In the “letters to the editor” section at WorldNetDaily today, there’s this gem:
You need to change the banner for columnist Doug Powers to “OUT OF LEFT FIELD.” He gets more liberal with every article. A few months ago, he was critical of us who study Bible prophecy, and now he wants us to abandon our beliefs and vote for a pro-abortion presidential candidate. His reason Ã¢â‚¬â€œ to keep Hillary out of office.
He says the reason is that we Christians and conservatives need to fight for what we want. Once the primary is over, the fight is over. If the Republican Party won’t listen to us before the primary, who in their right mind would think they would listen to us after the general election?
First of all, in the “prophecy” column, I wasn’t critical of those who study Bible prophecy, I was critical of those who play on faith by constantly trumpeting reasons that Jesus is coming back before dinnertime in order to perpetually pump book and video sales. Judging from the promotional behavior of these authors, most of them seem incredibly convinced that Jesus is coming back soon, just not before their next book hits the shelves. I missed the Bible verse where it says “thou shalt sensationalize to boost sales.”
Secondly, the column yesterday wasn’t about who to vote for, it was about the counterproductive ultimate outcome inherent in fleeing to start a third party.
There are Republicans in the field I wouldn’t vote for as well. I’ll push for the pro-life candidate (my “pro life” position is fairly well documented here and here and here) — provided that person is also socially and fiscally conservative and a stickler for national security. The latter is the big one. We need a president who will take the initiative to create an atmosphere that makes it more difficult for thousands or even millions of Americans to die in a terrorist attack. What’s more “pro life” than that?
Once the terrorists are dead and the borders are secure, then we can have a nice chat about many of the other issues, but judging by some of the letters sent to me, I get the feeling that there are some Republican voters out there who would only be concerned about somebody who blew themselves up in a crowded shopping mall if the bomber was pregnant.
I also heard dozens and dozens of different ideas on what constitutes the “perfect candidate,” and in the absence of that, a third party should be created. This is the kind of politically narcissistic approach with which elections are lost and parties fragmented to the point of irrelevance.
During the one term of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president drifted from pro-choice to being supportive of pro-life legislation, but he lost many of us with his “no new taxes” broken pledge (and he lost the votes of pro-choice Republicans — yes, there are some). Ross Perot came about in a third party and soaked up some of the disgruntled vote. As a result we ended up with eight years of Bill Clinton — pro abortion and pro high taxes.
Haste for immediate satisfaction on all accounts is often our worst enemy.
Now if you don’t mind, I have to make a tofu pizza, strap on the Birkenstocks and go house shopping in Berkeley.