Anyone who knows me cannot doubt my conservative credentials. I am a card-carrying member of the RNC, but I am willing see President Hilary Clinton before I will vote for Rudi Giuliani.
I know the phrase President Hilary Clinton sends evil chills down the spines of anyone who supports a strong military, free enterprise, and low taxes. However, should the election come down Rudi v. Mrs. Clinton, I will vote third party, preferably for former Gov. Mike Huckabee.
There are multiple reasons why, and none of them are because Dr. James Dobson said so. I cannot bring myself to vote for anyone who is pro infanticide, also known as pro-choice. I know that Rudi has promised not to appoint liberal activist judges, but he has also told three wives “til death do us part”. His promises do not mean very much to me.
Many conservatives do not trust Mitt Romney because he has flip-flopped on abortion and the exclusive right of marriage for homosexuals (heterosexuals have no such right). But, those same conservatives ignore the fact that as Mayor of New York, Rudi was for gun control, government payment of abortion up to the moment of birth, and special rights for homosexuals. Why is Romney a flip-flopper but Rudi is the candidate who can beat Hilary? Rudi is not trustworthy. The only conservative value that Rudi brings is leadership on the war on terror. There are other conservative candidates who also bring this and they are true conservatives, not a liberal in sheep’s clothing.
Second, there are two main philosophies when it comes to voting in an election. One can vote for the lesser of the two evils or one can vote the person that you want to win. When social conservatives pull the lever for Rudi because they do not want Hilary, they are not voting for who they want to win. I am a proponent of the second philosophy.
I vote for the person I want to win, not against the person I want to lose. This leads to partisan politics, voters vote for Republicans because they do not want to see a Democrat win. This foolishness abandons all control over the parties. Conservatives should tell the Republican Party who our candidate should be, not the other way around. What is the point of having a primary if we are going to vote only for the person most likely to defeat the other party’s nominee? The primary process is designed to pick the candidate you want to win, not the candidate that can best beat the other side.
Third, I cannot see how any conservative can encourage the Republican Party to take a giant step left. The reason why Ronald Reagan was so popular with conservatives while losing the primary to Ford in 1976 was because he forced the Republican Party back to the right.
Reagan’s campaign forced the Party to accept a philosophy of superior national defense, opposed the welfare system that reduced the incentive to work, and an endorsement of the Human Life Amendment. Even in his loss, Ronaldus Maximus impacted the future of the Republican Party for decades. All my life the Republican Party has stood for protecting those who cannot protect themselves and now my fellow conservatives are going to vote for a pro-choice, pro-gun control, and pro-special rights for homosexuals candidate. They are going to do this in order to keep Hilary out of office even though she is to the right of Rudi on abortion!
Conservatives have a responsibility to keep the Republican Party conservative. Many years ago, it would have been un-thought of to have a nominee who would not fight to keep prayer in schools. Many years ago, it would have been un-thought of to have a nominee who would not fight against an un-Constitutional federal income tax. Those issues are now all but lost; I will not stand by and watch the protection of innocent life go down the same drain.
I cannot bring myself to vote for any of the Republican front-runners. Rudi Giuliani is not a conservative and is barely a Republican. Fred Thompson will not support a federal amendment to support the traditional definition of marriage. I am all for states’ rights, but I do not want Indiana to have to recognize a phony marriage performed in Massachusetts. John McCain has never been a Conservative, so at least he is not a flip-flopper. I also cannot see how I can vote for Mitt Romney. As Governor of Massachusetts, he was elected by the people who have voted for Senators Kennedy and Kerry for over twenty years!
My great hope is with Mike Huckabee, Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter, Sam Brownback, or Alan Keyes. I know that as it stands right now, none of them have a real chance to win the nomination, but they are true conservatives.
As much as I loathe the idea of Mrs. Clinton as our next President, four years of socialism is a small price to pay in order to protect the future of the Republican Party. If we vote for Rudi, we are endorsing the misbehavior of the Party. If we vote for Rudi this election, who will the next nominee be: Richard Lugar, Arlen Specter, Chuck Hagel?