The Fight Goes On

To say that I am disappointed with tonight’s Presidential Primary results would be a huge understatement. However, tonight is not the end and the fight for Reagan conservatism and the values that I believe in will go on.

In the days leading up to today’s election I gained an increasing sense of optimism. The polls were showing a trend towards Mitt Romney and with one conservative leader after another endorsing Mitt I was hopeful that the Republican base would put their support on the one conservative left in the race. In great measure I was right. Exit polls show overwhelmingly that conservative voters did vote for Mitt Romney. Unfortunately, the Republican party isn’t as conservative as I had hoped. I was surprised by the large numbers of professed liberals and moderates that swayed the vote to John McCain. The “base” isn’t as much of a base anymore, its my impression that Reagen conservatives are more of a life line, desperately trying to keep the Republican Party anchored to an ideology that is becoming less and less popular and seen more and more as being fanatical or out of step with the way the rest of the world is run. Principals of free market economies, limited government, less government spending, lower taxes, strong national defense, an orderly and controlled immigration policy, strengthening the family, protecting the sanctity of life, appointing strict constructionist judges, and a belief in the incredible potential of the individual all seem to be slipping to the wayside. I have been a Mitt Romney fan for a long time now but more than that I believe in conservative principals that I feel are essential if our country is going to remain the free, prosperous country that we are today. I would have been very content to support a Guiliani or Thompson campaign because I feel that these two men, like Romney, had a sense of what conservationism is about. Granted, none of the republicans running in this election are 100% conservative on all of the issues, nor do I think that it’s necessary, however as I see McCain gaining momentum in his bid for the white house I see a bleak road ahead.

Anyone who has followed McCain’s career knows that he is the least conservative of all the candidates running. In his twenty years in the senate he has voted time and again against conservative ideals. He voted against the defense of marriage act, he voted in favor of embryonic stem cell research, he and Senator Feingold passed radical campaign legislation limiting political speech, he and Senator Kennedy tried to sneak through an amnesty plan that would have seriously harmed this nations security, he is in favor of closing Guantanamo, he is in favor of destroying our economy in an effort to “stop global warming”, is against investigating the tapping of potentially huge oil reserves in ANWR, and he voted against Bush’s tax cuts. What bothers me more than this however is the manner in which he discusses issues, If you disagree with John McCain he doesn’t argue his position with facts or logic, instead he belittles and attempts to make his opponents seem childish, racist, xenophobic, or whatever insult he can come up with. As Micheal Reagan said, “John McCain dislikes me and just about everybody else but Rudy Giuliani.” With McCain it’s his way or the highway, and it’s personal. I think McCain’s track record and his personal vitriol for anyone who dares challenge him is why the conservative base is up in arms about his potential nomination.

In the horrific event that John McCain is the nominee I’ll have to pull myself together, hold my nose, and ….. well …. I might vote for him. We’ll see. Although McCain and Hillary Clinton are almost the same person (one has longer hair), they do differ in two big areas; the war on Islamic Jihad, and what type of judges they would pick. Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton would be infinitely worse for this country than a McCain presidency. Unfortunately, if Obama is the nominee, and it is increasingly looks like he will be, I don’t see McCain stopping him. McCain is broke, Obama raises $32 million a month. Obama is young and has a vision for the future, McCain is old as dirt and always talks about the past. Obama is African America, McCain is an old White Guy. Obama is charismatic, McCain looks angry. Obama is passionate, full of life and exciting…. McCain is angry, bitter, and maybe a bit scary.

In stark contrast to McCain is Mitt Romney. He embodies optimism and hope. If anyone can stand a chance competing against Barak Obama this fall, it’s Mitt Romney. He understands the economy and has a plan to strengthen it with limited government involvement, he understands the threat of Islamic Jihad and has a plan to defeat it, he understands the importance of the family, of the sanctity of life, he knows what it’s like to lead, he knows what it’s life to sacrifice and work hard. I strongly believe that Mitt Romney can bring new life to a political system that’s floundering, to a Government that is increasingly distressed, and to a people wheary of divisive politics and war. I think that what I see in Romney is what my liberal friends see in Obama. Life, exuberance, hope and passion. However, Romney has a leg up on Obama… he has real experience and the same set of core beliefs that have led America from her inception and made her the shinning city on the hill that she is today.

So now what? Well, we fight on. As of this moment only 824 of the total 2,380 delegates have been won. Mitt Romney, although bruised and battered is not out of the race and last I checked Barak Obama wasn’t elected president, China hadn’t invaded California, and I still have both my legs. As long as there is a conservative in the race I fight on. I’ll continue to volunteer at phone banks, send emails, and do whatever else I can. Today is a setback, but as Ronald Reagen once said, “the price for freedom has at times been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.”