October 21, 2011
GOP: Getting Over Principles
Republican Presidential primary candidate, Gary Johnson, takes the nation’s fiscal crisis seriously believing large and immediate cuts in spending now will be better than the fate that awaits us if we choose to all but ignore the problem with modest changes to spending. He also suggests a simple, unifying philosophy under which Republicans could rally:
“I wish the Republican Party would become known as the party of choice. That very simply you could identify where a Republican would come down on any issue as, well, Republicans are always going to support your ability as an individual to choose, whether it be education, whether it be what it is you eat or drink, whether it's what you put in your body or don't put in your body, how tax dollars get spent.”
That is why he has no chance of securing the GOP nomination.
You see, what Republicans need is a standard bearer with the credibility and moral authority necessary to make a principled argument against returning Barack Obama to the White House.
Take for example, Mitt Romney, who has made it a central pledge of his campaign to repeal President Obama’s federal health care law. As far as Mitt Romney is concerned, Obama’s individual mandate and other affronts to the notion of individual liberty and freedom, have no place in federal law.
That’s because they belong in state law, which “under our federalist system” enables states to be “laboratories of tyranny.” (Note to self: Double-check quote.)
Likewise, Texas governor Rick Perry is particularly well equipped to go after President Obama for his outrageous use of federal taxpayer dollars to invest in government-favored private businesses. Who does Obama think he is? The governor of Texas? As Perry notes, it’s “fine for states” to direct state taxpayer dollars to government-favored private businesses since the governor is closer to the citizens and knows how they would want to invest their money if only they were as smart as he was. This is based on the enduring Republican principle known as, “It’s okay if we do it.”
For his part, Herman Cain is smack in the middle of the Republican mainstream in distinguishing himself from Barack Obama with his intense distaste for taxes which is why his signature plan is to add a large new one.
And then we have Newt Gingrich, who in the most recent Republican debate made his case for faith-based morality:
“How can you have judgment, if you have no faith? And how can I trust you with power if you don't pray?”
Clearly, this will appeal to “values voters” sick and tired of Barack Obama, who unlike the devout, praying Newt Gingrich, parades shamelessly in public with his first and only wife, as if there’s nothing wrong with that.
That just has to end.
So, if you believe rights are best trampled at the state level, vote Romney!
If you prefer your taxes be squandered by your governor instead of your president, vote Perry!
If you believe the only way to reign in taxes is to add a new one, vote Cain!
And if you look forward to being lectured on morality by a serial philanderer, vote Gingrich!
But Gary Johnson? What, are you crazy?
He wants to legalize marijuana!
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I have never voted for a Republican without holding my nose, and it looks like this time around won't be any different. The only Democrat I ever voted for is my mayor, and is the only guy I never doubted would do a good job. There is something very wrong about that.
Posted by: John | Oct 23, 2011 11:27:24 PM
Arlington County is 100% Democratic, and suffers from all the adverse effects of single-party rule, so I just vote for the alternative. I think I once voted for the Green candidate even. I also vote against every bond issue. I don't even read them anymore, I just assume they'll spend my money poorly.
I also have a 100% record of being on the losing side of every vote!
Posted by: Planet Moron | Oct 25, 2011 12:48:09 PM
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