Dear Readers: Like many other politically active citizens, I am less than trilled with the current picks the Republican Party has decided to provide us for Presidential nominees this year. At this point, it looks like the establishment GOP has choreographed events so Mitt Romney will be the candidate.
I have a few thoughts about recent developments, which I would like to share now. As a Democrat, I have no dog in this fight. However, I am disturbed when supposedly trusted conservative pundits essentially tell Tea Partiers to “shut up”. Since the elites in the Beltway, including New England lawyer types, contributed to the current environment, why exactly do their opinions really matter?
This primary fight needs to be vigorous — I want the Republican candidate vetted so there are absolutely NO OCTOBER OR NOVEMBER SURPRISES. A rigorous primary season will also teflon-up glass jaws. Do you think Team Obama is going to play by the political version of Marquess of Queensbury Rules?I think not.
I also want the primary fight to continue, underscoring how far removed “we the people” are from blindly accepting top-down dictates of any party. Finally, until a nominee is secured, the Republican choices are still in the news and Team Obama can’t target just one individual for special Chicago-style attention.
I consider all of these things GOOD.
Once the candidate is secured, I want to urge my fellow Tea Partiers to meditate, pray, and cogitate to find whatever it is they need to hold onto to actually vote for the Republican candidate. A new Vice President, perhaps? Maybe an upgraded First Lady? A Press Secretary who doesn’t offer-up the following type of inanity: WH Press Secretary Jay Carney: People Dropping Out of Workforce Is “Economic Positive”The possibility of selecting Supreme Court Justices who actually like our Constitution.
I worry when I hear/read people saying “Tea Partiers will stay home if they have to vote for X”. Or, “A real Tea Partier will never vote for X”. Or “I won’t vote for X ever, I will go third party”.
Sadly, the system is set-up in this election cycle for only 2 possible results: Obama as the winner or the Republican candidate as a winner. Unless we can transport to another dimension, a third possibility is not an option. For the sake of our country, we cannot have Obama for a second term, unimpeded with the need for re-election. At least, if we get the Republican in, he might respond to citizen concerns in anticipation of 2016.
With Obama, there is no hope.
Tammy Bruce has been saying November 2012 is not the time to be doing a War Dance over the GOP. The security and prosperity of our country is dependent on removing Obama from all executive power, then shunning him for the contempt he has shown the American people these past few years. I have to agree with her completely.
I promise, however, I will lead the dance November 7th.
One last point: There are Tea Party peeps who actually consider Romney the best choice. Professor Athena, our seer of financial savvy, is one of them. She has kindly provided me a few thoughts on the current state of the race, which are below:
A Look at Mitt Romney
From the standpoint of the 2012 Presidential race, the business background of Mitt Romney’s confuses a lot of people. Business people are sometimes (often, in fact) a study in contradictions. While Romney may have indeed compromised his inner gut feelings on government entitlements to initiate a state health care program for Massachusetts, the lessons learned in that area may be one of the very things prompting him to be less-than-enthusiastic about the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).
Learning not to attempt painfully expensive lessons a second time is what often separates the public and private sectors, and this largely because the private sector understands the time value of money and that capital is not always that easy to raise. Romney is a pragmatist, not a cynic (as I believe President Obama is), or an optimist (as I believe Newt Gingrich is). If you bring him a problem, expect to find yourself taking your leave as the one in charge of finding a solution, otherwise you are wasting his time. He will study and analyze numbers and data and listen to policy only so much, then he will want to implement a plan. The plan will be flexible, it will have “room to grow”, and he will admit that on the front end (as opposed to the intellectually dishonest and incredibly arrogant policy wonks in the current administration), but the key point is that he will only go so far before recogizing that inaction is indeed in and of itself a decision.
It is my contention that Romney has background of being responsible to a larger good and to a “public” bigger than his own ego. This is a very important thing, that background. It means he views the job he is being considered for as that of a chief executive for a great country, and not as God of his own great life and achievements. I believe in his work ethic, his sincerity, his integrity (yes, I realize some of the errors made by some of the SuperPacs during the Indiana primary, but by nature of the beast Romney cannot be held responsible and Newt should realize that, having hung around Washington enough years to make more than just a few enemies). I believe most important of all that Mitt Romney is THE candidate who can afford and ultimately win the campaign to unseat Barrack Hussein Obama, and that alone is enough for me. We will be a weaker nation economically, morally, and strategically if Obama is elected for a second term. It is high time to end the class warfare and shift in the direction of doing good things for people who have worked far too hard and too long to be disappointed with an ever-growing and consuming federal bureaucracy.
While I am on this topic, let me also say that I believe that those who call Romney supporters “neo-con”, or are so vehemently FOR certain “uncompromised principles” as Republicans that they claim (of all things) Newt as the only “pure” candidate harbor serious delusions. Newt is the classic compromiser of the 20th century looking to make it a crossover into the 21st! This is the guy who was FOR “cap-and-trade”? Called Paul Ryan’s entitlement reform plan “right-wing social engineering”? Paired with Bill Clinton on the original SCHIP (for which now 30% of all American children are eligible)? The list for Newt’s compromises of conservative principles is lengthy, and worst of all he has a bad reputation of losing his composure and temper , punishing his friends as much as his enemies. This is a man whose disposition more than anything else leaves undesirable in the appeal for independent voters who will cast their ballots for President. He would make a GREAT chief-of-staff! Indeed, I hope he would be willing, because it is my prediction that Romney will be the winner on Super Tuesday. Florida as an excellent microcosm should teach us at least that much. Romney appeals across many different demographics.
I am a Republican though-and-through, and after spending over 30 years in the financial services industry remain both hurt and confused by the vitriolic hatred being seeded from this administration toward our jobs and our businesses. It is important to remember not that we are “the 1%” that the Occupy Wall Street people reference in between flag-burnings and glass-bottle-tossing. We are 6% of GDP, and we employ highly-educated and motivated specialists who want to see American companies and institutions and ultimately people succeed and accumulate wealth. Let’s go WIN BACK OUR COUNTRY IN 2012!!!!