Saturday, February 9, 2008

Abstaining from Voting

By Joseph Kellard

As circumstances currently stand, I do not plan to vote for either McCain or Hillary in November, if they are indeed the last two candidates standing. I know little about Obama; I haven't paid much attention to the primaries -- but what I do know leads me to believe he has many more flaws than virtues. (If I recall correctly, at his coming-out party at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, he completely turned the essence of the Declaration of Independence on its head to appear as if it supported his collectivist politics.)

Depending on who I think will win as the November election nears, I will probably vote for a Republican Congress if Hillary is the favorite, and I will do the opposite if McCain is likely to win. I always root for gridlock and bickering between the two parties -- with the hope that increasingly more Americans will get disgusted with both sides and seek an alternative: Objectivism. (Unfortunately, however, I think the danger here is that many Americans, being the un-philosophical lot that they are, will turn to Libertarianism instead.)

As I see it, McCain is the poster boy for all that is wrong with conservatism, and considering his uber-pragmatism, a la George W. Bush, I’m not buying his words that he’ll he “tough” on Islamic terrorists. And I simply will not vote for Hillary -- a transparent power-luster who will undoubtedly seek to socialize medical care once again, especially if given a leftist Congress -- as way of opposing McCain and sticking it to the Republicans.

Joseph Kellard is a journalist and columnist living in New York.

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Rational Jenn said...

I always root for gridlock and bickering between the two parties. . . .

Hooray! Me, too! Since none of the candidates meet my standards, then my standard becomes "gridlock." If they're all fighting among themselves, there's less time to mess with the lives of law-abiding citizens. Now how exactly I plan to vote I haven't figured out just yet.

My other voting strategy, and my husband and sister use this, too, is "humor." But since Dennis Kucinich is out, there's no chance of laughing at all. :o)

Joseph Kellard said...


Thank you for your reply to my post. I remember back in the 1990s, when Hillary and her husband tried to push complete socialized medical care on us, and the Contract with America Republicans opposed her, the government in Washington around that time shut down. The federal government actually closed down for a day or two or three, if I remember correctly. Talk about gridlock!

Ah, I dream that those days will return. And that’s why, if Hillary is likely to return to the White House (this time voted to wear the pants in her family), I’ll vote for a Republican Congress (and encourage others to do so), with the expectation that the GOP will return to opposing every leftist move she makes. In my experience, the Republicans seem to be at their best when a Democrat is commander-in-chief. While I can only hope this hasn’t changed about them, I’m not counting on it, given the right’s support for two total pragmatists, George W. Bush and John McCain; given how McCain, Gingrich and other conservatives are running to embrace typical leftist causes, such as environmentalism; and given the seeming minority now of secularist, pro-free market Republicans.

Joseph Kellard

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your article about Oceanside undefeated teams. I was a 1973 O.H.S.graduate and part of the football teams those years. My dad was good friends though with coach Wright. Knowing him growing up, I somehow always equated him to Ted Williams. He was a man of that stature and a true legend.
I don't know it this had any bearing on Tim becoming the goal keeper for the 72-73 soccer team, but it's a funny story anyway. One afternoon (I'm not sure if it was 1970 or 71) when our JV football team bus was on its way to a game. Some of the soccer players were on their way out to practice and passed our bus. One of those players was Kevin Slattery. Kevin, who would eventually be drafted out of high school by the Detroit Tigers, was regarded as one of the school's best athletes. Many of our football players had been working on Kevin to quit soccer and join the football team. Somehow we talked our coach into allowing Kevin to start at Quarterback that day if we could convince him into skipping soccer practice and coming with us. Kevin agreed and with a few minute delay to get him a uniform, he came with us and started as our quarterback Regardless of the fact that he never practiced with us and knew none of our plays, he still led us to a convincing win. Besides being an all county shortstop in baseball, Kevin went on to be a very good quarterback for Oceanside High School before graduating in 1973. Needless to say Keven never played soccer after that day and never got to be a part of that GREAT 1973 team.
I just thought this was worth sharing.
THANKS, Richard Durand

Joseph Kellard said...

Richard: Thank you for sharing that story. It was great. I took your comment and posted in the comments section of that particular article.