I am not a registered Republican and I have a certain distrust for the political system as a whole, knowing quite well that politics can be politics – in the worst sense of the word, with all its corruption and cronyism – and that there is a firmly entrenched establishment in each party that often seems to have its own interests in mind more than the interests of its constituents.
And my main efforts to bring about social change flow directly out of the ministry work that I do, while my conservative values flow directly out of my biblical convictions.
That being said, when I took an online political survey the other day, the result was that the Republican Party represented 100% of my core values (speaking of those that I ticked off on the survey) while the Democratic Party represented none of them. But can the Republicans be trusted to stand for those values if empowered again with the presidency (and even the Senate and House)?
Rand Paul won the straw poll survey at CPAC for the second straight year, and he was also narrowly ahead on the Drudge Report survey (as of this writing, Paul captured 72,277 votes, for 30.91%, followed by Ted Cruz, with 28.33%, then Jeb Bush with 6.30%, Saran Palin with 5.24%, Chris Christie with 4.87%, Rick Perry with 4.33%, and Mike Huckabee with 3.73%, making up the top 7).
But we are just in March, 2014, and there is plenty of time for another McCain or Romney to rise to the top – in which case, we have already compromised as conservatives – while we have no way of knowing how a Paul or Cruz would lead the nation.
So how do we move forward, recognizing that abdicating from the political system makes us complicit on some level with the evil we allow while voting yet again for “the lesser of two evils” simply doesn’t cut it anymore?
In my view, we have to adopt a no-compromise attitude right now, holding to it throughout the 2016 elections (at the least).
In other words, rather than voting for candidates who gravitate towards the center in order to gain the maximum number of votes, thereby diluting the right-of-center values we are urging them to uphold, we who hold to these values need to make clear that we won’t be fooled again, that we stand for principles first and party second (or third, or whatever), that empty promises won’t cut it this time around, and that we refuse to be pawns in support of someone’s political aspirations.
Of course, we’ve been down this road quite a few times in recent years, but perhaps this time (thanks to President Obama?) we’ve reached the point of “Enough is enough.”
Am I dreaming?
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, includingLine of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.