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04 November 2008

Well I Did It

I just got back from voting for McCain. I just pulled the levers - or pushed the buttons - damn I miss those levers - right down the line Republican, and so I voted for McCain. No need for Obama to go into office with any kind of blank-check mandate. I don't really want McCain to be president, but since Obama's election is foreordained, I figure I'll do my little part to send a message.

We face doom either way. Arguably, McCain presents the clearer threat with his determination to continue our ruinous wars. The solace in Obama's election is his promise to end one of these wars, saving us around $100b a year, money we will surely need. The threat he poses, though, has a longer reach and is more insidious, and that is Obama's vision of himself as the great Community Organizer of this community we call America. With some agitation here and flowery-prose there, he can extract the surplus resources of those who make money to provide power and influence to those who represent people who don't make any money. Yeah, it's a hard vision to get a fix on, but that's my takeaway from Steve Sailer's America's Half-Blood Prince, and it fits with the Obama I've seen over these last amazing 15 months or so.

But most likely Obama is at this point 99% focused on his own wonderfulness, and will thus do nothing to jeopardize the adulatory standing he has amongst the ruling classes, many of whom will turn on him should his re-distributionist side get too crass, so I don't expect anything too scary from him, at least for the first couple years. And I have nothing against his plan to increase taxes on the wealthy since a) I'm not wealthy and b) I think we should increase taxes on high-income earners until they can prove that they're capable of doing anything useful with that income.

But neither candidate - nor anyone of any consequence that I've heard speak over the last 8 months - showed any concern about our most dire threat - the descent of America into Third-Worldom. No one has yet explained how we are going to function as a nation when half the population is operating at less than 3/4 of the average productive output. Oh, that's right - all we need to do is just keep spending more and more on education. On that point, at least - on how to throw money down an education hole - Barack Obama is indeed uniquely experienced.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 90's when a democratic president was guided/constrained by a Republican house seems to have worked best.
Sadly the republicans are sexually challenged and when you run on family values getting caught with other women or men or pages costs.
Perhaps the mid-terms will get the republicans back to having veto on the extreme ideas.

November 04, 2008 8:28 AM  
Blogger Glaivester said...

I voted for Chuck Baldwin.

November 04, 2008 6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good for you glaivester. Voting for McCain only send sthe message to the Republican Party to keep nominating more fake conservatives for President in the future.

November 05, 2008 1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous and glaivester, I voted for McCain for the exact same reasons ziel did.

I recognize your point about encouraging the open-borders nuts wing of the GOP, but I figured that the media would only recognize voting for McCain as detracting from Obama's mandate. ex: "Obama got X% more votes than McCain!".

November 05, 2008 2:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The solace in Obama's election is his promise to end one of these wars, saving us around $100b a year, money we will surely need."

No doubt this money will be used for something like useless social programs or other socialist nonsense for NAMs. I'd rather have it spent on a war.

November 05, 2008 11:49 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

I'd rather have it spent on a useful war, but Iraq is a black hole. Granted, so are social programs or education reforms. But that black hole is probably a lot smaller. The sChip program, a top priority, is about $10b per year, so we've got a long way to go to reach the Iraq war costs.

November 05, 2008 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I voted for Barr. And I'm not a dope smoker or an Ayn Rand reader. Just needed to send a message to the RINOs.

McCain could have won if he had gone anti bailout. He's now damaged her brand by making her support him on this crap.

December 06, 2008 7:42 PM  

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