I've decided to toss in my two cents worth of thoughts on tomorrow's Presidential election.
Reading the many Objectivist, or related, editorials both for and against each major candidate, there are things I've just got to get off my chest about what is happening, or going to happen after the election.
I'm afraid of Bush, because he is sincere in his Christian belief. There is no doubt he is allowing religious people more access to the corridors of power than they have never had nor deserved, in our history.
There is only one result when people unite religion with state power, and it is not good. Neither for those who 'voted' for that alliance, nor the rest of us who oppose it, if it befalls us to do so. (Unless of course, we 'win' the argument and persuade American's to remember their secular heritage).
I have said for years, that the battleground for any future culture/society of freedom for the individual lies in applying and spreading Ayn Rand's epistemology as far and wide as each of us are capable of doing, in whatever 'reasoned' manner open to us. That truth will never change, as long as their is one human left of earth.
I am opposed to religious belief for myself because of its faulty mental mechanism of 'faith'. As human being's we are an integrated sum of matter and consciousness. Thought and action. The mind works a certain way, and only in that way. There are no shortcuts to knowledge. No 'mystic insight' to guide our way to a life fulfilled.
I am opposed to the unity of religion and state for the reason that, in a secular state, people who disagree are free to go about their life without interference from others who have differing views. A properly grounded secular state apparatus keeps all its citizens free from coercion. One need only look honestly toward the Middle East to see how theocracies deal with their own kind, let alone dissenter's. ( Remember Bush's father saying that atheists should not be considered citizens of the United States? I do.)
On top of all this danger, we have the twisted, useless philosophy of pragmatism, which dominates our culture today. I loathe a President (whomever that may be) who uses the language of freedom to sell-out those principles for short-sighted gains, which turn out to favor our enemies in the long run and destroy the American concept's of freedom, individualism, and capitalism in our fellow citizen's minds. A man who does this, as far as I'm concerned, is evil. I loathe a President who offers bold language, especially if it is morally correct language, to the world and then proceeds to undermine every aspect of his stance to 'balance competing pressure groups' and to appease our deadliest enemies.
As for The Left, when the Berlin Wall fell, so did all the leftist pet ideas of socialism, welfare-statism, communism. They are out of gas, and out of even remote civility toward anyone who differs from their hallowed, empty Ideal. John Kerry is the epitome of a Zero. Utterly and totally selfless, and, isn't that ugly. I just read a comment about "The Angry Left" and boy, isn't that the truth.
When you abandon reason, then do all in your power to destroy reason, logic dictates that 'anger' may be all you have left. Yet in today's typical fashion, do they blame themselves for their own sellout to the void? No. We won't see that from those empty skulls, not ever. Everything's now a 'conspiracy of the right' or Big Business buying off this or that legislation. Blah Blah Blah Blah.
Yet, I believe it will be easier to show the American people how bankrupt the Left is, by having them in power, than by having committed religious zealots running the show for four more years. We, as dedicated advocates of reason, of Objectivism, have a better chance, both short term and long, if Bush is out of power.
This is why, as disdainful as it is, I'm pulling the Kerry lever tomorrow morning.