Mitt Romney could not have won this election, but if you consider yourself a principled conservative, then it is your fault that the Republican nominee lost. Please allow me explain that statement…
Now that the election is over, take an honest look at your candidate. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney signed the healthcare law that was the blueprint for Obamacare, including the individual mandate. Romney also signed an assault weapons ban into law.
More importantly, Romney stands for nothing. He has held almost every conceivable position on every issue, and what he says can be predicted in advance if you know to whom he’s speaking. He is a hollow suit who inspires no one.
That is why he lost to a president with approval ratings below 50% and with official unemployment near eight percent. And that is why a Republican will not be moving into the White House this January.
So how is this your fault? You may not have voted for Romney in the primaries, but the blame is still yours. You, and people like you, should have raised hell. Delegates should have boycotted the convention, and better yet, protested outside of it. There should have been a national write-in campaign for “none of the above” or an attempt to recruit a real conservative for a third-party run. The RNC is known for changing the rules at the last minute – perhaps you could have scared them into rewriting the entire nominating process.
Would it have worked? I don’t know, it depends on whether the GOP cares more about winning the elections or continuity and keeping the big donors happy. Most likely it is the latter, but remember, politicians have a lot in common with serial killers, and Mitt Romney personifies the upper echelon on the GOP – spineless, unprincipled power-seekers. If you keep passively accepting the Romney-type candidates, then that is what they will give you, because they are the least threatening to the status quo.
Romney lost the popular vote by around three million votes. It would have been far better for you and me had he lost by 20 million votes, because it would have sent a signal to the GOP, that no, we are not going to accept any more RINOs. The nation is $16 trillion in debt, and only someone with the courage of conviction to slash the budget in the face of massive opposistion can save this country from bankruptcy.
In the coming weeks, you will hear that the Republican party needs to be more inclusive, become a “bigger tent” and embrace horrible ideas such as tax increases. That is a lie. No one compromises like Mitt Romney, he says so himself. Politicians are notorious for changing their positions to suit public opinion polls, but Romney stands out as flip-flopper par excellence. And yet he lost.
The Republican party can’t win by compromising what’s left of it’s values, and America can’t survive more big government. The time for compromise is over, we have to get out there and make the most principled case for limited government and personal responsibility we can, and let the chips fall where they may.
If you believe as I do, that free markets are the best path to prosperity, and that the government that governs best, governs least, then it’s time for you to begin to stand up to the party hacks at the GOP and demand candidates who stand for real principles, who are not out just to win an election, but to change the course of history. It’s the only way we can win, and it’s the only way we can save the country.