ISSUE: Joseph Farah advises Americans to vote "none of the above" for president in 2008.
DEBATE HYPOTHESIS: Joseph Farah's position is both wrong and dangerous for America.
BACKGROUND: I admire Joseph Farah – WND is my home page – and agree nearly 100 percent with his political and religious views. Unlike Mr. Farah, I am both a conservative and a registered Republican. But I have sat out two post-Reagan presidential elections and voted for Ross Perot. Further, I consider John McCain our most anti-constitutional senator – he's literally shredded the First Amendment, attempted to hand out U.S. citizenship like candy to millions of lawbreaking foreigners and tens of millions of their family members, and stabbed his own party in the back on more than one occasion.
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So why am I voting for John McCain? And why do I hope I can convince Mr. Farah not only to join me, but to encourage his many readers and admirers to do so as well?
- The difference between religion and politics – Religion is about defending doctrine without compromise, because it is based on revelation from an infallible God. Politics is about compromising in order to get along with other flawed humans with whom you will never fully agree. As a born-again Christian, I and many of my brethren often fail to make this distinction between these two areas. Yes, I always vote my values – including my Christian values. But unlike religious activity, politics always means choosing the lesser evil (i.e., the least flawed human candidate). Furthermore, electing anyone to political office should never be a matter of rewarding or punishing a person or party, but only a matter of what is in the best interests of one's family, community and country. Finally, voting for one candidate is often the best way to vote against the other worse candidate.
- My family – I owe it to my children and grandchildren to do all in my power to leave them the best, least-damaged country possible. Freedom lost is never regained, government growth is never reversed, and the trillion dollars in new spending already proposed by the leftist coalition planning on taking power next year will financially enslave generations of future Americans. How could we allow this to happen to them? Not without a fight!
- Political control – The Democratic Party is a treasonous, shameless, godless, morally bankrupt, utterly dishonest rogue party. They are 100 percent unresponsive to the concerns of most Americans, the vast majority of whom are conservative. The Republican Party has fallen a long way since Reagan, but can still be redeemed because: 1) there are still a few good men and women serving; 2) the new platform was much shorter and far more conservative than the mountain of moderation of four years ago; and 3) they can still be forced to respond to the demands of constituents on key issues. Where McCain is right on those issues, we can support him; where he is wrong, we can oppose and likely stop him. The same cannot be said of Obama, who expects to come in with super majorities in both houses of Congress.
- Palin – If the only way I can vote for the excellent, proven, Constitution-championing rising star Sarah Palin is to vote for John McCain, then I'll cast my vote for McCain.
- Judges – Though McCain was one of the infamous "Gang of 14" Senate Republican compromisers, there is no question whatsoever that his judicial nominees will be infinitely preferable to Obama's. At the very least, he has stated his standard as Roberts, Alito and Rehnquist. Judge appointments was also one of the only bright spots in the Bush 43 administration. It is impossible to understate the importance of these appointments – the two or three likely appointments to the Supreme Court alone will impact freedom, justice and the quality of life for Americans for at least a generation, and probably much longer.
- Friends of Obama – The list of Obama supporters, allies, associates, advisers and close friends alone should drive every thinking voter to the polls for McCain. The agenda of these potential Cabinet members and White House officials, even if only partially implemented, will unquestionably result in the death of our constitutional republic. We will likely live in a police state within his first term.
- The mainstream media – Lincoln was right: If America ever falls, it will not be by an external power, but "by suicide." A key instrument of our death, should it occur, will be the mainstream news media. This is one of the most bizarre developments of the current election cycle. America's news media have abdicated all pretense not only of objectivity, but of any interest whatsoever in truth. They have sunk dramatically into journalistic malpractice, abandoning all professional standards for their constitutionally protected profession in order to serve as propagandists on the order of Pravda. If you liked what the media did for Clinton, you'll love what they will do for an Obama administration. Let us hope that beating the media's anointed candidate will head off this scenario, repudiate this sadly fallen institution, reduce it's insidious influence and hasten it's demise and ultimate re-emergence after a free-market purging and cleansing.
- Job applicant analogy – Imagine you're a board member of a major corporation, one in which all your wealth for retirement is tied up. The company president retires and must be replaced. You do not have an option whether or not to replace him. The board has narrowed down their search to just two candidates, both of whom you opposed and are unhappy with. One you know to be a poor choice, but the other you know will destroy the company and your wealth along with it. So in order to "punish" the board, would you really abdicate your official responsibility and refuse to vote – even when you know the worse candidate is likely to be selected? Or consider a similar scenario, instead for the homeowner's association of the neighborhood you love and want to live in for the rest of your life – one candidate is lousy, but the other one is an unreformed arsonist. Would you vote for the lousy candidate, or would you "punish" your fellow homeowners for selecting bad candidates by allowing them to put the arsonist in charge?
- Getting the right people to the polls – We need the right people in Congress, regardless of who wins the presidency. Voting for president gets people to the polls, but while they are there they also select their congressional representatives. If dissatisfied conservatives are discouraged from voting for president, Congress will become even more radical and out of control.
- International concerns – I couldn't care less what bad opinion foreigners have of Americans, except when: 1) their opinion is based on lies spread by America-hating Americans, and 2) their opinion affects the safety and well-being of Americans traveling and working abroad. Nothing would shock the world more into questioning its assumptions about our nation than a sound defeat for Obama. As Teddy Roosevelt pointed out, we can't expect America to win the world's love, but we must maintain the world's respect. An Obama victory would cost us both and guarantee troubled times ahead for American tourists, students, diplomats and business leaders in foreign nations. We can expect a violent attack on Obama, and, what is far worse, a fatally inept American response that will ensure further attacks. On the other hand, how wonderful to wake up after a McCain victory to the collective wailing of all the tyrants, thugs and terrorists who wish us harm and were praying to their various gods for an Obama win.
- BONUS REASON: The U.S. military – Cuts to America's defensive capabilities are already on the table for the next Congress, if the liberals win. Remember the Clinton cuts in intelligence, equipment and training, and how they hampered our military – in material and in lives – immediately after 9/11. Realize the vital importance of a strong commander in chief to an effective military – how, despite fighting and dying in an "unpopular" war, the military branches enlistments and re-enlistments were excellent. We simply cannot allow a president even more loathing of the military than Clinton to become our next commander in chief.
CONCLUSION: Joseph Farah may be no Republican, but I would venture to say the overwhelming majority of his readers are. And that's why I want to persuade him to change his mind, or at least to convince observers of this debate not to follow his lead. There is too much at stake – namely, everything good about America. As Mr. Farah himself said yesterday, the day before election, he is "someone who believes Barack Obama is the most dangerous, anti-American, Constitution-hating, socialist radical scoundrel who has ever run for the White House." I couldn't agree more. And that is precisely why I am voting not for John McCain, but against Barack Obama by casting my vote for McCain/Palin.
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