Here we are on the precipice of the most important election in our history. The year 2012, the year that many of us have been longing for since 2008. It is January 2012 and our candidate selection is down to four men. There is one in this group who has been the consistent conservative but for some reason he is also the most ignored. While the pundits will repeat how Gingrich has had a conversion (suddenly they grasp the idea of repentance) and Romney simply had to set aside his conservative values due to MA being such a liberal state, the same pundits continue to remain silent on the one candidate whose credentials are solid and whose views have not changed.
I submit that both Gingrich and Romney hold the belief that the American voter has been so traumatized by the Obama presidency that we will scramble willy-nilly to elect the first person who voices what we want to hear and we won’t bother to vet the authenticity of either the person or his claims. I further submit that this is their main tactic to win us over.
There is no argument that the flip-flopping moniker can be applied to both Gingrich & Romney equally. These two men are absolutely genius at turning a phrase and dodging a direct question. Gingrich employs the I’m outraged approach and Romney responds with his, I-know-it-all and you don’t grasp what you’re talking about grin. Somehow I don’t believe these tactics are going to withstand the smell test much longer.
Romney was firmly in favor of the MA healthcare law that has resulted in significantly increased costs of healthcare in that state. I don’t care how he tries to legitimize that debacle the end product is clear. (http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/insight/2011/03/06/as-health-costs-soar-mass–seeks-solution.html)
Add to that this recent announcement from one of Romney’s advisors that healthcare cannot be repealed; http://ricochet.com/main-feed/Norm-Coleman-We-re-Not-Going-to-Repeal-Obamacare
We know Newt has championed universal healthcare since the early 1990s; (http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/7528-faux-conservative-newt-gingrich-defends-obamacare-mandate)
Now we are expected to trust that they have seen the light and will willingly and completely do all it takes to eradicate the yoke of Obamacare from our weary shoulders. How timely. Is this a flip or a flop?
Santorum believes in market-driven solutions. This will create competition which naturally leads to lower costs and places healthcare decisions with the individual rather than another government bureaucracy that only serves to increase our taxes and lower medial standards. http://www.ricksantorum.com/repeal-and-replace-obamacare-patient-centered-healthcare . On video at The National Constitution Center, http://fora.tv/2009/11/09/A_Conversation_on_Healthcare_with_Santorum_and_Wofford#fullprogram
In Romney’s own words; “People have had a chance to look at my record and look at what I’ve said. I believe people understand that I’m firmly pro-life. I will support justices who believe in following the Constitution and not legislating from the bench. And I believe in the sanctity of life from the very beginning until the very end.” Not so Governor, not so. http://prolifeprofiles.com/romney
As for Gingrich, Marc A. Thiessan explains his elegant pro-life flip-flops best in this Dec 19, 2011 Opinion Piece; http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gingrichs-abortion-contortions/2011/12/19/gIQAcYdQ4O_story.html
There is no question what Santorum’s beliefs are on the subject of abortion and the sanctity of life because he’s never changed his beliefs.
Ideas and plans can, and should, adapt as world & financial events unfold. But no idea or plan should alter our fundamental beliefs nor jeopardize our freedoms in the process. No idea or plan should remove the rights of the individual or the States which are clearly defined in our Constitution and especially the first 10 Amendments known as The Bill of Rights.
Let’s not be fooled by this showmanship, strategic sound bites and political tactics that are shaped according to what their handlers have told them is the cause du jour. Let’s listen to who is speaking in complete sentences rather than skillfully crafted answers that swing and sway to keep the questioner and listener just enough off topic to avoid an honest response.
As importantly, we need to be less afraid of an Obama re-election and more concerned with who will be taking his place.
In the 1980 presidential race between Carter and Reagan there were only two debates. It was the second debate that gave Reagan the lead. How many debates do you think Obama will allow? The Lincoln/Douglas style debates are nice rhetoric but Gingrich knows full well this will never happen.
The cat-who-ate-the-canary expression that Romney is so well known for will be no defense to his left leaning leadership and oratory when he was Governor. The similarities are too obvious. He’s a grinning moderate and Gingrich is a smooth talking globalist. Six of one, etc..
While the media continued the chant in favor of Carter’s re-election, the country was focused on who would replace him. Before the polls closed in California Carter had already given his concession speech and the country had elected the one who the pundits did not support, Reagan.
The country is far better informed today than we were in 1980 or in any presidential election since, so why do we have such doubt as to the outcome of this upcoming election? My feeling is we’re stunned at the damage Obama has been able to accomplish and this has retarded our logic. Let’s remember that Obama is merely the front man for a global network of wealthy, determined people who want to bring down this country. Although he is the face of this conspiracy to destroy the last free country on earth, he is not the true and only enemy.
It is my opinion, based upon the understanding of our Founding Fathers, that only citizens with a strong moral foundation can respect the Constitution and thus keep it. Only the person who understands the dignity and unique individuality of each person can appreciate what individual freedom offers. Not many will be able to resist the inevitable proposals to sell out this country for their own self-interest. We have sadly watched and suffered through a line of politicians as they veered off course, penned un-Constitutional legislation to serve their masters & changed their positions with the political winds until any moral foundation was left in decay. Discarded for all that glitters. These deeds are done in exchange for wealth, power, position and fame all to the detriment of their own country. I don’t believe Santorum is one of those politicians. But don’t believe me, do your own vetting – this is a Republic after all. And remember 2010 – the pundits & media didn’t report on those races honestly either.