By now, all of my followers and readers (all maybe 10 of you) should be aware that Rick Santorum has exited the race, citing his devotion to Bella and the fact that any realistic chances of winning the primary were beginning to slip away. Hence, I am now forced to support Mitt Romney, even though I have hardly sugarcoated my disdain for the man. That the Republican Party is forced to nominate a man that cannot excite a majority of his own party is a testament to the dismal field of candidates that ran for the office this year, and of the deep divisions within the Party, itself. Yes, Newt may still technically have a shot at winning, and yes, Ron Paul will continue to carry on his crusade and attempt to commandeer the nomination by circumventing democracy (in other words, his policy of trying to have as many delegates elected who will ignore the results of their districts and vote for only him in the convention), but will really just continue to spread his message and hope to get a few points onto the 2012 GOP Platform. But, let’s face the facts: Mitt Romney will be the nominee now, and we must focus on the “greater good:” defeating President Obama.
No matter how many reservations one may have about Mitt Romney, the stakes are simply too high to allow the President to remain in office for another four years, especially since the President is term limited. It does not take a genius to realize that when one does not face the prospect of reelection, one is freer to do what he wants. This principle manifests itself in autocratic nations to be sure, but it also manifests itself in democratic nation where a leader is barred from reelection and has nothing to lose by showing his true colors and pushing whatever he wants. Even the great comedian, Chris Rock, knows this to be true and has stated that the President’s second term will be a “gangsta Presidency.” Four years is a long time to accomplish things, especially if the President has a majority of support in Congress. Combine that with the loss of the Blue Dog Coalition (which was basically what the landslide GOP Midterm Victories were in 2010), and the President will be able to impose as much hard-left legislation as he likes. Should the Supreme Court fail to uphold the Constitution and allow Obamacare to continue, the President will have all of the legal backing he needs and wants to transform America into a nation based off of the socialist governments of Europe, especially Germany and Britain. While these nations are by no means representative of the USSR, China, and North Korea, the demise of socialism is beginning to become evident in the collapse of the EU, the euro, and most of the economies of Europe. Why would we want to copy these failures by becoming an even greater welfare state, as the President wishes to do? If the President is reelected, he has no reason to fear advancing such agendas and permanently transforming the country.
Furthermore, if the Supreme Court supports Obamacare and upholds its supposed constitutionality (which, objectively, there is none), then the General Election of 2012 will be the last defense against it becoming a permanent fixture in this country. Once you give “free” stuff to the masses, it is impossible to take it back. If President Obama wins reelection and the Supreme Court upholds the law, Obamacare will never be repealed. Like Social Security, Medicare, and the British NHS, it will become a “third rail” of politics, and any future attempts to derail the legislation will be fruitless and the equivalent of political suicide. The brave Governor Walker may have it tough right now in Wisconsin for merely stripping collective bargaining “rights” from state workers, but his predicament will be a walk in the park compared to the tarring and feathering of any politician who attempts to strike down Obamacare after this year. Mitt Romney may have created “Romneycare,” and thus cannot be completely trusted on this issue, but at least he has pledged to repeal Obamacare (even if, in a bizarre interpretation of “states’ rights,” it means simply giving the power to the states to become socialist republics like Massachusetts) and presents a greater opportunity to do so. If Republicans lose in the Supreme Court and lose the general election, we will have authorized the nationalization of 1/6 of the economy, exactly the same percentage of nationalization that Britain experienced under Clement Attlee and had to be rectified by Margaret Thatcher.
These are the reasons why I am done trying to defeat the establishment this time around. Mitt is far from perfect, nee, hardly palatable, but he is better than Obama. I will not defect to either of the other two candidates. Newt Gingrich would be an electoral disaster and is a lying scumbag. He may be the best debater, but I do not believe that he actually believes anything that comes out of his mouth. He also would be the worst to represent the traditional family values that make up the core of the Republican Party given his past indiscretions. As for Dr. Ron Paul, his militant supporters have permanently lost him any chance of primary season support from me. The “hero worship” that I have seen displayed by his followers is so extreme that it even trumps Obama’s manipulative powers in ’08. Ironically, the “lover of liberty” would have the easiest time becoming a totalitarian dictator. I like many of the man’s policies, but detest him on foreign policy issues, the “honest rape” issue, and do not believe that he could successfully destroy the bureaucracy. As for whether he could defeat Obama, I guess he could potentially win over some supporters of his foreign and drug policies (which make up a decent chunk of the Democratic Party), but has even less of a shot of mobilizing the Republican base than Romney does. If supporting Ron Paul did not require a conversion almost as extreme as Saul’s, I might be willing to back him. But people settle for Romney, no one settles for Paul.
Summarily, it is time for the Republican Party to unite and work to defeat Obama. This means that absolutely everyone must be willing to put aside their (quite understandable) reservations and vote for Mitt. Ron Paul must not mount a third-party bid and his supporters must not stay home and moan about violating their principles and voting for the lesser of two evils. Normally, I would advocate voting with your conscience, but the stakes are simply too high. As Senator Santorum said, this is possibly “the most important election in American history.” I hate being a pragmatist, but boycotting this election or writing in third-party candidates is the same as a vote for Obama. Romney, I will admit, is not a conservative and inspires me about as much as James Buchanan, but he is a better choice than President Obama and has the best shot of defeating the incumbent. And the longer the GOP continues the infighting and targeting of the Governor, the bleaker his chances are at winning. We must unite as one party and dedicate everything to saving America by defeating President Obama (Romney could help his case by picking a popular, competent running mate like, say, Governor Bobby Jindal). Thus, I am throwing in the towel, backing Mitt Romney, and hoping that he is truly the one who will “bring balance to the Force,” If the Jedi could settle for Anakin Skywalker, I suppose the GOP can settle for Mitt.