Since I have endorsed Mitt Romney for president, I was asked this past weekend by a friend which other candidates I would support should Romney take a dive. I really don’t think he will but I did give it some thought and it really is a process of “de-selection” in the Republican field, not one of “selection” – I could have supported (and will support) any of them except one – Ron Paul.
While Paul is right on many issues, I could not support him for one reason – his stance on Israel and I can’t buy into the hate many of his supporters are selling.
I strongly believe that we have a responsibility to support Israel for political reasons, like the fact that they are the only democracy in the region and they are our only reliable ally in the Middle East. I also base my support on religious and scriptural grounds because I happen to believe what is written in Chapter 11 of Isaiah, verses 11-13:
11And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
12And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
13The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
I believe that these passages foretell the destruction of the nations who fail God and abandon Israel. We are working on accomplishing both of these disastrous feats. Obama has not set foot in Israel during at any time in his life, leading many to believe that he is 1) immersed in sympathy for Islam or 2) actually a Muslim. Paul would even be worse.
I’m also a little frustrated with the criticism of Romney from the right. There are those who are in dangerous proximity of hypocritical behaviour for a few reasons.
How many of us have criticized Obama and his administration for being academic and never having anything other than theoretical experience in the business world? How many have said that the government needs to be run like a business or that we need a president who is less a politician and more of a business leader?
I know that I have, so let’s look at the resumes of the top 4 non-Paul contenders in the Iowa Caucuses today:
- 6 years in the Air Force
- 6 years farming cotton with his father
- 27 years in elected office (starting in 1984)
- Law degree in 1986, 9 years of various law work and “think tanks” wrapped around 16 years in elected government
- 2 terms in the House (4 years)
- 2 terms (12 years) in the Senate (1994 – 2006)
- Academic professor for 8 years, Ph.D. in 1971
- 20 years in elected office
- 11 years as an author, lobbyist, lecturer and head of various “think tanks”
- Graduated in 1975 cum laude from with a dual MBA/JD, in the top third of that class, and was named a Baker Scholar for graduating in the top five percent of his business school class.
- 24 years in business with various firms including private equity
- 3 years running the Salt Lake Organizing Committee
- Governor of Massachusetts for 4 years
- Ran for senate in 1994, president in 2008
- Supported various Republican causes for the last 4 years.
- Total time in elected office – 4 years.
If the words “I wish we had someone in office who understood business” ever came out of your mouth or you have ever condemned Obama for being an academic, a lawyer, a community “organizer” or a career politician, it would seem that to support anyone but Romney is hypocritical. There are “conservatives” who say that Romney is just like Obama and a if you are going to vote for Romney, just cut out the middle man and vote for Obama – but the resumes of the other Republican contenders look far more like Obama’s than does that of Mitt Romney.
Romney has spent the most time in the private sector and the least time as a politician of any other candidate in the race, including President Obama. Romney actually used his law degree in furtherance of his business acumen, not as a primary career or a prop for a political future.
This is not an election on social issues – it is an election about what socialist approaches to those issues are doing to our nation. Being anti-abortion or socially conservative won’t matter if we can’t get a bit in the mouth of government and pull back on the reins.
Romney is about to be attacked from the right and the left as a “job killer” at Bain Capital – but here’s the Catch 22 on that line of reasoning; the very reason that private equity firms exist is to invest in companies, streamline them for maximum earnings and sell the resulting value for a profit.
What the left and the right are currently pillorying Romney for are exactly the skills and drive necessary to cut government down to size. How many of us have complained about the inflation of employment in the public sector while the private sector continues to shed jobs?
How many conservatives have wished for someone with those skills to run for president?
There is one candidate that has the private sector acumen, that when combined with Republican control of the Senate and House, can transform government.