Character Matters,Along With Faith,Family&Freedom-Support Rick Santorum in 2012 #tcot #sgp #prolife #parents
This post has been a work in progress over the last month so pull up a chair,grab some coffee or tea and relax.
The past month, I've been journaling my thoughts on the upcoming Presidential elections. Here is what I have concluded regarding who I believe conservatives and teaparty voters, along with establishment Republicans should consider and get behind as President to unite the GOP. If we all unite in the primary behind the candidate that supports the most conservative issues,the one who is most trustworthy&moral, I believe we can win against Obama&defeat Romney from being our appointed nominee. It's time to put bickering aside and political pandering aside and consider who you can trust the most and who is most likable.
Here is some background on why I have come to the decision I have. I have been undecided for quite some time on who I will support for President, but after hearing the debates,deliberating over what each candidate has to offer based on experience,principles and records...I have found that the best choice is Governor Perry Rick Santorum. This article and video included give some great reasons why Perry should have been considered and given a second look: http://www.redstate.com/explodinghead/2012/01/08/time-for-a-perry-surge/
At the time of originally writing this portion, Perry has had the most executive experience of any candidate,is was the most social&fiscal conservative,with military experience, is pro-Israel and would support a strong defense®ain US respect in the world again. As we all know, there aren't any perfect candidates and nobody is Ronald Reagan, but Perry is also a big supporter of the 10th amendment and he definitely deserved a second look.
We can't pick a candidate because the media says he's best or liberal states say so, but we must pick them based on their record and consistent conservative principles. While Rick Perry is was the only person in the Republican field that fits ALL three legs of Ronald Regan’s conservative stool:a social, fiscal/economic and a national security conservative, currently Rick Santorum fits this criteria best without the baggage and controversy Newt Gingrich&Mitt Romney carry.
Unfortunately, since the time of originally writing the above thoughts...Governor Perry has since dropped out after losing in the South Carolina primaries. Too many conservatives couldn't forgive him for his debate flaws in the beginning, which many believe were due to his recent back surgery,and pain medication and then his comments regarding in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in Texas put the nail in the coffin. However, Perry had to sign the in-state tuition bill into law because it was passed by a veto-proof majority in the legislature. This disloyalty or disunity&bickering and the media influence is why I believe Cain,Palin,Bachmann and Perry were thrown under the bus;conservatives& teaparty didn't stand by the true conservatives from the beginning.
I wish Perry would have stuck it out longer, because SC allowed open elections and independents and democrats were able to vote and distort the votes. I don't know why the GOP allows this in some states in our primaries but it is a horrible idea. Primaries should be primarily for the party that is nominating a candidate!
In result, after further vetting& contemplation, I have decided to support Rick Santorum, who I originally was considering, because he's been the most consistent on the issues from foreign policy to border control and social issues and will decrease government spending&entitlement programs. While all the candidates have their flaws,I think Santorum has grown,become more confident&has learned a lot since his days of 'big govt spending' as a Senator. I also believe with the teaparty in place,he would not expand govt&increase taxes&entitlements under these dire economic circumstances. Other candidates like Newt and Romney are too hard to trust and based on their records are more likely to increase government programs,but at a slower pace than Obama,just without the anti-American sentiment. Finally, Ron Paul is just too far out there on foreign policy and some of his economic ideas are even unsustainable&unrealistic such as the gold standard.
In addition, well known conservative pundit, Michelle Malkin finally came out and endorsed a candidate on Jan 30,2012. Last week on Hannity she said she was remaining neutral and was vetting each carefully on the issues, but she has since decided Rick Santorum is the most conservative candidate left out of the remaining candidates. I must agree she is right. She has a great article out that covers the pros and cons of each of the remaining candidates and why she finally decided to support Santorum. Here is a summary of Michelle Malkin's endorsement highlighting Santorum's strengths:
In addition, this report from Public Policy Polling explains a lot about why Romney[&Gingrich] are in Trouble: http://t.co/5dTtEF7Z Rick Santorum leads Romney&Gingrich in Missouri&Ohio...because he has the least baggage&is more liked. Santorum isn't trying to buy the presidency like the others who will say&do anything. He is humble&modest and has the least baggage, he is pro-Israel, anti-Islam/jihad,pro-military,pro-life/pro-family and will be strong on self defense,meeting all of the criteria of Reagan's three-legged stool. As we know none of the candidates are without flaws, especially Obama,and in the end Santorum has the least baggage for the negative media attacks Obama&others would/could try and use against him! After Newt's loss to Romney in Florida, Santorum still has a chance as well considering http://ht.ly/8NELH only 5 percent of the 2,288 national convention delegates have been awarded.
Finally, Santorum is a trustworthy candidate with the morals, values&conviction this country needs to get back on the right track with God. He will lead with a moral compass, one that has been missing since at least 2008 when Obama was elected. As Reagan said,"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under".
Santorum is not only a consistent conservative on social issues,but he has the least negative baggage&record over all the other remaining candidates. He is worthy of the position of President[POTUS]; far more than Obama or any other candidate.
Along with leading evangelicals, conservative pundits like Michelle Malkin, Jill Stanek,& best selling author Brad Thor have endorsed him. In addition, well known conservatives and teaparty supporters:Mark Levin,Rush Limbaugh&Sarah Palin have spoken in his favor and teaparty leader Sharron Angle has endorsed him. Recent endorsements have come from: former Colorado congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton and former Congressman Bob Schaffer.
As Keith Fournier of Catholic.org and Peggy Noonan have so eloquently expressed in this article following FL's primary entitled: In the wake of the Florida Fiasco,Time to Consider Bella Santorum's Dad, Rick-[character matters&RickSantorum has character!] http://ht.ly/8Oxwh .
In Peggy Noonan's book, Character Matters, regarding Ronald Reagan she writes:
Santorum's flaws are minimal in comparison to the other candidates. He's a family man with seven children, one of which is disabled. There is little for others to attack, especially Obama with his billions in attack ads. Santorum is the difference between day&night, he sheds light on the darkness of Obama. Losing in his state to a DEM in a majority DEM state is not surprising, though he did win two times before. He may have gone along with big government policies in the past,but he has grown older& wiser and in this economy I'm confident he won't blowup our debt& will not weaken our national& international security, especially if he seeks a second term as POTUS. If teaparty conservatives would get behind the evangelicals and others who feel our country needs to be lead by someone with conservative principles,integrity and morals, I believe Santorum could prove to be the alternative to the bickery& establishment,Newt& Romney, and win against Obama in 2012!
Additional reasons to support Santorum:
Freddie Worse for Newt Than Bain for Mitt–But Neither are Popular http://ht.ly/8NGeq
Rasmussen: Obama Leads Romney by 1, Santorum by 2 http://shar.es/f4qEo <Santorum's on the rise w/general election voters per NBC/WSJ Romney -22% and Santorum only -2% against Obama
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72378.html ABC/WAPost Poll:Overall Negative opinion towards Gingrich w/51% unfavorable&29% favorable;estab&teaparty dnt like as much as Santorum,that's why he wants Santorum out.
MITCH BERG: Ten Things You Should Do If You’re An “Anybody But Mitt” Republican…. http://t.co/s1cYtR7z
Thursday night on Hannity, Santorum agreed he would open up energy&allow the Kingstone pipeline&reduce regulations in his first 30 days in office&repeal government regulations, while some regulations will be replaced.
Santorum also stated he would Repeal Obamacare from day one, if not all there's an executive order&reconciliation could be used to repeal the rest, such as the HHS mandate on Catholic organizations to pay for insurance that covers birth control, sterilization and abortifacients.
The latest polls indicate it is time for the GOP& conservative/teaparty to unite. Newt is hurting Santorum more than Santorum hurting Newt. Santorum owns a double digit lead in states where Newt isn't on the ballot... http://fb.me/BWYzvyfs
February 4, 2012 Nationwide Rasmussen:Santorum 45%, Obama 44% http://bit.ly/AsdR3b <another reason to vote Santorum...Obama must go!