Tomorrow, Californians will have the opportunity to vote for a 100% pro-life Catholic: Dr. Alan Keyes, who appears on our ballot as a candidate of the America’s Independent Party. He’s a flawed man like all the others, but I can mark the ballot for Keyes with an absolutely clear conscience. The AIP makes the following case against the McCain candidacy:
“America’s Independent Party is being built by Reagan pro-life, pro-family, ‘Peace through Strength’ conservatives who believe that the Republican Party, with the pending nomination of John McCain, has abandoned the principles of Ronald Reagan – particularly the Reagan pro-life platform plank that recognizes the personhood of the unborn and their protection by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.
The party also opposes John McCain on many other important points, including his opposition to a federal amendment protecting traditional marriage and the natural family; his sponsorship of the McCain/Feingold legislation, which they view as a direct attack on their First Amendment rights to political free speech and grassroots citizen activism; his long-time support for so-called ‘comprehensive immigration reform,’ which they consider to be amnesty; and his support for the global warming agenda, which they believe will destroy our economy and strip us of our national sovereignty if pursued as public policy.”
I encourage every Californian to vote for Keyes, both in support of a growing conservative third-party movement, and as a protest against the appalling “choice” that has been imposed upon us by the two major parties.
Is a vote for Keyes a vote for Obama? Not at all. A vote for Keyes is a vote for Keyes. Elections are not supposed to be complicated: no one should ever feel compelled to vote for corruption and immorality in order to prevent greater corruption and immorality. Steve Skojec explains the false dilemma:
“To show the logical discrepancy here, let’s imagine a situation where a man and his four children are being held at gunpoint. The sadistic gunman offers the father a chilling choice: ‘Pick one child who will die so that the rest may live, or I will shoot them all.’ What is a father to do? Does he sentence one child to death to save the others? Does he do nothing and let them all die? Can he even trust the word of a man who promises to kill only one of his children but spare the remainder?
I’ve got news for you: if you’re a traditional conservative voter, you are that father. You have a choice between killing all the unborn this nation wants to kill and killing only some to save the others. But you will be making that choice – and you will do so without certitude that you can trust either gunman to live up to their word. You know only that some will be killed regardless of what you do. It’s up to you how you want to hedge your bet.”
There is only one reason the GOP takes the pro-life vote seriously: the threat of non-support. We have leverage only because there are other things we can do – and will do if pushed – with our votes, our grass-roots energy, and our money. This time the GOP thinks it has called our bluff. If we go along with the McCain ticket, we prove that we have indeed been bluffing all along, that in the end we are always Republicans first.
I remember good, solid, traditional pro-life Catholics campaiging for “pro-choice” Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003 and telling me that a vote for Tom McClintock, a pro-life conservative, was really a vote for an even more radical abortion supporter, liberal Democrat Cruz Bustamonte. Thousands of pro-life Californians were frightened into voting for Schwarzenneger rather than McClintock. Schwarzenneger was subsequently elected and has been a disaster all the way around. As a result, the state GOP has been further corrupted and the once-vibrant conservative movement in California barely exists anymore.
Schwarzenneger, like many other prominent pro-aborts, is out of state these days campaigning for John McCain.
If we’re going to save what’s left of our political system, there are only two options as I see it: 1) insist that the GOP run conservative, pro-life candidates for national office or lose our support; 2) begin creating a viable third party. I’d prefer option #1, but I suspect that the GOP is too far gone to save. The third party option seems to hold the most promise at this point.
An Obama administration will be hell, but it will be a hell that we have brought upon ourselves by previous compromises. Just as it’s generally a bad idea to pay off existing debt with more and greater debt, it’s also inadvisable to delay the consequences of compromise with still more and greater compromise. We’ll just be digging ourselves into a deeper and deeper hole. There is an urgency to this election, but it isn’t the urgency of stopping Obama: it’s the urgency of saving and rebuilding a political movement that is an effective voice for the unborn and a force for traditional values that cannot be ignored. Toward that end I refer you to Steve Skojec’s latest column at Inside Catholic: