Ironically, after I posted my recent George Washington FFQF, who may have been the last president who hoped to maintain the character of an honest man, I came across a post by Gary Reed detailing some presidential lies. He listed (gasp!) Lincoln (Civil War), Wilson (WWI), Roosevelt (WWII), and of course GW, who have lied to lead our country into war, and then quoted political economist Robert Higgs:
“The enormous losses of life, property, and liberty that Americans have sustained in wars have occurred in large part because of the public’s unwarranted trust in what their leaders told them before leading them into war.”
We know this. We know that politicians lie. So why do we believe them? Why do we vote for them? Are we really that gullible, or are we just too scared or lazy to fight for truth and honor?
Ron Paul has repeatedly pointed out that there is virtually no difference between today’s republicans and democrats. They both want to tax us to death, police the world, and tell us how to live our lives. Voting for either McCain or Obama is a vote to endorse central government control of our every move. The only vote that might make them sit up and take notice is a vote for “neither of the above.”
Whether you write-in Ron Paul, as I’m going to do, or vote for a third-party candidate, I urge you not to vote for the status quo. Responsibility for all the evil that George Bush has done is equally shared by the democratic congress that let him do it – and will undoubtedly be continued by our next president, whether he’s republican or democrat. I, for one, refuse to share responsibility for the next power-hungry regime to rule Washington. It’s time to stop voting for “the lesser of two evils” and vote for real change.
Another option is to not vote at all. Here’s a list of articles that support this position.
Here are links to the third-party candidates who could mathematically win. I encourage you to find someone among these that you can support with a clear conscience.
A post from the Campaign for Liberty blog by Don Rasmussen may just prove it: Americans are still third-graders at heart.
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Special thanks to my mom for sending this along.
The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade. The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest. I decided we would have an election for a class president. We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote. To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members. We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have. We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot. The class had done a great job in their selections. Both candidates were good kids. I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support. I had never seen Olivia’s mother. The day arrived when they were to make their speeches. Jamie went first. He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best. Every one applauded. He sat down and Olivia came to the podium. Her speech was concise. She said, “If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream.” She sat down. The class went wild. “Yes! Yes! We want ice cream.” She surely would say more. She did not have to. A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? She wasn’t sure. Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it. She didn’t know. The class really didn’t care. All they were thinking about was ice cream. Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a land slide. Every time Barack Obama opens his mouth he offers ice cream, and fifty percent of America reacts like nine year olds. They want ice cream. The other fifty percent know they’re going to have to feed the cow.