Like what seems to be a growing number of people I am not happy with the way things have been going in Washington DC (and Austin) for quite some time now. In the past I have mostly voted straight Republican. I did this because I had more in common with the Republicans than the Democrats. I did it to keep the loony left from getting too much control. Finally, I did it because that is how gun owners are supposed to vote to prevent more useless gun control. There have been a few times that I voted for a good candidate of another party, or against a Republican I didn’t like. I also voted for Kinky Freidman in the last governors race because I didn’t want Rick Perry building that road to nowhere called the Trans-Texas Corridor. But for the most part I have voted Republican. No more. I am sick of seeing the Republicans either take part in screwing us or worse, doing nothing. I am not saying that they are all bad, but too many have lost their way or sold out. I would like to see Republicans who support less government, not just more conservative big government. That is one area where I agree with John McCain and one reason that I was able to vote for him. He realizes that spending is out of control in both parties. I also voted for John Cornyn, because except for the bailout vote he has done a fairly good job of voting responsibly. I also voted for him because I believe that a strong Democrat majority in congress is the last thing we need right now. I voted for my Republican state representative because he has done a good job. I voted Libertarian for every other race except those that were uncontested or only offered a choice between Democrat and Republican. I had to vote Democrat for county commissioner because the Republican is a jerk.
I believe that if it were not for the strength of the NRA many Republicans would have sold out gun owners long ago. I am tired of only being able to hold the status quo on gun rights. I don’t like the fact that my 2nd amendment rights currently hinge on one vote in the Supreme Court. One vote is all it would take to abolish the 2nd amendment in the Bill of Rights. I have decided that the best way to achieve a change is to support local third party candidates and to help build a base for future state and national elections. While I do not agree with everything the Libertarians support I refuse to continue to eat the same crap sandwich from the RNC year after year. So, I guess I will just have to “throw my vote away” until I can vote for someone instead of against their opponent.