No one has voted yet. Debates and polls have been providing much of the speculation.
In the interim, many people in the GOP have been expostulating loudly and casting negative aspersions on the candidates they do not like. Instead of promoting the reasons others should support their candidate, they seem to think they can score points by demonizing the others. This is precisely what the media wants because it makes their job easier. They want enough sound bites for Meet The Press and Face The Nation so they can run them ad nauseum. They want this because Democrats have a disastrous record to run on and the only strategy left is distraction.
In my view, all of the candidates in the current field are light years better than what we currently have in the White House. All of them bring a uniqueness and certain specific talents to the team. I use the term team because it will take all of these people on board to effectively beat Obama. All them must be on the same page with the nominee and all of their supporters must be mature enough to stay in the game and root for the person who prevails. We can’t have anyone refusing to participate, because their candidate didn’t make it.
All of these candidates have their strengths and weaknesses. A strength to one person may be a weakness to another, and vice versa. Many people in the GOP are looking closer at social issues than fiscal, and vice versa. And some are very unforgiving in their assessments of those they do not support. Some are waiting to pounce on anything a candidate says, just to score political points.
Take the issue of immigration, for instance. Newt Gingrich outlined a stance that would not put emphasis on mass deportations of illegal immigrants who have deep ties to this country, and lived here for many years. These are people who did come illegally, but have contributed to the economy and not caused any trouble. So instead, he proposes a way to make their status legal but without giving them citizenship. At the same time, he has a proposal to stem the flow of illegals, right now.
It’s all on his website and has been from the time he began his campaign. But the moment he uttered these words in the debate setting, Michelle Bachmann (and others) started screeching loudly about how Newt wants amnesty for illegals. He never said anything of the sort, but she and her supporters (and those of others) immediately began taking up the cause to discredit what Newt was saying.
When I hear someone repeat this nonsense in my presence, I just love to ask them what they recommend be done. And if they say that we should round them all up and kick them out, I cannot help but point out that this is the textbook definition of ethnic cleansing. Not only do we NOT have the money or resources to do this, it is a scary thought when you think about squads of federal immigration authorities going house to house, to round up people for the specific purpose of kicking them out of this country. Just the thought of this has a fascist ring to it.
Neal Boortz recently covered this topic on his radio show and this is what he said:
I love analogies, so try this one: You come home from work to find a pipe has broken. Your home is flooded. What is the FIRST thing you do? Do you sit there and argue with people about how you’re going to get all that water out of your home? No. The FIRST thing you do is shut off the water. The same logic applies to our immigration problem. The first thing we do is secure our borders. Gingrich says he will shut them down.
OK … so the flood has stopped. NOW you start to clean up the mess.
If you read the entire piece you will note that Boortz went on to state, emphatically, something that many in the GOP have yet to consider. That is, no one else in the GOP has articulated any specific substantial plan to deal with the illegal immigration problem. Not one.
This is my point exactly. Instead of coming up with a better idea, the other candidates are content to demonize and vilify Newt’s proposal without offering an alternate solution. Sounds like a typical Democratic Party strategy to me.
When Gingrich was low in the polls and was not a threat to anyone, he never once went after his competitors in the debates. Instead, he went after the arrogant media types who were instigating the verbal attacks on his fellow Republicans. He told them all, everyone on that stage would be a better President than Barack Obama and refused to participate in a gang war against his fellow conservatives. He offered his solutions in the time that was allotted him, under whatever rules were established. By doing this, he was the only one who looked Presidential. He was the only one who had the class to stay above the fray. By doing this and communicating some sound proposals to some complex problems we face, he has been building some momentum. And wouldn’t you know that there are candidates who are now so insecure with their lack of clear vision that they are just waiting to pounce on him, because he has a little bit of a lead in the polls.
Again, no one has voted yet. But everyone who agrees that Barack Obama needs to be voted out in the next election needs to do some deep soul searching they need to think about what they realistically expect from the man or woman who will run against him.
If they want a perfect person, they need to wait until the Kingdom of God sets up shop on the earth. Until that time, we are stuck with imperfect humans who are prone to make mistakes, now and then. And we must be willing to overlook a few things here and there, in order to see the big picture and realize the objectives that need to be met, so this nation can be saved for a few more generations. We do NOT need candidates who can provide sound bites and little else. We need deep intricate solutions that will work.
Nothing else will defeat and nothing else will fix.