Saturday, January 21, 2012

What's Wrong With Romney?

Every time people are thinking they might have to accept Romney, someone comes along and moves ahead of him. This has happened enough that it is now time to put the finger on what it is that Romney can't do and because of that, can't inspire people to follow him. None of us want to follow him by default.

Romney cannot access his passion. Given that his dad was a politician, my suspicion is he was reared in an environment that fostered compromise. He has it written all over him and his record is a testament to it.

The people are in no mood for compromise. In fact, quite the contrary. This is the year when nothing short of full battle regalia will do. Chuck Norris says, "We need a veteran of political war who has already fought Goliath."

When Romney speaks, we hear, "Yes, Mr. Obama. I understand and like socialized medicine too." They don't hear "Hell no, Obama! That program violates everyone's rights including the so-called beneficiaries, and it destroys the health industry. How many slaves do you need? And all so you can buy votes, you damn creep." Romney is not one to pick a place to stand and tell the world it's going his way, thereby attracting followers. He fishes not by offering the moral bait which the fish will happily strike at, but by calling to the fishes, "Here fishy, fishy, fishy."

The bait which attracts the people with the red blood, not blue blood, in their arteries goes something like this: "I will protect your individual rights, which by the design of nature, are yours by right and without which you cannot be fully human. I will be your champion to go out and make a living anyway you want - all so long as you do not violate your countryman's same rights. I envision a nation where we live together and trade our values for mutual benefit. I know that all you and I need is for government to get out of the way. We must reduce government's heavy-handed, unprincipled, unjust, taking-care-of-favorites intrusion (popularly known as corruption) into every aspect of our lives. If any of government's employees have good ideas to provide for people's needs, great. Let them get out there on their own to see if they can make them work - just like the rest of us. There is no us and them. There is but one people - all equal under nature's law and man's laws."

Do you get that Romney has drawn any kind of line? Do you get that he knows the difference between what works and doesn't work in the domain of a principled and just government? Or do you think he's open to compromise - on anything? Do you think he understands that any socialist principle no matter how seemingly minor is toxic and leads to further degradation of the society? Does he get that an individual man is always the final authority in his own life and that a government who doesn't protect that is anti-man and anti-life, no matter what lies are told to the contrary?

I don't.

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