Posts tagged Newt Gingrich
I don’t remember an election where a candidate didn’t even have half the delegates needed to actually win the nomination and the American people were constantly told to simply “come together” or to just concede and ‘’get behind’’ that person. The media and the majority of the establishment have truly exemplified the left’s mentality of one not having to actually earn something but rather it just be given to them. It’s as if the media has taken over with Occupy Election 2012. News alert to mainstream: There are a lot more than one per center’s out here in this matter and we are not going to compromise nor concede to the candidate you are pushing upon us. We aren’t going to drop those red, white and blue balloons yet regardless of the fact you’re already inflating them. It’s we the people, not we the media.
Not even half of the states in this Republic have gone to the polls to elect the man who will stand up against the train wreck who has been steering us on the Socialism Express for the last three years. But yet, every day we are told that one particular candidate is the ‘’inevitable’’ nominee and that he is the ‘’only one who can beat Obama.” I have always said, whoever the media subtly endorses, or in this case blatantly endorses in a Republican nomination process, the voters need to flee in the opposite direction. Am I saying all media is doing this? No. However the big networks, newspapers, talking heads, paid political pundits and so-called non-establishment columnists are.
Not only have the American people experienced how pushy the establishment can be, we have also seen how they are able to pick the political topic for the week (or months), falsely spin it and then blame a particular candidate for not talking about the ‘’important issues.” Prime example is what they did to Senator Santorum. The fact is that ABC’s George Stephanopoulos was the man responsible for bringing up contraception in one of the first Presidential debates. Unfortunately they were successful in their attempt to trap the candidates in their media net and the birth control issue became more like the catch of the next three months instead of the catch of the day. We need to remain a few strokes ahead of them and not let something as ridiculous as reproduction and birth control dictate our discussion. Speaking of producing, I’m still waiting for someone to produce the tape where Senator Santorum said he is going to take away a woman’s birth control. ..
Last night while watching the returns from Ohio, Tennessee, Oklahoma and the other Super Tuesday states, CNN did a hypothetical delegate map where they played around with numbers and states regarding the candidate’s potential wins. I wouldn’t mind hypothetical maps if they actually did hypothetical’s that were possible for all candidates. It was as if they gave John King only one Crayola to use, Romney Red.
I know from experience this election after speaking with hundreds of voters the lines of truth and complacency are merging. This is far from over. We need to remember that we live in a Republic and all of us are to be represented. That means we each get a say and that it’s our duty to educate ourselves on the issues and not simply take what a Super PAC ad says or a paid panel of pundits. We are capable of thinking for ourselves. Whenever we are rushed into something, it should serve as a bright yellow yield sign. Usually when someone rushes us to do something they are hiding something or they know that the passing of time will be disadvantageous to them. Just like when Nancy Pelosi said ‘’we must pass the healthcare bill in order to see what’s in it.”
The establishment is trying to rush us into picking a candidate, a particular candidate. It’s in these moments we must refuse compromise and we must take the longest pause. In the end yes, Republicans will back our nominee. We want Barack Obama on flight #2013 back to Chicago, golf clubs and all. What I am saying is that this time hopefully it won’t be as it was in 2008; when the majority of us had to close our eyes and clench our jaw while pulling the lever for our Republican nominee.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich officially put his political foot on the starting line yesterday in his Presidential bid. Newt is the typical GOP 2012 hopeful candidate: fiscal Conservative and ”experienced.” Yeah, I do think he could take Obama down to Chi-town in a debate. Yes, he has skeletons in his closet but when has that ever hurt a politician? Bill Clinton’s closet was like Halloween all year round and it didn’t hurt him one bit! But he isn’t the one for us. So many of my fellow Republicans and Conservatives have the blah feeling about those who have put their elephant in the political circus ring. I do too and we are not going to get rid of that feeling until the GOP steps out of their comfort zone and nominates someone who just may not by the ‘’typical’’ or ‘’safe’’ nominee.
Allow me to give credit where credit is due. The Democratic Party tends to do an exceptional job picking their candidates. They often tend to pick an ‘’up and coming’’ person while unveiling him or her on the scene little by little, a la Barack Hussein Obama. The DNC put Obama out there in 2004 to speak at the Democratic National Convention in essence to test the political waters. What they got was a tsunami of approval for the junior ‘’present’’ voting Senator. It worked. The other thing the Democrats do well is they don’t shy away from an “inexperienced” candidate. We saw that in 2008. This may be beneficial for Republicans this time around because the left no longer has one leg to stand when it comes to nominating someone who has no experience. Enter state left Obama, case in point. Furthermore, I rarely have ever heard the Democrats say they don’t think a particular candidate can win. I hate to say it, but can the Republicans take some notes? There are some lessons to learn here.
Now, when I say young I don’t necessarily mean young in regards to age (it wouldn’t hurt…) but I mean someone refreshing, someone youthful, politically speaking.
For example, Republicans wonder why we struggle to win the youth vote. You have to look no further than who Republicans nominated in 2008… The Republican Party fails to reach out to the youth vote. We cannot sit idly by and expect the youth vote to understand our message if we aren’t even reaching out to them! Obama didn’t win the youth vote based on his message. Frankly, the majority of youth voters were absolutely clueless to any of his beliefs or policies. Believe me, I spoke with many of them and every time I asked them why they were voting for him it was often because they saw him on The Daily Show or Colbert or on Rolling Stone magazine. I’m not saying the Republican candidate needs to lower himself and be called ‘’dude’’ by John Stewart. Heaven help us! What I am saying is the up and coming generation is going to be a major factor. We can’t take the youth vote for granted. The difference is that the Conservative message would resonate with many in the younger generation. If we would reach out to them and quit nominating stuffy candidates, we could obtain this voting base because we actually already have one up on the left: we have a message, they have MTV.
The same thing goes for the minority vote. For instance, the Hispanic vote is and will be huge for the future of America. Republicans and Conservatives are failing here too. It is a known fact that the majority of the Hispanic community is Catholic. Catholics are known to be staunchly pro-life. So why in the world did 66% of Hispanics vote for Obama (the most pro-abortion candidate America has seen) in 2008? There is a major disconnect there and we are allowing it to grow. We can drain this ‘’moat’’ by reaching out and explaining that the Conservative message actually falls more in line with the values of the Hispanic community; work ethics, strong family values etc. I spent many years in Mexico with friends and their families; I am completely dumbfounded why Conservatives aren’t reaching out with our message that aligns so much more with the values of this particular voting base.
It’s time that Republicans get out of their comfort zone. The dynamics of elections are not going to conform to us, so we must conform to it if we want to protect the future of America. I’m not saying we lose our Conservative values in the process and lower the respect bar for the seat of America’s President as Obama has done. I would love nothing more than to see a President back in the Oval Office that doesn’t act like he’s hosting an MTV Awards show. Let’s loosen the tie a bit, or in case of a female nominee, let down the hair.
No matter what it seems we often are our own worst enemy. For every great potential Presidential nominee, we seem to always find something wrong. Palin is too ‘’polarizing.” Rubio doesn’t have ‘’enough experience.” No one ‘’knows’’ who Herman Cain is. Col Allen West is a ‘’one issue guy.” Paul Ryan is a “Washington insider.” All of these candidates could beat Obama but we are scaring the pants off our politically double guessing self! So we are left recycling oldies but goodies. Yeah, there are things I like about Romney, Huckabee, and Santorum. They would be fine nominees, but it leaves me not really wanting to blow my party horn. Take a risk GOP. Nothing ventured nothing gained and we sure aren’t going to gain anything with another four years of Marxism at the helm.