If you are an American, you will be the recipient of a wide variety of advice regarding how you should vote tomorrow. If you are a Democrat or an illegal alien, you have probably been encouraged to vote early and vote often. If you are a conservative and/or a Republican, you will have been inundated with a veritable downpour of scare tactics and seemingly improbable socialist scenarios.

It is important to remember that fear is not a rational basis for decision making. This does not mean that it is irrational to be afraid of Barack Obama’s call for an armed civilian national security force as well funded as the U.S. military or John McCain’s threat to complete the nationalization of the U.S. housing market. In fact, both of these fears are entirely well founded. It simply means that fear, being a powerful emotion, makes it difficult to consider the matter in a reasonable manner.

For example, many conservatives who deeply distrust John McCain’s intentions have argued that the probability of Supreme Court vacancies justify voting for him since Barack Obama will not appoint justices who will defend the Constitution. But this argument makes no sense, because nothing in John McCain’s long Senate career indicates that he has any respect for the Constitution. Moreover, McCain’s preference for bipartisan accommodation means he would never appoint a Supreme Court justice of whom the Democratic House and Senate did not approve.

If, on the other hand, one only focuses on the perfectly understandable fear of what sort of justices Barack Obama would appoint, then one might well swallow the argument that McCain will nominate strong conservative justices if he is elected, even though there is no chance that he ever would.

There is little question that an Obama administration will be a nightmare of unthinkable proportions. But it may well be a necessary one, for nothing short of a nightmarish presidential term or two will free Americans of the various delusions in which they are currently trapped. Nothing will explode the pernicious myths of equalitarianism, multiculturalism, socialism and unlimited migration faster than the direct experience of an administration that embraces those principles. For decades, Americans have flirted with the left without ever fully accepting that they were doing so; the younger generation sees only the airy promises of the left and cannot understand the terrible reality that lies beneath them.

To elect John McCain will mean continuing on the present course. As with the eight Bush years, this would mean continued movement toward the left without an open acknowledgement of that movement. Indeed, George W. Bush has moved the country further to the left than LBJ. He has governed to the left of every president in U.S. history except Woodrow Wilson and FDR. Electing Barack Obama, on the other hand, will force Americans to directly confront the reality of the country they have, to all intents and purposes, already lost.

Like Joseph Farah, I cannot recommend voting for either John McCain or Barack Obama, because neither of them believe in the supreme importance of human freedom or understand the imperative of limiting the size and scope of government. Attempting to estimate which of them will prove a worse violator of these principles is of little interest to me, and the current administration has provided ample demonstration of the foolishness of any such endeavor. While I am a Libertarian and have usually voted Libertarian in the past, I do not recommend voting for Bob Barr because he is, in my opinion, a big-government Republican in Libertarian clothing. I remain somewhat skeptical about the Constitution Party due to its past support for the blatantly unconstitutional “War on Drugs,” but its candidate, Chuck Baldwin, has openly criticized both the drug war and the government abuses it has inspired, and it is very sound on a broad spectrum of issues ranging from money and taxation to guns and immigration. Of these four candidates, I conclude Chuck Baldwin is the only candidate whom those who believe in human freedom and the U.S. Constitution can reasonably support if they decide to vote in this presidential election.

But freedom and limited government are my core values; they may well not be yours. If you believe that government-enforced equality and multiculturalism are of fundamental importance, vote without hesitation for Barack Obama. If you believe that restricting free speech, bipartisan consensus and using the American military to pursue U.S. enemies to the gates of hell are vital, then you should vote for John McCain without remorse. And if there is no candidate that reasonably represents your values, you would do best to leave your presidential vote unmarked and instead vote on the many other federal, state and local matters on the ballot.

While hard times likely lie ahead, it is ultimately Americans who will have to rise to the occasion and face them no matter who sits upon the Cherry Blossom Throne. The president is not a god. He is not a king; he is merely a man. And regardless of who is elected tomorrow, he will not determine the ultimate fate of the republic.

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