For a few days now, I have known that I would be casting my vote for Mitt Romney in the general election. Trust me when I say, I do not want to. I do not believe he is the best candidate we could have pitted against Barack Obama. I would have much preferred Ron Paul as the GOP nominee, but that isn’t to be the case. I know that may not set well with a lot of Paul supporters, especially those who seem to think the delegate count is still up in the air, but that’s the way I see things. In spite of the fights that have been or will be fought, after the convention is over, I see no other outcome but Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee.
Country Thinker has been making the case for Gary Johnson, both on his blog and in some of his posts on Political Realities. Quite effectively, I might add. I agree with him on many things. One of which is the fact that Mitt Romney will not be a lot more conservative than Barack Obama, especially when it comes to spending issues. I will give him that point, even though this post isn’t aimed at refuting his arguments for Gary Johnson. Instead, I want to focus on why I have made the decision to support Mitt Romney and what I think his good points are.
Even before Rick Santorum dropped out of the GOP race, it was clear that President Obama was focusing on Mitt Romney. Some say that is because his campaign wanted to face the former Governor of Massachusetts in the general election, but it may have simply been that they saw the writing on the wall for the other GOP candidates. At any rate, the two campaigns are already going after each other with a vengeance.
The tactics being used by the Obama campaign are coming as no surprise to me. I have held the opinion for some time, that if Mitt Romney was Obama’s opponent in the general election, he would go after his wealth. True to form, he has not disappointed in that regard. He clearly believes that is his road to success and he has been hammering that point home. There is no need to go into detail about this, as most of us are already aware of the speeches Barack Obama has been giving. He is consistently staying on the message of fairness, the amount of taxes wealthy Americans do or do not pay, etc. etc.
That message has taken an entirely different turn in the past few days, with Obama and company going after Ann Romney. Their point was that she was privileged to stay at home and raise her boys because her husband was so adept at making money. That has to be a bad thing, right? If you listen to the liberals, you would probably agree with that. However, once you start digging around in their attacks, looking at their purpose and agenda, any sane person should be able to come to the conclusion that they are dead wrong by attacking Ann Romney and the idea of stay-at-home moms.
Here and now, I openly admit that the attacks on Mitt Romney, his wealth, and most of all, his wife, are the straws that have broken the back of my resistance to him as the GOP nominee. Say what you want about Mitt Romney and his lack of conservatism and I will probably agree with you. Going after him on the basis of his wealth and his family is an entirely different ball game. It can not be argued that he is not a decent man. In spite of what the Obama campaign would have us believe, being wealthy does not make him a bad person. It does not make him greedy and it does not reduce his value system to dust. And just for the record, just because he is a Mormon, that doesn’t disqualify him either.
Yes, I do have issues with Mitt Romney. He is sure to run into trouble with Obamacare, as the Obama campaign is sure to remind us that the legislation now in trouble at the Supreme Court was fashioned after Romney’s health care overhaul in Massachusetts. I do question his conservatism on fiscal issues and limited government. I also wonder if he will be as pro-life as he needs to be. However, when you compare him to Barack Obama, there is a distinct difference.
Mitt Romney will at least listen to Congress and work with them. Given the prospects for a GOP majority in both the House and the Senate, a Romney presidency is much preferable to another four years of Obama. Some people will question his pro-life credentials, but consider this. Would you rather have Barack Obama, who seems to want abortion-on-demand, or Mitt Romney? That question shouldn’t require much thought to give an answer.
Weigh these questions, and others, out carefully. Compare Mitt Romney with Barack Obama and ask yourself, which man would you rather have in the White House. While Mitt Romney is not my first or second choice to be the GOP nominee, when given the choice between him and Obama, the decision isn’t that hard for me. For better or for worse, I will be voting for Mitt Romney in November. I hope you will too.