Dr. Benjamin Franklin: John? I beg you consider what you’re doing.
John Adams: Mark me, Franklin… if we give in on this issue, posterity will never forgive us.
Dr. Benjamin Franklin: That’s probably true, but we won’t hear a thing, we’ll be long gone. Besides, what would posterity think we were? Demi-gods? We’re men, no more no less, trying to get a nation started against greater odds than a more generous God would have allowed. First things first, John. Independence; America. If we don’t secure that, what difference will the rest make?
I was reading the comments and one jumped out at me.
Here is the text of his post in case that is too small to read.
Question to serious conservatives – how can Romney & Ryan say with a straight face that they now would allow rape as an exception when the GOP plank just adopted does not allow it? How can you vote for somebody that politically crass?
I have heard a million variations on this for months. You have a tough primary and people get sore when their person loses. A congressman or Senator votes against you once and you decided they aren’t getting your vote again. I hear it a lot on Mitt Romney, I hear it on Scott Brown and I even hear it once in a while on more local elections.
Soctt Brown for example is not pro-life, I under stand and hate that, but the choice in the US Senate isn’t between Scott Brown and a pro-life candidate, it’s between Scott Brown and Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren.
To my pro life friends, I ask the question: “Who is worse on the issue, and if they are the same, then who is better on everything else?”
It’s not a tough question to answer.
The same with Mitt Romney, I would like to have a person more consistently conservative. I supported Rick Santorum and would have infinitely preferred to vote for him, and in the Massachusetts Primary I did so.
But to my fellow Santorum fans et/al let me remind you in November the choice isn’t between Mitt Romney & Rick Santorum,. To the Ron Paul fans I say the choice isn’t between Mitt Romney & Ron Paul and to the everyone else on the right the choice isn’t between Mitt Romney and an idealized version of the complete Renaissance man. The choice is between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
That is the choice you have to make, one or the other. If you choose to duck this choice and as free Americans it is your duty to make the best possible choice. Let the left live in their utopialand, we on the right live in realville and there is a real choice to make here.
C.S. Lewis put it this way in Screwtape 12:
You will say that these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember, the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing.
The opposite is true as well, Mitt Ronney is an improvement over Barack Obama. Even if you think he is only a small improvement the idea is to start to move the country back in the right direction rather than continue moving it in the wrong one.
As I put it to Alex in my response at Althouse:
To Answer Alex’s question at the top of the post,how can someone vote for someone as “crass” (his word) as Romney. It’s easy:
The election isn’t The Romney/Ryan ticket vs my ideal candidate, the choice is between Romney/Ryan and Obama/Biden
If you are a conservative fiscal or social, that’s an easy choice
We have one chance to vote out Obama, don’t blow it