Monday, February 4, 2008

Should conservatives bypass this year's election?

Here is the question of the day: Should conservatives vote for McCain for president and risk changing the face of the republican party, or would it be better to sit this election out and simply let whomever the democratic candidate is win?

That is assuming that Mitt Romney cannot make a comeback on Super Tuesday.

If he doesn't, then John McCain is it. He is our candidate.

John McCain has said point blank that his goal is to reach across the isle and work with democrats and liberals in coming up with compromises that will be for the better of this country.

And, true to his word, he has done this in the past. He has done this not necessarily because he agrees with democrats on certain issues, but because he want to steal their ideas so he can obtain the votes needed to get re-elected to the Senate in the past, and now to the office of the president.

He has gone against his conservative base by supporting global warming theories and policies and by supporting government programs that will restrict and regulate businesses and, according to conservatives, wreck the economy " at the expense of a hoax."

I'm not going to say whether or not global warming is a hoax or not, because new data is coming in every day to support both sides of the debate, however, to make a decision today based on a "theory" that will make our economy worse, sounds like a bad idea to most conservatives.

However, the idea that global warming is real is a popular idea, it doesn't matter that it is a reality or not. And, John McCain wants to reach out to the global warming crowd and provide them with another option rather than voting for democrats all the time. It doesn't matter the economic consequences.

John McCain has also reached out to the democratic base by voting against the Bush tax cuts. While conservatives use historical data that proves that tax cuts are the best way of stimulating a bearish economy, the idea of raising taxes and giving money to people is popular with the people, even though it has historically never worked.

There are a lot of needy people in the U.S., and there always has been. The democrats like to cater to this needy crowd by offering them more government programs. Do fund these programs they have to pledge to raise taxes.

The truth is, these government programs have never worked. Despite that, McCain still wants to walk with democrats along these lines. Conservatives say this is foolish.

To John McCain it doesn't matter if a political approach works to the benifit of the whole, so long as it generates some more votes for himself. And that, in my opinion, many conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity do not like him as the republican candidate.

Here's a good quote by rushto sum it all up:

If I look at this roster of three candidates -- if I look at Hillary-Obama, about whom there's not a dime's worth of difference, because they're so far left it doesn't matter which one of them wins. If McCain adopts economic policies that sound very much like what you'd get from Hillary-Obama, and if I think those policies are going to take the country down the tubes I'd just as soon the Democrats take the hit for it, not us. Plain and simple.

So, my question today is this: Would it be better for conservatives to sit this election cycle out and wait for a Ronald Reagan type candidate to come out of the woodworks.

I will attempt an answer tomorrow.

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