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Editorial: Yes, voters, there is hope
About politics and other thingsJune 20, 2012 | 1,630 views | 1 comment
There has been intense speculation about whether or not conservatives could unite behind a Mitt Romney candidacy.
Well, the moment of truth has arrived, as the press has declared Romney the “presumptive nominee.” The only holdout was Ron Paul, but now that his son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, has endorsed Romney, there is little doubt that Romney will be the Republican nominee this fall.
Still, the question remains, can he garner the support of the real conservatives? Can he really be “My Romney” after he spent years campaigning, first against John McCain in 2000, and now against other Republicans for this nomination? Conservatives fear another RINO (Republican In Name Only) who cannot win the enthusiasm and support of conservatives.
It’s like a friend of mine wrote in an email last week. She was responding to an analysis of various voting blocks and how they will negatively impact the election for Obama. This analysis listed small-business owners, Catholics, Jewish voters, blue collar working class, soccer moms, the military, blacks, and Hispanics all as being less than enthusiastic in their support of Obama’s re-election.
While I agree with that for the most part, that conclusion may have been reached before Obama took it upon himself to grant legal status to many Hispanics, while at the same time, moving to prevent states from cleansing their voter registration rolls and implementing stricter voter IDs. He is counting on those additional Hispanic votes.
There’s no doubt that this election is going to be very, very close. My friend wrote: “I don’t know what will happen if either Obama or Romney gets in ... we should pray diligently.” Her faith in Romney was, indeed, shallow, as she called him the lesser of two evils, but I disagree.
Our candidate has to be Romney, and conservatives should not be fearful. His speeches are starting to sound more like those of Reagan, and I think he can do it! I remember Ronald Reagan.
The media and liberals portrayed Reagan as merely a “second-rate” actor. No one knew what to expect as far as his conservative leadership, but he proved himself, and I think Romney will too.
It’s one thing for candidates to make promises during a campaign, but it’s another to see them follow through with conviction once they are in office. I recall hearing Reagan on national television the first time, I think in a State of the Union address, coming out forcefully against abortion.
My jaw dropped as I was thinking he would be vilified for being so politically incorrect. But Reagan followed through. He focused on the economy as well as social issues. After his inauguration, he paraphrased Winston Churchill: “I did not take the oath I have just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world’s strongest economy.”
Once elected, Reagan became a straight shooter instead of a politician. Romney will too. He has a successful career behind him and does not need to build a legacy for himself. He will be looking out for this country.
While we all “hoped for change” with Obama, with Romney we will get the real thing. There is hope, but conservative voters must not simply sit idly by because they did not get “their man.”
This election we need to vote for something real.
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El Zorro Plateado
Nueces Strip, Texas
June 20, 2012 1:50pm
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