An interesting link came my way in an email thread the other day and it got me thinking; what if Obama wins in 2012? And, failing that, what if they (the GOP) muck things up again, like they did in ’08, and present me with a candidate I simply HATE and will refuse to vote for?
For those of you that are not religiously inclined, please forgive my biblical analogy here but Ezekiel 11 teaches us an interesting lesson about hubris. It doesn’t go well for the confident and assured in this story (even though it offers promise for a better future at the end – after their demise), but it is very instructive.
Foregone conclusions and a belief in repeating failed endeavors of the past in an attempt to attain future success is, apparently, an innate feature of the human beast that dates back many thousands of years. As it was in 750 BC, so does it appear to be the case in 2012; those in power are quite sure the symbolic nature of their power will, alone, be enough to secure their future victory. [translation: There’s NO way we lose this time… we can nominate anyone we want! You seen Obama’s poll numbers?]
Now, I will admit that I simply love arguing with my Republican friends about this whole “I’ll stay home then” attitude we independent Conservatives have about elections such as the ones we’re headed for. There’s nothing quite like pissing off an otherwise like-minded friend than to suggest to him that I won’t bother to vote. And, as much as I understand their without-fail-hateful response, and as much as I truly want to sympathize with their conviction that voting – even against my principles and my own conscience – is the only hope I have for saving my country…I simply disagree; if this is about principle, then I’ll keep mine thankyouverymuch, and you can do whatever the bloody hell you want with yours. And this is, perhaps, at the epicenter of the reasons for division within the party.
One small problem…independents aren’t MEMBERS of the party, and we can likewise do whatever the hell we want as well.
There is an immutable truth to be salvaged in this un-winnable argument however; Congress runs the country:
Why do I have this feeling that the back-stabbing and petty politics of the Republican insiders are going to leave me completely unexcited about the presidential campaign, and more focused on electing conservatives to Congress as a counterweight to the (hoped for) new Republican President?
Legal Insurrection speaks truth to people like me, and I’m already quite convinced that the GOP establishment has it in for Romney (it’s his turn, you know) and – regardless protestations to the contrary – I’m satisfied Romney’s ascension to “last man standing” status is, amongst the party elite, a foregone conclusion. Problem? I won’t vote for him, and no one can yell loud enough, or swear hatefully enough, or threaten me convincingly enough to make me change my mind. I’ll vote down-ticket, but Romney is out.
And, of the many people I once believed were Conservative first and Republican after the fact… I’m as disappointed as I can be to hear them all start suggesting that Romney will be ok if their other choices don’t clear the field. Accepting defeat before the fight has even started…how can so many have forgotten what happened 3 years ago with such relative equivocating ease? Where did “standing on principle” go?
Am I to believe, then, that principle only means something when you presume you’re going to win?
There it is… I said it… it’s out there and I’m sure many of you reading this are already saying pretty much everything I’ve already heard so save it. And, as you form your lips around the question of how I’ll feel knowing I helped elect Obama? My answer is, unequivocally, “I don’t give a rip.” Give me a Congress that understands… and has the numbers (and the will) to actually FIX… the problems, and you can elect whoever the [redacted] you want if it’ll make you feel better or sleep at night.
This country, by design, is run by us through our legislators. Want to change things? Then “conservatize” Congress and it won’t MATTER who the President is… including Romney…or anyone else. Want to put an end to Obama? Give him a veto-proof Congress to push around, and let’s watch him get a taste of humility.
As for Romney, he can keep his pretty hair and go run an olympics somewhere, and stay the hell out of my affairs. He’s not welcome in my Government, and nothing…not even screams and wails of sticking together and doing “what’s right” in the fight against Obama… will change my mind. But I’ll go ahead and ask the question just for posterity: is it my “opinion” that the GOP wants to hear and find ways to incorporate into their platform? Or is it my vote that they will promptly tally up and dispense with on their way to doing just whatever the hell they want?
Since I’m assuming it’s the latter I will – accordingly – do whatever I want with the one shot I have at change…vote to fix Congress where the real work gets done. My money’s on them, and I can crystal-ball elections as well as anyone; Romney will be our next President whether anyone likes it or not, and we’ll STILL only have our Congressmen and Senators to try and effect change through, under whatever Adminstration we’ll have shoved down our throats.