Sometimes, a choice is not a choice

In the second part of his excellent series (Part I of which I discussed here), Zombie concludes with a question:

It all comes down to a matter of intent. WHY does each side mutilate the truth? To what end?

In the case of the left, the ultimate goal is to overthrow the United States as we know it.

In the case of the right, the ultimate goal is to preserve and strengthen the United States.

What choice do I have, therefore, but to support the conservative side as the lesser of two evils?

(Via Glenn Reynolds.) The answer is of course that there is no choice but to support the conservative side. I have been supporting it for years, and I have been nauseated in the process. Every time I get my hopes up about a conservative candidate, it will turn out that there's a catch. Someone I might think is wonderful and refreshing will turn out to be all gung-ho Newt Gingrich and the Drug War, someone else will turn out to be in league with the anti-gay bigots, another will be a RINO. It just goes on and on.

So, while I am always willing to support the conservative "side," just don't expect me to like it. And don't expect me to respect people I don't respect (and who don't respect me).

If I were forced to choose between Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama, of course I would choose Ronald Reagan. But at the rate things are going, the choice might become like one of my worst fears: having to choose between a Jesse Jackson and a Jerry Falwell. I can't vote for the Jerry Falwells of the world, so I would have to vote libertarian.

Why should such choices be forced upon us? Why should a country in which the vast majority does not agree with either the Jesse Jacksons or the Jerry Falwells be forced to make such a disgusting choice?

What is wrong?

It's as if the majority does not count.

posted by Eric on 09.01.10 at 07:23 PM










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In the case of the right, the ultimate goal is to preserve and strengthen the United States.

What choice do I have, therefore, but to support the conservative side as the lesser of two evils?

If it's put like that, it's hard to understand what all breast-beating is about in supporting the right.


It's as if the majority does not count.

Well said. (If a little odd coming from a libertarian)

flenser   ·  September 1, 2010 8:07 PM

The majority of your commenters in the previous post were channeling Jerry Falwell (i.e. the dark ages).

What's up with that?

mph   ·  September 1, 2010 9:59 PM

Instalanche.
His email must be interesting.

I don't know if I'd worry about Jesse or Jerry, the middle is where the things are.
Unfortunately, the "middle" is farther left than I'd like, but it's dictated by the media.

I support the GOP in the same way. The religious right scares me.

I read a saying once that seems apropos.
The difference between "bad" and "worse" is always more stark than that between "good" and "better".

Veeshir   ·  September 1, 2010 11:08 PM

Dude, the majority counts. You're just not in it.

Eric A   ·  September 1, 2010 11:12 PM

"Why should such choices be forced upon us? Why should a country in which the vast majority does not agree with either the Jesse Jacksons or the Jerry Falwells be forced to make such a disgusting choice?"

The Dems and the GOP both benefit from the scam they have set up, where a "choice" between two sides of the same coin, is still the same coin. Which is why we the people need the following: First, a binding "none of the above" choice, which if it wins a plurality of the ballots in any election, would vacate the ticket, and force both parties to nominate new candidates until one wins positive assent from the electorate. Second, a legitimate third party which would have the effect of holding the feet to the fire of both current major parties. The Dems and GOP are entirely too comfortable being the only game in town. And mark my words, if things ever get really ugly for politicians in America, you can bet that most of the elites, whatever their party affiliation, will join hands against those who oppose them. There's insiders and outsiders; care to guess which we the people are?

Georgiaboy61   ·  September 2, 2010 1:15 AM

Actually, Eric, the majority doesn't count. Assuming you get a Congress and a President elected, you then have to contend with the unelected judiciary overturning the law and the even more unelected and unfireable bureaucracy simply refusing to enforce it.

SDN   ·  September 2, 2010 1:21 PM

There is this vocal minority.....

M. Simon   ·  September 2, 2010 10:01 PM

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