Don’t forget the other elections

Michelle Malkin  urges conservatives to get “fired up” for the election.  OK, there may not be a conservative-enough presidential candidate.  But she usefully reminds us that the presidency is not the only office at stake in this election.  In order to build up conservatism again, it will be necessary to elect a promising new generation of conservative congressmen, governors, and–perhaps most importantly in rebuilding the conservative infrastructure–local officials.She makes a good point.  We do tend to over-emphasize the presidency at the expense of all of the other offices.  The lesson is that conservatives should not retreat to our attics and not even vote on election day.  There will be plenty of other conservatives to vote for.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    “The lesson is that conservatives should not retreat to our attics and not even vote on election day. ”

    You hear that, Ma? Now put down yer shotgun!

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    “The lesson is that conservatives should not retreat to our attics and not even vote on election day. ”

    You hear that, Ma? Now put down yer shotgun!

  • Another Kerner

    Retreat is not an option.

    I hear and will heed.

  • Another Kerner

    Retreat is not an option.

    I hear and will heed.

  • organshoes

    Doesn’t mean one need leave a checkmark at each office, however. Un-checking is an option, and is not retreat.
    Actually, I wouldn’t be so bold as to publicly state how I would or did vote. I always liked my father’s answer, when pollsters would call him and ask how he planned to vote.
    ‘By secret ballot,’ he’d answer.

  • organshoes

    Doesn’t mean one need leave a checkmark at each office, however. Un-checking is an option, and is not retreat.
    Actually, I wouldn’t be so bold as to publicly state how I would or did vote. I always liked my father’s answer, when pollsters would call him and ask how he planned to vote.
    ‘By secret ballot,’ he’d answer.

  • Don S

    I’ve made this point before, but I will make it again. Besides all the down-ticket offices, we need to be mindful that several hundred federal judges will be appointed by the next president. Since our country is presently ruled by judges (unfortunately), it is perhaps most important to ensure that the next president is one who will be most likely to appoint judges having conservative sentiments.

  • Don S

    I’ve made this point before, but I will make it again. Besides all the down-ticket offices, we need to be mindful that several hundred federal judges will be appointed by the next president. Since our country is presently ruled by judges (unfortunately), it is perhaps most important to ensure that the next president is one who will be most likely to appoint judges having conservative sentiments.

  • Another Kerner

    Perhaps we could move the discourse a little and discuss whether or not it is possible to sin when casting a vote?

    If the positive side of the seventh commandment tells us we are to do everything we can to help our neighbor to prosper: and if it is possible to steal more than a man’s purse…….. and because it is possible to steal the birthright of freedom guaranteed to our ourselves and neighbors in the US Constitution,

    Is it then possible to make a choice in the polling booth which would help the hands of potential office holders who would be destructive to those freedoms?

    Or:

    Is it then possible to make a choice when voting which will aid the hands of the potential office holders who would continue the murder of the unborn?

    Just asking?

  • Another Kerner

    Perhaps we could move the discourse a little and discuss whether or not it is possible to sin when casting a vote?

    If the positive side of the seventh commandment tells us we are to do everything we can to help our neighbor to prosper: and if it is possible to steal more than a man’s purse…….. and because it is possible to steal the birthright of freedom guaranteed to our ourselves and neighbors in the US Constitution,

    Is it then possible to make a choice in the polling booth which would help the hands of potential office holders who would be destructive to those freedoms?

    Or:

    Is it then possible to make a choice when voting which will aid the hands of the potential office holders who would continue the murder of the unborn?

    Just asking?

  • Another Kerner

    A little political aside to my own #5.

    “When we rob Peter to pay Paul, we can depend on the support of Paul.”

  • Another Kerner

    A little political aside to my own #5.

    “When we rob Peter to pay Paul, we can depend on the support of Paul.”