My Vote Cannot Be Sold or Bullied


The problem with those who are supporting Mitt Romney is that they refuse to comprehend why the 75% of Republicans who aren’t are so angry.  They constantly complain about Newt Gingrich and his character issue, propping up Mitt Romney as the only one who can defeat Barack Obama.  The problem, they just aren’t getting “it”.

They aren’t getting the fact that in many ways this is not about Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich.  This is about them.  This is about the over-reaching conservative punditry who are determined to tell us who THEY have decided we should support.  I don’t care who they are supporting.  I don’t even care who they endorse.  I expect the “conservative” press to be honest.  Instead, they are no better than the worst liberal shill.

In the process there are good men and women who have compromised their very honor in their hope of removing Barack Obama from the Oval Office.  When a person reaches the point where they are only voting against some one or some thing, instead of for some one or some thing, there is a problem.  When that support against a person or thing reaches the point where it is only about going against, and not for, there is a serious problem.

It becomes obsession.

They have insulted our intelligence to the point where once excellent pundits and writers like Brit Hume, Charles Krauthammer, and Micheal Medved have become little more than hacks.  Those who were always hacks, like Sean Hannity,  Hugh Hewitt, Ann Coulter and Jennifer Rubin are now a laughing stock.  Once trusted sources like Matt Drudge have betrayed us.  I find fascinating that one of the talk show hosts I’ve considered a hack, Mark Levin, is one of the most intellectually honest out there.  It has also been brought home to me why Rush Limbaugh continues to reign supreme.  He has not openly come out and endorsed a candidate, and is, (finally) attempting to be fair.

That’s all I ask – fairness and intellectual honesty.

Then, it suddenly dawned on me that I am the problem, not the conservative punditry.  I am the one who is to blame for becoming over reliant on someone else’s opinion, and not my own.  I am at fault.  I am at fault for paying attention to these people all these years, and allowing myself to be lulled into a false sense of security.

I am at fault for thinking that their impressive resumes, six figure incomes, law degrees, and big buck news channel  “expert” opinions were more than they are. I am at fault for underestimating my political instincts.  I’ve been following GOP politics since I was a little kid.  I know just as much about the way thing work and about people as a Krauthammer, Hume, or Medved.  Sure, I don’t make any money at it, but that does not make what they know any better than I am.

Guess what?  I know politics.  I know Republican politics just as well as Karl Rove does.  In fact, we had the same mentor – Lee Atwater.   I also  know human nature.  I observe people.  No, i don’t sit behind a microphone and pontificate how important I am because of my education or because I am a perfect person.  I don’t need to do that.  I look at the realities of life.

I’ve owned a small business and fought fruitless battle to succeed against big corporate business.  I’ve watched several generations of business in my family compete in the same battle.  It has taught me that, even though our perfect pundits worship big corporations, they don’t know what makes this country tick.   They don’t know as much as I do!

Imagine that!

I know the difference between right and wrong.  I know what honor is.  I’ve struggled to pay my bills.  Heck, I’m struggling right now to do so.  I happen to be bright enough to know that the main problem behind this country’s economic disaster is speculation on gas and oil.  I’m smart enough to comprehend that the terrible inflation we are now seeing (and it is very bad out there) is caused by high gas prices.  I also comprehend that the mortgage mess we are in is also caused by the same thing.  I’m also bright enough to comprehend that the price of oil is currently $28 a barrel because of speculators like Charles and David Koch.

No one has the guts to admit such things.  To do so is to turn one’s back on big corporate capitalism and insane Wall Street speculation.  Too bad the punditry doesn’t have the courage to admit our problems go back to the very people they think will solve all this nation’s woes.

Sorry, but I’m not that stupid.

My vote cannot be bought, intimidated, nor blackmailed.  I’m bright enough to comprehend that, when a candidate runs for office for many years, and then still must spend $15 million on a scorched earth campaign, not based on ideas, but against, that we are in very deep trouble.

Yea, I’m finally realizing how darn much smarter I am than the punditry.  I’m so smart, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.  So, this same punditry will never ever again get my money for their books.  Why should I read what they have written?  Apparently they are little more than educated and well paid fools.  Why should I pay to listen to their radio shows?  All they are going to do is insult my intelligence.  I would much rather spend that money on subscribing to the Metropolitan Opera on demand. It sounds a hell of a lot better.

It’s over.  Stick a fork in me, I’m done.  All bets are off.  The bitter irony here is that I am not the only one who feels this way.  I’m not going to fall in line like a good little Republican and vote for Mitt Romney.  Sorry, but it’s not going to happen.  I’m going to fight like heck for the GOP in the House and Senate, but don’t expect me to vote for Romney.  I refuse to do so.

You see, I want to vote FOR someone, not AGAINST Obama.  The conservative punditry had best discover that I am not alone, before it is too late.

I just wonder what they are going to do when we lose in November.

That is what I fear.  They will make millions off our defeat, writing books, hosting their radio shows, giving lectures, and stating how bad people like yours truly are because we did not prop up their little tin god.

That’s their problem, not mine.

Fool me once – shame on you.

Fool me twice – shame on me.

You don’t get a second chance at this one.  You’ve lost me, my vote, and my respect.


2 thoughts on “My Vote Cannot Be Sold or Bullied

  1. I don’t think Romney supporters are confused or starry-eyed about his prospects. It’s going to be a heck of a battle. But what we do know is that Newt Gingrich will burn down the whole ticket. It’s a matter of picking the best horse. With Romney, we have an outside shot at putting a decent, conservative worker bee in the White House. And we have a very good chance at taking the senate and holding the house. I don’t understand why that is viewed with such disgust by Newt supporters, but whatever. Hopefully that will pass when the general election begins to close in.

    It’s rare to find a candidate that you’re eager to vote FOR. George W was the last guy I voted for who really inspired me. It’s more often a matter of choosing the candidate who is least scary and least dangerous. That’s pretty much how I felt about McCain. So, life isn’t fair and candidates are flawed in many and varied ways. Like the rest of humanity.

    As for the pundits, they are the primary reason the MUTE button was invented. Use it! I put nail polish on mine so I can find it faster.

  2. I’m not sure if Romney IS the better “horse”. I’ve said for years that the illegal immigration issue will kill (and I’ve been proven correct) the GOP candidate as the anti-Hispanic rhetoric has truly offended many Independents. There are some who claim the social issues like abortion and gay rights hurt the GOP. And still others who insist it’s all about spending and freedom of one’s property (gun rights and drugs).

    But after 3.5 years of one of the worst economies in memory, I think most voters will let all that slide. The economy will be THE issue. Unfortunately, Romney comes across as “too rich, part of the 1%, da Boss”. It doesn’t matter that Newt made 3.5 million last year or that most politicians are super rich. It’s all about perception–and the perception is that Mitt hasn’t a clue on how the average guy is struggling to “pay bills”.

    SallyVee is right of course, we CANNOT bear another 4 years of Obama. We HAVE to vote against the man. But I get where you’re coming from too.

    I feel so betrayed by Medved. He was the last of the talk show hosts I listened to. And I don’t know if it’s about “listening to our betters”.

    I remember when I first began listening to talk show–I likened it to an American living in a foreign country and finding an area where people spoke English (this is so true coming from Bluer than Blue state Hawaii where I’ve been told that 3 out of 4 people work for the government!)

    Eventually I learned that stupidity and hypocrisy runs in both parties. Yeah, I know;it just hurts alot when you invest so much time hanging around with the wrong kind of people.

    I am truly sorry.

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