Endorsing the War in Iraq

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I’ve
said over and over that voting for a Republican or Democrat will
be taken as an endorsement for all the big-government programs your
candidate voted for – no matter what reason you had for voting
for him.

You
may have thought you were voting to limit the damage – to prevent
the "greater of two evils" from being elected. But that
isn’t the way your vote will be interpreted.

Your
candidate will look at his victory and say, in effect, "The
public has endorsed my plan to ‘fix’ government schools with a new
government program. The voters have said they like my ideas to involve
government in prescription drugs. The people have spoken, and they
have endorsed every vote I’ve made in Congress and/or every new
government program I outlined in my campaign."

And
no endorsement you’ve ever given could be as disastrous as the vote
you cast last November, if you voted for George Bush. If you don’t
think your vote was taken as an endorsement of all the killing in
Iraq, just look at these statements from last Sunday’s
Washington Post interview
:

THE
POST: In Iraq, there’s been a steady stream of surprises. We
weren’t welcomed as liberators, as Vice President Cheney had
talked about. We haven’t found the weapons of mass destruction
as predicted. The postwar process hasn’t gone as well as some
had hoped. Why hasn’t anyone been held accountable, either through
firings or demotions, for what some people see as mistakes or
misjudgments?

THE
PRESIDENT: Well, we had an accountability moment, and that’s
called the 2004 election. And the American people listened to
different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq,
and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me, for which
I’m grateful.

Remember
this the next time you’re tempted to vote for anyone who doesn’t
present a specific, detailed plan to reduce government dramatically.

January
21, 2005

Harry Browne [send
him mail
], the author of Why
Government Doesn’t Work

and many other books, was the Libertarian presidential candidate
in 1996 and 2000. See his website.

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