Monday, October 13, 2008

Why I'm not voting in November

UPDATE: As explained here, I've decided to vote, afterall, and I will be voting for McCain. It's not really a vote for McCain or a vote against Obama, but a vote against the media, which are trying to swing the election in favor of their candidate. I can't even begin to explain why this is wrong. But when nothing else could motivate me to vote for an unappealing candidate, the media did. And McCain thanks you.

September 11th of this year was my husband's one year anniversary as an American citizen. On the day he became a citizen, he registered to vote. My husband still believes there's hope, and he will cast his ballot in favor of McCain this November.

I, however, will not.

As the saying goes, people get the leaders they deserve. Thanks to decades of leftist indoctrination known as public education, Americans are going to get the leader they deserve, which I'm sorry to say is either a lukewarm statist cadaver masquerading as a conservative or a Marxist idiot.

Satan will be ice-skating to work on the day I vote for someone like Obama, but I can't in good conscience vote for McCain either. I believe that a vote for McCain is a vote for the continued decline of the Republican party, which is already unrecognizable to me as the once-great party of Ronald Reagan.

So the big question is, how to stop the decline. If we look to history, we recognize that all revolutions -- whether violent or peaceful, whether scientific or political or cultural -- are preceded by one thing: crisis. To stop the decline of conservatism in this country we need a crisis. Not the middling, waffling, slow oozing decline of another RINO presidency, but the full-scale, full-tilt, all-out unmitigated disaster of a liberal presidency.

Americans apparently need to get this out of their system. Four to eight years from now, when things have gotten truly intolerable in this country, I think the majority will be ready for a return to genuine conservatism. "Liberal" will once again be a bad word, and conservatives will get someone like Bobby Jindal, who is youthful, optimistic, and unapologetically Republican.

When that happens, I'll vote.


Blogger Russell said...

You are assuming that after Obama is done, there is anything left of America to call America and not a Soviet style totalitarianism that would require a new revolution to reset the clock. Of course, we've been gutted from the inside, decayed and rotting.

Me, I'm storing up a year's supply of food, starting with 1 to 3 months, and going from there, stocking up on ammo and learning to be a DIY guy even more so that I am now.

I'm not counting on the End Times showing up in November, or the next 4 years, but I want to be prepared. Just in case.

But I am voting for McCain, I rather have that cadaver lurching about than Obama as President.

10/13/2008 11:02 AM  
Blogger Jason Hawk said...

I'm not one to tell others what to do with their vote, so I'll simply offer this as an option:

Write in someone you can get behind.

It keeps you in the process and clearly identifies you as someone who cares (which you are), rather than someone who is apathetic (which you're not).

I will either write in Ron Paul or Bob Barr.

10/13/2008 11:07 AM  
Blogger carnaby said...

I agree. I'm going to write in for Fred Thompson.

10/13/2008 11:24 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

Russell -- I'll be doing the same, wrt stocking up.

I may write in a candidate. Like Ben, probably Fred. But I definitely won't be voting for either of the big two.

10/13/2008 1:28 PM  
Blogger Gringo_Malo said...

Jason Hawk need not write in Bob Barr's name. He's the Libertarian nominee for president. Here in Texas, the Libertarians are on the ballot. I'm sure that they're on the ballot in many other states as well.

I'm going to hold my nose and vote for McCain, but I understand why Stickwick might not want to bother. Each of our votes will only offset one of the dead people voting for Obama.

10/14/2008 8:58 AM  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

I'm not voting in November either - I voted yesterday already, by mail-in absentee ballot. Write-ins are neither read nor counted, it's purely personal self-expression.

My vote doesn't count either in gerrymandered California, in a district secure for the Democrats by mere margins -- but we have a number of stupid-stupid-stupid propositions on the CA ballot to fight against, besides the stupid politicians.

10/15/2008 8:42 AM  
Blogger Jason Hawk said...


Unless I am mistaken, Barr was barred from being on the ballot because he applied late.

McCain and Obama also applied late, but were allowed on the ballot.

[insert cynicism here]

Let me know if I have my facts mixed up but I am pretty sure Barr got the shaft in Texas.


10/15/2008 9:52 PM  
Blogger Gringo_Malo said...


Just looked at the sample ballot on the Harris County Clerk's web site. Barr's name is on it. The Libertarian Party of Texas says he'll appear on the ballot. Who told you Barr was barred?

10/16/2008 2:08 PM  
Blogger Gringo_Malo said...

Speaking of cadavers, it's possible that McCain might emulate a couple of other distinguished military men who became presidents, William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor. (Both died within fiften months of assuming the office.) In that case, a vote for McCain would turn out to be a vote for Sarah Palin. How would that strike you, Stickwick?

10/16/2008 2:20 PM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

That strikes me as very intersting, Gringo. Do you think she's ready?

10/18/2008 12:40 PM  
Blogger Gringo_Malo said...

I guess it depends on whether one regards the president as an administrator or a divine priest-king. (By the way, that's stolen from P.J. O'Rourke's Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist's Attempt to Explain the Entire U.S. Government. A bit dated, but still a good read.) In either role, I'd prefer just about anybody to Obama.

10/20/2008 6:42 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

I dunno. I was pretty excited about Palin, but since have developed some qualms about her readiness.

And I don't think just about anybody would be better than Obama. If the economy is going to tank and things are just generally going to get bad, it'd be far better to have a Democrat in office to take the blame rather than have it all pinned on free market ideology.

10/20/2008 9:27 AM  
Blogger Gringo_Malo said...

The economy has tanked. Things are bad. You'll find a rather good explanation of how the government caused the economy to tank here. It's 29 pages, and has graphs, so most people would never read it. Our leftist "news media" will blame the free market in any case, and people whose opinions are dictated to them by their television sets will believe them.

If elected, the communist radical Obama would cause even greater damage, from which our economy might never recover. He's already being compared to FDR, whose socialist policies prolonged the Great Depression so much longer than necesary.

I don't know whether you've been reading your copy of American Rifleman, but the NRA is making a lot of noise about Obama's anti-gun voting record. You'd better buy some PVC pipe, caps, glue, and dessicant.

I suppose that you're right, though. There are some people who might not be preferable to Obama. Robert Mugabe comes to mind, although I expect that we'll be noting the similarities between the two soon enough. McCain, Palin, Bozo the Clown, and my wife's dog would all be preferable.

10/20/2008 11:33 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

I'm already noticing the similarities to Obama and Mugabe.

The prospect of an Obama presidency is literally keeping me up at night. But I can't in good conscience give my approval to McCain, either. This is a bonafide dilemma.

10/21/2008 6:33 PM  
Blogger Rufus T. Firefly said...


Sorry to hear this. I concur with the others recommending you write in someone you prefer. I did that one year. So many good and great people gave so much so that we are free to choose our leaders every 4 years. I understand and appreciate your revulsion at the choices, but apathy is not the answer.

10/22/2008 12:51 PM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

I've decided to vote. I'm vacillating between voting for McCain -- because the prospect of Obama is truly horrifying -- and writing in a candidate (e.g. Thompson) to make a statement.

I understand Gringo's point about preferring a slow-swirl to a quick-flush. But I agree with Ben that it's maybe preferable to risk tolerating a few years of Obama and in order to get Reagan II. Carter led to 12 years Republicans in the White House, afterall.

In any case, I'll definitely be voting Republican for everything else.

10/22/2008 2:08 PM  
Blogger ben said...

Actually, Stickwick is in TX and I'm in WA. Our states are already wrapped up and won't make any difference to the outcome. We should really vote McCain as a vote AGAINST Obama. If I was in a battleground state where my vote could make a difference, then I'd have a harder time deciding.

Yep, republican for everything else.

10/22/2008 2:16 PM  
Blogger ben said...

Speaking of... at least here in WA we have a good shot at a Republican governor.

10/22/2008 2:17 PM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

Scew it. I'll vote McCain.

So, Ben, no more Fraudoire??

10/22/2008 2:33 PM  
Blogger Gringo_Malo said...

By the way, if you're in Texas, your choice of write-in candidates is limited. Perhaps you can write in the name of Donald Duck, but your vote won't count unless you select a registered write-in candidate.

10/24/2008 5:49 PM  

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