Well, I’ve finally decided. I plan to vote for Chuck Baldwin for President tomorrow. Mr. Baldwin is the Constitution Party nominee, although he is on the ballot as the Independent Green Party candidate in my home state of Virginia.
There are six presidential candidates on tomorrow’s ballot in Virginia: Barack Obama (D), John McCain (R), Chuck Baldwin (IG/Constitution), Bob Barr (Libertarian), Cynthia McKinney (Green), and Ralph Nader (Independent).
But only two demonstrate fidelity to the U.S. Constitution: Mssrs. Baldwin and Barr. And after months of soul-searching, I have decided that Mr. Barr’s record of marital infidelity leaves me unable to cast my ballot for him.
Mr. Baldwin has been a consistent opponent of the explosion of federal power-mongering that has taken place under the current Administration; for example, he opposes the PATRIOT Act and the Bush bail-out. He believes in the sanctity of life and the right to bear arms. He opposes the federal income tax. He has been endorsed by Ron Paul, whom I supported in the Republican primary.
The only major point of dispute I have with Mr. Baldwin is that he opposes the war in Iraq and, like Mr. Barr, would withdraw our troops. But winning the war in Iraq means little if we continue to undermine Constitutional government here at home. We cannot establish the light of Constitutional government in the Middle East if we extinguish it in America.
If there were a candidate who supported both the Constitution and victory in Iraq, I’d be supporting him. There isn’t.
Chuck Baldwin for President.