The Sun Also Rises

“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

–Alexis de Tocqueville

While I disdain liberal politics, I have to say that it made be very proud to see the first black, major party, candidate for President get nominated yesterday. It was a great moment for our country. I wish that such a charismatic candidate was also a strident defender of the constitution, but unfortunately it will not be the case. My biggest beef with both our major party candidates is that they are basically identical on the issues.  From a foreign policy and domestic fiscal standpoint they are both exceedingly liberal (as is the current President.)

I heard a caller on NPR express an opinion that hit close to home for me. The basic summary of what he said was, “I really want to vote for Obama but I simply cannot stomach the idea voting for someone who is pro-choice.”  Obama is exciting, dynamic, and probably the most articulate candidate we have had  since Kennedy.  I want to vote for that kind of candidate.  But how can I vote for someone who stand so starkly on the wrong side of history when it comes to abortion.  There are lots and lots of things I can overlook when I vote for a candidate (how many of us had to hold our noise while we voted in the last election) but abortion is simply not one of them.

A hundred years from now, the great sin of American history will NOT be slavery.   Our great sin will be the institutionalized slaughter of millions of children.  It is a sad expression of irony that, as President, Barack Obama would easily be most ardent defender of abortion rights in the history of that office; supporting abortion through ALL 9 months, without parental consent regardless of age, and even refusing assistance to babies born accidentally during abortions.

I hate this election.  I hate it for getting my hopes up with the possibility of a Ron Paul President.  I hate it because I despise the current Republican presidential candidate (why bother being a Republican if your not going to be conservative/libertarian.)  I hate it because we FINALLY have a black presidential candidate (who is at least honest about being a liberal) that I cannot vote for.  I hate it because we finally have a candidate whose lofty oratory is reminiscent of Americas greatest (i.e. Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, and Abraham Lincoln) but I cannot vote for him.

We have suffered through eight years of a fiscally liberal Republican President.  It just feels like a long night for lovers of liberty.