April 26, 2016 – Primary Day in Pennsylvania
Why do they wanna vote on OUR primary?
There was a very odd news story last night on the local news. The Pennsylvania Primary is happening today (April 26). The local news was acting like it was a “weird thing” that Pennsylvania has a closed (I thought it was normal) primary. They were whining about people who registered as Independent not being able to vote.
Here’s my suggestion: JOIN A PARTY!
It’s not hard to do!
You can also form your own party, if you want to.
But – don’t destroy the two-party system because you won’t join one of them! To quote the person who will soon be elected as president of the United States: “What difference does it make?”
I always thought the idea of an “open primary” was more than absurd – it’s profoundly insane! Why would I, for example, want to vote in the DEMOCRAT primary, when I’m a Republican? Because a small group of people who can’t make up their minds and want to be “Independent” get their feelings hurt when they can’t vote in party primaries? The solutions seem simple: pick one of the two parties that you most identify with, register to vote in that party, and you can vote in the primary. You chose to be an “Independent” – that should leave you out of what the parties want to do as PARTIES.
We have Political Parties for a reason – because Americans have freedom of conscience and should have a group to identify with. But, political parties are not established by the Constitution; they are established “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” From the Federalists (who stood for a stronger central government) to the first Republicans (not “Democratic-Republicans”) led by Thomas Jefferson, who wanted as small a central government as possible, to the Democratic Party led by Andrew Jackson, to the Whigs, to the anti-slavery “new” Republican Party of Mr. Lincoln, political parties standing for opposing values have always been a part of the American System of Governance. While there have, at times, been Third Parties (like the Bull Moose Party of Teddy Roosevelt), we generally have had a two-party system to avoid annoyances like “coalition building” that have to go on in multiple party systems in order to get anything done. The American Two-Party System, while deeply flawed, still functions to force politicians to make promises and stand on them – or they won’t be supported by their party and will probably be out of office.
I know how deeply flawed the system is. I actually was born into a Democrat family and was a Dem when I started voting. I voted in my first Democratic Primary for Mo Udall, because I thought he was far more socialist in his positions than that sort-of conservative Jimmy Carter (Boy, was I fooled!) But, when I became an evangelical believer, I realized (without Jerry Falwell or Focus on the Family involved) that my new faith was inconsistent with my political party. But – despite being a conservative, I stayed a Democrat for 5 years. I voted as a Reagan Democrat in 1980, but, when I moved in 1983, I re-registered as what party I most resembled: the Republicans. That was just in time to vote a SECOND time for Reagan, but this time as a Republican.
Now, I have always disliked a segment of my party who were not quite as profound in their conservative beliefs. I now call them “the GOP”, a nickname for Republicans I have never accepted. They are “establishment Republicans”, who would rather not stand too hard for anything (except pork barrel projects). GOP members included Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and George H.W. Bush, but they were (and are) epitomized by Pennsylvanians like the ultra-squishy Arlen Specter and politicians like Senator Hugh Scott and governors from Bill Scranton to Dick Thornburgh to Tom Corbett. But, at least there’s a Pro-Life contingency that is strong in today’s Republicans… there are still a few who will stand up for the Constitution, who believe Freedom is too precious a thing to lose.
Again – why would ANY state have “open” primaries? That destroys the two party system – and the excuse is just so people who won’t pick a party can vote in the primaries?
I always want to speak the truth – so let’s go there. There’s a reason why Patty Kim, Harrisburg’s reigning Voice of Socialism, held a press conference on the day before the primary in PA, bemoaning the fact that our primary is closed. “Those poor Independents” was her lament (which the Harrisburg media obligingly gave her a prime spot on the evening news to deliver). “Why aren’t we as sophisticated as other states that ALLOW these decent Americans to have a voice?” Yes – there was a sniffle in her voice – “these POOR AMERICANS who are being silenced!”
Not mentioning that there is an easy answer: if you want to vote in a primary, PICK A PARTY! You can register Republican, then re-register Independent if that’s what you want, in time for the November election.
But I know the REAL reason these Democrats want an “open” primary – it’s to interfere with the other parties’ system of picking a candidate. This is especially important in PA, since we vote later than other states and the races are generally over by now. But – the “open” primaries of other states are how we got the terrible Republican candidates of recent years. Dems, under “orders” to push someone they know they can beat, make sure that person wins early, ensuring a weak GOP member. This is how we got Bob Dole… and John McCain… and Mitt Romney… mostly because the Democrats, in cahoots with the media and “the powers that be”, voted them in.
Let’s stand against this canard! Let the parties pick their OWN candidates! What business would I have, for example, voting in the Democratic Primary? What would be the point? Why would you want ME picking YOUR candidate – when I will never again vote for a Democrat in any future election? The only reason I would do it would be … to mess up your primary! I would vote for Bernie in 2016 just to keep Hillary from getting too comfortable. The more we Republicans can make her spend money now, the less money she’ll have later.
It makes absolutely NO SENSE to have open primaries. They only want them so they can control our Party. If you want political parties to continue to exist, you will stand against the foolishness.
Here’s praying to Abba Father to spare this nation from destruction… if we repent (genuinely), He will relent!