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--By David W. Richard on --
I read a lot of comments on various blogs about how some people aren’t going to vote for the Romney / Ryan ticket this fall. All too many of these comments are from those on the Tea Party fringe known as “Paulistas” who can’t find it in their hearts to vote for a “moderate” Republican. Some even go so far as to say that all Democrats and Republicans are alike; that there’s really no difference at all between the two parties.
Personally, I just consider them sore losers, including Ron Paul himself. After all, if you run under the banner of the Republican Party, and you lose your bid for the nomination, the gentlemanly thing to do is suck up your pride and endorse the eventual nominee. But not Ron Paul and many of his supporters. They’re operating under the “I’m going to take my ball and go home” mentality, and will either sit this election out completely, or vote for a third-party candidate such as Gary Johnson, who also took his ball and went home to run under the Libertarian Party banner.
Now don’t get me wrong; in many Presidential election years I’m more than happy to cast a vote for the Libertarian candidate. I believe in much of what Libertarians believe in.
But 2012 is decidedly different. This year I’m voting for the Republican no matter what.
It goes beyond a better economic platform, beyond the social issues which clutter up the importance of government getting out of the way of businesses, beyond the government-first mentality of Obama. While they are all vital reasons for voting for a Republican ticket in 2012, there is one overriding reason to skip the third-party vote and concentrate on electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan this November.
Supreme Court justices.
Look no further than who Obama has appointed in his first term of office; Justices Kagan and Sotomayor are far left believers in bigger and more intrusive government, but the first qualification he had was that they were YOUNG. Their presence is going to be felt for DECADES on future Supreme Court rulings, and there is no getting around that.
Remember, we have a precarious 5-4 split on our current court. If not for Chief Justice Roberts’ twisted logic, Obama care might not have been ruled constitutional at all, let alone on the individual mandate. In fact, it is a rare decision indeed that isn’t 5-4 depending on the issue. Most times, Anthony Kennedy is the “swing” vote, falling from one side to the other in a delicate balancing act.
But Anthony Kennedy is 76 years old. He cannot be depended on as a swing vote forever.
On the liberal side, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 79, and in ill health. Word has it that she is merely holding on until Obama can be re-elected to announce her retirement so that another liberal can replace her. Another liberal, Stephen Breyer, is 74, and while his health appears excellent, his age is becoming a factor.
On the conservative side, Antonin Scalia is the oldest of the current Justices at 76. Again, in good health but you cannot predict what might happen at that age.
What I’m laying the groundwork on for those who think they’ll take a pass on the Republican ticket is this: There are too many reasons to keep Barack Obama from getting a second term, but the most important is keeping him from naming any more Supreme Court justices! If either Scalia or Kennedy goes down, that 5-4 uncertainty goes to a 5-4 liberal guarantee for the next 30 years. And there is no better way to block any future liberal encroachment by having
a President Romney being able to replace an aging Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Stephen Breyer.
So THINK before you head into a voting booth this November. Think about the decades-long wasteland of Supreme Court rulings we’ll get if Obama is re-elected. Think about what your petty actions in “sending a message” to Republicans is going to accomplish by sitting this one out or voting third-party. Look at the big picture and make a long-term decision.
It’s not the economy or jobs this November.
It is the very future of our Republic. And it begins and ends with the next Supreme Court nominee.