I publish this contrary opinion at Roger Koopman’s request. In my opinion, Roger’s position is suicidal, illogical, and immoral. Read D’Souza’s America or watch his DVD. Democrats are now the Progressive-Communist Party. The place to resolve Republican differences is in primary elections. Unless Republicans support all Republicans in final elections, we will elect Democrats and lose America. I supported Roger for Public Service Commission and would do so again. I now support Steve Daines and Ryan Zinke for Congress. – Ed
by Roger Koopman
A number of people have asked me to weigh in on the “Baldwin-Berry Debate” over voting for the so-called “lesser of evils.” I will not attempt to advise anyone on the specific people for whom they should vote. Voting records and public positions are readily available on most candidates; it’s not particularly difficult to determine who the genuine, free market, constitutional conservatives are. The challenge is what to do with those Republicans who fall in the mushy-middle (let alone those who are firmly planted on the more law-loving left.)
The issue, it seems to me, divides on one fundamental question. Do we, as God-fearing, liberty-cherishing conservatives, embrace a short-term or a long-term paradigm of politics? A view that focuses on the next generation or on the next election? A commitment to our children, our grandchildren and our posterity, or a primary concern over how we will be living 2, 4 or 6 years hence?
I will posit that, particularly for folks in my age group, taking a long term view will not likely yield the kind of truly free society we seek within our lifetimes. God is great, and all things are possible. But the question is more about the kind of foundation we are now laying for future generations than it is about how much better (or worse) we will be living in the short-term. To be sure, this was the firm conviction of our Founding Fathers, who pledged their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor (many losing the first two but never the third in the process), that we might one day live and breathe free. They did it for generations of countrymen yet unborn! Thank God for the character and vision of these great men.
And so, I approach every election with a long-term view, firm in the recognition that the currently constituted Republican Party will never bring us to a place of freedom. The DIRCs (Democrats-in-Republican-Clothing, as I call them) will never allow that to happen, as long as we keep violating our sacred consciences and voting them into office as the “lessers of evil.” The sons and daughters of liberty will never be in a true majority in any legislative body, and we will always to retreating in a “one step forward, two steps backward” motion — drifting further and further away from the free society that once was our heritage as Americans. That is the legacy we will be leaving for our grandchildren. And as Patrick Henry once queried, “How then will we be able to defend our work?”
With this in mind, and recognizing that only a philosophically strong and consistent Republican Party (as the Democratic Party has always been) will ever lead us home again, I have dedicated myself to hunting down the RINOs and blasting them over to the Democrats where they belong. I have pledged that I will never, under any circumstances, ever vote for a RINO Republican — period. End of subject. Can you imagine, if all true conservatives took that same pledge, how quickly we could turn things around and solve the problem we now face?
In the short-term, would the Republicans lose some races? Sure. Would they be defeated by Dems who are even more big government-oriented than they? Yup. Would the GOP likely lose the numerical majority in Congress and in some state legislatures? Probably. But as we all know, conservatives long ago lost the ideological majority in these bodies anyway, precisely because of the corrupted, RINO-ridden nature of the GOP.
Like the Founders who boldly led us through a war of independence, we will, in the short-term, have to bite the bullet and face some tough times ahead. But if we agree that we must take a long-term view, then what is our alternative? To continue of the same frustrating course, losing ground with every election, while the RINOs stomp out the last vestiges of our liberties? Where is our commitment, and are we truly looking to the next generation? If we are, there is only one principled and practical course to take.
In closing, I should add one more thing. By pledging to never violate my conscience in the votes I cast, this not only means I won’t vote for a liberal Republican, but that I won’t vote for a liberal Democrat, either. I will either vote third party or skip the race entirely.
Thank you, my friends, for considering these humbly offered thoughts. May freedom reign always in our hearts, and one day again in our country.