(Originally posted here).
Franken’s ascendance from Saturday Night Live comedian to United States Senator also marks my personal departure from all things political.
I have enjoyed writing, discussing, and blogging politics over the last 8-9 years with both friends and family.
What Al Franken’s victory has showed however, is that the majority (by 312 votes, but still a majority) of the people of Minnesota simply did not care that their candidate was – as I’ve argued several times – a less than decent human being.
It doesn’t matter that he has said vile, contemptuous things about Christians and Christianity. It doesn’t matter that he wrote a book labeling another media figure a “big fat idiot.” It doesn’t matter that the his policies and those of his party will bankrupt the country.
Republicans can’t even keep their own moral house in order. They’ve got John Ensign, US Senator from Nevada, and Mark Sanford, the governnor of South Carolina – who was floated as a possible candidate for President in 2012 – involved in sexual affairs which in and of themselves may not diminish their ability to govern but certainly have impacted their trust among their constituents.
The Republicans can’t keep their political house in order, either. Republicans should have unanimously opposed Barack Obama’s awful cap-and-trade bill. In fact, 44 Democrats had the guts to vote against Barack Obama’s monstrosity. But 8 Republicans’ spines turned to jelly and so the bill passed the House of Representatives. With Al Franken giving the Democrats a 60-vote lock in the US Senate, the bill is sure to pass the Senate as well. The Republicans can’t even stay united against cap-and-trade. What a sad bunch.
Because of this, the American people will now be taxed yet again whenever we flip on the light switch, put gas in our cars, run our thermostats at home. The government will soon tell us how warm we can keep our houses in the winter and how cool we can keep them during the summer. The government, not homeowners, will be arbitrator of our energy consumption. Either they will do so by direct regulation – meaning I go to jail if I disable the government chip that will be planted in my thermostat, for example – or by taxing the use of energy so highly that we will literally be taxed out of warmth during the winter or coolness during the summer. And this all in the name of the feigned catastrophe of global warming. What a fraud.
Mark my words, global warming is the new communism.
I got a call a few days ago from someone fairly high up in Minnesota state politics who asked me to consider running for state representative. For those of you who don’t know, running for state representative is a fairly hefty task that – around here at least – requires raising (or having) around $25,000 – $30,000 to spend. It requires an entire spring and summer of lots of door knocking, meeting people and trying to convince them that you will be an effective representative of their interests at the state capitol.
What would be my platform? I would run on a no new taxes platform. I would run on a reduce-the-size-and-scope of government platform. I would run on the traditional values of low taxes, limited government, Judeo-Christian values, and a strong national defense (though I concede the last might not be pertinent at the local level). I would promise never to vote for any bill that would constitute a tax increase to the taxpayer. I would run on the platform of getting the government out of your way so that you can get on with your life. I would loudly proclaim the message that once long ago sounded from the rooftops, but today is all but ignored – that government is not the solution to your problems, government is your problem.
The last four Republicans who ran on this platform in our district never got more than 43% to 44% of the vote.
The electorate cannot tell the difference between a fundamentally decent man who has made mistakes – Norm Coleman – and a lowlife who has said the most contemptible things about many groups of people – Al Franken.
And I expect this same electorate to elect me ? You’ve got to be kidding.
All the writing, all the talking, all the coffee chats, all the reading, all the late nights back and forth answering blog posts, trying to get people like Matt to understand that America was founded on a rugged individualistic conservatism, that the three pillars of American society are In God We Trust, Liberty, and E Pluribus Unum, etc. it has all been a waste. Because we are installing a person in the United States Senate as our representative who understands none of these things. We are putting the worst of the worst into the Senate and expecting great results. Sounds like insanity to me.
I believe that America is finished with traditional American values. America is finished being the America in which I grew up. We may become Amerika. We may become a Europeanized, socialized, shell of a once-great nation chock full of dependents on government. But with the certification of the election of Al Franken as a United States Senator, we have begun down a long road towards an America that will be unrecognizable in 30 or 40 years. The trip down this road is irreversible. It is irreversible because it is driven by young people, born during the first Bush and early Clinton administrations, who have never had to deal with any hardship in their lives as a nation. They have never had to deal with the threat of an Adolf Hitler, a Josef Stalin, or a nuclearized Soviet Union – once known as the Evil Empire. These are the young people who do not understand evil, so they don’t fight evil. To them and their baby boomer parents or grandparents, lack of health care is the real evil. Global warming is the real evil. That anyone would oppose the petition to the government of a woman who runs up an $80,000 student loan bill for a degree in international relations for the forgiveness of all of her debts at taxpayer expense – this is real evil. Kim Jong Il? He’s not so bad, all you have to do is negotiate with him. We’re just sayin’, give peace a chance. These voted for Barack Obama in droves, and they voted for Al Franken in droves.
It is sad to witness the fall of great nations. We are today witnessing the fall of Great Britain because the once-mighty nation that once ruled the waves is now being eaten up from within by rampant socialism and out-of-control political correctness, not to mention the horrific effects of an huge influx of radical muslim immigrants. These are all recipes for disaster.
I went to see a film last night called “The Third Jihad.” I recommend everyone get it and watch it. It chronicles why America is in danger from radical Islam. It is not so much a jihad of violence as it is a cultural jihad – taking advantage of the generous rights afforded by the our Constitution in order undermine that document and turn America into a Muslim state. If you don’t believe me, watch the Youtube video of Hamas on the steps of the capitol in St. Paul.
Yet, where is the outrage? Where are the people who demand that mosques that preach hatred of Christians and Jews and advocate violence against “the infidel” be shut down? No where to be found, unfortunately. They are fighting the real evil – global warming. The real evil – lack of health insurance for 47 million Americans. The real evil – the fact that taxpayers won’t pick up the tab for your graduate student next door.
So, I have to ask myself, why bother? Why is it worth it? If I am lucky I’ll be on this earth for 50 more short years, maybe a few more than that if God is generous. Why should I waste one more second of that precious time arguing about issues with people whom I can never hope to persuade? Why should I spend that time running for an office that I am all but certain to lose? Why should I spend that time reading about and discussing issues which I cannot do anything to change anyway? What is the point?
Isn’t it much better to spend my time doing things I like to do – spend time with the family, serve the church, teach chess, play Redemption cards? Why get all worked up over issues with people whose minds will never change, who will never understand that they are taking America down a road from which she may not ever recover?
I’ll pay the tax for turning on that light switch. Want me to keep my house at 62 degrees in the winter and 83 in the summer for the sake of global warming? Sure…why not? Want the government to buy up more companies even after they say that the last thing they want to do is be in this or that business? No problem here. Why should I care anymore? What possible impact could I have anyway? It’s time to throw in the towel. Traditional American values have lost and 60 votes in the Senate have won. Democrats, rejoice. Have a beer in your honor. Take America down the road of moral, legal, and economic ruin. Do whatever you want to America, because I don’t care anymore.
The America I have known and cared for has been shoved out the door by people who believe they know better than all of the generations who have gone before them. If that is not hubris I do not know what is.
“Good night, and good luck.”
We’ll need it.
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