Compiled by: Jessica Walworth
2012- Top 3 GOP Potentials
Editorials written by: Joel Joseph, Dave Muse, & Matt Roth
Contributing website: michelebachmann.com
Better Than the Rest
Written by Joel Joseph [09/15/2011]
Mitt Romney may not be as conservative as many would like but he is and always has been a Republican. There are many reasons to support Mitt Romney but one remains to remain at the top of the list. The reason? He can win! The 2012 election is not a time to earn ideological points; it is the time to take back the government and sending a candidate that cannot win is just as grievous a national sin as keeping President Obama in office. It is that fact that makes Mitt Romney the front-runner for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. The Republicans need an individual with unquestioned experience in the private sector and the know-how to get things accomplished on an executive level. No one disagrees that there could be better candidates in this race. Among the options available, however, Mitt Romney gives the party the highest chance of winning. The Republican Party must decide if this coming election is the time to win votes or if it is the time to make ideological statements. If winning votes is the Party’s aim—the clear choice is Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney appeals to Moderates, Independents, and a few open-minded Democrats—and those voting groups will be the most crucial votes in this election.
Bodes Well for the Future
Written by Dave Muse [9/12/11]
No candidate is perfect and that may seem to be a defensive way to start an article in support of a candidate. Yes, spending in Texas increased during Perry’s governorship but, in comparison to the other forty-nine states, the spending increase was right on par. Perry’s good points shine through in his book Fed Up. In this book, Perry excoriates Washington for largesse and pushes for a limited, constitutional government that gives Americans more liberty and allows Americans to deal with matters locally. The progressive income tax, whose modern originator is none other than Karl Marx, deserves the end that Perry wishes to give it. In the place of an income tax, Perry argues for alternative methods that would simplify the lives of Americans. In Texas, Perry supported and signed tort reform legislation allowing doctors to rest a bit easier knowing they no longer have to worry about being taken for millions in a lawsuit by a trial lawyer looking to score big off a minor incident. Doctors are flooding Texas due to this reform. In the last week, Perry has called Social Security a Ponzi Scheme and has stood by his remarks. This bodes well for the future. Social Security, from the beginning, reeked of socialism and the fact that it’s currently bankrupt, not to mention an awful return on your investment, makes clear that Perry is on the right side of this issue. Trying to end or radically reform it is the only choice to make if you live in reality. Also, after foreign wars have bled the treasury, Perry has stated that he wants to be very careful before using the military abroad—a notion that President Washington, and many presidents after him, would have applauded.
To Preserve and Protect
Accessed from michelebachmann.com [Accessed 09/14/2011]
Michele Bachmann is a principled reformer who holds an unwavering commitment to the conservative values that helped her succeed as a small business owner, a U.S. tax attorney, a state and federal lawmaker, and a wife and mother. She is a Constitutional conservative who understands that our Founding Fathers established a federal government to preserve and protect the nation while fostering an environment where dreams could flourish. It is Michele’s single greatest calling in public service to ensure that the liberties enshrined in our founding documents are handed down from this generation to the next.
Deserves Pity Not Support
Written by Dave Muse [9/12/11]
At best, Romney would be better than Obama. Having said that, who wouldn’t? Obama’s approval numbers have tanked, his stimulus monies have been exhausted with nothing to show for it, and Obamacare is not alive and well. Speaking of Obamacare, the federal health care bill resembles a State health care law passed in Massachusetts and signed into law by none other than Mitt Romney. Since signing the law, health costs in Massachusetts have risen at rates that the new law was supposed to prevent. The state is having real difficulty paying for this new creature of government. This is only the latest of Romney’s liberal leanings. He used to march in pro-choice parades, before running for the Republican nomination for president. His pro-gun record…doesn’t exist unless you count the last couple years. Further, when the Massachusetts Supreme Court miraculously decided that gay marriage would become state law—with no precedent to go off of—Governor Romney stoically said nothing. He could have declared that the Supreme Court had lost its mind and that he, embodying the executive office of the state, would simply ignore the findings of the court. With this type of background, one would never identify Romney as a Republican unless you saw the “R” directly behind his name on TV. Weak-kneed and flip-flopping, Romney deserves our pity but not our support.
What Choice? What Limit?
Written by Matthew Roth [09/15/2011]
Constitutionally, Mr. Perry’s views are increasingly off base. In Perry’s book Fed Up!, the governor suggests that Congress should have the power to reverse Supreme Court decisions with a two-thirds majority. Thankfully this country was founded with checks and balances to keep one branch of government from becoming too powerful. Perry would seek to change those balances and give Congress far more power than they ever were designed to possess. Congress controls our lives enough already without the power to reverse the decisions of the judicial branch. There is no doubt that our country’s educational system is rapidly deteriorating. Under Perry, Texas ranked 43rd in the nation in its high school graduation rate. Perry claims to be a champion of states’ rights, and even suggested secession in a speech at a tax day Tea Party rally in 2009. Radical states’ rights advocate? Not exactly. If elected President, Perry would seek to define marriage at a national level. So much for that Tenth Amendment he claims gives his state the right to secession. Perry claims that citizens have the right to choose their healthcare. As governor of Texas, however, Perry issued an executive order which mandated HPV vaccines for teenage girls in his state. Perry blasts Romney for Massachusetts’ health care plan, yet he championed invasive health care policies in his own state. So much for personal choice and limited government.
Is the Wrong (wo)Man
Written by Joel Joseph [09/15/2011]
For most people, the mere fact that Glenn Beck supports Michelle Bachmann is reason enough to vote for any other candidate. Thankfully, I’m not like most. I realize that there are many other reasons not to support her. Michelle Bachmann is an ideologue and ideologues neither win nor get anything accomplished in politics. Most bills passed in congress need bi-partisan support. In order to gain such support the President must be willing to concede on a few issues. Michelle Bachmann has painted herself into a corner because she is unwilling to work with anyone to pass a bill. Ronald Reagan is a common source in Bachmann’s speeches and debates. She talks about how we need a leader like Reagan again. She’s right—but that leader is not Michelle Bachmann. Ronald Reagan is seen as a great President not because he fought tooth and nail for his positions and refused to compromise. His greatness came from his ability to pass bills into law and compromise with a Democratic House for all eight years of his presidency and a Democratic Senate for the last two. Sadly, compromise and Michelle Bachmann are antithetical concepts. During the debt limit debate there was much criticism of Speaker of the House John Boehner, Congressman Paul Ryan, and other active leaders in the Republican House about the successful bill they passed. Ron Paul and Michelle Bachmann fought against the party leaders and refused to vote for the bill. Not once did they offer a proposal instead they just criticized from the backseat. When you are running to become the leader of the free world you need to have a record of results. Michelle Bachmann has no such record. If you are looking for a candidate that can talk a big game and never deliver results, however, Michelle Bachmann is your candidate.