|Ron Paul, Wikipedia|
Yes we had Paul Ryan and Jim DeMint and others -- but too few. In short, I was becoming disgusted. Then I discovered Ron Paul. When Ron Paul says he'd cut a trillion dollars in federal spending year one, he even tells you how he'd do it. When he talks about The Fed's destructive, easy money policies -- he means it. I admire his courage and consistency.
Unfortunately, I have to describe Rep. Paul's foreign policy thus: "Blame America First." It's dangerously naive to brand virtually all American foreign intervention as "nation building" and as Commander-in-Chief, Dr. Paul could become Dr. Disaster.
He's more worried about domestic TSA agents, than foreign enemies of this country plotting against us. He's obsessed with rights of enemy combatants (non Americans) in Guantanamo, Cuba and then he dismisses the record of security our existing policies (maintained by leaders in both parties) have engendered. I also question his commitment to Israel.
I recall an attempt Mr. Paul made to appeal to people like me (Republicans that terribly want to vote for him, but struggle to do so), when he highlighted the fact that he had voted to use force after 9/11. Hallelujah! Who didn't? My fear is that a President Paul would wait for another 9/11 before acting. Ignoring one's enemies has nothing to do with liberty.
All said, people like me have much more in common with Paul supporters than either side has with Democrats -- and probably always will. I respect the ideological purity of Libertarians -- their loyalty and unswerving respect for the Constitution. My problem is their all-hands-off judgement about containing evil and preserving national security.
|Newt Gingrich, Wikipedia|
|Rick Santorum, Wikipedia|
That brings us to Mr. Romney. Words that come to mind are: urbane, wealthy, smart and energetic. Of course, that's not nearly enough. I hope Governor Romney's commitment to balanced budgets will remain as pure as Governor Scott Walker's performance here in Wisconsin.
By the way, I'm now awarding an annual Maddente.com MVP Award for public adherence to fiscal responsibility under adverse conditions. Mr. Walker earns the inaugural award -- hands down -- for his 2011 performance. Taking a $3.6 billion dollar deficit to a $300 million dollar surplus, without raising taxes, against a Tsunami of cheap legislative stunts and vicious public union attacks, has re-defined courage and leadership in this state.
But back to Mitt. There's much more to learn and discuss about Mitt Romney, of course, but for now I'll close with this thought: Mr. Romney will be the GOP nominee facing Barack Obama in November and if elected, he'll become an infinitely better President than his predecessor.