To Those Who 'Vote for the Man, Not the Party': Dennis Prager Would Like a Word With You

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We all know people who say it. “I vote for the man (or woman, as the case might be), not the party.” Every time I hear that I question (usually to myself) the political acumen of the person saying it.


There are different reasons for making the statement, of course.

Among those reasons are “I have no idea about anything related to the issues and I don’t want you to know,” “I don’t vote and I don’t want you to know,” “I don’t want you to know who I’m going to vote for,” and then there are those who mean exactly what they say: “I vote for the candidate, not the party.” It is the latter I’m going to address, here.

While we are living in arguably the most politically-divisive period since the Civil War, there is one issue on which voters from the extremes of both sides and everyone in the middle generally agree: the 2020 election will be the most important in a generation — at the least.

So if you’re one of those voters who takes pride in not “voting blindly by party,” as syndicated columnist and conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager says, and “measuring each candidate and then deciding who to vote for,” 2020 would be a good time to knock it off.

In a column released on Tuesday, Prager contrasted 2020 with bygone election cycles when “Republicans and Democrats shared basic moral and American values and differed only on what policies would lead to the two parties’ shared goals.”


Unless you’ve had your head in the sand for the last four years, those days are long gone. Preferably not forever but facts are facts.

From the basic determinants of what is moral and what is not, to the perception of values that made — and continue to make — America great, to positions on race, religion, and a host of other critical issues, 2020 America is a fragmented country desperately in need of a fix — and not from the junkie of the Left — and that fix cannot be brought about by “voting for the man, not the party.”

Prager puts it like this.

“Voting for any Democrat — whether for mayor, district attorney, state legislature, state governor, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate or president — is to vote for someone who will enable the left to destroy America as we know it. (That is their wording, not only mine.) The Democratic Party was once largely liberal. But today, it is left, and the left readily acknowledges it wishes to “transform” America, which means to destroy America as we have known it.”

Prager listed specific examples of why anyone who isn’t a Leftist should not even consider voting for Joe Biden (Kamala Harris) — or any Democrat in 2020. Here among the most critical of them.


“To vote for any Democrat is to vote for the party that believes America is “systemically racist,” that it is rotten to the core, vile from its inception (in 1619, they claim, not 1776).”

“It is to vote for Kamala Harris, the most left-wing member of the U.S. Senate, for vice president (and, given Biden’s age and health, perhaps soon president).”

“It is to vote for the party that seeks to nationalize American health care (‘Medicare for All’).”  “It is to vote for the party that supports the Green New Deal, or something very close to it, which will further ruin an economy already in ruins from Democrat-supported lockdowns.

“It is to vote for the party that, for the first time in American history, openly identifies with socialism more than with capitalism.”

“It is to vote for the party that insists that men menstruate and that biological men must be allowed to compete against biological women in sports, no matter how often the biological men defeat them.”

View the other reasons here.

What Prager didn’t say, I will. Perhaps he is more tactful than I am. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that playing nicey-nicey with the Left is a fool’s game. 2020 America is a place for truth and cold hard facts — and it is only conservatives who deal in such things these days.


The Democrat Party lies. In orchestrated fashion. It exploits. It panders. It manipulates. It says and promises everything it believes it needs to say and promise to anyone and everyone it deems worth bamboozling — always with an eye on the ballot box.

Anything and everything supported, opposed, promoted, and rejected by Democrats can be tied to the ballot box with no more than two dots.

A word to Never-Trumpers.

I have been a political junkie since at least my middle school days.  The phenomenon of the “Never-Trumper” within the Republican Party — particularly in 2020 — is not only new; it is an anathema to me.

Let’s be honest, shall we?

Is Donald Trump sometimes a braggart? Of course, he is; show me a successful politician who isn’t. Does he sometimes let the truth get away from him? Again, show me a politician who doesn’t. There are numerous things about Trump that one (a conservative one, that is) can nitpick and declare, in all self-righteousness, “I will not vote for Donald Trump under any circumstances.”

How can I put this “tactfully”? That is as stubborn as can be.

From the Supreme Court to law and order, to taxation and representation, to immigration, foreign policy, energy policy, the military, and beyond, the differences between Donald Trump and the Republican Party and Joe Biden (Kamala Harris) and the Democrat Party could not be more profound.


Bottom line: Suck it up, Never-Trumpers, and get over it. Please? (There, I played nicey-nicey)

I get it. I really do. But there is too much at stake here, folks.

So what about the Trump-Derangement Crowd?

Forget about them. Don’t even waste time debating or arguing with them. To do so would be to ignore the old adage. Never wrestle with a pig in the mud. You both get dirty and the pig loves every minute of it.

Besides, there’s an extra bonus. The Left knows it can’t change your mind. As a result, bitter angry Leftists only want to make you as angry as they are. And when they can’t? It only angers them further.

How awesome is that? 


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