Richard Viguerie is a leader of the conservative movement and one of the pioneers of direct mail. Viguerie today penned an editorial at ConservativeHQ in which he chided “libertarians and constitutionalists” to not “delude” themselves into thinking they were not voting for Barack Obama.
Conservatives have more reason now to be optimistic than they have had in the past 50 years. The rise of the Tea Party, the election of small government constitutional conservative office holders, such as Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee, and presumably Ted Cruz, mean our agenda will have a new generation of effective and attractive advocates on the national stage, and most importantly, in Congress where they can actually legislate on that agenda.
The bad news is that many libertarians pride themselves on being destroyers, and when they lose a primary or otherwise don’t get their way, rather than cinching-up their belts and selling themselves and their ideas harder, they try to “teach” Republicans a lesson by causing them to lose.
This is a bad way to sell your ideas in the best of times, it is dangerous to the future of the country this election. Four more years of President Obama will take generations to undo – if the economic damage and institutionalization of a culture of dependency can be undone at all.
If you are a freedom-lover and a constitutionalist, don’t waste your vote on Gary Johnson or Virgil Goode. Join the movement to beat Obama, and however grudgingly, cast your vote for Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and the Republican candidates for Senate and Congress. There will be plenty of opportunities to advance the cause of constitutional government when Obama is gone, but very few if he stays.
This is a bit ironic, since Richard Viguerie has spoken at third party gatherings in the past (2007, Constitution Party National Committee Meeting) and has himself been a third party candidate for President. In 1976, Richard Viguerie sought the Presidental nomination of the American Independent Party, losing to former Georgia Governor Lester Maddox.