There are many fundamental facts of life that are simpler than we humans tend to make them. These are far simpler still than recognized “experts” would have us believe they are; this is because they often stand to receive ego gratification and/or power as a result of so doing.
Geopolitics, for example. Something as simple as “the law of the jungle” is all one really needs to comprehend in order to grasp a working knowledge of geopolitics. If you’re weak, you can be taken advantage of; if you’re strong, this is less likely. The reason that the rest of the world was able to enjoy the fruits of America’s innovation and progress (as well as our charity) over the last 150 years was because we had the might to preserve that which we had built.
Then there’s economics. If you consume less than you produce, you have a surplus. If you consume more than you produce, you have problems. Anyone who offers a more complicated or convoluted assessment than that probably has a self-serving agenda.
The selection of a presidential candidate is a lot like that, too – even though the 2012 election cycle promises to be like no other. Sometimes you have a candidate you can really get behind, and sometimes it’s a choice between the lesser of two evils. In other unfortunate instances, it just doesn’t matter; voters will be screwed no matter what they do. In a perfect America, of course, the first example would be the norm.
America is currently gravitating toward the European model, in which the last of the above examples will be the norm forever after. Right now, factions in the Republican Party are trying to find one of the first, someone we can get fired up about. Unfortunately, there are also those in the GOP who would make it another 2008 race, pitting the lesser of two evils against one another yet again.
Obviously, there will always be a segment of the electorate that is relatively under-informed; among Republicans, these would be represented by the voters who perceive the 2012 election as just another that they would prefer to win.
Those who are aware of the perilous region in which America currently treads would vote for my cat over President Obama if he received the Republican nomination. They know, given the stakes, that this is not an instance in which staying home because the GOP nominee does not meet their expectations will be acceptable.
That said, we cannot placidly accept a candidate who is essentially anointed by the same sort of elites who allowed decades of treason and subversion on the part of the Democratic Party to go unchecked. The Republican leadership’s knowledge that many conservatives and independents alike would in fact vote for Erik’s cat presents a problem. Already we are seeing signs of their heir apparent, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, storming the field.
While Romney receiving the nomination is by no means certain, it is imperative that we remain mindful of the fact that the elite GOP leadership has the potential to be every bit the enemy as the Democrat leadership. For decades, they could have been sounding the alarm, calling Americans’ attention to the fundamental transformation (pun intended) that Democrats were bringing about via liberal (socialist) policies. Instead, they feathered their own nests, allowing generations of Americans to become less astute and less informed as to how manifestly dangerous these policies were. Many became what they beheld, and are now indistinguishable from the socialist elites in the Democratic Party.
Now, they would place yet another lukewarm Republican in the Oval Office, one who will be no better than the last two Republican presidents we endured. There’s little doubt that some GOP power players are closet socialists themselves, but a strong contingent simply believes that “playing it safe” with someone who is not identified as a strong conservative will somehow win the day – like Bob Dole or John McCain.
This feeble logic has long since been nullified, and at this juncture more than ever, the American people do not want to settle for someone who is only a click or two on the political dial to the right of Obama. The voters who turned the tide during the midterm election want someone who is – at the very least – going to make every attempt to undo what our tin pot premier of a president has done.
In short, they don’t want another smiling political prostitute. They want a statesman – or stateswoman, as the case may be. The danger in winding up with the former is not merely their likely failure in neutralizing the effects of the Obama presidency and bringing us back toward the rule of constitutional law. If the electorate perceives little practical difference between Obama and his successor, we could wind up with someone even worse than Obama a few years hence.
The Republican nominee doesn’t have to publicly call out Obama and his cabinet as a pack of Leninists, but he or she should damn sure evidence an understanding of that fact – at least to those who rallied in 2010 to save us from that very threat. This will be their core constituency – not moderate Republicans, and certainly not liberals.