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Just Say No to Both Republican Establishment Candidates
Nyet  to “Newt Romney”
-by Scott Rohter, February 2012

Just say no to both Republican Establishment candidates.  Say nyet to Newt Gingrich, and give a resounding, unambiguous no thank you to Mitt Romney.  Just say no to both of them this year.  And it doesn’t matter how much money they spend to try to influence the election. “No, you are not going to buy the election Mr. Romney.  And neither will you Senor Gingrich, no matter how many wealthy and influential progressives get behind you, and try to push you over the finish line!”

Republican conservatives must start speaking in a louder voice if we are ever going to be heard by the Party elders.  Instead of humbly coming to the throne of the Republican Establishment, and begging for a seat at the table, just begging for an authentic conservative to finally represent us, we should rather step mightily into their presence with our heads held high, and begin the conversation by telling them that we have no intentions of accepting another phony conservative this year, like we did four years ago, or four years before that, or even four years before that!

If you are not going to listen to us, then we will support any true conservative candidate that comes along, no matter what Party they belong to.  That could include Senator Rick Santorum, or Congressman Ron Paul, or any other limited government conservative candidate who throws their hat into the ring at the last minute. God, family and country must of necessity come first, and Party affiliation is a long distant second.  The TEA Party has been infiltrated by moderates who have decided to settle for whatever the Republican Establishment is willing to give us again this year.  How did that happen?  The TEA Party started out with such promise and resolve.  Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney are not true conservatives!  And neither is Herman Cain or Rick Perry if they are endorsing one or the other of those two guys!  Instead of two largely unacceptable alternatives, neither of whom is a real conservative, we must insist upon a conservative this time that gives an actual voice to what we believe, not just lip service as Newt Gingrich does.

We must start by speaking in a louder voice, because the voice that we are speaking in is just not being heard in the halls of power!   As evidence, let me remind you of the ironic situation that we find ourselves in.  Just six months before the Republican National Convention, we are having to try to pick between Mitt Romney, who signed the Massachusetts Health Care Legislation, which became the model for Barack Obama’s National Health Care Law, and Newt Gingrich, the biggest self-serving, shape shifting, political operative to arrive on the Washington political scene since William Jefferson Clinton!  It’s because of characters like Newt Gingrich, that Washington DC is referred to as the “swamp on the hill.”  Is it any coincidence that they are both members of the internationalist leaning Council on Foreign Relations?

A simple look at a number of different conservative websites demonstrates just how deeply divided Republicans really are this year.  Both Romney and Gingrich are extremely hard to sell to members of the Party, and the Republican Establishment is split almost evenly between both, with some favoring one, and some favoring the other, but none very happy with either.  For instance, Governor Christie (NJ) endorsed Mitt Romney.  But Governor Perry (TX) endorsed Newt Gingrich.  So did Herman Cain, not that anyone really cares who he endorses.   Perennial pain in the “you know what” and former Presidential candidate, and two time looser, John McCain has endorsed Mitt Romney.  See my articles:  Kiss of Death, and also McCain endorses Romney- What Difference does it Make?  Former Presidential candidate and longtime Senator Bob Dole has just endorsed Mitt Romney also.  But Senator Fred Thompson, the former Senator from Tennessee, who also ran for President, is endorsing Newt Gingrich.  Talk about a dysfunctional family!

None of these figures are outside of the political Establishment.  Yet they can’t agree on anyone to unite the Republican Party.  It’s obvious that as badly split as the Republican political Establishment is right now, and with the “Newtster” promising to wiggle his way, all the way to the convention in Tampa, that there is the very distinct possibility of a deadlocked convention, and the actual prospect of nominating a third person;  someone other than Romney or Gingrich.

What I’d like to see is a deadlocked convention in August, which could open up a third road to the White House in November, and a candidate who would finally be acceptable to real conservatives.  That candidate could be either the #3 person, or the #4 person in the race, either Ron Paul or Rick Santorum, or it could be somebody that we haven’t even heard from yet.

I confess that I have another wish too.  I wish that Republicans would get smart already!  I wish that Republicans of all stripes, whether we are authentic conservatives, or moderates, or libertarians, would stop channeling hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign contributions into the bank accounts of the liberals who own the mainstream media!  This money will only be used against Republicans in the General Election!

Someone once observed that a rising tide lifts all boats.  Right now either Rick Santorum or Ron Paul would float my boat, because they are both honest men.  Remember what George Washington said, “The greatest title of all is to be called an honest man.”  He didn’t say smartest man, or the best looking man, or the best businessman!   He said honest man.  Later John Quincy Adams remarked, “I would rather be found guilty of making a serious mistake in judgment, than to be accused of being even the slightest bit insincere.” We need to restore integrity to the process of electioneering.  How can we do this if we keep nominating and electing people who lie to us?  Everybody knows that both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are just saying things right now in order to get elected, and that they don’t even mean half of what they say!  They have both changed their positions over the years so many times, and even recently, that I have jokingly referred to one as a dolphin, and the other as a chameleon.  Come on people.  Do you actually think that someone in their late fifties or sixties doesn’t actually know what they believe?

“A rising tide lifts all boats,” and I have said that either Ron Paul or Rick Santorum would float my boat right now, because they are both honest men.  Their positions on the issues have not substantially changed over the years.  You know exactly what you are going to get with both of these guys.  You don’t have to imagine or wonder.  But maybe you want to imagine. Maybe that’s the whole attraction of “Newt- Romney”.  Maybe you’d rather just imagine that they would both do the right thing.  If that’s your fascination with Gingrich or Romney, then I think you are just kidding yourself.  All I see with Gingrich or Romney is what’s left after the tide goes out to sea!  And just like the outgoing tide doesn’t smell too nice, neither does this apparently rigged Republican Primary. It was rigged from the start to ignore Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.

Maybe Vladimir Putin and Bashir Al Assad are not the only ones who want to hang on to power forever.  Of course the United States is a far more complicated, and not so nearly as obvious an example to study.  You can’t put a single face, or even the face of a single Party on the government of the United States, like you can with Russia or Syria.  But maybe our progressive Political Establishment that seems to control both political Parties doesn’t want to relinquish political power so easily either.

Say no to both Republican Establishment candidates this year. Say nyet to Newt and no to Mitt Romney.  Or just say hell no to both of them, NO to “Newt – Romney” no matter how much money they spend to buy this election.  Say yes to honesty and integrity.  Support Ron Paul or Rick Santorum who will at least restore some semblance of integrity to the electioneering process once again.  Words actually do mean something!

"The truth, the political truth, and nothing but the political truth.
A journalist has no better friend than the truth."
- Scott Rohter

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