By Karen Kwiatkowski
WorldNetDaily speaks for many conservatives across the country.
Managing editor David Kupelian is concerned that those who support limited government may believe that Romney is too progressive, and won't vote for him. Some may stay home. Others may cast their vote for former Republicans, Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party or Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party. Still others may write in "Jesus" or "God" or "Ron Paul." I can't speak for Jesus or God, but Ron Paul is also a Republican.
These voters have debated amongst themselves, their families and their friends as to whether "the lesser of two evils is still evil." If they have decided on that basis not to vote for Romney, it is because, according to Kupelian, they have fallen into a trap.
Kupelian argues that Obama has been the most catastrophic president in history, who almost destroyed the United States in four years, and will complete the job in the next four. Thus, the choice is night and day: save the country with a Romney vote, or express your conservative opinion in some other way and be a party to the final destruction of the country.
He goes on to explain why the lesser of two evils is not always evil by recalling the founding father's struggle with and eventual compromise on slavery - a divisive and conflicted issue in 1787, not only in the American Colonies but throughout the English empire and Europe.
As a conservative, I suspect Kupelian is treading on thin ice with this argument to conservatives. As our political adversaries across the aisle will agree, conservatives do tend to see the world in terms of right or wrong, and good or bad.
As a conservative, I find Kupelian's hysteria about the damage that Obama has done in the past four years to be overstated, at least in a historical context. True, the budget deficit and federal debt under Obama have set insane new records for waste and borrowing - but spending and borrowing are constitutionally controlled by the House of Representatives, not the president. The House is, and will remain, Republican-led. In terms of the most catastrophic and constitutionally dangerous presidents ever, we should certainly place Woodrow Wilson, FDR and LBJ ahead of Obama. We'd have to include Nixon for a monetary policy that unleashed the ability of the federal government to spend and borrow, and for his costly and ineffective federal "war on drugs." We'd certainly include George W. Bush for thoughtlessly and rapidly creating the costly and ineffective Department of Homeland Security just over a decade ago.
The founders designed the presidency to be constrained and limited. They hoped our president would never become an all-powerful king. As a conservative, I do see evil in our government. But that evil is not Obama nor is it Romney. The trap is not found in a "lesser of two evils" argument. The evil trap is the anti-Republican idea that every four years we must vote for, and then quietly tolerate, a kingly, all-powerful president.
Karen Kwiatkowski is a retired Air Force Lt Colonel, a farmer, a part time professor, and a conservative. She writes from the southwestern edge of Shenandoah County.