The third party candidate may very well be the most ideal and best choice, but the majority of the electorate refuses to leave their party. And so principled, idealistic, and truly Constitutionally-minded folk cast their vote for the "ideal" inevitably splitting the vote amongst the Conservatives, and the end result is the most unqualified and most unrighteous candidate winning the election. This is how we ended up with dreadful Woodrow Wilson. And if we follow this course again, we will end up with Obama for another four years.
I personally ponder principle vs. wisdom. I wonder if principle must at times be arrived at via a detour. I agree that the most ideal thing is to slam on the breaks immediately and turn this car around because the cliff is right in front of us and to continue down the road at this rate of speed will be the end of us all. But, since we know that men, in general, stay in the boxes of their political parties, perhaps joining with them in hopes of slowing the car down and giving us some time to save ourselves is wise. Some say "Liberty or Bust!" Yes, we will bust, but is that truly what we want? I don't. I have 2 small boys with their whole lives ahead of them, Lord willing, and I have zero interest in throwing my hands up and irresponsibly bringing destruction upon us all, and particularly upon them. "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this,the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did everything that could be done." (Reagan) These that want "liberty or death" refuse to vote for the assumed "lesser of two evils" because they don't want an evil at all. This, I totally understand. But are we mislabeling them as "evil," when the reality is that they are less "evil" as they are not ideal? And they say, "we are just buying time" by electing the non-ideal only to oust the true evil? Is "buying time" really so bad? It's better than the clock running out and reaching the point of no return.
Ronald Reagan said "If we lose freedom here, there is no place to turn to. This is the last stand on earth." There is nowhere we can go if we find ourselves enslaved to a tyrannical government. Every inhabitable place on this earth is claimed and we will be hard pressed to escape the eye of big brother.
It just doesn't seem wise at this point to vote directly or indirectly for the end result of Obama's continued reign in the White House. I agree that an immediate u-turn would be most beneficial and ideal, but since that is near impossible because of the mindset of the people, I'll take a 3-point-turn possibility of getting this nation turned around and heading directly for the Constitution. A slow turn around is better than no turn around at all.
Is it, in fact, more responsible to vote wisely for the leading popular party choice who can actually win, than to idealistically spend that vote on the very "best" choice who will not win? If we voted completely on ideals, then I think we would use our write-in votes far more frequently, because none of the party choices are the very best. There is always someone better suited, but who didn't climb the ranks according to political correctness and ritual. I agree that if we all just voted for character and got out of our Republican party box, we could make real, drastic, revolutionary change. Can it be done? Will the masses walk that road and do right rather than what they are familiar with? True, doing the same thing produces the same results. Will we remain in this dangerous status quo?
In God's eyes, where does our responsibility lie? Is it simply in ousting the evil leaders by voting for the other better-but-not-perfect candidate? Or is it in casting our personal vote for the very best and most godly candidate and letting the chips fall where they may?
I don't know, but I am hoping to sort it out by November 6th. I hope you do, too.
"...the remarkable history of our nation points to the fact that radical and revolutionary actions are hardly necessary in order to protect our freedoms and preserve our ideals. From the earliest days of the Founding Fathers all the way through our national saga, the greatest reforms and the most substantial bulwarks of freedom were won not so much through dramatic innovation as through careful and conservative deliberation." ~Dr. George Grant, The Importance of The Electoral College