To Our Alleged Republicans -
To where, exactly, has the concept of principled leadership in America disappeared? If we’re going to point to Barack Obama and his fascist sychophants, we may as well fold up our tents and go home, because quite frankly, it’s over.
After all, 235 ½ years is a pretty doggone good run. Nothing lasts forever, right? Just ask the Romans.
Or, perhaps, we should simply pull up the spikes holding our tents in the ground and move over with the Occupiers, because that way we at least wouldn’t have to stay in them overnight when times get tough and the political winds become just a bit too chilly.
Wait…I have an idea….why don’t we just make it a “big tent”, right? Sure, that way everyone could come inside, and we’d all be on the same team, right? Let’s just convince everyone that we stand for every consideration on all issues, even the ones that common sense is telling us are flatly self-contradictory.
And our principled leader will be….um…Mitt Romney? Well, if the “big tent” idea that I’ve just espoused is the “new principled”, then Mitt Romney is our man. He’s poked his head in and out of so many big tents that he has now seemingly been fitted for the red coat, white pants, and top hat and has ceremoniously had the whip and the chair placed in his capable hands. He’s gonna bring the lion under control. Yessir.
There’s only one other thing to consider there – the lions ate the Christians.
So, Rick Santorum’s performance in Iowa notwithstanding (a guy who at least strikes me as a fairly principled conservative), Mitt Romney’s “victory” in Iowa, coupled with his expected march through New Hampshire, seems to have most people around the country prepared to anoint Harvey Dent as the Republican nominee to challenge Barack Obama in November’s general election. With South Carolina on the schedule after that – territory in which Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul will most likely divide their own votes – it seems that Mr. Romney is in pretty good position.
So, what we common-sense Americans are essentially being told by your party (the RNC) and the media is that during a time when Donald Duck could take 49 out of 50 states against the sitting President of the United States, Mitt Romney is the absolute best that we can do.
One of the drums that I’ve been beating for a long, long time now – especially as it had become clear that Mr. Romney had a solid foothold on the nomination from the get-go – is that a moderate Republican never wins. Only strong, principled, conservative Republicans win general elections. Each time a new Republican “flavor of the month” has risen in the polls, the media elite and seemingly all everyday liberals claim that he or she “isn’t electable”. Why is that? I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’d like others to answer a question: am I the only one in this country who has had the “not electable” response thrown back as soon as a Republican candidate’s name is even raised?
Except, of course, when it comes to Mitt Romney, which I find very interesting, indeed.
Given Leftists’ penchant of making claims that are the exact opposite of their true intentions (ala Alinsky), this inexplicable “fear” of Mitt Romney certainly makes me curious. In expressing my thoughts on this to some of my like-minded friends over the past several months, they think I’m wrong; I’m not so sure. Something that I’ve learned in life is that whenever I face a questionable issue or difficult moment upon which I’ve spent a great deal of time dwelling, I have come to trust my instincts. More often than not, I’m usually in the ballpark.
Following Saturday’s debate, I’m now closer than ever to thinking that I’m correct, because during post-debate analysis, Democratic strategist Donna Brazille flatly claimed that the Obama camp is thrilled that Romney came across in such a strong fashion, because he’s “clearly the weakest candidate in the field”. Tellingly, George Stephanopoulos’s reaction to the comment was darn near a verbal beat-down for possessing the unmitigated stupidity to let the cat out of the bag.
Truth be told, I’m not happy with the current field of candidates with which we’ve been presented. Ironically, the true all-stars – men like Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, and Mitch Daniels – candidates who could’ve walked into the White House unopposed, stayed on the sidelines for some strange reason. But, I think I covered that in one of my last pieces here at AR.
Here’s my question for all the men currently claiming to be conservative who are running for President of the United States – what is it, exactly, that you don’t get? What’s hard to understand about things like paying one’s bills, recognizing the vital importance of the family as the foundational building block in any free society, and protecting the citizens of your own country from foreign threats? How about something truly original like utilizing our own natural resources and limited taxation of the people? Right now, in all honesty, our “tax code” is nothing more than a blueprint for organized crime.
From where I stand, the voice of the average, everyday American who works to support a family or his business is calling for someone – anyone – who will draw a line in the sand and govern according to the Constitution. In short, one of you has to show some serious testicular fortitude, and show it soon.
However all this evolves, let me say this – the Republican Party needs to get its freaking act together and unite behind one man. If it’s Mitt Romney, so be it; I’d certainly prefer someone else, and I know that I’m far from alone in that assessment. One thing is certain, though - If the supporters of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum continue to snipe at one another in displays that can only be termed petulant, you’re only going to contribute to the further subdivisions in our society and culture while simultaneously doing the Democrats’ work for them. This is pathetic, and by extension, pretty scary. For all intents and purposes, November’s general election is going to be America’s Last Stand.
Allow me to also say this to Mitt Romney – if you’re the nominee, you’ll have my support. You certainly haven’t earned it yet, and you may only get it by default. Remember this, however – you’re on record as saying that if elected President, the first thing that you’ll do, on Day One in office, is to issue Obamacare waivers by Executive Order to all 50 states, effectively putting the issue immediately to rest.
I’m holding you to that, and I’d be willing to bet that millions more are going to as well. See, it’s kinda like the scene from Eight Men Out, the true story about the 1919 Chicago White Sox – the gangster financing the entire operation knew the fix was in once the Sox’s starting pitcher, Eddie Cichotte, hit the first Reds’ batter with a pitch. That was the signal.
I’m going to wait for the signal.
If the signal never comes, well, then, I guess it’ll be another four years of political activism in order to try to make you as unelectable as possible yourself. I know, I’m just one small man in a nation of 305,000,000 people, but, hey, someone’ll have to do it. Before I sign off here, though, I thought I might present to you a common-sense, conservative platform, just in case you need cheat notes or something along those lines. I’m just trying to help. I do a lot of tutoring in my spare time, so this comes pretty naturally to me. You don’t have to contact me about any of this; feel free simply to consider them “rhetorical” points. I am, however, always available – after all, I have an Ipad.
John J. Feeny
1. balanced budget amendment to the Constitution
2. formal development of a strict program for paying down the national debt (see Paul Ryan)
3. transition from a federal tax scheme based on the personal income of the Americanpeople to a Fair Tax (consumption-based) or, at the very least, a Flat Tax on income
4. Health Care – repeal the bill (if possible) & replace it with one based on TORT reform and the removal of interstate regulations – OR – de-fund the bill that has been signed into law and starve it
5. complete review of the Democrats’ “financial overhaul” - the American People demand to know exactly what is in that bill; repeal the bill if necessary
6. eliminate any laws or proposals for Cap & Trade, and legally prevent the EPA from establishing draconian energy guidelines
7. eliminate or de-fund the Department of Education, returning the responsibility for educating our youth to where it rightfully belongs – their parents, families, and local communities
8. shut down the Southern border to illegal immigration; deployment of the state National Guards as necessary to prevent further illegal incursions; then, immigration reform in each state’s being given the right to determine its own immigration laws.
9. strong national defense and security; as to the wars(s) in the Middle East, either fight to end them decisively or bring our troops home.
10. federal requirement of photo identification for all elections; possibly require photo kiosks placed in all polling locations so as to more easily facilitate state identification for all American citizens
Call for Constitutional Convention
> stronger wording or re-vision for the 1st, 2nd, & 10th Amendments
> term limits for every political position at the federal and state level
> legislative bills that are no more than 25 pages in length
> amendment for adopting English as our official language
> enforcement of the “natural-born”clause
Ancillary, but extremely important issues
> legal re-working as the degree of formal influence that public unions can wield in a free market economy
> pro-life and pro-growth in all areas of American life and culture