Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve voted for plenty of candidates I didn’t like. I’ve even held my tongue and took one for the team from time to time, as hard as that may be to believe. But you, as a Party, have no right to expect that sacrifice from me. You have no right to take it for granted. But you do, and you have. What you don’t seem to understand is that so many are sick of the status-quo– and that includes you. Most just feel they have no choice; and most of the time, they’re right.
But the lesser of two evils isn’t inspiring anybody, and fear of what will happen if we don’t vote for you wears pretty thin as a reason to vote for you in time. You don’t have to take my word for it. Ask the voters who are constantly bleeding from the political system. What will they tell you? “I don’t see any difference between the two parties, and none of them listen to me anyway, So why bother?” I know, because I just went door to door in my neighborhood; and they told me so. Even many of the loyal Republicans express some variation of those sentiments.
Here’s a radical idea: how about you put up some folks who actually stand for something? Why not nominate and support some statesmen, people who don’t accept the New Deal, the Great Society, and all the other unconstitutional changes the progressives have made to our system? How about we elect some people who, instead of putting their finger in the wind to find out what’s popular, argue for truth and liberty in a way that makes sense to the public? Rather than abandoning principles, present those principles with conviction; and give the voters a clear choice between two visions of government.
Every election cycle brings a new opportunity to present this vision; and every cycle, you double down on the same multi-million dollar, crony-capitalist, progressive policies and politicians. This year’s race for Governor in Arizona is no different, just as the nominations of Romney and McCain and countless other races were. You spend endless time, resources, and media attention dictating to us who the front runners are and shut out the candidates of conviction who would shake up your status-quo. There are a few exceptions; but even then, you did everything in your power to stop it.
Well, we’ve tried it your way, we’ve tried moving to the center, and we’ve tried surrender.
Maybe just for kicks and giggles, let’s try standing on principle sometime.
Maybe, just maybe, all those voters we’ve lost because they saw no point in voting for your candidates will find a reason to show up; and if not, at least we can all go to sleep at night knowing we did what we could to turn this country around and make things right.
Who knows? You may be shocked to find that being part of the problem is not actually the best solution to it.
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