Posts Tagged ‘Mitt Romney

07
Nov
12

2012 Election Results From a Conservative Libertarian in Arizona

The dust isn’t 100% settled but I’ll go ahead and say it – congratulations to Barack Obama for his 2012 American Presidential win. Unfortunately, I can’t go so far as to say congratulations to Obama for winning as I can say congratulations to the Republicans for losing it. The GOP lost this race on their own terms and I unfortunately they seemingly didn’t learn from 2008 with John McCain.

The results are fairly similar between 2008 and 2012. In 2008 Obama won 362 electorial votes with McCain winning 176 (69,456,897 vs 59,934,814popular votes – 52.9% vs 45.7%, link). In 2012 Obama won 303 electorial votes with Romney winning 206 (54,744,018 vs 53,685,409 popular votes – 49.7% vs 48.8%, link). A 3.2% decrease for Obama and a 3.1% increase for the GOP is a pretty trivial number in my opinion as it swings this much every year.

EDIT: According to the final results Barack H. Obama received 332 electorial votes and Willard Mitt Romney received 206 electorial votes (65,899,625 vs 60,928,981 popular, 51.02% vs 47.18%, link). Furthermore Gary Johnson received 1,275,821 popular (0.99%), Jill Stein with 469,500 (0.36%), and other with 580,631 (0.45%). This reinforces my claim that the GOP lost fair-and-square – that if all people who voted for 3rd parties voted with the GOP that Obama still would have won the election.

For the past two years the GOP has nominated a moderate Conservative – for all intensive purposes in my mind, a Socialist-lite. As Jed Babbin said in an article written in in 2008 of John Mcain, “In nuclear physics, every subatomic particle has an opposite. When they collide, they combine to produce another particle that resembles neither. McCain is the political antimatter that collides with conservatism and produces ‘liberal republicanism'” (link). McCain has a fair Conservative scorecard from places like ACU but in reality he is just not a strong Conservative and certainly not a steadfast conservative who will stick by his guns hell or highwater. McCain couldn’t support lower taxes in 2001 and in 2008 he went soft on illegal immigration.

Fast forward four years and the GOP again nominated a bastion of Conservatism birthed into Mitt Romney. stated early in 2012 it was said by Conor Murphy, “[i]f Republicans wish to elect a conservative to the White House, then they would do well to avoid nominating the poster child of big-government Republicanism, Mitt Romney” (link). The biggest selling point of the GOP 2012 contender was “I’m not Barack Obama.” Of course, please forget that Romney supported TARP bailouts, signed anti-gun legislation, grandfathered Romneycare which was the design for Obamacare, prefer to keep the TSA, signed on Agenda-21 friendly legislation, and want to make the PATRIOT Act permanent – all items that are selling points not of a Conservative but rather of a big-government Socialist.

Arguably in recent history since the Reagan Revolution the Republican Party has shifted, not more to the right… but rather to the left – see Bob Dole, George W. Bush and John McCain. Likewise the Democratic Party has shifted to the left – see Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. So in reality the entire political spectrum is shifting left and moves further away from truly representing us those on the right.
 
It should be painfully obvious at this juncture that because of this shift to the left the GOP is splitting and has been for some time. Those of us on the right want to remain on the right. We do not wish to comprimise and shift left with the GOP. I believe a fairly large faction of GOP and independents want to see the GOP shift right but it seems that the powers to be at the GOP prefer to move left to try to pander to the middle-ground independents and Blue-Dog Democrats.
 
If you watched the GOP debates you would be hard pressed to see many fundamental differences btween most of the candidates – save Ron Paul and Gary Johnson – than Barack Obama. All of them generally supported spying/detaining citizens under the PATRIOT Act or the NDAA, support bailouts, support spending money which they don’t have (Democrats want to spend it on “social programs,” while Republicans want to spend it on “safety”), support progressive taxation, support pre-emptive wars without Congressional declaration, support the war on drugs, support the Federal Reserve manipulating our currency, and last but not least they both do not support creating a viable plan that will reduce the debt.
 
I admit, I am happy that Obama won. America may not survive in one piece as she stands now but maybe this isn’t such a bad thing. Let me explain. Any time a President sits the opposing party becomes the watch-dog opposition. They watch their every move and complain and bitch to try to stop them. For many of us in America today Obama is the most Left-winged President we’ve had. Because of this we’ve become more watchful and aware fo what our politicians are doing. In some sense, we’ve held them more accountable and made them squirm. Beginning in 2007-2008 the Tea Party and the Ron Paul rEVOLution gained immense popularity. These became the watch-dog groups to which many Americans now subscribe to. Since Obama has a second term such groups will be in overdrive watching his every move. Hopefully the people who are concerned about America will realize that they must watch and they must act. If they act then they have the chance to push America back to the right side of the political spectrum.
 
I know that some people will argue that it would have been better to chance the 2012 election and let Romney sit but I say that it would have hurt America’s chance to push the GOP back to the right. As it stands now the GOP has two elections that it lost due to them not picking someone Conservative enough. For 2016 they now have the chance to continue on their path and probably lose another election or swing back to the right and pick up the disenfranchized people on the right – forget the no-man’s land in the middle of the political spectrum as those people will probably willy-nilly decide on what direction they want to vote at the last minute – it’s hard to pander to such a group so why is the gOP trying? Maybe there is even a chance that if those middle-moderates see the GOP return to a principled stance of small-government and true fiscal responsibility (not a fiscal responsibility that says no big spending to social programs but a big fat yes to abhorent military spending) that they will be more appealing to vote for. As of now the GOP, even to me who leans Right, seems like a desperate greyhound dog trying to catch a mechanical rabbit on a track and it’s too ignorant to know that it never will catch it… and that isn’t a pretty sight to many voters. At least the Democratic party seems to stand up and say with conviction that it will do everything that it can to make the world more fair and to create their Utopia.
 
Or maybe Obama will destroy America. Maybe he will drive us straight into the ground of blasé Socialism. It is my hope that if it comes to that then there will be enough of us willing to fight for a new revival – a new America that our Founding Father’s would be proud of where individualism reigns instead of collectivism.
 
It is my hopes that because people are more involved with politics today than I’ve ever seen they start to realize that We The People need to keep our politicians in check. The power of laws needs to be returned to the Congress, to where we can voice our opinions of where we want to take this country every two years in the House and every 4 in the Senate. We can’t sit around and say that “my Congressperson is doing great” and then turn around and say that Congress is doing a horrible job – this makes no sense. We need to make the Congress do it’s job – they need to threaten impeachment when it is warranted and question the Executive branch when it supercedes its power with items such as Executive Orders. Then when the President wants to appoint a puppet in the Supreme Court, the Congress needs to stand up and block that nomination in favor of someone who will judge blindly and without partisanship. But as of now, the Congress generally sits around and does nothing except ceede their power elsewhere and certainly never challenges the Executive branch.
 
In any case, I can only see the second term of Obama as being a good thing for us in the long run. Make no mistake about it, I’m not excited about how the next four years will be for us… if we even have another four years. However, I think that if we want to truly prosper then Obama part two is the best thing that could have happened to us.
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07
Oct
12

Why Mitt Romney is not a Conservative

First off, I want to be clear here. I’m not saying who you should vote for. The main thing I want is for you to vote AND know who you are voting for and why. If you don’t know who you are voting for or why then I don’t really see a point in voting except to pat yourself on the back, put on your “I voted sticker,” and feel all warm inside that you were a good-American doing your duty.

For far too long I’ve heard people say that they are tired of having crappy politicians to vote between. That neither candidate really matches their views and that all politicians are snakes in the grass. Long has America been ensnared in the two-party system of a false-dichotomy logical fallacy. You don’t have to vote for someone just because they have a (D) or (R) behind their name. As we know many politicians say what they want, when they want, to whatever audience they need to pander to. I for one am done with that.

I am a Conservative Libertarian. My general belief is that all people who are free should do as they wish so long as it doesn’t affect (aka harm) someone else. Likewise, a freeman’s government should respect other countries even if they are in disagreement. We aren’t in a Utopia and warring with people – domestic or foreign – isn’t going to get us that Utopia. The following list is something that I’ve attempted to compile in showing why I believe that Romney is not a Conservative and thus not a candidate that I can cast my vote for even though he is the acclaimed Republican nominee. In the interest of fairness, I tried to provide as many links as I could to provide evidence of my claims.

Why Mitt Romney is not a Conservative – not now, not as a President.

FOREIGN POLICY:
YES: Interfere and intervene with other countries policies and politics 1
NO: End the Afghanistan war, do not obtain a Constitutional Declaration of War 2, 34
YES: Support Israel unilaterally (even though they are Nuclear), including financial and weapon backing 3, 33
YES: Remain in the United Nations, although scale back 7
YES: Invade Iran. 5, 8
YES: Agenda 21 by United Nations 24, 25, 26
YES: Unilateral and unchecked foreign aid 37

I believe that a true Conservative believes in sovereignty, both domestic and foreign. To have a policy or belief that we need to fix, manipulate, or save other countries from their own political issues is simply Unamerican. America is who she is today because we threw off our own [British] chains – not because some country came and liberated us. If we are going to demand that they recognize and respect our sovereignty, laws, and freedoms than a Conservative should also recognize and respect other countries sovereignty, laws, and freedoms even if we don’t agree with them. Last but not least, we are able to act and retaliate for acts of aggression towards the United States and that is outlined in the Constitution via a Congressional Declaration of War (the President isn’t a dictator who takes us to war when he feels like it). I argue that Romney is not a Conservative because he believes that American government should actively interfere and police the world and does not believe in the CIA’s findings on blowback. Furthermore, he does not respect other country’s sovereignty while demanding they recognize ours.

ECONOMY:
YES: Subsidize farms 9, 11, 12
YES: Bailouts 13, 14
YES: TARP 27, 28, 29, 30
YES: Cap and trade 10, 31
YES: Managed trade (aka “fair trade”), not free trade. Supports CAFTA, NAFTA, WTO, Fast Track TPA, and other “free-trade” agreements. 6, 32

I believe that a true Conservative believes in a free market (with very few regulations), both domestic and foreign. It is free trade that demands that we cooperate. If we don’t cooperate, then we can’t obtain or produce what we need. By supporting “fair trade” we create bureaucratic nonsense in dictating who gets what and how and what is right and wrong. The only thing a Conservative should believe is right is the law of capitalism – supply and demand. When you begin to regulate an economy you being to introduce corporatism which in turn stifles innovation and threatens property rights. I argue that Romney is not a Conservative because he believes that government should heavily interfere with society and capitalism in an attempt to “create a better and more fair world.”

DOMESTIC:
YES: PATRIOT ACT 18
YES: TSA 22
YES: NDAA 18
YES: Gun control laws and bans – took no stand on the United Nations Gun Ban. GOA gave him a D- rating (lowest of all GOP candidates) and NRA did not endorse him until after the first debate (political move). 4, 19, 20, 21
YES: Continue the War on Drugs 22, 23
NO: Legalization of recreational or medical marijuana. 23

I believe that a true Conservative leads a laissez-faire attitude towards it’s people and their domestic doings. It is of no interest to the government to mandate and dictate how we carry our personal lives. And if it is, where is that right given to the federal government in the Constitution? To grope, spy on, and threaten people with the suspicion that they could be dangerous is an abomination. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty, unreasonable search, or probable cause? Of course any American wants to be safe but as Benjamin Franklin said, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Conservatives should afford it’s people freedom to do as they wish in the privacy of their lives. Only fascists demand that they dictate society and it’s morality. I argue that Romney is not a Conservative because he believes that government should treat all Americans with suspicion and disallow them to live their lives as they see fit, as freemen.

HEALTHCARE:
YES: Romneycare, will not repeal Obamacare 15, 16, 17
NO: Legalize medical marijuana 23, 35, 36

I believe that a true Conservative should have nearly no say in how a citizen treats their body. Let’s face the facts, Obamacare was based off of Romneycare. Romney cannot campaign against something he created. But even so, he’s doesn’t even want to repeal it… just “amend it.” With the Supreme Court ruling that it was a tax this is another point – Romney will campaign that he wants to lower taxes but if Obamacare is still in place… then he will still be taxing us. I argue that Romney is not a Conservative because he believes that despite the scientific research showing the bad of some vaccines and the good of [illegal] drugs that he still believes that the government should dictate what we can and cannot put into our own bodies. Of all property that we have our body is the most sacred and enduring. To mandate our medicine through the FDA and doctor laws (i.e. they can only prescribe Rx, not “unproven” treatments such as Gerson Therapy) is essentially saying that we don’t have the right to our body. This is utmost unacceptable, especially of a Conservative.

I have not included things such as taxes and the Federal Reserve because I’m not sure if those are really “Conservative” values. I do know that I agree strongly with many of the Founding Fathers such as Thomas Jefferson when he states,  “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power (of money) should be taken away from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.” Nevertheless, the financial issues are a huge point to me as well. I truly don’t believe that Romney, despite all his business sense, has a clue about federal economies and/or federal debt management. His financial outline surely is less damaging than Obama’s but it still creates an increasing Federal deficit – we need someone that is eagerly aggressive to fix the debt issue. We can’t spend our way out of the problem like Obama wants to do and we can’t slow down spending like Romney wants to do and expect us to magically rebound. CUT spending aggressively.  It is that simple. And this isn’t even touching on the Federal Reserve abomination that needs to be cut (also, not an issue Romney even addresses).

Last but not least because of this I have long since chosen to support Ron Paul. However, because Ron Paul was not selected by the GOP, I am now endorsing the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

01
Sep
12

Tired of simply voting for the lesser of two evils?

So you don’t like Romney… and you don’t like Obama. Do you just toss a dice to pick your candidate? Not vote? Vote the “lesser of two evils”? Or do you vote your conscience for whoever matches you best?

I’m going to argue here that the reason we are where we are is because we have repeatedly failed to vote our consciences. Instead, we vote for someone that we, many times, are only lukewarm about. So we compromise, sometimes on very big and important issues. With millions of dollars being raised and spent on campaigning it seems only logical to inquire if elections are even fair anymore… or if they are bought.

I say it’s time to stop playing political games and vote for who best matches you instead of voting for someone who only kinda-sorta matches your beliefs. To help you find out what candidate best matches you please take this test and see who you align with the most. If you don’t know the answer to something, then skip that question.

31
Aug
12

Rubio mutters the real truth

Marco Rubio slips up during the RNC and tells America the real truth – the Republicans and Romney want more government and less Freedom for you. No surprise. Skip to 17:00.

28
Feb
12

Memo to Republicans: Ignore Ron Paul at your peril

When will the GOP realize that Ron Paul supporters aren’t in it “to win” or to “keep the Republicans in power”? Instead they are in it to change the country. A change that is impossible under Obama, Romney, Gingrich, or Santorum. Original article found here.

Ron Paul isn’t a major factor in either the Arizona or Michigan primaries tonight — he gave his “victory” speech before the polls in either state closed — but a look inside the exit polling in the Wolverine State makes clear why the Texas Congressman remains a relevant factor in the presidential race.

Here’s why: Just one in four Paul supporters in Michigan say that they will definitely vote Republican no matter who the GOP nominates this fall. Those numbers are far below the 78 percent of Romney supporters who say they will vote for the GOP nominee no matter what and the 60 percent of Santorum backers who say the same.

What those numbers make clear is that Paul retains a not-insignificant following that is loyal first and foremost to him — not to the Republican party. And that means is that if Paul did decide to run as a third party candidate in the fall, he would take lots of the people currently supporting him with him.

Paul is — as we have written before — a very dangerous man to the Republican party. If he runs as an independent in the fall, every poll we have seen suggests that he would hand President Obama a second term.

Republicans need to find a way to bring Paul and his supporters under their tent — and soon. The problem? The party is struggling to coalesce behind a nominee, a chaotic situation that makes it difficult for the establishment to focus on the Paul problem.

But make no mistake: Ron Paul presents a major hurdle for the GOP’s chances of winning the presidency in November. And they haven’t gotten their steps right to clear it just yet.




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"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

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