Thursday, October 19, 2006

The only lesson not voting teaches is that you don't care

How Dare You Not Vote! by Doug Patton:
"I don’t believe everyone should vote. If you are not motivated to inform yourself on the issues, I don’t want you even having a voice in who will represent me. But if you are a disgruntled conservative Republican who knows the issues and understands what is at stake in this election, I have one message for you in this crucial mid-term election: don’t you dare fail to vote next month!

From taxes to judges, from social policy to national security issues, it matters who is in charge, and Democrats cannot be trusted to do the right thing. Don’t get me wrong; many Republicans can’t be trusted either, having let us down in several key areas. But at least the GOP grassroots still holds fast to a solid conservative platform, and the constituencies to which the party leaders must appeal have a chance to keep them in check when they are struck with their annual case of Potomac Fever. Democrats, on the other hand, are unapproachable on the issues about which we care so deeply. In fact, many of their policies are so radical that they could get us all killed.

I remember the way many anti-war liberals treated those of us who served in the military during the Vietnam War. They hated us and called us baby killers, and they defaced their own country every time they spat on one of our uniforms. They are at it again today. They pay lip service to “supporting the troops while opposing the war,” but their call for retreat from the primary front in the war on terror demeans the brave men and women whose valor has motivated them to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Add to that the ridiculous left-wing contention that terrorism is a law enforcement problem rather than a declaration of war and it becomes clear why they cannot be allowed to regain power."