Archive Civic Polity Peter Escalante

Promises, promises

We believe it is of pressing importance to completely deconstruct the mentally stunting and politically disabling “conservative/liberal” dichotomy of American mainstream media rhetoric. Americans are already doing this for themselves, in independent forums, a very happy development. Citizens are seeing through the fake difference between the two parties, and are even beginning to consider what a positive way forward might look like. Even some mainstream media journalists are starting to echo the popular concern.

Conor Freidersdorf, who has famously declared that he refuses to vote for Barack Obama, outlines here some reasons why those citizens who generally believe their prudence is well represented by the Republicans might want to reconsider that assessment, rather along the lines of the recent “what’s the matter with Kansas” thesis (which has its flaws, but nevertheless makes some worthwhile observations about what Republicans consistently don’t deliver).

This is not to say that one should refrain from voting, or to endorse or reject any candidate, but to say that one needs to look very closely at what’s on offer, and know exactly what voting for any given candidate does, and doesn’t, amount to.

By Peter Escalante

Peter Escalante is a founder and editor of The Calvinist International. He holds a MA in Philosophy.