A Wasted Vote?


A Wasted Vote
by Chuck Baldwin

asked why they will not vote for a third party candidate, many people
will respond by saying something like, "He cannot win." Or, "I don't
want to waste my vote." It is true: America has not elected a third
party candidate since 1860. Does that automatically mean, however, that
every vote cast for one of the two major party candidates is not a
wasted vote? I don't think so.

In the
first place, a wasted vote is a vote for someone you know does not
represent your own beliefs and principles. A wasted vote is a vote for
someone you know will not lead the country in the way it should go. A
wasted vote is a vote for the "lesser of two evils." Or, in the case of
John McCain and Barack Obama, what we have is a choice between the
"evil of two lessers."

Einstein is credited with saying that insanity is doing the same thing
over and over again, and expecting a different result. For years now,
Republicans and Democrats have been leading the country in the same
basic direction: toward bigger and bigger government; more and more
socialism, globalism, corporatism, and foreign interventionism; and the
dismantling of constitutional liberties. Yet, voters continue to think
that they are voting for "change" when they vote for a Republican or
Democrat. This is truly insane!

Take a
look at the recent $700 billion Wall Street bailout: both John McCain
and Barack Obama endorsed and lobbied for it. Both McCain and Obama
will continue to bail out these international banksters on the backs of
the American taxpayers. Both McCain and Obama support giving illegal
aliens amnesty and a path to citizenship. In the debate this past
Tuesday night, both McCain and Obama expressed support for sending U.S.
forces around the world for "peacekeeping" purposes. They also
expressed support for sending combat forces against foreign countries
even if those countries do not pose a threat to the United States.
Neither Obama nor McCain will do anything to stem the tide of a
burgeoning police state or a mushrooming New World Order. Both Obama
and McCain support NAFTA and similar "free trade" deals. Neither
candidate will do anything to rid America of the Federal Reserve, or
work to eliminate the personal income tax, or disband the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS). Both Obama and McCain support the United
Nations. So, pray tell, how is a vote for either McCain or Obama not a
wasted vote?

back to the "he cannot win" argument: to vote for John McCain is to
vote for a man who cannot win. Yes, I am saying it here and now: John
McCain cannot win this election. The handwriting is on the wall. The
Fat Lady is singing. It is all over. Finished. John McCain cannot win.

only three weeks before the election, Barack Obama is pulling away.
McCain has already pulled his campaign out of Michigan. In other key
battleground states, McCain is slipping fast. He was ahead in Missouri;
now it is a toss-up or leaning to Obama. A couple of weeks ago, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, and Florida were all leaning towards McCain, or at least
toss-up states. Now, they are all leaning to Obama. Even the longtime
GOP bellwether state of Indiana is moving toward Obama. In addition,
new voter registrations are at an all-time high, and few of them are
registering as Republicans. In fact, the Republican Party now claims
only around 25% of the electorate, and Independents are increasingly
leaning toward Obama.

and gentlemen, Barack Obama is headed for an electoral landslide
victory over John McCain. John McCain can no more beat Barack Obama
than Bob Dole could beat Bill Clinton.

I ask,
therefore, Are not conservatives and Christians who vote for John
McCain guilty of the same thing that they accuse people who vote for
third party candidates of doing? Are they not voting for someone who
cannot win? Indeed, they are. In fact, conservatives and Christians who
vote for John McCain are not only voting for a man who cannot win, they
are voting for a man who does not share their own beliefs and
principles. If this is not insanity, nothing is!

why not (for once in your life, perhaps) cast a vote purely for
principle! Vote for someone who is truly pro-life. Someone who would
quickly secure our nation's borders, and end the invasion of our
country by illegal aliens. Someone who would, on his first day in
office, release Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean and fire U.S.
Attorney Johnny Sutton. Someone who would immediately, upon assuming
office, begin leading the charge to dismantle the Federal Reserve,
overturn the 16th Amendment, expunge the IRS, and return America to
sound money principles. Someone who would get the US out of the UN.
Someone who would stop spending billions and trillions of dollars for
foreign aid. Someone who would prosecute the Wall Street bankers who
defrauded the American people out of billions of dollars. Someone who
would work to repeal NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT, the WTO, and stop the NAFTA
superhighway. Someone who would say a resounding "No" to the New World
Order. Someone who would stop using our brave men and women in uniform
as global cops for the United Nations. Someone who would stop America's
global adventurism and interventionism. Someone who would steadfastly
support and defend the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

"Who is this person?" you ask. Go here to find out:


John Quincy Adams said, "Always vote for principle, though you may vote
alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is
never lost."

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