The Discerning Texan

All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke
Friday, February 08, 2008

An Epiphany UPDATED

I've been thinking a lot in the last 24 hours about what Romney (and McCain...) said yesterday...and then, courtesy of Glenn Reynolds, I saw this.

Game over--or maybe I should say game on; coupled with those speeches yesterday, this one little story sealed the deal for me. Because it speaks volumes about the American Left; the slugs who are bankrolling the Hillary Clinton and Obam-munist campaigns. This is where Soros, Dean and the rest of them want to take the rest of us (emphasis is mine)"

This is just great, great stuff. From Prometheus:

Have you ever heard anyone make the argument that we must take a certain course of action because the experts tell us we must? The issue might be the threat of another country or an environmental risk, but increasingly we see appeals to authority used as the basis for arguing for this or that action.

In a new book, David Shearman and Joseph Wayne Smith take the appeal to experts somewhat further and argue that in order to deal with climate change we need to replace liberal democracy with an authoritarianism of scientific expertise. They write in a recent op-ed:
Liberal democracy is sweet and addictive and indeed in the most extreme case, the USA, unbridled individual liberty overwhelms many of the collective needs of the citizens...
There must be open minds to look critically at liberal democracy. Reform must involve the adoption of structures to act quickly regardless of some perceived liberties...

We are going to have to look how authoritarian decisions based on consensus science can be implemented to contain greenhouse emissions.
On their book page they write:
[T]he authors conclude that an authoritarian form of government is necessary, but this will be governance by experts and not by those who seek power.
Oh, well that's a relief. Good Lord....

Does this not speak volumes about where our country is today? Are we going to allow these people to win two of the three branches of our government this fall (and thus virtually ensure that the third branch will be lost also...), while we are in an existential War for the survival of Western Democracy in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, all across Europe, Canada, Latin America, and even here at home??

This has been weighing on me heavily for the last couple of days, and here's the thing: what John McCain said yesterday about this election being about big things, not little things, is indisputable. Every election is important, but never in my lifetime has there seemed to be as much at stake as there is now.

In every election the American people are given a choice. But this is not a year when the Conservatives have the luxury of putting the ideological purity of the party ahead of what is good for the country.

Did I want eight years of a President McCain? He is not who I would have picked, but the real question here, with so many Judges on the line and so much at stake in this War is: is it better for the country to have the Clinton machine or the Obam-munists in charge?? And my answer is: No way in hell.

I am as distressed about how this primary season has gone as anyone; but if we all just sit on our hands out of pride or ideological purity and let the Marxists into office, we will ruin this country and the world we live in. You might as well just size up your grandkids for their Burquas and be prepared to go to your graves knowing that they will live in mediocrity, relatively poorer health and economic malaise for the remainder of their lives.

I don't even have kids or grandkids; but I am not going to carry the guilt with me that I did not do everything in my power this year to prevent that from happening to my country. I have only one vote and but a small voice, but it will be heard. I love this place too much to hand it over to neo-Communist appeaseniks.

Mitt Romney was right yesterday. You know it and I know it. He put the America first. The USA is more important than any man or any ideology--and the USA is at risk today. We simply cannot afford to hand our country over to today's American Left. They will appease the terrorists; they will stack the courts with judges who will further their agenda of ceding American sovereignty to a World Government made up of tinpot dictators who hate us; they will continue and even promote the decline of American culture and civility; they will encourage, not discourage, racial division, and class warfare, because that is where their power comes from; they will participate in environmental power grabs of your private property; they will starve us of the very energy that is beneath our soil and coastal waters; they will work to censor your voice and the voices you choose to listen to in the free market; they will appoint judges who ignore the laws you voted for and the Constitution we live under, and instead will promote big government and bow to European law--and the domino effect of the Democrats' treachery will almost certainly eventually result in a calamity on a scale that has not been seen since 1945.

If we Conservatives do not get involved in this election, then we will hand over the keys to the kingdom in a manner that will more closely resemble Vichy France and Neville Chamberlain's UK than it does Washington crossing the Delaware or Patton's Eighth Army at Bastogne.

We are better than that.

In elections we are given a choice. The current primary system is a disgrace, but it is what it is: we get to pick from two candidates (and don't talk to me about third parties or a protest vote--you know and I know that any vote that is not for a Republican in the fall is a vote for the Marxists...and in the case of Conservatives, so is a "no vote").

This is our choice this year: we know that one of those candidates is going to be a neo-Stalinist whose actions would finish the job that Jimmy Carter started, when he bowed to Islamofascist scum who invaded American soil in Tehran, bowed to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, enabled the Communists in Central America, and almost ruined the American economy in four short years.

These Democrats would turn America into a second-rate power, both militarily and economically. If they have their way our quality of life will decline in the name of some pipe dream known as "equality of result", as will our health care, as will our sovereignty. And the Socialists will open the floodgates to anyone--friend or foe--who wants to come to this country and live off of the tit of big government, using YOUR MONEY (or maybe our new "guests" will just blow us all up instead...). Are we ready to stipulate this? Are we ready to say right here and now that we are willing to cede all that to the Democrats???

On the other hand, we know that the Republican candidate is someone who has taken many conservative positions over the years. I am not his biggest fan, but even I can concede that point. He also is someone we know will fight Islamic Fascism and will not surrender to it; and he is someone who I believe would appoint conservatives to the Court (he certainly would not appoint more Ruth Bader Ginsbergs...).

Is John McCain our "dream candidate"? Well he wasn't mine. But neither can I carry the guilt of staying out of this fight and handing the country over to the MoveOn Defeatocrats, when I could have worked towards a much better alternative.

There is simply too much on the line this time around. I know many people are disgusted with the choice we have this year. But it is a choice. To everyone reading this: if you were to devote your time and energy to work for the Republican ticket and give money to Republican candidates, then even if McCain loses, we at least by our efforts can make a difference in preventing a filibuster proof Senate or an airtight House for the Stalinists.

I am urging my fellow conservatives who are so angry with the national party to get over yourselves. This is no time to take our toys and go home. Not me. This is the time when it is most crucial to get involved, with your time and with your money, in supporting Republicans this fall. And that includes the top of the ticket.

In September 2001, after inheriting the Clinton recession (the last recession we've ever had), George W. Bush stood on that pile of rubble and told the world that America's voice would be heard soon. And so it was. Are we to throw that away now in our little temper tantrum because our guy didn't win? Because if our American voices are not heard again--this year--then the voices of our Marxist and Islamofascist enemies will be heard--here and across the globe. And quite frankly--this year--we cannot afford that as a nation.

This is not a peacetime election. We are at War with people who want us dead and whose dark vision is poisoning the entire planet. And we are also at War--right here at home--against a Marxist revival unseen since the 1930's. The Berlin Wall might have fallen, but the Soviet Union is alive and well and living the the shadows of American academia, the environmental lobby, the unions,, and big media. Now is not the time to turn on the Republican Party and to make them "feel our pain" for backing the wrong man. Yes, we have a very flawed primary process. We can fix that. But meanwhile have a country, an economy, our jobs, our health, our kids, and a world to save. And, friends, that ain't gonna happen with the Democrats in office.

The Discerning Texan blog endorses John McCain for President of the United States.

UPDATE: More evidence to illustrate the choice this fall, via Hot Air.
Would anyone care to guess the party in power here?

Is the Berkeley mayor’s non-apology enough?

I’m gonna have to go with no


UPDATE: Also via Glenn, how McCain can win.
DiscerningTexan, 2/08/2008 12:25:00 PM |