After another shaky debate performance by Governor Rick Perry in last night’s Google/Fox News debate, Tea Party activists are left disillusioned and wondering if they will end up with a candidate who actually represents their views.
Perry was supposed to be the person who could bring together the various factions in the GOP, but now that conservatives are getting to know the Governor, they aren’t liking what they see. Perry’s liberal position on immigration, in-state tuition for illegal aliens, combined with his support of a state’s right to mandate health insurance purchases (as a condition of being a citizen), could sink his chances. Many Tea Party activists have already abandoned Perry.
With Fox News and the Republican establishment fully behind Mitt Romney, it looks like the GOP might nominate another progressive neocon, ala John McCain. That really didn’t work out to well the last time around and resulted in the election of a radical progressive president, worse than Jimmy Carter.
True conservatives are beginning to realize that nothing much will change if a status quo, big government progressive, like Mitt Romney, is elected as president. Consider some of the current positions of Mitt Romney (which might change tomorrow).
* Romney supports extending the Social Security Ponzi scheme by increasing the retirement age and raising rates.
* Romney believes that states can mandate individuals purchase a product or service as a condition of being a citizen.
* Romney doesn’t support replacing Social Security / Medicare with personal accounts for younger citizens.
* Romney raised hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenue through so-called “fees” for Romneycare in Mass.
* Romney believes the world is getting warmer and that humans contribute to global warming.
* Romney forced thousands of layoffs and pocketed huge fees for doing so, while working at Bain Capital.
Can America afford another RINO as president? With the rise of the Tea Party movement, is this the best candidate the GOP has to offer? I think the answer to both questions is a resounding NO!
Perhaps it’s time to step back, reevaluate our choices and take another look at Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and Gary Johnson. All three of these candidates truly believe in limited, constitutional government, which is exactly what America needs, now more than ever.