It’s Gotta be Mitt!

Democrats are really good at uniting behind one person. Republicans, too caught up in religious beliefs and who knows what else, vote in a divided and sporadic manner. We cannot afford this type of voting in this primary. This election is too important. We must have a united front that can withstand the liberal media and Obama campaign in the general election.

I am going to finally put aside all my withheld opinions and unashamedly try to get you to vote with me. For those of you who don’t know me, you can read my tiny bit of qualification regarding politics on my about me page.

I heard a moderate talk show host tonight say that the Republicans are dropping the ball on getting someone besides Obama elected! Really guys? Even the moderates can see it? This election is important, so put aside your anger that’s getting directed at me and really, just listen.

You have two choices: Gingrich or Romney. I know neither one is great and so do you. But because Gingrich has gained some momentum, you may be more inclined to vote for him than a couple of weeks ago. I am here to lay out for you the pros and cons of voting for either potential nominee.

Gingrich: The Positive

  • He is emotional, unafraid to stand in front of the liberal media and proclaim their bias, and a great debater.
  • He is great at inspiring and uniting people for a cause. Just look at what he rallied congress to do that got him elected speaker.
  • He is can be endearing (if you watched the early debates). Gingrich has been my “emotional attachment” since the first debates. He can be very warm and fatherly, the kind of man you could see comforting the nation in a time of trouble.
  • He is very pro-Israel and understands the middle-east conflict better than any other candidate.
  • He is brilliant. He knows history.
  • He has been in politics long enough to understand how to actually change things, not how to ideally change them. He gets the system.

Gingrich: The Negative

  • He is emotional. He flies off the handle. This will cost us.
  • All of the complaining about the media elites will not service him or anyone else in the general election. I heard Michael Medved make an amazing analogy of this yesterday. He talked about dating vs. a committed relationship. When you’re dating someone, it’s fun to hang around someone who is emotional, headstrong, even a little crazy. But when you’re looking for a committed relationship, that’s not what you look for. You look for a more serious long-term candidate. Catch my drift? Republicans may be favoring the emotional guy now, but in a general election, people will give serious thought to who they believe is a steady candidate.
  • Have you noticed that the media isn’t attacking Gingrich? That’s because they want him to be the nominee. They think he will be easier to beat than Romney. The Dems are saying, “Go Newt!”
  • If he were to become president, I would be scared. If you look even slightly into his history of leadership, you don’t see a strong leader, you see someone who will abandon all morals to accomplish what he wants in the moment.
  • The above also goes for his personal life. When my husband found out that Gingrich had repeated affairs and divorces (and then remarriages), he said he could understand someone making a mistake once, but to do that repeatedly shows a lack of commitment in a person in general. If he can’t commit in his personal life, how can we a expect him to commit to political policies?
  • Gingrich will not win the moderate vote. We need the moderate vote to win this election, because no matter who the nominee is, this election will be a close one.
  • If you support Newt, can you tell me what he would do as president? I have heard a lot of Obama-bashing and nice ideas, but I honestly have no clue what Newt’s approach to the presidency would be (and I watch every debate).

Romney: The Positive

  • Romney has that steadiness that is needed in a president. He is unwavering, and despite common gossip about him, has not changed any of his political views in a long time.
  • Romney aligns with the basic evangelical Republican hot topics that decide votes. Even more-so in some ways than Rick Santorum (and neither one is evangelical so religion can’t be part of the argument).
  • Romney understands business management and politics. Lord knows we could use some of that fresh perspective in the White House.
  • Romney has a solid family life and very few areas where he could be legitimately attacked by the Obama campaign. They are afraid of Romney. I think they will resort to lying through their teeth to attempt to defeat him.
  • Unlike Gingrich, you know what you are going to get with Romney.
  • He did amazing things with democratic majorities in Massachusetts. That gives us the security that he will know, better than W., how to get things done even if he doesn’t have control of congress.
  • He can definitely win over moderates and even some dems are quietly admitting they’d vote for him over Obama. (Some already have in this primary season.)
  • He’s the kind of man you’d hire to run a business, why isn’t he the kind of man you want to elect as president?

Romney: The Negative

  • He is a little stoic, distant; I always want to shake him a little and tell him to relax. I do think it affects people liking him.
  • Sadly, and shallowly, evangelicals may reject Romney simply on the basis of religion. Guys: Christian nation, secular government. Read this for a Jew’s bipartisan perspective.
  • The media has created this portrayal of Romney as a moderate, even though that was not the case in 2008 when he ran for president (and he has not changed any policies since then). However, perception is reality for many people and it is a problem for Romney, true or not.
  • Admittedly, he is more moderate (though still conservative) than I or any of my evangelical friends would really hope for, but please read this previous post for my thoughts on why that is not an issue this election.
  • Sometimes Romney has too many points in his plans for change. Good plans, but too heady.
  • He doesn’t have as much hand-on political experience as Gingrich, which, when we’re talking about really changing Washington, would be helpful.

There you have it. I hope you will read at least a few of the articles I’ve linked to before writing me off or commenting. Please think about our party’s nominee in light of the general election ahead. Please step back and think about the long-term impact of this election. It’s our last chance to overturn Obamacare. It’s important…so important.

And if you didn’t follow me, I’m saying: vote for Romney! And if you’re still a Gingrich fan, please, let’s talk!

The Lesser of Two Evils: Conscience Voting

“I would rather be governed by a competent Turk than an incompetent Christian.” –Martin Luther

This post assumes that you are a Christian who believes in Biblical doctrine over denominational doctrine. That said, I am going to draw the following conclusions in the most logical manner I am able, since I am trying to display a logical train of thought using my right-brained mind. Bear with me.

The primary presidential election of 2012 is upon us. And, to my chagrin, I once again watch my friends and family base their votes on one of two things: the candidate who most agrees with their own moral beliefs, or the candidate who has the most emotional appeal to them.  I call the first group “conscience voters,” and if you are one of them, I beg of you to read on.

A conscience voter is mainly concerned with one thing: his account to God. I agree that we are all accountable to God for our actions, however, in being accountable to God, we must also be concerned with how our vote affects future generations, i.e. their long-term impact. Take the primary of 2008 for example. The evangelicals wanted Huckabee (why not? He aligned with their beliefs to a T), the practical voters and non-religious chose Romney, a more moderate but respectable choice. The moderates chose John McCain. No true majority wanted John McCain, however the 3-way split of conservatives gave us John McCain. This is a classic example of conscience voting gone wrong. McCain was never a strong candidate and was absolutely squelched by Obama’s campaigning skills.

Do you believe that a truly righteous, Sermon-on-the-Mount-living person, is represented in one of the 4 Republican candidates? If you cannot answer yes, then you are already affirming my point: we must vote for the lesser of two evils. I would venture to say that all of the candidates sin on a regular basis and are in need of grace.  So if this is true, it follows that we must choose the best of the immoral bunch, since none compare to our righteous leader Jesus. In this way we are already headed down the path of the lesser of two, or 4, evils. Where you and I differ at this point is opinion-influenced practical thought.

Let me put it this way:  I, along with thousands of Christians, vote for Rick Santorum because he conflicts least with my religious beliefs. The vote splits four ways between Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, and Paul. Who comes out on top? Well not Santorum for sure. Let’s say Gingrich for the sake of argument. Now my choice is Gingrich or Obama. I am left with a lesser-of-two-evils decision and a non-voting decision. If I decide not to vote because I disagree with both candidates, I am in effect voting for whoever wins. If I decide to now vote for the lesser of two evils, I am changing my voting style halfway through an election and have defied my previous reasoning.

Now let’s look at another scenario: I, along with thousands of other practical voters, take a step back and look at the 2008 and 2012 elections overall. I recognize the 3-way split of 2008 and the power of Obama’s campaigning skills. I put aside my emotions and say, “We cannot have four more years of Obama, so who can beat Obama?” I come up with only one option: Mitt Romney.  An unlike-able fellow, rather aloof, yet strong and presidential. A man who became pro-life because he self-educated. This is my only choice. I cannot let my emotions sway me. I become a Romney supporter instead of a Romney fan and cast my vote. Romney wins the primary and now my choice is Romney or Obama (or Santorum and Obama, or Paul and Obama). But now I have already taken the approach that I want the lesser of two evils, so the choice is already made.

Find it far-reaching if you like. This reasoning does not take into account the intense spiritual battle being waged over this important election. However, if we waste our votes on candidates who cannot even win the primary, let alone stand strong in the face of the liberal media, agenda, and Obama, we will have four more years of Obama. And this Obama will be unrestrained by re-election, and who knows what that could hold for the future of our country.

To borrow a story from a man much more qualified than me to pursuade you on this subject, think of it in light of this scenario:

Suppose I’m fleeing from a burning hotel and discover a damsel in distress on the way out. She’s helpless, pinned down by a heavy beam. For some reason, my many hours of typing haven’t resulted in enough muscle to free her. So what’s the right thing to do? If I stay with her, we both die. If I leave her there and run for help, someone might be able to get her out. The idealist reasons that practical results are irrelevant and conscience requires that a man of principle must not abandon a damsel in distress. But most people abandon idealism in these situations. They understand that conscience sometimes dictates that we do what is practical.

Conscience is dictating that you set aside your emotions this election. Your children are dependent on your wise decision. May we all look outside of ourselves as we walk into each voting booth and change the course of history.
(Change the course of history? Why yes, as a matter of fact.)


UPDATE: If you haven’t been following this primary very closely, please view my list of pros and cons of the two frontrunners here.

So America Chose Obama

What will be our response? Will we despair and say that God doesn’t answer prayer, or that x group of people didn’t pray enough? Will we be offended and shake our fist at God, claiming He didn’t come through for us?

I was impressed with IHOP-KC’s response within minutes of Obama’s victory. They interrupted the last half of their Worship with the Word set to inform everyone of his win…and immediately called a rapid fire to pray for him. Person after person told the Lord, “Thank you.” There was no hesitance in this response, and I know from living at IHOP that they weren’t prepped to say that either. No, those people have some knowledge of God, and their first response was to acknowledge that even if they didn’t know why He would want this man in power, they were going to trust Him.

Why does God want Obama in power? Maybe it’s reaping consequences or His righteous judgment — however you like to label it. But I don’t think so. I don’t know much, and even though I grew up in a political family with two parents who graduated with Poly Sci majors and I used to breathe talk radio, I have let my politics slide (on purpose) for the past 3 years.

I think God’s giving us two things: an invitation and a sign. The invitation is for Christians to realize that they need to be praying. I want to scream Jeremiah at them:

“O my soul! My soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because you have heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.” Jeremiah 4:19

The second is to realize that God is orchestrating world events for Jesus’ second coming. It’s really going to happen, and soon. That’s going to seem far fetched to most of you, but I’ve been studying the end-times for almost 3 years and I can tell you this much: Matthew 24:3-9 is not far away.

Obama Prepares to Diffuse Expectations

Barack Obama’s senior advisers have drawn up plans to lower expectations for his presidency if he wins next week’s election, amid concerns that many of his euphoric supporters are harbouring unrealistic hopes of what he can achieve.

Maybe Obama really isn’t showing his true colors and he’s allowing people to think whatever the heck they want about him…no matter how untrue. Maybe once again we’ve encountered political rhetoric rather than the truth.

Go figure.


Protecting the Disabled Babies

I have been a fan of Bush for his entire presidency. Though many of us pro-lifers were disappointed that he didn’t fulfill his promises of focusing on abolishing abortion during his presidency — he was legitimately distracted by 9/11 — he did make a few good moves.

Like the Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act which was signed into law on October 8th. I guess 90% of babies prenatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted. The Awareness Act will, at the very least, ensure that parents of diagnosed children receive information to make informed decisions.

So, in the flurry of deciding who our next president will be, I am personally thanking President Bush for finishing well.

Sources: LifeNews and Nation Review Online

More Politics

Bristol Palin & Levi Johnson

Bristol Palin & Levi Johnston

If I were Bristol Palin, I’d be googling myself (though it may not be the wisest thing, since there are people out there saying terrible things about her family).

I wanted to offer my thoughts on the whole situation (for those not familiar with “the situation,” vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, is 5 months pregnant out of wedlock).I think Bristol’s bravery to even get to the point of telling her parents that she was pregnant shows a lot of courage. I know what it’s like to be in a family that is watched all the time; Bristol would have known the implications of admitting her pregnancy instead of secretly getting an abortion. She would have known that her mom would have to make a public statement and that people would all of the sudden want her picture and be crawling the internet for careless statements.

No, I don’t condone sex out of wedlock or abortion. But why chew up and spit out a young couple who are trying to make their mistake right? I think Bristol is beautiful and has the kind of courage some could only dream of. More power to her.

I Like This “Abortion Contortion”

Though this article is slanted with a pro-Obama pro-choice viewpoint, hearing a frustrated Democrat claim John McCain is getting pro-choice votes because he “looks like a maverick” is encouraging to this pro-life Republican. Lithwick sounds like she’s shaking in her boots that McCain might steal some — albeit, much needed — votes from Barack Obama.

Sorry to allow my passion for politics to seep through on this blog, but even just in regards to the pro-life movement, this article is encouraging. (Though I’m sure that was Lithwick’s last intention!)

Super Tuesday Post #4

Dobson sure doesn’t like McCain. Read the entire statement here.

DOBSON: I am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a Constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage, voted for embryonic stem-cell research to kill nascent human beings, opposed tax cuts that ended the marriage penalty, has little regard for freedom of speech, organized the Gang of 14 to preserve filibusters in judicial hearings, and has a legendary temper and often uses foul and obscene language. I am convinced Sen. McCain is not a conservative, and in fact, has gone out of his way to stick his thumb in the eyes of those who are.

Super Tuesday Post #3

What did Rush say about Romney today?

RUSH: I think now, based on the way the campaign has shaken out, that there probably is a candidate on our side who does embody all three legs of the conservative stool, and that’s Romney. The three stools or the three legs of the stool are national security/foreign policy, the social conservatives, and the fiscal conservatives. The social conservatives are the cultural people. The fiscal conservatives are the economic crowd: low taxes, smaller government, get out of the way.

Of course, the foreign policy crowd is obviously what it is. I don’t think there’s anybody on our side who doesn’t care about national security, which is why I found it amazing that McCain gets the bulk of those, because the idea that Romney or Huckabee are going to punt national security? In Huckabee’s case, you might just say the things he’s saying about it represent an ignorance born of inexperience in the subject. I don’t think Huckabee has any deleterious intentions about the country. When it comes to the fiscal side, you cannot say — you just cannot say — that John McCain is interested. He’s even admitted he’s not interested in the social side. He’s not interested in the economic side. He said this, and when he has spoken up about it, he sides more often with liberal Democrats on fiscal issues than he does with his own side. That’s problematic. This is why I think — and why I have said — that the Republican Party, not conservatism, but the Republican Party is in big trouble if it is empowered and gets elected by attracting people who also hold liberal Democrat views simply because they like McCain because of his character, his honor, his prisoner of war story, and they don’t like Hillary or Obama.

Gathering a Vote

Unsure of how to vote today? Here’s what I’ve compiled from several trusted sources.

Hugh Hewitt, 6 days ago, on splitting the vote:

“Romney’s third consecutive strong performance in a debate will almost certainly lead to a rise day-to-day over the next six days in key states, but whether he rises fast or far enough depends primarily on the Huckabee voters’ recognition that continued allegiance to the Huck spells a McCain nomination and all that means for the next nine months.”

Excerpt from John McCain Hates Me by Michael Reagan (read the rest here):

Until last night, when I watched the Republican debate, I had no idea how much John McCain dislikes me and just about everybody else but Rudy Giuliani, who if you believe The New York Times is a pretty good hater himself.

As I watched McCain and Governor Romney go at it during the debate at the Reagan Library I was struck by the huge gap that separates McCain — whose contempt for his fellow humans is patently obvious — and my dad, Ronald Reagan, who had nothing but the deepest affection and respect for the American people.

The feeling is mutual between McCain and me. I don’t like the way he treats people. You get the impression that he thinks everybody is beneath him. He seems to be saying, “I was a war hero, and you had damn well better treat me as your superior.”

He has contempt for conservatives who he thinks can be duped into thinking he’s one of them, despite such blatantly anti-conservative actions as his support for amnesty for illegal immigrants, his opposition to the Bush tax cuts which got the economy rolling again, and his campaign finance bill which skewed the political process and attacked free speech.

Here is an analysis of Rush’s position on the candidates. It states:

Limbaugh, who makes a point of saying he does not officially endorse in the primaries, has nonetheless praised Romney effusively, repeated Romney’s policy talking points, defended him against attacks from fellow conservatives, and after Romney’s win in Michigan this week, declared him the front-runner.

Just as tellingly, Limbaugh has been crusading against Huckabee and McCain, whom he does not consider real conservatives or suitable heirs to the Reagan legacy.

If either wins the nomination, “it’s going to destroy the Republican Party,” he told listeners Tuesday.

See Huckabee and Romney in top form (with some exposure on the lying, negative McCain) in the Reagan Library debate.

I am still all for Huckabee…I have been from the beginning of this race. But if a vote for Huckabee is really vote for McCain as Rush declares, that scares me more than I can say.

Today by some miracle, Huckabee will come from nowhere as an underdog and all will be well. The second best option is that Romney wins California and we have an intelligent businessman in office. I think I’m satisfied with either of those senarios…just not the likely McCain nomination.

God, let us vote in wisdom.