Among we conservative bloggers, there are many erudite intellectuals. Some of these very bright people are capable of making very compelling arguments for positions that are contrary to positions of most conservatives. Let me describe a recent case in point.
Recently a blogger, for whom I have the utmost respect and who definitely is one of the intellectuals among us, made a very compelling case for Mitt Romney being the best bet to beat Obama in 2012. Although he admitted that his personal preference was for a candidate much more radically to the right of Mitt Romney, he said he was also a pragmatist. As a pragmatic he had to recognize that our constitution provides for a democratic republic and, therefore he and we should accept that the American electorate elected those Democrats to Congress and the next President was going to have compromise with them whether liked it or not. Now, I have intentionally over simplified his case and I ask you to trust me that he did indeed make a compelling case that Romney would be the best choice for the Republicans.
Although I do not pretend to be an intellectual, I too am pragmatic. It is my hope with this post that I can make an even more compelling case for conservatives and Americans in general not to support the candidacy of Mitt Romney. I do not identify the blogger in question because I do not have an argument with the gentleman himself but only with the premise of his case.
Let me start with this. If, and that is a very big IF, the two parties that make up our government had, over the last many decades, their centers of gravity very close to the center of the political spectrum. 1.) we wouldn’t have the government that we have today and, 2.) I would agree with the principle that in politics one must compromise.
I want to make a few of points at this time:
- All governments tend towards tyranny. Governments like to govern and the nature of the beast is to want always want to govern more. They, therefore, write more and more laws and regulations that put more power in the hands of the government and less and less in the hands of governed.
- Our Founders understood very well the nature of government. This is why the constitution they produced for this new experiment called The United States of America, had very specific enumerated powers for the Federal Government and all powers not enumerated were left to the states and the people. We would do well at this point to recall the famous quote of Benjamin Franklin when asked by a woman what they had done for the people, and I paraphrase here, “We have given you, madam, a republic, if you can keep it.”
- Over the last many decades, our two-party government has consisted of a Republican Party dominated consistently by centrist statist and a Democrat Party that for much of the time has been dominated by statist considerably to the left of center. As a result of the inevitable compromising process, the structure of our government has shifted more and more to the left or toward bigger more powerful central government; a more socialist government if you will.
- The structural changes to the left outlined in point three, has had some spurts but it has mostly been slow and methodical. Since Barack Obama and the Democrats took control of the government in 2008, slow and methodical approach to change was abandoned in favor of full speed ahead to the left, to a new socialist American government.
- We all must understand one thing about all socialist states. They all depend on the wealth generated by capitalism. It makes no difference if it is private capitalism or state capitalism. And, no form of capitalism can long support an ever-growing socialist state.
Keeping these points in mind, let’s assess where we are today. The structural changes described above have our ship of state listing dangerously to the port side; to the left. But unlike a ship, where one could theoretically build structure on the starboard side; the right, to counterbalance the structure on the port side and allow the ship to right itself, government doesn’t work that way. To right our ship of state, we must dismantle the structural changes that the Democrat and Republican statists have constructed over the years. It is the only way.
America, like much of Europe, is in a very perilous state. We are buried in debt and we continue to take on more debt. Growth in GDP is all but non-existent. True unemployment and true inflation have much of population against the ropes and world markets are saying they have had enough. The regulatory policies of this administration are making a bad situation worse.
In my opinion, if business as usual in our government is allowed to continue with the Republicans making compromises with the Democrats, our ship of state will surely capsize. It is debatable whether we have already passed the point of no return. At the very least, we are at the tipping point.The elections of 2012 are not just another election cycle. The elections of 2012 will decide the fate of America.
The conservative base of the Republican Party does not yet have control of the Party. We must take control in 2012 and we must put a conservative in the White House and elect as many more conservative Representatives and Senators as we possibly can. We must continue that process in 2014 and 2016.
We can do it! Obama and company won a landslide victory in 2008 by a margin of a little more than 5%. The “swing voters” went with the Democrats because of the economy, in my opinion. The economy is now much worse. We can capture the “swing voters”. Only by winning the Presidency and control of the Senate can we hope to begin the slow and dangerous process of dismantling the socialist structure of our government and pull our nation back from the precipice.
If we fail or if we win with the likes of Mitt Romney or if we continue to compromise with those bent on a more socialist state, America will never be the same again or at least not for several generations.
Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?