Weighing my vote for John McCain
Being one of those free-market, laissez-faire libertarian-conservatives disgruntled about McCain's many rather egregious philosophical and legislative "flaws," I am taking my time (or maybe dragging my heels) in pondering for whom I will ultimately cast a vote in November's Presidential election.
Or maybe I should say that I know who I'm going to vote for, but I'm taking my sweet time accepting the necessity of the unpleasant task.
I have spent many years feeling an affinity for the libertarian thought if not feeling any consistent affinity for some of the often-nutty denizens of the Libertarian Party, but having watched some of their recent nominating convention, and seen the kind of candidates today's Libertarian Party has thrown up, it is clear to me now that the current Big-L Libertarians are living in a delusional, isolationist universe and are, in fact, the "Losertarians" Michael Medved calls them:
Because basic logic here, you do not influence a major political party by leaving it. You influence a major political party by staying in it and fighting for the ideas and the candidates you care about. This is so simple that my 11 year old son can understand it, but obviously there are a lot of "Losertarians" who don't get it.
The reason I enjoy talking to these guys on the air is because they are so utterly incapable of answering the question, "Ok, what have you accomplished with all of your activism?" The answer is absolutely nothing except electing a bunch of ultra-liberal Democrats and big government types like Maria Cantwell. Our Senator from Washington state, Maria Cantwell, would not be in office were it not for the "Losertarians". She beat Slade Gorton by less than 3000 votes and the "Losertarian" candidate got 66,000 votes. That kind of outcome is sad and appalling and it's unfair to decent people who work seriously in politics.
So, Bob Barr notwithstanding (he is perhaps the most mainstream candidate the Libertarian Party has ever offered for President, but is still not willing to say from the Libertarian platform that some overseas wars were and can be just wars of honor and of enlightened self-defense), this time around I will not be casting my vote for the Libertarian Party's candidate. I admire Bob Barr's former zeal in impeaching Bill Clinton, but that is not enough reason to give him my vote.
Meanwhile, Bookworm Room writes a very persuasive and dispassionate look at why a vote for John McCain in November is a necessary duty for people like me. It's called, aptly, "Why You Shouldn't Cut Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face." Read the whole thing, but as she says,
It’s these last two points — the War and the judiciary — that make me feel very strongly that we have to accept John McCain as president, warts and all. While he is far from perfect, he is rock solid on the two issues that can’t just be massaged away in four years. He will continue to wage war, both on the field and in the realm of ideas, against the Jihadists, and he will appoint conservative Supreme Court justices.
Yes, Mother. It really is a choice against the much-worse Democrat opposition:
You see, from my point of view, this election isn’t really about John McCain at all. It’s about Barack Obama. Of course, it shouldn’t be about Barack Obama. During a time of war and economic insecurity, one of the two presidential candidates should not be a man who has no life history, beyond a remarkable ability at self-aggrandizement, and no legislative history, despite a few years paddling about in the Illinois State Legislature and three years (count ‘em, three) doing absolutely nothing in the United States Senate.
That Obama is a man of no accomplishments or experience, though, doesn’t mean that he hasn’t managed to acquire some bad friends and bad ideas. The friends are easy to identify: Comrade . . . I mean Rev. Wright; Michelle “the Termagant” Obama; the explosive Ayers and Dohrn duo; Samantha “Hillary is a Monster” Power; Robert “Hamas” Malley; Zbigniew “the Jews are out to get me” Brzezinski; etc. Over the years, he’s sought out, paid homage to, and been advised by a chilling collection of people who dislike America and are ready to give the benefit of the doubt to anyone who talks the Marxist talk and walks the Marxist walk.
Anyway, for those of you wallowing in your feelings (as I sometimes do) about the nature of the candidates Americans will vote for, Bookworm's rational talking-to provides a good, cold, wakeup call of thoughtful reasoning to remind us what's at stake.
You can always go back to sleep after the election's over. But if Obama or Hillary are elected President, the "long national nightmare" will have only just begun.
Labels: Presidential campaign 2008