Tuesday, November 11, 2008
We are going to play a new game; it’s called “who is actually a conservative and who isn’t?”
Back a few months ago during the primary season I had a conversation with a co-worker who was an ardent McCain supporter who told me that McCain was our only hope for the presidency. At that point I told him McCain would lose because he is just as liberal as the opposition and you cant out liberal a liberal. Flash forward a few months and I still haven’t been able to find him at the office. I think he is still sleeping off the hangover he earned drinking away his sorrows.
After last week the realization of something I already knew set in, as young Libertarian/Conservatives there is no one who actually speaks for me. There are few if any politicians who speak for us and our values. There are even fewer groups or grass roots organizations that offer us the chance to organize with other like minded people to put forward a representative that does actually speak for us. Is this because people like me who value hard work and individuality are too busy making a living or being self dependent to organize?
What I do know though is that there are people we have considered our allies who have got to go, we can no longer hold our noses and vote for the lesser of two evils. That very philosophy has done nothing but grind under my skin for years because the lesser of two evils supposes a couple things #1 The only choices we have are evil and #2 If I choose the lesser of two evils I am still choosing evil. Ayn Rand said and rightly so that “In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.” (FYI if you have not heard of Ayn Rand you need to read Atlas Shrugged.) How long as “Republicans” have we sold our values to those who desire nothing more then the power our votes give them?
Take for example Arnold Schwarzenegger. Prop 8 passed in California last week and is clearly a “conservative Republican” driven issue. Does the governor back up the people who got him elected? No he comes out with this insight “It's unfortunate, obviously, but it's not the end, I think that we will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area." So now he fights against his base on global warming, spending, tax increases and now gay marriage. How long will we suffer these people?
It’s high time we ride “Republicans” like this out on the rails. We as young conservatives and librarians need to organize ourselves so that our voice can not only be heard but so we can find politicians that actually speak for us. We are the ones who tell them what to do and not the other way around. If Republicans want to represent us they can as long as they get in line and actually fight for what we believe. If not they need to be steam rolled.