by Colonel Bob Pappas, USMC, Retired
With the suspension of his campaign, Newt Gingrich has acknowledged what many have been working for since its inception, to make Mitt Romney the Republican nominee for the Presidency. Given the way establishment Republicans managed to overcome conservatism in favor of a moderate it is time for those in and outside the Party to seriously contemplate a new party to replace or gut and rebuild the GOP in the majority image. Once the beacon for hope, for economic growth and the standard bearer for conservative moral values, the GOP has succeeded in selecting another moderate in the face of enormous desire for a conservative. Is Romney conservative, and by comparison to who? Compared to Dr. Ron Paul he is a flaming liberal; but, compared to Barack Hussein Obama is a staunch conservative.
This essay is not so much about Mitt Romney, although he represents establishment GOP aspirations; it is about the fact that most of the country is conservative, desirous of conservative principles and leadership. Mitt Romney is by all accounts a good man and husband; and although he would not have been my choice he is now. That notwithstanding his experience and qualifications are so superior to Barack Obama, who now warns Americans not to take a chance on Romney (Are you kidding?), that there is no logical, viable alternative unless some sudden turn of events propels someone else to the forefront. At this juncture, that is unlikely.
For the time being conservatives and moderates must concentrate on the eradication of Barack Obama as a political force, never again to have him or his socialist/communist ideologies regain political center stage. However, once the election is settled conservatives must band together to form a new, formidable and unbeatable political party. Consider the major elements and composition of the Democrat Party: Hispanics, blacks, unions, socialists/communists, feminists, homosexuals, Muslims, and atheists. In each instance there is a solid majority that blindly votes Democrat or supports the Democrat agenda of: homosexual marriage, unrestricted abortions, illegal entrants (immigration), less defense spending, more pervasive social programs, universal government run health care and lax voter laws, to name the salient ones.
During the last general election cycle good people from all walks of life swarmed to vote for Barack Obama because he painted himself as a centrist which most everyone believed was true despite overwhelming evidence that it was not. Voters chose to put on rose colored glasses and drink of “patriotic fervor” in hopes that at long last racism would be erased, that the racist guilt that hung over the nation for centuries would be assuaged, that Obama would be President of all the people, not just the radical left that underwrote his campaign by dubious means. I confess that initially I had such a hope, but it did not take long to see through the thin veil of centrism to the radical socialist core that Obama embodies.
If one listens past his high sounding phrases and carefully crafted platitudes they will hear duplicitous rhetoric that is often contradictory within the same sentence. He talks about American values as though the he has a corner on the market of those values. On the one hand he praises Ronald Reagan in an effort to dupe the ignorant or easily swayed; and on the other damns him. It is clear from his writings that he despised President Reagan, condemning him and the Republican Congress as corrupt and sinister.
We are at a crossroad, where two roads diverge and his and Democrats’ socialist experiment of the last three and one half years has proven to be an unmitigated disaster. Hopefully Republicans and conservatives will have the skill, will and ability to overcome Obama’s personal style because beneath that million dollar smile is a ravening wolf set on destroying the Nation for the purpose of remolding it into a socialist/communist utopia. What he has done while in office, the people with which he has surrounded himself, his obscene spending, his pro-Muslim Brotherhood stance, his anti-business and anti-energy independence regulations, and his enthusiastic endorsement of the Wall Street Occupiers and their byproducts paints a clear picture of Obama and his vision for America.
I have no love lost for Wall Street manipulators, speculators, and hedge funds, none of which advance the economy and all of which damage it. But one should applaud those who make, not take, vast amounts of money, build successful businesses like Microsoft, Apple, Google and others, and I do. Unfortunately too many are possessed of a dark side that shows their hand by obscene bonuses, visibly opulent lifestyles during hard times, and abandoning the nation that brought them wealth rather than stand fast and join the fight for its continued freedom. Now, conservatives must embrace moderates to not only elect Mitt Romney and a conservative VP, but a Conservative majority in the Senate and House to restore American moral and economic vitality, and its historic “exceptionalism.”
Democrats’ notion that taxes are too low is on its face foolhardy. The good old days of deficit spending, then betting that the economy will expand to support the deficit are gone. Obama and Company’s printing vast quantities of paper money to cover expenses is causing inflation manifest in increasing price of food, fuel and hard goods. That must stop immediately upon taking the Oath of Office, and it’s not going to be easy but we’ll see how Romney handles it.
Copyright © May 6th, 2012, by Robert L. Pappas. With proper attribution, this essay may be quoted and redistributed, except it may not be used in conjunction with any advertisement without the author’s expressed written permission.