Nov 23 2011
It seems we have settled into a routine for the 2012 election cycle. Romney keeps limping along, Newt drops little logic bombs here and ther, Cain provides vague (but not wrong) answers that do provide reasonable broad goals, and Perry is Perry (which means nothing is changing). I still think the race is down to Gingrich, Cain and Romney. Iowa will be the opening salvo, and I doubt a clear leader will arise (despite efforts by the media and political industrial complex to anoint one) before spring – if then.
Bachman still underwhelms. Huntsman is just stunningly bizarre. Santorum reminds us why social conservatives manipulating the levers of power in DC is the best solution to our national problems either.
The big loser – Ron Paul. Talk about your implosions.
In the world according to Paul, the Taliban are peace loving people who simply want America out of their country. Except for the fact we were not IN their country on 9-11 (Afghanistan) and they were harboring al Qaeda – a group that had been on a decades long killing spree that culminated with 3,000 dead on 9-11. Paul’s Kumbaya views on the world are naive and dangerous. He sounded more like a far left loon than a real contender for the GOP nomination. If Obama said this – no one would even blink an eye in surprise.
And Newt slammed Paul on is Timothy McVeigh analogy, reminding Paul that it is better to have laws that prevent mass murder than allow mass murder. McVeigh does not represent America, the Taliban and al Qaeda do represent Islamo Fascism at its core. Pretending this is not true can kill many people.
Talk about your debate debacles. Huntsman and Paul are truly examples of the “it’ll never work” wing of government. Professional naysayers who can only think of reasons not to be bold, instead of thinking of how to make bold succeed.
My Marine Corporal son is in town for the Holidays and he caught the replay of the debate on CNN. As far as he (and I would wager most of the military) is concerned Paul is pretty much ignorant, followed not far behind by Huntsman.
Newt may have lit a time bomb with is immigration stance – but he is correct. We will not, as a people, tear families apart and throw people out of this country who have been good neighbors of long standing in our communities. We can create penalties for breaking the law which are financial (because, after all, illegal immigration is a paperwork crime, like not having insurance or tags on your car).
Anyone so blinded to this reality about the long term immigrants is pretty much not worth listening to. This is another one of those slippery slopes (like not passing a budget for years on end). It can come back to bite all of us, if we allow for the deportation of people we don’t like.
I can see a future OWS movement calling for the deportation of all rich people, so they can be closer to their tax exempt money. I can see the call to push people out of their neighborhoods by popular dislike. When people look for vengeance instead of justice, we have lost this nation. We have to accept these long standing neighbors, deal with the true criminal element and stop the influx of people on our borders. Cain was right, the border situation is a national security nightmare right now.
This big question of 2012: will we be the generation that inherited a great nation and left a wreck behind?
I don’t think so. In my view, the popular uprising against government and politics is due to the fact people are getting fed up with extremist zealots of all stripes. And the answer is obvious.
If you right size government, it won’t have the power to bully anyone around.
Update: Ed Morrissey weighs in on the immigration issue:
Besides, while Gingrich’s position may have been an outlier on that stage, it may not be an outlier within the party. Poll analyst Nate Silver looks at a May 2010 poll from the New York Times among Republican voters on immigration policy and sees Gingrich’s position as mainstream in the GOP:
Among Republican respondents to the survey, 42 percent said the immigrants should be required to leave. But 31 percent said they should be able to stay and apply for citizenship. An additional 23 percent picked the middle option: the immigrants should be allowed to stay, but as guest workers rather than citizens.
That’s 54-42 to work out some compromise regarding long term immigrants. Add in the centrists and Tea Partiers and you have a larger majority of the anti-Obama, anti-Democrat voting block sitting with Newt