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    The Lesser of Two Evils Is No Longer Lesser

    Published: Friday, September 12, 2003

    Those who believe electing Republicans is going to make a significant difference in the direction of the country need to open their eyes to what Republicans are actually doing.

    Consider the courageous stand of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore to resist a tyrannical and unconstitutional order from a federal judge to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building. Instead of supporting the brave Chief Justice, Republican leaders in his state betrayed Roy Moore, ignored the U.S. and Alabama constitutions, and threw their support behind the federal judge.

    It was a Republican governor and a Republican attorney general who abandoned Judge Moore. Seven of the eight Alabama Supreme Court justices who voted to suspend Judge Moore were elected as Republicans. Beyond the state of Alabama, two of the judges of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals which ruled against Judge Moore were Republicans.

    Furthermore, President G.W. Bush's chief consultant and campaign manager, Karl Rove, was also campaign consultant to Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor. Rove was also a campaign consultant to the Alabama lawyer whom Roy Moore defeated in the race for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Do you not see a pattern here?

    It was also the Republican governor of Alabama Bob Riley who promoted a huge billion dollar tax increase for his state. Unfortunately, this kind of chicanery and skullduggery is the norm, not the exception, for the Republican Party.

    Recently, a Washington Post report said, "The era of big government, if it ever went away, has returned full-throttle under President Bush.

    "A report released by the Brookings Institution think tank and New York University said the 'true size' of the federal work force, which includes employees for federal contractors and grant recipients, grew by more than one million, to 12.1 million, from October 1999 to October 2002."

    In fact, G.W. Bush and his fellow Republicans in Congress have become the biggest spenders in Washington, D.C., since the Johnson administration. Furthermore, their efforts regarding constitutional government, individual freedom, and family issues are not any better.

    The Patriot Act pushed through by President Bush and congressional leaders just might be the most egregious example of Orwellian-style government in U.S. history. Its abridgements against constitutional restrictions to federal encroachments of personal freedom rival anything that emanates from any communist country.

    We are also watching Republicans around the country fawning over the candidacy of Arnold Schwarzenegger for California governor, even though Schwarzenegger is pro-abortion, pro-gay rights, pro-gun control, and pro-illegal immigration. All that seems to matter is that he has an "R" behind his name. His commitment to the Constitution and to conservative principles means nothing!

    The sellout by Republicans at both the state and national levels cannot be ignored or defended! They need to be seen for what they are: traitors to the cause they claim to represent! As such, they are more dangerous to the future of America than are Democrats. A Benedict Arnold is infinitely more dangerous than a General Cornwallis. One is dressed in a devil's suit and attacks you from the front; the other one wears angel wings, then stabs you in the back.

    If Republicans in a state such as Alabama cannot muster the courage to stand with a patriot such as Judge Roy Moore, how can we expect Republicans in the less conservative areas to do any better? The answer is, we can't and shouldn't.

    The time has come for conservatives to abandon the Republican Party and to start supporting principled candidates from parties such as the Constitution Party, because the lesser of two evils is no longer lesser.

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