To vote or not to vote, that is the question.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

A few days ago, Gov. Mitt Romney announced he was suspending his presidential campaign, effectively leaving conservatives and Republicans with three choices on the ballot, Sen. John McCain, Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Rep. Ron Paul. Gov. Huckabee and Rep. Paul have not garnered the delegates needed to secure the GOP nomination, so that leaves Sen. McCain as the nominee at this point.

As it stands, we are at a crossroads in this country, and a very contentious one at that. On the Democrat side is Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama, both of whom are nauseatingly liberal and exceedingly socialist in their political leanings. Both of them want a nationalized health care system, higher corporate taxes, a larger federal government, etc., which would place a tax burden on the American people the likes we have not seen since LBJ's 'Great Society' programs of the 1960s, and FDR's 'New Deal' programs of the 1930s, plus a pullout of the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan within a definite timetable, appointment of liberal judges, to include SCOTUS appointments, all of which would spell disaster for America.

John McCain was never my first choice when the Republican field was open with the other candidates of my choice, but the fact of the matter remains he is now the eventual nominee, and there is nothing we can do about that, no matter how much we bitch and moan. But, what we can do, as conservatives, is to hold his 'feet to the fire' on the major issues he has shown a weakness on, namely border security, amnesty, global warming, and tax cuts.

For my fellow conservatives, we must be mindful that not every candidate will meet our expectations, and never will. Just look across the conservative spectrum, and see what other conservatives pontificated about Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, and Rudy Guiliani, and you will see what I mean. A candidate trying to be everything to everybody is nothing but an empty suit, for you simply cannot be everything to everybody.

For those that wish to sit out this election, and not vote John McCain, or for those that have stated that they will vote for Clinton or Obama instead of John McCain, I will not try and change your mind. Additionally, for those that think a Clinton or Obama presidency will bring forth a conservative similar President Reagan, I would caution you...none of us can predict the future.

All in all, who you vote for is your personal decision, and your personal decision alone, but I would ask of you to see the forest before the trees, and do what you think is best for America as a whole.

Either way, it's gonna be a bumpy ride, folks.


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