Michael Farris is the founder of the Home School Legal Defense Fund, Patrick Henry College, and The Madison Project PAC. The Home School Legal Defense Fund is an organization which represents home schooling students and parents in federal and state courts. Patrick Henry College is a liberal arts university in Virginia with 400+ enrolled students each year. The Madison Project PAC has raised over 880k in each of the last three two-year election cycles. Farris on Facebook released a statement on Facebook suggesting conservatives vote for Goode if Romney does not pick a sufficiently conservative Vice Presidential running-mate.
Update on my thoughts about the Presidential Election.
Trying on deciding what to do in November is probably the most difficult political decision most of us will ever be required to make—at least that is the way I look at it, and I have paid serious attention to every presidential election since 1960 (and have involved in some leadership role since 1980).
We have a choice between a very liberal Republican (taking the low water mark of all of his ebbs and flows) and a very dangerous socialist. All other choices are unrealistic.
If anyone wants to cast a protest vote for someone based on the best platform overall—then Virgil Goode from the Constitution Party deserves very close attention.
Obviously, Obama is not a choice that is acceptable for anyone who holds traditional views of morality and freedom. So, the choice is this: Vote for Romney or vote in some form of a protest.
For me personally, I have an issue on two fronts—what do I do as a voter and what do I do as a leader?
I can tell you one thing for sure. As a leader, I will not endorse either Obama or Romney. For me to endorse someone, I am essentially saying: I have checked on their record and their character and it meets a certain level of fidelity that I am willing to certify to those who respect my opinion. There is no way that I will be able to endorse Mitt Romney in light of his history of flip flops (especially on abortion and homosexual issues), changing his story about his flip flops, and utterly lacking a principled center for decision making.
For me to say that I will not endorse Romney is not the same as saying that I will not vote for him. On that front, I am truly undecided.
Where I am right now on voting is this: I am leaning toward thinking like the NRA.
The NRA has a single calculus for its political activity. If you are for Second Amendment freedom, then you get the NRA vote. If you are against Second Amendment freedom, then you don’t.
Last week, for the very first time, the Romney campaign sent me an inquiry. This is the first time—ever—either in 2008 or 2012. Romney has never seemed particularly interested in the homeschool vote.
I told the person who contacted me that there were two huge issues that I would want to see addressed: the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Parental Rights Amendment. I want to know where Romney stands on those issues.
I promised the Romney contact that we would at least communicate the candidate’s position on those two issues to our membership—even though I did not hold out any prospect of an endorsement. I think that homeschoolers and friends would be very interested to know what Romney says on those issues.
It is especially important to hear how he communicates those issues. Do we get a private letter? Does he make a public statement? Does he make these issues a regular part of his speeches?
The more vocal he is about these issues, the more firm the commitment becomes—and with Romney firmness in a commitment is always a very significant issue that has to be nailed down.
So my view for now is this: If Romney makes a firm commitment to pursue the issues that are the most important to me—passing the Parental Rights Amendment and defeating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child—then I will consider voting for him. If he won’t, then …well…let me just say Virgil Goode is a really nice guy.
In the resulting comments on his Facebook page, Farris told commenters that he thought voting for Virgil Goode was much better than abstaining from voting altogether.