I Endorse Barack Obama (For Ex-President)
I’m going to keep this short because: A-No one cares and B-As the saying goes, “if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything”.
I loathe both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, yet come noon on January 20th 2012 one of them will be President of The United States of America. That much is alas, unavoidable. Since I’d prefer to see neither of them take the oath of office, all I can go by is which I’d rather see lose.
Barack Obama must be defeated. Mitt Romney winning is simply a necessary, though unfortunate, predicate to reach that end.
This list of particulars against Obama and his administration is far too long to recount fully but let us just list a few of the low-lights:
-$1 TRILLION deficits every year
-$5 TRILLION in NEW debt in jut over 3 years
-A so-called “stimulus” that failed by Obama’s own terms and inflated baseline spending forever.
-Backdoor amnesty via illegal administrative DREAM Act implementation
-Turning TARP into a slush fund to bailout the UAW
-Green energy boondoggles that benefited campaign contributors
-Hostility to proven energy resources at the cost of jobs
-An unwillingness to deal with out of control entitlement and spending
-Illegally gutting the historic welfare reform of the 90s via executive order
-Nominating liberal SCTUS justices who lie during their confirmation hearings
-A singular focus on raising taxes in the name of “fairness” economic reality be damned
-Picking fights with friends, coddling enemies
-Filing to support Iran’s “Green Revolution”
-Siding with a Hugo Chavez want-to-be in Honduras
-Relying on the UN and then repeatedly expressing disappointment that China and Russia block our agenda
-Buying into the notion that progress in the Middle East is dependent upon a solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
-Buying into the nation that progress in the Israel-Palestinian conflict requires ever more concessions from Israel while ignoring Palestinian intransigence.
-Switching to an “Asia-centric” posture while gutting the Navy and Air Force modernization
Both of these lists could be longer, much longer, but you get the idea.
As for Mitt Romney, let’s just say, I’m not a fan.
I think he is a liar who stands for nothing beyond his own ambitions. Romney will do or say whatever it takes to reach his goal. As he is without an ideological core that goal is simply the accumulation and exercise of political power. That power will not be used in service of any cause greater than its own sustainment.
The notion that he will feel obligated to govern as a conservative is naïve at best. Romney will not owe his nomination or election to conservative. As a shrewd businessman Romney will accurately identify his customer base (moderates and Republicans, as opposed to conservatives) and cater to them. He will not rock any boats or upturn any cherished traditions (such as massive spending or government control of anything).
He will do the least possible to maintain the largest base of support for his technocratic tinkering with government. His instincts are not conservative but rather that of a government oriented technocrat. Judging by his campaign, he will take no risk on behalf of any identifiable principle, save again his personal ambition.
He offers no positive vision beyond a rejection of Barack Obama. I wish I could buy into the notion that a second Obama term wouldn’t be so bad and conservatives might be better off in the long run if Romney lost. I just can’t.
Mostly I don’t believe this because I see no reason to think that the GOP will produce a better field in 2016 than they did this year. If ever there was a time for a full spectrum, serious conservative to run, this was it. In my mind, the window has closed. We can’t take 4 more years of Obama (no economic growth, massive long term unemployment and spending and debt that will sink us). Romney won’t fix any of this in any serious way but he might be able to do a little less damage. His election might give the economy enough time to heal from the beating it’s taken for too long from government over spending (even before Obama came to office. Yes, I’m looking at you George W. Bush).
Mostly though, I don’t think America wants an actual conservative as President (even if the GOP could produce one). Far too many Americans think we can just keep on going as we have until now…spend more and more and turn more of our lives over to the government. Until that changes, nothing really matters. Romney is a good a Republican (I don’t use the term as a compliment) as we’re likely to see anytime soon.
The bottom line is, in the short, medium or long term, anyone is better than Barack Obama, even Mitt Romney.