Heretic-The conservative case for voting "democrat".
(Note-This discussion does not include the Presidency or national candidates. Because of unique Presidential powers, "best of the worst" is our only option)
In August of this year, the MSM reported the death of longtime democrat Senator Jim Jeffords.
Coincidentally, his death was one week before the Florida primary election which elected Charlie Crist as the democrat nominee for governor.
It occurred to me that, not long ago, both men were respected republicans.
A review of their political activities shows they were not just turncoats.
They were hardly even moderates.
They were liberals hiding under the cloak of the republican party.
And it worked...for them.
How'd that work out for us republicans?
Today, we face a decision on whether to support the republican nominee for governor, Rick Snyder, and other faux republicans in Michigan.
I can't list all the policies that led me to ask this question, but I'd like to open a discussion about how we conservatives (especially here in Michigan) should respond to the hijacking of our party.
The advice we hear from the media and the establishment party is to "come together" and, if necessary, support the "best of the worst".
Most would agree the Rick Snyder is less liberal than Mark Schauer.
But Gov. Snyder (and other republicans) has enacted some very liberal programs, including the tax increases, expansions of state government and the expansion of (totally unfunded) Medicaid here in Michigan.
All solid liberal democrat concepts.
All solidly pushed through by our republican governor and republican house and senate.
When we fiscal conservatives express dissatisfaction, we are cautioned that if Snyder is replaced by a democrat, terrible things will befall Michigan.
Like more tax increases?
Like more expansion of state government?
Like more union pension bailouts that retain the economically suicidal defined benefit plans?
Like more unfunded expansions of healthcare programs?
Like more, expanded attacks on conservatives within our republican state party?
An argument might be made that if we are getting democrat policies, maybe it would be better if democrats voted for and enacted those policies.
An argument might be made that continuing to support those politicians who have consistently stabbed us in the back is a recipe for more stab wounds.
Here's my topic for discussion:
If we can't support some republicans for elective office, what should we do?
Our choices seem simple:
1. Hold your nose and vote GOP.
2. Vote for a third party.
3. Don't vote for anyone in a particular election.
All the above are simply wasting out vote.
All the above are simply wasting out vote.
4. Vote for the democrat-Actually voting to elect a democrat.
What might the benefits be in actually supporting or electing certain democrats?
1. We would be sending a clear message that we've had enough.
No more naive Charlie Brown hoping (against all evidence) that Lucy will let us kick the football.
In the past we republicans have quietly assured our leaders that how they vote does not matter.
We can be counted on supporting anyone.
Even those who consistently betray our values.
Those days are gone.
Listen and deliver on your promises or you're gone too.
2. We'd get better governance. (at least in Michigan)
Republicans are more effective as a minority.
Republicans have been best at stopping democrat overreach when in the minority.
When in control, they seem to morph into big government, big spending democrats.
Seven republican senators joined every democrat to pass the Medicaid expansion.
Would they have done so if a democrat was governor?
3. Democrats would get FULL credit for enacting their liberal ideas.
When republicans support and vote for liberal policies it gives the democrats cover.
Let democrats take credit for their votes. (See above 7 republicans)
4. We will stop enabling republicans to betray their convictions and their constituents.
If we continue to vote for those who have betrayed us, it will reinforce their belief that they are bullet-proof.
No need to listen to conservatives.
And even liberals.
Why should we continue to support those who betray us?
5. Liberals will no longer run as republicans.
They will see they can't get elected and move to the party that suits them best.
The chances of electing a Jeffords, Crist (or a Snyder?) will be less likely.
Maybe it was worth surviving the Carter presidency in order to get the Ronald Reagan Presidency.
What about the downside?
1. We could end up like California or Illinois.
But is becoming a "disaster state" because of republican led baby-steps any better than getting there in big leaps by democrats?
I don't know how I will vote in November but I sure am tired of being Charlie Brown to my republican party's untrustworthy Lucy.
Norton Shores MI