I'm not quite in the same place politically as Bill Quick, but I can see what he's going through:
Quite frankly, my vote goes to the candidate who offers me the most, by my standards. I vote selfishly, not altruistically. So any candidate that gets my vote has to earn it. GWB did earn it the first time, because he made a lot of campaign promises about the judiciary, about his philosophy of government, about his intentions, that sounded better to me than a continuation of the policies of a man I once voted for BJ Clinton who betrayed his office horribly, and thereby forfeited any hope of ever getting a vote from me again.
I need hardly point out that this is nothing like a belated endorsement of Kerryism, which managed to combine most of the worst effluvia of contemporary Democratic Party thinking into a single unpalatable package.
There are plenty of reasons to be wary of another four years of BushCo. The Republicans, dammit, have discovered the joys of deficit spending, and while they're not as profligate as Democrats would like to be, the likelihood that a second Bush administration would make much of a dent in the deficit is close to nil. And while I'm not especially fond of the watered-down Marxism vended by the national Democrats these days, I, for one, do not welcome our new corporate overlords: I see no reason to think being screwed over by a corporation is somehow preferable to being screwed over by the government.
Which is why I can endorse this statement of Quick's:
I am, however, perfectly free to vote for a Democrat who better meets my needs and desires than a Republican does. And I will, if that situation arises. If you are looking for a blog that will promulgate little more than the latest bulletin from the RNC or the DNC you'll probably be much happier at a different sort of blog. If you are somebody who wants small government, fiscal restraint, good leaders, an effective war on terror, an emphasis on individual liberty, meaningful borders, an end to the Drug War, and a scaling back of gigantic nanny-daddy statism, then you're in the right place. And once you're here, you don't have to vote for either a Republican or a Democrat. You don't owe anybody your vote. They have to earn it. If they don't, then they don't deserve to have it.
I am, I remind you, a registered Democrat, and have been for thirty-odd years. There have been many times I've thought of bolting; it is invariably at that point that someone in the GOP (Tom? Ernest? Tom?) reminds me that there's a good reason I haven't.
And if 2008 comes down to a Republican with no spine and a Democrat with no brain well, let's hope this state has done something about ballot access between now and then.
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