(Choosing to be Ruled by a Lesser Evil)


Tinsley Grey Sammons



Half-measures avail us nothing but disappointment and suffering in the end. Philosophically, when faced with two evils it is probably best to choose neither. When faced with two good things, if possible choose both.

Human nature being what it is, a winning candidate for office will not consider himself an elected lesser evil; instead, he will conduct himself as though those who elected him support his agenda, however unlawful it might be.

Regardless of the possibility of gaining some temporary advantage for myself, I cannot violate my own conscience by encouraging those who are intellectually dishonest or downright wicked.

The lesser-of-evils vote has resulted in the two major parties becoming virtually indistinguishable in their actions – they are in fact near-identical factions seeking control of an enormous economic turf. Once they are in office, they sleep with the enemy by routinely engaging in what is referred to euphemistically as “bipartisanship”.

The lesser evil is still evil.

Consider the cumulative effect of choosing the lesser evil for half a century and a dozen presidential elections. In the very early days of car making, when automobiles were fabricated and assembled by hand, there was a problem called error-creep. As the machine was assembled, the fabricate-’em-as-you-assemble-’em method never quite resulted in parts that fit uniformly, so, they had to be modified. The modifying continued until there was an increasingly serious misalignment of modified parts that had to be laboriously dealt with in order to complete the assembly.

Like the semi-cobbled cars with their awful error creep, American regimes du jour, and the factions that they serve, suffer from evil- creep. So severe is evil-creep today, that it has all but nullified the Bill of Rights . . . unpardonably alienating certain unalienable rights. The consequences of evil-creep have become so dreadfully un-American, that it is unlikely that anything less than a Philosophical Renaissance or a bloody revolution can restore America to it’s former philosophical righteousness.

For me to vote for what I know to be merely a lesser evil is an insult to my common sense, and my hard-earned critical thinking skill as well. Faced with such a dilemma, I’m convinced that it is simply best not to vote. Perhaps someday None Of The Above will appear on every ballot, thereby making it possible for one who is politically disenchanted to vote his conscience.


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Tinsley Grey Sammons, 1936 —  is a self-educated Geezer with an abiding passion for liberty and justice. He served as an enlisted man during the Cold War and retired from his automobile service and repair business in 1998. He describes himself as a very angry, blue-collar-to-the-marrow curmudgeon. He and his wife settled in Gonzales, Louisiana after their home in St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.


2 Responses to “EVIL-CREEP”

  1. MsMandeville Says:

    Hey Sam,

    Great blog you have that will get your message out nationwide than just local. I think you are right that maybe drugs should be legalized. I say that, even though I had a 21 year old niece that overdoesed on drugs and died three months ago.

    There was nothing that anyone could do (I had wished I was the one that was able to help her – but I was not) to help her – I am guessing. But then, I don’t know if she truly ever had a chance at a good life because the BabyMama (who died when she was 11 years of age of a drug overdose) and BabyDaddy, both did drugs.

    We beleive the mother did drugs and alcohol when she was conceived. So, in some ways my niece did not have a chance. She checked out early and that is that. It seemed she just did not want to be bothered by her young child.

    There was no one to monitor her if she was continually doing drugs – even after she destroyed 3 cars and left one with $1500 worth of damage. When someone finally took her to a psychiatrist (last year in high schooll) – he diagnosed her as ADD and given Adderal.

    My niece would take the Adderal and I am thinking she would sell half of the bottle that was prescribed to her because twice she tried to get another prescrition in same week. She came up with excuses with what happed twice to half of the pills prescribed, and the doctor gave up on her and gave her names to counselors to talk to. He stated he could no longer see her.

    My niece graduated with a 5th grade education. Her concentration was impaired. She then has a baby that had to be supported by the State of Louisiana. After it turns one years old — my niece chose to go down that rode to check out — even though she was going to an addiction center for addiction.

    She should have been going to an appropriate doctor as well, and she did seek a doctor’s the last week of her life. The next appointment was scheduled the week after she died.

    Everybody has choices in their life and as long as they do not hurt anyone else, why not have the choice to do drugs? Surely, they are taught about the abuse of alchohol and drugs in high school? Young people (most) are going to do a little creational drug use whether you like it or not.

    Adults as well, will experiment – so why not let them go ahead and experiment as long as they do not hurt anyone. I know of someone who was senteneced to two years of jail time for selling a marijuana joint to a cop. It was a total setup and because it messed up his life.

    So, let all who want to do drugs do drugs — I am all for less government monitoring. But, I do appreciate how sometimes our government does protect all of us.


    • tinsleysammons Says:

      Thank you for responding. In response to your response I offer the following:

      Long ago, when curmudgeon H.L. Menken was asked, “What can be done to solve the alcohol problem?” Mencken responded with, “What makes you think that it can be solved?”

      Drug Prohibition is nothing but a legal racket that benefits opportunists and parasites on both sides of the law. Making bad personal choices is not a crime per se, nor is it a problem that can be solved by force.


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