Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The Limbaugh Rule
By: Les Carpenter III
Rational Nation USA
The thing about extremes is they are extreme. Anytime you see a placard, or hear a voice that encourages you to make a voting decision based solely on the candidate being the most conservative be wary. The same applies to the opposite end of the political theater as well.
Being the most conservative does not automatically qualify a person to be the holder of elective office in and of itself. Just to make it clear, I am an independent conservative with Libertarian leanings. Naturally my vote always goes to a conservative or a Libertarian candidate, Although not always to the most conservative.
For a leader (and within the Republican party in crowd Rush is a leader)to pitch to candidates that are the most conservative based solely on the degree of their conservatism is offensive. The important criteria for voting for a particular candidate goes far beyond just a candidates degree of conservatism.
A person with demonstrated integrity, leadership, intelligence, the ability to build consensus, and perhaps the most important of all wisdom, is the candidate to consider giving your vote to. Not the candidate who just happens to be the most conservative. If the most conservative candidate posses all of the aforementioned qualities in your judgment they may be just the person to vote for.
However, if given the choice between the most conservative candidate, a person who lacks integrity, leadership ability, intelligence and or wisdom one should vote for a more moderate conservative who displays such qualities. To vote for a candidate based solely on the degree of their conservatism just seems foolish to me. And methinks The Founding Fathers and Ayn Rand would agree.
A further note, it may be well for conservatives to revisit the concept and principles of conservatism and judge for oneself if Rush meets the criteria to be considered a true conservative. A 1987 article by Russell Kirk, Ten Conservative Principals. Rush on the importance of voting the most conservative Republican in the primary.. period.
Cross posted to Left Coast Rebel