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By Mary Starrett
8, 2008

Having called November’s current presidential lineup “the worst choices for president in my lifetime,” influential evangelical leader Dr. James Dobson said he “cannot and will not vote for Senator John McCain, as a matter of conscience.”

Dobson made that statement two months ago- before the Arizona senator became the apparent GOP presidential nominee.

Now is the time for all good men and women who are left scratching their heads to ask whether a comment Dr. Dobson made just days ago means the evangelical leader plans to change his mind and vote for McCain.

(Dobson had also told the New York Times more than a year ago he would never vote for McCain.

What do Dobson’s comments mean? Will he or won’t he vote for McCain? Does Dr. Dobson plan on voting for one of the candidates from either of the “Big Box” parties that now control our government or will he honor his word and vote his conscience? Dobson’s recent announcement that he “will vote” on election day means one of two things; either he has flip-flopped and now doesn’t plan to let his conscience dictate who gets his vote, or, he’s considered the third party option. Will Dobson vote for a constitutionalist, who, at this juncture, will surely have to be a candidate fielded by a third party? The only option for Dobson and millions of others who value life, liberty and constitutionally-limited government is to vote for a candidate other than McCain or Obama or Clinton.

Predictably, during each election season, Americans are fed the line that they’d better vote the lesser of two evils because, after all, Socialist #1 from “Big Box” party A is preferable to Socialist B from “Big Box” party B. And, so it goes, election after election we buy that reasoning and continue to be marched further and further down the path to complete annihilation of this republic.

When presented with a candidate who best represents constitutional values we reject him because “he can’t win.”
No candidate who doesn’t get votes can win. Unless we take the proverbial bull by the horns and vote according to our beliefs, we’ll continue to get what we’ve been getting.

It’s instructive to remember that when Abraham Lincoln (let’s forget for the purposes of this commentary, that Lincoln was not exactly a friend of the Constitution) was elected, he was a candidate from a lesser-known political party and wasn’t even on the ballot in nine of the country’s southern-most states.

Dobson said that he would vote in November when he told talk show host Sean Hannity: “I think we have a God-given responsibility to vote, and … we have an obligation to let our voices be heard.”(

We’ll see what James Dobson is made of. Unless Dr. Dobson’s prepared to vote for the Constitution Party nominee- to be chosen at a nominating convention in Kansas City in a few weeks -- then his commitment to moral, family and pro-life issues has been nothing more than lip service. Could Dobson in all good conscience- which he’s vowed to honor with his vote- now back track and say it would be morally acceptable to vote for a man like John McCain?

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The Republican Party’s likely presidential candidate John McCain’s position on issues of importance to “values” voters has been identical to those of left-leaning Democrats like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Those who consider themselves “conservative” should acknowledge Senator John McCain’s positions on stem- cell research, homosexual unions, amnesty, taxes, free speech and gun rights and challenge James Dobson to keep McCain’s political pedigree in mind when he chooses a candidate that he and his followers could vote for “in good conscience.”

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Mary Starrett was the Constitution Party candidate for Oregon governor in November, 2006, a TV news anchor and talk show host for 25 years and a radio talk show host for 5 years.

Executive Director, Oregonians for Life, Board of Directors, Christian Family Adoptions.

She is currently the Communications Director for the Constitution Party. The Constitution Party is the fastest-growing minor political party ( and is made up of Americans who believe a return to constitutional government is imperative.

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Now is the time for all good men and women who are left scratching their heads to ask whether a comment Dr. Dobson made just days ago means the evangelical leader plans to change his mind and vote for McCain.