Citizenship and Voting, Elections Matter!
“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.” ~ Daniel Webster, US House Representative and Senator
Idaho will vote on May 17th and our voting history has been interesting and instructive over the past decades. Idaho supported Donald Trump for President by 30 points in 2020. Three liberal stronghold counties voted for Biden: Latah (U of I), Blaine (Sun Valley) and Teton (Jackson Hole). Biden took Blaine County by 37 points! These counties are relatively small in population. However, Ada County (Boise) voted for Trump by less than a 4% margin!
Compare that with the Panhandle and many Idaho counties where Trump dominated, often with 70 to 80% votes cast for him and yet he only won the state by less than 64%. We are a reliably Republican state but maybe less so as we see newcomers moving in. The last Democrat to win a Presidential race in Idaho was Lyndon Johnson and he only beat Barry Goldwater by less than 2%.
The Panhandle voted for Raul Labrador as Governor in 2018 but in a three-way race with Brad Little (Lt. Governor) and Tommy Ahlquist, the vote was split. Ahlquist received 26.2%, Labrador 32.6% and Little won with 37.3%. So close and yet we had to live with the results. Although the polls seemed to show Labrador winning, we saw RINOs like Mitt Romney endorse Ahlquist early on.
Labrador had been a founding member of the Freedom Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2014, Russ Fulcher ran against Butch Otter and although Otter won, it was with a 51.4% of the vote.
Why this background on Idaho voting? It is to remind conservatives that although we are living in a “Red” state, there is a strong influence of statists, liberals in both parties and even Democrats who change their voter affiliation to vote in our primaries. The consequences of electing strong conservative leadership versus what we currently have is striking. Elections have consequences! We could have had Labrador instead of Little.
We can’t let this election take advantage of a low turnout. Looking back at 2018 and the Florida election is a good example. Democrats led registration in Florida by 100,000. Ron DeSantis defeated Andrew Gillum by fewer than 33,000 votes out of eight million cast. The polls said Gillum would win by at least five points. We know the results and what DeSantis has accomplished. Gillum was found inebriated in a Miami hotel room with a male escort in 2020. Elections have consequences, good and bad.
Every conservative voter in Idaho has to do Three Things This Week:
- VOTE: Don’t sit this election out and think others will get us out of this mess. Tommy Ahlquist isn’t running but is instead writing newspaper columns telling us to vote for Brad Little! The news media has gone all out to elect liberals, leftists and statists to be in control. Candidates have collected huge amounts of campaign donations from labor unions, big corporations and out-of-state donors in order to influence you. The Hagadone Newspaper group is into overtime to sway this election with propaganda that is over the top. For example, they endorsed Scott Bedke for Lt. Governor and what do they say about Priscilla Giddings? “One word summarizes Priscilla Giddings: unfit.” Those are the editor’s words for a lady that graduated from the Air Force Academy, flew thousands of hours over Afghanistan, is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve and led the fight in the legislature to ban men from women’s sports. Unfit? Don’t let them win!
- Encourage The Vote: Get every family member, friend and neighbor to vote and educate them about what is at stake. Turnout wins elections!
- Pray: God is still in control. Prayer works! Think of the millions who have been praying for an end of abortion and saving millions of babies that would be killed each year. Ten years ago if someone, perhaps a prophet, had walked up to you and said, “Donald Trump is going to be the next President and he will appoint three new justices to the Supreme Court and they will overturn Roe vs. Wade in 2022.” You would have said he was absolutely out of his mind! Elections matter.