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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
KEYWORDS: alldems4romney; carter4romney; clinton4romney; cyktust; dnc4romney; du4romney; kerry4romney; liberal; loser; mormon; obama; obama4romney; romney; soros4romney; yawn
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To: LibsRJerks
What can we really trace all of this decline to?

G-d was removed from the classroom in the early 60' has been straight down the crapper ever since...

81 posted on 04/26/2012 3:45:53 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the
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To: gghd
Catholics are obligated to vote.

They New England; they vote for Barack Obama.

82 posted on 04/26/2012 3:50:51 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the
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To: caww
You have placed some of the best comments of the primary on this thread. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge on the subject. Jesus did say that the falling away must happen first...

REMINDER: The National Day of Prayer is the first Thursday in May.

83 posted on 04/26/2012 3:55:41 AM PDT by .30Carbine (God bless you with the spirit of wisdom and understanding)
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To: Salvation

This article on Romney’s claimed and actual record on illegals is all anyone needs to know about the guy:

84 posted on 04/26/2012 4:04:15 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: who knows what evil?

When they banned God by building that fake wall of separation they started dictating culture to the people. They began a long march through all our institutions to dismantle or culturally cleanse America’s secular morality and ethics which they targeted as influenced by God and therefore illegal. Since constitutional ideals come out of Christian thinking about justice, they cleansed all that, too.

In it’s place, they installed humanism which is amoral, anti-God Marxism with a twist of tribalism’s separation of hearts and minds by stoking race jealousy hate and revenge.

85 posted on 04/26/2012 4:22:26 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson

Excellent have nailed it.

86 posted on 04/26/2012 4:27:34 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the
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To: DemforBush

I’ve been as vocal as any here at FR about my opposition to Romney. But I honestly do not think the two would govern the same. The GOP majority in the House and the likely gains in the Senate could keep Romney at least semi-honest. Mitt is not a conservative, and never will be “one of us.” He might, however, be pushed into center-right territory ala H.W. Bush. HW was no Reagan, but I’d take him in a heartbeat right now over Obama.

An Obama 2nd term, by contrast, is going to be pure, unabashed leftism.


I agree.

87 posted on 04/26/2012 4:40:37 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: LibsRJerks; matthew fuller

What can we really trace all of this decline to?


“Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.” ... Alexander Solzhenitsyn

88 posted on 04/26/2012 4:48:31 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: LibsRJerks

I disagree with those who claim Romney is as bad as Obama. 4 years of Romney, we probably can survive, and keep up the movement for more conservative candidates. 4 more years of Obama, and this nation will be exactly like the former Soviet Union. Obama and his czars, and Holder will have complete control over everything. We won’t make it through that with any semblance of freedom as we know it and no recourse except civil war, and quite possibly, not enough resources for that, either.I’m certainly not campaigning for Romney, I’m just asking folks to take a long look at the administration we have now before they decide to stay home on election day. IMHO, staying home in 2008 is what got us here.

89 posted on 04/26/2012 4:52:44 AM PDT by Quickgun (Second Amendment. The only one you can put your hands on.)
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To: muawiyah

In a just world, Rove would have been run out on a railroad after he messed up representing Bush’s point of view and challenging the left’s BDS. Because of his total incompetence, radicals came to power. He worked during the elections then mounted his throne and sat on his fat a$$ once Bush was in office.

90 posted on 04/26/2012 5:09:32 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: gghd
I’m voting for >anybody but Obama.

Virgil Goode is not Obama. AND he's Conservative to the core.

91 posted on 04/26/2012 5:17:44 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (Sofa King Mitt Odd Did Obamneycare)
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To: Salvation
is democracy taking a long sabbatical in the country where it all began back in 1776?

This is how broad franchise democracy works, we are just taking a long time realizing it. The outcomes are determined behind the scenes as the moneyed interests and their lackeys in the media position the candidates for victory or loss.

The public mood is a factor. This season, the public mood would have carried to victory any of the Republican candidates. So, the manipulators rolled out the least conservative of them and made him Republican front runner. They did so by marginalizing all others, who all had a potential to seriously rock the boat. That way, no matter whether Romney or Obama win in November, the system does not change. The slide away from local government toward a bureaucratic all-powerful centralized state will continue, the only unknown is the flavor of the poison.

92 posted on 04/26/2012 5:32:38 AM PDT by annalex (
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To: SumProVita
I suppose in a worst case scenario you could campaign for Romney and get him elected along with a Republican House and Senate.

Then he could be impeached, convicted and taken out and executed ~ along with Rubio just in case anybody has any idea he's an improvement.

I think the Democrats might shape up a tad if we did that eh!

There are other options ~ one of which is that Romney bows out now!

Ann Romney is going to be living uncomfortably no matter what happens though.

93 posted on 04/26/2012 5:34:11 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Salvation

Agreed ... a GREAT article ...

I am 57 years old, an experienced political campaigner (Bush-41-43, Bob Dole, Juan McCain) ...

I am genuinely "sick and tired" of the GOP E-RINOs destroying my beloved America ... one "stupid compromise" at a time ... year after year ...

On the other hand, I don't really "personally" blame Bush-41, Bob Dole and Juan McCain for their attitudes ...

Why ?

They don't give a DAMN-DAMN-DAMN about anything, expect power and money ...

Dittos for the Clintons and Mitt Romney and Rush Limbaugh and Herman Cain ...


Call me anything you like ... I would understand, too ...

But my gut feeling is that Mitt Romney WILL NOT be the GOP 2012 Presidential Nomonee ...

It's gonna be Newt and Sarah Palin ...

I guess it's just intuition ... who knows ...


But even after Newt and sarah win the 2012 general election ...

I am FOREVER FINISHED with the "Republican Party" ...


A few weeks ago the National GOP sent me a "Political Polling Questionaire" ... with a request for money ...

I sent them a handwritten note ... telling them to "go to hell" for the way they treated Newt Gingrich ...

and enclosed a Tea Party bumper sticker ... in the envelope ...

Those "Political Jackals" in Washington can go straight to Obama's bedroom in the Whitehouse, for all that I'm concerned ...

94 posted on 04/26/2012 5:36:11 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: Randy Larsen
What? He is a carbon copy!

I call him "Obama Lite", and I'm not just talking about skin color.

95 posted on 04/26/2012 5:40:30 AM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: muawiyah

Frequently, frustration speaks without intelligent thought and consideration of the results.

96 posted on 04/26/2012 5:48:31 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Salvation

I have done a lot of bad things in my life. I am not going to top it all by voting for Romney.

97 posted on 04/26/2012 5:52:34 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (BO Threat Stream:
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To: SumProVita

MItt should simply drop out now. His candidacy is going to put the Democrats back into full power.

98 posted on 04/26/2012 5:55:35 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: onyx; caww
My big battle is with the RNC now. They pulled every dirty trick in the book to rig the election and primaries for Romney.
We know what happened to Newt in Iowa and as Onyx posted, “Newt was offering solutions” It was Newt the establishment and democrats feared. Why should the dems fear Romney? his record is almost identical to Obamas.
and NO surprise Newt was omitted from this article.
99 posted on 04/26/2012 6:32:24 AM PDT by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Christie at the beach
Stay home in November, will be a vote for Obama...that will show them!!
100 posted on 04/26/2012 6:32:52 AM PDT by southphilly (Every State should be a right to work State)
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