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Eight reasons conservatives must vote on November 7th
Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2006 | Michael Medved

Posted on 10/26/2006 4:26:18 PM PDT by WOSG

Why People of Conscience Can’t Afford to Facilitate a Leftist Victory

For months, we’ve been hearing about the sour mood of U.S, conservatives, with left-leaning activists and liberal commentators savoring (and promoting) the possibility that many of their opponents on the right will express their frustration by abandoning the GOP on November 7th. As Election Day approaches, however, the evidence accumulatesthat dissatisfied and restless Republicans have begun to come home, recoiling at the very real prospect of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House and second in line to the Presidency. Nevertheless, those of us who travel in conservative circles can still hear some grumbling and gnashing of teeth, accompanied by tired (and tiresome) arguments on behalf of desertion from the field of political battle.

By now, we all know the lines: the Washington Republicans have become indistinguishable from Democrats (they’re all “Republicrats” and “Demicans”--- yuck, yuck, yuck!); they need to be punished for overspending and failing to halt abortion, immigration, deficits and stem cell research; the GOP deserves blame for waging a cowardly, politically correct, inconclusive war in Iraq; Bush and his buddies are deliberately undermining our national sovereignty because they are secretly controlled by the Council on Foreign Relations, Skull and Bones, the Bohemian Grove, the Illuminati and other avatars of the New World Order; and the only way to get Republicans to develop backbone is to hurt them at the polls, sweeping away the current crop of panty-waists and globalists and replacing them with ideologically committed he-men who can reconnect with the American mainstream and then, in some future confrontation, win decisive victories against the newly energized Democrats.

Whatever the merits in these claims, most Americans who place themselves to the right of the Kerry-Pelosi-Howard Dean-George Soros Democrats are coming to realize that we can’t afford two years (or more) of leftist lunacy in Congress for the sake of some future (and far from certain) return to power. The current situation presents solid, undeniable reasons that this election amounts to a Very Big Deal and all conservatives of conscience must make a point of voting on November 7th.

Herewith, eight concrete reminders of why your participation counts:

1. Judges. On April 20th of next year, Justice John Paul Stevens (arguably the most liberal member of the current Supreme Court, will celebrate his 87thirthday. The actuarial tables suggest that the chances are excellent that he will vacate his high office some time before President Bush leaves the White House – at a time when Justice Stevens is just two months shy of his 89th birthday! No decision will impact the long-term future of this Republic more substantially than the choice of a successor to this veteran jurist. If the Democrats have taken over the Senate, with Pat Leahy of Vermont as the new chair of the Judiciary Committee, the chances of winning confirmation for any justice in the Alito-Roberts mold are nil. Many conservatives felt (rightly) troubled by the aborted nomination of Harriet Miers; but even this sort of “stealth nominee” would find it difficult to escape a Democratic Senate.

Whatever our complaints about other aspects of the Bush record, his judicial nominations have been incontestably superb—vastly better than his father’s, than Nixon’s, and even than Reagan’s (remember Sandra Day O’Connor? Anthony Kennedy?). With one more nomination, the high court would enjoy a clear strict constructionist majority (Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito, and……). But sulking conservatives want to give up a once-in-a-lifetime chance to overrule Roe v. Wade and other examples of catastrophic judicial overreach because you’re angry about Mark Foley’s e-mails? And what about all the dozens of appellate and federal district court nominations that will come up in the next two years? These appointments will help to shape the federal judiciary for a generation, with incalculable impact long after any current complaints have been forgotten.

2. Encouraging the Enemy. The only way to win wars is to convince your adversaries that further resistance is useless. Democratic victories in the House and/or Senate would help persuade Islamo-Nazi terrorists that they are, in fact, winning the war for US public opinion. No one questions that the jihadists closely monitor our domestic politics. Why else would they so conspicuously intensify their violent attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan just weeks before a crucial election? They also clearly want Democrats to win, not just because they hate Bush but because they clearly perceive the irresolution, confusion and urge to appease of the liberal faction in the current debates. Even if the Democrats resist these temptations once in power (after all, they would still face two more years of a Bush White House as a block to their more irresponsible impulses) the much-ballyhooed fact of their political triumph would greatly encourage anti-American forces everywhere and thereby prolong this war.

3. Security. When it comes to vigorous interrogation and wiretapping of terrorist suspects, more than 70% of Congressional Democrats opposed even the compromise policies jointly shaped by President Bush and Senator McCain. Liberal leaders have been outspoken in demanding more “oversight” for our dedicated and phenomenally successful counter-terrorist fighters. The possibility of endless investigations, and even prosecution, regarding Guantanamo and other efforts to force information from deadly anti-American combatants, very obviously threatens all progress in the war on terror. Disaffected Republicans must seriously consider whether they want our battle against al-Qaeda to proceed in a more timid, limited and legalistic way, because with Democrats controlling Congress (and specifically its investigative and funding powers) that is precisely what we are going to get.

4. The Economy. There’s no doubt that Democrats will raise taxes – they’ve pledged to do so and no veto threat could stop them, since all they need to do is to sit tight and to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire. It’s not certain that GOP control will bring further tax reductions, or even protect all of those enacted in the last six years, but it is certain that Democrats will move in the tax-hike direction. Combined with Nancy Pelosi’s promise to raise the minimum wage by two-dollars and hour within the first four days (one hundred hours) of taking the Speaker’s gavel, and of sharply increasing spending for federally subsidized college loans, Medicaid and other social programs, the Democratic tax increases could easily provide the economic jolt to bring the current boom to an abrupt halt. The Dems proudly announce they want more governmental “supervision” of the economy – concerning energy, environmental regulations, labor rules, “gender equity,” family leave, and so forth. Conservatives understand that this sort of growth in federal power hardly constitutes a reliable formula for prosperity. And why, exactly, would anyone on the right support the huge boosts in federal college spending that would provide a vast transfer of wealth from ordinary, middle-American taxpayers to universities that represent islands of unreconstructed leftism within the body politic?

5. Immigration. Many conservatives dislike the Bush approach to immigration, with its calls for a guest worker program and earned legalization for some of the illegals already here. Nevertheless, the President and Congressional Republicans did manage to pass “enforcement first” legislation with provisions for workplace penalties and construction of 700 miles of border fence. The Democrats have indicated they will compensate for this common sense victory with a sweeping, overly-lenient, unconditional amnesty proposal far beyond anything authorized by Bush (or even McCain). Immigration reform will almost surely clear Congress at some point, in some form, in the next two years. Why would anyone on the right believe that in working with a Democratic House and Senate, Bush would come up with a stronger immigration bill than he would in working with his fellow Republicans—who are much less hospitable to the “open borders” crowd?

6. Framing the Debate. It’s true that public opinion shapes elections, but elections also shape public opinion. Consider the impact of the strong showing by religious conservatives in 2004: for the last two years, Democrats have been trying to figure out how to make themselves sound more “spiritual” while commentators of every stripe pay new attention to values voters. If, on the other hand, Dems win a sweeping triumph on November 7th, the media will trumpet the long-awaited demise of the era of conservative dominance, proclaiming a new age of secular enlightenment, tolerance, multiculturalism, peace, partying and rock n’ roll. If conservatives feel discouraged now, try to imagine the paralyzing impact on right wing activism of cover stories and media analysis heralding the nationwide defeat of traditional, family friendly politics. There is, very simply, no example in all American history of advocates who managed to strengthen their cause or advance their ideas by losing a high-profile, watershed election.

7. Losing Control of the Party. When a political party gets thrashed at the polls, it never moves in a rightward (or leftward) direction: it inevitable moves to the center. When Goldwater found himself swamped by Lyndon Johnson in ’64, the GOP didn’t go back to strong conservative principles: it embraced the “centrist” (and deal cutter) Richard Nixon. Similarly, the McGovern disaster of ’72, temporarily discouraged the leftist tendencies among Democrats, as they turned to the self-proclaimed moderate Jimmy Carter. It’s illogical to expect that retreat for today’s conservative-dominated GOP would bring a more conservative party orientation: look for new strength to the mushy middle of the party that would blame the stridency of right wingers (particularly the religious right) for the disaster.

8. Losing Structural Advantages. One of the fundamental truths of American politics is that it’s always easier to defend Senate and House seats than it is to knock off incumbents. Particularly in today’s furiously competitive environment, incumbency confers countless financial and tactical advantages; the majority party starts each battle for Congressional control with significant resources that the challengers can’t match. It is always easier to maintain a majority – no matter how narrow – than it is to dislodge one. That’s why Republicans have managed to survive various ups and downs while maintaining control of the House for 12 years; and Democrats kept their House control for an uninterrupted 40 years before that. It’s a naïve fantasy to suggest that it’s a safe bet that after two years running the House of Representatives (and/or the Senate), the Democrats will get driven from power. It’s far more likely that they’d hang on for several more election cycles, while conferring huge (perhaps decisive) advantages to their Presidential candidate (Hillary? Obama? Kerry?) in 2008 and beyond.

The considerations listed above deserve attention for anyone still grousing about the many shortcomings of Denny Hastert and Bill Frist and George W. Bush. It’s easy to see that our guys aren’t perfect – but this election isn’t about suitability for Rushmore. It’s about maintaining some chance for conservative ideas and policies to prevail at a time of danger and challenge to the nation. Anyone who believes that liberal approaches would work better will no doubt vote Democratic, and that’s appropriate. But for those of us who understand the importance of conservative thinking, and who would like to see that thinking more effectively applied in the next two years, there’s no excuse for advocating unilateral disarmament and surrender, handing power to some of the worst elements on the political scene.

Those who advocate non-participation in this crucial election don’t just call for conservative punishment and defeat. Whether they like it or not, they pave the way for leftist victory. Frankly, America deserves better.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: medved
He says it all, and it all needs to be said.

Folks, the left is on the attack and wants to use this election to smash conservatives ... "there’s no excuse for advocating unilateral disarmament and surrender, handing power to some of the worst elements on the political scene."

Annoy the liberal media, moveon.org, Soros, Hillary, Pelosi and the leftwing extremists: Vote Republican.

1 posted on 10/26/2006 4:26:19 PM PDT by WOSG
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To: WOSG

See also the record of Nancy Pelosi:

http://freedomstruth.blogspot.com/


2 posted on 10/26/2006 4:32:52 PM PDT by WOSG (Broken-glass time, Republicans! Save the Congress!)
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To: WOSG


3 posted on 10/26/2006 4:34:18 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: WOSG

9. The Second Amendment


4 posted on 10/26/2006 4:36:32 PM PDT by aomagrat (I may grow old, but I refuse to grow up)
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To: WOSG
Terrorists Vote for DemoKrats
5 posted on 10/26/2006 4:36:35 PM PDT by GRRRRR (Love America? Protect Her, VOTE GOP...they're better than nothing.)
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To: WOSG

Hold your nose if you have to. But vote Republican. Then push for serious change within the party.


6 posted on 10/26/2006 4:38:48 PM PDT by madball
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To: WOSG
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7 posted on 10/26/2006 5:05:09 PM PDT by b4its2late (50-50-90 rule:You have a 50-50 chance to get it right,there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.)
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To: aomagrat

I CAN'T vote, again. I'm not a Dummocrat. But, I've already voted, by absentee.

Don't forget your "I'm NRA and I vote" sticker in the latest American Rifleman magazine.


8 posted on 10/26/2006 5:11:30 PM PDT by wizr (Live life with a Passion!)
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To: madball
Hold your nose if you have to. But vote Republican. Then push for serious change within the party.

That is precisely how we built the party during the 70s and 80s, and it is how we will continue.

During a election, we should come together. There is plenty of time to do the other work later. There will be no chance to do it if we lose.

9 posted on 10/26/2006 5:16:24 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Turnout is critical! I have voted! How about you?)
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To: WOSG

D E M O C R A T

1----2----3----4----5----6----7----8

Oh...what a horrible thought. I never thought eight could be so bad.

10 posted on 10/26/2006 5:21:14 PM PDT by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: WOSG
Then be put on notice.  Those of us who will bend over and take in the the A$$ one more time will
probably vote to keep the Republicans in.  This is the last time.  Change your ways or move over
and let real Conservatives run the show. 

Sure, there is a war on but this crap with more spending on non-war programs, big government, no
tax reform and now immigration problems which neither party seems to want to fix, have just about
bled the purse dry at this old homestead.  After this election I'll send pennies instead of dollars.  I
swear, every request for contributions will be followed by two pennies symbolizing my two cents worth
of advice that was ignored.

For those who wish to gain office or remain in office.....NO MORE SOCIALISTIC GOVERNMENT!

Initiate IMMIGRATION REFORM

Initiate TAX REFORM

NO MORE SOCIALISM!

11 posted on 10/26/2006 6:09:04 PM PDT by Shamrock-DW
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To: Shamrock-DW

For those who wish to gain office or remain in office.....NO MORE SOCIALISTIC GOVERNMENT!

Initiate IMMIGRATION REFORM

Initiate TAX REFORM

NO MORE SOCIALISM!



Agreed. However, didn't we conservatives have this same discussion 2, 4, and 6 years ago?

I seem to recall a whole bunch of folks vowing to "hold the gop's feet to the fire."

Was that just talk?


12 posted on 10/26/2006 6:17:01 PM PDT by WhiteGuy (DeWine ranked as one of the ten worst border security politicians - Human Events)
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To: Shamrock-DW

" Change your ways or move over
and let real Conservatives run the show. "

Correct. place to do that is in primaries... Look at the Michigan seat, Walberg, conservative who ousted a RINO in the primary. THE TRICK IS TO GET THE CONSERVATIVES ELECTED.

And if its any consolation, if Repubs do poorly, one of those going out is Lincoln Chaffee...


13 posted on 10/26/2006 6:43:38 PM PDT by WOSG (Broken-glass time, Republicans! Save the Congress!)
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To: WOSG
"Herewith, eight concrete reminders of why your participation counts:

"1. Judges. On April 20th of next year, Justice John Paul Stevens (arguably the most liberal member of the current Supreme Court, will celebrate his 87thirthday. The actuarial tables suggest that the chances are excellent that he will vacate his high office some time before President Bush leaves the White House – at a time when Justice Stevens is just two months shy of his 89th birthday! No decision will impact the long-term future of this Republic more substantially than the choice of a successor to this veteran jurist. If the Democrats have taken over the Senate, with Pat Leahy of Vermont as the new chair of the Judiciary Committee, the chances of winning confirmation for any justice in the Alito-Roberts mold are nil. Many conservatives felt (rightly) troubled by the aborted nomination of Harriet Miers; but even this sort of “stealth nominee” would find it difficult to escape a Democratic Senate.

Whatever our complaints about other aspects of the Bush record, his judicial nominations have been incontestably superb—vastly better than his father’s, than Nixon’s, and even than Reagan’s (remember Sandra Day O’Connor? Anthony Kennedy?). With one more nomination, the high court would enjoy a clear strict constructionist majority (Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito, and……). But sulking conservatives want to give up a once-in-a-lifetime chance to overrule Roe v. Wade and other examples of catastrophic judicial overreach because you’re angry about Mark Foley’s e-mails? And what about all the dozens of appellate and federal district court nominations that will come up in the next two years? These appointments will help to shape the federal judiciary for a generation, with incalculable impact long after any current complaints have been forgotten.

Finally! Someone else is stating the obvious. This is the single most important reason why any person who dares to call himself/herself "conservative" should vote for Republicans in November.

The liberty of future generations of Americans is at stake.

14 posted on 10/26/2006 7:09:03 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: WOSG
"reasons conservatives must vote on November 7th"


Sorry, I'm not gonna do it this time.


I will not be going to the polls November 7.


I am just too disgusted with what is happening in the political arena.


Nope. Staying home on the seventh.


Not worth long lines and overcrowded parking lots.


No need to wait until next month since NOTHING is going to keep me from voting conservative.


I voted early TODAY.


;-)
15 posted on 10/26/2006 7:13:33 PM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: WOSG

These post seem awfully obvious advice for FReepers. Anyone here that does not vote for a Conservative is wasting his time being here on this site. IMO


16 posted on 10/26/2006 7:19:24 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: aomagrat

...."9. The Second Amendment"....

Absolutely! Notice how that is not even mentioned!

But: consider the alternative- how safe will our 2A rights be under a lib congress??

Some that know me call me a "single issue voter" (the 2A). I think of myself as a "double issue voter". The 2A and... I HATE DUmmiecrats! The whole bunch of libs that want to run this country wouldn't lose a minute of sleep in ordering their ilk to go door to door collecting guns from law abiding citizens (going to need a LOT of collectors Nancy! - a few might suffer "accidents").

The republican's in congress are far from perfect! But look at the other side of the coin! If the libs take over congress this year, we will have two years of gridlock and vetos (thank God for the vetos!). But now we move to '08. If there is a lib congress and a lib president (bite my freeper tougue!) our 2A rights have had it! And the GOP doesn't even have a serious candidate for '08! McCain? Not a flippin' chance - he*l even the DUmmiecrats call him an "independent"! Think about what that will do to our 2A rights!

The best way to guard the 2A is to VOTE FOR EVERY REPUBLICAN ON YOUR BALLOT! Period!

Sorry aomagrat.... This was not really directed at you but at the people who claim to be 'republicans' but plan not to vote "out of protest". Or vote for a "third party" candidate "out of protest". I wonder if these people understand the harm their "protest" is going to do to gun owners?

I can see ONLY one option to keep our 2A rights intact! Vote for every republican on the ballot.

Sorry for turning this into a rant.... and sorry again to you aomagrat, this was not meant to you.


17 posted on 10/26/2006 8:12:08 PM PDT by Mtner77
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To: madball
Hold your nose if you have to. But vote Republican. Then push for serious change within the party.

Tell this to the pom-pom wavers at HF. Do you honestly believe that any of these people will lift a finger to make a change in the party?

As for holding my nose, I don't think there is a clothespin big enough to eliminate the stench of this bunch of GOP turkeys. If you lived in NY State, you would understand in a heartbeat why I am so down on the GOP - the national party is headed in the same direction as the GOP losers in NY. This should not be allowed to happen.

18 posted on 10/26/2006 9:40:02 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason (Both parties suck.)
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To: WOSG

BTTT!


19 posted on 10/26/2006 10:03:07 PM PDT by Chena ("I'm not young enough to know everything." (Oscar Wilde))
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To: Major Matt Mason

We are on defense this election ... if you dont want to vote FOR GOP, do your duty and vote to DENY THE DEMOCRATS POWER.

" If you lived in NY State, you would understand in a heartbeat why I am so down on the GOP"

You live in a liberal state ... At least help the candidates that you *do* believe in, Spencer, Faso, etc. (I hope you like *some* candidates) do GOTV for them, put their signs up etc. ... for the 'stinkers' dont help them but at least VOTE GOP to DENY THE DEMOCRATS POWER.

Even a hopeless vote against Hillary helps the country in 2008 to pull her down a notch.

" - the national party is headed in the same direction as the GOP losers in NY. This should not be allowed to happen."

It wont happen if we let the Democrats sweep the board for sure. Spitzer victory will help make New York conservative???? Hardly!!


20 posted on 10/26/2006 10:12:30 PM PDT by WOSG (Broken-glass time, Republicans! Save the Congress!)
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To: unlearner

"Sorry, I'm not gonna do it this time. ....


I voted early TODAY.


;-)"

YOu HAD me, man! good one! And I voted early too.:-)


21 posted on 10/26/2006 10:13:34 PM PDT by WOSG (Broken-glass time, Republicans! Save the Congress!)
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To: WOSG
Communism or America. That's the choice.

Communism will fall spectacularly to Islamo-Fascism.

22 posted on 10/26/2006 10:24:44 PM PDT by TigersEye ("Everywhere I go there's a Predator in tow, life goes on without me!")
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To: WOSG

Mona Charen has 13 Reasons:

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/MonaCharen/2006/10/27/13_reasons_to_vote_republican_on_nov_7


23 posted on 10/26/2006 11:49:57 PM PDT by WOSG (Broken-glass time, Republicans! Save the Congress!)
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To: WOSG

I am voting. Good piece.


24 posted on 10/26/2006 11:52:29 PM PDT by MarMema
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