Six years ago, 2006, if you had asked me who I wanted for President my smartass answer would probably have been “Anyone but Hillary.” Because why would I want a left-leaning pragmatist without a shred of moral or political principles running the country. Yes I wanted Rudy, but I would have said I would be willing to take a lot of second tier alternatives.
Then a funny thing happened. A Democratic challenger arose who was not a pragmatist with many left-leaning tendencies but a full blown socialist who was a true believer in the Marxist trash he was peddling…and Hillary started to look pretty good…but what did I have to worry about, I mean usually I vote Republican and I’ll be able to do that this time. Oh wait. Then the GOP in its usual level of “let’s-snatch-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory” stupidity nominated John McCain. A corrupt liberal who sides with Democrats at the drop of a hat, desperate to get the approval of the mainstream media, who has declared war on the First Amendment before he ran for president through McCain-Feingold, (who through his recent defense of NDAA has declared war on the entire bill of rights), and let us not forget both in the past and present will never miss a chance to sell out our troops and condemn them (given this most recent betrayal of the armed services and NDAA I can say without a moment’s hesitation the world would be a better place if we had just left him to rot in that hole in North Vietnam). In short I really hate John McCain (almost as much as I hate his pick for VP, who is also a completely unprincipled excuse for a human pretending to be a conservative).
And as the primary was ending in 2008 I was really hoping I could vote for Hillary. She was a pragmatist which made her better than GOP tweedle-dumb and Democrat tweedle-dumber. Sadly the Democrats disappointed me as much as the GOP. I did a write in for Rudy because it would be a cold day in hell before I voted for either of those unprincipled SOB’s.
Did I learn then? Not really. Because I then spent the next four years saying “Anyone but Romney.” Why because he hadn’t expressed his ideas well in his faceoff with McCain and his record as Governor of Massachusetts didn’t speak well for him. And because I didn’t think it could really get worse than a weak conservative. Dear God was I wrong again.
Yes I had the hope of Rudy (dashed) and the possibility of a real conservative, Bachman (also dashed) going for a few months. And very, very sadly the GOP field offered very few options. I’m not going to talk about the ones who have already left, why bother, but right now my choices other than Mitt comes down to Gingrich, Santorum, and Paul. Gingrich is a man who is showing himself to have the emotional control of a 2 year old and who by attacking Romney’s career in the private sector is showing that he doesn’t know a thing about economics and business. Clearly not a good leader or a good conservative. Santorum, a religious loon who doesn’t respect individualism, so how can he possibly respect capitalism or the free market, who wants to institute some kind of Christian Sharia. And while Ron Paul sounds like he understands economics, his actions show him to be a terrible leader and terrible person, and he knows less than nothing about foreign policy (or ethics)…and I’m actually now convinced that the U.S. would be worse off after 4 years of Paul than it would after 4 more years of Obama (not that either version wouldn’t involved America in a smoldering pile of rubble).
So I have gone from “anyone but Romney” to Romney has my vote.” And I will never be saying “Any but ______” again. But, I will admit that the Romney I was so opposed to isn’t the Romney I’m now seeing.
Yeah, I want the 2nd coming of Reagan. But I’m not getting it this time round. Do I still have my concerns about Mitt? Yeah. I do. But the fact is that he is talking about different things than he did before…if Bain Capital had been more in the forefront last time I might have actually been able to get behind him, it shows he actually knows how to be a leader and knows what makes the economy run. Also he now seems to be backing off some of the things in did in Massachusetts with an argument that boils down to “you try to do better with the liberal legislature I had to deal with.” I feel that if we just keep the House, take the Senate and get more Tea Party blood in both we’ll be fine with Romney.
Oh if he had spoken 4 years ago like he did after the New Hampshire win, I would definitely have backed him 4 years ago. Take a look.
“What defines us as Americans is our unwavering conviction that we know it must be better”
A little vague, but he certainly understands America in this vague statement better than anything Obama (who only speaks in vague generalities “We are the ones we have been waiting for”)
“President Obama wants to put free enterprise on trial. In the last few days, we have seen some desperate Republicans join forces with him. This is such a mistake for our party and for our nation. This country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy.”
He clearly understands that free enterprise is what is going to get us out of our mess and that his opponents are more RINO than he will ever be for critiquing his acts at Bain.
“Make no mistake, in this campaign, I will offer the American ideals of economic freedom a clear and unapologetic defense.”
The only thing that could make me love this statement more is seeing him back it up, which I actually think he will.
“President Obama wants to ‘fundamentally transform’ America. We want to restore America to the founding principles that made this country great
You know, like freedom that thing Obama and Santorum are so opposed to. And being the shining city on a hill a concept that an evil little troll like Paul will never understand.
And then of course there is this…I have no complaints about any of this. I am hoping that we are now seeing the real Romney, free of advisors telling him to play the moderate, in action.
“Our campaign is about more than replacing a president; it is about saving the soul of America. This election is a choice between two very different destinies.
“He wants to turn America into a European-style entitlement society. We want to ensure that we remain a free and prosperous land of opportunity.
“This president takes his inspiration from the capitals of Europe; we look to the cities and small towns of America.
“This president puts his faith in government. We put our faith in the American people.
“He is making the federal government bigger, burdensome, and bloated. I will make it simpler, smaller, and smarter.
“He raised the national debt. I will cut, cap, and balance the budget.
“He enacted job-killing regulations; I’ll eliminate them.
“He lost our AAA credit rating; I’ll restore it.
“He passed Obamacare; I’ll repeal it.
“When it comes to the economy, my highest priority as president will be worrying about your job, not saving my own.
“Internationally, President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy. He believes America’s role as leader in the world is a thing of the past. I believe a strong America must – and will – lead the future.
“He doesn’t see the need for overwhelming American military superiority. I will insist on a military so powerful no one would think of challenging it.
“He chastises friends like Israel; I’ll stand with our friends.
“He apologizes for America; I will never apologize for the greatest nation in the history of the Earth.
“Our plans protect freedom and opportunity, and our blueprint is the Constitution of the United States.
“The path I lay out is not one paved with ever increasing government checks and cradle-to-grave assurances that government will always be the solution. If this election is a bidding war for who can promise more benefits, then I’m not your president. You have that president today.
“But if you want to make this election about restoring American greatness, then I hope you will join us.
“If you believe the disappointments of the last few years are a detour, not our destiny, then I am asking for your vote.
“I’m asking each of you to remember how special it is to be an American.
“I want you to remember what it was like to be hopeful and excited about the future, not to dread each new headline.
“I want you to remember when you spent more time dreaming about where to send your kids to college than wondering how to make it to the next paycheck.
“I want you to remember when you weren’t afraid to look at your retirement savings or the price at the pump.
“I want you to remember when our White House reflected the best of who we are, not the worst of what Europe has become.
“That America is still out there. We still believe in that America.
“We still believe in the America that is a land of opportunity and a beacon of freedom. We believe in the America that challenges each of us to be better and bigger than ourselves.
“This election, let’s fight for the America we love. We believe in America.