Sunday, February 26, 2012

To My Friends in Arizona and Michigan: It's Time to Take a Stand

Before I begin this rant, let me make my stance regarding Mitt Romney perfectly clear.

I will walk on broken glass to vote for Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum or a radioactive goat over Barack Obama in the general election.

That said, did the Tea Party go away? Did it disappear into the ether after the GOP's crushing victories in the 2010 midterms? Did it shatter after a million internecine battles?

Or is it merely simmering at a low boil while grassroots groups canvas for its primary favorites?

To my friends in Arizona and Michigan

The time for action is now. The situation our country faces is too dire and the stakes too high to sit on the sidelines. You may, as I do, feel the fatigue of negative attacks, experience anger at the proctological scrutiny of your favorite candidates, or disgust at the blatant bias of the Democrat-media complex.

But you must, like an Olympic athlete, put all of that aside and vote on Tuesday.

If I could vote in one of your states, I would be casting my vote for Rick Santorum. Praised by no less a set of conservative luminaries like Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Sarah Palin, Santorum has been a consistent conservative throughout his career.

Architect of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, a proponent of the original Balanced Budget Amendment and an expert at national defense issues, Santorum's appeal is far wider than legacy media would have you believe.

This election will be about the future of America

Do Americans want a nation flooded with food-stamps and welfare payments, a European-style decline, and an out-of-control president who flouts the very Constitution upon which he took an oath to uphold?

Or do they want a return to founding principles, fiscal discipline and respect for the rule of law?

This election will be about founding principles, the most important of which are faith, family, private property rights and individual liberty. Those tenets were foundational to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Our rights are God-given, not offered in a bill by some bureaucrat in Washington. How can someone articulate the nature of American exceptionalism without a grounding in our founding document and our highest law?

The "Great Society" proved the defective nature of the Democrats' philosophy. Even if they were inspired by altruistic desires, Democrats have utterly destroyed the two-parent family, especially in the urban core.

Dozens of studies have proven that easy access to food stamps and welfare payments inflate the percentage of single-parent families. And single-parent families are linked directly to violent crime: in fact, no matter what race you are, you have the same chance of going to prison if you are raised in a single-parent household.

As for private property rights and the rule of law: the Constitution means what it says. To the extent that temporary politicians dismiss the genius of the Framers; strip away the bonds on the federal government placed explicitly upon it; and confiscate more and more private property in pursuit of a Utopian, benificent state that can't be and never was; they are corrupt and lawless. A government that takes your private property for purposes other than those specifically enunciated in the Constitution is operating outside of the law.

These lines are crystal clear and it will take an articulate conservative grounded in the founding principles to draw the sharpest contrast between the European nanny state that Obama seeks and the kind of government our Framers created.

You can cherry-pick the man's record all you want, but Santorum's record is one of consistency.

Santorum has a legislative record...

Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
Voted YES on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)

Rated 25% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Rated 0% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
Rated 100% by CATO, indicating a pro-free trade voting record. (Dec 2002)
Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rated 0% by the AFL-CIO, indicating an anti-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rated 81% by NTU, indicating a “Taxpayer’s Friend” on tax votes. (Dec 2003)

--Source: Issues 2000 Legislation Tracker

Rick Santorum is a true, God-fearing, Constitutional conservative in the mold of Ronald Reagan. If we are to begin repairing this country, we need him or someone like him as President.

This election won't be about access to condoms. It's going to be about freedom. What it means to be an American. And Rick Santorum would be an outstanding choice as president.

So, to my friends in Arizona and Michigan: I urge you to consider supporting Rick Santorum for president. Send a message to Washington: the era of big government is over. The time for action is now.

We have a country to save.


Reliapundit said...

Here's simpler pitch for Ricky:

"Put your principles aside and take one for the team by voting Santorum."

Or how abut this:

"He never made a commercial with Pelosi: Vote Santorum."




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Anonymous said...

Someone tell me why voting for Romney isn't like voting for Obama. What is the difference between the two?

I do not enjoy the choice of being asked to vote for Obama and then jumping off the Empire State Building with an anvil and voting for Romney and then jumping off the same building with the assurance that he isn't Obama and the results will be different.


He is the McCain without the balls. Worse he can't blame his positions on being senile.

I may not agree with Santorum on everything but he is at least honest compared to Romney and Newt. I would even vote for Newt, who is bright, if untrustworthy, at least he has a record worth discussing.

But Romney. He is Obama in whiteface. A man who is modest about his accomplishments as a politician and has much to be modest about. He can only boast of being an outsider because of his many failures as a politician and his endless lies.

I would hope the voters in Michigan and Arizona put a stake through the vampire wing of the GOP, but I feel that the endless promises and lies of the nanny state holds way too much appeal for the non productive class.

And make no mistake there are many Republicans who love the comfort of their chains rather than the risk of exercising their personal responsibility.

Anonymous said...

I like Reliapundit's thinking. If I may add:
"Rick Santorum for freedom, unless you're a woman."

"Unification of church and state."

Reliapundit said...

"Someone tell me why voting for Romney isn't like voting for Obama. What is the difference between the two? "


if you can't tell the differecne then there's no hope for you.

Anonymous said...

Great article and I do hope the people of Arizona and Michigan are heeding your advice. This is the most important election in my lifetime, but I can not in good conscience vote for the lesser of two evils if Romney should win the nomination. My goal will be to campaign for and support the most conservative congressional candidates.

Your article was not derogatory to Romney in the least, but that doesn't stop the Romney drones from taking a page out of Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals' to "pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Rick Santorum is just the latest victim in a long line of conservative candidates.

Anonymous said...

I will walk on broken glass to vote for Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum or a radioactive goat over Barack Obama in the general election.

Did you just call Ron Paul, "a radioactive goat"?


Anonymous said...


Please educate us all on the differences between Obama and Romney. Perhaps there are some who have not attained the lofty educational achievements and been annointed as you obviously have.

In the past I have noticed the Elmer Gantrys of the world peddle the same snake oil and use the same shills, they just change the labels.

hopechange said...

To decide about America's future, find out for yourself. Find. Out. For. Yourself.


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