If You Don’t Vote, Then You Can’t Complain

This bears repeating: If you don’t vote, then you can’t complain.

What happens when people do not vote in elections? New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio happens. Only 24% of registered New York voters voted in the 2013 Mayoral election. Why didn’t Republicans vote for his opponent, Joe Lhota? Because they thought a DeBlasio landslide was inevitable. That’s pathetic.

In New Jersey, only 24% of registered New Jersey voters voted in the 2013 Senate special election, in which Cory Booker defeated Steve Lonegan.

Are you really not going to vote because you think a landslide is inevitable? A radical progressive, to the left of Fidel Castro, is now the Mayor of New York City and the former Mayor of Newark, one of the most crime ridden and corrupt cities in America, is now a Senator because of that thought process. This needs to change.

This brings me to a similar point. I often hear fellow conservatives say that they will not vote for a candidate who is not conservative enough and would rather stay home than vote for a RINO (Republican In Name Only). Let’s think about this. I admire people for standing up for their principles and I do think the country would be better off if we had more principled conservatives in Congress. However, a non vote is a vote for a Democrat. A vote for a third party candidate is a vote for a Democrat. Before you all yell at me and call me a RINO lover, hear me out.

The strategy of purging RINOs in the primary elections is an admirable one. I do think that we should all fight for the candidates we want at the primary level. But, if your conservative candidate loses the primary to a RINO, do not stay home in November. You may not be crazy about the McConnells, McCains and Grahams of the Congressional world, but you should still vote for them in the general election. Why, you ask? Two words: Harry Reid. Do you really want Harry Reid as the Senate Majority Leader again? This is the same person who called people who were adversely affected by Obamacare liars. On the House side, I have two more words for you: Nancy Pelosi. Are you going to stay home and hand the Speakership to a person who pushed Obamacare through and continues to defend it to this day? I certainly hope not.

If neither Harry Reid nor Nancy Pelosi are reason enough for you to vote for a less than ideal candidate, then remember that Democrats and Democrats only brought us Obamacare. Democrats only are celebrating the fact that more Americans have become unemployed as a result of this disastrous law. Democrats only want to tax us into oblivion while spending money we don’t have, leaving our children and grandchildren saddled with mountains of debt. Democrats only are using political correctness as a weapon against our First Amendment rights. Democrats only are defending the IRS’ abusive actions against Tea Party organizations. Democrats only are clamoring for the expansion of government power and the welfare state. Democrats only believe that minorities are too stupid to be able to get an ID so that they may vote. Democrats only have repeatedly lied to us and told us that if we liked our health care plan and our doctors that we could keep them. Democrats only have given President Obama a pat on the back for intervening militarily in Libya without Congressional approval. Democrats only are trying to take away your Second Amendment rights. Democrats only celebrated voter fraud by embracing Melowese Richardson.

If you still think that Democrat victories aren’t so bad, I urge you to take a trip to Detroit, a city that has been under Democrat control since 1962.

If you still decide to stay home and not vote because either you live in a blue state and think a Democrat victory is inevitable or because the Republican candidate isn’t conservative enough, and you don’t like the direction in which our country is headed, then you can’t complain. Most states are more conservative then you might think. If you would still prefer to not vote and to remain perpetually aggrieved, then consider joining the Democrat party.  There is no such thing as a perfect candidate, but there is such a thing as sitting back and refusing to participate in the voting process and allowing Democrats to further destroy our country. That is unforgivable.

8 thoughts on “If You Don’t Vote, Then You Can’t Complain

  1. I used to think like this. Now I realize that if you allow RINO’s to win that we only move slower in the direction we oppose. We also blur the distinction about where the blame should lie for the resulting train wreck. Better a Harry Reid who fails than RINO who fails slower allowing confusion over the difference between liberals and conservatives.

  2. The issues are so numerous we can not wait for the perfect candidate. In my opinion that is what brought Obama to power in that so many people were fooled into believing he was perfect for them.

  3. I’d agree if you only stated that those who don’t vote have no room to complain.

    But, to insinuate that conservative (or anyone for that matter) should “hold their noses” and choose the “lesser of two evils” does nothing but cheapen our vote.

    Cheapen what should be one of the most precious commodities held by a citizen of the United States.

    I find it hard to tout myself a conservative, and supporter of the form of government instilled by our Founding Fathers, yet be willing to vote for someone or something I don’t necessarily agree with.

    The people should speak, all of them, and we should be willing to live with the choice of the majority. I really believe it’s just that simple.

    To band together and vote in a manner simply geared towards insuring a loss for another point of view is unethical, in my opinion.

    And, likely the cause of many of the problems we’re facing today.

    As for the millions who stayed home in 2012…wouldn’t we be better served by figuring out why they stayed at home instead of blaming them for the outcome?

    1. I know, I kind of got off the subject there (no vote, no complaint) after reading other responses. Up until the last election, I did follow my heart when voting. But now, I’m more passionate about turning the country around (if that’s even possible at this point) and getting it out of the clutches of the Dems. Unfortunately, the only way I see to do that is to vote for the one most likely to succeed. As it stands, I don’t know of any independents who I’d feel passionately enough about to risk another Dem getting in. Basically, I’d have to be more passionate about the candidate, themselves, than I am about this country as a whole, and I don’t see that happening. I totally understand where you’re coming from though and I hate that it’s come to this for me. I’ve always been a strong believer in making a statement at all costs, but the cost is just too great right now IMO. I really think if we don’t win in 2016, there’s will be no hope for this country… It’ll be too far gone by 2020 and we’ll be way outnumbered by that point. Thanks for your input, though. Definitely food for thought…

  4. EXACTLY! I used to “make a statement” by voting for the person I most wanted in office. Then I realized it’s more important to vote AGAINST the person you most want OUT of office. Hate to admit it, but voting for an independent you know is unlikely to win is like throwing your vote away. Vote for the one most likely to win against the opposing party!!

  5. But, if your conservative candidate loses the primary to a RINO, do not stay home in November.

    Your sentiment is admirable, but let me turn it around:

    “If your RINO candidate loses the primary to a conservative, do not stay home in November. Also, do not run as an Independent to siphon off votes from the nominee. Nor will you support the Democrat opponent.”

    Those last two things have actually happened after the less conservative candidate lost in the primaries. Until such shenanigans cease, appeals to my sense of duty will fail. This has to work both ways. So far, it has only worked in one direction, and that direction is anti-conservative. You want to lecture someone? Lecture the RINO/establishment wing about their sins. If they decide to repent and play ball, fine. Until then, my desire to support them will remain at a low ebb.

  6. I completely agree, we can’t afford for one single voter to stay home. 4 million stayed home in 2012, that gave Obama the election. We can cherry pick and weed out RINOs when the opportunity presents itself

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