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The Conflicted Conservative

It’s been a year today since my last post… That’s a problem! But anywho, on to the current affairs of our great Union…

Election 2012, right around the corner…

Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Thad McCotter (and several other names you wouldn’t recognize). The Republican Presidential primary season is heating up! For most Republicans this is the time when the candidates flaunt their accomplishments and their plans to take on Obama. However, there seems to be a severe lack of enthusiasm among the base. With so many possible candidates why is it that the Republican base is still not satisfied? Is there something missing? Better yet, is someone missing? As the front-runner, Romney has had to numerously defend his Massachusetts health-care plan. Gingrich has had misstep after misstep since announcing and Pawlenty lacks a bit of “presidential charisma” if you will.

Clutching the nomination really boils down to the early primaries. Who will jump out ahead in Iowa, and then to New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Right now, conservative, Tea Party favorite Bachmann, seems to be polling the best in the first in the nation primary state. With a win there, and any other good finishes or wins in other early primary states we could be looking at the nominee. But will that be the right choice for the Republicans? Will a conservative, far right, Tea Party darling like Bachmann be able to sway independents to defeat Obama? Is it safe to support someone who we strongly agree with even if they are further right than others?

The answer is YES! Not only will this be a possibility for Bachmann, but also for Texas Governor Rick Perry, and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin if either of the two Tea Party favorites join the race.

For those who seem to think they should not support any of the candidates who seem to be to far to the right I want to have a quick history lesson.

1980 Electoral College

The map in the picture is the break down of the 1980 Presidential Election. As you can see Ronald Reagan secured the victory by one of the largest margins in American Presidential history. What some of you might be forgetting is that Reagan defeated the incumbent Democrat, President Jimmy Carter. One of the most interesting pieces about this election isn’t just the defeat of the incumbent President by such a large margin, but its more about Reagan and the type of ideology he represented in securing the victory.

Leading up the general election Reagan suffered from the same “electability-itis” if you will. People were claiming there was no way that he could defeat President Carter and even if he did it would be by a very slim margin… Why? Because of his far right beliefs, values and backbone to keep to his principles when the going got tough. Like most Presidential “flip-floppers” we’ve seen in the past you may get elected but you lose a sense of trust from your base if you ditch the things they hold dear.

Obama is headed down a path of no return… to the White House, a path that President Carter remembers very well. With dissatisfaction at an all-time low among Americans, even among his own party, the President need only to read his history book to remember how this one turns out.

Its not going to be as difficult as everyone is making it out to be for any of the Republican candidates to defeat the President. Romney, Bachmann, Cain, Palin, Perry? Never say never… It’s time for REAL CHANGE!

“Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.” – President Ronald Reagan

 

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