Federal fox and the conservative chickens

By Vox Day

Pitchfork Pat has turned in his plowshare for a sword. Joseph Farah has decided that he has a dog in this hunt after all and more than a few chicken-little libertarians have flown the coop for the safety of the federal fox’s protection. Such rampant abandonment of principle would be disheartening if I thought that it made any difference at all.

Let’s get one thing out of the way first. John Kerry is a bad man. The Democratic candidate is an open advocate of unvarnished evil. He is a liar, he is a tin soldier without honor, he is the all-too-eager tool of those who hope to use him to institute both national and global socialism, and much to the dismay of those who sneer at the president’s intelligence, he simply isn’t very bright. John Kerry would make a mediocre president and only the combination of Kerry’s extreme incompetence and a Republican Congress would prevent him from making a horrible one.

George Bush, unlike John Kerry, is an excellent politician. Unfortunately, he has used his political gifts and his trustworthy persona to betray his base constituency, conservative Republicans, at nearly every turn. Just a week before the election, he again delivered a stunning slap in the face to his core supporters, this time to social conservatives who believe (wrongly, in my opinion) that using the power of the federal government is the best way to protect the institution of marriage.

The battle cry of the current conservative con, “we are at war,” is an ancient political device. After more than 400 years of non-contiguous terms for Rome’s ruling consuls, an astute politician, Gaius Marius, used the very real threat posed by the Cimbri and the Teutoni to justify his unprecedented re-elections to the consulship. Previously, a few consuls had served more than one term – though almost never twice in a row – but Marius arranged to hold six consulships between 107 and 100 B.C., and in the process instituted the bloody proscriptions that led to Rome’s first civil war. Interestingly enough, his first consulship also saw the passage of the Lex Caelia tabellaria, which introduced secret voting in trials for treason.

Shades of the Patriot Act, one might say. Like Marius, George Bush poses as the defender of the nation, although the continuing conflict in Iraq manifestly demonstrates that he is not the martial peer of the great Roman general. He has other poses, too, as imaginative conservatives continue to claim him as one of their own though he is not and has never really claimed to be.

George Bush’s most successful pose has been his iconic image as a patriotic, anti-U.N. defender of American national sovereignty. This is wildly off-base, considering that most of the president’s statements and actions on the international scene have been inimical to national sovereignty and strongly supportive of the globalist agenda. He ordered the country to rejoin UNESCO, supports the Law Of The Sea treaty and in 2002 declared before the U.N. General Assembly “we will show that the promise of the United Nations can be fulfilled in our time.” Indeed, he gave defending the legitimacy of the United Nations as one of his primary reasons for invading Iraq.

It is true that everything that can be counted against George Bush can be counted three times over against John Kerry. Nor can it be denied that for advocates of freedom and human liberty, George Bush is still the lesser evil. Many have said that supporting the lesser evil is therefore the good and right thing to do, but I strongly disagree. Those who claim God is dead can do as they see fit, but Christians are not commanded to do the lesser evil, they are told to do what is right in all things, even if that requires them to walk a hard and narrow path alone.

If America is a car headed for a cliff, a vote for John Kerry is like stepping on the gas, while voting for George Bush can be best equated with leaving it on cruise control. However, if you are at all concerned with the long-term direction of this country, I strongly suggest pulling on the emergency brake by voting for one of the two men who are genuinely committed to reclaiming America’s stolen birthright, Michael Badnarik of the Libertarian Party or Michael Peroutka of the Constitution Party.

Neither man will win tomorrow’s election. But at least you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are not a willing accomplice in the ongoing bipartisan destruction of your country.