October 31, 2006
One week from today we will decide a lot about the direction of the country. The choices are clear. On one side we have the prospect of higher taxes, liberal judges, retreat from a war that will not retreat from us and a party that long ago ran out of new ideas.
The other party is far from perfect and has made mistake. But if you want perfect politics, you’ll never get it. Politics is about compromise and while I believe the one party with which conservatives most often associate could and should have done more, I know the opposite party can and will do less.
That party will increase taxes. That party will make sure only liberal judges are seated on the bench. That party will send a signal to our enemies that they can win the war on terror if they will not give up. That’s because they want us to give up.
Thinking of staying home to punish the party you believe hasn’t done enough? They’ve done a lot more than the other party. Staying home is a vote, too. It’s a vote for the other side. And it’s a vote against the conservative cause, possibly for many years to come.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.