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On Democracy and Endorsements

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By Alex Couch
 
My decicion on who I should endorsement for president is a hard one for a few reasons. First, I do not believe in popular elections for president. The constitution does not say anything about popular elections for presidents and despite widespread misunderstanding, democratic elections are not how we currently choose presidents even today. (Please see article II section I of the constitution.)  The constitution only mentions that Electors vote for President; it mentions nothing about popular vote.  It leaves it up to the states to decide how Electors are chosen, but nowhere is their an indication that Electors would be tied to specific candidates, as they are today. 
 
 For the record, I have a small amount of distrust and a disdain for democracy.  I think all governments should have a small powerful aspect of democracy in it and in America, we have the House of Representatives. The role of the House was to represent the people. Because of the obsession and misunderstanding of democracy, America has democratized everything.  (As a sidenote, I blame America’s obsession with democracy on Andrew Jackson.  Although I have a certain amount of respect for Jackson’s policies and character, I can never forgive him for this.)  Both the president and the Senate are not supposed to represent the people. Democracy is not always most conducive for accomplishing tasks. Furthermore, I believe that many of the problems in Washington stem from over democratization. I plan to go into this more in the future, but for the sake of this post, I do not believe that mine or anyone else’s endorsement should matter for president to anyone besides those chosen by the states to elect our president.  However, overtime the popular vote in each state has become to mean something. So for now I will play the game until that day when the mistake of popular elections for president are eradicated. 
 
I understand that this view is historically ultra-conservative. On this and some other views, I am a pretty conservative guy. On other issues, I am pretty liberal. This is the second reason why choosing a candidate is tough. No candidate represents my beliefs. All of the candidates are populists. So I am forced to choose the cleanest dirty shirt.
 
The third and final reason that makes my decision so hard is that I am a practical realist. I do no want to waste my vote or endorsement.
 
I am going to list the things that are important in choosing my candidate and then list who best supports each aspect. Then I will look at my list and decide who I will endorse. Before I begin, let me first make 3 quick side notes. First, while I write this post, I have not yet decided who I am choosing. I am using this exercise to help in my decision. Secondly, I am going to choose only among those who have declared they are running.  Thirdly, I cannot support someone who has the same spirit as a serial killer.
 
The Important Issues
 
Abortion
Immigration
Fiscal Policy
Gay Marriage
Health Care
 
One these particular issues, I support Huntsman’s position.
 
Electability and Fundraising – Romney
Integrity and Honesty – Paul
Gut Instinct – Cain
Most Political Experience – Huntsman
 
For now, (only because Jake forcing to make a decision) and based on that list, I am endorsing Huntsman. However, among the four candidates I mentioned, I am willing to vote for any of them.

Written by Jake Phillips

June 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

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An Endorsement of Jon Huntsman

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By Jake Phillips

 

I am starting off our series for the week.  During the week, Jesse, Joey, Alex and I will endorse a particular Republican nominee for president.  The goal for our Republican readers is to perhaps give you an issue or two to think about as you decide who to vote for in the primaries.  For our non-Republican readers, the goal is to cause you to hate all the Republican nominees even more than you do.  Just kidding.  Sort of.  On Friday (hopefully) we’ll conclude with something somewhat related; James will be posting about the origins of the hip-hop movement. 

 

To begin our Presidential Endorsement Week, I hereby throw all of my political clout behind Jon Huntsman!!!! (With my endorsement, I guess the Republican party might as well just give him the nomination now.  It’ll save everybody a lot of money.)

 

There are many reasons why I am supporting Jon Huntsman.  To start, let me give a one-comment reason why I’m not supporting anyone else.  This isn’t to make anyone angry.  And it isn’t fair.  But here goes.

 

Ron Paul: Too crazy, his view on prostitution and cocaine is anti-intellectual, and he can’t win.

Rick Santorum: He might as well call himself “Generic Republican Nominee For President.  Do Not Actually Vote For Me.  I Don’t Even Want to Be President.”  Of course, that would be a really long name.

Michelle Bachmann: A less dangerous, smarter Sarah Palin.  Which is kind of like being a less dangerous, smarter Ron Artest.  Also, her ideas on taxation and her social understanding is entirely too simplistic.

Mitt Romney: I don’t trust him on pro-life issues, and, like Ezra Klein, I don’t believe in Powerpoint Presidents.

Tim Pawlentry: Would like him better if he was a true populists.

 

Everyone else is too boring and unrealistic to even offer a reason to not support them.  Thus, I will get to my reasons for endorsing Huntsman.

 

First, I was extremely impressed that he’s made the importance of local politics a focal point of his campaign.  My opinion is that there are many great ideas in government that are ruined by the administration of the federal government.  For instance, welfare is such a good idea.  However, the federal government’s administration of welfare is ruining what is actually a good idea.  The idea of public healthcare is such a good idea, if run at a local level.  And so on and so forth.  Therefore, to hear a candidate make a big deal out of local politics, certainly a bigger deal than any recent candidate, made me happy.

 

Secondly, in an Republican era of loyalty litmus tests being administered, an era where every candidate must prove that they will never even have dreams about raising taxes, it is refreshing to see an unapologetically moderate candidate.  US politics at a national level are necessarily moderate.  It is the nature of the way that our country was founded.  Extremism is basically impossible, and Almost Extremism is extremely difficult, and somewhat counterproductive, since every overreach in American politics has had a subsequent backlash.  Given those facts, a moderate, but staunchly pro-life, candidate is what I think is absolutely necessary.  Common, voting, republicans should consider the following; would you rather have a very conservative president in 2012, with a liberal backlash in 2014, or a somewhat conservative president in 2012, and keep the current congressional status-quo in 2014? Do you think liberals were happier in 1998 or in 2010?  The answer to that rhetorical question is another feather in my cap :). 

 

There is more that I could say.  It is extremely important to me that he is staunchly pro-life, unlike some other moderate candidates from past years (I’m looking at you, Rudy Guiliani.)  His foreign policy credentials and experience is important, as is his willingness to defend that position, even if he was appointed by Obama.  (For those who criticize him for this, see previous paragraph about Almost Extremism.)  It says something that several media outlets has reported overhearing Obama’s inner circle as being more afraid of campaigning against Huntsman than any other potential candidate.  Even liberal political analysts have noted the lack of vitriol and personal criticisms coming from Huntsman’s campaign, which distinguishes him from all other candidates, including Obama (who, let’s be honest, is, generously, 50/50 President/Candidate at this point.)  It is refreshing to see someone be more of a Campaigner than Critic and Character Assassin.  Part of the reason that everyone was so excited about Obama in 2008 was his message of Hope and Change, and not getting sucked into the Beltway Establishment.  The poorly-kept secret, however, was that his campaign was more negative than McCain’s, and almost as negative as the legendary Bush/Kerry campaigns.  Someone who actually avoided potshots and overly-negative campaigning, as Huntsman has done (and been noted for doing so), would be, as I said previously, refreshing.

 

The most successful, historically-angelic presidents in our history have been moderate.  (See Lincoln, Truman, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower etc.)  There is a reason for this.  Progressive and conservative presidents often have a difficult time governing, no matter the purity of their ideology.  (See JFK and Richard Nixon.  Try to pretend for 5 minutes that Nixon wasn’t a jerk and a criminal, and remember only that he was probably the most brilliant ((intellectually speaking)) president that we’ve had.) The lone exception to these cases were Reagan and FDR, which only proves that if your a phenomonal leader, how extreme your ideas are matters less, historically speaking.  All of this to say, vote for Bachmann at your own risk.  Vote for the new-and-improved Romney at your own risk.  Getting a party-line conservative into the Oval Office is often counterproductive. 

For all of these reasons, and some others, I am happy to endorse Jon Huntsman.  For now.  Even though I’m a registered Independent.

Written by Jake Phillips

June 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm