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Note To Angry Republicans: Stay Angry But Vote Republican (Dennis Prager Alert)
Townhall.com ^ | 10/31/2006 | Dennis Prager

Posted on 10/30/2006 10:08:08 PM PST by goldstategop

One repeatedly hears that some conservatives and Republicans will either vote Democrat or not vote at all -- out of anger at the Republican Party.

According to these Republican holdouts, the Republicans have governed as Democrats-lite by greatly increasing government spending and doing little about illegal immigration. Accordingly, it is better to have liberal government under liberals than liberal government under Republicans, and the Republicans need to be taught a lesson so that in the future they will govern as authentic Republicans.

Conservatives should file this thinking under the heading "Cathartic," but not under "Smart."

One of the great realizations one comes to as the years pass is how small a role reason plays in most people's decisions. From choosing products based on their packaging to deciding how to vote, passion and emotion usually eclipse reason.

Any Republican, let alone conservative, who votes Democrat or stays home out of pique with the Republican Congress or the president has chosen emotion over reason.

Have the Bush administration and Republican Congress spent too much money? Of course. And it really is quite annoying. Nothing unites conservative and moderate Republicans as does opposition to big government.

So it is not surprising that so many Republicans are furious at the increases in government spending, such as the staggeringly expensive Medicare prescription drug plan.

Add to this the fury of the conservative base of the Republican Party at the administration's apparent apathy toward illegal "immigration," and you have an Election Day problem.

Now, regarding spending, I share Republicans' anger. Republicans who don't control government spending do far more harm than Democrats who don't. Why? Because when the smaller-government party expands government, those who believe in smaller government have nowhere to turn.

Nevertheless, if it were not for the Bush administration, we never would have gotten the substantial tax cuts that have led to such a robust economy (especially impressive in light of the costs of the war in Iraq and of Katrina).

As for illegal immigration, here, too, I identify with those who are frustrated that Republicans have not done more while in control of both the executive and legislative branches of government. But at least President Bush has signed a bill authorizing the building of a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. No Democratic president would do that. If you care about reducing illegal immigration, isn't that reason enough to prevent the Democrats from gaining power?

And what about the single most important reason to elect Republicans -- the appointment of judges, especially justices to the Supreme Court? What sort of reasoning would lead a conservative to conclude that it is more important to express anger at Republicans than to prevent Democrats from appointing Supreme Court justices and other judges?

And taxes -- what rational conservative would prefer tax increases, one of the major goals of the Democratic Party?

As regards national security, what sort of Republicans are so angry at the Bush administration and/or the Republican Congress that they would want to replace the party that made the Patriot Act and NSA wiretapping possible with the party that opposes the Patriot Act and NSA wiretapping? And doesn't the Bush administration deserve credit for the absence of a single terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11?

How about Social Security? Why would a rational Republican want to reward the party that opposed any attempt to fix a system that will fail the next generation of Americans -- and hurt the Republican president who bravely, if ultimately futilely, spent political capital trying to fix it?

And what about tort reform? Republicans have begun reducing abuses of the legal system by passing some tort reform legislation. With Democrats in power, such achievements will be reversed, and trial lawyers and legislators will be empowered to continue to damage this country through law. That is, after all, why trial lawyers are among the biggest donors to the Democratic Party.

Finally, please remember that it was disaffected Republicans who voted for Ross Perot who helped elect Bill Clinton president, and it was disaffected Democrats who voted for Ralph Nader who helped elect George W. Bush president. Unless you run yourself, dear annoyed Republican, you will never find an ideal candidate. Compared to you and your conservative principles, real-life Republicans are indeed a failure. But compared to real-life Democrats, they are almost giants.

Vote out of anger, and you'll either vote Democrat or stay home. Vote out of reason, and you'll vote Republican. Please choose reason. If you don't like the Republican candidate, the place to get rid of him is in the primary, not the general election. The general election is not between good Republicans and irresponsible Republicans; it's between Republicans and Democrats.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2006elections; conservatism; democrats; dennisprager; elections; gop; liberalism; reason; stupidbacklash; townhall; votegop
Sure, conservatives are mad at the Republican Party for betraying conservative principles and increasing spending and the size of government. Nevertheless Dennis Prager urges conservatives to listen to reason and still vote Republican next week. At the end of the day, the bottom line about the 2006 elections isn't over the fight between responsible and irresponsible Republicans; its between Republicans and Democrats. Let's remember the liberal enemy and everything that would put at risk should they win: the Bush tax cuts, the war against Islamofascism, stricter immigration laws and conservative judges being put on the bench. A backlash might sound good but then conservatives would have buyers' remorse the morning after. So vote Republican as if your life and your country depended upon it. Because this year, it literally does.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

1 posted on 10/30/2006 10:08:09 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

VOTE REPUBLICAN

No vote is actually a vote for Islamofascism.

If you value your life, the life of your family and friends, VOTE REPUBLICAN!

SPREAD THE WORD!

2 posted on 10/30/2006 10:12:14 PM PST by Stallone ("Ridicule is the Best Test of Truth" - Earl of Shaftesbury)
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To: goldstategop

Bump!


3 posted on 10/30/2006 10:12:58 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Stallone

How did we get here?


4 posted on 10/30/2006 10:13:05 PM PST by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: HitmanLV

The Enemy Within, aka Democrats and Liberal Media, have conspired to undermine success in the War Against Islamofascism.

Republicans In Name Only, aka RINOs, have caved to the phantom opposition, further undermining the ability of our steely-jawed military to keep our nation free.

Only Warriors like Rush Limbaugh and Free Republic continue to hold the domestic front in this brutal War.

Keep the faith, Republicans, and victory is ours!


5 posted on 10/30/2006 10:22:48 PM PST by Stallone ("Ridicule is the Best Test of Truth" - Earl of Shaftesbury)
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To: goldstategop

Great post! Thanks.... There is a right time for everything and lets get out and vote for the Repulicans in 2006, and AFTER that lets address these issues and get the party back on track...


6 posted on 10/30/2006 10:32:08 PM PST by democrats_nightmare
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I don't think the problem is the 28% of the population (or whatever it is) that ID's Republican. I think it's the 33% that ID's independent. That's who need convincing, the swing voters. What has been done in the past 6 years to convince them?


7 posted on 10/30/2006 10:37:54 PM PST by phelanw
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To: HitmanLV

I lay a majority of the blame on our own fifth-column mainstream media. They've done everything possible to undermine the current administration. I'm confident conservative voters know what's at stake and will do the right thing.


8 posted on 10/30/2006 10:42:43 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: goldstategop

So why did you post another thread urging Republicans not to vote for Kean in NJ????? What is wrong with you?


9 posted on 10/30/2006 10:43:15 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: goldstategop

DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT A VOTE FOR EITHER WILL CLOSE THE BORDERS? Do you not think that the next president won't be a CRF, trilateralist, New World Order follower? Do these types represent 85% of us Americans?


10 posted on 10/30/2006 10:49:57 PM PST by Digger
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To: goldstategop
"If you don't like the Republican candidate, the place to get rid of him is in the primary, not the general election."

Well, that would be okay if we actually had a choice in the primary.

11 posted on 10/30/2006 11:26:01 PM PST by bluecollarman (.)
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To: ozzymandus
Nothing. Vote conservative across the board. Avoid liberals whatever party label they wear, like the plague.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

12 posted on 10/30/2006 11:33:03 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Sure, conservatives are mad at the Republican Party for betraying conservative principles and increasing spending and the size of government.

Now wait a minute...isn't this the purpose of primary elections, to lame duck the current RINO in office and vote for someone the electorate does prefer to run against the 'Rat?? At least in theory??

13 posted on 10/30/2006 11:37:10 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Would you like to join the OFFICIAL Oakland Raiders ping list? Sure you would, send me freepmail.)
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To: bluecollarman
Well, that would be okay if we actually had a choice in the primary.

We did here in Idaho, at least in the House 1st District Race. We had about 6 candidates, 4 RINOs, 1 actual conservative, and Robert Vazquez.

14 posted on 10/30/2006 11:38:51 PM PST by GOP_Raider (Would you like to join the OFFICIAL Oakland Raiders ping list? Sure you would, send me freepmail.)
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To: GOP_Raider
I don't see why voters would prefer a pretend liberal to the real one. Although there are exceptions: sometimes the real liberal can lack a personality transplant or just be obnoxious. Then people pick a RINO. But NOT because they like conservatives.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

15 posted on 10/30/2006 11:43:59 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: democrats_nightmare

That's what I was thinking. There are only a few Republicans I don't like, but this year if I had to vote for them I would, just to keep the 'Rats out. I am glad I don't live in McCain's district cause I would vote for him even though I don't like him a lot. This isn't the time to play games and not vote for the better candidate just because the candidate isn't perfect or is best friends with John Kerry.


16 posted on 10/30/2006 11:59:41 PM PST by YdontUleaveLibs (Reason is out to lunch. How may I help you?)
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To: goldstategop

The more important thing to remember about voting Republican this year is that a vote that gets a Dem in one state will hurt the pubbie in another state or the rest of the pubbies. This year, it IS all about protecting good conservatives and conservative seats, like Talent, Allen, Santorum, and Pawlenty, (to name just a few), and not about a tantrum over supposed RINO's. If we "lose" Tennessee, RI, Maryland, OH, and either house of Congress, then we lose power across the nation, making conservative voices LESS likely to be heard next time around.


17 posted on 10/31/2006 12:15:55 AM PST by alwaysconservative (This election has to be about teaching the media that their poisonous tricks won't work.)
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To: Digger
DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT A VOTE FOR EITHER WILL CLOSE THE BORDERS? Do you not think that the next president won't be a CRF, trilateralist, New World Order follower? Do these types represent 85% of us Americans?

If you live in a world where evil powers control our government and Cheney and Leahy are working towards the same goal, why do you worry about who gets elected?

19 posted on 10/31/2006 1:37:25 AM PST by Once-Ler (The rat 06 election platform will be a promise to impeach the President if they win)
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To: alwaysconservative

If not supporting liberals just because they're "republicans" causes conservatives to lose power, maybe we deserve to lose...


20 posted on 10/31/2006 2:32:56 AM PST by chadwimc
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To: goldstategop; All

Here is my short report on advance voting in Georgia on the first day:

http://www.freedominion.ca/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=830322&highlight=#830322


21 posted on 10/31/2006 3:08:03 AM PST by backhoe ("It's so easy to spend someone else's money." [My Dad, circa 1958])
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To: goldstategop
What game are you playing?


Have you been taking lessons from Kerry?


Your talking out both sides of your mouth.


http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1728954/posts


This is the time to vote for the PARTY. Not for the INDIVIDUAL

22 posted on 10/31/2006 3:30:59 AM PST by AmeriBrit (Soros and Clinton's for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington = SCREW.)
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To: Stallone

Besides the tombstone and illegal alien votes the Democrats' best hope is that Republicans will fall for the leftist propaganda of the past 6 monts and stay home.

The only other hope Democrats have of taking Congress is a military coup.


23 posted on 10/31/2006 4:28:26 AM PST by R.W.Ratikal
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To: Digger

What more do you want them to do to the border?


24 posted on 10/31/2006 4:30:57 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Votewaster
Oh by all means bring up Harriet Miers. Let's get THAT argument started again.

Look, you anti-Miers people WON! Isn't that enough? You want to forever punish anyone who disagreed, like some sort of thought police?

25 posted on 10/31/2006 4:40:15 AM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look over Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.```````````````````````)
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To: HitmanLV

"How did we get here?"

Well, this is what I came up with. I think aside from Kennedy and Truman, who by todays standards would be Republicans who would be called RINOS, this man is probably the reason why the Democrats are like they are today.

"Wallace was chosen by Roosevelt in 1940 to be the Vice Presidential candidate on the Democratic ticket, mostly for his loyalty to FDR, and his popularity in the Midwest. The Roosevelt-Wallace ticket won the election that year, marking the beginning of Roosevelt's unprecedented third term. It would be the first and last elected office Wallace would ever serve in.

As a wartime Vice President (the bombing of Pearl Harbor occurred less than a year into his term), Wallace took on all sorts of roles. He was chairman of the Board of Economic Warfare, which spent over a billion dollars fighting the Axis in world markets. He also went on several goodwill missions around the world, including a trip to the Soviet Union, where he was extremely impressed with the economic progress that the country had made under Josef Stalin's rule. Around the time of the end of the war, Wallace also began to talk about encouraging a "revolution of the people" in Europe in order to help the common man.

Due to reactions against Wallace's praise of Stalin's Soviet Union, and growing concerns about Roosevelt's health, the Democratic establishment was firmly against Wallace's re-nomination as Vice President in 1944. It would have taken unwavering support from Roosevelt for Wallace to stay on the ticket, and he did not receive it. Wallace was dropped from the ticket in favor of Harry S. Truman, and Roosevelt-Truman won the general election that fall. Wallace was kept on as Secretary of Commerce.

After Roosevelt's death in 1945, Wallace began to diverge from the Democratic Party, now under Truman's leadership. He disagreed with Truman's hard line policies against Russia, preferring policies of accommodation and economic aid, even suggesting that the United States share atomic energy research with the Soviet Union. After publicly stating these views in a speech in September 1946, Wallace was dismissed by President Truman. He almost immediately took a job as editor of the New Republic, criticizing Truman's foreign policy decisions whenever he could. In 1948, Wallace ran for President on the Progressive Party ticket, but only won less than 2% of the vote."


26 posted on 10/31/2006 5:34:08 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Obama in 08)
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To: R.W.Ratikal

"The only other hope Democrats have of taking Congress is a military coup."

Actually, the Democrats have a good chance of taking congress. You seem to forget that the political parties play by different rules.

There will be fraud, massive lawsuits, "green districts", voting machine failures, disenfranchisement and everything else thrown at Americans to ensure a Democrat victory come November 8.

The MSM is going to post exit polls illegally, call elections before the polls close and write articles supporting Democrat accusations.

This is it for the RATS. They lose this one, they can kiss their party goodbye as well as kiss the ACLU, Moveon and every other Marxist group that either funds them or they fund goodbye.

The DNC will implode and Dean will be gone, replaced by Clinton cronies.

If nothing else happens in the next two years, Bush should have one goal in mind. Fill as many seats on the bench with Conservatives as possible. Go nuclear!

Then propose a purge of every voter roll in the country to be replaced by everyone reregistering to vote and a mechanical voting system that gives a paper receipt. Show the country how ridiculous the RATS are and the only way to stop the madness is by scratching the system and starting from square one.

Finally, with that, redo the census and redictrict the entire country.




27 posted on 10/31/2006 5:43:26 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Obama in 08)
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To: phelanw
That's who need convincing, the swing voters. What has been done in the past 6 years to convince them?

Negative advertising turns swing voters off. They say fie on both your houses and refuse to vote.

The California Governors race between Gray Davis and Bill Simon was a classic example. Karl Rove tried to convice Bill Simon to stay positive but he refused and went negative. Davis had been negative from the start. Davis and Rove knew that when both parties went negative it turned the moderate voters off.

When the votes were counted a total of 10 plus million people voted but only 6 plus million voted in the Governors race. The bases of both parties voted and swing voters did not. Since there were mote Democrats than Republicans in California, Davis won.

In the central states the Republican advertising has been very negative.Surpisingly so has the Democratis advertising. That means the swing voters will not vote. Since there are more Registered Republicans than Democrats in these states ... Republicans will win on what will appear to be a light turn out. But if those who vote are checked out you will find it was the swing voters who stayed away from the polls.

The pollsters are assuming the swing voters will vote in the same frequency as in the past. That will not be true.

28 posted on 10/31/2006 6:42:42 AM PST by Common Tator
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To: goldstategop
Yet another "vote for us because the other guys are worse than we are" article...



29 posted on 10/31/2006 7:44:13 AM PST by zeugma (I reject your reality and substitute my own in its place. (http://www.zprc.org/))
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To: goldstategop

30 posted on 10/31/2006 8:21:19 AM PST by Prime Choice (True Conservatives don't vote for Liberals just because they have an 'R' by their name.)
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To: goldstategop
So vote Republican as if your life and your country depended upon it. Because this year, it literally does.

Damn I use to think the liberals had a lock on ridiculous hyperbole.

31 posted on 10/31/2006 8:55:44 AM PST by StoneColdGOP (¿Dubya es mi señor, es él el tuyo?)
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To: goldstategop

He misses a key point, and that is that by far most of the Congressional Republicans are on the right side of the immigration issue - always have been. Both House and Senate. The problem is that with a narrow edge, if a few RINO's like Specter vote with the Dem's, the attempt to pass something will fail. Not to mention fillibusters. So the "true conservatives" are basically blaming all pubbies for the actions of some RINO's. Of course Bush is also not where he should be on the issue but that also is not congressional Republicans' fault.


32 posted on 10/31/2006 7:50:44 PM PST by lasereye
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To: YdontUleaveLibs

I agree with you entirely we need to not be eutopians but pragmatic ;-). Thanks for the reply and God bless you.


33 posted on 11/01/2006 11:47:41 AM PST by democrats_nightmare
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