John Adams once said, ““Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
Please note that this is NOT about Mitt Romney, not in the way that you think. This is about men and women who are supporting Mitt Romney, who claim to be Christians, and act the opposite. I don’t give a rip about who a person votes for, as long as they vote. The problem is the fact that within the GOP and conservative ranks now, there are some who are attacking, threatening and bullying those who chose not to vote for the person the attackers feels they should vote. This has never happened within the GOP. It is an alarming trend, that does not bode well for the party, in general.
The trend started with Ron Paul Bots. Romney’s more irrational supporters have turned it into an art form. There is nothing wrong with a light-hearted political argument among people who are adult enough to comprehend that a political argument is not personal. It’s just politics. Something has happened in this country, and it is quite nasty. It is no longer about politics, it is about harassing, bullying, and then attempting to destroy people who don’t agree with you. There is something that is just not very ‘freedom of speechie’ about it.
The other day, on Twitter I was being hounded by the usual Romney supporters. They give the same excuses for supporting him:
- Obama is the devil incarnate
- Obama is destroying our country.
- Romney is all about capitalism, and Obama isn’t.
- Romney is being slandered by the left.
- How dare you maintain your principles and not vote for him.
- Principles and honor are nothing when our country is being destroyed.
- I’m arrogant and endangering the country by not voting for Romney.
- I can stand on principle, but will ruin the country.
They finally ended their barrage with the following, that those of us who were not voting for Romney should not be allowed to vote.
Yep, that’s the kind of morons who are promoting Romney. The Pink Flamingo has been told most of them are a bunch of college kids, PAID to go on Twitter, different blogs, various sites and harass and intimidate anyone who is not voting for Romney. I blocked one of them too quickly, and did not make a screen shot calling me a Communist because I put up a Tweet about my favorite opera singer, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who is from Russia. I know Romney wants to turn the clock back to the Cold War, and turn Russia into the USSR, but for his supporters to accuse those of us who happen to like a Russian baritone into Communists is above and beyond.
It fascinates me how Romney supporters can legitimize anything, as long as they are sure he is going to destroy Obama. Today, though, that’s not my rant.
So – in order to defeat Barack Obama, one must vote for Mitt Romney, even if you sacrifice your principles and honor to do so. There is something very convoluted, that almost defies logic. There is something very dark and foreboding about it, also.
This isn’t about being for someone, this is about hatred, pure and simple. It’s not about hatred of Mitt Romney but abject hatred of Barack Obama. I have also come to conclude, that there are many who are using their statement that Obama is destroying the country as a mask for their bigotry and racism.
The Pink Flamingo has been rather delusional about this. I’m not a bigot (except where the French are concerned). I don’t see bigotry unless it slaps me in the face. These past two weeks have been eye opening for me. The people I’ve met with who were most against Obama were basically against him because of his race. More often than not, when someone came out against Obama, spewing abject hatred for him, they end up mentioning his race.
To me, that’s racism and bigotry.
Before you get your undies in a wad, I am well aware that the vast majority of people who are supporting Mitt Romney are neither racists nor bigots. I am talking about a select group of people who limit their information gathering to FOX, Rush, Beck, Hannity, Laura and the like. When you limit what you watch or read, you are limiting the quality of information your brain receives. If you are NOT afraid of what you will learn, try other sources.
There is a very select group of haters of Obama who are almost frightening in the way they approach the growing number of us within the GOP who absolutely refuse to vote for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. They bully, harass, and threaten.
The real problem is the fact that there are good Republicans who are seemingly incapable or unwilling to even admit that there is a party. It is much easier to chastise those of us who prefer to vote for someone else. It is easier to belittle, laugh at, and pretend that someone like The Pink Flamingo is a disturbed and isolated case. Fantasy is much better than reality. The cold hard reality of this political season is disturbing, on so many different levels.
A person has a right to vote for whom they wish, without being denigrated. You should not be threatened, nor forced to lose very good friends over something so absolutely idiotic. I’m sick and tired of it. I sick and tired of getting forwarded email from conservatives, telling me how bad Barack & Michelle are. Perhaps the sender should do a little fact checking about urban rumors. The final straw for The Pink Flamingo was the other night at dinner when someone repeatedly told me about a certain photo of the Obamas, how they saluted the flag. I told them it was a fake. Oh, no it could not be a fake. It came directly from Glenn Beck. (Yes, some people are that stupid – anyone who falls for anything Beck does is stupid).
I sent an email to these people, with chapter, verse, an annotations of how the fake photo was made. Well, I was told, they are still bad people who hate America.
Lord have mercy!
I am sick and tired of the lies and the hatred. I’m sick and tired of the bullying. I’m tired of the threats. I’m tired of having to consider the fact that if I say and write what I think, I will be forced to either make the choice of Romney or friendships of many years. When this happens, I don’t care which side of an issue you are on, something is very very wrong. To misquote Obi Wan Kenobi, there is a very serious disturbance in the force.
So, those of us who aren’t voting for Romney are now forced to make the choice – do we vote for Romney and keep our friends – and lose our freedom of speech and our freedom to cast a free vote, or do we keep our freedom of speech and vote for whom we wish – and lose friends.
There is something terribly disturbing about being put into this position. There is something equally as disturbing when you are told that you are just not being rational about this.
I have a very real problem with people who claim to be “tea party patriots” who reverence our founding fathers, the Constitution, and our heritage, but then threaten, bully, and harass because someone is standing on principle when it comes to a vote. Isn’t that what made this country what it was – standing on principle? Perhaps the so called “tea party patriots” and conservative supporters of the Constitution had better go back and re-learn their history, from someone other than Glenn Beck.
Then there are the so-called Christians who say that one must not stand on principle but vote against Obama, out of hatred and loathing of him. Wooo there buster….! Christ = love. Love comes from Christ, hatred does not. When you allow fear and loathing of any individual to supersede your so-called Christian values and faith, I think you have a whole lot of ‘splaining to do – with the Lord.
Logic says that people vote against something, not for it, against someone, not for them. I’ve never done this, ever. I don’t intend to do so, now. I’m voting for Gary Johnson because he was a good governor. He actually did the fiscal things Mitt Romney claims to have done, but did not. Maybe it’s a New Mexico thing.
It’s like this, if The Pink Flamingo is wrong about Romney, I’ll be the first to admit it. If I am not wrong, I expect to be treated with a little bit of respect and decency, and common courtesy. There is something very wrong with alleged Republicans and alleged conservatives who claim to be Christians, patriots, and followers of Reagan can’t allow a person to have freedom of speech, thought, and vote.
Funny, but those who refuse to support Romney are now being damned as “socialist”. It looks like those supporting him are using tried and true “socialist” tactics of silencing the opposition. It looks like those making snide remarks that to oppose Romney, you must not be rational, are also employing good old Stalinist tactics. Send your opposition to a mental institution.
What is going on with the conservative movement?
Rush Limbaugh is a fool. There is no other way to put it. On Monday, Rush Limbaugh used just about every racial stereo-type there is to encourage Romney to take out Obama.
The current version of the GOP is so far from Reagan that it is almost laughable. Get a grip on reality. Barack Obama is NOT destroying our country. He is an incompetent and very weak leader who is working with Republicans in the House who are so corrupt and so filled with delusions of power that they don’t give a damn about what is right and wrong. All they care about is getting re-elected.
Frankly, I don’t know who is worse. Yes, I do. I don’t expect anything out of a Democrat. I expect something better out of Republicans. The Pink Flamingo knows for a fact that Republicans in the House are holding up legislation that would put Americans to work, would help the economy, and make our country better – because they don’t want Obama to look good.
Too bad there aren’t more Tom Coburns in the world.
“…Republicans should simply focus on first principles and give the American people what they want – an honest party dedicated to common sense, fiscal responsibility and limited government. If we govern to save the country, we’ll do well as a party….” Tom Coburn