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Grants Pass




By Lee Duigon
October 11, 2012

In the wake of the “president’s” abject failure in his debate last week with Governor Romney, our nation plunged into an orgy of excuse-making.

First it was the news-suppressing media trying to explain why their guy came off as a fumfering lackwit. It was the altitude, they said. Romney cheated. The moderator didn’t do his job. My favorite was, “Our Dear Leader is a genius! He’s so smart, he just can’t communicate with lesser intellects.” So next time you hear some poor tongue-tied booby going “uh-uh-er-um,” you’ll know he’s simply too brilliant to utter a coherent thought.

Next came the pundits with their excuses for supporting the guy. A savant from one of my local newspapers spent a good hour on the radio analyzing the president’s complete lack of qualifications to hold any kind of leadership position whatsoever, and then offered this gem: “I had to vote for him in 2008 because I was afraid of Sarah Palin.” The imbecility of that remark speaks for itself.

I have been collecting excuses offered by various people for not voting for Romney. In case of a close election, these folks, if they stick to their guns, will be responsible for giving the Empty Chair and his merry band of czars four more years to trash the country. Here are some of their favorite alibis.

“There’s no righteous candidate in the race, so I won’t vote at all.”

Self-righteousness is heady stuff, isn’t it? But think it through. If all the righteous citizens refrain from voting, then the unrighteous will decide who rules over the righteous. Does that strike anyone as a desirable state of affairs? When Christians in Egypt try to vote in an election, they get shot at. Maybe some of you ought to trade places with them.

I don’t know who’s righteous. But I’m pretty sure America’s current problems weren’t caused by righteous persons voting.

“I’m not voting because there’s no difference between Republicans and Democrats. They’re exactly the same!”

This is pure ignorance. It wasn’t Republicans who booed God at their national convention. Not one Republican in Congress voted for Obamacare. It’s true that something seems to go wrong with some Republicans the moment they set foot in Washington. That’s why we have the TEA Party. Their mission is to sink Republicans who act like Democrats.

When it comes to the very deep differences between millions of ordinary Republicans and millions of ordinary Democrats, only the most solid ignorance, backed up by a lazy and prejudiced mind, will refuse to see those differences.

“They’re not fooling me! I’m gonna vote third-party!”

Ignorance strikes again—in this case, ignorance as to how a president is elected. In 1992 Ross Perot raked in 18.9% of the vote, the second-highest total ever for a third-party candidate. Perot’s success boosted Bill Clinton into the White House for eight years.

Presidents are not elected by popular vote, but by electoral votes. Perot received zero electoral votes. No third-party candidate has received a single electoral vote since 1948. Perot got as many electoral votes as Batman. He got as many as each and every person who wasted a vote on him.

“It doesn’t matter how I vote, because the globalist puppet-masters control all the candidates in all the elections.”

This is the politics of radical despair, not to mention fantasy. Those who embrace it feel superior to us poor schlubs who vote. Their vision of futility absolves them of all responsibility as citizens. Wherever they turn, the Bilderburgers, the Rothschilds, the Illuminati, or the Lizard People got there first and rigged the game.

Then again, maybe that’s how the Lizard People want you to think.

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Should the Marxist community organizer be re-elected, no one will bellyache louder than the proud non-voters. But if he does get in again, people, it’ll be your fault, no one else’s. It seems a high price for the rest of us to pay for your self-righteousness.

Get your next round of excuses ready now. “We didn’t know it was gonna be that close! We never expected them to find those last 100,000 Democrat votes in the trunk of Al Franken’s car! It was Romney’s fault, he blew it. Sarah Palin scared me again. My puppy ate my voter registration form! Secret agents snuck into my house and put an extra day on my calendar…”

As my old sixth-grade teacher, Mr. Thomas, used to say, “Excuses are the patches in the garment of failure.”

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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on


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In the wake of the “president’s” abject failure in his debate last week with Governor Romney, our nation plunged into an orgy of excuse-making.