Thanks for that Bailey. It needs to ne played in every living room tonight.
"If what you love are the principles of limited government, personal freedom coupled with personal responsibility and a life where you can simply be left alone, then this election is not value neutral. Both Romney and Obama may in fact be both tax and spend liberals in your eyes, but only one of these two men, that will become president, has placed a marker by selecting a running mate with a realistic plan with entitlement reform that can return us to fiscal sanity..."
This is a quote from the video... I want everyone to read that. And then re-read it.
Yes, I love the principles of limited government, personal freedom, and a life where I can simply be left alone. Okay, I'm with him so far. So the argument is that I should vote for Romney because he has a running mate, and this running mate has a plan for entitlement reform, which could bring us back 1 of the 3 principles I love. Keep in mind the Vice Presidency has pretty much only one or two official duties, and neither of them are "implementing plans."
So I should vote for Romney because Ryan, his running mate, gets a 33% grade. Presumably Romney himself gets a 0% grade, because otherwise the dude in the video would have lead with this. Can anyone really tell me that's a compelling argument?
So it's the job of the Romney campaign to convince me, a free moral agent, to vote for their candidate. Not to vote against "the other guy." I watched all the primary debates, and the debates with Obama, as well as the VP debates. I'm a bit of a political junkie here, and I closely followed the primaries in general. I'm simply not impressed by Romney. I don't think that's my fault. I think that's Romney's fault, and the fault of the RNC or whomever is giving him crappy advice. It's not like my desires in a candidate are unreasonable here.
I read on this board "even a ham sandwich would be better than Obama." If you want to vote for a ham sandwich, that's your businesses. All I ask is for a candidate who sounds serious on personal freedoms, fiscal responsibility, and isn't hell-bent on spending billions of dollars to spread our values to people who have no inclination or ability or adopt them. Oh, and isn't beholden to the captains of shady industries (banking industry, insurance industry, wall-street, for-profit prisons, etc).
What I really mean is that people like Melon lube and Moo won't vote for Romney because he isn't Ron Paul, plain and simple really. You see if Ron paul had won the nomination (no really stop laughing) I'd back him up 100% because he mostly believes in what I believe in. Not just because he has a R next to his name.