Why This Ron Paul Supporter is Going to Swallow Hard and Vote for McCain
Tue, 11/04/2008 - 12:00pm | posted by Dr. John Killian
No liberty-minded conservative can get excited about this election. Neither major candidate espouses the basic Constitutional principles of limited government. For that reason, I have not lifted one finger in favor of either candidate, nor have I endorsed any candidate for President on my website.
However, too much is at stake not to vote for John McCain. First of all, Barack Obama is the most hardened leftist that either party has ever nominated. This man openly advocates redistribution of the wealth and views the United States Constitution as a living document, to be interpreted in light of the times.
Secondly, Obama will go into office with a strongly Democratic Congress. Bill Clinton had a GOP Congress to deal with and Jimmy Carter had to mollify the conservative wing of the Democratic Party, which still existed in the mid-1970s. But Obama’s agenda will go unrestrained with massive increases in the size of government, even-greater moves toward an internationalist approach to governing, and a socially liberal agenda that will infect every branch of government.
Thirdly, Obama appointees will fill every Department in the Federal Government. You could have young leftists appointed to undersecretary positions that will make social policy affecting local schools, communities, and businesses.
Fourthly, the Obama appointments will move the judiciary to the left for a generation.
What if McCain wins? We will fuss and cuss him for four years….but we will survive. With a Democratic Congress, McCain’s administration will accomplish little, and we will watch as gridlock actually keeps government from growing significantly.
I know the arguments that an Obama win will motivate conservatives and we will enjoy a great rebound. In reality, Obama’s charisma and ability to motivate will move the ideological paradigm far to the left, from which we will never recover. We will certainly see a nationalized health care system in place, and I challenge anyone to point to one layer of government that is ever dismantled.
Yes, I live in a red state that will vote McCain anyway. Why not vote third party to make a statement? My fear is that McCain will win the popular vote with Obama carrying the blue states so large that he will win the electoral vote. With the demagogues stirring the pot, we could well have unrest in the streets as we watch the welfare state in fast forward.
I have no illusions that McCain is a conservative, nor that he will tackle the behemoth-size government. But too much would be lost, and lost forever, with an Obama victory.