A lack of vision or Democratic chicanery?
By Frank Salvato
Anyone who spends any time on the Internet knows that there is a lot of garbage floating around out there emanating from both sides of the political spectrum. But while "progressive" liberals blog on about the Republican "culture of corruption," it would seem that some incredibly disingenuous elements of their group have taken to misrepresenting themselves in an effort to affect the 2006 and 2008 elections. Either that, or there are some really visionless conservatives out there.
Recently, I began receiving email urging me to look closely at the immigration and border security issues. The emails rightly pointed out that these issues are too important to our country's well-being not to be addressed immediately and without any political opportunism. To that extent I was in agreement with the "author" of the email. It is what was espoused for conservatives do next that sent up the red flag.
The "author" of the email then proposed that we, conservatives, issue an ultimatum and back it up with some action. He (or she) proposed that if Republicans in Congress don't act decisively on border security and immigration reform that conservatives should not show up at the polls in November 2006 and 2008 in an effort to "voice our outrage." Or, and this is the part that raised my suspicion, we should vote for a third party candidate.
Everyone with an attention span that lasts longer than the last "American Idol" episode remembers that voting for a third party candidate in an effort to "voice outrage" delivered to us Bill Clinton. Voting for a third party candidate to voice disagreement is masochistic insane stupidity.
The winner the last time Republicans split to a third party candidate gave us environmental restrictions that are one of the root causes of the pain you are feeling at the gas pump today. It gave sensitive missile technology to China. It entered into a joke of a nuclear arms agreement with North Korea, saw our soldiers slaughtered in Mogadishu and allowed Osama bin Laden time and sanctuary – in Sudan, Pakistan and Afghanistan – to bring to fruition a plan that slaughtered 3000-plus Americans on 9/11.
Anyone on the conservative side of the aisle who believes that a third party candidate is a viable option for ousting the status quo in Washington DC is either completely lacking in realistic political vision or a total fool; probably both.
It is because of this that I lean towards believing this email effort is a sneaky "progressive" misinformation campaign. With the myriad lies and untruths that have been promoted over the years by organizations like MoveOn.org, A.N.S.W.E.R., Acorn, and the rest of the "progressive" propaganda machines, not to mention the complicit mainstream media – lies and mistruths that have been chronicled and exposed by organizations like The Annenberg Policy Center's FactCheck.org – why should the thought of a "progressive" imp launching a deceitful propaganda email campaign come as a surprise?
There is a double standard when it comes to bringing about political change in this country. The rules aren't the same for liberals and conservatives.
Incrementally over the years, liberals have gained controlling influence in the mainstream media and the education system. They have successfully institutionalized political correctness, an ideologically socialist cancer to a democratically republican form of government. Political correctness embraces the idea of moral relativism while dictating acceptable and unacceptable conduct for our society. Those advocating political correctness empower their shadow government while circumventing the required legislative process; by-passing the constitutionally mandated authority of the people. It is the will of the minority being installed against the will of the majority.
Because the politically correct agenda is offensive in nature rather than defensive (all personal feelings aside), It isn't as damaging to the "progressive" movement if their candidates do not win election or maintain a majority. They continue to abuse conservatives' sense of fair play to incrementally achieve their goals. If that thought raises an eyebrow, witness the headaches that President Bush is dealing with because he decided to include many of the Clinton appointees in his administration in an effort to "heal" the divisions of the country after the 2000 election. Look at the actions of George "Slam Dunk" Tenet, Mary "Leaky" McCarthy, and Jamie Gorelick's inclusion on the 9/11 Commission to understand the extent of the price paid.
On the other hand, if conservatives fail to get elected or maintain a majority, the "progressives" win the opportunity to move the politically correct agenda from the realm of societal coercion into that of legitimate rule of law. Anyone breathing knows that it is harder to get rid of legislation once it's established than it is to keep it from coming to fruition in the first place.
Conservative voters need to understand that for us the rules are different. Change must come from within. Our opportunity, our appropriate moment for "voicing outrage," is during the primary elections, not the general elections. For conservatives, being divided during a general election is tantamount to assuring the "progressive" left a victory at the polls.
So, remember this quote from Hillary Clinton if you're thinking about voting for a third party candidate:
"Many of you are well enough off that...the tax cuts may have helped you. We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you…We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
Now ask yourself, is it worth the risk of handing the purveyors of political correctness and quasi-socialism a victory by default just to "make a statement?" I hope to God we conservatives are more intelligent than that!
Frank Salvato is the managing editor for The New Media Journal.us. He serves at the Executive Director of the Basics Project, a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(C)(3) research and education project. His pieces are regularly featured in over 100 publications both nationally and internationally. He has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, numerous radio shows coast to coast and his pieces have been recognized by the Japan Center for Conflict. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright © 2006 Frank Salvato
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