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This morning I read an article about the global economy, and it struck me that problems on this scale are so far outside of my sphere of influence that I was probably wasting my time becoming informed on the issue. Well, not entirely, but that was what pushed me down this path of contemplation.

Our national debt and our current budget woes have reached levels of obscenity so great that the MPAA needs to come up with a new designation beyond NC-17: NSFN (Not Safe For Nobody.) It is conceivable that I could take the time to become fully conversant with issues of the economy, but when the rubber meets the road, I have a wife to support, a garden to tend, Church lessons to prepare, a library that needs reorganizing, a school to build, my country's 500th anniversary to plan... you get the idea. Time is short, and each of us have our gifts; being a major player in economic reform on the global stage is not down in the books for me.

There are, however, people out there whose gifts include a fine grasp of fiscal nuances, who can see big pictures, who can pull teams of people together, and who are comfortable with the trappings of power. These qualities, however, are not all that I'm looking for in a leader - I also have to see a solid moral center, and a desire to build a world that works for everyone - and in Mitt Romney I see what I'm looking for. I've familiarized myself with his accomplishments, I worked for him as a volunteer during the 2002 Winter Olympics, I saw what he was able to do with that event, I've heard him preach from a pulpit, and I'm convinced he has the nation's best interests at heart and the savvy to make a difference. In short, I trust him at the heart level.

While Romney ran in 2008, he was sadly not awarded the nomination. As a result, and largely because of the presence of Sarah Palin on the Republican ticket, I gave our current president a vote of trust in that election, and that trust was betrayed. I see no change except for the worse, and I have no hope except for a new administration in 2012. Of all the candidates running for office next year, Mitt Romney is the one I count on to better the lives of the American people, and to move our nation back to a path of stability.

Politics being what they are, there are some, even among my dearest friends, who for various reasons will disagree with my assessment. That is one of the blessings of a democratic society - they have the right to do so. Lasting friendships, however, are not based on opinions about politics or sports or fashion; rather, they are based on trust and shared core values, which transcend societal ephemera.

My two penn'orth.


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dhlawrence
Aug. 15th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
He's the only GOPer I'd consider voting for if I were in the US. I'd rather be made fun of for being dull than for doing something stupid on camera.
kusanagi_sama
Aug. 16th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
Well, he's mormon, so I suppose its only natural for that to be one of your reasons for voting for him, and the fact that you did work for him once. He does have some decent politcal views though.
ccdesan
Aug. 16th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
I can't ignore that factor, and it's icing on the cake - but if I saw a candidate with the same ability and get-things-done mentality, it wouldn't matter what his or her faith was. I'd vote for a Baha'i or a Jewish candidate just as fast if they impressed me in the same way.
tarinfirepelt
Aug. 17th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
This will be an easy election year for me. I vote for whoever is running against Obama. By the time the primaries get to New Mexico all the candidates will be locked in so I really dont have to pay much attention to the national level. (though I will as folks know I am a political junkie).

I am not anti-Romney. And I am certainly not one of those cretins who wont vote for him because he is Mormon. I do have some strong problems with some of his positions.

Romneycare is a disaster. I have an uncle who is wading through it in a cancer fight. I know Romney was a republican Governor in the peoples republic of Massatwoshits and had to go along if he wanted reelection, but anyone who would put together a socialized medicine system rather than fight it tooth and nail for being economically unsustainable sends up a major red flag. Particularly when the first thing that need to be done when Obama is kicked out is to tear O'care out by the roots and burn it. I fear he may try to play both sides of the fence and make a second Romneycare of his own, which will lead us on the same road of economic untenability and saddle the brand on the Republicans again which will guarantee a third party.

The second thing is that he is extending his hand across the aisle way too much. I would like to see him focusing more on a conservative agenda for fixing the Damage caused the last 2 years, than showing that he can get along with the left and extending the olive branch to people who have cut his own party out of everything the last 2 years. I understand that a consensus will have to be built to pass legislation, but you do that after the election. We need a leader with vision, not a compromiser. Particularly when compromise means putting in ideas from people who have failed catastrophically in everything they touched the last 2 years. (Unless you are an Alynskyite.)

Having said all this, his business and executive background is very strong and he has a history of being able to solve problems. I may dislike Romneycare , but the fact he was able to get it through the Ultraliberal Massatwoshits legislation was a miracle in itself considering what they were pushing at the time shows he knows how to heard legislative cats through a hostile legislature.

As for the others. Aside of Herman Caine who I voted for in Georgia when he ran for the senate, I am really not enthusiastic over any of those running. If Romney is my candidate I will vote for him, but unless he changes his tune to address some of my misgivings, I am going to have one hand pulling the lever and another holding my nose again.
ccdesan
Aug. 18th, 2011 05:13 am (UTC)
Since I was old enough to vote, I have been voting for the evil of 2 lessers. you make some good points; I, too, will vote for anyone who runs against Obama, unless it's Palin who scares Hell out of me.
tarinfirepelt
Aug. 18th, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
Same here. Last time I voted FOR someone was in state races.

I dont think Palin is going to run. She has more influence outside of the system doing what she has been doing, and the press as so successful demonized her I dont think she would win and she is smart enough to know it.

I just wish she would sh*t or get off the pot like Huckabee did and announce decisively yay or nay.

But I would still vote for her over Obama. I would vote for Howdy Doodee before Obama. Her executive record in Alaska is more then sufficient to make up for her eccentricities.

Besides. Could you imagine the shake up and the message that would go to the Washington establishment if an outsider like her was placed in a position of power like that? If anything it would be fun to watch the politicians and press soil themselves for 4 years. ;)

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