In April of 2011, President Barak Obama announced that he would be seeking a second term on the Democratic ticket. In the minds of most Democrats, the only feasible replacement for Mr. Obama would be Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton who has already announced that she will not run in 2012.
This has caused an influx of people, who strongly disagree with President Obama’s policies, to run on the Republican ticket. The list has already become long and the ensuing debates are likely to cause quite a bit of chaos in the Republican primaries. Wherever a shark smells blood, it will come to feed and whenever a politician smells a free meal, it too, will come to feed as well.
Which brings me to the point of this article…
The State Of The Republican Party
The Republican party is a shambles. Neither John Boehner nor Mitch McConnell have been able stand up and refute the liberal media, let alone their Democratic counterparts in Congress. We all witnessed President Obama tell House Republicans that he would veto any more stop gap spending bills and we witnessed House Republicans try to brag over the reduction of a single day’s worth of federal spending while Democrats played the injured party and attacked Republicans anyway. The Republican party leadership need to get it through their thick skulls that no matter what they do to meet Democrats in the middle, they will always be the brunt of liberal demagoguery.
Conservatives need strong leaders in Congress who are ready to engage the liberal media as well as their political counterparts on issues. Conservatives need leaders who can remain professional in both their personal as well as public lives while they are in office. Conservatives need men and women who have the guts to change the way that Washington D.C. works.
Republican Presidential Hopefuls
- Sarah Palin – Even though Ms. Palin has NOT announced a plan to run for the presidency in 2012, the “experts” are trying to give everyone the impression that she will. For the last 3 years of her life, Ms. Palin has had her life put under a microscope. Every rally or convention she attends, every speech, comment, and gesture she makes is scrutinized by the press. The lengths that the press and her political peers have gone to in order to destroy any hope of her having a political career is staggeringly obvious. However, at the risk of being completely incorrect, I have a feeling that Ms. Palin is not going to run for president in 2012. Rather, she is continuing in her role as the “unofficial” T-Party National Committee Chairperson by having fund raising rallies and finding recruits to run for political offices in their areas. If the Republican party leadership had any sense, they would recognize her ability as a conservative grass roots spokesperson and recruit her to the Republican National Committee Chairperson while simultaneously dumping Priebus Reince so he can join his buddy Michael Steele on NPR.
- Newt Gingrich – Mr. Gingrich was the Speaker of the House during the Clinton years. Much to his credit and his demise, he stood up to President Clinton’s reckless spending habits and insisted that the federal budget be balanced. The stalemate shut down the federal government and Mr. Gingrich was left with the blame while Bill Clinton was left with the credit of having a surplus upon leaving office. In 1998, Gingrich resigned as Speaker of the House due to an ethics violation charge and the fact that he had become a polarizing political figure for the Republican party. While there is little doubt that Mr. Gingrich is a fiscal conservative, he has certain traits that are less that admirable. He has been married three times (which shows a certain lack of commitment and/or judgment), he has a problem controlling his temper, he engages in the demagoguery of the left, and has never shown the ability to simply refute their policies using common sense. While Newt Gingrich may be a better choice than some of the other presidential candidates, he comes with a certain amount of baggage that has been his undoing in the past.
- Ron Paul – Mr. Paul is considered one of the most conservative members of Congress and has represented the 14th District of Texas since 1997. He is the founder of the Campaign for Liberty advocacy group and has written many books expressing his ideas to return this country back to it’s Constitutional roots. However, there are a few disturbing things about Mr. Paul behavior that have left many conservatives baffled. On numerous occasions Ron Paul had introduced term limit legislation -that was incidentally voted down- but he, himself, has been a member of the House of Representatives for 14 years. He uses earmarking while voting against other bills due to earmarking – which sends a confusing message to the American public. His proposed positions on “isolationism” in regards to foreign policy and lack of any real time military experience in an age when the United States is ignoring an open declaration of war on it by much of the Muslim world is naive and dangerous. I would venture to say that Ron Paul will fare no better than in his last two attempts at the presidency of the United States.
- Mike Huckabee – This man’s actions speak louder than any gibberish he can spew. With Mike Huckabee, it’s politics before principle. In 2008 during the Republican presidential primaries, there were three candidates who led the caucuses: Mike Huckabee, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. Every time Mitt Romney started to gain support, either Mr. Huckabee or Mr. McCain would encourage their voting base to support whoever was in second place, thereby knocking Mr. Romney out of the race and leaving us with John McCain to vote for… a known RINO. Thanks Mike, but your idea of principles are not conservative, they are wishy-washy like your decision to run for presidency.
- Mitt Romney – This former governor of Massachusetts is the man whose great accomplishment was to take control of the health care system of an entire State. He even signed a law that required State residents to purchase health care or face increasing tax penalties. Does this sound even remotely conservative to you? Mitt Romney has shown us nothing except how to socialize a State’s health care system. Can you say RINO?
- Tim Pawlenty – Pawlenty is a rank and file Republican who supported John McCain’s 2008 presidential run because he thought McCain would choose him as a running-mate. He defines himself as a “social conservative” which, in RINO speak, means that he is either a conservative “socially” or he is declaring himself a socialist and a conservative; neither of which make any sense. An action I find particularly disturbing is that Mr. Pawlenty signed a bill that mandates a 20% ethanol mixture in gasoline by 2013. While ethanol is an alternative fuel source, the more it is used the more people will have to choose between certain foods and fuel. Another bothersome fact about Mr. Pawlenty is that entitlements seem to be the first thing to hit the chopping block while the government continues to fund foreign entities and pet projects that do not help the United States as a whole. Finally, Mr. Pawlenty has no military experience in a time when we need a President who can get us out of the middle-east or do what is necessary to win.
- Rick Santorum – After two terms as a member of the House of Representatives and two terms as a United States Senator, Rick Santorum has decided to give the presidency a whirl. He is a no nonsense conservative that dares to boldly speak on topics that most politicians avoid, he was a part of the gang of seven that exposed the scandal at the House Bank, and has worked on several pieces of bi-partisan legislation. My one and only hang up with Mr. Santorum are his legislation associations with John Kerry, Dick Durbin, Arlen Specter, and etc…
- Herman Cain – A simple business executive and radio talk show host that is blessed with the ability to explain true conservatism to his fellow man has been able to add his name to the list of potential serious candidates for the Republican presidential nominee. Mr. Cain has a plan to immediately lower capital gains and dividend taxes to make America competitive in the world market again. He has shown the ability to rationally explain the inequity of the 16th Amendment and thoroughly understands how it has been used to economically enslave citizens of this country. He is actively seeking the repeal and replacement of the income tax in favor of a consumption (or FAIR) tax. In theory, a federal sales tax would eliminate: all capital gains and dividend taxes on business, confusing annual tax forms for the average citizen, needless audits by the Internal Revenue Service, political economic demagoguery of select Americans, and a more unified people. If done properly, Congress and every department underneath them will tremble at a unified American public demanding that tax rates be lowered until, eventually, the government can run on excise taxes alone. Unfortunately, Mr. Cain has no political background and lacks real time military experience.
Then there are the less serious contenders such as:
- Gary Johnson – A former governor of New Mexico
- Fred Karger – A political consultant and gay rights activist.
- Andy Martin – A birther movement activist from Illinois.
- Jimmy McMillen – A Democrat who thinks the rent is too damn high.
- Johnathon Sharkey – A professional wrestler from Florida.
So Who Is “The Man” In My Opinion?
Attention soldier! Lieutenant Colonel Allen West! Your country needs you!
Much like Herman Cain, Allen West seems to have a grasp on how the income tax has been routinely used to redistribute wealth by ambitious politicians and how it has been used to condemn people to economic slavery and a life time of ignorance. He has the natural ability to convey conservative messages using common sense and logic along with the discipline to conduct himself in a statesmanlike manner. Where he differs from ANY other potential Republican candidate thus far is that he has actively commanded troops in Iraq during both, “Desert Storm” and “Operation Iraqi Freedom”. After Mr. West retired, he worked for a national defense contractor as a regional director of operations to advise the Afghan National Army on behalf of the United States. Currently, Mr. West is Florida’s 22nd Congressional District Representative and has officially declined to run in 2012 by stating that he felt that he was not ready to assume the office of presidency yet.
Mr. West, your past and present service to this country coupled with your ability to convey logical conservative ideas using common sense makes you more qualified and suited for the job of the next President of the United States than any other person I have seen mentioned as a possible candidate. This nation is on autopilot heading toward an economic, military, and social disaster of epic proportions. America needs an outspoken person who will defend her honor and sovereignty from threats, both foreign and domestic. America needs to permanently address her redistribution of wealth and protect her posterity from the blatant thievery of their earnings and the unending class warfare that fuels it. America needs a person to give businesses a reason to continue to invest in her and her children’s future.
With all due respect, Lieutenant Colonel West, your country needs your proven leadership skills, military experience, and common sense approach to problems right now because, frankly, later may be too late.