Thursday, October 14, 2004

A Fisking (Sort of)

Vodkapundit's got an angry post up about a Demo. memo encouraging operatives to wreak havoc at the polls. See the below fisking for my post-venting rebuttal (sort of):

If Drudge has it right, then the Kerry-Edwards campaign is going to do its damnedest to turn our fine nation into a banana republic.

From the headshot on your website, I never thought you’d have a problem with their clothing line.

To these guys, winning office is more important than the sanctity of elections. Holding power is more important than the Constitution.

Much like Tom Delay and his meddling in the redistricting of Texas? Holding power isn’t more important than the Constitution, but discrimination (via the FMA) is? Tsk, tsk. And whatever happened to the balancing power of checks and balances? You may be eager to bring the fight to the terrorists (heck I was in favor of the Iraq war myself), but taking power away from those that wield the power recklessly, I think that’s of utmost importance in this election.

Much as I despise at least half of what most Republicans stand for, they don't seem nearly as willing to trash the system they're trying to run. Too many Democrats, especially at the national level, just don't care that our system, our nation is far more important than any single election.

Your argument would be more credible if we didn’t already know you to be a single-issue voter Stephen. Is there anything more important than our nation? A bottle of Stolichnya perhaps?

I could mention the Lautenberg Trick in New Jersey. Or Gore's ballot shenanigans in Florida. Or the voter-registration fraud currently going on in Colorado, Nevada, and elsewhere. Or the Democrats' successful call to bring election observers into this country. Bring them in from where, Venezuela? Hey, no big deal sullying the reputation of the world's oldest continuously-functioning democracy, just so long as we can make the Republicans look bad, right?

Do you honestly think that these ‘observers’ will scrutinize Republican conduct while completely overlooking the actions of Democrats? Please. I fully expect many Dems to perpetuate the negative stereotype that Americans are all idiots too.

The rules don't matter. The reputation of the country doesn't matter. The political health of the nation doesn't matter. Power matters.

Introducing Tim “the Toolman” Taylor everybody… arf, arf, arf!

I don't mean to say that Republicans haven't used dirty tricks, or won't in the future. But I have yet to see them pull anything as crass as replacing a losing candidate with a more-popular one just weeks before election day, and in violation of state law. I have yet to see Republicans calling on the world's most corrupt international organization, run largely by apparatchiks from the world's most brutal dictatorships, to pass judgment on how we run our elections.

Since you don’t like Plan A, you choose Plan B instead: Improving our image by keeping our sitting President in office for another four years?

I have yet to see the Republicans encouraging their own to commit fraud by shouting "Fraud!" where none yet exists, putting at risk everything we've built here in the last 228 years.

Instead they’re encouraging discrimination (228 years), religious indoctrination (228 years), a renewal of the Cold War (60+ years), fiscal disaster (10 years)…

Because, in the end, that's what the national Democrats are doing: They're trying, however inadvertently, to destroy the Republic in order to rule it.

That’s very Fight Club-esque of them. I don’t really understand why more Frat guys aren’t backing the Dems. Anyone got polling numbers on this demo.?

Democracy is the free market of political systems. And like any free market, it can't function without some basic level of trust. That trust comes, slowly, from hammering out rules even competitors can live with. That trust comes, with difficulty, by honoring those rules, even when your candidate doesn't win. That trust exists in relatively few places around the world.

That’s the same line my dad used to feed me about relationships and marriage. Too bad my parents are divorced now.

That trust is hard to come by – and it's easy to lose. Ask the German voters of 1933. Or the people who voted in Afghanistan's first-ever presidential election last week. Or the people of Iraq, whose lives are, quite literally, on the line as they try to make something decent of their nation.

You’re assuming the electorate had trust to begin with. Tell me Mr. Green, if voters trusted the voting system so much, why do less than 50% show up to fill out their ballots on election day? Obviously, many Americans abandoned the political process precisely because there was no trust in the system. Who’s to blame for this distrust? Don’t tell me it’s the sole responsibility of the Democratic Party.

The system, the trust, is far more important than anything else. It's more important than the White House, or Congress, or Social Security, or jobs, or even the Terror War. Our Constitution is rigged to make it hard for any party to screw things up in the short time of four years.

Oh but they can, when they have no opposition party to balance their agenda.

There's always another election around the corner, if you think the current crop of office-holders is screwing things up – that's the beauty of our system.

Too bad mid-term elections have even less voter turnout than Presidential election years. And what if I wanted to vote for a continuation of party stewardship in the White House, BUT wanted someone else besides the incumbent? Our system is about as beautiful as Teresa Heinz-Kerry in a bathing suit.

But maybe there won't be another election, if you cause the people to lose faith that elections work. I was raised in a very Republican family. The first election I could vote in was 1988, and I voted straight-ticket Republican. But only the one time. I grew up – I learned that my own convictions were more important than party affiliation. I learned that my own estimation of individual candidates was more important than whether they had a D or an R next to their names. Since then, I've voted for a lot of Democrats, including for President.

I voted against abortion before I voted for it too. You flip-flopper.

Now, I know this is an angry essay. However, I don't mean to imply that all Democrats are evil and all Republicans are sweetness and light. Far from it. But for the first time in 16 years, I'm going to vote Republican straight down the line. If I have to punish a couple of local Democrats I'm fond of, then so be it, but I have to try to get a point across: The national Democratic Party is bad for this country.

Actually, I think you’re implying that all anti-war Democrats are evil. Point well taken, BUT I’m not so sure you should substitute your typical stress-relieving regimen of a martini a day, instead opting for the unconventional voting booth rampage. Stick to what works!

I don't say that because of their policies, which I probably agree with more than I do the Republicans. But because their tactics would cause more harm to this country than the Federal Marriage Amendment, the Republican budget deficit, and Congress's corporate tax giveaways, combined.
I'm just one guy; I don't expect my vote to mean much. But the Democrats are willing to treat – in advance - my vote, and all it represents, with feigned contempt. So I can't, in return, treat the Democrats with anything less than genuine contempt.

And Republicans are willing to respond to my opinions with accusations of being un-American, treasonous, or un-Godly. And I plan to respond in kind.