A.J. DiCintio
Pacifism and the election, 2012
By A.J. DiCintio
November 3, 2012

Experts who study voter turnout estimate that in 2008 tens of millions of traditionalist Americans failed to vote, including a whopping 17 million Evangelicals, according to Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

But while the excitement among traditionalists in 2012 is enormously more intense than it was four years ago, some may still be considering playing the role of pacifist next Tuesday because they have concluded there's not a dime's worth of difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

If such a thought has even remotely crossed your mind, I urge you to think about the reasons that liberals, who perceive a world of difference between the two candidates, have been and still are all-in gaga over electing their man.

To wit. . .

The liberal base is ecstatic that despite raging unemployment/underemployment and the continual erosion of middle class income and wealth, Barack Obama has steadfastly refused to promote policies that stimulate private sector job growth in favor of passing "stimulus" bills that pay off his political base Chicago Style.

The liberal base is jubilant that given the nation's painful economic realities, Barack Obama has devoted himself to acts of Government Building (Obamacare, for instance) that create an ever bigger, more dangerously powerful, more costly federal government, the consequences of the nation's rampaging debt and ugly job picture be damned.

The liberal base is overcome with joy now that Barack Obama has established an Apologetic Foreign Policy whereby, for example, the United States takes time to fret a million worries about how it might offend the sensibilities of Libya before it authorizes any action whatsoever to save the lives of Americans under direct attack by heavily armed terrorists.

The liberal base is elated that Barack Obama is a proud, card-carrying redistributionist (though instead of "Redistributionist-in-Chief," they and he prefer the insidious euphemism "Spread the Wealth Around President").

The liberal base is overjoyed that Barack Obama is the first president in history to tell religious organizations whom they can hire and fire as well as what products and services their charitable arms must provide.

The liberal base is thrilled that Barack Obama has set the precedent whereby the federal government can take an enormous common stock position in a corporation and therefore not only choose the company's executives but also command its strategic decisions, including which of its useless, overpriced, unwanted products it will heavily subsidize ("Got Chevy Volt, America?")

The liberal base is rapturous over Barack Obama's intention to transform an aging Supreme Court with "empathic" justices who have never met a federal act of social engineering, commerce regulation, or taxing power they didn't love, the same Supreme Court, where just one more Obama Empath will put an end to the fundamental right the Second Amendment has historically bestowed upon individual citizens.

The liberal base is euphoric that the number of food stamp recipients has gone through the roof under Barack Obama, thereby providing liberals with a gigantically larger pool of people to regard not as individual human beings but a mass of mere political raw material.

Finally, but not the last of reasons joyous liberals are literally shouting "Hail Obama" at campaign rallies, the liberal base is goose-bump blissful now that Barack Obama has made it clear the first word that comes to his mind when he thinks of how an individual achieves success is "government."

Now, the truth is that regarding every one of those realities, Mitt Romney will give liberals no cause for cheer.

That's why my hope is that any citizen who has been harboring thoughts of playing the role of pacifist next Tuesday will thoughtfully consider why the nation cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama and then decide to join those of us determined to send an electoral shockwave across this nation not just by voting but by contacting at least five other conservative, independent, or libertarian voters to remind them of the real consequences of this profoundly important election.

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A.J. DiCintio

A.J. DiCintio posts regularly at RenewAmerica and YourNews.com. He first exercised his polemical skills arguing with friends on the street corners of the working class neighborhood where he grew up. Retired from teaching, he now applies those skills, somewhat honed and polished by experience, to social/political affairs.


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