It Isn’t Just the Economy

From Kori Schake at Foreign Policy’s web site:

President Obama said last night that “the path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place.” That is risibly inaccurate on national security issues — this administration has done the exact opposite: It has taken the easy path that leads to a worse place.

Of course, the meat of it follows that intro and I find it compelling. A good summation of some of the reasons that I will be voting for Mr. Romney this year.

Read the rest.


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3 Responses to “It Isn’t Just the Economy”

  1. I’m so torn. When it comes to the economy and national defense, I can’t bring myself to vote for Obama. When it comes to social issues, I can’t bring myself to vote for Romney. The standard refrain is “I disagree with Romney on X but the job of the President is Y…” which is true, but where do we draw the line? I find some of Romney’s positions on social issues to be truly reprehensible. If I vote for him I tacitly endorse those positions which I find abhorrent. At some point I won’t be able to do that any more. Maybe this is the year. I don’t know…

    • zombyboy says:

      You have to do what your conscience dictates. You don’t owe your vote to anyone or anything except for your own sense of what is right or wrong.

      For me, this election is about two things: slowing spending and stabilizing the economy in such a way that the private sector starts creating jobs again. After that, it’s a big question of who gets to nominate the next Supreme Court justices. Next on the list are various entitlement reforms. After that you get into a mash of things where I agree and disagree with Romney.

      Same sex marriage, immigration, death penalty– all places where I disagree, but they aren’t going to sway me into giving my vote to someone who I fully believe is actively hurting our country and our economy.

      And I don’t care whether Planned Parenthood gets tax dollars or not. I don’t think presidents do much to change the abortion debate, either, so that doesn’t much enter into the equation. To be honest, I don’t much care about abortion one way or the other, so I can’t really see an instance where that would be a deciding factor for me.

      I guess it really comes down to this: I’ll start caring a little more about what a presidential candidate thinks of gay marriage (for instance) once I believe our economy and our place in the world is more secure. When it comes to priorities, some of those social issues just don’t manage to get onto my radar right now. Not on a big, national level, anyway.

      On a local level, I will continue to support those things where I can. I tend to believe that most of those things will be bottom-up changes, anyway. Drug legalization and same sex marriage in particular.

      And I don’t know that I agree with this part: “If I vote for him I tacitly endorse those positions which I find abhorrent.” Not entirely agree, anyway. Unless I run for office, I don’t think I’ll ever find a candidate who believes everything that I believe. I don’t think of it so much as endorsing their positions as I think of it as doing my best to find a candidate who reasonably fits my biggest priorities and who has a reasonable chance of winning. No matter who I vote for, there are going to be some compromises and, generally speaking, those compromises will often be big.

      If I wait for perfection, I’ll end up camping with the libertarians. They run hilarious candidates with no chance of victory and complain loudly, bitterly, and angrily from the sidelines when they don’t get their way.

      I’m an incrementalist and I fully believe that “politics is the art of the possible.” Folks like the libertarians (and certain strains of Tea Party activists, Ron Paul fanatics, and the progressive left) seem to think that politics should be a pathway to utopia and they very rarely have the effect on the national conversation that they hope they will have.

      You and I have a lot of the same thoughts on politics at all levels– some of the same values and beliefs, although certainly not all. I’m going to vote Romney with no hesitation and I’m going to keep working to make sure that the GOP ends up, over time, looking more and more like you and me.

      I think I’ve wandered pretty far afield here, but you touched on something that has come up in conversations lately and I’ve been wanting to talk to you about it. So there it all is…

      • On northbound lane of I-77, just before the downtown exits, is a billboard. This is a favorite billboard of radicals and idiots because it is probably the most-viewed billboard in the north half of the state. Today it says “Obama supports gay marriage and abortion. Do you? Vote Republican.” (

        Billboards like this make it very difficult to listen to and fully process your very rational and reasonable position.

        And this is part of the larger problem. At the risk of over-generalizing, rational and reasonable opinions are becoming increasingly rare. They are the edge case. Offensive billboards like the one above are the norm.

        Thankfully I’m not driving to Cleveland that often anymore so I don’t have to see that sign. Maybe I’ll be able to retain my rationality by election day.

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