Strain Out a Gnat and Swallow a Camel: How Reverse Statism Endangers the Republic

If you want to send a message to Washington, you must speak in its language. Washington only comprehends the electorate’s desires based upon the margin of victory between the winning candidate and the losing candidate from the opposing major party.

If Obama wins, third party votes will go unnoticed and unheeded, and liberals will take the victory to be an electoral mandate to buckle down on the policies we don’t want.

Third party votes do not say, “I don’t like either candidate, so I’m voting for a better choice,” but rather, “I’m comfortable enough with the way things are to spend my vote on a losing cause.”

If Romney wins, the message will be that Americans want Obama out of office NOW, and prefer the general direction that Romney is willing to take. The Romney administration will receive this as an electoral mandate to move as far away from Obama’s worldview as possible.

THE PHARISAICAL PATRIOT: "Ugh, that gnat! I'd rather be dragged through the desert than use that filthy blade." (Click to enlarge)

You might think that your one vote in a liberal district is meaningless anyway – although of course if everyone subscribed to that idea and resulting course of action, it would make a huge impact. Even popular vote-wise, every vote for Romney is a slap in the face of Obama. Every vote for a third party candidate is mere graffiti on the wall.

Many third-party voters are humble and well-meaning, and many are just angry and feeling insubordinate. Either way, I ask you to respectfully reconsider the situation. America made one of the worst decisions in her relatively young life four years ago, and to prolong it would be painful for generations to come.

I now present to you a pamphlet on the 2012 election and Mitt Romney’s candidacy. Hopefully it will answer all of your questions.

Romney praying before making a commencement speech. (Jae C. Hong AP)

But Mitt Romney’s a Mormon! (Fear not)

Our White House has been residence to Unitarians, at least one likely Deist, and multiple Freemasons. Is Romney’s Mormonism really any weirder?

Romney walks down the central staircase inside the Statehouse during a ceremony marking the end of his term as governor on Jan. 3, 2007. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

Romnesia: Misconceptions about Romney’s record

Romney is often mocked for being inconsistent. In reality, he has been consistent in a way that would be difficult for most of us.

THREE-WAY WRECK: George H.W. Bush, Ross Perot, and Bill Clinton at the second presidential debate of the 1992 election season. Due to America's mostly winner-take-all system, third parties virtually never win, but can still influence the outcome of elections. Scholars speculate that Perot's candidacy might have given Clinton victory, since Perot garnered 19% of the vote that most likely would have otherwise gone to Bush. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander)

Reverse statism: A reality check for voters considering third party

If you think an election that can’t be won with your ideal candidate is an election not worth winning at all, think again.

Also of interest: My research paper “Odd Ones Out: Why Third Parties Don’t Fit in the American Political System“.

Just remember: The Federal Reserve. The United Nations. Osama Bin Laden on the loose. The 2008 Financial Crisis. Obamacare. What do these things have in common? Third party voters along with conservatives and libertarians who refused to vote were complicit in their existence.

UPDATE (11/06/12): Why The Founder Of NotMittRomney.com Has Already Voted For Mitt Romney; Former Libertarian candidate: Mitt Romney is the only sane choice for libertarians.

Values Voter Summit 2012

I’m returning as a featured tweeter for the Values Voter Summit 2012. Yes, I’ll simply be commentating from my home in the hills of northeast Alabama (the internet is a wonder, isn’t it?).

Here is the schedule of events I should be commentating through (Eastern Time):

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th

7:15 – 8:30 a.m. LIBERTY UNIVERSITY/LIBERTY COUNSEL BREAKFAST – (Topic: Israel and America: Common Values, Common Threats; Speaker–Dr. Michael Oren, Ambassador of Israel to the United States)–Diplomat Room (ticketed event)

(I’m not sure the above will be live streamed,  so I might miss it…but it’s a very important topic!)

8:40 a.m. – Noon MORNING PLENARY SESSION – Regency Ballroom
Welcome by Tony Perkins, President, FRC Action and Family Research Council (FRC)*
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.)*
Kirk Cameron, Television Film Actor and Producer, Monumental
Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)*
Pro-Family Champions in the House
– Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.)*
– Representative Tim Huelskamp (R-Kans.)*
– Representative James Lankford (R-Okla.)*
– Tom McClusky, Moderator, Senior Vice President, FRC Action*
Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)*
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)*
Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)*

12:15 – 1:45 p.m. AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION ACTION LUNCHEON (Speakers–Tim Wildmon, President; Buddy Smith, Executive Vice President, Sandy Rios, Host, Sandy Rios in the Morning, AFR Talk and Fox News Contributor) – Diplomat Room (ticketed event)

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION – Regency Ballroom
Tim Wildmon, President, AFA Action*
Governor Bob McDonnell (R-Va.)*
Saving the American Dream Panel
– Connie Mackey, President, FRC Action PAC*
– Genevieve Wood, Vice President of Marketing, The Heritage Foundation*
Representative Steve King (R-Iowa)*
Gary Bauer, President, American Values*
Ted Cruz, Candidate for U.S. Senate, Texas; Former Solicitor General of Texas*
Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio)*
Representative Allen West (R-Fla.)*

EVENING PLENARY SESSION – Regency Ballroom
Lt. Col. Oliver North (ret.)*
Steven Crowder, Fox News Contributor, Comedian, Actor, Writer*
Dennis Prager, Host, The Dennis Prager Show*
Governor Mike Huckabee, Former Governor of Arkansas and Host, The Mike Huckabee Show

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th

7:00 – 8:30 a.m. THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION BREAKFAST – (Topic: Obamacare: Where Do We Go from Here? Speakers: Edwin Meese III, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy, Chairman of the Center for Legal Studies and Judicial Studies, Former U.S. Attorney General; Jennifer Marshall, Director, Domestic Policy Studies; Nina Owcharenko, Director, Health Policy Studies)–Diplomat Ballroom (ticketed event)

8:45 a.m. – Noon MORNING PLENARY SESSION – Regency Ballroom

Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel and Dean, School of Law, Liberty University*
Dr. Bill Bennett, Host, Morning in America*
Star Parker, Founder, Center for Urban Renewal and Education*
The States of Our Union
– Joseph Backholm, Executive Director, Preserve Marriage Washington*
– Carroll Conley, Executive Director, Maine Family Policy Council*
– John Helmberger, CEO, Minnesota Family Council*
– Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy*
– Derek McCoy, Executive Director, Maryland Marriage Alliance*
Governor Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)*
Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General, Virginia*
Senator Rick Santorum, Former U.S. Senator (R-Pa.) and 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate*

AMERICAN VALUES LUNCHEON (Speaker – Gary Bauer, President, American Values) – Diplomat Room (ticketed event)

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION – Regency Ballroom

Lila Rose, President, Live Action*
Religious Liberty Panel
– Lt. Gen. (ret.) William Boykin, Former Commander, Delta Force*
– Mike Johnson, Esq., Liberty Institute*
– Todd Starnes, FOX News
Glenn Beck, Host, The Glenn Beck Show

(Conveniently, there is a break here for me to go take my Mexican History exam…what fun…)

7:30 – 10:00 p.m. FAITH, FAMILY, AND FREEDOM GALA DINNER HONORING MORTON BLACKWELL, FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, THE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE — Regency Ballroom (black-tie optional, ticketed event)

Becky Norton Dunlop, Vice President, External Relations, The Heritage Foundation*
Dr. Michael Farris, Chancellor, Patrick Henry College*
Dr. Ronald Godwin, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, Liberty University*
Lila Rose, President, Live Action*

But that’s not the half of it, folks! Check out the full schedule here and speaker line-up here!

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Alabama Policy Institute Dinner features Fred Barnes, Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Moore

Photo by Brandon Robbins

Photo by Brandon Robbins

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., November 11, 2010 – The conservative outcome of the midterm elections was a reigning topic of the Alabama Policy Institute’s Annual Dinner, which took place at the Cahaba Grand Conference center. Established in 1989, the API is “a non-partisan, non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the preservation of free markets, limited government and strong families,” and drew an audience of 1100 people to its annual dinner.

Alabama’s newly elected governor and lieutenant governor, Robert Bentley and Kay Ivey attended the event. Kellyanne Conway, Stephen Moore and Fred Barnes formed the panel of guest speakers, all of whom have spoken at previous API events.

“The panelists are all people whose opinions and insights are highly regarded,” Gary Palmer, API president and panel moderator told me via e-mail. “In addition, they are all individuals that I have known for many years and that have also known each other for many years. I think the familiarity helps account for the excellent chemistry of the panel.” …

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My father took this picture of me with Fred Barnes

My father took this picture of me with Fred Barnes