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NO PARTY FOR THE CONSERVATIVES IN THIS COUNTRY
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Not long ago I posted an article concerning my disappointment in the Republican Party. To my knowledge, there is one good Republican left in the nation, but he is the governor of my state (South Carolina) and has no influence in our fiasco of a Congress. I feel it necessary to outline the reason I will no longer be voting Republican*. Twenty years from now we will look back at the one shot American conservatives gave the Republican Party to halt the insanity. Through much time and sacrifice of our own, we gave control of the executive and legislative branches of government to the Republicans only to find out too late that our trust was sorely misplaced. The problems with the GOP have become so entrenched that to vote for a single member would be to endorse and empower the party as a whole. For example, I cannot vote for an individual Democrat because the overall platform of the party is not compatible with my principle. To vote for a Democrat would be to empower a Marxist/Socialist Party whose aims are the subjugation of the American people. When Republicans abandoned the principles of conservatism (limited government and fiscal restraint) and the United States Constitution (individual freedom, and equal opportunity) they abandoned me, and I find the party inconsistent with my principle . Recently, I listened to Republicans who spoke woefully of the "moderate" Republicans that "held the party hostage" concerning increasing the oil supply and cutting spending, and never before have I been repulsed by such lack of backbone. The Republican Party has placed themselves in this position by refusing to police their own and by allowing the presence of a few bad apples to corrupt the whole barrel to the point of ineffectiveness. "Frat" Party would be a more appropriate term than "Republican". Such drunken abandon was evident when liberal Arlen Specter** , ( the Pennsylvania Senator who has probably never read the Republican Creed and has broken every tenet), was challenged in the primaries by conservative Pat Toomey***, resulting in President Bush coming to town and endorsing the RINO**** Specter. Such is the verity of Washington "Republicanism" , a fraternal order of "drinking buddies" more about markers and personal power than the common good of the country and its citizens. By refusing to discipline their own, for tolerating liberal policy from the Executive Branch and from within, and for generally lacking both commitment and backbone, the Republican Party will suffer decline for abandoning their principles and constituents. In 2008 I expect to be doing a lot of write-ins on the ballot. __________________________________________________ *With the exception of Governor Mark Sanford. I have even lost confidence in our own state Republican legislature and its irresponsibility. **Pro-abortion, pro-social spending, pro-affirmative action, etc. ***Voted Tax-payer Superhero by Citizens Against Government Waste, pro-life, etc. ****(R)epublican (I)n (N)ame (O)nly
posted by Jack Mercer @ 11/17/2005 08:32:00 PM  
7 Comments:
  • At 11/20/2005 02:33:00 AM, Blogger SheaNC said…

    Howdy, Jack. Well, you are definitely giving it to 'em with both barrels, and I must say I admire anyone these days who can break out the the partisan parade and offer criticism of both parties. That is something I know I should do more often, too, but I am usually too busy going after the neocons. Nonetheless, I should devote more time to pointing out the follies that exist on the left as well as the right.

    If only it was not so problematic to vote for a third-party or independent candidate. It seems like a losing battle sometimes, when the "big two" hold sway over almost everything and most people seem to be supportive of one of them, not ready to vote for alternative candidates.

     
  • At 11/20/2005 07:40:00 PM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi Shea!

    I have many friends who said that if I voted other than Republican I was "giving my vote to the Democrats". I thought long and hard about it, and realized that it was just the old situation ethics argument, and I think that principle is principle regardless of circumstance. That is one of the the reasons I so firmly admire you, Shea, is that you are a man of principle--whether I agree with your principles or not is immaterial.

    I wrote an article a while back on the brainwashing of the populace by the parties to believe that the only choice one has is to vote for one of them. I will no longer do this. This election as well as last
    The last election I realized that after I came back from the polling booth I was the one I would have to look at in the mirror.

    Thanks for stopping by, Shea!

    -Jack

     
  • At 11/20/2005 09:44:00 PM, Blogger Bookworm said…

    I was going to say that, by voting a third way, you're giving power to the Demos. Then I thought that, where I live, in a vast democratic enclave, all my conservative votes are symbolic anyway. I guess you just have to figure out at any time what is the least evil or the greatest principle.

     
  • At 11/21/2005 09:01:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi BW!

    I guess I look at it this way. Physics applies to politics as well, and if my vote puts Democrats in power then they will be seen for what they really are, and there will be a backlash against that by the silent majority. Last election I wrote a Snipet mentioning that there would be no real difference between the leadership of Kerry and Bush this second term, and that Kerry may actually have to promote a more conservative agenda than Bush. While we have nothing for basis of comparison, we can truly say that President Bush's second term is more liberal than his first.

    I like President Bush as a person, do not much appreciate what his administration has done for the country. The hatred of the left wingers for him is unjustified--giving him far more credit for the policy of his administration which I think he just largely goes along with. People in the United States do not fully understand the job of President, but are prone to put that face to the evil they perceive coming from it. A small indication that the knowledge of the internet has not particularly made people smarter.

    -Jack

     
  • At 11/21/2005 09:40:00 AM, Blogger SheaNC said…

    Jack, I just want to say that I'm one of those on the left who agrees that Bush should not be credited as the policy-maker. My attacks against him are largely as a figurehead, referring to "the Bush administration", etc. I've always perceived him as a doofus-frontman, with the real show being run by Cheney, who's snarling hunchback persona is far too unlikable to be useful as the main spokesperson. Not that Bush isn't a really bad guy in my opinion, but he couldn't possible be the mastermind.

     
  • At 11/21/2005 09:52:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Shea, I read your blog carefully and know what you say is true. More often than not, when I generalize about "the left" you, Mochi, Chickenhawk and Smorg can dismiss yourself from the list :) You're a couple THINKING liberals (just like us couple of THINKING conservatives) out there!

    -Jack

     
  • At 11/21/2005 10:13:00 AM, Blogger Round Man said…

    I am glad to see that I am not alone in my perception of the now Republician wannabe liberal Democrats. You are correct whenyou speak of our great Gov. Mark Sanford. When that liberal rag rated him as one of the worst governors in the nation I knew that he was doing a very excellent job.

     
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