Summary Arguments Against Voting For George W. Bush
by Mitch Turner
A briefer version of these points is available here.
"If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disbelieve, how
can we afterwards defend our work? It is our task to raise a standard
to which the wise and honest may repair, recognizing that the event is
in the hands of God."
-- George Washington, 1787
Myths On Why We Must Vote For Bush
Fear of Democrats: Not Biblical, since fear is never an excuse
for supporting evil. Fear of the future by a Christian denies God is sovereign.
And we survived Clinton just fine, didn't we? In fact, unrestrained by
an opposing Congress, Bush has done much worse things than Clinton.
A Godly candidate can't win: By this attitude we should not have
ever fought the War for Independence. We stood no chance. Important victories
in history have been won by faithful people with God on their side, not
"moderates" compromising values to win the support of the "undecided."
From Joshua to Washington, the battle is the Lord's and we are just supposed
to do what is right. God decides who our leaders are, again, we must vote
for Godly candidates.
Fear of the judges John Kerry will appoint: See above on fear.
And if you really think Bush will appoint truly conservative judges, you
are willfully avoiding the evidence of history and Bush's positions. See
below on judges.
There is no perfect candidate: An excuse for voting for the lesser
of two evils (which, of course, is still evil). This position is a straw
man. Yes, there is no perfect candidate. But should we support someone
on the wrong side of all the major issues? A man who tolerates murder
and public acceptance of homosexual rights, violates his oath of office
routinely, sends our women to fight our battles, and spends hundreds of
billions of dollars that we don't have on unconstitutional boondoggles?
We are not debating perfect, or slightly less than perfect (which is the
straw man Christians set up). We are debating evil, or not evil. The Christian
must vote for "not evil."
Defense of Life
- Bush does not believe babies have a right to life. His position is
that depending on who the father is (he supports abortion in cases of
rape, incest), there is a preference the baby be allowed to live. That
is not a right to life. His Attorney General, Ashcroft, promised in
his confirmation hearings to uphold Roe v. Wade, an unlawful decision
that is not the law of the land, since courts don't make laws.
- Bush has presided over the death of more than 5 million babies. Well
over 30 million have been murdered since Reagan was elected. Can you
believe these numbers? Yet abortion is not even mentioned on Bush's
campaign web site, rarely even given lip service. What would you think
of a president who knew exactly what Hitler was doing to the Jews and
did essentially nothing?
- Bush has continued to send billions to Planned Parenthood, largest
provider of abortions in the US, as well as to the UN, which supports
abortion around the world.
- "I am committed never again to cast a vote for a politician who would
kill one innocent baby... Never will I use my influence, however remotely,
to support the shedding of their blood." Dr. James Dobson, March 1995
FOTF Newsletter. If you accept this standard, you cannot vote for Bush.
- As a reminder, the Partial Birth Abortion Ban passed Congress twice,
and was vetoed by Clinton. Had the GOP simply held their Senators to
the party line on this most egregious of evil practices, Clinton's veto
would have been overridden. Instead, 5 GOP Senators upheld the vetoes.
Defense of the Acknowledgement of God
- AL Chief Justice Roy Moore was thrown out of office and the 10 Commandments
removed from the state courthouse, despite a GOP State Attorney General,
a GOP governor, a GOP Congress, a GOP US AG, and President Bush, all
of whom did nothing to help Moore or actually helped kick him out. Bush
rewarded AL AG Bill Pryor for leading the attack on Moore, with a Federal
judgeship. Pryor would not even let Moore raise the question of whether
the order to remove the 10 Commandments monument was a legal order.
Pryor overrode centuries of legal history in holding that legal or not,
an order must be followed.
- The 7 GOP/2 Dem US Supreme Court refused to rule on whether the phrase
"Under God" is Constitutional. Good thing we have GOP judges, right?
- Bush has proclaimed that he worships the same god as the Muslims,
who, according to him, follow a religion of peace.
- Bush has allowed Gen. William Boykin to be hung out to dry for discussing
his views on spiritual warfare in a church.
Oath of Office
- Bush sent forces to attack a sovereign nation without a Declaration
of War, required by the Constitution, even though there was no imminent
threat of attack. Nor has he ever sought a Declaration of War.
- Bush campaigned in 2000 against the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance
bill, because it was not Constitutional. In office, knowing it violated
the Free Speech guarantees of the Constitution, Bush signed it anyway,
expecting the 7 Republican judges on the Supreme Court to overturn the
law. Whether they did or didn't (they let it stand), Bush blatantly
violated his oath of office by signing the bill.
- This year Bush has responded to people working around the campaign
finance law (loopholes we all knew they would find) by calling for further
restrictions on free speech.
- The number of unconstitutional programs that Bush has signed into
law or authorized in the budget is far too long to list. The most blatant
example is forcing taxpayers to pay for Seniors' prescription drugs,
estimated to cost first $400 billion, then over half a trillion, and
growing. There is no such authority in the Constitution.
- Remember how we fought over the National Endowment for the Arts in
the 80's? It's growing just fine under Bush, so we are forced to pay
for the continued trashing of our own values. Bush has passed record
spending, record deficits, and added debt that our descendents will
be paying off for generations.
- 1996 GOP Platform: "We recognize that under the American Constitutional
system, education is a state, local and family responsibility, not a
federal organization... The Republican Congress rightly opposed attempts
by the Department of Education to establish federal testing that would
set the stage for a national curriculum." Bush now approves over $60
billion annually for a known unconstitutional intrusion into education,
and he joined with Ted Kennedy to set national standards for schools
along with more spending than ever before.
- Bush supports the so-called Assault Weapons Ban, despite the clear
language of the 2nd Amendment.
- Bush's Patriot Act removes many of the protections of the Constitution
from law-abiding citizens. If the government decides you are a "terrorist,"
you lose your rights. No trial -- the government just decides you are
Defense of the Nation
- Bush has continued and expanded the use of women on the front lines
of combat. Thanks to him, our mothers, sisters, and daughters are now
being held hostage, blown up by RPGs, and cut down by AK-47s. The head
of Selective Service (Draft Agency) issued a statement in Feb. 04 that
Selective Service programs should be reworked to include women. Bush
has not fired him or made any public correction.
- Bush has continued the illegal Clinton policy of allowing homosexuals
to continue to serve in the military. The policy, I repeat, violates
the law, which says that homosexuality is not compatible with military
- Easiest, fastest, best thing to protect us would be to secure the
borders. Not only do they remain like Swiss cheese, no one has even
been disciplined for approving the obviously fraudulent paperwork to
allow the 9/11 hijackers in. Had the GOP Congress or Bush protected
our borders, 9/11 would not have happened.
- Instead of securing our borders, Bush has proposed an amnesty for
millions of illegal aliens (he won't call it that). This has resulted
in even more illegals trying to get in, and when caught they say they
are coming for the amnesty.
- The easiest, fastest, and best thing to do to secure airline travel
would be to arm the pilots. Congress passed a law allowing a small number
of pilots to carry guns, even though the vast majority of pilots want
to be armed. Transportation Safety Agency, under Bush's authority, has
stalled and made it almost impossible to qualify for the program, instead
taking our nail clippers and intrusively searching Grannies and moms
with toddlers to make sure there is no racial profiling.
Defense of Marriage
- A few words in a few speeches supporting Federal Marriage Amendment
(which is a bad idea but supposedly a test of whether one is against
gay marriage), after it was clear it wasn't going to pass. Contrast
Bush's tiny effort with his push to pass a Prescription Drugs bill.
After much arm-twisting and campaign of threats, including middle-of-the-night
calls by Bush, the GOP held open a vote for over 3 hours (unprecedented)
until Bush got what he wanted. It's clear when Bush wants something,
and it's also clear that Life and Marriage are not major concerns of
his or the GOP's.
- Even worse, a bill has been in Congress for years to remove the authority
of Federal courts to decide cases on the definition of marriage (the
Constitution explicitly gives this authority over the jurisdiction of
the Federal courts to Congress). This law would prevent a Federal court
from forcing other states to accept marriages from MA and WA. Where
is the great GOP effort in defense of marriage? The GOP and Bush are
- Remember that Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act in the
face of an opposing Congress.
Number one reason given as to why Bush is better than Kerry is that Bush
will appoint better judges. To believe this you must ignore history and
- Bush refuses to promise to nominate only pro-life judges. He nominated
pro-abortion judges as Governor of Texas.
- Bush actively supported the re-election of PA Senator Arlen Specter,
one of the 3 or 4 most liberal senators of either GOP or Dems on every
issue. Thanks to Bush's support, and the support of supposedly pro-life
PA Senator Rick Santorum, Specter beat a fairly conservative GOP Congressman,
Pat Toomey, by only 12,000 out of over a million votes in the GOP Primary.
Why is this important? Specter is in line to be the next Chairman of
the Senate Judiciary Committee, which approves Judicial nominations
before they are voted on by the full Senate. Specter got major name
recognition by being the first GOP Senator to oppose Robert Bork, nominated
by Reagan. Thanks to Specter's example, other GOP Senators joined to
vote down Bork. Bush actively tried (and will likely succeed) to ensure
that no pro-life, conservative nomination will get out of the Committee.
By the way, supporting Specter because he could win in PA is not a valid
excuse, since Santorum has won twice state-wide.
Counting on the GOP to give us good judges is literally insane. All of
the worst decisions in the last 40 years were by a US Supreme Court with
a GOP majority. These are the most egregious:
- Roe v. Wade (73): Court was 6 GOP, 3 Dems. 1 Dem was pro-life. 5 of
the 6 GOP judges voted to create a right to abortion in a 7-2 decision.
- Planned Parenthood v. Casey (92): Perfect case to overturn Roe. Came
after Reagan and Bush (43) had sent 5 Justices to the USSC. Court was
8 GOP and 1 pro-life Dem. Had Reagan/Bush even bothered to appoint 4
pro-life judges, Roe would have been overturned. Instead, 5 GOP judges
affirmed Roe (making it even harder to overturn) in a 5-4 decision.
- Stenberg v. Carhart (2000): Court found Constitutional right to kill
partially delivered babies in a 5-4 decision. Note: This case already
provides the Court's opinion on Partial Birth Abortion. Bush is supposedly
pro-life because he signed a law banning what the Court has already
said is a "right." Court was 7 GOP and 2 Dems. 3 GOP Justices voted
with Clinton's two appointees.
- Lawrence v. Texas (03): Court found Constitutional right to practice
sodomy. Court was 7 GOP and 2 Dems. 4 GOP Justices were on the 6-3 majority
in a decision widely viewed as a precursor to gay marriage also being
discovered to be a right. Justice Scalia's predictions were quickly
proven correct as Mass. Supreme Court declared exactly that, and a lawsuit
was filed in Utah to overturn anti-polygamy laws.
- McConnell v. FEC (03): Court decided that Congress can prohibit political
speech, despite the clear language of the First Amendment. You may recall
that pornography, nude dancing, and flag burning have been found by
the Supreme Court to be protected by that same Amendment. Court was
7 GOP and 2 Dems. 3 GOP Justices voted with Clinton's two appointees.
There is much more detail that can be offered. I've tried to concisely
put together the most important points about why we must put principle
over pragmatism when we vote. Pragmatism has failed miserably, and we
are much worse off as a nation than when conservatives elected Reagan
in 1980. How many more millions of abortions, how far along the homosexual
agenda will we go before you stop hoping the GOP will reform?
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