by Steve Tfmo Elmore
It's official; Mitt Romney IS the Republican nominee who will run against Obama in what is inarguably the most significant election in the history of our nation.
Yeah, he wasn't my first choice either. Or my second. Or my third, for that matter. But he's the guy now, and I'm going to vote for him.
I want to point a couple of things out to you, dear readers...if you are planning to sit this one out because your pick didn't make it...and yes, I know all the arguments; I've made them myself, numerous times...then you are doing exactly what Obama wants you to do. Your absence of vote, or your writing in someone else may as well be a vote for the Usurper.
Two things won Obama the big chair in 2008: Rampant cheating and pissed-off Conservatives.
Oh yeah, I went there.
People who were furious with the GOP for shoving a worthless, useless, spineless RINO dipstick like McCain on us decided to teach them a lesson and refused to vote for him, despite the facts we knew that pointed to Obama being a disaster. And boy howdy, that worked out soooo well, didn't it?
We got stuck with four years of Islamo-communism, a national debt and deficit that would choke a giraffe, and the systematic destruction of a good half of our Constitutionally protected freedoms, but hey! At least those GOP jerks learned their lesson, huh!
Not so much. Once again, we're stuck with a limp RINO who's snagged a reasonably Conservative sidekick. The fact that Romney is beating Obama in most polls by a slim margin tells us what a crappy job Obama has done. The fact that Romney is beating Obama by ONLY a slim margin tells us what a crappy choice Romney was. A dead gopher could get these numbers, maybe better.
But like it or not, this is what we have. And again, people are grousing about not voting or writing in who they'd like to get the job. That's a brilliant strategy; split the vote on the Right, while the Left will most assuredly stay together (I mostly ignore the grumblings and gripings on the Left about how they feel betrayed by Obama...most of them will still vote for him, rest assured.) Even if we manage a 60/40 split against the Usurper, if half of our side writes in someone else, that's a three-way dance: 30/30/40, and Obama gets another four years to finish destroying our country. If only a third decide to sit this out like they did in 2008, that's a tie game at 40/40...and I'm sure ACORN, SEIU, and Soros will be casting the tie-breaker.
But I've made that argument before to my various Conservative friends, and they were not moved. They still come back with the argument that there is not a dime of difference between Obama and Romney. A vote for one might as well be a vote for the other, the end result will be the same, regardless.
What you good folks aren't considering is the simple fact that the media and the public DO NOT REACT THE SAME per elected official, based SOLELY on party affiliation.
If a Democrat does something disastrous, the Republicans are blamed. If a Republican does something good, the Democrat takes the credit and the Republican is accused of standing in the way. This happens EVERY TIME.
Remember the last few years of the Clinton administration? Sweeping welfare reform, hands-down a very good idea that proved a boon to the economy. Gingrich and the Republicans had to beat Clinton over the head to make him sign it into law, and the rest of the Democrats fought it tooth-and-nail.
Today, it was Clinton who heroically took on the Powers That Be and signed that marvelous bill and single-handedly reformed welfare.
Today, anything good that came out of the Bush administration is attributed to either Clinton or Obama, and everything bad that Clinton and Obama have done is immediately blamed on Bush. You could have a Republican who sides with the Dems 100% of the time on every issue, be it the war against terrorists, abortion, energy, whatever. Makes no difference, that little "R" behind their names earns them a shellacking in the media, both news and entertainment.
We often scream about how if such-and-such misbehaving Democrat were a Republican, the news hounds would be all over him, or if such-and-such misbehaving Republican were a Democrat, no one would ever hear of the story. The same holds true and WILL hold true for Romney.
Another case in point. Obama, in his "autobiography" told of how he had mistreated a Hispanic maid. The media didn't even mention it (those that did brushed it off as youthful hijinks). Romney admitted to playing a prank on a fellow student decades ago, and they held week-long vigils on the news networks. Furthermore, Obamacare is a blatant disaster, but good luck finding a Lefty who will even THINK it, let alone come out and say it...but Romneycare, the precursor and template of Obamacare, is nothing short of the Devil's Work...even though there ARE distinct differences between a state healthcare system that was signed by a Republican Governor in one of the heaviest Democrat states, and a national healthcare system that was shoved down our throats by Communists and appeasers.
So even if Romney were an EXACT CARBON CLONE of Obama and planned to pick up EXACTLY were Obama left off, there is no way he'd get away with it. The Left, particularly in the media, is so single-mindedly focused on that little "R" behind his name that they won't be able to stop themselves from attacking him, even if he does everything they want.
And there is a good reason for this; they know that if the little "R" is not crushed, then other little "R" people will get elected, and they may not be as willing to roll over for the Left. Likewise, if a little "D" person were to operate on the strictest Conservative guidelines, they would attack him LESS, because they know that most Democrats will capitulate to the standard Leftist agenda.
We can't afford to sit this one out. We can't afford to pout about not getting exactly what we wanted. We can't afford to claim "principle" and split the votes on the Right. I understand the principle, I do. Face it, EVERY election is a crap sandwich, a choice between the lesser of two evils...and sometimes, between two virtually identical evils. But will your principles serve you when you're in chains? Or would your principles be better served by doing a distasteful thing to facilitate making things right?
I am voting on my principles too...I'm voting for Romney. I am sacrificing my desire to let the GOP know how pissed off I am that they've foisted another moderate douche on us, because in doing so, I'm paving the way towards fixing the WHOLE problem.
Conservatives know we're currently in a war on two fronts. We're fighting against the deplorable ruthlessness and totalitarianism of the Democrats, and against the corrupted elitist establishment of the GOP. But the hard truth is, we can't win both of those fights at the same time. We have to eliminate one enemy, then hit the other. If we chose to fight the GOP right now, Obama wins a second term and it will probably be the last time any of us get to vote (if we're even alive). But if we get rid of Obama first, that gives us the space to focus on getting the GOP back in Conservative control.
THAT is why I am voting for Romney. I don't know what kind of job he'll do, and neither do you. Neither of us have a crystal ball to peer into the future and say "Holy cats, he's gonna do WHAT in 2014??" You don't know. I don't know. Heck, he could turn himself around and run so Conservatively he'd make Reagan look like Carter. Not bloody likely, I'll admit, but you can not say with 100% certainty that it COULD NOT happen. But one thing we DO know with absolute certainty...we know what Obama's going to do. He's said so, repeatedly, and that's just the stuff he's been willing to talk about...can you imagine what kind of Lovecraftian nightmares he's keeping under wraps?
Romney/Ryan 2012...look at the alternative.