Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Post PA Primary Election Thoughts

Have you seen the results? Some voters did not know that there were 3 Republican presidential candidates in the ballot.

John McCain got 72.7% without campaigning. In fact, we didn't even get a single yard sign from his campaign.

Ron Paul had 15.9% of the votes. He came to campaign and poured a lot of money up to the last minute. His radio ads and rows of yard signs kept his supporters pushing as if waging a close race.

Mike Huckabee collected an amazing 11.4% votes considering that he kept his word and exited honorably and at just the right time.

Based on the stories I've gathered, a number of conservative Republicans stayed home un-enamored with the "presumptive" nominee and under-enthused by the direction the party is going. I can believe that, based on how the returns by precint were coming.

Operation Chaos was also at play from among Rush Limbaugh listeners. In my county alone, some 5,000 voters have switched their party affiliation. Undeniably, this is also a race and gender motivated election.

One thing missed by those who stayed home biting their fingers, and those who voted with scheme or compromise in mind -- is voting for some lower and more local legislative positions. Pardon me if I sound consternating but although certain candidates may be unopposed during primary, a number of faith-filled and courageous candidates run very challenging races. To top it off, not to be undermined but not widely publicized candidates include Party Committee members who were also on the ballot; as well as delegates and alternate delegates to the convention. These are unpaid positions but motivated members who can greatly determine the course of the election process.

Anyway, if you like numbers, here's a link to the figures of the state of the State of Pensylvania voters for whatever it's worth: http://www.dos.state.pa.us/elections/lib/elections/055_voter_registration_statistics/currentstats/currentvotestats.xls

Let me close with a favorite Reagan quote: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. It must be fought for, protected, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." I sense no hint of passivity, apathy or cynicism there.

Let us go on to November 4 with courage, hope and integrity.