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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Santorum Supported Romney In 2008 But Opposes Him In 2012. Is This Hypocrisy?,


Here’s the Nonsense:  Rick Santorum supported Mitt Romney in 2008 when Romney campaigned against John McCain for the GOP nomination.  Obviously that makes Santorum a hypocrite now when he says Romney isn’t a conservative and shouldn’t get the nomination.

Here’s the Horse Sense:  Just because Mitt Romney is a moderate and not a true conservative does not mean he shouldn’t have been supported against John McCain in 2008.  Santorum’s support for him was because Romney is not as liberal as McCain and, therefore, was the better choice in that race. 

In fact, if the conservatives are not fortunate enough to get a true conservative nominated to run and Romney gets the nomination instead, it would be far smarter to support Romney in the general election than to give up, stay home, and allow Obama to get re-elected.  If he gets the nomination the choice will be between him and Obama, not him and a conservative.  At that point the question will be whether we can afford 4 more years of Obama or if it’s better to get Romney elected.

With Romney at least the pace of spending will be slowed thereby slowing the destruction of our nation.  It is not a perfect solution, but it does buy time until more conservatives can be elected to Congress and, eventually, the White House.  Sure, Romney is a big government guy compared to an ideal candidate.  But no one should be fooled into thinking that he’s not significantly better than Obama.  At least he could start the process of rebuilding the economy and get job growth to begin again.  Even a tepid effort on his part would be far better than Obama’s efforts to tear down our entire system. 

At some point voters on the right are going to have to accept that we only have so many candidates available for this election.  We do not have the time to search out and promote someone else for the candidacy.  That will take years of hard work. But that doesn’t mean that you give up on the election entirely until someone else comes along that you feel is the best choice.  You have to take into consideration that this nation is about to collapse.  We have no time to wait for another chance.  Freedoms are being eroded and the nation, as we know it, may not even exist for another chance to elect someone else in 2016. 

That may sound extreme to you, but we have a president who is circumventing the Constitution at every turn.  As recently as this past week he made what he is calling a recess appointment to his cabinet even though the Senate is not in recess.  In fact, only one Democrat Senator agrees with him that they are in recess.  But he has forced his choice upon the American people to get what he wants.  This is not leadership, this is nothing short of using force.  Leadership does not circumvent the Constitution.  Leadership uses legal and ethical means to lead others down a path that is best for the nation, not to fulfill some political and ideological agenda.  In my most recent book, Many Are Called But Few Can Manage, I discuss the character traits of true leaders in business.  While written for business, the traits still apply to elected leaders.  And the topic of leadership is so important regarding who we elect to lead our nation, states, and local communities that that is why my new book that is due out this spring addresses this very issue.  It will be a guide to help us learn how to choose those who can best lead us in political office and turn our nation around.  In the meantime we must work with what we have to begin the process of saving our nation.

This president claims his action was a recess appointment when in reality it was not.  He is trying to make it look like he did the right thing by accusing Congress of being obstructionist so he can say he "had to" make the appointment instead of follow the Constitution.  This is a perfect example of the kinds of things that not only have happened during this president’s term, but will increase and get worse if he’s re-elected.  Do you think for one minute that a president who is this out of control will pull back if he is re-elected and has nothing to lose because he cannot run for another term? This is why it is so critical that change be made in the House, Senate, and even the White House.  We have a government out of control at every turn. 

If you value America and the future for your children and grandchildren, then you better plan to support whoever the GOP nominee is in the 2012 election.  During the primaries, as I’ve said more than once, vote your heart and fight for your candidate of choice.  But if that candidate doesn’t win the nomination we have an obligation to the future to support whoever the nominee is if for no other reason than to buy time to get the right people elected in future elections.

For all you purists out there who think that only your candidate is acceptable to vote for, remember that a decision to either stay home on election day or vote for a 3rd party candidate will be a decision to re-elect Obama.  If you can face your children and grandchildren after the additional destruction that another term for this president will bring upon this nation, then go ahead and don’t vote for the GOP nominee.  The situation is dire.  The consequences are not just severe, they will be so destructive that it will be generations before America would have another chance to turn it around. 

Remember the words of two past presidents as you consider the consequences of this election.  Ronald Reagan said, “
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”  

And with that thought remember that John Adams said, “A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”