With the primaries completed and the observance of the fifth anniverasry of September 11 remembered the 2006 election race is finally in full swing. Voters will turn out throughout the country on the first Tuesday in November to elect the House, 1/3 of the Senate and several Governors as well as State legistalators and numerous state and local government positions. In other words the mid-term elections are upon us. The usual attack adds will flood the airways over the next few weeks. The Sunday and daily talking heads will deliver their , "expert," analysis of how the election is shaping up and even predict the outcome. Everybody and his brother or sister will be brought in as a guest on the news shows providing their learned commentary and opinion on every candidate and especially the furture make up of the House and Senate. Polsters will step into high gear and polls will give daily reports as to who is in the lead and which party will be in the majority when election night finally comes and the totals begin pouring in. Both parties will continue to jocky for position as the season progresses and daily reports on who the President is campaigning for and which GOP candidate is embracing or distancing themselves from Bush will be a part of the daily poltical fodder on the news channels. So whether you are ready or not the political season is open and in high gear and the next few weeks will be a constant barrage of politics, political attacks, charges and counter charges and accusations, politisizing everything and each party emphasizing the others failures. In other words business as usual only on a grander scale because the election is just around the corner. When all is said and done though the, "experts, " who study and talk this political game regularly and the polsters crunching their numbers and spinning their questions to the select few who have ever been contacted by a polling group, ( I ask you have you been or do you know anyone ever contacted by a polster ?), in the end the only , "expert, " that counts and the only poll that is exact and true is the one that brings the results on election day. The voter is the only actuality that decides who is elected and how every race turns out and as has been the case in the last several elections all of the polls and political discussion that took place before the election did not even closely predict or determine the outcome. That, thankfully is still up to you and I the electorate who cast their vote in accordance to their individual thoughts and beliefs on election day.
So how then do you plan to vote ? Anyone who has read my thoughts and understands my political philosophy know that though a life time member of the Republican Party I am a conservative first and a Republican second. I have discussed in detail several times through various posts my disagreements with the way that the Republican majority has handled several issues from the rampant spending that thankfully has finally shown signs of some control, the border issue which I beleive both parties have not truly dealt with and the growth of governemt that goes against conservative ideology of less and smaller government. I will admit whether it is motivated by the coming election or a true understanding by the majority of the conservative base that placed them in office in the first place, much of the proposed legislation that has come before the House and Senate recently has begun to show signs of control and reducing government but still falls far short of true conservatism and thus has caused a disconnect between the Republican voter and the majority. This said though I have my disagreements I do not believe that anyone because of their discontent should stay home on election day. Even if we disagree we cannot expect our voice to be heard unless we excersize the right to use that voice through our vote.
That is why I share with you why I am voting Republican on election day and not as a camp follower because if you have ever read my thoughts then you know that I think on my own and do not just follow the, "party, " line. Even with their short falls I believe that the Republican agenda is still the most progressive for the country and has the greatest chance of continuting the economic growth and protecting the nation than that of the Demcorats. The Democrats though voting for funding of the war have continually undermined and fought against the execution of the war and the implimintation of policy in combatting the enemy. I fully believe that if the Democrats were to gain the majority then the war would gradually end in a military scense and be returned to a law enforcment problem only which was a failed policy for decades in combatting terrorism. This war requires every aspect of US action from law enforcement to military, from intelligence to the individual citizen and this is the position of the Republican Party whcih is almost polar opposite of the Democrats. For the security of the nation a Republican majority is needed.
Republican's have a stronger stance on border security though I still believe that both parties have failed on this issue. If the borders are to become secure and the illegal problem controled then the Republicans are the best chance if for nothing else than when push comes to shove they have listened to the out cry of the conservative base in every instance that we have pushed them into action by our voice and conservatives believe in tough borders and in enforcement of the law concerning illegals and employers who hire illegals. The Democrats have shown that though they favor border security they don't favor border closing or fencing and back programs that lean toward making illegals dependent on government programs rather than making them obey the law thus creating a voter block for the Democrats.
From an economic stand point there is no question between the parties. The Republicans believe in cutting taxes the Democrats believe in raising taxes. It has been proven time and again that when taxes are cut and the people determine how their money is spent then it grows the economy as compared to more taxes and government spending rather than the individual. The Republicans favor business and allowing business to grow thus providing jobs and strength for the economy. The Democrats favor regulating business so that the government can determine how their business operates and raising the minimum wage which has proven every time to stagnate the economy because it takes control of payroll out of the hand of the business owner and forces him to slow hiring to comply with wage demands. The minimum wage was designed to be a starting wage for entry level workers and not a living wage for every worker. 90% of those on minimum wage are new workers who have just enetered the work force and not had time to better themselves. Raising the minimum wage will hurt economic growth and this the Republican's know.
If the Democrats were to gain the majority then this country would face hearings and continual demands by the Democrats for the impeachment of the President not because they have real evidence but because of their hatred of Bush and their belief that he stole the 2000 election which has festered in their party ever since. The job of government whether the execution of the war or the daily legislative process will grind to a halt while the Democrats go after Bush and attempt to remove him from office. This is the goal and base of their agenda and is what they will follow if in the majority.
Whether you agree with my analysis or not the key to expressing our voice as an electorate is to vote. To my conservative friends, I urge you though discouraged as we are and in disagreement on many things with the majority do not sit at home and think that by not voting for the Republican's you are sending a message and that by placing the Democrats n the majority it will be providing a wake up call to the GOP. The results as I have outlined will be disaterous. We as conservatives have made our voice heard before and the GOP has proven that when we speek they listen so please vote and let your voice be heard in Washington.