The field has narrowed enough that it is no longer just a matter of who I think would perform well as president. Effectiveness and electability are rising on my list and purely ideological arguments are drifting down. I like the ideals and issue focus of both Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee. However, I feel that at this point Mitt Romney is much more electable against a Democrat opponent and therefore will be a more effective candidate than Mike Huckabee. This decision left me with 2 options, Mitt Romney & John McCain. Both would make good candidates in a race against Democrats, so the choice comes down to who would make a better president and that brings us back to issues. And in the next short paragraph I will dismiss John McCain as an option.
John McCain may be a Republican, but he is a liberal Republican and I see very little difference between he and the Democratic Party front runners. That very little difference is national defense. I’ll admit I like his stance on the Middle East, but how can he call himself strong on defense while he has been weak on borders? That don’t add up. Bottom line: If I wanted a liberal candidate who said they were strong on defense I would vote for Hillary. At least she is consistent.
Mitt Romney scores high on my Fred Thompson list of big issues and challenges facing our nation.
Issues & challenge
Tidbit about Mitt
|The ongoing threat of Islamist terrorism
||Mitt Romney states his position very clearly when he says: Jihadism – violent, radical, fundamental Islam – is this century’s nightmare. It follows the same dark path as last century’s nightmares: fascism and Soviet communism. Many still fail to comprehend the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam, specifically by those extremists who promote violent Jihad against the United States and the universal values Americans espouse. Yet, the consequences of ignoring this threat – such as a radicalized Islamic actor possessing nuclear weapons – are simply unacceptable.
|The unresolved economic threat of entitlements
||I think this great quote by conservative Governor Mitt Romney says all that need so be said. “Every legislator and politician knows this spending can’t be justified, so why do they do it? Because it gets politicians praised — and re-elected. There’s no courage involved in spending more money. Drawing a line on spending is hard and fraught with criticism. When I vetoed $458 million of excessive spending in the budget this spring, I knew that community newspapers across the Commonwealth would decry my elimination of local pet projects. And, I knew that the Legislature would over ride most of my vetoes. In fact, they over rode all of them, to a chorus of community acclaim. But someone has to say no.”
|The need for lower taxes to ensure our nation remains economically competitive and innovative
- OPPOSING ANY EFFORT TO RAISE OUR TAXES — Governor Romney was the first 2008 presidential candidate to
sign the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” — promising to oppose any effort to raise taxes.
- LOWERING TAX RATES FOR EVERYONE — Governor Romney supports making investment income and savings
interest tax-free for middle-class Americans.
- ABOLISHING THE DEATH TAX — Governor Romney knows taxing the American people three times — when you earn
a paycheck, invest it, and pass it on to your children — is unfair. That’s why he will work to abolish the death tax.
- CUTTING SPENDING — Governor Romney’s management philosophy is grounded in common-sense: spend less
and balance the budget so future generations of Americans are not saddled with the burden of our nation’s debt.
|The need to secure our borders
||The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. has exploded in the last decade from 3 million to over 12 million. The increasing tide of illegal immigration has eroded Americans’ faith in the rule of law, put great pressure on our health and education systems, and compromised our national security as our ability to secure our border is questioned around the world. This tide of illegal immigration has made a mockery of our legal immigration system and been fundamentally unfair to those legal immigrants who play by the rules as they wait patiently to pursue the American dream. Sanctuary cities, in particular, attract more illegal immigrants and increase the pressure on federal law enforcement and border control.
|The need to support families and to protect our children from the harder edges of culture
||Governor Romney fought activist judges who imposed same-sex marriage on Massachusetts and testified before Congress in support of the Federal Marriage Amendment. Governor Mitt Romney sided with life in the fight to protect the unborn.
|The need to remain engaged in the world while remaining true to America’s principles
||The American values that have been at the heart of our historic rise to world leadership are being challenged everyday. These include, among others, the institution of marriage, respect for life, and the protection of our children. To remain a superpower in the world we must continuously and vigorously reaffirm these key components that have led to America’s greatness as a country.
Mitt Romney has experience as a conservative governor of Massachusetts, one of the most liberal states in the nation; great experience for a president who will have to deal with a Democratic Party Congress. Mitt Romney is a fiscal conservative with extensive business experience; great for a nation who some say is in a slump. Mitt Romney is a social conservative; great to lead an ailing nation.
Lastly, our nation and the world need a leader, not just a qualified candidate. Mitt Romney has successful high level leadership experience both in private business and in public office.
I am supporting Mitt Romney because he is a qualified conservative leader. That’s it.