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Why did Mitt Romney lose?

19 Dec

As Republicans are still in recovery mode from losing (or should I say giving away) the 2012 presidential election I think a few things must be discussed. Many in the GOP aren’t going to want to hear it, but I feel as though the GOP worked very hard to earn this loss. Though I am more of an independent who leans to the right, I did not vote for Mitt Romney. I could not bring myself to do it. From start to finish I saw a guy who talked and talked but never really and truly distinguished himself from Barak Obama. Sure he sounded at times like he would be different, but the more Romney spoke is the more I realized that Romney and Obama were simply two sides of the same coin. Both would not introduce competition to the Federal Reserve, both would not abolish the IRS, both have the same unaffordable foreign policy of pre-emptive wars against countries that do not seem to pose a threat to the mainland U.S, both were in favor bailouts and stimulus packages to corporations at some point, both offered no new ideas on the extremism that we see in American drug war policy, and both would not out right overturn the Patriot Act or NDAA.

Even though I despised Romney from the very start, I still watched the debates hoping he would give me something I could latch onto but that moment never came. Romney got to the debates and seemed to use focus group tested tag lines about ‘jobs’, ‘the economy’ ‘Reagan’ and ‘Iran’. He came off as a fake, and his record seemed to be all over the place on different issues. We got to the problems we have in this country mainly because of large obtrusive, expensive Federal government. We are not going to solve our problems with more of the same. I think it is also important to note that we amongst the small Federal government crowd are not going to solve our problems by parading ‘conservatives’ to run races that have any remote resemblance to George W. Bush. It’s not so much that Obama won, it’s more so that Romney turned off so many small government conservatives that actually believed in principles, conservatives simply rejected Romney. Just think about it. The GOP went up against a person that sounds eerily like a Marxist in a country that professes to love freedom yet the Republicans could not pull off a win. That’s how much people did not like Romney. While I am mentioning George W. Bush I think it is important to mention that 9/11 Republicanism is dead. Mccain’s loss proved it, Rick Santorum’s joke of a campaign proved it and now Romney’s failure to captivate conservatives has proven it. Enter Ron Paul.

I believe completely that Ron Paul has single handedly destroyed 9/11 Republicanism. I would argue that he is in the process of putting a stake in the heart of Neo-conservatism and given rise to something called the Constitutional Conservative. He has brought certain issues to the forefront of the GOP with his plain spoken logic that just will not go away. Because of Ron Paul the GOP is now in the middle of a shift. There is no way forward in the GOP without constitutional, liberty based (some might say Libertarian) ideas. I would go as far as to say that any Republican trying to get conservatives pumped up about pre-emptive war, getting involved militarily in more countries (despite very clear 16 trillion dollar debt) and not addressing the problems with the Federal Reserve, the NDAA and the Patriot Act will simply lose elections at the national stage. Ron Paul brought in a massive segment of people from all walks of life and racial backgrounds who were not there before, into the GOP. I remember seeing the percentages before the primaries indicating that minorities favored Paul to the other GOP candidates. Paul was the only one who had the courage to address the racial bias in America’s drug war problem. Ron Paul was and still remains a motivator. He renewed a confidence in liberty and the constitution and brought fresh ideas to the table that drew in millions of people, in many cases away from the Democrats. If Romney had whole heartedly embraced a lot of Ron Paul’s ideas, maybe he would have stood a better chance. Instead the GOP higher ups along with Romney’s people chose to work dedicatedly against the Paulistas, mainly in the nationwide conventions, disrupting them, disregarding rules, participating in fraud, physically assaulting people, censoring their speech, ignoring people who showed up and followed the rules that they’d taken the time to learn, dividing the party and some may even say, cheating Ron Paul out of the nomination in Tampa. The point of an election is to encourage people to vote for you and your party, not reject them and then somehow be surprised or shocked when your party loses. To the older guard in the GOP reading this, it is important to understand that there is no way forward without the Ron Paul people. Let me rephrase that…there is no way forward in the GOP without the Constitutional conservative or the small government ideas of people like Thomas Jefferson. Already, the higher ups in the GOP are talking about Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan as potential 2016 presidential candidates. I think any one of those will mean another loss for the GOP. These gentlemen have not decisively rejected the George W. Bush doctrine. I have heard none of these gents come out against the Patriot Act, NDAA and pre-emptive war. That alone will cause people (many of them young) to reject them. The GOP will need someone who is a stark difference from George W. Bush. Maybe the GOP needs to be looking at Judge Napolitano, Thomas Massie or Rand Paul for 2016. The advice I would give the GOP higher ups? Read the constitution, stop trying to tell the liberty crowd to basically give you money, sit down, shut up and vote for more expanded unconstitutional government, and realize that liberty ideas will expand the party. If the GOP does not wake up and realize this, they will keep reliving the Romney experience.

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