Imagine for a moment that the Twenty Second Amendment to the constitution was abolished and George W. Bush in a brokered convention is given the Republican nomination against Barack Obama. Should Republicans vote for him again?
This is the question I peg to self-defined conservatives who make up the majority of Republican primary voters when they state they are voting for Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, or Rick Santorum.
Hasn’t big government conservatism, whatever that means, done enough damage to not only our cause and our party, but to our country too? Why would anyone choose liberalism that vows to love the Tea Party, the troops, and Ronald Reagan, but in the end will be more Wilsonian than Wilson, expand government more than Johnson, and creates more debt than Barack Obama?
Republicans vote for the aforementioned men because they have been told they have to, because the media which hates conservatives ideals as much as they hate Western civilization, Christianity, and Sarah Palin, has told us it is the only acceptable choices.
Understandably someone may love Perry, Santorum, Gingrich, or Romney. Some may see the expansion of government, destruction of our currency, loss of our sovereignty, the deaths of thousands of American soldiers, and end of voluntary communal association to fix local issues as not a real problem. And if the notion that an ever expanding government has not in fact decapitated the traits of American community and rugged individualism (“American Exceptionalism” is just too cliché a phrase) then by all means, break out a soap box and stand for more big government republicanism.
Whether it be Santorum’s support for Medicare Part D, an unfunded war in Iraq, or career as what Eric Erickson refers to of being a pro-life statist; Gingrich’s lifelong habit of speaking loudly and carrying a small stick: on healthcare mandates, global warming, amnesty for illegals, or stopping work requirements for welfare; Perry’s support for instate tuition for illegal aliens, nearly doubling the budget and tripling the debt as governor of Texas; or Mitt Romney (add your own flip-flop/Romney care/abortion joke here).
Understandably, there is no perfect candidate, like there is no perfect person.
I am not looking for perfection, if I was I’d be a liberal.
I’m looking for a candidate that has dedication, prudence, prescription, and is not afraid to call a spade a spade. It would be wonderful if America was in a period of transition as we were in the early twentieth century, as if we were the shining city on a hill.