Written by J. D. Longstreet
"Yes, the GOP does eat it's own." -- J.D. Longstreet
Sometimes I’m a little slow on the up-take but decades of following US politics as my favorite sport has given me enough insight into the way politics works, at the upper levels, to know that the GOP chose its nominee a very long time ago. Of course, it is Mitt Romney. All the hoopla, the debates, etc, really don’t matter. For when the smoke clears, the man who will be crowned as the GOP nominee for President of the United States will be Mitt Romney. You can, as my old Grand pappy would say: “Put that in your pipe and smoke it!”
In the spirit of full disclosure allow me to state clearly that I do not intend to vote for Romney either in the North Carolina Primary or the Presidential Election in November of 2012. It is a matter of honor for me… not to mention that I am royally PO’ed at the Republican Party for “foisting” Romney on conservative voters under what I consider false colors. Its as though Romney is wearing a tattoo saying: “GOP APPROVED: CONSERVATIVE.”
The state motto of North Carolina is: “To be, rather than to seem.” In Romney’s case I fear it is “to seem, rather than to be.” I am not the least bit convinced of the validity of Romney’s conservative credentials.
The GOP has managed to convince me that it is focused on beating Obama. I, on the other hand, am focused on “saving America.” And THAT, Dear Reader, is where the focus of all Americans SHOULD be … in my not so humble opinion.
We have come only a short way from the smoke-filled rooms in which candidates used to be chosen by the party. In fact, about the only thing that has really changed is that the rooms are now smoke free. I am convinced that Romney’s victory at the GOP convention was planned, and assured, in one of those legendary rooms.
The endless debates, this cycle, appear to have been dreamt-up by a group of leftists in Hollywood. I honestly think the debates have done the candidates more harm than good -- so far as their individual campaigns are concerned. On the other hand, the debates have been a storehouse of ammunition for the candidate’s Democratic Party opposition. This election cycle, with the democratic candidate for President having no opposition from within his own party, the debates have – I strongly believe -- only hurt the GOP candidates.
We have witnessed the effect the GOP leadership has had, so far, on the various campaigns and we are about to see even more.
We have seen that any candidate posing so much as a hint of a threat to Romney is crushed and destroyed by the party leaders and elite. Each time any one of the other candidates began to rise in the polls and seemed to present a threat, they have been ground down.
The candidates remaining in the GOP race are
”also rans.” They either present no threat, whatsoever, to Romney, or they are being hammered into insignificance by the GOP.
Gingrich is getting the squeeze even as I write. Ron Paul is next. These two men will be smeared and very nearly ruined if they do not back off.
Yes, the GOP does eat it’s own. I have said for many years that the GOP is its own worst enemy.
Look. The majority of the GOP voters do not want Romney (especially conservative voters). One look at his ossified poll numbers will reveal that to a blind man. BUT -- you can bet the farm we are going to have him as our candidate come the Republican Convention next year.
I have a problem with authority. Always have. I have even more trouble with those in authority who believe they know better than I do what is best for me. And at this moment, I am livid with the Republican Party for deciding that Mitt Romney is best for me.
Heck, I don’t care for the man. I didn’t like his father. I don’t care for his brand of politics, and as a southerner, I am not particularly enamored of the state from which he hails. And I do not like being pushed -- or herded -- toward a voting booth where I am expected to vote for him -- because the GOP insists that I must.
I vote for a candidate because I am convinced that candidate can do the job the way I want it done. No amount of pressure will get me to vote for the party’s favorite unless the party’s favorite happens to be my favorite. I’m wired that way. If my parents were still living they would quickly, and vehemently, verify that fact.
The thing is – I believe there is a host of conservative voters across America who feels the same way. And the GOP is doing itself no favor by acting as the puppet master pulling the strings on the GOP campaign show.
It has been awhile since I have felt that I really had a choice of candidates from the list of GOP candidates for President. So, I went to the polls and wrote in a candidate’s name rather than vote for the party’s choice. I will do that again next year.
For better or for worse, I will decide for whom I cast my ballot… not the GOP, or anyone else.
This whole GOP campaign has been, and continues to be, a charade. That is my opinion, of course. You may think otherwise. But I defy you to watch what happens to Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul in the next few days and weeks (on top of what has happened to Cain and Bachmann, already) and still hold any belief that the hierarchy of the GOP has not had a hand in their destruction.
It’s enough to make a thoughtful man retch!
Finally, if the Republican Party loses this election, (As I am convinced it will) it has only to look in the mirror to see the culprit. To learn why – they must look much deeper.
J. D. Longstreet
VOTE CONSERVATIVE IN NOVEMBER 2012