IS IT MR. WRONGney?
The political season is in full swing, and all the dirt is flying fast and furious like a Kansas sandstorm. Mr. Romney has been spending money like there is no tomorrow, with 65 ads in Florida for every one of Newt's. It took all that to win. People really do respond to sensory overload more than reason or analysis of a person's past. With the Dems set to spend a BILLION dollars this fall, I fear this is only the beginning of nasty and largely dishonest advertising.
One wonders whether Mr. Romney, who actually shares at least half of Newt's positions, will be half as fanatic against Obama in the fall. He seems to respect Obama a lot more than he does Newt. In fact he seems to respect Democrats a whole lot. He agreed with Teddy Kennedty more often than not when debating him in the Senatorial race in Massachusetts a few years ago (funny that an ex-governor losing a Senate race is a non-issue, but Rick Santorum's loss to Casey in another blue state is considered a disqualifier).
Rick won a REALLY close one, Mitt won New Hampshire where he has a home, and Florida, and Newt won South Carolina. And it is supposed to be over? Excuse me! It is FAR from over in my mind.
Romney does not seem to have the chuzpah to go toe to toe to Obama. He certainly will have a hard time with Romneycare, which was a concept that was at the base of Obamacare with even some of the SAME consultants involved. He will have a hard time identifying with the working man, since he simply does not have street cred. Most minorities will likely view him as another Mormon, which has a reacist past, though now is proactive in the minority communities. I can see Romney in South Philly asking for Swiss cheese on a cheesesteak, just like the aloof John Kerry. And now the gaffe about not caring about the very poor? No safety net is a solution to their issues. Despite his generous charity contributions, it seems Mitt simply is removed from the realities of the very poor.
Those who consider themselves VERY conservative were the only demographic to go for Newt. Santorum was a distant third and Paul simply a spoiler (did you watch Paul's speech? Very painful. I was hollering at the TV. He is incredibly ignorant - like the Doctor in those ads with a jackhammer - he should stick to medicine). Paul is one guy I would NEVER vote for unless he had a "Damascus Road experience". I would write myself in.
I am sick and tired of people giving lip service to what I believe in, but who have no real moral imperative in their spirit to press for these issues or do something substantative about them. I really have no confidence that Mitt will fight for moral issues - he seems to change with the wind. I think he will fight for a better economy, but if our troubles are indeed a judgment from God for our gross immorality, his experience is not the solution. Actually, he has run for office a lot, and his business experience has resulted in heartbreak for many with a lot of profit for him. It is simply not the business model we need right now. Better than Obama? Of course. Good enough? No.
I am an optimist and an idealist, but let me express what I am looking for in a candidate - one of the ones running now could change, but perhaps God has someone in the wings who would truly meet these deep desires.
1) A true patriot - not "my country right or wrong", but someone who realizes they are president of the USA, not the world. A person who honors our commitments to our allies - Israel, Weatern and Eastern Europe, South Korean, the Phillippines, etc. with a move to ADD allies in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. China has the sense to do this. Can we do less with so much more to offer in terms of freedom?
2) A person willing to defend the weak and the attacked around the world with a strong moral imperative and no involvement for economic gain.
3) A person who seeks for a fair and level playing field for business. Simpler and fairer tax rates and a move to eliminate favored treatment or interference in business where there is no compelling reason.
4) A person who will NOT use baseline budgeting, but start from ZERO. All wasteful programs must be adandoned, with no earmarks permitted. Any expense must have a revenue stream attached to it. All budgets must be balanced except in time of declared war or extreme weather emergency such as Katrina.
5) A tax policy that makes ALL pay SOME tax at a rate appropriate to their income, but eliminates marriage penalties, rewards for unproductive uses of money, etc. Everyone needs to be part of the picture and we need to eliminate the me-them mentality. People who can pay, but who won't, such as Warren Buffet with one BILLION owed should be imprisoned, not made campaign props.
6) An education policy that sets national goals but local implementation, with priorities given to schools that will innovate and teach what is needed for success in life, Federal prosecution of Universities such as Vanderbilt that are hostile to relgion, An end to closed-loop research grants that exclude alternative view of origins, climate issues, etc. and an encouragement to challenge consensus assumptions in a search for truth. A revitalization of the space program, perhaps with private money with a goal such as that set by JFK to land a man on the moon within a decade.
7) An end to a culture of selfishness. Encouragement from the top from all to give as they are able to church, charity, and the poor and to actually do those things in the White House. To invite the poor and disenfrranchised to State Dinners to honor them without regard to party, ecnomic or social status, or ethnicity.
8) A person who uses the "bully pulpit" to encourage personal morality, to be without any hint of impurity, to put every restriction on abortion and homosexuality that is legally possible, and to appoint judges at EVERY level to bring about change in those areas.
9) A person who will present a positive vision for the future and limit crticism of Obama to the real issues - a falsified birth certrificate that was theprogenitor of a string of unconstitutional actions; a divider instead of a unitor, Marxist in tone, pagan in values.
10) A person who will not be blind to the power of the media as G.W. Bush seemed to be - using public appearances to correct false reporting and slants and standing tirelessly for the truth.
11) A person who will go to all ethnic groups and union workers as well as rural audiences. A person who will be positive about the melting pot but insist on shared values, increased communication with a common language, and a new sense of unity and destiny.
12) And yes, a person who is not hostile to Christianity, or one who denies that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God (both Mitt and Obama), but one who has an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, who is unashamed about it, who will pray in the White House and intercede for our nation and other nations, and who will encourage the people to live on a high moral plane.
What do YOU think? Is he Mr. WRONGney? Or do we have to settle once again and hold our nose in the voting booth?