Let me start off by saying I agree with the principles of the Tea Party, keeping in mind there is no single “Tea Party.” I want limited government. I want our Constitution followed. I believe our Founders got it right, and that’s how we became the greatest country in the history of the world. That’s right. The United States of America is a great country.
I oppose anyone who thinks otherwise. I oppose anyone who thinks we should be brought down to the same level as everyone else. I oppose anyone who thinks government can do a better job managing my life than I can. I reject the crazy notion that we somehow caused Muslim extremists to want to kill Muslims, Jews and Christians.
But I’m beginning to have some issues with the all or nothing position many Tea Party members have. Instead of voting for the best candidate, if neither candidate is 100% aligned with a person’s conservative view, many Tea Party voters don’t vote, or vote third party.
The 2012 Presidential election is a great example.
Mitt Romney did not meet the requirements of many Tea Party conservatives. He wasn’t conservative enough. So many Tea Party Republicans stayed home on election day. Which paved the way for a second term for Barack Obama.
When election day rolls around, I want my vote to determine who is going to win, because someone is going to win. In nearly all cases, that winner is going to be either a Republican or a Democrat.
Some people want to vote their “conscious.” So they vote for a third-party candidate or don’t vote at all. But that opens the door for unintended consequences, such as the re-election of Barrack Obama. Surely no true Tea Party member can believe Obama is a better president than Mitt Romney would have been.
If Tea Party members don’t want the country to slip even further into left-wing destruction, it is imperative everyone goes out and votes for Republican candidates, especially for U.S. Senate races.
Kentucky voters – you must hold your noses and vote for [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ]. Tennessee voters – you must hold your noses and vote for [mc_name name=’Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’A000360′ ], and so on.
I know your inclination is to sit it out or vote third-party, but to do so may lead to Democrat victories that would not have happened had Tea Party members voted and voted Republican. Is your disdain for [mc_name name=’Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000355′ ] so great that you’d prefer to keep [mc_name name=’Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000146′ ] in power? The same [mc_name name=’Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000146′ ] who has blocked over 370 House-passed bills from even being considered by the Senate?
One final the thought: the party that controls the Senate also controls the committees. Let’s get all of our bills through both the House and Senate, and let Obama explain why he won’t sign them and then try to claim Republicans are obstructionists.