The Unrepentant Individual

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November 6, 2006

Plans for the Mid-Term Election

This election is putting most classical liberals in a bind. We don’t really want to see the continuation of the borrow-and-spend behavior of our current one-party rule, but we likewise don’t want to see the tax-and-spend-even-more behavior of the Democrats. We don’t want to see the enforced-morality of the paternal state our current one-party rule is pushing, nor do we want to see the nanny-state version of people telling us to live our lives. We want the government out of our pocketbooks and our homes. Classical liberals have divergent issues on the Iraq war, to be sure, and that adds one more major question mark.

Many of us are soul-searching as to how– or even whether– to vote next Tuesday. Do you vote for the lesser of two evils? And is the lesser of two evils continued Republican control of Congress, or is it divided government? Is it more important to hold your nose and vote against your principals as a defensive measure, or is it better to just throw up your hands and stay home, knowing that your absence at the polls only contributes to the greater of two evils getting elected?

I don’t know how each individual person’s situation works, but I have a bit of an easy out this year. There is no Senate election this year in Georgia, so nationally, the only race I have to vote for is for the House. And I live in a “safe” Republican district, so I know that my vote won’t count. So I’m staying home tomorrow. My congressman, Tom Price, seems to be a nice guy. I’ve actually met and talked to him, but he’s not receiving my vote. He’s a first-term guy, and I keep looking at the votes he’s cast and one thing is clear to me. He values loyalty to the party line over voting for freedom. This time, I can’t bring myself to hold my nose and actively vote for a continuation of the Republican party rule.

But, of course, my congressman won’t read this blog, and certainly won’t know that I didn’t vote or why I didn’t vote. That’s but one reason why voting is a very poor way to actually try to “send a message”. So I’m going to draft a letter and fax it to his office tomorrow, so he knows that he’s lost the vote of someone who would be likely to support him otherwise, and why he lost that vote. If he finds himself asking why his margin of victory isn’t as large as he had hoped, perhaps my letter will clue him in.

Remember, folks, voting (or not voting) is very unlikely to actually effect any change upon the political system. It’s only the first step. If you really want to make a change, make sure your elected official knows exactly why you voted for them, why you voted for their opponent, or why you stayed home. “Sending a message” at the ballot box is easily misinterpreted, so you need to do something to make it more clear.

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:48 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || Trackback URL || Categories: Libertarianism, Politics


  1. While I agree that the Democrats will be little of an improvement (if any), unrestricted Republican rule has led to torture, indefinite imprisonment, the abolition of habeas corpus, unrestricted wiretapping, and other such evils. With that in mind, I don’t think it’s a hard decision at all. And while unrestricted Democratic rule would probably end up little better in the long run, there is a simple solution—not to allow either party unrestricted rule. Is it a coincidence that we were far better off between 1995 and 2001 than we are now?

    Comment by Phil Welch — November 6, 2006 @ 12:28 pm
  2. I’ve heard that from a budgetary standpoint, the optimal situation is Republican rule of Congress, and a Democrat in the White House… Which is where we were from 1995->2001. We saw what happened in the mid ’80s what happens when we have Democrats in Congress and a Republican president, and in the era of this “compassionate conservative”, I’m not sure Bush has the stones to veto a single spending bill the Democrats would send to him.

    Either situation is bad. Regardless of which party wins tomorrow, I think the situation will get worse before it gets better.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — November 6, 2006 @ 12:54 pm
  3. I cannot stomach pulling the lever for the democrats since there main platform issues are either unconstitutional or immoral.

    Social Security – unconstitutional not listed in Article I section 8 and violates amendments IV, V, IX, X, and XIV

    Medicare – unconstitutional not listed in Article I section 8 and violates amendments IV, V, IX, X, and XIV

    Raise minimum wage – unconstitutional violates Necessary and Proper clause and Commerce clause violates amendments IX and X. Violates the law of supply and demand. Originally used to discriminate against blacks and women. another great democrat innovation.

    Universal Healthcare – unconstitutional not listed in Article I section 8 violates amendments IV,V,IX,X, and XIV

    Repeal 2003 tax cuts – More economic stupidity. The tax cuts made the code more progressive. The rich pay more the poor pay less.

    Implement Imputed income into tax code – More legislative theft and this is considered a democrat tax innovation.

    “To provide for the calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurection and repel Invasion” This is missing from the democrat constitution. We must prostrate ourselves before those that hate us. Trade Towers? What Trade Towers?

    “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public safety may require it” This also missing from democrat constitution. Terrorist? What terrorist?

    “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends ( the securing of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness), it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundations on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when the long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such government and to provide new guards for their future security.” Justification for the Iraq and Afghan wars but democrats will not let us read the Declaration of Independence because it mentions a creator. Besides, Iraqis and Afghanis like despotism and tyranny.

    People get all worked up by the NSA listening to your phone call with Al Qaida, but they do not seem to mind the yearly violation of amendment IV filing the 1040.

    Nor due they seem to mind the weekly theft of paycheck withholding, or the violation of amendment V as they transfer your property to others which democrats like to call welfare

    Do not vote and you have no basis on which to complain about the government you get. Vote for the democrats and watch them continue to implement the Communist party platform.

    Comment by Septagon49 — November 6, 2006 @ 9:43 pm
  4. Well, I have absolutely no voice in the national races, since the incumbents in my district are all Democrats and in California, incumbency plus a D next to your name is a formula for instant re-election. In the state and local races, I actually have a chance to vote for some viable candidates I like, and against many ballot races I don’t, so it’s not all bad.

    Comment by Quincy — November 6, 2006 @ 11:23 pm

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