When has “voting your conscience” become unacceptable?

GJSelfishI was fully intending to watch Ted Cruz’s speech last night not because that I agree with what he supports.  I was mostly interested in see what he had to say.  Given the drama of the Republican primary, the last person I would have thought to be allowed to speak is Cruz.  Alas, life interfered and I was needed to pickup the kid and I missed it.  Judging from what I was seeing this morning, I wish I hadn’t.

In the aftermath of his speech, Ted Cruz is being painted as a villain.  It is as if he gave Trump a slap in the face.  I read through the transcript and to me, it did not seem inflammatory or hateful (relatively speaking).    As far as I can tell, the following statement is the part that has put everybody in a tizzy.

And, so can we. We deserve leaders who stand for principle, who unite us all behind shared values, who cast aside anger for love. That is the standard we should expect from everybody. And, to those listening, please don’t stay home in November.  

If you love our country, and love our children as much as you do, stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom, and to be faithful to the constitution.

It seems that Trump’s supporters do not like the idea that a person should be voting their conscience.  During last night, Scott Walker said that a person who does not voting for Trump is a vote for Clinton.  I have to question the loyalties of anybody who has a problem with what Cruz said.

The problem is that if a person has a problem with people voting their conscience and voting for politicians that will defend freedom and follow the Constitution, that person’s loyalties do not lie with freedom, the Constitution, or even America.  To them, it implies that they know their candidate does not care about any of those things and to that person victory and the party is more important.

The way that I see it, if someone is telling you not to vote your conscience, they are the type of person who does not care about freedom and the Constitution.  While I do not support the types of policies Ted Cruz would support, I have to agree with him on this matter.  He certainly has earned my respect for being willing to go against the pressure from his party rather than become a boot licker like the other candidates.

We should vote our conscience.  We should know where our preferred candidates stand on the matters of freedom and the Constitution so that we can make an informed vote.  If we are going to vote for candidates do not care of these things, this country has truly become nothing more than a banana republic.

4 thoughts on “When has “voting your conscience” become unacceptable?

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  1. It should be fixed now. Thanks. Unfortunately, spell check doesn’t help when the typo is a real word. Do I get points for being consistent? 🙂

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