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Not Excited About Romney? ^ | april 25, 2012 | David J. Peterson

Posted on 04/25/2012 9:11:41 PM PDT by Salvation

Not Excited About Romney?

This year’s GOP primary has been an odyssey filled with sound and fury. But, like elephants who never forget, millions of Republicans are muttering “haven’t we seen this movie before?” Conservatives who were looking for a solid alternative to Democrat Barack Obama are angry and disappointed. The party rank and file was opposed to the nomination of Mitt Romney, seeing him as a weathervane – willing to adopt any position or cause to suit his ambitions.

The Republican establishment, which is dominated by big business and the Wall Street elite, heard the same chorus of protests when Senator John McCain was nominated in 2008. The party elites argue that, as a centrist, Governor Romney has the best chance of beating the incumbent president in the November US elections. They claim that since his term ended in Massachusetts, a left-leaning stronghold, Romney’s positions have “evolved” and he is now closer to mainstream conservatives. Yet, his detractors say fielding a candidate who is clearly unable to articulate any coherent moral outlook is a big blunder.

American voters have not warmed up to the nominee. Since early 2011, Romney support among Republican voters in statewide polls never rose above 20 to 30 percent. In an ABC survey in March – just 34 percent of all voters had a favorable opinion of him. His unfavorable score, nearly 50 percent, was exceeded only by one other Republican, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, and by only one top candidate in 28 years, Hillary Clinton in 2008.

It is a mystery how a candidate so unpopular among average voters could remain the “front runner”. In addition, the single issue where Barack Obama is most vulnerable is his controversial national health care mandate. Unbelievably, it turns out that the original model for the “Obamacare” health law was first enacted by Governor Romney in Massachusetts. Both laws require everyone with income to purchase health insurance. As with Obama, Romney’s plan provides free contraceptive coverage, which Catholic and other religious institutions must pay for!

The outcome of the GOP primary season poses the question: is democracy taking a long sabbatical in the country where it all began back in 1776? First, there is the obvious issue of disparity in money. Multi-millionaires like Romney have a tremendous advantage over opponents. At the same time, candidates who are not responsive to the wealthy elite will always be swimming upstream. With access to unlimited donations raised by “SuperPacs,” the GOP winner shelled out hundreds of millions in slick attack ads – helping to vilify his opponents in every state primary. The two expected nominees have already raised a combined total close to US$400 million. Overall spending by both presidential campaigns in 2008 was $1.7 billion, 10 times what it was in 1976, and perhaps this will double in 2012.

A second major concern is how Governor Romney was originally designated as the front runner. Who determined that the Republican nomination was his, unless a challenger could snatch it away? It is hard to escape the conclusion that a corrupt bargain was in place from the start involving the top US elites, the GOP establishment and the national media barons. In modern election contests, the big media carefully frame the race between two poles, the liberal Democrats against conservative Republicans. In the primary debates the media make it next to impossible for a dissenting candidate to get anywhere near the nomination.

From 1970 to 2000, America’s former Christian culture has been stripped away like bark from a tree. As with Sarah Palin – a leading Christian conservative who was nominated for vice president in 2008 – a candidate who openly talks of a serious commitment to Christian or Biblical moral virtues is considered a “cult follower” or extremist.

This year former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former Senator Rick Santorum and even Texas Governor Rick Perry were all bullied and ostracized by partisan TV journalists. When Perry or Santorum made foolish statements, the media labeled them hopeless bumpkins who were unfit for higher office.

Mitt Romney’s blunders were criticized but labelled as just bumps in the road. But the front runner made several mega-gaffes where he appeared to be getting coaching from Ebenezer Scrooge. During the worst economic crisis in almost a century, multi-millionaire Romney stated “I am not concerned about poor people”. Elsewhere he bragged about how he enjoys firing people. He described government loans which saved two-thirds of the auto industry and over 1 million American jobs as a terrible mistake. After first stonewalling on his taxes, he revealed that by using loopholes and off shore accounts he paid only 14 percent, a rate well below that of most middle-income Americans.

For independent minded voters, including social conservatives and Christians, there is a temptation to simply avoid the race or to stay away from the polls this fall. The damage done by Obama in the next four years may not be as bad as one or two terms under a slightly less liberal alternative. Before he suspended his surprising campaign, Rick Santorum said the difference between Romney and his Democratic rival is negligible. Arguments about the lesser of two evils, which surface like a swarm of cicadas every four years, are sounding hollow.

As Plato noted in the Republic – in an oligarchy “there is not one state but two, one of the very wealthy, and one of everyone else. “If history is a guide, then Ben Franklin’s remarks at the 1787 Constitutional Convention should be noted. When asked – ‘what have we got?’ – he replied, ‘A republic if you can keep it’.” As in earlier eras, 21st century Americans will have to provide their own answer to his timeless warning.


David J. Peterson is an author and a high school teacher with a degree in economics. He lives in Chicago. 

This article was originally published on MercatorNet under a Creative Commons License.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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To: caww

I’ll NEVER vote for that dirty scum bag liar.

61 posted on 04/25/2012 11:58:26 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Salvation

Can we “offer up” to God the pain of Romney and Obama?
Talk about a “suffering”, it’s so unfair, where are goodness
and virtue?

62 posted on 04/25/2012 11:59:50 PM PDT by stpio
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To: onyx

"This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it."
--- Admiral Josh Painter - (Fred Dalton Thompson) Hunt for Red October - 1990

63 posted on 04/26/2012 12:00:55 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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Thank you for your comment. “Next time” for me will depend upon ‘God willing & the creek don’t rise.’

I’m obligated to vote as a Catholic. The Catechism has a Section in it: The duties of citizens. #2238-2246.

There has been enough information about Obama to determine Obama is anti-God & Obama is pro-death. I was at Mass & the Priest stepped >out of the Sanctuary & then told us that Obama gave the Bishops ‘the finger.’

I plan to vote for >anybody but Obama. To NOT vote for the Republican candidate will >actually end up being a vote for Obama as the choices appear to be Bad (Romney) or Worse (Obama).

+If you look at my tag-line, according to Obama, I’m a person that clings to both guns & religion. The Pope owns guns. & ALL Christians should emulate The Holy Father & >actually embrace The Cross like Jesus Christ.

Job42: “Then Job answered the Lord and said: ‘I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be hindered.’
‘I have dealt with great things that I do not understand; things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know.’
‘I had heard of you by word of mouth, but now my eye has seen you.’
‘Therefore I disown what I have said and repent in dust and ashes.”

ALL my obligations are ultimately to God.

64 posted on 04/26/2012 12:03:46 AM PDT by gghd (A Pro-life Palinista & a member of the NRA)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

For starters, we need to figure out exactly how so many other capable candidates were left behind or defeated in the Republican primary/caucus selection process.

65 posted on 04/26/2012 12:17:05 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (why is illicit sex good politically for only one party's politicians?)
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To: caww

Please see my reply #64. The choice is between Bad & Worse. I’m obligated to choose. I’m obligated to vote.

There has been NO religious authority in the Catholic Church that has told Catholics NOT to vote.

There is enough information for me that I have decided to vote for >anyone but Obama. As Catholics, we are obligated to vote. To vote for anyone but the Republican candidate is ultimately a vote for Obama.

If UPPER management tells The Holy Father it’s time for a Holy Crusade, then I’m wearing the Crusaders Cross. That hasn’t happened yet so I plan to be at the voting booth on election day.

ALL our obligations are ultimate to God. We ALL answer to God on Judgment Day.

Please read my comment post #64.

66 posted on 04/26/2012 12:18:59 AM PDT by gghd (A Pro-life Palinista & a member of the NRA)
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To: Liberty Valance

Thank you very much!

67 posted on 04/26/2012 12:24:41 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Salvation

This is a general observation. THERE ARE WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING. It’s a warning from Jesus Christ.

There seems to be people in a Catholic thread encouraging people to NOT vote for Romney.

Catholics are obligated to vote. It’s in the catechism.

In the election, it appears as though the election will be between Bad=Romney & Worse=Obama.

To NOT vote for Romney will be a vote for Obama. Beware the wolves in sheep’s clothing. The list of sins placed in this thread about Romney can be said about Obama.

I was at a Catholic Mass & the Priest stepped >out of the Sanctuary & walked up to the pews. The Priest said, “Obama gave our Bishops the finger.”

68 posted on 04/26/2012 12:29:48 AM PDT by gghd (A Pro-life Palinista & a member of the NRA)
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To: Salvation
Not Excited About Romney?


69 posted on 04/26/2012 1:11:04 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: gghd

There are ‘more’ than two choices of “bad” or “worse” for President. One does not have to support the “Party” Candidate....I am a free voter, not hostage to a Party nor their candidate...and for the record I mentioned nothing of “Not Voting”...nor would I consider doing that.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, among these,... “LIFE”..

We are given LIFE by our man has the right to take that LIFE......the unborn children have the right before God and man to have LIVE!

Romney’s position defiantely opposes God’s Word and the Declaration of our Country....killing the very life which God gives is murder with intent in abortion.

Now if Romney does not uphold ‘the sanctity of LIFE’..then what would make anyone believe he’d care about their life..... let alone the life of this nation?

70 posted on 04/26/2012 1:30:23 AM PDT by caww
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To: Diogenesis
   What exactly is there to get excited about?

  I think it's time for Romney to get out of the race.
71 posted on 04/26/2012 1:51:30 AM PDT by Maurice Tift (You can't stop the signal, Mal. You can never stop the signal.)
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To: gghd

Would do a write-in help as an alternate to Romney?

72 posted on 04/26/2012 2:51:42 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Salvation
From 1970 to 2000, America’s former Christian culture has been stripped away like bark from a tree.

This was deliberate, and I suspect two groups: East Coast urbanites, who are either cynical materialists (often Leftists, even Communists) or liberal Jewish voters who dislike believing Christians and "Flyover Country" citizens and regard them as The Enemy (see Here:; and movement homosexuals, who began campaigning to overthrow the public morality as long ago as 1957, when they tampered with a UCLA study by Dr. Evelyn Hooker about the etiology and susceptibility to treatment of homosexuality, and went on to stage coups d'etat, first against the mental-health professions in 1973 and then against the MSM, as described in Hunter Madsen and Marshall Kirk's After the Ball, which was more forthrightly titled, when it was an alternative-newspaper series in (significantly) Washington, DC, "Overhauling Straight America". The whole idea was to force the entire American people to abandon their values and be "friendly" to homosexuals and pederasts.

73 posted on 04/26/2012 3:02:35 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: caww
....and the churches have far to much liberalism within them

That's the Red cabal (National Council of Churches, which has Communist ties) shaking hands with the Lavender cabal. There has been an underground network of gay seminarians at work in several mainstream churches since the 60's, and homosexual turncoat Protestant prelates were among the early leaders of the attack on American morality and the public's sense of right and wrong.

74 posted on 04/26/2012 3:07:28 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: gghd
To NOT vote for Romney will be a vote for Obama.

Buncombe. Absolutely false dichotomy. People can vote their conscience -- and trying to force them to sacrifice their consciences is a worse sin than anything you've conjured.

Don't play games with the gameplayers, they will steal your minds and your souls.

75 posted on 04/26/2012 3:10:03 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: TexasFreeper2009
no need to fear Romney will lose in a landslide.

He will big time. That is the problem I have with the GOPe most. They have no idea how much people are not motivated about voting for Romney. And it is not just excitement in voting, but going door to door campaigning for Romney, making phone calls, even passing out pamphlets. I don't see any of that happening. The GOTV will be nonexistent. I just don't see how Romney could win. Even myself, I am voting for Virgil Goode so someone will have to work extra hard to cover my two votes (me and my wife) and there are tons of folks like myself who won't vote for Romney. I just hope that people will vote for Virgil Goode and he can win. That is our only hope for the next four years. It is 100 percent a shame that Newt is dropping out.

76 posted on 04/26/2012 3:24:25 AM PDT by napscoordinator (VOTE FOR NEWT!!!!)
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To: caww

Why do we tolerate Carl Rove. He’s obviously deranged ~ the man is a campaign analyst in his professional life so he must have some understanding of what it means when people stop going to primaries.

77 posted on 04/26/2012 3:24:30 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Salvation

Romney was, and is, largely supported by the Republican establishment. To be fair, those people are allowed to have their own opinion, as are we all. And yet, no one else was given much but short shrift, regardless. As an orthodox Catholic, I cannot support a candidate who is anything but prolife, nor can I support one who leans toward homosexual unions. While the cards may have been in Romney’s favor, by both the establishment Repubs and Mr. Romney’s not-inconsiderable wealth, that doesn’t change the facts for me: I cannot, and will not, support him. In all honesty, I’d love to see the much bally-hooed brokered convention. We need Presidential Material, not presidential material, and Willard is definitely the latter.

78 posted on 04/26/2012 3:31:19 AM PDT by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: faithhopecharity
As you now there's this term "RINO" that gets tossed around. Many believe it means LIBERAL, yet, in reality, it initially meant a DEMOCRAT (or fringe party) politician who sought office by running as a REPUBLICAN.

Most RINOS were found in Southern States.

Modernizing it just a little you find that RINOS ARE POLITICIANS whose political leanings are something other than classical Republican or Conservative yet they seek office as Republicans, or they support such people with time and money.

Several months ago I went through the political career backgrounds of all the Republican candidates for President. At the time there were 10 such people. 7 of them had questionable non-Republican party ties or events in their backgrounds. They were then, in fact, arguably RINOS.

Lots of Freepers were campaigning for those RINOS. So there's your answer about "Exactly how so many other capable candidates were left behind or defeated"

79 posted on 04/26/2012 3:37:46 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: napscoordinator

Virgil has always been a good man. The Democrats hate him intensely. If it looks like he’s getting some traction the Democrats in Maryland will have him shot down like they did George Wallace so many years ago. Their hitman was released from prison not too long ago.

80 posted on 04/26/2012 3:40:37 AM PDT by muawiyah
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