If you are a conservative like me, and if you are not willing to vote for Mitt Romney in the general election (if he’s the GOP nominee), this post is for you. Please note that I am the guy who trashed Romney and his RINOish record in the American Thinker’s pages last year, and like you, I believed until a few months ago that Romney indeed would not be preferrable over Barack Obama. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that Obama is so disastrous and so destructive that he must be defeated this election season at all costs, repeat, at all costs, even if it means nominating Romney. In this post, I’ll explain why I’ve come to this conclusion and why you should too, and why you should vote for Romney IF he is the Republican nominee.
You may have been told by someone, perhaps even by many prominent people, that America can survive Obama and still be reformable and governable by 2017; that America can survive the damage Obama will do to it if he’s allowed a second term as President; that somehow the country will be able to outlast him and wait him out; and that in 2016, a conservative reformer will somehow ride to the rescue, win the presidential election, and somehow miraculously reverse all of Obama’s socialist policies and those of his predecessors.
If you have been told that, you can place such assurances in the dustbin where they belong.
If Obama gets a second term, it will be an utter and irreversible disaster for America.
Just look at what damage he has done to the country in his first three years as President. Think about what damage he will do in his second term (if he gets one), when he won’t have to worry about reelection.
If he’s reelected, here’s what will surely, or almost certainly, happen.
Obama’s socialized medicine will become irreversible. At present, a majority of Americans still wants it to be repealed. But the Dems have structured the scheme in a way that ensures that while the taxes to pay for it were instituted immediately in 2010, the goodies won’t kick in until 2014.
When people are thrown off their employer-provided insurance plans and forced onto government-provided insurance policies, they will be fighting tooth and nail to defend their “free” healthcare services, just like the British and the Canadians. In Britain and Canada, socialized medicine became the accepted status quo decades ago and not even the staunchest conservatives dare to touch it. Similarly, in the US, there are already so many people dependent on existing entitlement programs that even most Tea Partiers warn politicians not to dare to even think about touching their entitlement benefits.
So (as Ann Coulter points out) unless socialized medicine is not repealed within the next 3 years, it will never be, and by 2016, Republicans will be promising to only “modernize” it and make it more efficient. And Newt Gingrich will be calling plans to tinker with it “right-wing social engineering.”
The addition of another entitlement, at a time when the existing Big Three entitlements are already consuming 63% of the entire annual federal budget, will leave little to no money for legitimate government functions and duties, including defense.
Speaking of which, Obama will veto any attempt to spare the DOD from the sequester, even if the Congress passes corresponding spending cuts elsewhere as a replacement, and will further cut America’s defense to the point when the country won’t be able to defend itself. The US will become just another European “social democracy” with socialized medicine, bloated entitlements, and a weak defense.
He will also unilaterally cut the US nuclear arsenal so deeply that it will be vastly smaller than that of Russia and even China, as he already plans to do. After he does, any idiot will have to build only 300 nuclear warheads and voila, he will achieve nuclear parity with the US, while Russia and China will possess larger arsenals than the US and will be able to blackmail America with nuclear weapons.
He will also have the opportunity to appoint four more Supreme Court judges, to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, and Stephen Breyer, all of whom are in their 70s and will certainly leave the bench during the next 4-5 years. Obama will replace them with young, liberal jurists like Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.
He will further grow the size and scope of the federal government, growing spending at an insatiable pace, vetoing any serious attempts to cut it, and issuing further unconstitutional federal mandates.
And perhaps most worryingly, he will continue his open borders policy, refuse to enforce the law, and will issue (by executive fiat if he has to) amnesty to illegal aliens. This will ensure that no conservative, and possibly even no Republican of any stripe, will ever get elected President.
Think that’s a far-fetched claim? Think again. Look no further than California.
This is a state which, just a few decades ago, produced such great Senators and Governors as S. I. Hayakawa, Pete Wilson, and Ronald Reagan.
But in the last 2 decades, massive immigration, both legal and illegal, has transformed California into such a liberal state that no Republican (let alone any conservative) can get elected there to statewide office anymore.
As Ann Coulter points out, if Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman, two successful businesswomen, cannot get elected to statewide office in California, then it’s game over for Republicans there.
The same will happen to the country as a whole if nothing serious is done about immigration in the next 4 years.
If a Republican is not elected this year, there will likely never again be a Republican President (which is exactly why the Democrats want to implement amnesty).
All of this, and more, will happen if Obama is allowed to win a second term as President.
And after that happens, there will be zero chance of electing a conservative President, zero chance of implementing conservative policies, and zero chance of turning the country around, just as European countries are already a lost cause.
And YOU will be co-responsible for this if you stay home or vote for a third-party candidate in the 2012 presidential election.
If you are a conservative, if you care about conservative principles, if you care about the country, you cannot stay home nor vote for a third-party candidate. You must vote for the Republican nominee. Even if that nominee is Romney.
There is no conservatism without the GOP, and there is no GOP without conservatives.
Mitt Romney is hardly anyone’s first choice for the GOP nomination except of moderate Republicans, but he’s far preferrable to Barack Obama and he will help Congressional Republicans dismantle Obamamunism if he’s elected.
The notion that he will turn his back on us conservatives and betray us as soon as he’s elected is silly. He will have to pander to us conservatives, just as he does now, because of his past liberal views. He will have to pander to us to reassure us. Would you rather have someone who has to toe your line and pander to you, or someone like Obama who will completely disregard your opinion and go full speed ahead with liberal policies?
Romney wants to be liked by us conservatives; Obama can’t even hide his contempt for us.
Which brings me to the two most important issues of this election: socialized medicine and immigration.
Romney has already said, multiple times, that if elected, he will issue a waiver from Obama’s socialized medicine scheme for all 50 states and then proceed to repeal it fully. He will do it, because he knows that if he doesn’t, he will be defeated by a conservative challenger in Republican primaries in 2016.
So Romney will have to repeal it – to save his face if for no other reason.
On illegal immigration, Romney is absolutely opposed to any form of amnesty, earning an Excellent rating from NumbersUSA on that score, and he also opposes any benefits for illegals, giving them DLs, and funding for sanctuary cities. In fact, as Governor, Romney explicitly PROHIBITED issuing DLs to illegal aliens. He also supports the E-Verify Program, deploying troops on the border, and building a border fence.
(By contrast, Santorum and Paul, kowtowing to the business lobby, oppose the E-Verify program, and Santorum even opposed its voluntary usage, while Gingrich supports amnesty.)
Romney is also very conservative on defense and foreign policy. He will reverse Obama’s disastrous defense cuts, reassure Israel and other allies of America’s commitment, and stand strong against its enemies, while avoiding unnecessary military crusades. If Congress joins him in rebuilding the military, it’s likely he won’t have to actually use it, because no one will be stupid enough to fight a militarily-strong America.
So if you are a conservative, if you care about conservative principles and the country, please vote for the Republican nominee in November, even if it is Mitt Romney.