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Revealing Despair and Disillusionment as our Greatest Enemy
(or, as the macho call it, the yella-bellies).

(Essay dated Spring 1996; updated slightly, 08 Oct 97)

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"If there are no candidates that are 100% Pro-Life, then I will cast a write-in vote for Mickey Mouse."

Those who won't vote for a mixed-record candidate are throwing away a chance to support life. Purist, pro-life voters fail to take in all perspectives.

For example, there's the back-door perspective. Even though a mixed-record candidate may be directly pro-choice, he can still be indirectly pro-life.

A prime example was San Jose's race between Estruth and Campbell. Estruth is a radical pro-choice liberal. Campbell is pro-choice, social liberal, too, but he is also a fiscal conservative.

The reason a vote for Campbell was pro-life was partly because Campbell was the lesser of two evils, but it's mostly because Campbell was more likely to oppose pro-abortion measures such as taxpayer-funded abortions, Goals 2000, forced abortion training in med schools, and financial support of forced abortions in China through sponsorship of UN population control programs. As a member of the Republican team, he's also more likely to support bills containing minor pro-life provisions.

Another perspective is the overview. One candidate does not make or break a bill. It takes a whole legislature. In the case of Estruth vs. Campbell, what matters is what Congress' score would be with each man seated, not what the scores are for the individuals.

The distribution of people along the spectrum, with feminazis like Hillary and Bella Abzug at the extreme left, and their counterparts, the abortionist-killers, at the extreme right, is a Bell curve. The objective is to pull that curve to the right. Throwing away your vote lets those on the left move the curve in their direction.

If you've never studied statistics, look at it this way. Politics is not decided by individual voters or even by individual Representatives or Senators. Politics is decided by trends. Your vote can strengthen your side or weaken the other side. But please don't weaken your own side by throwing your vote away!

One last perspective, from the base of the cliff. If we allow the Estruths to defeat the Campbells, it's going to be more difficult for the Dornans and the Gramms to overcome the Gepharts and the Feinsteins.

Please, don't throw away a chance to indirectly support the right to life, to influence the whole, and to weaken the opposition.

"No class or group or party in Germany could escape its share of responsibility for the abandonment of the democratic Republic and the advent of Adolf Hitler. The cardinal error of the Germans who opposed Nazism was their failure to unite against it. ....the 63% of the German people who expressed their opposition to Hitler were much too divided and shortsighted to combine against a common danger which they must have known would overwhelm them unless they united, HOWEVER TEMPORARY, to stamp it out."

- William L. Shirer, The rise and fall of the Third Reich, page 259

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