I disagree with my friend Joseph Farah, not in substance but in long-term strategy.
I confess I have not yet read his book so it’s entirely possible that we don’t disagree at all. But here’s the crux:
He’s refusing to vote for either McCain or Obama as am I. In fact, I like his characterization of this campaign as the “McCain Pain” vs. the “Obama Trauma.” Truly that’s what it is.
The addition of Sarah Palin to the ticket swayed many fence-sitters on the “conservative” side, but I’m not a conservative. It swayed me, but not to vote. It swayed me to pray that McCain-Palin wins this election. That’s where Mr. Farah and I differ. I see his historical point about Carter’s incompetence creating the opportunity for us to get Reagan.
But I’m not so sure the crumbling American empire will last long enough for us to recover from an Obama presidency and I see Sarah Palin as evidence that God’s hand is at work in this election. She’s no shallow, religious phony like the one we have in the big house now. She’s a Word-speaking believer. (I wouldn’t publish that if this blog had any reach or influence because it would energize the demons that bow before Obama and, like him, operate in veiled hate. But this blog is a tiny little secret, so I can speak my mind.)
I actively refuse to vote and I have for quite some time. The reason I do is because I still believe that the just powers of government are derived from the consent of the governed. I cannot in good conscience give my consent to anyone who makes campaign promises to violate the oath of the very office they seek. There are only two possible outcomes there: the candidate is a liar or they are promising to commit treason.
Neither deserves my consent and, what’s more, it will not be done in my name. I do not give my consent to be governed by liars or those with no respect for the founding law of this land. Indeed, when someone trots out the old trope that “if you don’t vote, you have no right to bitch,” I respond by saying, “You have it backwards. If you vote for someone that you KNOW does not represent your views, you have no right to bitch. You gave your consent. And by the way, thanks a lot for saddling all of us with this illegal, immoral oppression. Not only do I have a right to bitch, I have a right to bitch AT YOU. It’s YOUR fault.”
Palin will be a mole in that cesspool we call our capitol. I pray that McCain is elected because I believe he’s accidentally backed into selecting her. I have almost no respect for McCain. I see his selection of Palin as a shrewd political move on his part that will likely work. He did the right thing for the wrong reasons. He’ll be a horrible president. But he’ll be better than Obama and will – unbeknownst to him – bring a praying, Word-quoting believer into the White House.
I’m well aware that the VP has no legal influence on anything. In fact, when I look at the special needs child that Clinton chose for his, I’m relieved about that. But never, ever underestimate the effect that can be made by a Proverbs 31, virtuous woman that knows how to pray.
I would vote for Sarah Palin but I cannot give my consent to be governed by John McCain.
So I’ll withhold my vote and pray.