A war is now breaking out in the conservative movement. What is the question causing the conflict? Do conservatives need to embrace Mitt Romney? Some conservatives are insisting that we must. Those conservatives are critical of their conservative brothers and sisters who dare say a negative word about Romney. Some conservatives continue to attack Romney and some are even openly calling for a brokered convention.
Is it time to learn to love Mitt or do we conservatives need to do something else?
It is very simple. Conservatives cannot embrace or endorse Mitt Romney. He is not one of us and we cannot claim him as one of us.
The RINO wing of the party goes into hysterical fits when we say something like that. Even some conservatives start screaming that we are hurting Romney’s chances or that somehow anyone who says something negative about Romney is rooting for Obama.
First, let’s start with the indisputable. Romney is a liberal. In 1994, he ran to the left of Ted Kennedy when he was running for the Senate. In 2002, in a video that still circulates on YouTube, he called himself a “progressive.” He governed Massachusetts as a liberal. Had Romney been a Democrat, even by Democrat standards he would have been very liberal.
The conservative objection to Romney is not mere provincialism. It is not merely us saying he is not one of us; therefore we will not play with him. It is not us saying our candidates did not win so we are taking our toys and going home.
If we embrace Romney and Romney wins, his default is going to be to govern as a liberal. If we get Tea Party Senators elected, such as Ted Cruz in Texas and Sarah Steelman in Missouri, along with more Tea Party Congressmen (and keeping the many good ones we have like Jeff Landry and Sandy Adams), it might moderate Romney a bit.
We know this. If Romney wins the White House and continues the big government policies of Obama or just your generic big government Republican policies, we are not going to see a significant recovery. If we do not see conservative policies enacted, namely major spending cuts to government programs and tax cuts to stimulate the economy, America will limp along for the next four years. America will not recover from the Great Obama Depression and move back into economic growth and prosperity. Romney’s failure to enact conservative policy will be like the first Great Depression, where Roosevelt’s policies made the Depression much longer.
Meanwhile, the liberal media is already hitting the message that Romney is a conservative and a part of the conservative movement. Some on the left are even saying he is part of the Tea Party movement.
If we embrace him, we help sell that message.
In 2016, if Romney is running for reelection, the message will be conservatism does not work. When we talk about the success of conservative ideas, we point towards Ronald Reagan and to a limited extent George W. Bush. The left wants to destroy the message that conservatism works and a failed liberal Romney Presidency would help them do that.
In 2016, if Romney wins and fails to move the economy forward, the left will call him proof that conservative ideas do not work. Unfortunately with a majority of Americans not being politically active and getting much of their information from the drive by media, millions will buy into that untrue story.
Imagine who the Democrats will try to elect in 2016? Imagine someone as far to the left as Barack Obama (or even further) but who is competent?
One far left socialist has almost destroyed America. Romney will not save us and a second far left socialist in 2016 would totally destroy this nation.
When Ronald Reagan defeated Jimmy Carter in 1980, his legacy became the destruction of liberalism. The only successful Democratic candidate for President was Bill Clinton who ran as not a liberal but a centrist. It took the Democrats almost 30 years to be able to put an avowed liberal back in the White House. If we embrace liberal Mitt Romney as a conservative, we may never see another conservative in the White House.
Romney won the primaries, not because he was a conservative or because he was a great candidate. He won the nomination because he had more money than any (or perhaps all) of the other candidates.
Romney has not yet won the nomination. Some people, mostly Ron Paul supporters are trying to gum up the works. More power to them!
Some Republicans are already having buyer’s remorse. While the chances of a convention revolt are slim, the Republican delegates need to pay attention to what Romney did this past week. A brokered convention is in the best interest of the Republican Party. Bringing out a new candidate, any candidate not named Bush would be better for the Party than Mitt Romney.
After finally having conservatives united behind him, thanks to John Roberts’ insane Obamacare tax decision, in less than a week, Mitt Romney has managed to blow conservative support. We were ready to get into the fight for Romney and now through his own stupidity, he has taken the wind out of our and his sails.
Romney is not a conservative. We cannot call him one, nor can we embrace him. We may have to vote for him this fall because anyone is better than Obama; but he is not one of us.
Should Romney win, conservatives will have to be prepared to be at war with the White House almost as much as we are now.
We are losing by incremental steps toward the left. Politics is an aircraft carrier that takes many miles to correct course and many more to turn around. You will not get independents to vote for Ron Paul or his ilk. You will not win an election without center right or some center left voters. Romney is the first step in the course correction of this Country. Embrace Romney and continue to work towards getting the Senate and House filled with conservatives to steer the Country in a conservative direction. Patience will be rewarded
I agree Thomas. I hope everyone will donate to the Senate Conservatives Fund. We really need to shore up the conservatives there, no matter if Obama or Romney is in office.
I donate frequently to the Senate Conservative Fund.
Senator Jim DeMint is the finest man in Washington, D.C. He also believes in TERM LIMITS and will not run for re election once his senate seat is up.
I would say DeMint is one of the finest men in Washington DC, not the finest. Rand Paul and Mike Lee, as well as Ron Paul would be ahead of him ;)
I gave decent amounts to both Mike Lee and Rand Paul when the SCF got behind these fine men. Senator DeMint held a nationwide conference call for all of us and he thoroughly reviewed each of the men on the list. This was back in 2010 and it was SO helpful!
Did you by chance see the interview that Senator DeMint gave with Nick Gillespie from Reason Magazine back in February? It was really, really good!
I'm a conservative (fiscal, social and constitutional) and I completely agree with Senator DeMint that there are some key similarities between conservatives and libertarians. Perhaps, conservatives and libertarians continue to do EXACTLY what Senator DeMint suggests and then I respectfully suggest we "kick out" the progressive, "spend our tax dollars like crazy", moderate republicans over to the left side of the aisle where they clearly belong based on their congressional voting records.
I haven't followed two- termed Governor Gary Johnson closely but I did learn that he is called, "Mr. VETO" because of his record in New Mexico. The Libertarian Party has nominated him for their candidate.
I really cannot donate to anyone at this time, any monies I will donate will have to go to the ACTUAL nominee. If this turns out to be West, Newt, Palin, DeMint, I'm in whole heartedly, if it turns out to be Rommny? I'm in.
Did you know John Dummett's Presidential Campaign has hit into high gear......so check him out......John will uphold our constitution and his truth and honesty and patriotism along with his wisdom and knowledge of Government Affairs truly will be an asset to our great nation, and that is, to keep it our great nation, as ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, AND HE WILL EMBRACE AND ENFORCE THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE. Our God Given Principles set down within our treasured Constitution will never be abused nor removed, for they will be enforced and upheld.
See below for an inspiring and important message below from John.
"I can see the restoration of this nation as it was bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers. There is only one problem. Everybody wants to fix what is wrong but nobody wants to do what it takes to make it a reality. I can tell you I have heard every excuse under the Sun. I know what needs to be done and by God Almighty I will do it. Now what more can I do? The rest is really up to the People who care if this nation and form of government continues. So far I hear a lot of grumblings but as I always say there are a lot of folks out there with alligator mouths and lizard behinds. Proactive action is what it is going to take. Words are Too easy to write. It is what is in a person's heart that feeds the embers of freedom and liberty. All I can do is stand before you and offer everything I am to funnel the Will of the People."
John is a good man, but, he has no name recognization and no following.
A vote for him is a vote for Obama. Get real.
I've never heard of him but I will check out those links for sure. Unfortunately, we have the two party machine to contend with and they typically get all the media attention. I think the Libertarian Party would be the next or 3rd largest party and they've already nominated former Governor of NM, Gary Johnson.
Maybe we can work tirelessly to elect staunch conservatives to the house and senate enough to get some serious fiscal legislation passed and for Congress to actually pass a budget.
I basically agree with you on this subject much more than with Judson. We Conservatives
lost this round (in the primary process); we lost because we were not prepared to go up
against the Republican Establishment's choice for President. They had one candidate from
Day #1, and we had a double handfull of candidates. Maybe and hopefully, we have learned
a lesson: Four years from now, we need to be united behind one, AND ONLY ONE, candidate
from the get-go. And that candidate is not going to be Ron Paul (if he's still alive and kicking).
But that is tomorrow; this is today. And today we have to get behind the RINO that the RNC
has shoved down our collective throats ___ and Romney is that RINO.
People who want to do so can continue to fight for a brokered convention and/or for Ron Paul
to emerge as our one and only hope, but, once this convention is over and is a done deal,
only a fool or a Marxist Fifth Columnist (posing as one of us) is going to #1. Vote for a third
party, #2. Do the write-in thing, or #3. Stay home on election day.
Here's the thing, IF we are going to have another election (and another chance to win) in
four years and four months, we MUST help push Romney over the line and into the WH.
Embrace Romney? I can't do that! But I will vote for him, and, as you stated, Thomas, I
definitely will " . . . continue to work toward getting the Senate and the House filled with
Conservatives . . ."
We have nowhere else to go.
Paul lost me on National Security-- It's about 50 years to late to realistically decide we should stay out of other peoples business.. Would have been great if Truman, Ike or even Kennedy had felt that way, but they didn't and now we're stuck..
I wouldn't dismiss the rest of Paul's ilk so lightly. Paul preaches Constitutional Conservatism, Fiscal Conservatism-- and limited government. He may not practice it, but that's the message. That message and the way he presented was well received by moderates and younger people. He would have pulled the youth vote out from under Obama