Mandeville, LA - From Daniel McCarthy at American conservative:
"I’ve said on Facebook that I’m tempted to cut out the middleman this November and write in a vote for Goldman Sachs. But if you’re a traditionalist conservative and you want to accept one of the offerings officially on your ballot, which do you choose?
For partisans, this is a no-brainer. For conservatives in the vein of, say, Russell Kirk, it’s anything but. Faced with the non-choice between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Thomas Dewey in 1944, Kirk said no to empire and voted for Norman Thomas, the Socialist Party candidate. There was no Fox News to tell him a conservative couldn’t do that.
For all that Kirk didn’t like libertarians — “chirping sectaries,” he called them — if he were in search of a peace candidate today he might well consider the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson. Or, closer to Norman Thomas, the Green Party’s Jill Stein.
There’s even an anti-empire case — not a strong one, but one outlined by Justin Raimondo here — for Barack Obama. The incumbent is at least incrementally better than his Republican rival on foreign policy. It’s impossible to imagine Romney not having done every bellicose thing that Obama that did in his first term (from ramping up the drone war in Pakistan to participating in the Libya attack), and Romney has promised a great deal more: more brinksmanship with Iran, more baiting of Russian bears and Chinese dragons, more taxpayer dollars for Pentagon pork. For a smaller military budget and the prospect of fewer wars — according to both candidates themselves — a pragmatic anti-empire conservative might lean toward Obama."
I ran through this entire scenario on air today including a detailed defense of voting one's conscience or perhaps writing in Jefferson Davis and received the following reaction on my Twitter feed:
— Brett J. Patron (@Longtabsigo) October 14, 2012
This is why I often refer to M.E. Bradford's work in "A Better Guide Than Reason" because the object of Bradford's statement is Tradition. If [r]epublican & Christian traditions are being followed and defended than the types of things that appear on the ballot these days will not appear and few will care to vote on what remains. This implies a necessary form of Aristocracy which is preferable to the Democracy by mob we are currently possessed of.
And then there's this jewel of intelligent reasoning.
— Brett J. Patron (@Longtabsigo) October 15, 2012