Saturday, November 15, 2014

What Will Happen When Conservatives (and Christians) Don't Vote?

There is no question that many of us conservatives are often disappointed that some of the Republican candidates in our presidential elections are NOT the ideal conservatives. In fact, some of us don’t consider them to be conservative at all. Nevertheless, all we have is whom we have.  That's it and we must support them in the general elections.

Dennis Prager is one of the most articulate, intelligent, and reasoned conservative political thinkers and philosophers on talk radio.

In 2008, he posted an important article on  titled, “Why I Support John McCain.” Every conservative who ever considers not voting or casting a vote for a third party or write-in candidate should read it. We all want the ideal candidate and the ideal presidency but we cannot afford to act in a way that, in effect, says, "if we can't have what we want, we are willing to destroy what we have.
The choice then, was between John McCain or Barack Obama but the future would find us in a similar contest between Obama and Mitt Romney.  Dennis Prager made several, very compelling arguments and clearly described the unprecedented potential for the serious damage that most likely would occur in our country as a result of the first leftist presidency in our nation’s history.

Here are some excerpts from his post:

“Conservatives who will not vote for McCain are well-intentioned utopians.”

“…given how active most liberal judges are, it won't matter much if the country has some conservative epiphany and then elects a Republican president and Congress. Because even if the Congress and the president will not pass liberal legislation, a liberal Supreme Court will. On almost any social issue that matters -- the right to bear arms, late-term abortion, the definition of marriage, capital punishment, and many others -- a liberal Supreme Court will rule on these issues, and there will be nothing that a post-Obama Republican president, even with a Republican congress, will be able to do about them.”

“However noble their intentions, conservatives who do not vote for John McCain will be morally complicit in what happens to America during an Obama presidency.”
Dennis Prager
As it has played out, Dennis Prager was right.  But I would go even further.

I would suggest that Christians who do not vote for Republican candidates because they are not conservative enough, are not only morally complicit in the degradation of our republic, they are, in fact, guilty of the sin of failing to do what is right.  They are personally responsible for and deserve the ungodly leadership we have.  In a representative republic, Christians who neglect their civic responsibility, cannot claim no immunity for the evil actions of their government.  It represents us yet, in the last few decades, the number of eligible Chiristian's that actually voted, was under 40%.  You had a chance to vote and you didn't.  In a sense, you had a talent and you chose to bury it and hoped that God would be pleased. 

Please read Dennis Prager's post in its entirety here.


Anonymous said...

“However noble their intentions, conservatives who do not vote for John McCain will be morally complicit in what happens to America during an Obama presidency.”

Does this mean conservatives take responsibility for what has happened during the last seven years of the Bush presidency?

Waterboarding sanctioned once as torture, now embraced?
Revenge for critcising the Iraq policy?
Lying under the cover of not remembering?
Placing incompetant people in positions as a loyalty pay back?
The environment sacrificed on behalf of big coal?

Fear and greed seem to have a firm hold.

Ron Livesay said...

You make some great points.

Voting for a third-party candidate who has absolutely no chance of winning, or not voting at all, is giving half a vote to each side, which is not good stewardship of the privilege of voting with which we have been blessed in this country.

The "lesser of two evils" is still less evil, and those who withhold their vote from a less-than-perfect candidate are helping the far more imperfect candidate to win.

All candidates are less-than-perfect because all people are sinners. Probably the only sinner I would agree with 100% is myself, and I have never been on a ballot. Besides, I would probably only get one vote (maybe two). Everyone else would vote for themselves.

Looking for the perfect candidate is pointless, because the last time I checked, Jesus has never been on the ballot.

If all Christians would actually vote, the political landscape would look much different. Christians and other conservatives who withhold their votes from both parties with an attitude of "I'll send them a message" and "I'll show them" are just helping the other side win.