama sponsored during his four years in Congress. If he had this massive vision for change, why didn’t he propose any legislation to improve the country during his tenure in the Senate?!? In addition, the unconstitutional (and often contradictory) statements he made on the campaign trail were truly frightening (such as his comments on wealth redistribution to Joe the Plumber). It was reminiscent of Karl Marx, who said, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” And then there were his comments on what he plans to do to the coal industry, again through cap and trade, and that under his plan, electricity rates would “necessarily skyrocket” (especially since coal currently supplies 49% of the electricity to the United States).

So I was left facing the fact that both men were proposing socialist policies. As I contemplated my standard “vote for the lesser of two evils” policy, it became painfully clear that when you vote for the lesser of two evils, you still end up with evil! I could not, in good conscience, vote for either the Republican or the Democratic candidate. This was the point at which I knew I had to find a candidate (and a party) that would champion the Constitution, the conservative cause, and those principles I hold dear. I eventually found my way to the Constitution party and voted for their candidate, Chuck Baldwin.

Don’t get me wrong…Obama won the election, he is the American President (or soon will be), and I will support him as much as possible. However, I will not compromise my principles, so if I see him proposing policies I believe to be harmful to this country or our Constitution, I will oppose him. However, because I am an American, and because I believe in our system of government, he is still my president.

(Oh, and did I mention I am often long-winded?) 🙂

Published in: on November 7, 2008 at 10:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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