Every four years, we have this drumbeat from the drive by media that the Republicans insist on a purity test for their candidates. Then we get breathless news from the media when some poll comes out that says the GOP might compromise on beliefs in order to elect a Republican. But there is something the media always leaves out.
Not only does the GOP not have a purity test for its candidates, the Democrats do. Consider the current GOP field. You have a flat out loony liberal, Gary Johnson. You have several big government liberals, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman and Rudy Giuliani. You have some big government moderates like Tim Pawlenty. You have some further to the conservative spectrum like Rick Santorum and Rick Perry. You have serious conservatives, such as Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and (though she is not running) Sarah Palin. You even have Ron Paul, who pretty much defies categorization.
Compare that to the liberal field of four years ago. You had Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Denis Kucinich, and Bill Richardson. Every last one of these favored massive increases in government spending, tax hikes, social programs, socialist health care, cutting the military, surrendering and withdrawing in Iraq and Afghanistan, abortion and gay rights. In many of their debates the only differences were the color of their suits.
Unfortunately Republicans do not insist on a purity test. The Tea Party and other conservatives are insisting on a purity test. A campaign for President is not a popularity contest between two people on TV. It is not even a contest between two groups for America to decide which we like better. This is not Coke vs. Pepsi. This is not Ford vs. Chrysler. This is not baseball vs. NASCAR.
This is a battle for the future of this country and ideas do matter.
The Bible says, “What does it profit a man that he gain the whole world and lose his soul?” How about a political paraphrasing of that verse of scripture? What does it gain this country if we put a Republican in the White House and he is really no different from the Socialist he replaced?
In this campaign, ideas and beliefs do matter. No one took Obama seriously when he promised the things that he did. Everyone just assumed he was another politician. Today, two and a half years later, we are learning he really did mean what he said. He really wanted insane spending. He really wanted to wreck the health care system. He really wanted to see high gas prices. He really wants to see America reduced to being just another pleasant country somewhere between Aruba and Zimbabwe.
What we want is not a purity test, as the media likes to call it. What we want is someone who believes in America. What we want is someone who understands that conservative principles work. What we want is someone who understands that under conservative leadership, the country prospers and the people are free.
What we do not want is someone who promises us to be conservative then goes to Washington acting just like a liberal. What we do not want is more of the same. What we do not want is someone who is going to go to Washington just to “manage” socialism.
We want change. We want someone we can believe in. Call it a purity test if you will. We call it setting America free.
Oh Pleeeeze... No!
The B's are so out of touch with the silent moral majority population. We are more than that/they. The B's better send a MORAL rep to us to plead their case. Money is insignificant and only their pitch to control things. And Rick Perry from all I see as a Texan is lovin' that money. Man cannot serve 2 masters. They are really demented if that is their feeble attempt to have some input.
I don't listen to infowars. So, my thoughts are my own.
I'm sick of them also. I remember seeing Perry on TV in 2007 saying he was excited about being invited to the annual Bilderberg Group annual meeting.
What few know is that its very first meeting was held at the Bilderberg Hotel (from where they chose its name) in the Netherlands after WW2, and it was initiated by the father of the current Dutch Queen Beatrix, Her mother, Queen Juliana, had married a German prince (who wore the Nazi Secret Service uniform all during WW2). The Dutch people were very upset about the marriage, having been so recently occupied by the Nazi army. Queen Juliana had 4 daughters with him, and Beatrix was the oldest.
I think your classification of Gary Johnson is incorrect. His fiscal conservatism is well proven under significant duress. Something like 800 vetoes of big spending bills while governor of New Mexico. This is as conservative as it gets, and not only in rhetoric.
I think social progressivism is tainting your definitions. He can arguably be classified as socially liberal - but only on some issues. Fiscally he is as conservative as anyone - and better proven than most all the other candidates you listed.
That's just some of the problem with the DemonCrat Party. In general they are against everything GOOD; and FOR everything EVIL. What more could the devil ask for..???.............And the major media goes right along with them.!!
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