The Ted Cruz Vote-Shaming Campaign

This post of mine from a couple years ago is getting some hits today thanks to a mailer from the Ted Cruz campaign.

The mailers purported to be an “official public record” grading the recipients A through F on their voting frequency, with an encouragement to caucus Monday in order to improve their score. The mailer accuse recipients of a “voting violation” in all capital letters, warning, “A follow-up notice may be issued following Monday’s caucuses.”

The notices come from Cruz’s campaign in order to encourage people to turn out. They are not official documents from the state, which is why they have been publicly denounced by the secretary of state.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, a Republican, released a statement saying the mailer “misrepresents the role of my office and, worse, misrepresents Iowa election law.”

More here.

I will proudly accept an ‘F’ from the Cruz campaign. I strongly oppose Democrats on economics, regulatory policy, fiscal policy, and monetary policy (and don’t particularly trust them on foreign policy and safeguarding civil liberties). I strongly oppose Republicans on their hawkish foreign policy and lack of regard for civil liberties, and don’t particularly trust their economic policies.

The Cruz campaign specifically reinforces that opposition. I don’t believe in government officials using the levers of power to coerce private citizens into following laws (and paying taxes to enforce the laws) that have nothing to do with the protection of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I don’t believe in funding meddlesome foreign adventurism that does little for our safety, but does a lot to destabilize societies at the brunt end of our bombs and create blowback for our troops and civilians. More often than not, Ted Cruz positions himself to the contrary.

The reason the political class and its enablers push so hard for your vote is simple: it legitimizes government’s operations. Sometimes those operations are benevolent. Often they’re well-intended but produce bad results. Often they’re plain malicious. If my fellow Iowans want to head to the caucuses and legitimize the failed policies of the political class, that is their right. I prefer to not reinforce the Republican vision, which brought us the PATRIOT Act, the war in Iraq, the 2008 bailouts, and punitive drug war legislation (among other things). And I sure the hell won’t vote for the Democratic party, whose vision for the proper role of government is antithetical to mine.

I feel no shame in following my conscience by not voting.

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One Response to “The Ted Cruz Vote-Shaming Campaign”

  1. The Republican Party Strategy: Shaming Non-Voters | The Blog For Truth, Justice, & The Josh Way Says:

    […] **UPDATE 1/31/16:  I’d like to thank the Ted Cruz campaign’s vote-shaming mailer for driving traffic to this post.  My thoughts on Cruz’s vote-shaming here. […]

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