Why I am not voting Republican or Democratic

“The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.”-Ayn Rand

“…give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else.  In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is – you’re on your own.  Out of work?  Tough luck.  No health care?  The market will fix it.  Born into poverty?  Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps – even if you don’t have boots.  You’re on your own”-Barack Obama

“Because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. When Washington doesn’t work, all its promises seem empty. If your hopes have been dashed again and again, then it’s best to stop hoping, and settle for what you already know”-Barack Obama

If anyone out there thinks they are not on their own, quit your job, stop paying the bills and find out what happens.  It is only by your individual effort no matter how great or small that you achieve what you are capable.  Robin Hood will not save the day.  Obama assumes that the heart and soul of America is the workings of its government.  He thinks that when government doesn’t work, people go hungry.  If I am to support 10-20 people it will be on my terms and because I choose to do so, not because my government chooses to tax me sufficiently to give it to “those less fortunate”.

“Education is the civil rights issue of this century. Equal access to public education has been gained. But what is the value of access to a failing school? We need to shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition, empower parents with choice…”-John McCain (hailed with raucous applause)

“I will draw on all my experience with the world and its leaders, and all the tools at our disposal — diplomatic, economic, military and the power of our ideals — to build the foundations for a stable and enduring peace.”-John McCain (tepid golf clap applause)

The crowd at the Republican convention really burned me up.  If they are truly a cross-section of America, I am sad.  Screaming for school vouchers like its the Super Bowl but only tepid applause for PEACE.  What is wrong with you people that you claim a “culture of life” but only for American humans?  Education is important but the lack of death inflicted by or on my country is far more important. 

“My mother’s creed is the American creed: No one is better than you. Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you.”-Joe Biden

No Joe !!  Everyone is not equal to you and that is no American creed I know.  We bring into this world varying attributes and talents, strengths and weaknesses that we either use for or against us.  We have equality in the eyes of our government in regards to justice and the assertion of law, but not as citizens dealing with one another.  There are plenty of people better than me in lots of things…Michael Phelps, Warren Buffett, Salvador Dali, etc.  If there were not, this would be a sad country to live in.  Perhaps this is another example of the Democrats thinking that everything American begins and ends with government. 

“Al-Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America … he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights”-Sarah Palin

I am REALLY a big fan of civil liberties.  The way the current Republican administration has all but eliminated them is evident in this quote.  That the crowd then laughed and cheered made it that much worse.

I have a lot more to say but this is already a teal deer.

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4 responses to “Why I am not voting Republican or Democratic

  1. McCain and Obama will be on the Texas ballot. The LP is trying to illuminate the fact that, as a third party, there is a significant hurdle to even getting on the ballot while the “Big 2” don’t have to follow the law. PA, WV, and ME (among others) are trying to ensure that the LP is not on the ballot. It is quite disturbing the double standard applied.

  2. Aimee

    I see your logic on a lot of this (though I don’t necessarily agree with all of it) but this is where I think you’re a bit mistaken: Biden’s “No one is better than you” statement isn’t talking about specific things. Yes, Michael Phelps is a better *swimmer* than you, but does that mean he is more deserving of a good education? No. Does the fact that Salvadore Dali was a phenomenal painter mean that he is more deserving of healthcare? No. Because I was born into a loving, Christian home with two amazing parents who could afford to send me to college doesn’t make me a better person than the 5th child born to a woman struggling with crack addiction. It makes me luckier, but it doesn’t make me better and it doesn’t make my needs more important.

  3. Well Hello old friend!

    Joe Biden’s speech (and Obama’s for that matter) was full of an assumption that the welfare of every American begins in Washington, that if the federal government doesn’t help people, there is no way for them to overcome obstacles.

    People with phenomenal talent or other attributes which they have grown to their potential should not be held back and punished for their success. The Democratic presidential ticket believes that life happens by chance and it is just the Fates or dumb luck that chooses those that succeed and those that struggle. In other words, since everyone is equal (Biden’s words) and any disparity between people is the result of happenstance, it is morally acceptable to steal from the rich and give to the poor.

    The federal government can’t afford its current obligations and it certainly will not be able to support Obama’s additional plans without significantly increasing taxes. See my post on April 15, 2008 for my take on the current federal budget problems.

    I look forward to catching up with you.

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