Well, hello again. It’s been a while since I wrote because I’ve been distracted by a number of other intensive efforts, but I’m back now. I had some time to peruse the internet today and pursue the sometimes chancy proposition of locating enough information on a candidate to be able to tell if I like his position or not.
It’s a tough time to try to determine who might do the best job for us. We are going to lose some things. There is no way around it. So it’s all about choosing what we lose. Is it stuff that we can do for ourselves by exercising a little self discipline? Is it something we can grow into? Is there a way to transition smoothly without doing too much damage?
There are some things that we really can’t do without, and shouldn’t even try to do without at the Federal level. A strong standing army is one of the Few things that we are Supposed to have at the Federal level, so downsizing that when the world is in so much turmoil isn’t very sensible.
With some candidates, of course there is enough stuff out there, but they didn’t have what I was looking for. Ron Paul, for instance, is a very good candidate, and has several stances that I really admire, but his foreign policy smacks of isolationism. We’ve tried that before when we were even Less connected than we are today. It really doesn’t work well for anybody.
As for Jon Huntsman… I like and admire him, and I love his foreign policy (as who shouldn’t), and his Utah business policy has been very good for the state of Utah, so Maybe it would also work for the nation. Would he be a really good President? Effective? Why do I have doubts about him? Not because he’s a Mormon, and Not because he’s not likable. Maybe it’s because he reminds me of someone else. If he runs as an Independent candidate, I might have to give him another look. But I don’t think he can carry the Republican party.
So let’s get this out of the way. I don’t trust Newt Gingrich. Not because he wasn’t constitutional enough (at least at one time), and not because he changed his mind some times, but rather, because he changed his mind about the wrong things. At least, in my opinion, he did.
I’m not against someone who changes their mind sometimes, if the things one learns along the way seem to warrant it, that’s a Good thing. I just prefer to see them change their mind in the same direction I would. Gingrich didn’t do that. He went the other way too many times.
I will dispense with discussing those candidates who are already on their way out. Enough said already. So that leaves me with looking again at Mitt Romney. What does his platform say now? Jennifer Robin’s recent post in her Right Turn blog lays it out fairly well (and I didn’t have to sign up on anyone’s site to find out). I like his rational approach to the problems with Medicaid/Medicare, and his stance on job creation (of course, everyone is For job creation, it’s the methodology that is employed to encourage them that has us all on edge). Mitt’s strategy to give some power back to the states is a definite plus. The closer the decisions are to the people they affect, the better the outcome usually is (and if it isn’t, you vote out the state government and get new people). All down the line, things seemed to click for me. So, unless Romney’s platform changes radically between now and Election day, I think I’ll vote for him.