Saturday, March 18, 2006

Why I won't be voting for Bob Casey

Bob Casey is a pro-life democrat and the Democratic party's choice of him to run against Rick Santorum represents all that I think is wrong with the Democratic party. They keep thinking that if they just move a little more to the right, they'll get more votes and win. No! No! No! You get more votes by standing up for what you believe in, not polishing your image based on poll numbers and market research. The Dems are supposed to be the pro-choice party. They are supposed to help those who cannot help themselves. They are supposed to protect people from the expansive powers of the government. Increasingly, though, I can't tell the difference between the Dems and the Republicans.

Unfortunately, primaries are not well attended. My vote for either Alan Sandals or Chuck Pennacchio probably won't mean a thing. My little local committee has already made up their minds. However, I'm not going along with them. I was having a conversation with a friend of mine at work who happens to live near me too. He said he's never felt welcome at any of the local democratic meetings. He described a meeting in which all discussion was shut down by a local politician. Hello? Anyone heard of a democracy? Last I checked, it was all about open discourse. I'm tired of these committees thinking that they know best and that they can determine who we should vote for and what we should think. I'm not wearing any "I'm pro-choice and pro-Casey" buttons. I'm not gonna stand by and let them try to enforce some kind of weird group think. And I'm tired of people telling me not to vote for someone because they won't win. WTF?! Of course they won't if you keep telling people not to vote for them.

This post was inspired in part by PZ's defeatist post. I know how he feels and I'm trying to find a way to do something about it. I encourage you all to see who's running in your primaries for Senate and House positions. Vote for who you believe in, not who you think will win. Otherwise, we really are defeated.