When the Tea Party movement began in 2009, we began as a movement against not only socialism but against America’s first socialist President.
At one of the first Tea Party rallies, I told the crowd, “It is not enough to replace bad leadership. We must replace bad leadership with good leadership.” Our ultimate goal is to not only replace the Obama regime, put in good leadership and put in leadership that will not only repeal Obamacare but will also dismantle socialism.
We have seen a number of debates. The serious candidates are in the race. It is time, at least for me, to choose.
In choosing who is my candidate, there are some criteria I look at. First, the candidate must be electable. We can have the best candidate in the world but if they are unelectable, it does not matter. The candidate must be conservative. The candidate does not have to be perfect.
There is no such thing as a perfect candidate. Perfection is the standard the left tries to hold us to and we cannot play that game.
Finally, the candidate must have the vision to put forward plans to dismantle the massive government bureaucracy that we have seen grow under both Republican and Democrat administrations.
In culling the herd, there are some obvious people who can be voted off the island quickly. Who is quickly eliminated?
Gary Johnson. While he does have a few good ideas, he is way off the main stream and has no following. He is totally unelectable.
Ron Paul. Same as Gary Johnson.
Jon Huntsman. Could someone tell me why this guy is running as a Republican? He is an Obama fan boy who loves liberal policies. He would have to move significantly to the right just to become “Obama-lite.”
Mitt Romney. Mitt wins the panderer in chief award. He is more of a flip-flop than John Kerry was. He is a politician without conviction. He believes in big government as long as the Republican establishment is in charge of it. Perry called him “Obama-lite” the other day and that is pretty much spot on.
Rick Santorum. Santorum is a nice guy who has been savaged because of his social conservatism. He is unelectable.
Herman Cain. Cain is a great guy with a terrible plan. While he says his 9-9-9 plan is a precursor to implementation of the Fair Tax, it opens the door to a new tax without repealing the income tax. The left will love that. They will compromise to allow the creation of a national sales tax but unless the income tax is repealed first, all we will end up with is a new tax on top of the others. Dwight Eisenhower once said, “a plan seldom survives initial contact with the enemy.” That is the problem with Cain’s plan. Unfortunately, he does not realize this problem and that disqualifies him for me.
That takes us down to the remaining three candidates, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich.
Rick Perry has made an impressive start. But he has a lot of problems. The greatest problem for him is the illegal immigration issue. He was hammered in Thursday night’s debate. Perry refuses to back off on what he said earlier and his support for illegal alien friendly policies that have been a mainstay of Texas politics for the last decade of Perry’s tenure as governor. If elected, Rick Perry will not do anything about illegal immigration. We will see the same thing we have seen for the last twenty-five years on the border. Nothing will change and that is not acceptable.
Michele Bachmann is a rock star in the Tea Party movement. There is no doubt about that. She is bright, articulate and has electrified the rallies she has spoken to. Bachmann has two problems. First, she is running from the House of Representatives. The last sitting Congressman who was elected to the White House was James Garfield in 1880. Going from Congress to the White House is probably a bridge too far. Second, as much as I really like Bachmann, she is a Constitutional conservative committed to repealing Obamacare, but she is not the visionary needed to really dismantle large sections of the Federal Government.
It is for the reasons stated above, Newt Gingrich is now my personal choice to be the 45th President of the United States.
First, he is a conservative. Perhaps not as conservative as some would like, but remember no candidate is perfect. Newt is electable. If you have seen the GOP debates, Gingrich has been the best debater. He does really well in that format and he looks Presidential. Gingrich has got the experience. He has been in Congress and rose to the Speakership. When Gingrich entered Congress, the Republicans were a minority. The Democrats treated the Republicans with contempt and the GOP leadership was perfectly happy to be in the minority. Gingrich changed that. He was the man with the vision to make a Republican majority possible.
Gingrich is the candidate who has the vision to fundamentally change the Federal Government. Gingrich has the unique capabilities to be the field general. He is the big idea man, much as Ronald Reagan was.
Gingrich against Obama is a great contrast. He has a track record of accomplishments and has worked at the national level. Gingrich can rightfully claim credit for everything from welfare reform to balancing the budget. Obama can offer nothing against him.
Gingrich does have some personal issues in his past but those are ancient history.
This election is the Republican Party’s lose. Unless there is a dramatic turn around in this country, Obama is going to be running for reelection with $4 a gallon gas and almost 10% unemployment. That is an almost impossible burden to overcome, unless the Republicans blow it by picking the wrong candidate.
Newt Gingrich is the right candidate to not only help us take this country back from socialism, but roll socialism back.
I am thrilled to endorse Newt Gingrich to be the Republican nominee and the next President of the United States.
Your comments about who is and isnt electable are good. I agree with you that the best candidate running is Newt Gingrich, not so much because of the negative things about the others, but because of the positive things about Gingrich-his experience, his accomplishments, his track record and specially what and how he has been saying on the issues at the debates.
If we seek out the best person for the job, regardless of whether they are candidates or not, my opinion is that it would be either Sarah Palin or Allen West. I happen to beleive, that if one of these two were running, the other one would choose not to run in order to support the other. They are very similar in their views and principles. I would choose Allen West becaseu he has done a better job of handling the press. But we couldnt go wrong with either of them as POTUS.
I BELIEVE THAT ALLEN WEST IS THE BEST POTUS WE CAN HAVE. I would support him because of his character, principles and leadership skills, and not because I just want Obama out of the White House. Allen West can and will lead in the dismantlemnet of socialism, and not just in stopping it. If he were elected, he has the capability of becoming one of the best presidents we have ever had. He is a true patriot who loves and defends our country and freedom.
I am glad you are enthusiastic about Newt. As for me, I just cant get excited about him or anybody else like i can about Allen West. I am sure my enthusiasm will increase after the primaries as we work to defeat Obama. But right now, I can only say Newt is probably the best of who's running, So good luck to him and his supporters.
With MAYBE a couple of exceptions I wont identify (a rep from Texas and a former governor of an East Coast state-ha ha), everybody else running is going to be better than Obama. I would get involved with the primaries if either of those 2 were getting close to winning the nomination. But it doesn look that way, so I will keep beating the drums for Allen West without risking losing the nomination to a RINO or a nut.
a) I want the world to know that Allen West speaks for a lot of Americans and has political clout
b) if the convention is deadlocked, the delegates need to know that Allen West has support and can win if drafted. i know he will respond to a draft. (I agree with West in his decision not to run becaseu we need him and his voice in the current battles in Washington; campaigning for POTUS takes away from that job.)
c) If and when a candidate establishes a clear victory in the primaries and at the convention, i want that candidate to know that Allen West as the VP nominee will assure victory for a republican white house. I think newt knows this and that is why he would "seriously consider" West for VP (I think he NEEDS West to be his VP).
So I think the Westies will be focused on getting into the Republican committees rather than working hard for any one candidate in the primaries. Nothing would please us more than to have the republican party be transformed into those principles best embodied by Allen West. WE WILL GO TO WORK TO DEFEAT OBAMA AFTER THE PRIMARIES.
So good luck with Newt.
Illegal immigration would be a mute point if strong laws prohibiting hiring illegals were enforced. A fine big enough to send a a business's illegals back to their country of origin and also threaten bankruptcy would certainly go a long way toward taking away the "opportunity" such illegals see in this country. Why chase many when catching a few would solve the problem? Eliminating illegals might cause prices to raise a little and cut in the profits of those hiring them, but it would certainly ease the public money being spent on them in the form of Medicaid and food stamps!
I agree that Newt Gingrich would be the best threat against Comrad Obuma... I also, feel that if the Tea Party does infact back Newt Gingrich then we as a very large group attend his town hall meetings in whatever State he is in... The more people that turn out will let the rest of the country know who we support and that support will gererate more people who are not members to realize that not only are we serious but will make up their minds to also back Newt Gingrich... People always go along with the majority....Look what happend in 2008... Obuma was not the popular one, rather he was a novelty and the left felt they had a chance to convert the United State into the Communist States of America.... I for one will vote in the primary for Newt Gingrich...