Monday, May 21, 2007

the death of the republican party

This is a very interesting column which I happen to disagree with. Now, don't misunderstand what I mean. I agree with the writer (Vox Day) when he says that the liberal faction of the GOP has been very successful in changing the party of Reagan into "Democrat Lite." I also agree that Republicans will never win another national election so long as they take their marching orders from the likes of John McCain, Arlen Specter, and Chuck Hagel.

What I disagree with is the idea that principled Christian conservatives should abandon the GOP. I'll explain why.

First, we have to understand that, when we Christian conservatives choose not to vote, that is, in reality, a vote for the Democrat. Last November is the classic illustration of that basic truth. There are more of us than there are of them, so if we stay home on election day, they win. That's a fact.

Second, we have to understand that Christian conservatives have a much better chance of seeing principled conservative public policy enacted with a flawed Republican Party in power than a radical leftist Democrat Party. Republicans in office will at least take our phone calls. Democrats won't. What we have to do is to persevere as we seek to hold Republicans accountable for their actions. We have to become active at the grassroots level in order to recruit principled conservatives as candidates for public office, and then work like crazy to get them elected. If Democrats control the halls of government, the game is over and America loses. With the GOP, we have a chance. And don't talk to me about a 3rd party candidate. A vote for a 3rd party candidate is a vote for the Democrat.

Ronald Reagan is dead. There's no longer anything conservative about the Republican Party, it is merely the Democratic Party's away jersey. So stand up for your principles for once in your life and leave the sinking ship to the moderates and pragmatists. Yes, Hillary Clinton will win in 2008, but she's going to win anyhow thanks to Iraq and immigration. Console yourself with the thought of how after eight more years of Bush- Clinton-Bush-Clinton rule, the nation will be more than ready to embrace real conservatives and a party genuinely devoted to human life, human liberty and the American people.

That's the quote from columnist Vox Day at the end of his column. I call that defeatism. I call that cowardice. I call that "if-I-don't-get-my-way-I'll-take-my-ball-and-go-home." God has blessed us greatly by allowing us to be born in the greatest, freest nation in the history of the world. This constitutional republic that we have is a gift from Him, and we have a responsibility to work for the preservation of the republic. We can't just "unplug." Our duty is to be the salt and the light in America that Jesus commanded us to be. Part of that duty is to vote for candidates who live their lives according to the principles of the Bible. We cannot fail.


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