If you’ve been following our blog in the last couple days you might have noticed that we took advantage of the fact that we, a ragtag group of traditionalists and conservatives, all seemed to be voting for different candidates in this year’s election. All the candidates seemed to be represented except for Virgil Goode, and everyone knew who they were voting for, except for me, perhaps the last undecided voter in the country, and no, it’s not just because I’m a guuurrrrl. So the result was that I was asked to explain why someone might want to vote for Virgil Goode.
As far as I can tell, the best reason to vote Goode is because he has the best name of all the candidates.
What I find most disquieting about this year’s election is that it turns out that, unlike some, my vote actually counts. Something called micropolling (clearly, I don’t quite get the math behind this (and no, not just because I’m a guuurrrrl)) has somehow figured that my region will determine the outcome of my state, which happens to be an important swing state. It would be so simple to vote Ron Paul if my state were a lock for either other candidate, but as it stands I feel my moral obligation acutely.
Another reason to vote Virgil is if you hate our immigration policy, or alternately if you love our immigration policy. If you hate our immigration policy, which has, in all fairness, been absolutely disastrous, you might want to vote Virgil because he’s the only candidate that seems to be serious about stopping illegal immigration. On the other hand, if you love our immigration policy, you can also vote Virgil, and if you happen to live in a swing state, you’ll help the vote turn for Obama who will ensure that we continue down our current path.
Do I vote for our president, whom I loathe? Or do I vote for Mitt and encourage the Republican party to keep on being the Republican party? Well, as some of my colleagues have intimated, a true conservative in non-ideological and always keenly aware of the pre-political. Someone smart once said that we get the politicians that we deserve. We don’t get to have Ron Paul because we don’t deserve him; we are too weak, too selfish, too slovenly. If we are truly distressed by the state of our politics the best thing that each of us can do is to combat the main existing obstacles to goodness, which are our own human weaknesses.
I thought I could not vote for Mitt Romney because I was, and continue to be so scared that he will take us into unnecessary wars in the Middle East and that so many will die, and their blood will be on my hands. But there is no stepping outside of politics. To not vote for Mitt Romney is to effectively vote for Obama, whose vision of our future is summed up here. I hardly recognize today’s America and I shudder to think what she will be with four more years with a president whose understanding of a decent and good life celebrates everything that our civilization once abhorred, that same civilization which built all that is decent and holy and good, which we are now so bent on eradicating.