Conservatives Lost More Than an
By Chuck Baldwin
Barack Obama trounced John McCain should
have surprised no one. In fact, in this column, weeks ago, I stated
emphatically that John McCain could no more beat Barack Obama than Bob
could beat Bill Clinton. He didn't. (Hence a vote for John McCain was a
"wasted" vote, was it not?) I also predicted that Obama would win
with an electoral landslide. He did. The real story, however, is not
Obama defeated John McCain. The real story is how John McCain defeated America's
all intents and
purposes, conservatism—as a national movement—is
completely and thoroughly
dead. Barack Obama did not destroy it, however. It was George W. Bush
McCain who destroyed conservatism in America.
after G.W. Bush was
elected, it quickly became obvious he was no conservative. On the
George Bush has forever established himself as a Big-Government,
internationalist neocon. Making matters worse was the way Bush
himself as a conservative Christian. In fact, Bush's portrayal of
himself as a
conservative Christian paved the way for the betrayal and ultimate
of conservatism (something I also predicted years ago). And the
tragedy of this deception is the way that Christian conservatives so
(and stupidly) swallowed the whole Bush/McCain neocon agenda.
example, Bush and
his fellow neocons like to categorize and promote themselves as being
"pro-life," but they have no hesitation or reservation about killing
hundreds of thousands of innocent people in reckless and
foreign wars. By the same token, how many unborn babies were saved by
of all three branches of the federal government being under the control
these "pro-life" neocons? Not one! Ask the more than eight million
unborn babies who were killed in their mothers' wombs during the last
years how "pro-life" George W. Bush and John McCain are.
a result of this
insanely inconsistent and pixilated punditry, millions of Americans now
at the very notion of "pro-life" conservatism. Bush and McCain have
made a mockery of the very term.
too, the way
Bush and McCain have allowed the international bankers on Wall Street
to bilk America's
taxpayers out of trillions of dollars. Yes, I know Obama also supported
Wall Street bailout, but it was the Republican Party that controlled
House for the last eight years and the entire federal government for
six out of
the last eight years. In fact, the GOP has won seven out of the
previous ten presidential
elections. They have controlled Supreme Court appointments for the past
thirty-plus years. They have appointed the majority of Treasury
Federal Reserve chairmen. They have presided over the greatest trade
imbalances, the biggest deficits, the biggest spending increases, and
worst financial disaster since the Great Depression.
people look at these so-called "conservatives" and laugh. No wonder
such a sizeable majority of voters yawned when John McCain tried to
by accusing Barack Obama of being a "big taxer." How can one possibly
scare people with a charge like that after the GOP has made a total
fiscal conservatism? That's like trying to scare someone coming out
from a swim
in the Gulf of Mexico
with a squirt gun.
there was the
pathetic attempt by the National Rifle Association (NRA) to scare gun
regarding an Obama White House. Remember that John McCain is the same
the NRA rightly condemned for proposing his blatantly unconstitutional
McCain/Feingold bill. McCain is also the same guy that tried to close
shows. He even made a personal campaign appearance for a pro-gun
liberal in the state of Oregon
a few short years ago. In fact, the Gun Owners of America (GOA) gave
grade of "F" for his dismal record on Second Amendment issues. Once
again, Chicken Little-style paranoia over Barack Obama rang hollow when
alternative was someone as liberal as John McCain.
the worst calamity
of this election was the way conservatives—especially
their principles for the sake of political partisanship. The James
this country should hang their heads in shame! Not only did they lose
election, they lost their integrity!
Carolina, for example, pro-life
Christians and conservatives had an opportunity to vote for a
conservative-constitutionalist for the U.S. Senate. He is pro-life,
Amendment, and pro-traditional marriage. He believes in securing our
against illegal immigration. He is against the bailout for the Wall
banksters. His conservative credentials are unassailable. But the vast
of Christian conservatives (including those at Bob Jones University)
voted for his liberal
man that the vast
majority of Christian conservatives voted for in South Carolina
is a Big-Government neocon.
He supported the bailout of the Wall Street banksters. He is a rabid
of granting amnesty and a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens. In
this man has a conservative rating of only 29% in the current Freedom
the New American magazine.
conservatives support the liberal neocon and not the solid pro-life
conservative? Because the conservative ran as a Democrat and the neocon
Republican. I'm talking about the race between Bob Conley and Lindsey
Carolina's pastors, Christians,
evangelicals, and pro-life conservatives voted for Bob Conley, he would
new senator-elect from that state. In fact, Bob was so conservative
Democratic leadership in South Carolina
endorsed the Republican, Lindsey Graham! No
matter. A majority of evangelical Christians in South Carolina
stupidly rejected Bob Conley
and voted for Graham.
rather than stand on principle, hundreds of thousands of pastors,
and pro-life conservatives capitulated and groveled before John
agenda. In doing so, they forfeited any claim to truth, and they
and all fidelity to constitutional government. They should rip the
Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego out of their Bibles. They
again tell their children, parishioners, and radio audiences the
standing for truth and principle. They have made a mockery of Christian
No wonder a majority of the voting electorate laughs at us Christians.
wonder the GOP crashed and burned last Tuesday.
it wasn't Barack
Obama who destroyed conservatism; it was George W. Bush, John McCain,
millions of evangelical Christians who supported them. And until
find their backbone and their convictions, they deserve to remain a
has-been political force. They have no one to blame but themselves.
since it is unlikely that the Republican Party has
enough sense to understand any of this and will, therefore, do little
reestablish genuine conservative principles, it is probably best to
ahead and bury the scoundrels now and move on to something else.
sincere commitment to constitutional government, the GOP has no
to ever govern again. Therefore, put a fork in them. They are done. Let
entity arise from the ashes: one that will stand for something more
"the lesser of two evils." As we say in the South, That dog just
won't hunt anymore.
Chuck Baldwin was
the presidential candidate for the Constitution Party. His web site is
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