Why in Hell Should I Continue to Vote for Republicans?
Keep your overall goal in mind above all. Those who swerve to avoid a few cuts and bruises defeat themselves. Understand that from the very minute the fight begins that you're going to take damage. Accept it. You'll suffer far worse from the idiots and cowards on your own side.
-- William Wilde Curringer, Unfinished Memoirs
I've had it with the Republicans.
I was enthusiastic about the radical changes that were being promised by the Republicans running for office in 1994. I am sure that many of the Republican freshmen were sincere in getting government off our backs. But it's a sure bet that the party leadership wasn't enthused about it in the least. Now the 1994 freshmen have a couple of terms under their belts, the notion of getting government off our backs is merely breezy rhetoric for the campaign trail.
Several party reptiles have told me that it is imperative that I support Republicans to keep the Democrats out of office. So the main thing that the Republicans now have to offer is that they're not Democrats. I even challenge the idea that they're not Democrats. They sure can spend our money just as well, if not better, than Democrats can. Most of them have an abysmal record supporting private gun ownership (see http://www.gunowners.org/106hrat.htm , http://www.gunowners.org/106srat.htm ).
As if this weren't enough, the Republicans are also spineless. Ever since the Republicans blinked in the federal government shutdown in 1995, they have been a bunch of timid sisters. They are terrified about being called "partisan" by Democrats and the press, so they attempt to placate them by being "bi-partisan," and giving the Democrats almost everything they want. They refuse to pass bills to reign in the government because they are afraid that Clinton will veto them. The Republicans are so afraid of losing their congressional majority it negates the benefit of their being a majority party.
As I said before, I just don't see much to distinguish the Republicans from the Democrats. I am convinced that the animosity between the two parties is some sort of kabuki play, or staged, just like professional wrestling. One should remember that although the Nazis and Soviets were almost ideologically identical, they were bitter enemies.
Well, I've had it with them. I sent the below letter to the Republican National Committee chairman, telling him that I intend to work for the defeat of Republicans, unless they can legislatively demonstrate that they are different than Democrats. I encourage you to join me. Feel free to use my letter to send to your favorite Republicans. If I get any sort of response, I'll post it.
December 3, 1998
310 First Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Dear Mr. Nicholson:
The party of Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater is dead. It has been replaced by a party that is indistinguishable from the Democratic Party, with the exception of its opposition towards homosexuals and abortions. This strategy to occupy the middle-of-the-road in order to woo the soccer moms is failing badly. It is not possible to win against Democrats by playing by their rules. In a contest between a Democrat and a fake Democrat (moderate Republican), the real Democrat will nearly always win. More importantly, this strategy is alienating your core constituency: the conservatives and the classical liberals.
Unless the Republican Party ceases to try to out-democrat the Democrats, it is going to be fighting desperate battles with the Reform Party, the Libertarians, and the USTP for members and votes. This balkanization will result with yet another Democrat in the White House, and minority status in both houses of Congress.
Many conservatives feel that the Republican Party has betrayed them on several important issues, such as reducing regulatory burdens, taxes, and Second Amendment issues. As a former lifelong Republican, I know that I certainly do. Despite this betrayal, I have continued to vote for Republicans, as recently as the last election. But no more. I have come to view voting for the lesser of two evils as a flawed strategy.
Instead of doing as most disaffected Republicans do, I don't plan on supporting a third party. Instead, I plan to work for the electoral defeat of Republican candidates, even if that requires supporting Democrats. If enough Republican and former Republicans adopt this strategy, it will result in either one of two outcomes. The first outcome would be for the Republican officeholders to get the message that the Republican Party is supposed to be different from the Democrat Party. The second outcome will be victorious Democrats turning up the proverbial heat too fast and the proverbial frog will hop out of the pot. The choice is up to the Republicans.
If the Republicans get the message to decide to quit acting like socialists, I will begin to support them again. I will accept the following as evidence of their getting the message before the 2000 election:
- At least 95% of House Republicans voting for the impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton.
- At least 95% of Senate Republicans finding him guilty in an impeachment trial, if sufficient evidence exists of any wrong doing.
- The removal of Janet Reno as Attorney General if she fails to appoint an Independent Counsel to investigate possible campaign finance violations committed by President Clinton and Vice President Gore.
- Supporting Americans' right to privacy by having both Republican-controlled houses of Congress pass H.R.3261, the Privacy Protection Act of 1998.
- Support Americans' rights to keep and bear arms by having at least 95% of the Republican legislators voting to overturn the "assault weapon" and magazine ban, the Executive Order banning the import of semi-automatic weapons, elimination
of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, AND one of the following:
- 95% of Republican legislators voting to repeal the Brady Law, the Gun Control Act of 1968, the National Firearms Act of 1934.
- Passage of a Second Amendment Defense Bill that defines any tax, registration requirement, or firearm ban as an infringement and proscribes mandatory prison time for any government official infringing on Americans' inalienable right to keep and bear arms.
- The Impeachment of U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge, who ruled that FBI Sniper Lon Horuchi was acting in the line of duty when he shot Vicki Weaver.
- Passage of a Fifth Amendment Protection Act to protect the private property rights of American citizens against asset forfeiture or uncompensated regulation on the peaceful usage of one's property. The act should provide a mandatory prison term for any government official violating this act.
- The passage of H.R.1470 and S. 667 to end the practice of the Federal Government coercing state governments by the threat of withholding highway funding.
- Do any five of the following:
- Elimination of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF)
- Elimination of the DEA
- Elimination of Department of Education
- Elimination of the FBI
- Elimination of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
- Disarming of all Federal Employees outside of the Defense Department, the Secret Service, and the Capitol Police. The Forestry Service may carry personal weapons for their own defense against dangerous animals.
- Elimination of Department of Energy
- Elimination of EPA
- Repeal of Legal Tender Laws.
- Elimination of Department of Labor
- Elimination of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
- Elimination of Export-Import Bank of the United States
- Elimination of Farm Credit Administration (FCA)
- Elimination of Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
- Elimination of Federal Election Commission (FEC)
- Elimination of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Elimination of Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA)
- Elimination of Federal Reserve System (FRS)
- Elimination of Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
- Privatization of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- Elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
- Elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
- Privatization of AMTRAK.
- Elimination of National Science Foundation (NSF)
- Privatization of the US Postal Service.
- Elimination of the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB)
- Elimination of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
- Elimination of the Selective Service System (SSS)
- Elimination of the Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Social Security Privatization.
- Elimination of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
- Elimination of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Elimination of the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA)
- Elimination of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC)
- Elimination of the United States Trade and Development Agency
- The Republican Party needs to encourage the following moderates to seek private sector employment in 2001. Every one them needs to go, since they clearly cannot understand their Constitutional responsibilities.
- Christopher Shays (CT)
- Michael N. Castle (DE)
- John Edward Porter (IL)
- Constance A. Morella (MD)
- Marge Roukema (NJ)
- Sherwood L. Boehlert (NY)
- Thomas M. Davis (VA)
It may appear is if I am demanding a lot, but please remember that the Republicans promise to get government off our backs. I am only asking them to make good on this promise, and at least make an honest attempt to honor their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.