I can’t pretend I’m not going to be relieved when this circus of an election season is over. As a Conservative, this cycle has been frustrating and exhausting — and, at times, exhilarating. One of the most sobering realizations for a Conservative in these times is that the vote for a Third Party candidate is a wasted one. And, this election, there have been times where that was exactly the direction I was heading. Granted, in these times, their imminent slaughter is not the only reason I couldn’t in good conscience vote for a party that stands more closely to my own values (such as the Libertarian or Constitution parties), but my level of irritation at recent actions of certain Republicans has definitely made it an option worth considering.
Still, though my Republican-of-choice was not ultimately chosen as the GOP candidate (indeed, neither were my second or third options… in fact, McCain ranked pretty near the bottom, to be honest), I still determined early on that I would hold my nose and cast my vote.
McCain has done much since that decision to secure my vote (and yes, for you naysayers, his selection of Palin as VP still ranks, for me, as one of his better decisions), and some to make me question it. But over all, this election has, for most Conservatives I Know, never really been about John McCain. It’s not been about George W. Bush. This is not a year in which Conservatives, by and large, will be voting for a candidate, so much as against a set of ideals.
I’m not going to elaborate much on which ideals I’m against — a cursory glance through the various posts on this blog should provide plenty of insight into where I’m coming from. But, for one thing, I’m against the idea that the Government has the moral authority to determine who deserves the money a man makes, for the simple reason that he happens to make more than some arbitrary amount. Barack Obama is for this idea.
This alone, with no other considerations, is enough to make me vote against Obama. As it turns out, there are other considerations. Many others. Abortion, gun control, Foreign policy, character, integrity… getting the idea? But even without these other things, I could still not vote for Obama, because of the first.
A man, or a party, who has claimed moral authority over a man’s property or earnings has also claimed authority over that man’s liberty, because property and liberty are inseparable. A governor who would make a man a slave to another in this way (because, really, this is the end result of wealth redistribution) is not a man of solid character. He is untrustworthy as a leader — certainly as a leader of what was conceived as a nation of free men.
Barack Obama claims to know the Constitution. Scripture says even the Devil knows the Bible. The question, for me, is not whether Barack Obama knows the Constitution. It is whether he honors it; whether he loves it — not just as a solid “political document,” but as the foundation of this country. Does he understand the meanings of it, and the intent of the Founding Fathers — and does he agree to uphold those ideals? Because if he does not — and indeed, recently uncovered interviews appear to suggest this very possibility — how can he take an oath swearing to do exactly that, and still hold himself an honest man?