Well, the conference is over, my presentation went well (everybody laughed at the right places, which is what it's all about anyway), and I'm starting to recover from the past month of little sleep and far too much work, so I suppose I should get at last one post in before the election.
Here in southern Arizona we have a congressional race going between Jesse Kelly and incumbent Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords isn't quite the hardcore totalitarian thug that we get in Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barack Obama, and their ilk, but she is thoroughly in their camp. Of course, she tries to get the conservative vote by talking about how she's a gun owner (although Gun Owners of America gave her a D grade on gun rights) or a supporter of border security (although she doesn't want immigration laws to be actually enforced, so she's against SB1070). Her actual, documented record, however, makes it perfectly clear that she is just another a big-spending, big-regulating Democrat.
She is also a brazen liar. I constantly see her claim that Jesse Kelly wants to increase taxes 23%, which is completely false. Anyone who interprets Kelly's statements of support of a flat tax as an indication of a desire to raise taxes is just plain stupid. Giffords isn't being stupid, however. (Granted, she's not too terribly sharp, but that's not the issue in this case.) Lying is part of the leftist playbook, and so it's par for the course.
I was in Los Angeles for my conference, and saw the same type of thing going on with local candidates there as well. I wasn't even that familiar with the candidates, but the ads placed by Democrats were so ludicrous that the viewer didn't even need to go outside the context of the ad to find refutations of the claims.
The ads/signs placed by the Democrats are getting more desperate, something that can be seen in what I had thought was impossible: a further decrease in actual substance. Not being able to gain the advantage in an actual discussion of relevant issues, southern Arizona Democrats have started placing a new sign next to Kelly's campaign signs. It reads, simply, "Kelly Lies!" It reminds me of when elementary school students are caught in an improper act and respond by accusing the accuser of what he or she has been accused of, but without any supporting evidence.
Voting should be simple. A real American will never vote for anyone, of any party, that will, in any way, violate the absolute right of each individual to his or her life, liberty, and property. Maintenance of and respect for those absolute rights constitute the American way. Not "free" education, not subsidizing laziness or mediocrity, not massive funding of specious and thoroughly unsupported claims of catastrophic climate change, not anything at all that takes from one person that which he or she has produced or obtained through voluntary exchange, and not anything that would then give those goods or services to another who has not obtained a right to those goods or services through voluntary exchange.
I held my nose and voted for John McCain (D-lite, AZ) in the last presidential election. It didn't do any good, the first Affirmative Action president was elected, and I still feel dirty. Compromising for a Republican who will sell my life from under me just a little more slowly than the Democrat doesn't do me any real good. I'm not compromising again.
The only way to return the United States to the Founding Principles, and then to increase the strength of our liberty from that starting point, is to be unrelenting and uncompromising. We haven't been able to do it by playing the political game. The only ones who win that game are the politicians. Instead, we have to live and promote true principles of liberty, without backing down, without playing their game, without compromising, and without giving up a single inch. Regardless of who wins what election, we have to stand our ground. We have to be willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Founding Fathers. "Give me liberty, or give me death!" is not an old-fashioned, outdated conviction.
Don't compromise on your vote. If there isn't a candidate who fully embraces the principles of liberty, write in your own name. If we do that, the worse candidate will win, you say? Hey, it's not like our compromises have been electing men and women of honor and integrity anyway. Before we can elect men and women of honor and integrity, we have to display those characteristics ourselves, regardless of the circumstances. Voting for evil is never justified.