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Should I, Too, Vote For The Lesser of Two Evils?

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October 8, 2008

Unfortunately, I am about to do something that I (not to mention my long-dead Great Grandfather, my Grandfather and my dearly departed Dad) would have never contemplated doing, even in their wildest of dreams…

I’m seriously considering voting for a Democrat for President for the first time in my life.

For many years, I’ve been a staunch conservative Republican, usually voting a “straight ticket” for all Republican candidates in every election up and down the line. I’ve also made it a point to do so via absentee ballot from a number of far-flung places on the planet while serving honorably in our country’s armed forces.

And, yes, as much as I now very much regret doing so, I even voted for our current President back in 2000.

However, as many of you who are regular readers of Capitol Hill Blue are well aware, my political leanings these days are far more in line with the Libertarians than the Republicans. But, one thing remains certain…I am absolutely NOT a Liberal!

What’s more, and as many of you may also know, up to this point in the current election cycle, I’ve been adamant in my intention to send BOTH the Republicans AND the Democrats (the “Republicrats” as I call them) a strong personal message that the horrifically closed electoral “duopoly” they have collectively spawned in our country needs to be totally reformed.

That was…of course…until Mr. McCain chose a totally far right-wing, Pentecostal, moose-hunting “air head” to be his running mate.

After doing my best to listen with an open mind to a number of her speeches, I have now arrived at the sobering conclusion that, any way you cut it, Governor Sarah (Golleeee!) Palin can only be described as downright ignorant, and therefore, clearly DANGEROUS!

That is, it has become painfully clear to me that her entire life’s focus and experiences are so horrifically narrow that she simply wouldn’t have a clue about what to do in a REAL national emergency of major proportions.

Now that issue, in and of itself, wouldn’t be a “show stopper” were it not for the fact that the person she is understudying is, himself, now well into his 70s. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the chances of Ms. Palin actually becoming President during a McCain-Palin first term are far greater than 50 Percent.

What’s more (and as if THAT prospect weren’t scary enough!) there are a number of US Supreme Court justices who are now approaching the autumn of their years. As of late, some of these people have been openly contemplating their retirement in the not-too-distant future.

Here again, the chances are probably greater than 50/50 that one (or more) of our Supreme Court justices will most likely need to be replaced during the next four years.

So now, along comes Ms. Palin…a far right wing, Pentecostal evangelical ideologue who attends a church where her pastor once laid hands upon her to “drive the demons out” and where people freely speak in “tongues” (not to mention talking cheerfully about the “end times”!)

With all of the OTHER scary stuff now going on in the world, having such a person with her finger on the nuclear button (not to mention being the one who may very well be the person who selects one or more LIFETIME replacement(s) for retiring justices to serve on the highest Court in our land!) has, quite literally, sent shivers up my spine.

So, as they say, I’m now caught between the proverbial “rock” and a “hard place”.

Do I use my single vote to send a clear message to the “Republicrats” that their collective days in office are numbered?

Or, do I use my vote to help prevent what could very well turn out to be a worldwide disaster of cataclysmic proportions if Ms. Palin were to actually become our President?

Right now, the “jury” as they say, is still “out”. My decision will ultimately depend on how assured Mr. Obama is of garnering the 4 electoral votes in my home state of New Hampshire…votes that might very well prove crucial in a close election. Right now, by all accounts, New Hampshire is “leaning” toward Mr. Obama.

However, if the outcome of that race is still in any kind of doubt in New Hampshire come election day, my fear of a “Gomer” Palin Presidency will most certainly trump my equally strong desire to send ALL of these clowns packing back to their home districts.

Unfortunately, and despite my recent railings to the contrary, it now appears that, I, too, will soon be down to deciding between the “lesser of two evils”…or, more correctly…deciding between thwarting a clear and present evil that would have an absolutely devastating, long-term effect on our nation, or leaving another, equally sobering evil largely intact to address in some future election on down the road.

10 Responses to Should I, Too, Vote For The Lesser of Two Evils?

  1. woody188

    October 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    I think you will find Chuck Baldwin and the Constitution Party follow your views and would love to have your support. The Constitution Party seems to be just left of the Libertarians, and not so extremist. I’ve come to respect Baldwin, almost as much as Ron Paul. Check them out before voting for evil.

  2. RichardKanePA

    October 8, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    I would love to see your blog posted all over the internet. Most people who condemn Palin are putting their foot in their mouth “Two Kids With Gun’s” a rare except” I think my “Pro-lifers Against Sarah Palin’s Extremism” helps too but no feedback agreeing with me.

    I personally want to see abortion treated like smoking instead of a women 8th month pregnant who suddenly is beaten up by her lover, deciding that she doesn’t want that child, and is told by the government that it is too late to have an abortion.

    I could be as naive as h—, but I imagine that Obama and the justices Obaman picks for the Supreme Court will deal with abortion like smoking something that should be discouraged without anyone going to jail about.

    Anyway I would love permission to paste your blog everywhere I can do so, with or without the comments following whatever you prefer

    RichardKanePA

  3. keith

    October 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Richard,

    Please feel free to do so.

    I’m sure I’m not the only one whose mind was pretty well made up, but after Mr. McCain picked his running mate, is now trying to wrestle with this dillemma.

  4. keith

    October 8, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks, Woody, for the suggestion.

    I HAVE checked out Mr. Baldwin and his Constitution Party and I also know that Ron Paul, a person whom I deeply admire and voted for in the NH Primary, has endorsed him.

    However, even so, and as I said, overall, my beliefs are still more in line with the Libertarians. Realizing that neither third party candidate has a hope of actually winning this time around, if Mr. Obama’s chances appear “safe” in New Hampshire, then I will most likely be voting for the Libertarians.

    As I said, the only reason I’m (gasp!) even contemplating voting for Mr. Obama is to make absolutely certain that even the remotest prospect of a Palin Presidency is nipped in the bud.

  5. almandine

    October 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    In a word… NO!!!

    Obama is not the lesser evil, just more shady. Look at his ties to ACORN, look at his contributors – Mr. Good Will, et al. – Oh, I forgot, those may be too hard to find in this media milieu. for a look see here:
    http://www.newsmax.com/brennan/obama_contributions/2008/10/07/138195.html

    Follow Woody’s advice or look at Bob Barr – not that it matters… Obama has been “chosen”.

    Save your self respect… it’s about all you’ll have left before too long.

  6. Malibu

    October 8, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    Keith, I have written the same words in my emails and on a couple of forums. I too checked out Baldwin and discovered he is a Christian Minister who, if elected, would appoint those Supreme Court Justices to stop women’s and gay’s rights.

    Almandine, I would not trust Newsmax as they are neoconservatives basing their agenda on the religious right. The list of candidates is extremely narrow and lacking in individual freedoms.

    I will be writing in Ron Paul this afternoon as I can vote by mail early. I will do this and not have to worry about getting run down in traffic in Phoenix and miss voting all together.

  7. almandine

    October 8, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    I wish a write-in was available to me… I’d vote for RP too. As for newsmax… they’re no more biased than the rest – just in a different direction. Sort thru ALL the info available… then know that Obama has already been “chosen”. Makes no real difference who you pick.

    The ACORN link: http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/obama_acorn_smears/2008/10/06/137891.html

  8. dpc2376

    October 9, 2008 at 1:03 am

    A reasonable alternative to Mcbama (McCain/Obama) is Chuck Baldwin. If you are frustrated with the two parties then why should you keep voting for them. One by one people are getting fed up enough and looking at third party candidates that actually have good plans. Ron Paul officially endorses Chuck Baldwin. A vote for Chuck Baldwin is a vote for Ron Paul type policies. We all know the other Republicans and Democrats have screwed up our government for long enough. If you believe so too, then anyone of the thirdparty candidates cannot be worst then what we have. It is a matter of principle to vote for whose views you believe in.

    “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
    John Quincy Adams


    Click to the http://constitutionparty.com – Forging a Rebirth of Freedom
    http://www.baldwin08.com – Chuck Baldwin for President
    http://www.koppieforsenate.com – Chad Koppie for U.S. Senate (Illinois)

    http://blog.myspace.com/dpc2376
    http://dpc2376.blogspot.com

  9. frank verismo

    October 9, 2008 at 2:09 am

    The real power behind the throne doesn’t care if you vote Republican or Democrat.

    Just so long as you vote for one of them.

    Hope that helps.

    Frank

  10. woody188

    October 9, 2008 at 11:39 am

    You hit the nail on the head. A vote for the Democrats or the Republicans is a vote for big business/banking, big government, higher taxes, less freedom, Imperial Presidency, never ending war, mandatory civil/military service for our kids, and keeping the fiat Federal Reserve Note which is part of the problem with our economy.

    Baldwin, Barr, Nader, McKinney, all are better choices than the Republican or Democrat candidates.