Why You Cannot Afford to Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils

I have said this before, and I will say it again. Eventually, all things come to blood. If a nation heads in the wrong direction for long enough, good men will die. Here’s the thing though: how can you expect a nation to turn around if you do not pursue that which is great, rather than that which is barely acceptable? How can you expect goodness to come forth by choosing between the lesser of two evils?

Let’s take it a step further: If you believe that America is heading in the wrong direction but you are not willing to fight for what is good nor willing to look the part of a fool for the sake of righteousness; if you continue to be complacent and hope that tomorrow will be no different than today, then let me congratulate you on the murder of your children1.

For if you truly believe that all things come to blood, and you do not fight today, then you are leaving that fight to your children. You are leaving them to live in a world made worse by your inaction and to either become corrupted by that world, or to be killed by it.

You are leaving them to death.

And if you are that sort of man; if America is a nation composed of men who are willing to make that choice, then we will deserve the death that comes. We will deserve it, because day by day, in a million tiny ways, we will have chosen it.

1Let me be clear here: if you are fighting for good as well as you know how, I cannot accuse you. But there are those of you who are and have been compromising. Who know it, and need to be confronted with it. You have made easy choices for the very reason that they are easy. I have been one of you. I say, let it end today.

6 thoughts on “Why You Cannot Afford to Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils”

  1.   I know this post is not specifically about Ron Paul and the presidential election.  I also know it is potentially very much about that.  Bear with me.

      I read this with great interest and nostalgia.  I remember during the 1996 presidential campaign feeling much the same about Alan Keyes as you now feel about Ron Paul.  I remember how he railed against the opposition, and against the mainstream Republican candidate, Bob Dole, as well.  He gave the lesser of two evils speech and he talked about the travesty of pragmatism.  He reminded us that we were to be warriors of God, and with God on our side, it didn’t matter if the world thought we had “a chance” or not.  At one point, I told my wife that for the first time in my life, I thought I might actually give all the money I could spare to Mr. Keyes, and volunteer, and engage in personal investment and risk to give him all the support I thought he deserved.  But, something held me back (besides her).  I had a spidey sense that something wasn’t as it seemed or something.  I sat back down.  

      I felt the pull you feel, to stand up for right, even at the risk of loss.  I began to think about Patrick Henry, wishing for death over the loss of liberty.  Wow, how extreme.  I felt like a coward because I wasn’t even willing to risk being arrested or going to prison for my beliefs.  A quote from Samuel Adams, which I’m sure you are familiar with, kept cycling in and out of my thoughts.  It was a major irritant to my self-worth, and my self-image.

    “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace.  We ask not your counsels or arms.  Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.  May your chains set lightly upon you , and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

      Late in the campaign, when he was probably out of money and well aware that his chances for election were near nil, Alan Keyes publicly threw his support behind Bob Dole, the lesser of the two evils, and thus crushed my hopes that such a man was truly out there.

      Now it’s Ron Paul, but I feel the same doubts.  I wonder how a man who feels as he does can justify being a Republican.  I wonder how many times he’s shaken hands in the cloak room with the enemies of freedom.  I wonder how he justifies being a “career politician,” or how he can accept Republican Party support, knowing what expectations come from the party with that support.  And, have you seen the trailer to Uncounted, the movie about fraudulence in the voting process?  If you haven’t, go there and watch it now.  It sounds as if it has a liberal slant but I’ve seen the first 10 minutes or so of this film, and what it is really about is the complete corruption of the voting process so that the powers behind the scenes can orchestrate elections while appearing to “let” the people have a say.  Point being, if Ron Paul knows of things like this, and he should, why isn’t he exposing that fraud as well?  Surely he knows that the “powers that be” would never allow him to be elected, so if fraud in the vote registering/counting process exists, he is wasting the money of those that are supporting him.  He is wasting all our time as well as his own.  Spidey sense, pessimism or paranoia?  I’m not even sure any more.

      However, you’ve created a new thorn in my flesh with this thought:

    For if you truly believe that all things come to blood, and you do not fight today, then you are leaving that fight to your children. You are leaving them to live in a world made worse by your inaction and to either become corrupted by that world, or to be killed by it.

      After all, it was okay that I wasn’t willing to risk prison for violating the FACE law when I would be taken away from my family, who needs me so much.  It was okay to sit back and watch the world crumble because the quality of life we now have is still so good.  Why throw myself into misery when I have cable TV, enough money to eat at good restaurants, and high speed Internet access?  But now you’re bringing our children into it.  And you are right to do so, though perhaps a bit melodramatic in your terms.  (Killed? Murder? Sheesh!)

      So, here we are, and I ask you, because you seem so fired up about it that you must have some answers… What do we do now? 

      It’s a question I’ve been unable (or unwilling?) to answer since 1996.

  2.   I know this post is not specifically about Ron Paul and the presidential election.  I also know it is potentially very much about that.  Bear with me.

      I read this with great interest and nostalgia.  I remember during the 1996 presidential campaign feeling much the same about Alan Keyes as you now feel about Ron Paul.  I remember how he railed against the opposition, and against the mainstream Republican candidate, Bob Dole, as well.  He gave the lesser of two evils speech and he talked about the travesty of pragmatism.  He reminded us that we were to be warriors of God, and with God on our side, it didn’t matter if the world thought we had “a chance” or not.  At one point, I told my wife that for the first time in my life, I thought I might actually give all the money I could spare to Mr. Keyes, and volunteer, and engage in personal investment and risk to give him all the support I thought he deserved.  But, something held me back (besides her).  I had a spidey sense that something wasn’t as it seemed or something.  I sat back down.  

      I felt the pull you feel, to stand up for right, even at the risk of loss.  I began to think about Patrick Henry, wishing for death over the loss of liberty.  Wow, how extreme.  I felt like a coward because I wasn’t even willing to risk being arrested or going to prison for my beliefs.  A quote from Samuel Adams, which I’m sure you are familiar with, kept cycling in and out of my thoughts.  It was a major irritant to my self-worth, and my self-image.

    “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace.  We ask not your counsels or arms.  Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.  May your chains set lightly upon you , and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

      Late in the campaign, when he was probably out of money and well aware that his chances for election were near nil, Alan Keyes publicly threw his support behind Bob Dole, the lesser of the two evils, and thus crushed my hopes that such a man was truly out there.

      Now it’s Ron Paul, but I feel the same doubts.  I wonder how a man who feels as he does can justify being a Republican.  I wonder how many times he’s shaken hands in the cloak room with the enemies of freedom.  I wonder how he justifies being a “career politician,” or how he can accept Republican Party support, knowing what expectations come from the party with that support.  And, have you seen the trailer to Uncounted, the movie about fraudulence in the voting process?  If you haven’t, go there and watch it now.  It sounds as if it has a liberal slant but I’ve seen the first 10 minutes or so of this film, and what it is really about is the complete corruption of the voting process so that the powers behind the scenes can orchestrate elections while appearing to “let” the people have a say.  Point being, if Ron Paul knows of things like this, and he should, why isn’t he exposing that fraud as well?  Surely he knows that the “powers that be” would never allow him to be elected, so if fraud in the vote registering/counting process exists, he is wasting the money of those that are supporting him.  He is wasting all our time as well as his own.  Spidey sense, pessimism or paranoia?  I’m not even sure any more.

      However, you’ve created a new thorn in my flesh with this thought:

    For if you truly believe that all things come to blood, and you do not fight today, then you are leaving that fight to your children. You are leaving them to live in a world made worse by your inaction and to either become corrupted by that world, or to be killed by it.

      After all, it was okay that I wasn’t willing to risk prison for violating the FACE law when I would be taken away from my family, who needs me so much.  It was okay to sit back and watch the world crumble because the quality of life we now have is still so good.  Why throw myself into misery when I have cable TV, enough money to eat at good restaurants, and high speed Internet access?  But now you’re bringing our children into it.  And you are right to do so, though perhaps a bit melodramatic in your terms.  (Killed? Murder? Sheesh!)

      So, here we are, and I ask you, because you seem so fired up about it that you must have some answers… What do we do now? 

      It’s a question I’ve been unable (or unwilling?) to answer since 1996.

  3. And, for reinforcement, I offer a question/answer from Evan’s (13) history lesson today.

    What self-evident truths does the Declaration of Independence mention?

    (Evan’s answer): It mentions that God gave us “certain unalienable rights, that among those are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” It also mentions that God gave Earth Governments to secure these rights, and that when the government abuses these rights, the people have the right to overthrow it and choose a new government.

  4. And, for reinforcement, I offer a question/answer from Evan’s (13) history lesson today.

    What self-evident truths does the Declaration of Independence mention?

    (Evan’s answer): It mentions that God gave us “certain unalienable rights, that among those are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” It also mentions that God gave Earth Governments to secure these rights, and that when the government abuses these rights, the people have the right to overthrow it and choose a new government.

  5. Bruce,
    Thanks for the great reply. Regarding this accusation of melodrama (no one’s ever accused me of anything like that before, <grin />), I’m almost willing to argue that I’m not being melodramatic at all. I don’t know that things will come to blood in my life time or even in my children’s life time, but every civilization in the history of the world that has gone in the direction that ours is headed, has ended up killing its citizens. At some point, you’re either in the arena cheering or fighting.

    The short answer to what you’ve asked about Ron Paul and what we are to do, is that this election isn’t a last stand. It’s just another opportunity to stand. There will be another one if four years. And don’t get me wrong, climactic battles are great and all, but wars are frequently won by attrition. Here a little, there a little. In this election, maybe 10% of Americans might see that “more of the same” is not the answer, after four years of Hillary/Romney/Guiliani/Obama/whoever we might pick up another 20%. It might take 10 years, it might take 30, I might not live to see it. It might take the collapse and fall of the American Empire. Or it might be, as you quite reasonably fear, Ron Paul might turn out to be a fraud. But that really doesn’t worry me too much. I’d rather be fooled into picking something that looked right, that knowingly choose evil. It’s in God’s hands. All I have to do, is do my duty (not that it’s a cake walk, but it’s easier than being responsible for the final outcome)

    As far as what do we do know. We talk to people. We challenge them to think through the implications of their actions. We vote every time there is a chance for qualified men. We read the Word of God to help us even know what that even means. And we lead our families, we teach them the Word of God, so that if our nation does come to the worst we can imagine, they will not be corrupted. It would be better for them to be counted among the righteous dead than the wicked living.

    Oh yeah, and we pray without ceasing.

    Thanks for the read and the comment,
    I hope you guys are doing well,
    Charles

  6. Bruce,
    Thanks for the great reply. Regarding this accusation of melodrama (no one’s ever accused me of anything like that before, <grin />), I’m almost willing to argue that I’m not being melodramatic at all. I don’t know that things will come to blood in my life time or even in my children’s life time, but every civilization in the history of the world that has gone in the direction that ours is headed, has ended up killing its citizens. At some point, you’re either in the arena cheering or fighting.

    The short answer to what you’ve asked about Ron Paul and what we are to do, is that this election isn’t a last stand. It’s just another opportunity to stand. There will be another one if four years. And don’t get me wrong, climactic battles are great and all, but wars are frequently won by attrition. Here a little, there a little. In this election, maybe 10% of Americans might see that “more of the same” is not the answer, after four years of Hillary/Romney/Guiliani/Obama/whoever we might pick up another 20%. It might take 10 years, it might take 30, I might not live to see it. It might take the collapse and fall of the American Empire. Or it might be, as you quite reasonably fear, Ron Paul might turn out to be a fraud. But that really doesn’t worry me too much. I’d rather be fooled into picking something that looked right, that knowingly choose evil. It’s in God’s hands. All I have to do, is do my duty (not that it’s a cake walk, but it’s easier than being responsible for the final outcome)

    As far as what do we do know. We talk to people. We challenge them to think through the implications of their actions. We vote every time there is a chance for qualified men. We read the Word of God to help us even know what that even means. And we lead our families, we teach them the Word of God, so that if our nation does come to the worst we can imagine, they will not be corrupted. It would be better for them to be counted among the righteous dead than the wicked living.

    Oh yeah, and we pray without ceasing.

    Thanks for the read and the comment,
    I hope you guys are doing well,
    Charles

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