Americans: Do not fear, you are not going to lose a conservative President next January and no conservative is going to be defeated on Super Tuesday.
First I must point out that this posting is not about Congressman Dr Ron Paul – no offence meant, I am just not going to be writing about him here. The United States will not lose a conservative President next January because George Walker Bush is no conservative.
No shock there – he is the man who gave the Republic such things as “No-Child-Left-Behind” and the Medicare extension (and so much other stuff). But just how un-conservative President Bush is was brought home to me by watching the rerun of the ‘Bush Special’ on FNC.
President Bush was asked about his 30 billion Dollar aid package for Africa and he replied that he had pushed it into effect because it was a religious moral duty to give to the poor and because terrorism was bred by poverty – the money would keep people away from the “ideology of hate”, which could never convince people with a chance in life. Mrs Bush then said something about a healthy workforce being good for the economy of these various African nations… Firstly, it is not a moral (religious or non religious) act to give away the money of other people, it is only a charitable act when one gives away ones own money.
Secondly, government aid does not build long term prosperity in these nations – if anything it undermines it. See the works of the late Lord Peter Bauer.
And lastly – terrorists do not tend to be poor, from a background of starvation and sickness. They tend to be from comfortable homes.
After all these years as President, George Walker Bush seems to know as much about the nature and causes of terrorism (and the attractions of the “ideology of hate”) as a Berkeley professor. George Bush is certainly not a conservative.
Nor will any conservative lose on Super Tuesday:
It is possible that some attacks on John McCain (McCain as Satan, believes in evolution…) are overblown – but the Senator clearly presents problems for conservative minded people.
However, the “true conservative” former Governor Romney presents problems that are at least as bad.
John McCain does not shout about his pro-life record – Mitt Romney used to be pro-choice.
John McCain does not stress being anti homosexual “rights” – Mitt Romney used to be in favour of such “rights”.
John McCain did not vote for the Bush tax cuts – Mitt Romney increased taxes.
John McCain was behind the vile ‘McCain-Feingold’ Act which restricts how much corporations and individuals can give to political campaigns – and Mitt Romney supported the idea at the time.
John McCain supported the Z visa for illegal immigrants – and, at the time, Mitt Romney did to.
Of course both Mitt Romney and John McCain now say they support cutting government spending and taxes. Indeed I just watched John McCain on F.N.C. attacking the high corporate income taxes in the United States, the complex tax code and the high taxes on investment – and promising to cut all these taxes way beyond the Bush tax rate cuts. And, of course, stressing his support for these tax rate cuts – “if only we had also cut spending…”
Of course John McCain could be telling lies – but then so could Mitt Romney.
Remember the “life time hunter” line? Which both misunderstood the reasons for the 2nd Amendment and was a lie anyway (even Fox news mocks Romney for this line).
But more serious are the times when Mitt Romney is not telling lies – for example the first FNC debate when the former Governor spoke of his support for President Bush’s “No-Child-Left-Behind” Federal government education spending and regulation orgy.
And lastly we have the Massachusetts pledge on universal health care:
The only good thing to be said about this is that the unexpectedly high spending has put off California from trying out its own scheme.
Of course the failure of “TennCare” in Tennessee should have warned people that whatever version of such a universal cover plan is used, it is going to fail.
One does not expect Hillary Clinton to get the message of such things as the collapse (before it even started) of the Californian scheme or the emerging problems of the Mitt Romney Massachusetts plan. But a conservative would have known that such things would not work.
So have no fear for Tuesday – no conservative is going to lose, because Mitt Romney is not a conservative.
“But you have not mentioned Governor Huckabee”.
No I have not, and I do not intend to.