Why You Must Vote And Volunteer
by Doug Wilson - October 30th, 2006 - Townhall.com
Don’t look now, but November 7th is approaching fast. For Democrats it can’t come soon enough; they’ve got the lead and merely want to run out the clock before clinching victory. For Republicans it’s more complicated; they’re behind and need to engineer a dramatic comeback in order to save one or both houses of Congress. How did we get here? Well, barely two years removed from earning a mandate from voters in 2004, the Republican Party has squandered its political capital by overseeing record (and reckless) levels of federal spending, by engaging in—or being associated with—unethical behavior, and by failing to achieve a signature legislative victory, such as overhauling Social Security. This veritable witch’s brew of mishaps and failures got us to the point where, in late October, we’re fighting an uphill battle to maintain Republican majorities.
But the time for intra-party criticism has passed. Now it’s time to close ranks and work hard for the next few weeks to do all that we can to retain control of both houses of Congress. Unfortunately there are many Republican voters who fail to see the merits of such a decision. Instead, they think like a friend of mine—a long time GOP leader who served in the Nixon White House—who says he hopes the Republicans lose both the House and the Senate. Why? “To teach them a lesson,” he says.
It is typical of the main stream media that they are unable to make sense of the lack of enthusiasm for George W. Bush. His low poll ratings are not driven by a monolithic group of people who are unhappy with him all for the same reasons. There are two groups who dislike George Bush. The press never explains this.
Liberals and socialists are opposed to him because he generally embraces free enterprise, which they despise. They hate him for that, and as secularists they are opposed to all wars for the well known reality that to them, nothing is worth dying for. If you don't believe in God or an afterlife, war is anethema. They are not opposed to killing. They will kill in a minute any conservative. They just don't want any war that risks their death for something like patriotism
Conservatives are opposed to George W. Bush because he has so mismanged his administration. At a time when his job as President was to maintain support for the war and our troops, he decided his own ego driven desire to be "the man" who reformed social security was more important. His campaign on social security, his support for a number of other social welfare issues, his lack of fiscal discipline, his dismissal of anyone who did not support his amnesty campaign as "vigilantes" and his general failure to keep people informed of what good we were doing in Iraq and Afghanistan, has lost him the support of conservatives.
The two groups have nothing in common. The problem is that the main stream media has been pounding Republicans for everything, and many Republicans have decided that since Bush and the Republican congress do little that represents our values, they may sit out the election. We did that back in 1992 and we got 8 years of Clinton.
The question you must ask yourself, "do we want that again?" Do we want to return to the days of Clinton tax hikes? Much of the illusion of the Clinton years is due to the phenomonen of 1994, when the largest single turn around in our history produced a Republican congress that fixed welfare. That plus the amazing productivity increases driven by the Internet gave us a period when the normal consequences of democratic control did not apply.
There is nothing on the horizon that will allow that kind of luck again.
Nuclear war is more likely now than during the years of the cold war. The next group to get nuclear weapons will be the islamofascists. Unlike the Soviets, they are ready and willing to die for their religion. They will not hesitate to use nuclear weapons when they get them.
If we lose the congress, the probability that Tel Aviv and Washington will see nuclear bombs exploding, becomes much more likely and much sooner.
You must vote, vote Republican, and volunteer, volunteer Republican, and do it now. There is only one week to go.