Berry: Is this what you support?Written by Thomas Berry | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The majority of Toledo voters have a long history of electing Democrats to all levels of government. But does this majority really support what their party of choice is doing?
If you vote Democrat, then do you favor the state forcing you to violate your conscience, as will happen to those who oppose birth control on moral and religious grounds? Starting next month, Obamacare will require them to fund or provide for contraceptive services; is that right, or wrong?
Do you support unrestricted abortion, gay marriage, artificial inflation of energy costs, government control of their health, and over twenty new taxes? All of these are advocated by Obama and his fellow Democrat leaders; do you concur?
Do you share in President Obama’s evident contempt for America, as demonstrated in his ongoing apologies for your country’s evils?
Are you comfortable with him refusing to enforce laws he finds distasteful, as he has done with Arizona’s attempts to enforce federal immigration law, and creating laws outside constitutional procedure, as he did with his implementation of elements of the Dream Act that Congress refused to pass? Is it right or wrong for a president to elevate himself above the law?
If you vote for local Democrats, do you approve of the results of their decades of power in Toledo and Lucas County, such as sustained high unemployment, shrinking population, high taxes, decrepit roads and blighted neighborhoods?
Is this really what you want? If so, why?
Do you appreciate what is at stake? How well do you understand your freedom, and upon what it is dependent? Do you have an accurate knowledge of our history, our heritage, and the principles of our founding? Do you consider any of this relevant to the present day? Do you believe that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, or, as do those whom you elect, that it is only a malleable tool to be shaped and twisted until it conforms to the ruler’s will?
Regarding the campaign, do you choose your candidate based on what s/he says, such as Obama’s claim to have kept his promises, or on facts, such as his continuing to approve trillion-dollar deficits after promising to halve the deficit he inherited by the end of his first term?
What of your priorities? Which is the greater good: The best long-term interests of the republic as a whole, or satisfying your immediate wants and impulses? What matters more: equal justice under law, or class-based vengeance and retribution by government fiat? What is the republic’s purpose: To safeguard the unalienable rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of all its citizens, or to dispense benefits and rewards to those whom it favors at the expense of others?
If you vote from the notion that government and the republic exist in any way to be a guarantor of equal outcomes, rather than of equal opportunities, then I ask you: What do you think is the price to your freedom and prosperity, and to your children’s? I assure you, it is dear.
Perhaps you simply don’t bother to vote. What, then, is more important: The future of the republic, or your convenience? Opposing what you know to be wrong, or encouraging wrongdoing by your silence? Voting makes a statement. Refusal is dereliction, and inaction is surrender.
There is also tradition: “But I have always voted this way.” Are you then a mere automaton? What is more important: Voting the party line, or the courage to know right from wrong and the integrity to oppose wrongdoing? To what are you more loyal: The party, or your honor? Does party loyalty demand that conscience be sacrificed to embrace what you know to be wrong? That it be seared in order to deny yourself that knowledge?
“But the Republicans are just as bad or worse,” you say. Really? Then name for me the Republicans who voted for Obamacare, who support destruction of religious freedom, who favor killing unborn children, who favor keeping government’s boot on the throat of American employers.
Of course, most Republicans are not blameless. But to reject Republican candidates such as Mitt Romney out of hand because they don’t have the correct letter after their names on the ballot is not only folly; given the established record of President Obama, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Marcy Kaptur and other leading Democrats, it is suicidal for the republic.
Am I fear-mongering? Am I being unreasonable? Scarcely. When the executive branch of government does whatever it wants, with or without approval of Congress or the people, when the chief justice of the Supreme Court can personally redefine the language of a horrible law to legitimize what four of his colleagues deemed to be entirely unconstitutional, then we are on very thin ice indeed.
Thomas Berry is a member of the Children of Liberty.