Why I Just Voted Republican
I just voted. Yes I voted early, but since I'm not a Democrat you don't have to worry about me voting often. In my state we have what is called "early voting". I voted Republican. Mostly. I voted Green for a few local offices. I've no idea why those were partisan races anyway.Why did I vote Republican in all the major races? Because for the last 6 years we've had an out of control federal government that spends far too much money. I want that to change. But you don't fix that by voting for people who promise changing things by spending even more. That's the dig faster to get yourself out of the hole strategy I hear a few of my fellow RINOs talking about lately. Yeah, that's real smart. Could it get any worse under a Democratic Congress? Of course it could! Much worse. Higher taxes and more spending. It's what the Democrats are promising. And with big-spender Bush in charge, "compromise" will mean spending somewhere between the White House's "way too much" and the Democrat's "obscenely disgusting too much". Then there is the foreign policy front. This is what really worries me. For every one legitimate criticism by Democrats of Bush foreign policy and Pentagaon ineptness there are 10 fantasies of dangerous proportions. These foreign policy fantasies range from "let the U.N. handle it" to "let's talk about the problem some more" to "ignore it and it doesn't exist". I'd like to see many of the Bush foreign policy "realists" replaced. The fact is they are not realists. I'd start with Donald Rumsfeld and work my way down. But the fantasies of the Democratic party are the opposite side of the same coin. It is proper to hold Bush accountable for mistakes made in Iraq, but where is the accountability for the Democrats who essentially wanted to do the same things as Bush, but wanted to go in under the auspices of the U.N.? As if internationalizing the same policy would have made some difference. Or the accountability for those Democrats who, last year, called for precisely what we are doing right now: training Iraqi forces to defend the country themselves? And how would things get better by calling an international conference to discuss Iraq? That is what other leading Democrats are saying right now. Calling an international conference. This is what passes for "realism" in Democratic circles. Working towards realism cannot begin by electing a party that would give France veto power over American foreign policy. It's bizarro logic. And do you think the Democratic leadership in Congress is really "moderate"?
The Right Place, using three different measures, has built a scale to measure just how "liberal" or "conservative" each member of Congress is. The lower the number, the more liberal. The higher, the more conservative. The scale ranges from 0-100. Nanci Pelosi, the next Democratic Speaker of the House? She gets a 6. To put that in perspective, a left-of-center "moderate" should score at least in the 30-40 range. Should the Democrats take over the Senate Carl Levin would chair the Armed Services Committee and Jay Rockefeller the Intelligence Committee. Both score 9 on the scale. The Chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee would be Charlie Rangel. He scores 4, making him one of the most liberal Congressman in the entire House! You want this guy in charge of the committee that proposes tax bills? See the whole list here. Anyway, go ahead and vote for the Democrats. That's real smart.
Excellent post of your own, by the way.
Posted by: Mr. Right at October 24, 2006 12:18 PM
Posted by: Last gasp Larry at October 24, 2006 12:45 PM
By the way - I like cowboys. When are you sophisticated sycophants going to realize we don't view "cowboy" as a four letter word.
Posted by: Editor at October 24, 2006 01:20 PM
ignoring the validity of your claim that we went it alone, sometimes you have to go it alone to do the right thing. What is right is right, and what is wrong is wrong. Majority opinion of some committee of self appointed intellectuals does not make something right or wrong.
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Not that it will make any difference in FL, But I really can't wait to see the look on Bill Nelson and the Dems faces when they see how close they came to be beaten by Katherine Harris (of all people)!
Posted by: Mrs Abe Froman at October 24, 2006 04:32 PM
I would like to see Bush impeached if the Democrats win.
Bush is not waging all out war in Iraq. There are NOT enough troops and I've got a nephew in the marines in the hell hole of Ramadi and they are undermanned. I don't want a war waged like Vietnam. I want a war hell bent on winning and CRUSHING the enemy.
Secondly, I want a FENCE the FULL LENGTH of the Mexican-U.S. border built, no amnesty, and illegals deported. Bush and Congress are playing games with us.
Finally, with Bush out. Dick Cheney would be President and I don't believe he is a pseudo-Conservative like Bush is.
I voted twice for Bush, because there was nothing better and the Democrats having nothing worthy of consideration for President. Bush is just the less of two evils.
Posted by: Darren at October 24, 2006 04:33 PM
Nothing wrong with being a cowboy. They bring the beef to market.
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Posted by: Last gasp Larry at October 24, 2006 08:13 PM
We are choosing the people who will shape the world our children, and grandchildren will inherit!
(Then I typed about fifteen minutes of angry ranting and thought better of it before posting, and typed this paragraph in its place. Whew, close call...)
Vote for anyone but a Dem, unless your stuck with the Leiberman/Lamont choice in which case (many more angry words!) support Lieberman.
To all Jawa's... Keep up the good work, this is one of the best places on the internet, and
USA all the way!
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it has nothing to do with "flippant remarks", and everything to do with the fact that fwance, Russia, and Kofi, et al, were on the take in Iraq and Bush ruined their gravy train. Not a great way to "win friends" when you ruin their gravy train.
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My Marine son Scott, a health nut, says I am contributing to an unhealthy America. I say the devil make me do it. I was supposed to let some muslim who gets tax breaks buy it? Little that he knows that when he gets home I'm going to con him into running it. The town will now have two Mac Donalds. Gotta feed all those New Orleans people who moved here and don't plan to go back. Not that I blame them.
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