Saturday, October 18, 2008

Reasons to Win, Reasons to Lose

Well, it looks to me like I'm with my sister, Stickwick, in not voting for McCain this time around. He's not the right guy. The GOP has gotten terribly off track and they need a kick in the pants. Obama, and the Democrat controlled congress are that kick. We'll have four to eight years of their turn at the helm, and I foresee bad things. Maybe I'm wrong, but I doubt it. Sure, Bush sucked, especially when combined with a Republican House and Senate (I saw that coming a mile away), but could the Democrats with even more power and the media behind them all the way do any better?

The only two problems: 1. Obama might get to appoint new judges to the Supreme Court, and 2. it will be very difficult to undo the damage that will be done in the next four to eight.

The only upside to a McCain victory, and it's a large and petty upside, is to look at the faces of Obama supporters the next day. Will the McCain crap-sandwich be worth it? Probably not, but it's tempting now.


Blogger Gringo_Malo said...

Now that you mention it, we've never recovered from Woodrow Wilson. Though his Marxist income tax serves no honorable purpose for a government that issues a fiat currency, we're still saddled with it.

We've never recovered from Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Among other things, we still have the soon-to-be insolvent Ponzi scheme called Social Security.

We've never recovered from Lyndon Baines Johnson. We still have Medicare, the entitlement program that threatens to bankrupt the country before Social Security does.

We've never recovered from Jimmy Carter. According to Independent Institute economist Stan Liebowitz, our current economic disaster is a result of the Community Re-investment Act of 1977.

Obama says that he wants to allow federal bankruptcy courts to alter the terms (i.e., decrease princiapl and/or interest rate) of a mortgage. I can't imagine any private lender ever making another mortgage loan in those circumstances, can you? With no mortgage money available, the market value of privately owned homes will plummet.

God only knows what other Marxist atrocities Obama might perpetrate. When you say "it will be very difficult to undo the damage that will be done in the next four to eight," don't you think you might have understated the problem?

10/22/2008 6:21 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

My problem is this: if we keep electing these RINOs, how do we shift the Republican party back to small-government conservatism? It seems to me all we're doing by electing McCain is slowing the downward spiral. If you can argue that something can be done during this time to bring the Repubs back to their roots, then I might be convinced to support McCain.

10/22/2008 9:24 AM  
Blogger ben said...

Yes, Gringo, I'd love to hear how you think a McCain presidency will lead to anything other than a too-small slowdown on the progression of government growth.

And Republicans will eventually lose the presidency, what then? I think it's better to lose it now, than to an even worse candidate in the future. Obama is bad, but I can imagine worse.

10/22/2008 10:44 AM  
Blogger Gringo_Malo said...

To shift the GOP back to small government conservatism, we'd need to shift a fairly large fraction of the electorate back to small government conservatism. You might have noticed that the Libertarians get only a small fraction of the vote in any election, and the Constitution Party can't even get on the ballot. I'm afraid that we Americans are just not the same people who ventured into the wilderness and conquered a continent with muzzle-loading rifles and Bowie knives. Most Americans nowadays expect Uncle Sugar to care for them from cradle to grave. Short of a complete collapse, or a few decades of conservative military dictatorship, I don't see that changing.

Now that you've forced me to think about it, I suppose that I do prefer a slow spiral down the toilet to a quick flush into totalitarian Marxism. There is a worse-is-better school whose members yearn to become warriors of the wasteland. Those folks should, and probably will, vote for Obama. I'll hold my nose and vote for McCain.

10/22/2008 11:14 AM  
Blogger Rufus T. Firefly said...


I couldn't agree more. I wrote this post,
in response to what I see in too many of my fellow countrymen and women. I knew there were a lot of apathetic and spineless folks out there, but I had no idea there were this many. To imagine a candidate from one of the two major parties to publicly state he wants to "spread the wealth around" and not have him laughed off the ballot... What happened to this country?

10/22/2008 1:00 PM  
Blogger ben said...

Yes, he should have been laughed off the ballot, but he wasn't. Carter gave us Reagan, so Obama might give us something similar. Heck even my mother, who voted Democrat her whole life voted for GWB after she got her last tax bill in 2000.

Sometimes it takes a lot of bad for people to learn that leftism sucks.

10/22/2008 1:47 PM  

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