I am going to give you some straight dope. From the gut. It’s about November and what’s at stake.
You may live in an area where you have to vote Democrat to have any say. There are still lots of areas like that all over Texas and all over the otherwise conservative South and up into Virginia. And because of that, you may as a natural conservative have a view of the Democrats locally or in your district that’s somewhat benign. Sure, Obama and Pelosi are awful, but my local guy, he ain’t so bad. That’s what you may tell yourself.
If your legislative goals and priorities include a business-friendly economic environment, clean elections, educational choice, excellence in public education, fixing the financial problems at big state agencies like the Texas Dept of Transportation, finding real solutions to Texas’ projected $18 billion shortfall – there is no Democrat incumbent in this state who will help you with those goals. Period. Full stop.
You need to understand that they will do everything in their power to grow government. They will make sure federal government has more power over state government. It’s just in their nature.
A liberal Democrat is not less dangerous just because he or she is “effective” at passing legislation, or supports your issues “sometimes.” A 55% rating from the Texas Association of Business, for example, is a failing grade. Would you want the doctor who got a 55% on an anatomy exam?
Choosing to support a liberal Democrat with your dollars and your good name is pledging your support for a failed agenda that is keeping people out of work while it is growing the federal behemoth. Choosing to support a liberal Democrat with your dollars and your good name sends the message that you don’t actually want to improve this country, protect our state, or do anything to help get the economy back on track. Choosing to support a liberal Democrat with your dollars and your good name doesn’t make you a Republican, a conservative, or even an affable advocate for the American people.
It makes you, dare I say, a political opportunist. If that’s what you are, you might as well say so. It’s more honest.
So think about it. There’s an awful lot at stake in November. Don’t vote D because Daddy did. Vote R because your children are depending on you to help restore sanity to our government.