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An Advanced Auction on the Sale of Stolen Goods

Tomorrow is Election Day, or as H.L. Mencken once described the process, “An advanced auction on the sale of stolen goods”.  My wife has been bugging me for some time to urge people who listen to my podcast to go out and vote on Election Day. I think she’s prepared to blame me if there are any close races, either for the House, Senate or even for Governor that end up going to the Democrats – if I do not urge my listeners to vote against that wave, somehow it will be my fault. So I urge all of the people who listen to my podcasts to actually go out and vote this Tuesday on Election Day.

Lesser of Two Evils

In most cases, our votes are not even going to matter. In fact in most cases it is a matter of voting between the lesser of two evils. Even though the lesser of two evils is still evil, it is “lesser”, and when it comes to evil, I guess lesser is better. In some cases there are actually some good candidates who are running. Sometimes, however, when good candidates actually get elected and get into the cesspool that is Washington, D.C., a lot of the values that led them into politics go out the window if they want to stay there. You  can have good intentions when you get to Washington, you can be principled, and you can say, “I’m going there to make the country a better place” but ultimately once you get there, everything changes.

Politics Ahead of Principle

In fact, when it comes to elections, and politics, the worst candidate usually wins.  If you are a candidate or an elected official, and you are making decisions that are economically sound, and that are in the best interest of the nation or your constituency, and if your opponent is making decisions based on politics, which are likely to result in a larger number of votes, Which decisions are likely to land me money from special interests?  If you’re campaigning on principle, and your opponent is a practical politician, who’s going to win? Even if you win a few elections, you’re eventually going to lose. And the politicians who are i office the longest, are most successful at putting politics ahead of principle.