My last appeal to voters – pre-election day, also in response to a recent conversation about wasted votes.
If everyone was a “realist” and simply looked at reality in one dimension, we’d never see change or growth; if everyone was a realist, then obviously there wouldn’t be any “idealists”. Without these people there would have never been an American Revolution, and there would’ve never been the constant change America has needed; whether talking about women’s rights, African American rights, or human rights period, etc. America needs not people that will conform to the government, the media and corporate America; America needs people that will simply stand up for what is right, for the rule of law, for the Constitution, defend it and be champions of it! Just as Christians should defend and be champions of the Bible, not manmade creeds, doctrines and catechisms, just God’s word.
There are new laws, legislation and existing legislation (eagerly waiting by some, to get passed) that clearly contradicts the Constitution/ Bill of Rights; and this is absurd and we as citizens must not tolerate it. We have the responsibility as citizens to stay informed about and engaged with our government. We are responsible for learning how government operates and knowing what our government is doing. The Constitution was geared more towards regulating, limiting and keeping a reign on the government, not the people! An understanding of constitutional principles including individual rights, federalism and limited government are fundamental to American citizenship/ duty ship. Voting both is a privilege and a responsibility which Samuel Adams once called, “one of the most solemn trusts in human society.” All of the above are part of our duties as American citizens.
It should be clear to everyone that America needs some serious positive change, because clearly the direction we are heading will lead to forfeiting total individual rights and liberties and the government running every aspect of our lives; money, the media, schools (meaning our children) our health-care, the economy etc.(which are all already government run and regulated). How much more will be sacrifice? How much more will we let the government control and take away from us? Will it be a total collapse of the “free market” (induced by the govt.)? Or will it be a National ID card w/ GPS and a micro-chip that will track every move and purchase we make (“real ID”)? Or better yet will it be the continued indoctrination and disinformation of “education” our children have to sift through in the public school system, ALONG with implementing survival mode to try and retain some sense of moral integrity (along with the media spreading corporate controlled disinformation to adults).
Please let me remind you what these men said about change, hope and conformity.
“The power of a movement lies in the fact that it can indeed change the habits of people. This change is not the result of force but of dedication and of moral persuasion.” – Steve Biko
“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it cost nothing to be a patriot.” – Mark Twain
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends for a tiny ripple of hope…” – Robert F. Kennedy (1966)
“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital, quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.” Robert F. Kennedy
At John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech he touched on the need for Americans to be active citizens, and he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what can you do for your country.”
“Conformity is that jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy
“Most Americans aren’t the sort of citizens the Founding Fathers expected; they are contented serfs. Far from being active critics of government, they assume that its might makes it right.” – Joseph Sobran
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life!” ~Winston Churchill
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” — John Quincy Adams
So it’s my belief, that if choose to vote for a candidate (of any public office essentially) just because you don’t want someone else to win and NOT a vote on principles, you should just flip a coin, or just flat out play pin the tail on the candidate; or just don’t vote at all, if you’re not basing your vote on principles. Citizens should have a consistent voting record according to principles and the rule of law (being the Constitution), JUST like you expect your Congressman, and should be consistent on their votes on laws and legislation (and we complain about that more and more).
Change sometimes is painful and most always brings about skepticism and resistance. If it takes (true) conservative citizens showing the GOP in placing our votes in a third party candidate who has these values and principles and who will continue to defend the Constitution; and in turn will elect a liberal in office – So be it! The numbers will show what the people want. If conservative is what you’re looking for, then make sure you vote these same principles and values in voting for Congressman, who are just as important because they are the people who have the power to create and pass laws/ legislation. If it takes constant letters, phone calls, debates, protests, demonstrations, or even thousands of signatures to impeach someone, to wake up our government officials and to start holding them responsible and accountable for their actions – then do so! We must stop sitting back as if we’re on our knees, and our hands tied behind our back, It’s time to take action!
We’ve let Congressmen and Presidents continue to give us excuse after excuse on why they did this, or didn’t do that; or voted on this, and didn’t vote on that – and we are/were against it – but yet we CONTINUE to re-elect these people, or people that are no better!
In conclusion, a vote on principles is never a wasted vote. A wasted vote is NOT voting on the candidate that you believe will stick to what he says he’ll do, who you feel is the most qualified, who will uphold the Constitution(which is apart of their oath into office) and who will bring the good change that America needs. A wasted vote would be selling-out the Founding Fathers, selling out the U.S Constitution, or selling out the one candidate who sticks his neck on the line for these things, the right things, and will clearly continue to do so!
Vote principles, not party, not “the two of the lesser evils”, not “I definitely don’t want him to win”. We the people have the opportunity to change America, and to most, it only comes every four years.