Michele Bachmann was one I believe has conservative values I could support, but today she has decided to drop out. Good call for her because of the poor results she had in Iowa and a lack of funding that made it prohibitive for her to continue in the race. I like Rick Santorum, too. I believe he has a love of America and strong core values. His economic policies sound good and he is knowledgeable and strong on foreign policy. I was happy to see him do so well in the Iowa caucuses.
We all know that conservatives are looking for an "anti-Romney" candidate. Now that Bachmann is out, Perry is praying on it (although an earlier Tweet today gives us reason to believe he's still in the race), Gingrich has been beaten to a pulp by negative ads and has loads of baggage, Huntsman is too moderate to be considered an anti-Romney, and Paul may have a good handle on the economy but his foreign policy is weak (and scary), we are focusing on Rick Santorum. I'm not saying any of the other candidates can't rise to the top, but for right now Santorum is the next in line for scrutiny.
Today begins the onslaught of negative articles and ads against Rick Santorum. Did you read that he's a "big government conservative"? Or that he's an anti-abortion statist? Or that he's a right-wing nut? Or that he's a big earmark supporter? Or that he supported Arlen Specter? Well get ready, because the Left and the establishment-Right are revving up to discredit him. They both want Romney to be the GOP nominee. Did you hear that John McCain just endorsed Romney? (That's enough to turn me off...and may be the kiss of death for Romney.)
It's obvious that there is NO PERFECT GOP presidential candidate.
Don't think everything will be OK as long as the GOP wins control of both houses of Congress in 2012. It is essential that the GOP win back the Senate and keep the House, but even that will not be enough if Barack Obama is re-elected. Beside his veto power, we already know he thinks bypassing Congress is the easiest way to ensure his agenda is enforced. He just did it again today. And if the Supreme Court does not rule against ObamaCare, there will be no chance to repeal it EVER if Obama wins. It will be well on it's way to full enactment.
I believe we must vet the GOP presidential candidates based on TRUTH and vote for our best choice in the primaries. Hopefully, we will choose the most conservative candidate who can WIN and that our choice will be a stark contrast to Obama. But at some point there will be one man standing, and if we don't put our full support behind that one person, Barack Obama will be elected again and America's "fundamental change" (to socialism/Marxism) will be complete with no turning back. The Progressives will have ensured their control of America into the future by making the vast majority of Americans dependent on big government more than ever before in history.
In the November general election, each of us must decide if we will be able to pull the GOP lever for someone who may not be our first choice. If you can't vote for the GOP candidate on principle and you decide to "make a statement" by either writing in a name, voting third party or sitting at home and refusing to vote, then you must be ready to share in the blame if Barack Obama wins. The real "statement" you will have made is that you are complicit in the downfall of our Republic. Obama's re-election will seal the fate of America and ensure it's continued slide down into the abyss. If that happens, don't come here and complain...you'll be talking to the hand.
Watch Rick Santorum's entire Iowa speech at RightScoop.
One more thought on this...
Over the years Americans have been pretty much apathetic. We let our country get to this point because things were happening under the radar. Our attention span was lacking.
Over the past several years, Americans are waking up to the fact that we are in BIG trouble. With the grace of God, we can only hope that this re-awakening will reflect in our choice of a president in 2012. The best 'not-Obama' choice.
If we elect a Republican for president, even if it's Romney, the people are paying much more attention to what the government is doing. If we do our job, elect good people for the Senate & House, and we continue to stay informed about what our politicians are doing, we have the responsibility to hold them to their promises, keep their feet to the fire, or kick them out in the next election. We can't sit back and think everything is OK if the Republicans get elected. But we do have a better chance of keeping a Republican president and Congress on the right track if we STAY ENGAGED and make our voices HEARD. That's our job from now on.