This post has been long in the making. It’s a response to an attitude that I see and hear expressed constantly like a steady drip of arrogance and entitlement. My indignation against it has begun to boil over; and now that primary season is in full swing here in Arizona, I think the time is ripe to address it. I’m sure it will get me cross-ways with some, but I think it’s time someone said it out loud (or in writing in this case).
Here’s my message to the Republican Party establishment. I don’t owe you anything. Not my time, my money, or my vote. I don’t care how bad things get, or how awful the policies of the Democrats are–and trust me, I fully understand how awful they are. I’m not required to support any of your politicians just because they have an “R” next to their name, or shut my mouth about the things I believe strongly about, just to ensure your victory on election day. In fact, I’m not even obligated to contribute to your victory. What happens when I mark my ballot is between me and God, and you aren’t entitled to any of it.
You have to earn it. That’s an important point that I think you’ve missed. In fact, I know you’ve missed it. Because you tell me and others like me so constantly.
You say, “we have to put aside our differences and focus on the things we agree on,” or “we need to stop talking about these divisive social issues.”
Really? No. I’m not obligated to do anything of the sort. I’m an individual with God-given rights. I formulate my own opinions and make my own choices about the issues that matter to me. Sure, if we were arguing about what to have for dinner, or trying to choose a color scheme for our next event, then fine, let’s put aside our differences because those things don’t really matter, right?But the reasons I’m involved in politics do matter. A lot. Whether babies get murdered, whether we remain free in our economic choices, whether our children will be forced to learn secular humanism and atheism, whether we will taste the fruits of our own labor, whether we may worship God as our conscience dictates, whether we remain safe from our enemies. All these things and more matter a great deal.
While were at it, here’s another one:
“Once the primary is over, we have to unite behind the nominee.”
Again, no, for similar reasons as above. You aren’t entitled to my vote for “awful candidate A” simply because “awful candidate B” is even more awful. I’m not obligated to be complicit in what I believe are terrible choices for my future and the future of those I love just on the merit that a worse future may await if I don’t. If we unify, we unify around common principles, not personalities or politics. To be clear, I believe the Republican Party to be the best team on the field, so to speak; but if the people you put forward as nominees are scoring points for the other side or standing by while they do, why should I play alongside them? What would entice me to support that? At the very least, I don’t want to be personally responsible for the damage that gets done by voting for it.
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