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Stand on Principle or Stand Aside

Posted in Uncategorized by Phil Russo on September 18, 2009

I have been told by several people in our movement that we are going to have to support Republican candidates in elections because if we support a third party or independant candidate we will split the conservative vote and hand the election to the Democrat. I understand this logic. It may very well be true but should we not vote our principles nonetheless? What about the 8 House Republicans that voted for Cap and Trade? Should we not find another candidate in those races to support? Why would we reward those RINOs for voting against our values and principles?

It may be painful and it may be tough for people to do something they have never done before; this is the only way to really make the changes to the Congress in general and the GOP specificly that are needed to save our country. If we just vote for the R because we don’t want the D to win what reason to they have to vote the way we want them to in the future? How do we hold them accountable when they know we will vote for them because they are the “lesser of two evils”?

I say we stop voting for the lesser of two evils and vote for people with our values and principles regardless of party. We cannot just vote for the R because they are part of the problem. For 6 years they had a majority in Congress and we let them get away with spending a fortune and adding billions to the debt. They doubled the size of the Education Department, they created a whole new entitlement with Medicare part D (prescription drugs) and we sat back and watched as they created a brand new massive department of the government called “Homeland Security”; isn’t the Defence Department for securing the homeland?

We also said nothing while they infringed upon our civil liberties in the name of protecting us. They passed a law creating, for the first time in our history, a national ID card. This was called the Real ID Act of 2005. This national ID card is not only a violation of the 10th Amendment, but it is also a violation of the 4th Amendment. It created a massive government database to secure all kinds of private information about you. The Real ID Act was such a violation of the Constitution that Governors Jindal (LA), Sanford (SC), and Palin (AK) all signed laws saying that their states would not comply with the Real ID Act. So many states followed their lead that the program is dead and will no longer take effect, but we the people hardly noticed.

We also allowed them to pass the Patriot Act, which Judge Napolitano of FOX News says was unconstitutional. Some provisions of the Patriot Act allow the Executive Branch the power to: deem American citizens a terrorist threat and suspend their Constitutional rights! It also allowed the government the power to tap your phone without a warrent and do what they called “sneak and peek” searches of your home,again without a warrent, without ever letting you know they were there. Worst of all is the so called “lonewolf” provision in which the government can investigate you without a warrent, tap your phone calls, see what books you have checked out of the library, read your email, see what websites you have been going to et al, even if you have NO connection to a terrorist group or a foreign government. All Obama needs to do is say that he thinks you are a threat to the homeland and the Justice Department can do all the things mentioned above without any indication that you are indeed a terrorist. Do you think this may happen to some of us in the Tea Party movement?

The Republicans did a lot of bad things when they had control of both houses of Congress. We should not reward them for this. We should vote for Republicans that support our limited government principles and respect the Constitution. If, however, we don’t have a Republican that has our values we should support another candidate in that race that does without regard to their party. We must vote our principles not our party and we mustn’t let anyone tell us that we are “throwing our vote away” by voting for an independant. We are voting our principles, that doesn’t seem like a wasted vote to me.

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  1. Patricia Sullivan said, on September 18, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Phil,
    Which principles of the Republican party do you disagree with? I believe the leadership in the party has left the principles but having people who believe in those principles run within the party is the way to go. I don’t like the direction this county is going in, but I’m not going to get a group of people and go start a new country. Instead, I’m going to round up Patriots and fight to take the country back. Same principle within the Republican party in my opinion.


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