The Wisconsin primary is in five days.
To some, mainly Republicans, it might seem pointless to go out to the polls on Tuesday because Sen. John McCain has such a large lead over the other GOP candidates for president. Well, Wisconsin, nothing is decided yet. Sure, it might seem like there�s no question that Mr. McCain will get the nomination, but judging by the audience reactions I saw in Washington, D.C., this past weekend, he�s sure got to prove that he deserves it. No offense, but not voting because you think that the nomination is already locked up would be stupid.
November�s election is going to be one of the closest elections this country has ever seen, and it�s vitally important that every single American who has an opinion be heard. Equally as important is understanding what is at stake for the Republican Party. There are a great number of conservatives, Ann Coulter included, who have vowed not to vote for Sen. John McCain and will vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton instead. As much as I�m sure Ms. Clinton appreciates Ms. Coulter�s endorsement (Coulter now refers to Clinton as �my girl Hillary�), I don�t think people with this mentality really comprehend how essential it is to have a quality, electable candidate on the Republican ticket. Just think about some of the upcoming issues for a second.
This is turning into an even bigger issue than many of us thought it would be. If Ms. Clinton is elected to the White House come November, we move to a single-payer health care system, and that means we�re one step closer to socialism. Republicans want to cut health care costs for the individual by giving choices, not mandating insanely priced care packages for everyone. On the other hand, if you want to be forced to pull your own teeth because you�ve got a cavity and can�t get in to see an overworked, underpaid dentist under the Democrats� plan, by all means, vote for Ms. Clinton. �
The Democrats want to cut our nation�s losses and leave ASAP. Now, I want our loved ones to come home safe just as much as the next person, but I don�t want our loved ones lost to have died for nothing, either. If we pull out now, like Sen. Barack Obama wants us to, we leave an already weak region of the Middle East open to chaos and anarchy. Then, the same Americans who said we should get out are going to be the ones telling us we should go back and fix the problem, and we�ll go back to an even more dangerous place where it will take even longer to repair the region. So if you want to see your loved ones drafted to go finish a war that you demanded we pull out of, by all means, vote for Mr. Obama. �
The Supreme Court
In the term of the next president, we are going to lose three justices on the Supreme Court. If for no other reason, this should be the one thing that Republicans focus on when choosing a candidate. Two of the three justices that are going to be leaving are very liberal ones. Some would argue that even Sen. McCain wouldn�t elect the most conservative justices. Let me tell you, I�d be happy to have another John Roberts over a Ruth Bader Ginsberg any day.
If I had to speculate, I�d say that in the next few years there are going to be some highly valuable opinions coming down from the Supreme Court � hopefully, including an overturn of Roe v. Wade. I�d like to have a president who appoints justices to make this possible. If you disagree and want the U.S. to continue to legislate from the bench and ignore the 10th Amendment, then, by all means, vote for a Democrat. (For all those Democrats who don�t know or seem to conveniently forget, the 10th Amendment says, �The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.�)
Republicans voting for Democrats in the primaries to make a point doesn�t work either. A few years back, there was this crazy liberal candidate that was running for local office who was so radical not even Dane County would elect him. Republicans voted for him in an effort to try to screw things up for the Democrats. We can thank ourselves for the man who later turned out to be Gov. Jim Doyle. Primaries are no joke.
When it comes down to it, there are multiple sides to every issue. When you vote, think about the issues that really matter. Do not vote for a candidate just because you don�t agree with him or her on one issue. Think of what is best in the long run � for the people, for the country, for the world. Then go out and cast your vote in the primary on Tuesday. �
Sara Mikolajczak (WisconsinCRs@gmail.com) is chair of the College Republicans.