Barack Hussein Obama’s recent plaintive mewling about the Romney campaign’s criticism would seem, at first glance, to highlight Obama’s brittle hypocrisy. Glorious Leader Obama and his gunrunning minions have never tired of violating tradition and decorum when blaming previous administrations for Obama’s failures, nor when apologizing for the United States abroad. No less a political genius than the increasingly haggard Janeane Garofalo has proclaimed that it is “appropriate” to criticize George W. Bush, whereas mere mortals must only rarely (one presumes) disagree with King Barack.

Speak ill of Obama’s policies and he’ll unleash hordes of attack-watching, dot-gov-flagging, truth-teaming leftists to “get in your face” and shout down your opinion (when they’re not simply phoning in your heresy to the newest White House hotline-for-heresy). The same people who thought it hilarious when someone hurled a shoe at Dubya consider it the height of offense to interrupt King Obama when he is busy lying to reporters. The same man who has repeatedly insulted and threatened the United States Supreme Court for daring to disagree with him cannot abide a single lawmaker shouting “You lie” when he is, well, lying. One must never speak out, even to one’s fellow proles, in opposition to His Political Highness.

Often we are told this does not matter; that there is no difference; that a President Romney would be every bit as bad. But is this so?

The 2008 Republican Party platform includes the statements, “Border security is essential to national security. … Our determination to uphold the rule of law begins with more effective enforcement, giving our agents the tools and resources they need to protect our sovereignty, completing the border fence quickly and securing the borders, and employing complementary strategies to secure our ports of entry.”

The 2008 Democratic Party platform, by contrast, frets that border security is somehow mean to people. “It’s a problem when we only enforce our laws against the immigrants themselves, with raids that are ineffective, tear apart families, and leave people detained without adequate access to counsel. … [Undocumented immigrants] are our neighbors, and we can help them become full taxpaying, law-abiding, productive members of society.”

The Republican platform says, “We assert the rights of families in all international programs and will not fund organizations involved in abortion.” The Democratic platform reads, by contrast, “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.”

The Republican Party says, “Preventing voting fraud is a civil rights issue. We support the right of states to require an official government-issued photo identification for voting and call upon the Department of Justice to deploy its resources to prevent ballot tampering in the November elections.” The Democrats say, “[We] oppose laws that require identification in order to vote or register to vote.”

Republicans state without ambiguity, “We uphold the right of individual Americans to own firearms, a right which antedated the Constitution and was solemnly confirmed by the Second Amendment.” Democrats pay lip-service to the same concept and then admit, “We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation, but we know that what works in Chicago may not work in Cheyenne.”

The Republicans state, without irony, that “economic freedom leads to national wealth; the next lesson is that political and religious freedom leads to national greatness.” The Democrats, however, proclaim with suspicion, “Our free market was never meant to be a free license to take whatever you can get, however you can get it.” To the Republicans, liberty fosters what is great and good. To Democrats, liberty is a danger that permits what Democrats feel is wrong.

How, after reading that, can anyone claim there is no difference between these two parties? How, after seeing the words of the Democrats on paper, can anyone believe it is a good idea to elect them? How, after facing the choice between self-interested liberty and government-controlled tyranny, between the Constitution’s protections and the Democrats’ self-destructive whims, can any sane human being believe a vote for either party is functionally equivalent?

Yes, many politicians betray their constituents. Yes, many politicians lie. Yes, many of them are sociopaths who’ll say anything and promise anything, then continue the tradition of the imperial presidency to which Barack Hussein Obama is so naturally and readily inclined. But if we are ever to have a system that is not a complete and corrupt failure, we must start by refusing to grant our sanction to evil in the name of, “They’re all the same.”

No, they are NOT “all the same.” There is a difference between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats want tyrannical, invasive control over every moment of your day-to-day existence. Democrats advocate fiscal policies that will cripple the economy. Democrats hate and fear the Bill of Rights and would trample on virtually every tenet of it.

We must stand up for the United States Constitution. We must hold politicians to their claims. This starts by electing the party that stands, explicitly, for liberty, decency and individual rights. When those we elect for these reasons go on to fail us, we must immediately eject them from office and elect more representatives who stand for the correct ideals. We must not simply elect the “other guy” in the hope that something will change – for if we fight evil by electing those who actively advocate it, we have accomplished nothing.

There is a difference between Democrats and Republicans. That difference is found in what the two parties say they want to do. The only answer to the problems facing our nation is never again to elect a Democrat – while holding elected Republicans to a high standard and throwing them out of office when they fail to meet it. Only by standing against the Democrats, the party of abortion, the party of vote fraud, the party of gun control, the party of socialism, the party of surrender and appeasement in the face of our nation’s enemies, can we prevail.

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