One of the more surprising and uncanny elements of this campaign season is the degree to which tea partiers are supporting Mitt Romney. Despite the constant impugning from RINOs who accuse us of being intransigent ideologues, we have actually shown a pragmatic disposition in offering our full support for Mitt Romney. Unlike the RINOs, we genuinely sense the impending disaster that will ensue following Obama’s reelection. We intuitively understand that we must support the one man who can rid us of Obama, irrespective of that man’s ideological vices.
However, even as we work indefatigably to get out the vote for Mitt Romney, we must concurrently prepare for the next battle – the battle that will commence the day after the election. We must be prepared to fight a president from our own party when necessary.
Every time Romney exhibits a fighting spirit in his rudderless campaign, as he did during the debate last week, he tends to follow that performance with an encore of milquetoast liberal positions. That’s why we must be prepared to fight him from day one on his liberal policy positions.
Consider several positions Romney has taken on some policy issues over the past week.
In Iowa (yes, social conservative Iowa, of all places), Romney told the Des Moines editorial board, “[T]here’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”
Really, Governor Romney? With the left scoring victory after victory on social issues, you plan to unilaterally surrender the field even before assuming office? I guess this means he will certainly never touch the marriage issue.
Now let’s turn to foreign affairs. In a major foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute, Romney reversed course on the Palestinians and reverted back to the same black hole pursuit of a Palestinian state. “[I] will recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel.” This is a sharp departure from his previous skepticism of the entire notion of a Palestinian commitment to peace.
Additionally, Romney failed to indict the Obama administration for its feckless war effort in Afghanistan that is demoralizing and killing our troops. He failed to offer an alternate vision. He also waded into the Arab Spring nonsense, suggesting that he would help arm the Syrian rebels. While we all agree that Assad is an enemy, does anyone really think that the “rebels” are anything but another Islamist Pandora’s box? Haven’t we learned our lesson in North Africa?
Now we are told that social issues and foreign policy are unimportant. So what about economic policy?
Here is what Romney had to say about the $1 trillion farm bill, 80% of which is food stamp spending:
“People have been waiting a long time for a farm bill. The president has to show the leadership to get the House and Senate together.”
So Romney has no problem with the farm bill? He’s just upset that Obama didn’t bring the House and Senate together to pass this food stamp, market-distorting, corporate welfare bill?
Folks, we must continue fighting to elect Mitt Romney for a few more weeks, but at the same time we must not lose sight of the broader problems we will encounter with a Romney presidency. We must be prepared to fight him from day one when he seeks to eschew our party’s values.
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