Cynicism, Apathy, and Pragmatic Political Parties

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Editor's Corner
Issue: 
Fall 1997
Volume Number: 
2
Issue Number: 
4

The middle of the road leads to socialism.
Ludwig von Mises
Planning For Freedom, 1962

From Ancient Rome to Karl Marx

Just like in ancient Rome, at the time of the Ides of March and the death knell of the Republic --- when the Roman populace's votes were being bought by populist political demagogues who either promised warring mobs what did not belong to them (legalized plunder) or distracted them with panen et circenses (bread and circuses) --- the American people today are being politically distracted by the media which focuses on the insignificant differences between the two major political parties (led by the moderates of the GOP in cahoots with the liberal wing ofUS Political Party logos the Democratic party). And so the American electorate are getting only beltway politics-as-usual --- in the form of watered-down welfare reform, non-existent reductions in educational spending, and legerdemain Medicare cuts* --- while the time of reckoning for balancing the budget continues to be postponed. The truth is government spending continues to rise, and our duty to discharge the national debt, the future enslavement of our children, is not even being discussed. This topic is outside the liberal media's artificial frame of "respectable" political debate --- and thus, censored from public discussion.

And so with this ongoing political charade, it is no wonder only 25% of the eligible population voted in our last presidential election (1996) to reelect the president, again, with less than a majority (49%). The truth is the last presidential election offered no real choice between the two major candidates, and in Congress, despite the "conservative" Republicans retaining control, except for a band of principled, courageous House Republicans of the freshman and sophomore classes, the conservative agenda for government reform has been discarded, and the leadership and the old guard are frequently nowhere to be found.

Remember candidate Bob Dole stating there was a difference between him and President Clinton? During the debate, Bob Dole vociferated, "I want to reduce government by 20%, President Clinton by 16%." Wow! Great philosophical and moral choices in political philosophy! The pundits ask why the apathy and low turn-out at the voting booth: Again, there appears to be no significant difference between Democrats and Republicans. Just a little less of the same --- an ever-growing leviathan.

Unbeknownst to the general public, because of compromise after compromise, and betrayal after betrayal (particularly by the moderate Republicans caving-in to liberal Democrats), we have complied, in part or in toto, with all 10 planks of Marx's Communist Manifesto:**

Communist Manifesto· Abolition of property...to public purposes (i.e., application of environmental laws to confiscate private property and asset forfeiture proceedings to rob citizens accused, but not necessarily convicted, of the fruits of their labors to subsidize further plunder);

· A heavy progressive or graduated income tax (i.e., requires no comment);

· Abolition of all rights of inheritance (i.e., inheritance tax of itself is already 55% and on top of this are the usual confiscatory local, state, and federal taxes);

· Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels (i.e., see expatriate tax provisions in the Kassebaum-Kennedy Bill - why were these provisions included surreptitiously in a purportedly insurance bill?);

· Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly (i.e., the existence of the interrelated Federal Reserve, IMF, and World Bank are well known);

· Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state (i.e., FCC regulates the airwaves and the government has subsidized railroad monopolies such as Amtrak and ConRail);

· Equal liability of all to labor; establishment of industrial armies...(i.e., unions and their bosses contributing heavily to political candidates from the forced union dues of their members; minimum wage laws; employer mandates; onerous regulations stifling business and commerce);

· Free education for all children in public schools... (i.e., requires no comment; government schools have debased academic curricula, are crime ridden and devoid of the teachings of moral virtues) etc.

Yes, just like in ancient Rome, at the time of the Ides of March and the death knell of the Republic, Americans, like their ancient Roman counterparts, have become distracted with panen et circenses and satiated with politics-as-usual, totally imbued with either cynicism or apathy.

Now the "conservative" revolution of 1994 has fizzled; and the republican leadership scrambling toward the purported center of American politics, and I am sorry to say, abandoning principle for political expediency, is positioning itself as to be swept out of power by an irate American electorate unless it quickly changes course, reasserts itself and finds its lost courage.

One of the great maxims we learned from the German philosopher Georg Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), is that man seldom learns lessons from history. Much has been said and written about the meaning and course of the November '94 "conservative" revolution and we are still analyzing what happened in the '96 election, but given the direction U.S. politics has taken, I find it astonishing that relatively little has been said and learned from the very meaningful U.S. election of 1992 and that of our northern neighbors in Canada in 1993. And more recently, as far as the May 1st British election, the media pundits have already spun their own distracting web to explain its meaning: centered around the looks, youth, and Clinton-like "New Democrat" moderation and charms of newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair.Great Britain flag

Great Britain

In view of the importance of the British elections and the parallels and similarities of the U.S. Republican party since the years of President Bush with that of the British Tories since the days of the coup against Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, it may be of interest to study these similitudes and understand what they may portend to the future of the U.S. Republican Party and conservatism. Also what, for instance, is the meaning of the recurring phenomenon of landslide dismissals of ostensibly "conservative" ruling parties, not just in the U.S., but, as we have intimated, also in Canada, Great Britain, France, New Zealand, etc., while creeping socialism continues to crawl steadily over all our institutions.

After the longest-lasting British Parliamentary (conservative) 18-year rule of this century, the re-invented, new "moderate" British Labor Party and its leader (the Clinton counterpart of British politics 43-year-old Tony Blair), have been swept into power in Britain, largely as a result of "conservative" indecision, flip-flops, and the dissatisfaction of British voters who have been ignored (i.e., taxes were raised and regulations increased under Prime Minister John Majors) and virtually left out of the equation of British sovereignty (i.e., while the majority of the British people oppose joining the European Monetary Union, the British elite of both parties support European unification and refuse to have a referendum on the issue).

U.S.A.US Flag

But, we don't even have to look to Europe. In 1992, the liberal democrats retained control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, and sent President George Bush, the proponent of a "kinder, gentler nation," packing out of the White House. It was said to be the economy ("it's the economy, stupid"), as in any event, the pundits pontificated that "conservatives had no other place to go," and would have to vote for the reelection of George Herbert Walker Bush.

The fact remained that after repeatedly squandering the legacy of Ronald Reagan and disbanding his carefully-crafted conservative coalition, a citizen's coalition bent on genuinely decreasing the size and scope of government, the GOP faltered. President Bush and his administration, in concert with the liberal, Democrat-controlled Congress, broke his "read my lips, no new taxes" pledge and signed the quota bill ("I will not sign a quota bill"), instituted unprecedented civil asset forfeitures against U.S. citizens, implemented stifling red-tape bureaucracies and crushing government regulations, and strangulated entrepreneurs with such onerous and flawed acts as the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the superfluous but terribly expensive Clean Air Bill, all the while strengthening intrusive alphabet-soup agencies such as the EPA, OSHA, FDA, and BATF.

Needless to say, when you pile up insult after insult discouraging your passionate conservative base, that base erodes away and stays home on election day. The liberal left retains its base and then carries the bewildered and volatile center (depending on the state of the economy and the perception of what freebies they are getting or will be getting from government).

CanadaCanadian Flag

Likewise, in October 1993, the Canadian parliamentary elections reconfirmed the truism that when the conservative base is insulted and the line between conservatives and liberals become blurred and indistinct, support for ostensibly "conservative" parties evaporates. You see, all being equal, the liberals are believed "to feel everyone's pain!" So, I repeat, everything being equal, and with no foreign threat to our national security, the liberal left with the volatile center carries the day.

In Canada, the Progressive "Conservative" Party of Brian Mulroney, after repeatedly offending and betraying the conservative Canadian electorate and eroding its base (i.e., taxes were raised 71 times and a 7 percent value-added tax was levied), lost in an unprecedented landmark election; and after years in power, the party was literally wiped from the Canadian political landscape. The "conservatives" were severely drubbed, dropping from 153 seats to 2 seats; and the Liberal Party of Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chretien was swept to victory, resurging from 79 seats in Parliament to 178 seats. A new, western conservative party emerged, the Reform Party led by Preston Manning, which went from 1 seat to 56 seats, and has now become the real opposition to socialism in Canada. The Separatist Bloc Quebecois Party gained 46 seats (from 8 to 54) and remains a formidable political force. (This year's elections in France and Canada do not change the picture, except for the fact the Reform Party has consolidated its gains, and has become the de facto loyal opposition.)

Are There Political Lessons to be Learned?

Regardless of the conservatism and enthusiasm (i.e., reducing the size and scope of government) of the candidates, once in office, democratic socialism is perceived as an ineluctable historic force that can not be stopped, and this attitude appears to foster politics-as-usual in the "conservative leadership" and demoralization on the rank-and-file members of Congress. Except for a band of maverick conservative Republicans in the House, the Republicans, led by Speaker Newt Gingrich (and in the Senate by the underwhelming, disappointing Trent Lott), have lost their nerve, become scared of their own shadow, and continue to play by the rules of the Democrats to the tune of the liberal media unable to wield power and save the Republic.

Third party logoAre there lessons to be learned? Hegel also wrote, again correctly in my view, "nothing in this world has ever been accomplished without passion." As the American Republican Party has apparently lost its moral courage --- and its passion --- and continues its present pusillanimous course, no one should be surprised, perhaps regrettably, if a third party forging, despite their overt differences, genuine Republicans, civil libertarians, and religious conservatives, materializes.

Despite the astounding and unprecedented lapses in moral judgment (and concurrent political vulnerabilities) of the present administration in the White House, and the unparalleled corruption with campaign fund-raising scandals implicating both the Democratic National Committee and the White House (and their damaging, concomitant illegalities affecting our national security via COSCO, the Lippo group, and Communist China), no one should be surprised if the GOP fails to regain the Presidency and even loses the nominal governance of a fizzled and neutered GOP-led Congress.

Footnotes

* Last year during the Medicare debate much was made of the Democrats' litany: "The Republicans are seeking to cut Medicare by $270 billion to pay for tax breaks for the rich"; the reality was that the differences in the cuts (i.e., not cuts but reduction in rate of Medicare growth) between the Republicans and Democrats, in terms of beltway dollars, was insignificant.

** Much of this socialism became a fact of life during President Bush's "moderate" administration which also paved the way for the continuation of these policies under Bill Clinton. Both presidents increased taxes, supported Goals 2000 in education, increased regulations, and hailed the cryptic New World Order.

Dr. Faria is a consultant neurosurgeon and author of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995) and the newly released Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (Macon, Georgia, Hacienda Publishing, Inc., 1997). He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Sentinel.

Originally published in the Medical Sentinel 1997;2(4):123-125. Copyright ©1997 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

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Pope Pius XII was the victim of a Soviet plot by Stalin?

Dr Faria,
I wasn't sure which forum to post this, but I wondered what you think about the claims made in an article written by Edward Pentin entitled Authors: Pope Pius XII Was Framed by KGB.

Pacepa
Former Romanian intelligence chief General Ion Mihai Pacepa (photo, right), who defected to the US in 1978, just wrote a new book entitled "Disinformation." In it he claims that Pope Pius XII was the victim of a Soviet plot by Stalin to frame him as a Nazi sympathizer. Naturally, discrediting Pope Pius XII would harm his relationship with the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Pacepa claims: “After persecuting the Church there, he [Stalin] set about trying to portray Pius XII as a Nazi collaborator, proclaiming on Radio Moscow in 1945 that Pius XII had been ‘Hitler’s Pope.’” Controlling or discrediting the Church was often a chosen path used by the KGB since outright elimination had not been accomplished. Early on the icons had been replaced with Stalin’s picture, literally.

In his book "Spy Handler," former KGB officer Cherkashin claimed in USSR that “most of the Orthodox hierarchy was in some way connected to the KGB” (200). However, he admits that in the Ukraine, this was not the case. The invasion of Western Ukraine by the Soviets in 1939 forced the populace to take a chance with the Nazis over communist USSR, who had starved approximately 5 million to death under Stalin, forced collectivization, and generally squashed any freedoms for Ukrainians. Additionally, the land taken under the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was primarily Catholic.

The KGB even had their own section for disinformation: FCD Section A (123). By using the threat of discrediting an individual, the choice for the victim was stark: spy and cooperate with the KGB or be exposed as a Nazi collaborator. Moreover, the US would be harmed either way, through espionage or damaged reputation. Cherkashin relates a particular case concerning how this was done to Constantine Warwariv, the US representative to UNESCO, in Georgia (formerly part of USSR ) in 1977. The story of Nazi collaboration was fictional, but Warwariv did live in the Ukraine before immigrating to the US, and the KGB made up a Nazi history for him. Warwariv did not cooperate and reported the attempt to the US State Dept; consequently, he was included in a book published by the Foreign Ministry. His reputation was hurt and he was eventually dismissed (122-29).

That Stalin had the motive—control of the Ukraine Catholic Church, who would naturally be uncooperative—is believable. That the KGB would use this method of claiming one who was so obviously NOT a NAZI sympathizer seems rather bold since so many knew otherwise, for example President Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and even Albert Einstein, who all praised him. Yet Pacepa’s makes a valid point when he claims that a later generation would be more gullible to this KGB deception. Remember the Che and Mao T-shirts worn by the useful idiots? Stalin died in 1953, so who was pushing this agenda after that?

I also realize that nothing is certain in Intelligence, even sources like Pacepa and Cherkashin. One seeks collaboration from different sources. Moreover, Pacepa is selling a book. My biggest problem is "Need to Know." Why would the Romanian Intelligence Chief be involved in USSR decisions at the highest level for the Ukraine. This decision would likely have been very strictly guarded in Moscow. Of course all ships leak. Perhaps reading the book and seeking collaboration is the best method. Critics are being won over. What is your take on this?

Canadian politics and history

A Conversation on Canadian politics

VC [a conservative from Georgia]: Susrum [a Canadian posting in the Macon Telegraph], you made several intriguing posts yesterday, for instance, "Afghanistan is where empires go to die." That is a verifiable historical assertion with many examples, but I would like to remark that Afghanistan, a country the U.S. was obligated to intervene in in a just war of self-defense for the atrocity of 9-11, is not where the U.S. would die. When the U.S. and Western culture are conquered, it will be a collapse from within, as in the Roman Republic and Empire, from the increasingly evident loss of at least two of the cardinal virtues that Aristotle, St Thomas Aquinas, and John Locke embraced – i.e., fortitude (courage) and temperance. A growing portion of the U.S. public is afflicted from the ills of creeping socialism and over-indulgence, moral cowardice and superficiality, deterioration in manners, civility, and deteriorating public education – in all of these the Democrats have led the way and the Republicans politically have not been able to stop them!

Susrum: "[Founding Fathers of Canada] ...The trouble is you guys got standards. Our founding fathers in comparison were bailiwick protecting, bigoted, divisive folks from 2 nationalities that had been fighting on and off since 1066, cobbled together by a man who drank too much, took bribes and sold the integrity of the fledgling nation for a railroad deal to the west coast. But he got the job done. We have no one-upmanship to parade nor was it intended as such."

VC: 1066, Yes the Battle of Hastings, Normans (French) vs Saxons (English), but I wish you would elaborate on Canadian history and politics. Winston Churchill touched on this in his masterpiece, History of the English Speaking People, as you know. I am laying no traps. I am just seeking knowledge about Canada's founding, history, and politics from a Canadian's perspective.

As it regards, the "man who drank too much" and his involvement with the railroads, I suppose you speak of Prime Minister Sir John Macdonald, but he did apply and succeeded in establishing a "manifest destiny" for Canada, creating one behemoth nation across the continent like the USA. And his dealings and controversy, which forged Canada, did in the end also precipitate his and the fall of the conservative government in the subsequent elections (1873).
I suppose you do instead admire Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King (i.e., a necromancer and creator of the welfare state, alter-ego to FDR, but also a great and worthy ally in World War II) as the foremost PM of Canada?

There are a number of historic "Alexander Mackenzies" in Canada, a prime minister, who followed Macdonald after "the railroad fiasco," another a great explorer, etc. In the Canadian wars (i.e., England vs France, US vs England, etc), Churchill stressed the St Lawrence River was the key to Canada – and usually Great Britain controlled the seas – as the Hudson River was the key to New England and New York. France, America's ally, briefly commanded the seas in 1781, and helped us win our independence after the surrender of the British at Yorktown (1781).

Susrum: "Liberal" has a different meaning depending on which side of the Great Lakes you go for a swim. It was the Liberals under Cretien who got us back from being a fiscal basket case in the 90's after a decade of Conservative governance under Mulroney. The latter emulated Reaganomics and was close personally, delivering the eulogy at the request of Nancy Reagan at the funeral. Churchill is another topic which I'll get in to one day save to say his father died of madness from syphilis, and one of his 2 stepfathers only a week older than him.“

VC: Churchill was very objective in his discussion of Canada, but he intimated that the U.S. could have remained part of the British empire if the "American radicals" and  King George III and his ministers could have come to terms.
Winston Churchill, a direct descendant of John Churchill, the Duke of Marlboro, was a great Englishman, a great historian, a great writer, great statesman - a great man!


Susrum: “The key to Canada were it's rivers navigated by the coureurs de bois who reached the hinterlands as traders followed by missionaries who opened up the heart of North America. I liked Mackenzie King, he served us well during WWII but Borden did as well in WWI. Most Americans do not know that Canadians left 50,000+ dead in Europe in both wars with a mean population of 8 million. But the best PM was Pierre Trudeau who delivered the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and is still noted as such in polls. The most admired man, though, was Tommy Douglas a Baptist Minister from the Weyburn Bible College in Saskatchewan who first introduced the hallmarks of the socially liberal criteria with health care and universal pensions to his home Province, thence Nationally, though he never held prominence or power in Federal matters save as a 3rd party the minority Liberals where afraid to annoy, lest they loose power.

"Mulroney was your typical tax and spend Conservative but what he got canned for was NAFTA. The residue left the Bloc Quebecois, a party dedicated to the break up of the country, as the official opposition and it was the next election saw the Reform party emerge. The West has always brought forth "movements," the western Progressives joined with the Conservatives after the war and became....you guessed it. The Reform party melded with the Progressive Conservatives and became the Conservatives.

"The Parliamentary system allows for this and the methodology of elections promotes it. One cannot spend more that 60 cents per voter in the riding up to $60,000.00 in a riding of say 100,000 folk and Elections Canada will match what you raise on your own if you need it. No union nor company may contribute and personal donations are held to $1100.00 annually. So quite literally the PM can hold onto his job if he can raise $30,000.00 and his party wins the most seats, meaning  a major party will spend $18 million to contest all 308 seats and it's all tightly audited. Another aspect is something called Question Period where any MP can get up an ask the government anything and the Minister responsible must answer for all Cabinet Members come from the ranks of the elected MPs. That is where the wit and repartee so well practiced by Winnie comes in. For most of the 140 years of this country, Liberals have been the government and in most cases more fiscally responsible than any right-wing Republican. What's in a name?"


VC: Brian Mulroney may have been a friend of Reagan and popular with many Republicans in the U.S., but in his later years in power he was far from being a "typical conservative" in the American or even Canadian sense. As I recall, after disappointing his conservative base with NAFTA, 71 tax increases, and a 7% value added tax levied on Canadians, he lost an unprecedented election and he brought about the destruction of his party in 1993. "A tax and spend conservative" is not a conservative!

Interestingly, George H. W. Bush (Bush #40) did almost about the same thing in the U.S (the GOP survived though), and it was his son who regrouped the party because of fear Sen. John McCain (R-Az) winning the nomination in 2000; John Majors did about exactly the same thing in Great Britain as Bush #40! It was as if these moderates, impersonating conservatives, were birds of a feather who flock together in the political winds of the 1990s.

But returning to Canada, Mulroney destroyed his Progressive Conservative [a telling oxymoron] Party, which was wiped out from Canadian politics – dropping from 153 seats and two seats! The Liberal party won, but most interesting were the gains of the conservative, western-based Canadian Reform party, which became the opposition. I understand the present Conservative Party of Canada today is made up of an alliance of parties led by the old Reform Party of Preston Manning.

In general, as the lessons of the U.S., Great Britain, and Canada in the 1990s demonstrate, when conservatives move too much to the center as "moderates" to preempt the modern liberals, they lose power.

Unfortunately, for most of the world, including Europe, Canada, Japan, even Russia today, "liberalism" has still the meaning of classical liberalism despite the new politics; while in the U.S., the modern liberals have little to do with the classical liberalism of William Gladstone and are big government lovers, proponents of statism and socialism, but most of them would deny it. And that is what most Americans mean by liberalism in politics today: socialism all but in name.

Very informative!

This article is very informative. You summarized the problem in each country very well — Great Britain, Canada, and USA.

Is this article printed anywhere? If yes, is there still an available reprint?

Regards,
Gerard N. Christman
Tampa attorney

I Feel Like I'm Unarmed, I don't have a song this time!

First let me soothe Ms Dido a bit, I could live with Huckabee, but Paul I'd have to grit my teeth and gnarl a bit but it actually would be a good thing in that it would preclude any major problems at the convention and insure all his 10-15% of voters vote for the GOP instead of possibly some of them voting for Gary Johnson, the libertarian. Even though Rubio is young and perhaps not as experienced as some, he also just happens to be as you are aware, hispanic and very poplular with a lot of folks not just the hispanics. He is the sportsbooks #1 choice along with Portman (who's that? ha!) Christie is the third rated choice by the bookies but I have seen several recent news releases and interviews on TV where he said he's not sure he could be a good #2 on the ticket and has pretty much expressed his decision would be "No" if Romney asked him. Whether he's serious or not we don't know. I thought you all were back in the area but if so you must have been busy as you have been AWOL on the viewpoints page and other communication avenues LOL. I too have been busy as a bee getting ready to go on my little trip leaving on Tues and probably be gone until Sun or NLT Monday week. Plus the VFW state convention has tied me up 2 days recently and I have to go back and vote for new state officers tomorrow morning. We had the banquet tonight and my bride was all decked out and looked lovely! I am smiling thoughout all of this because I was worried about Fla and Ohio and last I saw Gallup had Romney ahead in both but he has now fallen behind in Michigan (which I had predicted earlier) . IMO it will come down to 5-7 states who will actually decide this election and that scares me to death! I still think we'll lose Va but win NC. And right now as I see it a lot of the leaning states have become more solid also for Romney. Life could be worse politically I can assure you. My friend Uneed has been taking up the slack lately on the viewpoints and I am confident she's up to the task. I think it's about time someone got on there and "gave some come uppance" lessions to Liberal1, he seems to have gotten mighty sarcastic lately and trying to play like an Angel when he's no better than anyone else. He's acting like a cobra sitting in the grass and popping out from time to time thinking he's gonna bite someone and particularly likes to pick on Uneed and myself. We can handle it but still would like some lessons to be taught LMAO! In other words he needs some lessons on humility and I know just the candidate that can do that easily! If you are still on the road hope you have a safe trip home and are enjoying yourselves immensely! Things are gonna start getting a little hotter around the viewpoints so when I come out swinging later on I will be prepared to do some damage!
As a certain President said once upon a time " this is the last stand for freedom, if we lose here there's no other place to go!" We need to be strong, fight, take it to them and stay on the offense, we don't need another laid back McCain type campaign!

November election strategy!

Ben you are correct,

"As a certain President said once upon a time " this is the last stand for freedom, if we lose here there's no other place to go!" We need to be strong, fight, take it to them and stay on the offense, we don't need another laid back McCain type campaign!"

I saw Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl) on Meet the Press last Sunday and he was very good. I just hope that whoever is chosen VP will be a help and not a hindrance.

And Ben even without a country music lesson, you are always armed!

Good post!

Drink On It - Blake Skelton

This is about the first real good song I have heard lately but admit I don't like a lot of recent Country music songs. I like this one, it has a good beat to it. MAF clean your glasses before watching this, the scenery is pretty darn good LOL.
Enjoyed Ms Uneed's post and yours as well about the Wisconsin recall election, it certainly was a breath of fresh air especially where it took place. I wouldn't get really optimistic about that happening again Nov but we can only hope. I have long disliked the Unions, look what they did to Detroit resulting in the auto bailout of two of them and we all know they should have let them file for bankruptcy and work their problems out but anytime Obama can help his Union buds, who he knows are going to turn around and make big donations to Democrats he certainly will do so. A good example of that is Solyandra and I just read he's thinking about trying for another loan for them (I couldn't believe it). One of the things that got the auto companies in trouble was when production would be cut back they'd send workers home for like six months and pay them 75% of their pay and benefits. You cannot make ends meet doing that crazy crap.
I'm still worried about what the Ron Paul folks may try and pull at the convention in Aug. I have read where he said he didn't want to cause any commotion at the convention but I think some of his followers may not be listening to him. The bad news is he's getting out of politics so he doens't have to worry about repercussions, guess we can hope things won't get ugly. My favorite of course for Romney's VP is Rubio but I keep reading on some sites that he's not a natural born citizen so don't know how that will play out. These are conservatives sites I'm reading that on as I don't read to much junk LOL. If he by-passes Rubio for whatever reasons my next choice is Chris Christie. For some reason I don't know a lot about Portman but would take him if I knew that would win Ohio for us LOL. The reason I like Christie is because he's a straight shooter and is always on the offense and isn't scared of the liberals and I think his style would compliment Romney's laid back style. Hope you're having a nice trip and please have a safe trip back home. Who's watering the garden while you all are gone? We sure got some dandy rain today and it was well needed. Hope your garden is pepping up, mine is looking great! Again, have a safe trip home! BD

Romney's VP choices

Hello Ben, we are still in transit, but wanted to add my thoughts to the Romney VP discussion.

While I do like Marco Rubio, I think he is too young and probably has a lot to learn about politics, especially how to handle the media who are always trying to discredit young Republican upstarts.

I do believe that for the sake of unity, Ron Paul could be a good VP candidate choice for Romney. That will help energize the Republican Party and keep the Libertarians in our camp. I do still have some reservations about Paul's foreign policy ideas.

Another choice I would like is Mike Huckabee. Conservatives would have no reservations about him (as they have had with Romney), and Huckabee would make sure the South gets out the vote.

Chris Christie would make a good Cabinet choice, but sorry Ben, he is from the North too and also too fat, lol!

Wisconsin Recall election!

Exhilarating News!

Gov. Scott Walker (R) beat Tom Barrett (D) by seven points!
The truth is that Collecting bargaining has gone too far into the field of partisan politics while making this nation less competitive, worsening the deficit, and extending benefits beyond the fiscal capabilities of responsible local governments– and frankly, it is bankrupting the country. States and municipalities can no longer afford the government larguesse offered to state employees under the aegis of collective bargaining!

Government employees work less than private sector employees but protected by their unions can hardly be fired for negligence, sloppiness, or incompetence, and yet they make 20% to 30% more money (including benefits), than their counterparts in the private sector. This is not because of free market, but because of the unfair, intrusive hand of government, instigated and guided by the frequently corrupt unions. The movement needs to spread throughout the Midwest; Illinois should be next! MAF

"When A Man Loves A Woman" Percy Sledge

Started out VC in Eastern Ky coal mining Country and of course back then bluegrass (when I was young) was what was happening but it moved on to "Hee Haw" and I got interested in other stars with of coure George Jones being my all-time favorite. Loved Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, and many more in that era. The wife and I were both big Elvis fans and he may be the all-time best ever singer. I was at Elvis' home in Memphis a couple years ago when Di and I visited a Miss gambling establishment (LOL) but she insisted we visit his home place and I actually enjoyed it.

Think BB King is from Macon and I remember the name but let me throw a couple dudes at you that I think you would like and that's Sam Cooke and Percy Sledge. Sam Cooke was actually great and had many hits! I liked their music a lot back then and still do. The problem IMO is my interest waned as Country music became more modernized or into the money routine and when that happened IMO Country music has declined as compared to the music I grew up listening to and loved. I hardly ever listen to modern Country music, I'd rather listen to an oldies station that plays the oldies and goodies, etc. Don't know if you can pick it up or not but the best station around here is 104.9 out of Dublin and they play mostly the old Country songs with little advertisement I might add which I like because I'm not listening to buy anything LOL. Rick Knight is on about 4 hours in the AM but not sure of the exact hours. I just found out about this station a few days ago as my friend Jim and I went to Cordele to pick up some vegetables at the farmer's market down there and he had it on in his vehicle. The tomatoes are outstanding and came from Fla and are not ripe from a bulb, LOL. Very tasty!
Got email on your post and clicked on it but it didn't take me to any recent post. I think sometimes this site has a mind of it's own like my wife LMAO! And when that happens it takes awhile to fix it, but fortunately I know how, that's why we'll be married 47 years in October!
I'm about to the point on this primary as I am with the Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin situation, I've about read and heard as much of both as I can stand!
Here's the link on Percy Sledge's song above: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQh112HQsoE

Country music instructions...

Ben, that song, "When a man loves a woman, by Percy Sledge, I have heard before, and it is indeed a great tune!

You may then enjoy Billy Stewart's, "I do love you," and Peggy Lee's "why don't you do right"and the video is incredible!

A word about the Trayvon Martin- Zimmerman affair– I believe the Democrats are exploiting it for two reasons:

1) To foment racial strife even violence, as is usual for Democratic politics, particularly to reenergize their most reliable base for the polls this November (i.e., black Democrats) for the coming election.

2) To ignite opposition to state self-defense laws in Florida, Georgia, Texas and the rest of the South and West– i.e., " Stand your ground" (aka., "not duty to retreat"; this are the self-defense, legal concepts that susrum claimed he knew nothing about and called it "crap"!

http://www.haciendapub.com/articles/nation-thieves

They may succeed in the former (#1), but–and you are hearing this here first– it may cause the Democrats to lose the pivotal state of Florida (e.g., by losing not just the Cuban-American vote but the whole Latino-Hispanic vote (e.g., Mexicans, Nicaraguans, etc.).

There is a lot of friction in Florida between blacks and Hispanics and this may just tilt the balance again! Obama could conceivably even lose New Jersey, Colorado, and New Mexico, as well for picking up that fight and inciting racial hatred! If only we could find a way to also get Ohioans to go Republicans!

As far as #2, they may be able to slow down the spread of legal self defense laws in the mid-Atlantic states and the North, unfortunately, so that the thugs may continue to intimidate law abiding citizens, even in their homes.

Thanks for the Percy Sledge tune! And keep the teaching process going! Let me know if you have any further problems. We just began this process for alerting readers where comments are being posted. Ben, have a nice weekend.

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” Simon and Garfunkel

Well, well, appears our boy Santorum has hit rock bottom
and committed "to me" the "No, No" in politics now that he has stated "we might as well stay with what we have" inferring Obama over Mitt Romney as our President. I know some of you may not think that's a big thing but just want you to sit back and watch as this develops. In my opinion that is one thing a candidate should never do expecially in an election of this importance and magnitude. Why he would make such a rash statement I haven't a clue, perhaps it's out of frustration, perhaps it's a last ditch effort, but trust me, it doesn't matter. He has commmitted the ultimate sin and he will pay dearly for it in my opinion. We may not beat Obama in November, but Santorum will be done after this and probably politically as well. He will probably win Lousiana tomorrow and a few more states but if folks are like me they are not going to support Santorum period. Having said that it's still going to probably run through 5 Jun and Romney may garner the magic number in California on that date. California is winner take all and has 172 delegates. Right now in my opinion you have three factions that make up the GOP and that's the GOP establishment folks/elites, the super conservative folks (the base) and the tea partiers. That statement will certainly hurt him with two of the three. I think Rick Santorum is going to find he's a more lonely man after making the statement and will someday wish he never said it. Meanwhile the show goes on and it's almost as if it's a County fair with each state getting their piece of the pie. It's a darn shame the RNC and the states cannot get together and come up with a more formidable/timely primary, rather than running all over the Country for so long (Jan 3-26 Jun possibly) and spending all that money. With the proportional delegate distribution, I cannot possibly see Romney achieving the required 1144 delegates until at least 5 Jun in California. It's almost as if this is by design but keep in mind those who designed it never probably considered there may be four candidates in the primary. For the latest delegate count and upcoming primary schedule please see: 2012 Republican Delegates posted on RealClearPolitics.com.
You all thought all I liked was country music LOL! Well, you are right in the long term!

The Latino vote... Jeb Bush-Romney ticket?

Update–According to a new McClatchy-Marist poll (March 26-2012):

Mitt Romney leads among men by 47-44, whites 51-40 and Latinos 48-37." Regarding the Hispanic (Latino) vote:
"The poll also measured what Jeb Bush or Mark Rubio would bring to a Romney ticket. An Obama-Joe Biden ticket ties Romney-Bush at 47-47 percent and leads Romney-Rubio at 49-44 among registered voters.

The country remains divided with no clear cut front-runner anywhere:

"Looking ahead to an Obama-Romney matchup, Obama holds 89 percent of Democrats, Romney gets 87 percent of Republicans and independents split 44-43 for Romney. MAF

"Bush's biggest strength is among Latinos, where he easily outperforms Rubio — despite Rubio's Cuban heritage — which leads many Republicans to dream of making inroads into the Hispanic vote not only in Florida but also nationwide. A Romney-Bush ticket beats Obama-Biden among Latinos by 57-39, a 18-point margin."

The only vote absolutely taken for granted by the Democrats are African-Americans and perhaps females:
"Obama leads among female voters by 48-42, and African-Americans by 91-6. "

"it's Only Make Believe!" Conway Twitty

The song has nothing to do with the post but thought you may like this song as it's one of my favorites of all time. My favorite artist is George Jones and favorite song is "He stopped loving her today". If you can listen to that and not get a tear in your eye, you're not American LOL.
You caught me off guard with the Bush VP proposition but IMO we could do a hellava lot worse simply because Fla is a key state we need to win to beat Obama and Jeb is really liked down there because he was a very effecive governnor. As you are aware, whomever wins Fla and Ohio usually wins the Presidency and that's not a 100% guaranty I don't think but more times than not! I think our chances of winning Fla are probably greater than Ohio, but just my opinion. Anything we could do to enhance our chances would be a plus for sure. During May I foresee Romney continuing to pull away and will perhaps give Santorum Missouri and Pennsylvania but think Romney will win the remainder. That will put Romney near 800 but stll far from the 1144 required. It's beginning to certainly look like it will get into Jun and that will mean it will go the distance in reality. Bottomline is I don't think with Texas and Calif still remaining it will go all the way to the convention as some seem to think but not inconceivable. That would mean however that Santorum would have to win Texas or it will be all over but the shouting! Getting back to Romney not doing well down South, I somehow don't think that will hurt us that much in Nov as people in the South are not going to vote for Obama IMO and I'd bet a lotta money on that! Newt is done and think he's realized that, it's just a matter of time and how stubborn he wants to be, unforunately I know he's a stubborn individual big time.
Change subject a bit, but liking the initial discussions on the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, a lotta forums indicate people are happy about that so far! I'm actually beginning to think we have a chance but it's only been two days! It really is starting out to look like the Court realizes the magnitude of this law and IMO the public response is having an impact on some of their thoughts or at least so far! Still amazed that Kagan did not recuse herself but what would you expect from a liberal? I am not happy with a lot of things Congress is letting the Obama administration get away with and Holder was involved in two of those instances but that's a story for another day!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsZL10oxPwY (Conway)

Country music education!

Ben, you are giving me a good country music education. Do you like Jazz too? B.B. King, I believe, was supposed to come to Macon for a New Year's concert, but never heard anything else about it. I regret not going and taking the family, if it did take place. I am more of a Pink Floyd fan as you know, but keep the education going. MAF

Romney and Paul as the GOP ticket?

Great analytical Post Ben!

I fully agree with you. Santorum has now violated the 11th commandment out of frustration and that will help Romney. We are now in agreement with Chowder3, uneed, and Isabella; siding with the ladies who have stood with Mitt Romney should be a good thing!

I think that if Romney chooses Dr Paul as VP, it should be a good tactical ticket. Paul being a solid Christian from Texas would help with (1) the South against the charges of Romney's Mormonism; (2) the conservative base, not to mention; (3) the fastidious Libertarians; and the (4) energized youngsters who support him.

I think that is a reasonable compromise. In the election of 1800 Aaron Burr was Thomas Jefferson's vice-president, and the Republic survived that administration!

Given the fickle electorate and the unusual circumstances, I am beginning to think the Romney-Paul ticket is the best ticket for the GOP. Herman Cain with the right VP would have been the best candidate, but that is water under the bridge.

Like Koba says, "let the contest continue. We can all unite against the Red President in November." MAF

Funny Things Happening in the local Macon Newspaper

With the advent of the election being now less than 5 months away, being the constant political observer I try to be, I have noticed an alarming number of similar letters written to the local viewpoints page on the Macon.Com website. A couple days ago two gentlemen wrote similar letters (intials are T.S. and D.H) complaining about Republicans and just today a lady from Milledgeville (initials M.H.) wrote another similar letter doing absolutely nothing but downgrading, belittling and completely flat out bad mouthing Republicans in general and accusing Republicans of destroying social security (remember Democrats were the first ones to put it in the General Fund) and start taking it out for other than SS purposes, and several other things like completely stop SS, do away with Medicare and similar major programs. Not only were these three letters degrading as I said before but they all showed a lack of intelligence on the part of the writers almost to the point that they looked like they were all a coordinated effort to degrade the Republican party due to the forthcoming election. Here is two of the sentences writter by the lady today from Milledgeville> Under a Republican in the White House, all of my military service and 45 years of working and paying taxes would count for nothing. My Social Security, Medicare and VA medical treatment would all be reduced or cut off. These are ridiculous statements from a supposed sane person.
Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2012/06/01/2044541/this-is-viewpoints-for-friday.ht...
The lady also made mention of a H.G. writer who is from Haddock, Ga who I remember wrote a similar letter not long ago. I don't know if the Dems have sent out form letters or not but having been in politics now for 54 years I wouldn't put it above them. I think a lot of them would do anything to get Obama re-elected. Here is the letter that I have sent in rebuttal to the recent letters by T.S. and D.H. and I hope I'm not taking up to much space LOL: "Liberal Demagoguery at it's Best"! T.S. and D.H. sure can talk a lot of demagoguery! And I wonder if it was by accident that their two letters were printed "back to back" on the letters to the editor viewpoints page on 30 May 2012. Let me see if I can talk some of the "D" stuff but I'd rather talk about things that happened in our lifetime or at least that we can remember. Wonder if they remember a guy named Clinton that had a couple shots at getting Bin Laden but was too busy in the White House being entertained by an intern to pull the trigger. At least the Osama trigger LOL. It's a documented fact that the Sudanese government on two occasions said they could tell Clinton exactly where Bin Laden was but he did nothing. Google gives him a break and says his attention was distracted by Monica Lewinsky. Wonder if my two mouths from the South remember a guy named Jimmy Carter who by most common political accounts was the worst President in history to date. And surely let's not forget a fellow from Texas named Lyndon Baines Johnson who as President tried to run a war on the other side of the world and ultimately cost the lives of 58,000 US servicemen and we accomplished nothing in Vietnam. Only when Nixon got elected did we opt to bomb the North resulting in the end of the war which could have happened years before except for Johnson's arrogance! And now we got the "One", the one no one knows much about, the one who's hidden everything about himself, to include his college, passport and every other record under the sun except that he's a socialist, yet he was easily welcomed into the White House without any problems. And has further exonerated himself as a socialist for certain and has a great chance of getting re-elected I might add. As T.S. and D.H. cast their votes on Nov 6th for their socialist idol, I'd like to remind them that Georgia will be a red state regardless of their vote and that's just the way life is! Folks in about 8-10 other states will determine the next President of this Country! Georgia will be a Redstate and they can "forgetaboutit"! That's a Yankee term I picked up traveling extensively on an inspection team in the AF. May the political Gods surely smile on Mr Romeny and I wish him all the luck in the world. We just got to get that socialist out of the White House and restore some credibility to the office. BD

The Masses will show their heads

Ben I am convinced the Socialist minded Weekly Reader Club is sending out their instructions to their dutiful subjects.
You and I have discussed as the days draw nearer to this election the left will leave no stone unturned. They fully intend to wallow in the gutter.
I am thankful Romney thus far has kept his eye on the goal and has not been distracted by the cheering or booing crowd.
That's why I'm convinced he has Donald Trump to run interference for him.
As the days go by I truly continue to pray the character and integrity of these two men will be shown. We know it won't be shown from any Main stream Media. The current leader(and I use that word most loosely because he is not leadership material) has no character. And I really believe that.
There is a book out that should shed more light on Obama ,Valerie Jarrett and Michelle.
The name of that book is The Amateur; by Edward Klein.

The Book tells:

Why the so-called “centrist” Obama is actually in revolt against the values of the society he was elected to lead
Why Bill Clinton loathes Barack Obama and tried to get Hillary to run against him in 2012
The spiteful rivalry between Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey
How Obama split the Kennedy family
How Obama has taken more of a personal role in making foreign policy than any president since Richard Nixon—with disastrous results
How Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett are the real powers behind the White House throne

I pray our country will follow the lead of Wisconsin. There is no turning back; turning back will mean America will become a memory.

"The Amateur"/ Wisconsin Recall election–good post!

My dear uneed,

"The Amateur" apparently should be a good book that needs to be read by those who still parrot, like the asinine girl in the political cartoon,"Obama is awesome!" and who plan to vote for Obama no matter what!

As far as the Wisconsin recall election, I was exhilarated beyond belief by the much salutary and necessary outcome! Just maybe we have not lost this country yet!

Gov. Scott Walker (R) bested Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) by seven points! Collecting bargaining has gone too far into partisan politics as well as in making this nation less competitive, and it is bankrupting the country.

Government employees work less and make 20% more than private sector employees, not because of free market, but because of the unfair intrusive hand of government instigated and guided by the corrupt unions.

Thanks for the post, MAF

Ben, thank you for the update!

Hi Ben, thanks for the update in the local Macon newspaper Viewpoints debate– and your recapitulation of the (mis)deeds of the recent Democrat presidents. I fully concur. You may have noticed our friend Koba is back. He has been in Australia. Feel free to engage him in a political dialogue as he is another sagacious commentator in our small forum! MAF

George Jones - Walk Through This World With Me!

Apparently there are others that agree with us Doc Faria, "Rick Santorum Has Disqualified Himself for Elected Office" As I eluded to earlier I think Santorum is concerned not only about himself more than anything else but also more than he cares about his Country. Please check this article out and what the writer had to say, which I agree with totally. (See: "Rick Santorum Has Disqualified Himself for Elected Office" by Mark Whittington posted on YahooNews.com, March 23, 2012)

I do note he has come out and tried to either retract that or perhaps explain it diffently but as far as I'm concerned, he said it and will now realize the consequences. Having said that I just noted he's gonna win Lousisan but since it's another prorational split, doubt he's gonna gain much ground. Based on the primaries coming up I'd say Romney is going to go on a roll to some extent. Santorum may or may not win Missouri, Wisconsin will probably be a toss-up as well, and Santorum may even win Pennsylvania, but I expect Mitt to win the other primaries thru the end of May. I am beginning to see some talk from Newt that he may see the handwriting on the wall and don't know how long he's gonna be hanging around. Being an old Newt fan I can sorta read between the lines and I'm not seeing as much enthusiasm on his part. It's ironic you mentioned Ron Paul as a VP candidate as I as well had thought about that possibility and perhaps that's why Paul is hanging around (I haven't been able to figure any other reason) but there is no doubt he would be a great VP candidate and that would resolve some of that talk about his folks not voting in the fall if he isn't on the ticket (and yes I've read that). That doesn't mean I agree with that sort of ideology, but I do honestly think he would be a great asset nonetheless, primarily because of all the reasons you stated in your post. I notice your red (black) President's stock market reports are looking rather well, but his GDP is one of the lowest in history, unfortunately most Americans aren't smart enough to figure that out. That and a lot of other bad scenarios is what has us in this postion in the first place! We can only hope a few folks have wised up or we're gonna be in a heap of trouble for darn sure. We cannot stand another four years of Barack Hussein Obama and his radical ideas!

Great Political Analysis!

Ben as usual you have written a very savvy political analysis. I agree that Romney will prevail barring a blunder or unforeseen circumstances. Keep up the country song titles. I am getting an education from that quarter as well, LOL!

And I read your article. Santorum, I suspect, has shot himself in the foot– fatally! MAF

"Stand By Your Man!:' Tami Wynette

I think it's just a matter if Romney can get to 1144 before the convention at this point. And I've read and listened to all those who think Newt should get out and I sorta think he should too, but I smile and say wonder what would happen if Santorum got out? And I know some wll say that I say that because they know I like Newt, but that is not necessarily true. My main concern is to beat Obama and I don't care how we get there from here! The key IMO is even though Romney may not win a state overall, he's winning delegates and last time I checked he's about 300 more than his closest competitor. I do believe he will win the nominaton, it's just gonna take longer because of the diversity (not sure that's the right word LOL) of the Republican party and some dabbling from the Democrats voting in those elections! As I'm sure you all wish, I'd like to get it over with so we could get down to real politics and be able to attack Obama (that should not he hard IMO) but it's gonna go on awhile I assure you as Newt is not gonna get out I don't think!
I am concerned about the Paul folks who have even stated if he's not on the ballot they will stay home and not vote and that bothers me immensely and p*sses me off big time! Many are wanting him to be on the ticket as VP. I have no respect for people like that and hope that isn't coming from Paul himself and doubt it is, except I know a lot of funny things are happening in GOP local meetings around the Country to try and get Paul delegates elected and as long as that's legal it's OK, it just appears to be pre-meditated if you will. Locally I'm pretty sure it's a planned attack (for lack of a better word) as it's happened all of Ga. That's been confirmed!
I was very appreciative of Uneed's comments in her Post and just assures me she is a great leader of the pack and we need to get more Uneeds in our efforts! Maybe that's why she's called the Queen! In the interim this is the latest delegate count and it is what it is, I'm sure you've heard that before!

Romney 496 35.1%
Santorum 236 29.3%
Gingrich 141 14.4%
Paul 66 11.0

I agree it isn't over until it's over and in reality anything can happen but we all know who's got the advantage, and yes, I'd like it to conclude tomorrow as I think the quicker we get our candidate the quicker we can go on the attack! Meanwhile we're sitting back taking shots! I still say if we could get the evangecal crowd behind us like we did one year when Bush was running we'd blow them outta the water. Whether we can do that I really don't know! I don't know whether our best person would be Santorum or Romney but in that regard I doubt it'd be Newt! In the meantime "Stand By Your Man!" and I loved that song a lot when I was a youngster! Doc, don't want to belittle your points on the media bias, but when it's about 90% to 10% what do you expect? That's why I say we have media folks prostituting themselves and I mean that literally ! They are selling out their souls for Obama and trust me it'll only get worse! And Koba you ar right on the money and it's not even close! BD

Let the fight continue, and expect no quarter from media

Thanks for the updates. With Santorum doing so well in the south, it does seem to be a 2 man race. However, I am pleased that the base is allowed to vote their choice instead of meekly accepting the establishment Republican Line that we must accept Romney. They gave us the other moderate last time--McCain, and we know how that worked out. So I say let the contest continue. We can all unite against the Red President in November.

Note that the media will never be on our side since we serve antithetical interests: they serve the dictatorship of the socialist agenda and we serve the will of the people. They are the enemy, and I expect them to do all within their power to obscure or divert blame for Obama's economic failure by scare tactics, no matter how lame or inconsequential. They do not report the facts; They report THEIR facts.

Santorum vs Romney (and Ron Paul too)!

Ben, don't you agree with me now that with Santorum winning in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries, Newt should give it up and let the Northern boys, the Pennsylvania and Massachusetts kids have it out?

I think the two of them, Santorum and Romney (with Dr Paul in the background), all still fighting, helps maintain some needed publicity on the GOP contenders, rather than all centered exclusively and continuously on the "feats" of King Obama.

Moreover, the continued GOP nomination contention keeps the mainstream liberal media off guard as to who (of the two) finally set their cross-hairs of personal destruction as well. MAF

I too believe Newt should

I too believe Newt should give it up. That sort of turns me against Newt in many ways because he is being most self-centered and is not thinking about our great nation. No matter what the Republicans need to remain united in the Presidential election and clean house in the Senate ASAP.

The Liberals want to make the choice for us and as we see everyone on the left has an opinion on who it should be yet they continue to condone Obama on all he does to continually drag our nation to the floor.
We are weak with him and the longer he stays the weaker our image becomes.

The political fight is on...

Great posts, uneed, BenCat, Isabella, and Koba (Welcome back!)

I have also heard from Chowder3. She wrote me late last night:

"I voted for Mitt Romney without hesitation this past Tuesday. Why? He is the only candidate who has a business background. He would be a great leader, who would get things done — and America back on track! His Mormon beliefs do not bother me because Mormons have close, strong family units and missions with serious commitment required by their faith.

"Although I am in the health care business, RomneyCare in Massachusetts does not bother me either because it was a state initiative, not a national health care program like ObamacCare that mandates universal health care with no freedom of choice. But I must admit I have a nagging persistent concern — and that is Romney's troubling, dubious stand on the Second amendment.

"But in our perilous times, Rick Santorum may not be enough to stop Obama. Santorum's strong conservative social issues scare moderates, who unfortunately decide close elections. And if Romney chooses Senator Marco Rubio, they will be an unstoppable dynamite ticket.

"Koba, I sympathize with your sentiments, and I am also a social conservative, but in my opinion, we have a better chance to beat Obama with Romney than Santorum!

"Ben, I have read all you have written here, but I believe you wasted your vote with Newt. Get on the winning ticket in November, as you plan to do, so we can get Obama out of the White House! Isabella and uneed, I am with you too!"

And Koba, here is a good summation on the delegate count entitled "Reality Check: What do the 'real' Republican delegate numbers look like?" posted on Fox19.com.

America's downward spiral

We received the following comment from Uneed to Dr. Faria's post above. Uneed wrote:

I too voted for Mitt Romney on Super Tuesday for all the same reasons. My hang-up remains with the Second Amendment. I do however know that Ted Nugent, a huge gun proponent, has endorsed Romney. Nugent told the Tribune that "one big thing that makes Romney attractive is that he has pledged to him that there would be no new gun laws in his administration."

In an interview with Mike Broomhead, a Phoenix radio host, Nugent argued that President Obama "hated America" and was out to "destroy freedom." He added that having Tim Geithner serve as Secretary of the Treasury was like having Jeffrey Dahmer run a children's playground.

“Basically, America is in a suicidal tailspin right now. Our government is out of control: The power abuse, the corruption, and the insanity of spending money that will never exist... The conclusion based on all the evidence I can find is that Mitt Romney has the best shot at bringing the U.S. Constitution, common sense, and the American way back to the White House.”

I pray this is true,
Uneed

Thank you for getting that

Thank you for getting that posted for me;As we see for some reason there was just a glitch that day.

I'm back! So I'm thankful to know it wasn't a problem with my username etc.
Thanks Dr. Faria for posting my reply.

Combative spirit and optimism!

BenCat,

After yesterday's Super Tuesday, we find this morning no clear winner. Romney won Ohio by a thread and four other states, but Santorum won three states, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and N. Dakota in three different geographic areas!

I do like your optimism and combative spirit, but don't we need to rally by now behind a GOP standard bearer? Why is there so much skepticism about Romney's conservatism? And when is Obama's record going to be exposed and debated?

I am worried about Dr. Faria's comment and potential parallels with previous elections below as well.

I woke up this morning with a blue moon in my eyes

That's a few lyrics from the Soprano's theme song; but it rang clear to me this morning.

Isabella you ask 'when will Obama's record be exposed'?
That's what I too want to hear a lot more of. This week Sean Hannity exposed a 'coverup' of his background that was never exposed during the last election. And let me stop here and state Andrew Breitbart is actually the one that exposed it;Hannity reported it.
Was it a smoking gun? No, but it showed and shows the media gives no attention to his record but they are willing to go to Texas and search under every stone for something on Rick Perry or send hundreds of people to Alaska to dig up whatever could be found on Sarah Palin.

Then we have Obama's vast number of followers. I can no longer refer to the left as 'the democratic/liberal' party. There is no such animal in this country any longer. There is however, a clear "American Socialist Party" a party that Zell Miller Warned left him.Joe Lieberman changed to (I) for the same reasons. He found himself in bed with a bunch of socialists.

How did we get where we are right now;; which IMO is a 'draw' in this country because 1/2 are socialist(if they vote for the Democratic party) and the other 1/2 are supposedly republicans/conservatives..

I believe we are here due to one 'main' reason that so many continue to forget and that's the election of 2000!
When The media lost their "poster boy" Gore and Bush won the election. And when Bush won again in 2004 boy,that scalded the left even more!
I am constantly reminded of what Tom Daschle told us after that election; "Nothing will be accomplished in this country"..and They didn't!
Now so many people like 'me' for instance decided One day "I simply was not going to take it anymore"!
Because the socialist in our country have one agenda;and that's destroying my country.
You will find when you start speaking out against them;now they want to stifle your words. I refuse to allow that..and I want to see that same fierce fight in the Republican Candidate.
IF they don't fight the socialist Obama and his entire company with all he has done to destroy our great nation we are never going to stand up to those people..
And Out here in the real world; More conservatives have got to be willing to face they must call them who they are in "public" and draw more and more attention to the word 'socialist'..Some people have to be hammered daily or beaten with a 2x4 to get their attention.
You must fight them with the exact same things they throw at us. It is a fight for the life of our country and our future;what's left of it.
Many may say;"That's not nice"
War isn't suppose to be nice. And our country is fighting a war "from within".
And each conservative must fight ..or we'll find ourselves known as the first generation of socialist in America..So it boils down to one simple thing to me;"What's our country worth to us"..Four more years with a known end of our nation; or Vote for the Republican candidate no matter who he is and try to halt this run away locomotive..

Another lyric from that song;
"You have to burn to shine"!

Keep up the info on the race

I am in the land down under; hence, I have not kept abreast of who has won what states, nor of the delegate count. Yankee or no, I am still rooting for the social conservative Santorum. The battle against the socialist Obama is for later. Interesting that everyone here I work with brags on their government healthcare yet has private insurance due to the long wait for operations. Speaking of socialism, I ran across the oxymoron “benevolent socialism” while reading Witness (460). Benevolent socialism is like friendly cancer devouring its host.

Also any reference to the master George Jones’s songs cannot be in vain. He is the best. Does anyone have the Republican delegate count?

Here in Queensland they are having their state race. Labor is very strong here, but many grow weary, especially since Prime Minister Gillard and Labor helped pass a carbon tax, which passed the lower house. I am not sure if it has passed completely through the Parliament though. Her popularity is below even Obama’s due to this.
Forgive my divergence from the topic. Just needed to talk to some capitalists.

"The Cold Hard Truth" --George Jones

A recent Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll found 40 percent of adults saying the Republican primary has damaged their view of the party. About 60 percent of independents in the same survey spoke negatively about the protracted GOP battle.
“I think that (Mitt) Romney’s suffered, the Republicans have suffered, and (President) Obama’s benefited as a result of a divisive and bitter multi-candidate race with a heavy Super PAC presence," said Doug Schoen, the longtime Democratic pollster and Fox News contributor.

These are just a couple commments I've read lately about this primary so to say I'd like to see it get over with soon is an understatement! But as my song of the day stiplulates "The Cold Hard Truth" is, it doesn't appear that's going to happen anytime soon. As I said in the last post it may well go into Jun when the larger states are in play. It is even conceivable with 4 candidaes vying for 1144 votes, that it not be determined until the convention simply because all of them are not "winner take all" as some are proportional. Rather than get into the various delegate counts by state I will simply refer you to www.realclearpolitics.com and it has a list of each state and their delegate total. As you can see Romney currently has 421, Santorum 163, Gingrich has 111 and Paul 61. What will really compound the situation is if Romney wins most of the Northeastern states remaining and Santorum continues to win the midwestern states we really won't be getting a lot accomplished. There are 299 delegates up for grabs on 5 Jun with Calif having 172. A few days prior on 29 May, Texas has 155, so as you see it's a long way from being over and Santorum could certainly get back in the race it he gets a streak going.
I'm personally not fond of how this is set up in that some states are proportional and some winner take all, etc. Plus having it spread out from Jan 3rd until Jun 26 is just too darn long in my opinion. My preference would be for the RNC to require all the states to do them by 1 Apr and that would give the candidate more time to campaign against the opponent. Of course the worst case scenario will be if none of the candidates attain the required 1144 and they have to go to the convention in Aug to determine a nominee (which normally results in a new candidate being selected other than the 4 now running!)It doesn'thave to happen that way but usually does as the delegates get together and basically say they aren't happy with either of them and nominate a new face.

Hope you are enjoying your stay down there, I have been all over the world in the military but never had the opportunity to get to Australia. I ran into a group of them in 66-67 when I was in Okinawa and they took me under their wings and sorta made me their mascot LOL. Since they were all about 6-3 and weighed about 225, I had no problem with that! In all my travels the folks that had the reputation as the meanest were the Koreans!
Word on the street was they'd just as soon cut your throat as to look at you so I stayed away from them LOL.
Have a safe trip back, Santorum is going to need your vote LOL! As you are aware, we have our own problems with socialism and if Obama gets re-elected I'm not so sure we can survive, he's slowly taking all freedoms,liberties and banrupting this Country big time! The sad news is the bookies in Vegas still have him favored by a wide margin and as bad as I hate to admit it they normal know!
"The Cold Hard Truth" on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJRZ50vKfNQ) BD

"Here In the Real World!" Another George Jones Dandy!

Well Ms Isabella (love that name) I just don't know about Mr Mitt, it certainly appears the true conservatives are not falling all over themselves to get out there and vote for him for sure. But having said that he's still the odds on favorite to win the nomination (for good or bad) but it's not going to be easy and I'm actually surprised it's being this tough. As I eluded to in my last post, I think I could live with either of the two, Santorum or Romney, and am actually beginning to think that there really is something about Santorum people like or could it be they are voting anti-Romney?
I do not see this coming to fruition anytime soon, Newt will gets some votes IMO in Ala and Miss and maybe even Texas, since it appears Newt is liked more in the South, maybe for the same reason Mitt is not (yeah I know he won Fla). I base that on Newt not having down well up North by not even coming in 2nd place, etc. I think Ohio was a key state because if Mitt had not won that Santorum obviously would be a lot closer (but keep in mind Santorum didn't file in some counties in Ohio so he won't get those delegates for that reason). His organizational skills certainly let him down there. This thing could certainly drag on into Jun (note Obama didn't beat Hilliary until 3 Jun in 2008)so even though we are all on the edge of our seats, it's probably a long way to go but one thing for sure is "It's not over until it's over!" LOL! In my heart I'd like to see Newt get out if he doesn't do extremely well in Ala and Miss, but knowing him , he will not. Of course the thinking there would be that would help Santorum IMO and he could possibly make a run against Mitt. As long as they all stay in it helps Mitt and numerically he has the advantage and time is on his side as well. We certainly will be at a major disadvantage if it goes all the way until the convention in Aug because that will only give us about 90 days to go after Obama. The thing that is bothering me more than anything is the liberal media is doing everything they can (as well as Obama's campaign) to keep the attention on everything in the world but Obama's record, we're down to talking about birth control, and every thing else they can invent, etc. I wish I had more positive news but at this point we can only hope the best man wins and then we can get behind him and hope we can put a good campaign together to send Obama back to doing what he does best "being a Community organizer" which is essentially all he's done since he's been in Washington.
I got that combative attitude because when I was growing up I was much smaller than most kids my age and didn't really begin growing to my 5'9" and 125 pounds until I entered the AF in 1962 (that was my weight when I joined and I retired in 1988). Also at the age of 13-16 years old I was working political campaigns in Eastern Ky for my Uncle who was a state Senator in Ky for about 3 terms. In those days the candidate who passed out the most half pints of licquor usually won the campaign, so I learned how to win at an early age LOL. It's gotten much more expensive these days I hear! I will be sitting here in my seat the night of the election rooting for our man until we see who wins, and usually if we lose I will cry! Yeah, I know guys aren't supposed to cry but that's just me (and I really don't cry a lot), but I do love my Country and letting guys like Al Gore, John Kerry and Obama be President will make you cry LOL! Fortunately two out of three my eyes stayed dry! Let's hope it won't be "Crying Time Again" and we can send him packing. It can be done if the folks will get behind our candidate (money will not be a problem regardless of how much Obama has) and it wouldn't hurt at all if we could get the evangelical crowd behind our man like they did Bush that one election, We can only hope (and praying wouldn't hurt LOL)
Here is the YouTube link for "Here in the Real World" (http://www.youtube.com/watchv=gMUvtbIU3FQ&feature=related and I'm sure you know "Buck Owens" wrote and sang "It's Cryin Time Again!" Let's keep our heads up, we'll be alright (fingers crossed LOL)
Lastly, I'm beginning to get the feeling that the reason folks aren't fond of Mitt down South is on account of his religion and that's a shame if that is true!

The Race Is On! (For Those Who Don't Know, that's George Jones)

Well if I were coming here for some good news I certainly didn't find it, but instead of playing "It's Crying Time Again", I'm gonna run with "The Race is On"! Sitting here waiting on the Ohio results on Super Tuesday, I'm beginning to figure out that I know absolutely nothing about who's gonna win this thing, but beginning to get a pretty good clue, who's not going to win it. Was not surprised Gingrich won Ga today but was disappointed that he did not win Tenn or Oklahoma where I happen to know he put some money into. Romney has now come from behind in Ohio and is leading (don't know if that's good or not LOL)but at this point I have about decided I can live with either one of the two. I can remember in past months really liking Santorum in his appearances on Fox News occasionally but for some reason when this primary kicked off I just so far have not gotten that warm, fuzzy feeling for some reason as I had previously. I also have come a long way toward liking Romney so in reality I think I'm all mixed up and going around in circles. It does appear that perhaps some of the Democratic votes in Ohio may be keeping the vote close which brings to my mind why Democrats are allowed to vote in a Republican primary is beyond my wildest imagination but it just doesn't make any sense to me. Why are Democrats allowed to help select a Republican candidate and affect the outcomes has me just scratching my head. It's a Republican primary remember? I understand independents can vote but not the Dems. And maybe I'm just out in left field and lost my mind LOL.

I respect the opinions on who has done a good job in the past, who has not, etc., but in moments like today I try not to relive past transgressions especially when we are already on an uphill battle from the git go. I don't do well dwelling on the past especially the losses and I try to always try to be as optimistic as I can be especially during Presidential elections. Many a night I have stayed up all night (and in one case over a month due to Fla's balloting problem) and I get very emotional and upset, especially when we are losing. I have long been a fighter and the closer it gets to the election the more I will be on edge and my wife can even attest to "sometimes irritable", but do understand win or lose life will go on.
I do feel much better for some reason this time around than I did with McCain and just don't think he ran a very effective or offensive campaign and was too much of a nice guy! When it comes to politics I am not a nice guy I assure you and as I said, I don't like to lose in anything especially politics. So to conclude, I hope I can instill some more impetus, drive, energy and vigor into my local political conspirators and hope they can get their heads high and let's give 'em all the devil we can between now and Novemeber. You better bet your bottom dollar beating Obama will not be easy, not only does he have money, he also has the prostituting media, but that really is nothing new, now is it? I do want to remind my friend Uneed that when our nominee is determined money will not be as much of a problem as you may think as that's where the GOP establishment comes in and guys like the Koch brothers and a few more rich conservatives will show their faces. Yes, we do have a few and most of them do not even like Obama!

On a lighter note I want to mention that some of the Dems must really be worried about Santorum as I note he has been getting a lot of attention on the Macon forum from our local liberal friends. Seems they aren't nearly as concerned about Romney! So keep your heads and spirit high, the race will be on as soon as we pick our horse!

Somewhere along the line Obama's record will eventually become a factor and I don't think that can be anything but a problem for him. I notice he's doing everything he can to keep attention away from that little fact but it will surface many times when the ads start flowing I can assure you!

Deja vu all over again, the 1996 or 1980 Presidential election?

Deja vu all over again, 1996 (Bob Dole vs. Bill Clinton) with the result in 2012 that Obama wins again just like in Clinton's re-election?

As we approach the presidential election, the mainstream liberal media has no serious discussion about the need for drastically cutting government spending to balance the budget and reducing the massive government deficit.

And the real deficit is not $15 trillion– but between $60 and $120 trillion, over $400,000 per every citizen, children included, according to Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute. In George W. Bush's two-term presidency the deficit went up to $3 trillion; in Obama's single term it has gone over $5 trillion per year!

Where is the watch dog media to expose this travesty?

From the article here (Cynicism, Apathy, and Pragmatic Political Parties, 1997 above):

"while the time of reckoning for balancing the budget continues to be postponed. The truth is government spending continues to rise, and our duty to discharge the national debt, the future enslavement of our children, is not even being discussed. This topic is outside the liberal media's artificial frame of 'respectable' political debate ...

"And so with this ongoing political charade, it is no wonder only 25% of the eligible population voted in our last presidential election (1996) to reelect President Clinton, again, with less than a majority (49%). The truth is the last presidential election [1996] offered no real choice between the two major candidates, [Bob Dole and Bill Clinton]...

"Remember candidate Bob Dole stating there was a difference between him and President Clinton? During the debate, Bob Dole vociferated, 'I want to reduce government by 20%, President Clinton by 16%'... Wow! Great philosophical and moral choices in political philosophy!"

Yes, dear uneed, it will take a miracle indeed! Given the perception of conservative Republican voters that Romney may be another Bush 41 or a McCain, Obama may carry the day in November, and we may lose the country through a black hole of irresponsible government spending and socialism.

And if we win with Romney, there is a risk he might be another George W.H. Bush! We must risk the latter option supporting Romney– and hope for two miracles, that he might win and turn out to be another Reagan!

Great political advisers!

Dear Ben and Koba,

You guys would make excellent political advisers! I agree with much of what both of you say, and If you guys had advised George H. W. Bush #41, the president who derailed Reagan's legacy, perhaps we would not be where we are today. I blame George H. W. Bush for the downward spiral– morally, economically and socially– in which we find ourselves because of this horrible derailment off the Reagan path.

I am still reluctant, though, to place Romney at the same level as Bush #41 or John McCain, although the fact that McCain is one of Mitt Romney's advisers may be telling and scares me!

Another serious point that supports Koba's opinion is the fact that Romney's stand and record on the Second Amendment is murky and regrettable!

I am in accord with Isabella that today's Primaries in Michigan and Arizona will help decide the course of Romney and Santorum, but like uneed I remain deeply concerned. Thank you all for your great posts. MAF

It's a Sad Situation! (Charlie Rich!)

Koba, I have to agree with Ms Isabella, Romney is not a socialist, but he's a hellava long way from being a good conservative for sure. This is not playing out like I envisioned some 3 months ago as I would have bet a pile of money Romney would be our candidate, but the longer it goes on the less the odds are for that in my opinion. Rich Santorum is being run thru the hot water right now for his social and religious views by the liberal media and as you said, doesn't have the money Romney has, but he still has just a good a chance now to gain the nomination as Romney or any of them. My heart is with Newt but don't think that will happen (don't want to go there) and doubt Paul will get the nomination either due to his foriegn policy stance, etc, but he darn sure knows the Consitution and fiscal issues better than any of them.
On the local macon.com forum recently the libs are saying Santorum needs to get off the social issues and get down to the real campaign issues, but whatever he's doing seems to be working LOL. I learned a long time ago that psychology plays a great deal in politics, so why would they complain about Santorum's social issue discussions if they weren't worried about that fact or Santorum himself. The libs and media are bashing our guys and saying our guys are clowns and Obama's gonna beat them into the ground but I ain't buying that either. Simply because if they really thought that they wouldn't say it and if they really weren't worried about social and religious issues they wouldn't talk about that either. Right now Barack Obama has a lot of religious folks upset big time on the contraceptive issue but they also are perturbed because it's also a religious freedom issue. He is in a bad spot IMO. Just like all the iibs are talking about the 13,000 stock market, and the jobs are coming back. If you tell someone something long enough, people actually believe that mess. I ain't buying that either. Why did I just see the umemployment rate go up to 9.0%, etc? Libs will tell you anything to try and psych you out. And the medis is the worst!

No, I don't know who's gonna get the nomination but my take is after Super Tuesday we'll have a much better idea or I hope so. I do not want to go to a brokered convention, costing us more money and in all probability a different candidate altogether, who would only have a couple months to campaign against Obama. I, like the GOP establishment thought Romney had the best chance to beat Obama and that's the main reason they supported him but just two days ago I saw a poll showing both Romney and Paul leading Obama Nationally! And better news was Obama's approval rating was down about 5-6%. Reckon gas prices has anything to do with that? And if it does I hope it goes to $5.00 a gallon as I had no long trips planned anyway. Saw today where one gas pipeline was going to be constructed and don't bet a lotta money that very shortly Obama will come out with something saying the Keystone pipeline will be approved. Just sit back and watch. He will do anything to win the election I assure you! One last point, all this contraception business could have been a ploy all along simply because he may have wanted to get the abortion issue out of the way as being the big issue and put it on contraception. The reson beiing the pro-choice voters favor the Republicans by about 10%. Do you think he could be that sneaky LOL?
I actually have read that so thought I'd pass it along.
So right now we got high gas prices, religious folks are perturbed at him, he didn't approve the pipeline, unemployment is 9.0% at least (in reality about 15.0%) and he has no record to speak of to run on! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I'd say Barack has a lot to worry about LMAO! And his darn Army is burning Korans, LOL. And it could not happen to a nicer guy. Koba, Obama's the socialist and if he gets re-elected you will really know it!

Well Ben I believe that

Well Ben I believe that Romney will still be the nominee. I don't have any crystal balls but I am 'following the money' and the other numbers.

And it's going to take a load of $ to beat Obama. We must remember Obama has Soros and Buffet 'footing his bill' if he runs out of 'his own stash'. And Romney now has 'Trump' if he runs out of his own stash. It's going to take a lot of money to stay on the field with someone that is being funded by George Soros.
And I'm concerned that Romney isn't conservative enough,that even if he wins will we still have the same path to travel to a complete socialist nation? I'm concerned..
I try to believe that The Republican that gets the nomination will only be a 'catalyst' that slows that rate of travel ,,"UNTIL" the Best Conservative appears.
I am afraid if the brakes are not placed sooner than later; it's going to be too late..
I remain most concerned that Obama will be back. BUT I continue to pray for a miracle..because I do believe they exist.

I'm beginning to agree with you...

Koba,

I don't believe Romney is a socialist, but I'm beginning to be convinced that Rick Santorum may be the right man for the GOP. If he wins in Michigan, a state Romney should easily win particularly with all the money he has spent campaigning, then it will speak volumes about the two men and what the American people are thinking.

I also agree with what you say about Ron Paul. Sometimes he's a conservative and sometimes a libertarian with some foreign policy opinions that I disagree with.

I have enjoyed reading your posts. Let's hope that whoever the GOP nominates will be able to beat Obama in the upcoming election.

Santorum surging ahead!

Rick Santorum is surging ahead, neck and neck with Mitt Romney!

But the American public continues to blame Congress (15% approval rating) for America's economic woes and not President Obama (48% approval rating).

Nevermind the U.S. House of Representatives was elected last November along with 1/3 of the U.S. Senate!

And Newt Gingrich is still battling for 3rd place with Dr Ron Paul but continues to be infused with money to continue his campaign!

Romney has won in New Hampshire (Jan 10), Florida (Jan 31), Maine (Feb 11).
Santorum has won in Iowa (Jan 3), and (Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Feb 7).
Gingrich was victorious in SC (Jan 21).

Gallop: "Santorum is now roughly tied with Romney for the lead, Gingrich has been relegated to third, and Paul is in a weakened fourth position. How long this scenario will last is anyone's guess, but will likely be dictated by the outcome of the next round of primaries at the end of February, in Arizona and Michigan."

If Obama gets re-elected there will be no pragmatism, but socialism will be pushed forward full steam ahead!

I remain most concerned

I'm concerned this clown will be re-elected and Obamacare won't be overturned. That one line item "obamacare" is what Concerns me a lot..
And as you state a full fledged socialist country will evolve from four more years of this..It can be down right depressing.

Romney was a socialist (Mass

Romney was a socialist (Mass healthcare) and a liberal on social issues. Now he says he has had a complete conversion to conservatism. We simply do not believe him.

Newt is for amnesty for illegal immigrants, the theory of man-made global warming (which = redistribution of wealth), and even worked with Clinton in the 1990s to pass gun control; moreover, he can be brilliant at times but also bizarre also, as when he made the pro-theory of man-made global warming advertisement with Comrade Pelosi.

Paul is libertarian, which sometimes puts him in the conservative camp and sometimes not. His foreign policy will likely be too hard for most Republicans to swallow.

Santorum is the only social conservative. His credentials are verifiable there, so his detractors will go after him on fiscal issues. I do not see any big vulnerability there, especially when compared to Romney, who was for state run health care before he was against it. Naturally the leftist media, who asked nothing of Obama when he ran for office in 2008 but to please love them, will continue to ask all Republicans absurd questions in an effort to glean some word or phrase which they can use against them, as with states banning contraceptives.

The real issue at this time should not be who can beat Obama; they all should be able to accomplish this. Now, we Republicans need to vote for which candidate represents us best. With amazing alacrity and acumen Obama has wrecked the US economy. People see this every time they try to find a job, buy gas, or attempt to buy virtually anything. We also see Obama saying no to jobs and to drilling in Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, and oil from Canada, while saying yes to rich donors at the wasted ½ billion dollars at Solyandra. But for now, we need to concentrate on who represents us best within the candidates running.

It is interesting that despite Romney’s millions, 5 years of running for office, the endorsement from the Republican establishment, and having been raised in Michigan there with his dad as governor that Santorum with his limited funds can even remain in the race with Romney, much less be even or ahead. Perhaps ideology trumps geography after all.

Like many voters, it did not set well with me when early on we were told to go with Romney as he was the only one we were told who could beat Obama. None sense. How can anyone make such an assumption? Moreover, the last time we went with the establishment moderate/liberal McCain, and look what happened. Why can the base and majority of the Republican Party not be allowed to vote for someone who represents us instead of the liberal, establishment choice? The Establishment Republicans would give us the choice between a liberal, socialist candidate who now says he is not vs the liberal, socialist Obama. What kind of choice is this? Let us decide, but let us not allow the liberal establishment to decide for us. We will talk unity and strategy once we have made our choice.


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