THE SAPIENT SPARROW: conservatism for commoners

"What has always made the State a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven."–Holderlin


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Typically, local issues are not something I write about here.  However, with the New Jersey election for Governor less than a week away, I want to issue a plea to all of the New Jersey sparrows out there to lend me an ear.  (The rest of you are free to skip over this post).

There has been a lot of chatter on the NJ 9.12 list about this election.  Some very well-meaning people argued that Christie is not conservative enough to garner their vote.  These believe that voting for Daggett is the way to register their disgust for both of the major parties.  Here is where I come down on this issue.

Personally, I believe that the times are too critical and dangerous for us to have the luxury of trying to make some sort of “statement” by voting for a 3rd party candidate that cannot possible win, and therefore, will be unable to represent us.  I think that, to some extent, the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and in Virginia are being observed by those in Washington with an eye toward their own future votes and their own futures in Washington period.

“You can’t always get what you want”, as the song goes, “but if you try, sometimes you get what you need”.  Right now, we need to focus on the big picture, which is to wrest power from the Democrats.  There will be time enough to weed-out and refine those, with an eye toward Conservative values, in the Republican party.  Remember that the way the Left came to power in the first place was through uniting people in their discontent.  To some extent the Left is fighting within their own ranks right now.  The way for us to take advantage of that, is to remain united ourselves.  Splintering over fine points is not going to put us where we want to be.

There is an old joke that goes, “How do you eat an elephant?”  The answer:  One bite at a time.  Perhaps that is how to re-create one as well, if I may stretch the metaphor a bit, incrementally.  I would rather have a Republican Governor and Republican majorities in Congress over whom we would likely have more influence in the long run, than throw away my vote on a 3rd party candidate that makes me feel good in the short run.  Been there. Done that.  Can’t expect different results by doing it again!

Follow the logic:  Corzine supports, agrees with and implements Obama policies.  So, a vote for Corzine is a vote of approval for Obama.  Voting for Daggett works in the favor of Corzine, putting the election of Christie at risk.  So, a vote for Daggett is a vote for Corzine.  Ergo, a vote for Daggett is the same thing as voting to support, agree with and continue to implement Obama policies in the state of New Jersey.

Sparrows overcome by acting together.  Beware, there is a cat is ready to pounce, let’s not be distracted by the one in the tree trying to tweet like a bird.  We must defeat the one that is prepared to devour us and avoid the one trying to make fools of us, only to devour us later.


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5 Responses

  1. alexhiggins732 says:

    Yes please, visits those sites as suggested because fact is 3 out of 4 people who learn about Daggett become supporters.

    I can also save you a lot of time by saying he is liberally social and fiscally conservative.

    That is the ideal blend of a candidate in many peoples minds, to which neither of the major parties offer such an alternative.

    • lhurley13 says:

      Aside from who Daggett hurts or helps, the same Rasmussen poll that shows Christie up by 3 also shows Daggett polling at 8%, not a figure that would convince me that even a last minute “push” would elect him. All of this will be moot tomorrow. Most important is for everyone to exercise their right to vote. See you at the polls!

  2. alexhiggins732 says:

    Calling Daggett Corzine is a far stretch. Doing your own independent research beyond the “stretched” half truths that you hear on the radio will show you that.

    Chris Daggett does not want to raise taxes. Do your research. Chris Daggett is the opposite of Corzine.

    Daggett has broken 20 percent and can win. Now its a matter of getting that last 100,000 votes to get Daggett in a Position to win.

    To do that we are reaching out to voters that want to Vote for Daggett but are afraid a vote for Daggett is a wasted vote. So…

    The I’ll vote for Daggett Pledge:

    “I want to vote for Chris Daggett, but only if he has a real chance of winning. He needs pledges from 100,000 people like me. I don’t want to wait til Election Day to find out that those votes existed, but we were all afraid to cast them. So, I’m signing my name below, with my address to prove that I’m real, and pledging that if 100,000 people like me sign up, I will vote for Daggett.”

    Take the I’ll Vote For Daggett Pledge Here

    • lhurley13 says:

      After re-reading my post from yesterday, I fail to see where I called “Daggett Corzine”, as you commented, Alex.. The opinion that I stated was based on a logical progression to wit: “Voting for Daggett works in the favor of Corzine, putting the election of Christie at risk. So, a vote for Daggett is a vote for Corzine. Ergo, a vote for Daggett is the same thing as voting to support, agree with and continue to implement Obama policies in the state of New Jersey.” In other words, my view is that Daggett cannot win and will hurt Christie enough that New Jersey ends up with Corzine again. I apologize if I was unclear on this point, but I still subscribe to this logic.

      Obviously, you disagree with my position that Daggett cannot win, and in fact his presence on the ballot works in Corzine’s favor-fair enough. However, do NOT assume that I have done no research on Daggett. I have. In fact, I would encourage everyone to visit his website at : BEFORE deciding whether to visit the site that Alex suggests. I would draw your attention especially to Daggett’s stated positions on: taxes, environment, societal and energy issues. Additional information on these and other issues appears in “Chris Daggett’s Notes” on Facebook at:

      Draw your own conclusions from Daggett’s words and stated positions, then vote sapiently.

      • alexhiggins732 says:

        The reference of calling Daggett Corzine not a reference to you, but Christie’s ads.

        And saying a vote for Daggett is a vote for Corzine is wrong and it is of peril to Christie. Fact is Daggett hurts Corzine not Christie. With Daggett included in the polls, Christie is up by 3 points on average. With Daggett removed Corzine is up by 6 points.

        So those he keep spreading the propaganda the a vote for Daggett is a vote for Corzine are doing so at Christie’s peril. Maybe 2-4 weeks ago, Daggett was drawing more Christie supporters. But just days from the election that is no longer true. Even the latest Rasmussen polls show the same thing.

        If your afraid that a vote for Daggett is a Vote for Corzine, don’t be because the polls show Daggett is hurting Corzine and putting Christie ahead.

        See this Daggett Hurts Corzine and Helps Christie

        You can be sure that you don’t waste your vote by making the I’ll vote for Daggett pledge

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