|Ron Paul, Wikipedia|
If not for the Tea Party, I'd have bolted from the Republican Party a few years ago because I wasn't seeing enough Republicans walk the fiscal talk that Rep. Paul walks every day. 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, Rep. Paul's foreign policy is "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. He's obsessed with "rights" of enemy combatants (non Americans) in Guantanamo and dismisses the record of domestic security our existing policies (maintained by leaders in both parties) have engendered. I also question his views on Israel.
I recall an attempt Mr. Paul made to appeal to people like me (Republicans that want to vote for him, but struggle to do so), when he highlighted the fact he had voted to use force after 9/11. Hallelujah! 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 significantly more in common with Paul supporters than with Democrats -- and probably always will. I respect the ideological purity of most Libertarians -- their loyalty and unswerving respect for the Constitution. My problem with many of them is three-fold: a) their all-hands-off judgement about containing evil and preserving national security, b) they fail to embrace political reality by running hopeless candidates which siphon GOP votes and c) too many spout the nonsense that there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats.
|Newt Gingrich, Wikipedia|
Mr. Gingrich will not be the nominee of his party.
Rick Santorum --
|Rick Santorum, Wikipedia|
Mitt Romney --
That brings us to Mr. Romney. Words that come to mind are: urbane, wealthy, smart and energetic. Of course, that's not enough to lead. 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.