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February 21, 2008

Not Voting?

To our principled folks who refuse to vote for McCain-

Okay, that's cool. I strenuously and passionately disagree with you, but that's cool. But please allow me to underscore the fact that all of the above will actually be attempted under an Obama administration. I don't say that to fear-monger... this is what the new generation of lefty is. The new lefty is a full-blown socialist in the European mold, with eyes on the Latin American mold.

Glenn Reynolds speaks of all the things the libs accuse of happening under Bush actually happening under them (i.e. academia)- such ideas will be given free reign underneath an Obama administration. That would fundamentally transform the face of the country, and with two new Supreme Court justices to reinforce that, the rule of law would likely reflect this New Leftism.

If you can't vote for McCain, I won't try to convince you. But I urge you from the depths of my soul to work your asses off to keep Obama away from the presidency. I am dissatisfied with McCain, and I certainly don't trust that he's going to represent my interests. But I do trust that a vote for McCain will be vital to keeping Obama out of the presidency- and hopefully spare us the nightmare of another Carter-style presidency thirty years hence.

In the next few months, I hope that your minds will change- not because I want you to roll over on your ideals- but because what an Obama presidency would mean to this country. It doesn't just apply to the presidency- it applies as well to Congress.

Thanks for reading.


Something else to bear in mind. Reagan made conservativism cool. Allow me to suggest that this was not entirely simply due to the power of his ideas -- but in no small part to his remarkable powers of communication and warmth of personality and 18/00 Charisma.

John F. Kennedy created a whole generation of liberals (despite not really being clearly a liberal himself) on the strength of his wit and vitality, and of course his martyrdom.

Liberalism is somewhat unpopular now. Not nearly as unpopular as it was during the 80s and 90s. The public is flirting with giving full-bore liberal statism a try.

Obama is cult of personality figure with a great deal of charisma (or so I'm told; I find him vacuous and droning). There is a real possibility that the nation's basic politics can be changed not by reasoned argument and dispassionate analysis, but simply by the fact that he's "cool" and offers "hope."

Bear that in mind. This election isn't about Obama. It's about liberalism and "progressivism," as it always is. But Obama is an especially dangerous agent of progressivism, expressly now running as essentially a spiritual leader guiding a zealous religious movement. Progressivism has always been largely that, of course -- atheists feel the need for transcendence, same as the religious, they just channel that urge into "secular" pursuits like worshipping Mother Gaia and cleansing their souls of politically impure thoughts -- but now we're faced with the para-religion of progressivism shorn of any pretense of secularity, headed now by the apotheosis of democracy-as-divinity.

McCain's a prick. But he's not the living christ of strange and hostile church.

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