Romney Drops Out of The Race

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It’s too bad that because I live in Oregon, I didn’t even get a chance to vote for Mitt in the Republican primary -as he would have been my first pick. He is making the right decision though. I think he is a very good man and he ran his campaign as a class act (which is much more than could be said for the other two front runners). However, his platform nationwide failed to gain traction with voters which, I guess, is what really matters in the end.

I will remain mystified about what conservative values voters saw in Sen. McCain and Gov. Huckabee that Gov. Romney did not exude. Either way – with the many crucial issues facing America’s future – it is no time to hold grudges. Farewell to Mitt Romney…for now.

You can read his entire speech here. Below are Excerpts:

“[…]

The threat to our culture comes from within. The 1960’s welfare programs created a culture of poverty. Some think we won that battle when we reformed welfare, but the liberals haven’t given up. At every turn, they try to substitute government largesse for individual responsibility. They fight to strip work requirements from welfare, to put more people on Medicaid, and to remove more and more people from having to pay any income tax whatsoever. Dependency is death to initiative, risk-taking and opportunity. Dependency is a culture-killing drug—we have got to fight it like the poison it is!

[…]

Europe is facing a demographic disaster. That is the inevitable product of weakened faith in the Creator, failed families, disrespect for the sanctity of human life and eroded morality. Some reason that culture is merely an accessory to America’s vitality; we know that it is the source of our strength. And we are not dissuaded by the snickers and knowing glances when we stand up for family values, and morality, and culture. We will always be honored to stand on principle and to stand for principle.

[…]

Our prosperity and security also depend on finally acting to become energy secure. Oil producing states like Russia and Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Iran are siphoning over $400 billion per year from our economy—that’s almost what we spend annually for defense. It is past time for us to invest in energy technology, nuclear power, clean coal, liquid coal, renewable sources and energy efficiency. America must never be held hostage by the likes of Putin, Chavez, and Ahmendinejad.

And our economy is also burdened by the inexorable ramping of government spending. Don’t focus on the pork alone—even though it is indeed irritating and shameful. Look at the entitlements. `They make up 60% of federal spending today. By the end of the next President’s second term, they will total 70%. Any conservative plan for the future has to include entitlement reform that solves the problem, not just acknowledges it.

Most politicians don’t seem to understand the connection between our ability to compete and our national wealth, and the wealth of our families. They act as if money just happens–that it’s just there. But every dollar represents a good or service produced in the private sector. Depress the private sector and you depress the well-being of Americans.

That’s exactly what happens with high taxes, over-regulation, tort windfalls, mandates, and overfed, over-spending government. Did you see that today, government workers make more money than people who work in the private sector. Can you imagine what happens to an economy where the best opportunities are for bureaucrats?

[…]

And finally, let’s consider the greatest challenge facing America—and facing the entire civilized world: the threat of violent, radical Jihad. In one wing of the world of Islam, there is a conviction that all governments should be destroyed and replaced by a religious caliphate. These Jihadists will battle any form of democracy—to them, democracy is blasphemous for it says that citizens, not God shape the law. They find the idea of human equality to be offensive. They hate everything we believe about freedom just as we hate everything they believe about radical Jihad.”

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3 Responses to “Romney Drops Out of The Race”

  1. Matt Turkington Says:

    I did NOT see this coming. I expected Romney and Huck to come to some sort of agreement with one of them (probably Huck) backing out and throwing his support to the other. That would make it a dead race with McCain – much closer than Hilldog/Obama.

    My guess is he’s hoping to score a VP nomination this way, though I don’t know that McCain could get along that well with a real conservative….

  2. whatthecrap? Says:

    I think Huck has been teaming up with McCain. They both basically dumped on Romney throughout the last several weeks. All the while, Neither McCain or Huck said took on one another.

    McCain was even flat out lying about Romney’s position on the war and the surge. Look down several posts ago.

    I personally think that was a scummy way to run their campaigns. It seemed, though this may not be the reality, like McCain offered Huckabee a VP nod as long as he stayed in the race to defeat Romney.

    Either way, I will support the Republican candidate – though I know that Romney will have been a much much better candidate, both as a conservative and as a competitor to either Barack or Hillary in the fall.

  3. Dennis Says:

    I’m not a huge fan of fan of McCain but he’s who we got. I do feel he will be very strong on foreign policy and I believe he pick conservative judges which are two things that are important to me. He says he wants to make the Bush tax cuts permanant but since he didn’t vote for them in first place we’ll have to wait and see. As long he picks a solid conservative running mate I think he has excellent chance of winning in November. He’ll be able to attract a few dems dems and independents which will help a lot against Hilbama.


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