Sunday, October 26, 2008
How I'll Vote.
G.K Chesterton has said:
The whole modern world has divided itself into conservatives and progressives. The business of progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.Here I sit staring at my absentee ballot and wondering how I'm going to cast my votes this year. Yes votes. There are many offices up for grabs in this election, despite the media's fixation on The Chosen One and the coming socialist dys - err, I mean U - topia.
I am a past member of the Libertarian Party and have cast votes for their candidates in virtually every race in which they have run a candidate over the past 40 years. Not this time. A few years back, I canceled my membership (although I've still voted for Libertarian candidates) when I began to suspect that they no longer took themselves seriously as a party. This election, they confirmed my suspicion by whoring out the party to a Republican for name recognition. Bob Barr? Really?
Well, it didn't work. Third parties have been even more marginalized than usual and the Libertarians seem poised to waste the hard work invested in gaining ballot access over the years. It's a shame. I like Andy Hornung, but the LP is not and won't be a viable threat to supplant the Repugnican party, and let's face it - a third party is a third wheel in US politics. At best, the LP can cost the Repugnicons a few votes in a close race. Not that I care a heckuva lot about Repugnicons per se, but who needs more Demonrats in office?
That said, I'm voting for Steve Buyer in the Indiana 4th Congressional District due solely to his principled opposition to the bailout. I've perused Nels Ackerson's campaign material and remain unimpressed. FWIW, my vote for Buyer is the first for a Republican congressional candidate ever. Thanks Congressman Buyer for your "no" vote.
Mitch Daniels is my choice for governor. He's done a good job during his first term; the state is in decent financial shape - the budget is "balanced" and the infrastructure seems to be improving. God knows there are enough construction zones all over the place. While there is still work to be done, I think Daniels can do the job. Jill Long Thompson's main message seems to be that she isn't Mitch Daniels. Indeed, I agree. FWIW, this will be my first vote for a Republican candidate for governor ever. Here's to four more years for Mitch!
Barack Hussein Obama will not get my vote. I doubt that ANY Demonrat would have, but Obama made me seriously consider voting for John McCain, if only in the hope that a McCain win would stop the Freedom of Choice Act and the lives of unborn children could be saved. Given McCain's penchant for bi-partisanship, I'm not at all confident that would be the case in any event. I was disgusted with the Repugnicon choice of candidate and still am. I cannot vote for McCain; if I were to vote for him, at best it would only be a vote against Obama. Sorry. I've resisted the urge to vote against a candidate in all but the '84 election. If that seems a little odd given my history of voting third party, so be it.
While a vote against Obama is a reasonable and justifiable position, a vote against Obama should not equal an endorsement for McCain. I simply do not believe John McCain should be president. I don't believe that rewarding the Repugnicans for choosing a jackass in elephant clothing is a good idea.
As for VP, Joe Biden is a liar and an idiot of the first magnitude. Sarah Palin is a lightweight. I'm not voting for Vice-President anyway, although Palin would probably be a better president than either McCain or Obama. I doubt she could be worse. Did I mention that Biden is an idiot? For a party that derides the intellect of Shrub, you'd think the Demonrats could do a better job picking candidates.
Indiana proscribes writing in a candidate who is not declared as a write-in candidate. Chuck Baldwin, Constitution Party candidate for POTUS, is a declared write-in candidate. I've never cast a vote for a write-in candidate before. Since this seems to be an election of firsts for me, I intend to write in Chuck Baldwin as my choice for POTUS. Casting my vote for Baldwin is a positive act, as he is a candidate that I can support whole-heartedly over either the Marxist (Obama) or socialist lite (McCain) candidates the major parties have served up.
I do not cast votes in uncontested elections. There are five such local races this year. Surely the opposition could - you know - oppose? If you don't participate in the primaries - and as an independent, I don't - you don't get a choice. I know for a fact that the performance of state and local government leaves a lot to be desired. C'mon guys, get with the program.
I'm going to be back in Da Region on election day - hence the absentee ballot. I'm sure I'll need lots of beer to follow the results, probably on Fox. Fox is unbearable, but even at that they're better than CNNPSMNBCCBSETC. At least I won't have to watch Chris Matthews have an orgasm on national television when the Magic Negro wins the election.
In the unlikely event McCain wins, I hope the riots don't start until I get back to Podunk. And that the MSM's collective heads explode. THAT would make for a good night, and compelling television.
I'll list my choice for local offices in a later post.
Like anyone is likely to care.
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