My official Absentee Ballot for Pennsylvania arrived today in the mail. Sadly, I realized I'm not located in the 12th Congressional District, rather the 16th, so I'm not able to vote for Bill Russell over Jumpin' Jack Murtha. :mad:
I sat staring at the choices for President for over an hour:
This is what was presented, these were the choices I had. I studied it, thought it over, ran it through my head over and over and over again deciding what I'd do. It was honestly one of the toughest decisions I've ever made in my life and I'm not making light of the situation, it really was.
It was never a struggle between Obama and McCain, not for me. Obama was never ready for the post, still isn't and never will be, he's not a good person and I know this in my heart. Nader has been and always will be a joke, not a thought in my head went to him. The struggle for me was: Could I once again compromise my Conservative and Libertarian views and pick a man simply because he's not as bad as his counterpart? Could I once again prop up another RINO who has been among the long line of RINOs that destroyed the Republican Party that once knew such an incredible man like Barry Goldwater?
In the end, I voted for Barr and mailed the envelope just a while ago. Now I know the Rush answer to this immediately is going to be, "Well you just threw your vote away and people like you are going to put Obama in the White House". That isn't true. It'll never be true. John McCain throwing Conservatism to the wayside will put Obama in the White House, if Obama wins the election. He gave us Palin and expected Conservatives to say "Ok, he's got my vote now". Well Palin isn't enough. Not for me. Not when I see him calling for more Big Government intervention, more bailouts and handouts in this week's debate. Not a man who thinks that it's the Government's responsibility to step in when you fail because of poor or corrupt decisions. Not when I once again see a Republican candidate who shirks away true Conservative principles as George Bush has done and then believes that he's a real Conservative.
Lord knows, there's stuff I don't like about Bob Barr too. But at the end of the day, you have to do what you feel is right in your heart and I'd rather vote my conscience then pick the lesser of 2 evils. I hope I haven't lost any respect of my fellow members here for it, because I've thoroughly enjoyed talking with all of you and consider us friends and allies. I know I'm not the only one here with strong reservations about McCain this year, and I wish you all the best in choosing who you feel is best for the country and also best for you.