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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

On Reagan's Birthday- -

American conservatives across the nation awoke to find their party had left them. And now we are faced with one very important, very difficult question: where do we go from here? McCain has been unequivocally condemned by Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, the AFA, Dr. James Dobson, Tammy Bruce, and the near entirety of the blogosphere, talk radio, and the Conservative establishment.

In this primary, conservatives hopped from Gilmore, to Tancredo, to Hunter, to Thompson, and finally in desperation to Huckabee or Romney. But it seems we failed. And it appears our party will choose
"an open-borders, anti-tax cut, anti-free speech, global-warming hysteric, pro-human experimentation 'Republican.'" Which is to say, a Democrat.

Short of a miraculous VP appointment, I will not vote for McCain. Believe me, I fully recognize the meaning of my decision. It means I am choosing to elect a Democrat--Hillary or Obama-- to the highest office in the land. It may mean lost SCOTUS seats. It may mean socialized medicine.

But if we dare elect this treacherous apostate the consequences will be far worse.

McCain is on record criticizing Justice Alito as "too conservative," promoting universal amnesty for twenty million fugitives in the largest affront to US sovereignty since the birth of this nation (McCain-Kennedy), cosponsoring the most egregious assault on free speech in the past two decades (McCain-Feingold), denouncing the Swift Boat Veterans and water-boarding of terrorists, and trying to
raise taxes on gasoline 50 cents per gallon in a pie in the sky quest to placate the morons who believe in the theory of anthropological global warming (McCain-Lieberman). And what's worst, is that with an "(R)" after his name, the Republicans won't even fight him.

Ann Coulter lays out the choice in no uncertain terms:

If Hillary is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster, with Republicans ferociously opposing her, followed by Republicans zooming back into power, as we did in 1980 and 1994, and 2000. (I also predict more Oval Office incidents with female interns.)

If McCain is elected president, we'll have a four-year disaster, with the Republicans in Congress co-opted by "our" president, followed by 30 years of Democratic rule.
It is clear that we cannot vote for McCain. I do not believe I can bring myself to vote for Hillary, as Coulter suggests, however. Nor could I simply stay at home and watch my countrymen dash over a cliff like so many droves of lemmings. So it seems my only choice left is to vote third party and pray the GOP learns its lesson.

McCain has not won the election yet. But I believe in this dark hour, the best we may hope for is a brokered convention.


I never believed it would come to this. But merely staying home and whining as Dr. Dobson seems to suggest would accomplish nothing but cowardice and sloth. As conservatives we have a duty to defend our nation and our principles regardless of party and regardless of the odds. "The fewer men, the greater share of honor." What could be more truly said of conservatives today?

When I cast my vote in November, it may not be for the most popular candidate-- but it will be for the right one. I will have cast a vote for which I will never be ashamed. And I believe my vote will have made a difference. I've always assumed I would vote Republican in my first presidential election. But I will not allow a slavish obedience to blind party loyalty force me to prostitute my principles.


Happy Birthday, Mr. Reagan. I'm sorry that traitor McCain dared to mention your name at CPAC.

We miss you down here...

Ronald Reagan, Addressing the first CPAC, in 1975:

Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness.

I don ‘t know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, “We must broaden the base of our party”—when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.

It was a feeling that there was not a sufficient difference now between the parties that kept a majority of the voters away from the polls. When have we ever advocated a closed-door policy? Who has ever been barred from participating?

Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?

Let us show that we stand for fiscal integrity and sound money and above all for an end to deficit spending, with ultimate retirement of the national debt.

Let us also include a permanent limit on the percentage of the people’s earnings government can take without their consent.

Let our banner proclaim a genuine tax reform that will begin by simplifying the income tax so that workers can compute their obligation without having to employ legal help.

And let it provide indexing—adjusting the brackets to the cost of living—so that an increase in salary merely to keep pace with inflation does not move the taxpayer into a surtax bracket. Failure to provide this means an increase in government’s share and would make the worker worse off than he was before he got the raise.

Let our banner proclaim our belief in a free market as the greatest provider for the people.

Let us also call for an end to the nit-picking, the harassment and over-regulation of business and industry which restricts expansion and our ability to compete in world markets.

Let us explore ways to ward off socialism, not by increasing government’s coercive power, but by increasing participation by the people in the ownership of our industrial machine.

Our banner must recognize the responsibility of government to protect the law-abiding, holding those who commit misdeeds personally accountable.

And we must make it plain to international adventurers that our love of peace stops short of “peace at any price.”

We will maintain whatever level of strength is necessary to preserve our free way of life.

A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.

I do not believe I have proposed anything that is contrary to what has been considered Republican principle. It is at the same time the very basis of conservatism. It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.

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