He lies to me all the time. He takes my money and tells me that I can’t spend it as well as he can. I’ve watched him spend us into financial ruin, giving money to his friends, wasting money on irresponsible schemes. We’re so far in debt, we’ll never get out.
I work long hours to support him. I bring home all the money, yet he tells me what to do all day long. He winds up controlling almost every aspect of my life. He even tells me that I don’t know how to properly raise my own children.
It’s probably all my fault. I just need to show him that I support him 100 percent. Maybe then he’ll treat me better.
The above passage is paraphrased from Wayne Allyn Root’s book, The Conscience of a Libertarian. Both Republicans and Democrats are suffering from battered voter syndrome. How many times can we be lied to without changing our habits? Without realizing that voting for “the lesser of two evils” is still a vote for evil?
Conservatives are responsible for the election of Barack Obama, regardless of their internal ideology or justification for their behavior. And in this case, “behavior” refers to “voting habits”. A vote for George W. Bush ultimately led to the election of Barack Obama. We believed Bush was a fiscal conservative and wouldn’t go over budget, just as we believed his father and Ronald Reagan would stay within the budget.
And then he dramatically increased spending for the Department of Education. No Child Left Behind, remember that whopper? Some estimates put the price tag of NCLB at $25 billion per year. That’s $25 billion of OUR money going down the drain into “education”. More like into teacher’s unions and more bureaucratic administrators. The government is spending roughly $77 billion on education, nearly seven times more than the allotted budget in 1980.
Are students in this country seven times smarter than they were in 1980? Absolutely not. The ACT national composite test score was 20.6 in 1990. Compare that to 21.0 in 2010. Apparently, throwing money at the solution doesn’t work, but both Democrats and Republicans will swear up and down that education needs more funding. What it actually needs is a completely different approach, but that’s a different topic for a different time.
Let’s not forget George H.W. Bush’s “Read my lips, no new taxes.” And then he promptly raised taxes to expand government. He lied to us, saying he was a tax cutter who stood for limited government while slapping his conservative Republican voting base in the face.
And don’t even get me started on the liberal spending spree. Barack Obama’s $787 billion “stimulus” package has hardly stimulated anything. Then again, he didn’t campaign on slowing spending, did he? He promised “reform” and “change”, but he’s just hiring more federal government bureaucrats who ascend to the upper echelons of society through bloated pensions and guaranteed yearly raises, all the while raising taxes on the little guys to ensure his buddies are given quality treatment.
He spoke of transparency, like airing the national health care debate on C-SPAN so the public could be a part of it. Instead, he engaged in backdoor deals and a successful attempt to pass it in the middle of the night. He spoke of ending corruption and lobbyists in Washington, D.C., but his commerce secretary Bill Richardson stepped down over a criminal investigation, his health secretary candidate Tom Daschle owed over $140,000 in back taxes and stepped down, and his Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner “forgot” to pay $35,000 in taxes (not to mention he had a hand in bailing out AIG).
Corruption certainly doesn’t help out the little guys. Voters are consistently saying that the U.S. is not headed in the right direction.
Republicans are getting screwed by their candidates, and I guarantee Mitt Romney will be no different. Democrats are getting screwed by their candidates, whether they admit it or not.
Why are we voting for the “lesser of two evils”? Why are we merely accepting what the political establishment has commanded?
This election year, I’m voting on principle, not politics, and I’ll continue to do so from here on out. It’s the right thing to do. Join me.