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Romney-Santorum & US Flag

John R. Houk

© July 11, 2012

 

My wife went to spend some girl time at ye old nail salon the other day. She got into a conversation with a fellow salon client (Susan Mulford). I have no idea how the conversation began or ended; however I do know some the topic of my blog came up between the two gals. My wife called me and introduced me to her new friend then handed over her mobile phone.

 

The course of the conversation centered around her desire that Rick Santorum should be Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential running mate for the 2012 election. I actually voted for Santorum in the Oklahoma Primary and Santorum won that Primary over Romney. Unfortunately Santorum did the math and dropped out of the GOP race for the nomination for President. The math was insurmountable and the Republican establishment was placing pressure on Santorum and Newt to withdraw. When Santorum and Newt withdrew from the race all the talk about a brokered convention in which the presumptive leader in delegates would not necessarily win the nomination.

 

The presumed lack of a brokered convention meant that Romney went from the delegate leader to the Presumptive Nominee of the Republican Party. With the title of Presumptive Nominee Romney has been hounded by the press on who he will select as the Vice Presidential Nominee. Romney and his Campaign Staff have so far been very tight lipped about who the Vice President selection will be.

 

I am going to show Susan Mulford’s thoughts that I will follow with more of mind:

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20 Reasons Why Romney Should Pick Rick Santorum to be his VP

 

By Susan Mulford

July 11, 2012

Website: Train Tracts are the Railroad to Revival

 

From the first week of January until he quit in April, I prayed for Rick Santorum every day and I often e-mailed him as well to encourage him to keep going and I gave him scriptures and stuff.  Mostly, I would read a positive article about him on the net and then e-mail it to him.   I even told him not to drop out, but he did anyway. 

 

Sigh. 

 

I was so depressed!  I prayed so hard, so long for him! I mean, I am an intercessor.  But just like Rick put it all behind him and then eventually endorsed Romney, I felt I should be in the same frame of mind as well, following Rick’s lead in supporting him as well. I even thought it really goes against my evangelistic heart to vote for a Mormon.  I mean, I’m ordained – But it would be a lot easier to go to the polls for me (and I think, a lot of others Christians as well), if Rick Santorum was on the ticket.  So if Rick was not going to be President, then the next best thing would be for him to be VP.  I really feel like it is God’s will as well. 

 

I don’t even know if Rick wants the spot, so I am praying that if Romney asks, he will be willing and say “yes.”  I read in that same article about how Romney is vetting a lot of candidates…but you know – Santorum does not need to be vetted!  I think Mitt did that enough during the debates and during all of his negative ads towards Rick! …
which may be WHY he doesn’t want to pick Rick as VP – because he tore him down so much in the early season…but Mitt flip flops all the time anyway!!!  LOL!   If Romney does not make this smart decision, I am afraid that Obama will win.  No kidding.  Sigh.

 

Well here are the 20 Reasons…I only had 8 or 9 and I believe it was the Holy Spirit that gave me the rest of the list.  I don’t know if this should really “go public” or not?  I just want you to pray that Mike Biundo will indeed have an opportunity to give this to Mitt Romney…and he will pick Rick!

 

1. Because Romney choosing Rick as his VP would add validity that Romney really would repeal ObamaCare because that is what Rick was all about. Rick repeatedly talked about it as his cornerstone message saying that is why he decided to run – to appeal Obamacare. It would be a united front that would tell the voters: “Yes, we will appeal Obama Care.” You see, a lot of people do not trust Mitt because he really has flip flopped a lot, but with Rick by his side, the people will believe that he is for real about this issue and that he really would appeal Obamacare if he were elected.

2. Because Rick would unite and give hope to the GOP Presidential ticket. Everyone that was a Rick supporter would then surely vote for Romney. And I am sure that a lot more people (like a lot of Christians) would actually get active in the campaign as well: making phone calls, putting out signs, giving money, etc. and help out in every state if Rick was on the ticket because he really knows how to “fire up the base.” I was so depressed when he dropped out, for 5 weeks, along with zillions of others. It was such a huge disappointment that I will never forget. Sigh. So many Republicans are disenchanted with Romney. Having Rick become his VP would heal a lot of wounds and add so much hope to the GOP ticket.

3. Because Christians would get excited about Rick being on the ticket and would vote for them. Yes, Rick would motivate Christians to actually go out and vote for Romney because Rick is on the ticket. You see, the danger of Mitt being a Mormon (that he may not have even thought about) is that many Christians may just vote for Obama because he “says” he is a Christian!!  It really goes against or grates against the conscience of many Christian voters to vote for a Mormon. So it is very important to go after the Christian vote.  Many Christians just don’t like the idea that Romney is a Mormon and may just stay home. The race is going to be tight.  But if he chooses Rick, then all of his supporters will be appeased and pleased and they will go out and vote for Romney and Rick.

4. Because Rick Santorum is well known and a beloved household name. He won 11 states. No one knows Rob Portman, and so no one really cares about him. He will not add anything or he will not add any excitement to the ticket. The same goes for Kelly Ayotte. No one knows her. She is not like Sarah Palin. She will not add anything to the ticket. Actually, any other VP candidate would be disappointing because to have someone run as VP, when you don’t even know them, is deflating. It is really defeating to have a VP that the voters do not even know. There is no excitement there. But Rick Santorum is a beloved household name and people would be excited about voting for the GOP ticket if he was chosen as VP.

5. Because Marco Rubio will NOT get the Latino vote. Mitt may not understand the ramifications of Marco Rubio’s Cuban heritage. You see, Cubans received their papers and green cards when they arrived in the US because they were refugees, receiving asylum from Fidel Castro’s regime. They got their green cards and papers handed to them on a silver platter! So they are seen by the Mexican population as “above them” or uppity because when the Mexicans came into the country to try to make a better life for themselves and their families they had to really-really struggle to get their citizenship papers and their green cards. They had to really work hard. It wasn’t fair. So Mexicans do not really like the Cubans because they envy them. They are jealous of them. The Cubans never did anything to help them either. So there is not camaraderie there, like Romney thinks there is. So Rubio would not unite the Latino Americans because generally Mexicans do not even like Cubans.

6. Because Catholics would get excited that Rick Santorum was on the ticket and would then vote for them.

7. Because all Mexicans and Latinos are Catholic. So that is a big piece of the pie of voters! There are so many Catholics out there that would vote for Romney if he picks Rick. All Mexicans and Latinos are Catholic. Latinos will likely all vote for a fellow Catholic. This is where Rick is so much better than Cuban Marco Rubio.

8. Because Rick would help Romney win the very important swing states or battleground states.

9. Because Rick Santorum has the experience, the wisdom and the capability to be President should anything happen to Romney. The US would be in good hands.

10. Because of Rick Santorum’s godly character. Rick made a valiant step in being an admirably good sport and a “team player” in endorsing Romney, who was his ruthless enemy who shot him down with so many negative ads. It takes a lot of character to just forget all of that and “love his enemy” for the greater cause of getting Obama out of office and thus, endorsing Romney to be the GOP candidate. That is character of the highest degree. It really is. And if Romney picked Rick, it would show that he has a lot of character too. It would show that he can put the past behind him as well and move on – with the best running mate that has the best character.

11. Because Rick Santorum relates well to the working class. He can help get the blue collar voters. Mitt can get the white collar voters. Together they would get them ALL.

12. Because Rick Santorum is a likable guy with a sense of humor. He has the charisma to woo voters and is friendly and outgoing – far from stiff. He relates to people and is touchable. He could really help Romney is this area with the voters.

13. Because Romney and Rick both share the same conservative values. They are pro-life and pro-family and against gay marriage and they are both for a strong defense and fiscally conservative. The both stand for the constitution. They share many of the same conservative values.

14. Because Romney and Rick both have a lot of kids. They have a lot in common there with strong family values. They have both been married once to the same woman for many years. They are both pro-life and pro-family.

15. Because Rick’s founding of “Patriot Voices” shows how he is continually dedicated to the conservative cause and its values. He is still fighting for those conservative values. He has not quit the fight. I am so proud of him and Karen!

16. Because Romney does not need a black man to fill the VP spot.  No, because there are so many people that cannot stand Obama.  Many people (even democrats) may be thinking: “I do not want to trust another black man. No way.”

17. Because the Media would really go for the “Romney – Santorum 2012″ ticket as well. It would be big news that Mitt Romney actually chose “his former enemy” to be his running mate and now they are friends and they are united together to beat Obama. That would go over well. It would make for a lot of good press.

18. Because picking the one who came in 2nd place would make the strongest ticket possible: a 1-2 punch.  So with this 1-2 punch, in picking the one who came in second place, it would be the strongest ticket possible to go against Obama. I believe that the “Romney – Santorum 2012″ ticket would be an easy win.

19. Because the slogan could be: “Romney and Rick 2012″ and it has a nice ring to it. It is easy to say.

20. Because I believe it is God’s will for Romney to pick Rick Santorum to be his VP. No kidding.

If Romney doesn’t pick Rick, I think that Obama may just win again. So please, do what you can to use your influence to help Romney see the light that Rick would be the best choice. Thank you for reading this e-mail.

Driven By Eternity

Giving all the Glory to God,

Rev. Susan Mulford                                                                                                                   www.traintracts.com

Sincerely,

Susan Mulford

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Here is a brief look of who political pundits are speculating for the VP selection (Weekly Standard):

 

§  Tim Pawlenty Former Governor of Minnesota

 

§  Rob Portman Senator from Ohio

 

§  Paul Ryan Representative from Wisconsin

 

§  Bobby Jindal Governor Louisiana

 

§  Kelly Ayotte Female Senator from New Hampshire

 

§  Bob McDonell Governor from Virginia

 

§  Marco Rubio Senator from Florida

 

And thanks to Ann Romney media blurb:

 

§  Susana Martinez Governor New Mexico

 

§  Condoleezza Rice Former Sec. of State under President GW Bush

 

The short list four in no particular order of speculation appear to be Pawlenty, Portman, Jindal and Ryan. History has shown though that the short list does not always get the nod.

 

There two people I wish were on that list: Rick Santorum (agreeing with Susan Mulford) and Sarah Palin (yes I am still a Palin supporter).

 

Recently I found an article in which Rick Santorum totally supports Mitt Romney as a Social Conservative (National Review Online):

 

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum recently told a gathering of social-conservative voters that Governor Mitt Romney was “solid” on social issues. “I’ve talked to Governor Romney,” said Santorum, “and I have no doubt, and I mean this in all sincerity, I have no doubt he understands the centrality of family.”

 

Santorum, a pro-life, pro-family champion, whom the Susan B. Anthony List was proud to support earlier this year, gives credit where credit is due. Governor Romney is the committed pro-life candidate in this race.

 

§  Defund Planned Parenthood and Big Abortion.

 

§  End U.S. support of abortion overseas.

 

§  Protect unborn children capable of feeling pain from abortion

 

§  Appoint constitutionalist justices to the Supreme Court

 

§  Select a pro-life vice-presidential running mate

 

I can understand why Romney would not pick Sarah Palin. I believe she would be a better choice than Santorum because of her campaign skills; however Palin has seemingly extricated herself from a VP nomination as she did in not running for President in 2012.

 

Since Palin has extricated herself I have to agree with Susan that Rick Santorum would be a better choice than Pawlenty, Portman, Jindal and Ryan on a short list. Santorum is representative of the family values voters of the Republican Party and in spite of Santorum’s Social Conservatism he is a bit of a centrist when compared to Tea Party politics.

 

I just finished reading an article that proclaims that Santorum is demonstrably a Social Conservative, had political blemishes pertaining to Tea Party purity of less government and less taxes AND YET still had Tea Party support growing for him before Santorum departed from the Presidential race.

 

AGAIN Sarah Palin fits my mold of Social Conservative and the Tea Party agenda; however she has chosen to be a shaker more than a mover in 2012. And so I am with Susan Mulford that Rick Santorum should be the VP nominee. Unfortunately I sense that Romney’s feelings may have been too hurt during the stretch with Rick Santorum’s candidacy.

 

JRH 7/11/12

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Santorum for Vice President

John R. Houk

© July 11, 2012

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20 Reasons Why Romney Should Pick Rick Santorum to be his VP

 

About Susan Mulford:

 

I’m a ’95 RHEMA grad and a prayer partner at Oral Roberts ministries since 2004 on the 3rd shift (so I am never on TV in the background on Richard Roberts program – The Place For Miracles)…but you know what I would really like promoted?  My website:  www.traintracts.com  – It is all about witnessing to the lost.  Train tracts are for Christians to TRAIN them how to TRANSITION conversations onto the Gospel TRACK.  Each train tract has 7 – 9 different “object evangelism icebreakers” to help you get started.

It is Time to Push Conservative Credentials on Romney


Romney for Prez 2

John R. Houk

© April 11, 2012

 

Yesterday when I discovered that Rick Santorum was suspending his campaign for the GOP nomination, I along with many Conservatives felt that Newt Gingrich’s concession that Mitt Romney will probably be the nominee for the GOP was also a throwing in the towel:

 

In a virtual concession Gingrich has publically acquiesced that Romney will be the GOP nominee:

 

In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Gingrich called Mr. Romney “far and away the most likely Republican nominee,” adding that he would throw his support behind the front-runner if Mr. Romney secured the required delegates for the nomination.

 

Since then I have learned that Gingrich is remaining in the race for the GOP nomination. This amazes me because Gingrich has no money to continue. He has laid-off campaign staff, he had a $500 check bounce that would have secure his name on the Utah Primary and I have heard a Gingrich Think Tank has filed for bankruptcy. That is not a road map to election victory.

 

Don’t get me wrong. At this point I would love for Gingrich to be the GOP nomination rather than Mitt Romney. I don’t think the Brokered Convention strategy that Gingrich might have depended on will work without Santorum in the GOP race. This means a catastrophe of monumental proportions would have to occur for Newt to pull a GOP nomination out of his hat. The catastrophe would have to be along the line of an insurmountable scandal (like that which stabbed Cain’s campaign in the heart), a near death health issue or worse death itself.

 

The biggest reason I am not a Romney guy is Mormonism and questionable stands on social issues.

 

Yeah-Yeah I know. The accusations of bigotry will be flying my way now that everyone knows I am anti-Mormon. Frankly any Christian that takes a Biblical stand on the nature of Jesus Christ should have a problem with Mormonism. I have blogged on lots of issues that should catch the ear of a Christian; however there is one simple formula for orthodox (not Orthodox with capital “O”) Christian theology:

 

Jesus Christ is part of the Trinity: three equal persons consisting in ONE nature of God. That is to say each single member of the Christian Trinity is ONE Divine entity in union with no beginning and no ending – Eternal. Jesus Christ is simultaneously fully man and fully God. The Lord’s God nature purifies his man nature enabling the death of Christ on the Cross to be a Blood sacrifice that Redeems humanity from the twisted spiritual DNA nature bequeathed to all the ancestors of the first man Adam.

 

Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so: “I am Redeemed! I am Redeemed! I am Redeemed!

 

Mormon theology claims Jesus is a son of God in that the Father created Jesus. For that matter Satan is the brother of the created Jesus. Satan went bad and Jesus went good. In Christian orthodox theology that is bad theology. In the humble opinion of this blogger that has a traditional outlook of Christian theology; Romney’s Mormon theology is a Gnostic-cult off-shoot of Christianity. I do have a problem with that.

 

On the other hand if you are going to be a member of a Christian off-shoot cult Mormonism can’t be a bad choice. Mormons are family oriented, most Mormons are Pro-Life and most Mormons have Conservative family values. Currently I have questions about Romney’s commitment to Conservative Social Values. And yet as it stands now, I am voting for Romney for President.

 

If Newt benefited from some kind of catastrophic event that knocked Romney out of the GOP nomination, I would support Newt. On the other hand Santorum has officially only suspended his campaign and did not end his campaign. For that matter I believe Herman Cain only suspended his campaign as well. That means a Romney catastrophe may not only benefit Newt. I doubt that Cain would press for a nomination because of the lack of delegates; however Santorum does have delegates. I suspect if the situation arose that Romney’s delegates were no longer committed, that a majority would go to Santorum.

 

Remember though. The key word is “catastrophe.” There probably is as much of a chance of a catastrophe happening to Mitt Romney as there is for a passenger jet to crash without terrorist help.

 

Newt Gingrich may be the last active Conservative standing in the GOP race but it is extremely doubtful he will win the nomination.

 

So again, as Republicans it is time to unite behind Mitt Romney to defeat President Barack Hussein Obama for President.

 

JRH 4/11/12

 

 

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Apparently it is Time to Unite Behind One GOP Candidate


Santorum Suspending Campaign 4-10-12

John R. Houk

© April 10, 2012

 

I am not a supporter of Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination for President. Unfortunately it appears that Gingrich and Santorum have abandoned the Brokered Convention path and have thrown in the towel.

 

In a virtual concession Gingrich has publically acquiesced that Romney will be the GOP nominee:

 

In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Gingrich called Mr. Romney “far and away the most likely Republican nominee,” adding that he would throw his support behind the front-runner if Mr. Romney secured the required delegates for the nomination. (Gingrich All But Concedes Race to Romney; by Nathan Hodge; WSJ, 4-8-12)

 

Today Rick Santorum has “suspended” his campaign. “Suspended” is a euphemism for throw in the towel:

 

VIDEO: Full Speech – Rick Santorum suspends his campaign for president

 

 

I have committed myself to support whoever wins the GOP nomination even if that person is Mitt Romney. I am sorely disappointed. I would rather have the GOP go through a Brokered Convention. The GOP Establishment feared a Brokered Convention would show disunity going into the full race against President Barack Hussein Obama.

 

I disagree. I believe the drama and excitement of a Brokered Convention would have followed the nominee with an impetus that would have carried through to victory on November 2012.

 

It is irrelevant now. Mitt Romney is the guy. If Romney wins the election on November 2012, his actions will determine if I continue to be a Republican or begin to look for a Third Party. I will never be a Democrat with its fringe anti-American agenda.

 

That being said we have a lot of work to do to defeat the Chicago-style Obama machine financed by socialist-transformative billionaires like Soros. We must become aware of the proposition that Obama’s agenda is a Socialistic societal transformation of America that tosses out America’s founding Revolutionary War ideas that have made America the successful great experiment.

 

We must be dedicated to the proposition that America is exceptional because of the Revolutionary War ideas that were planted in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Honestly I cannot vouch that Romney is completely dedicated to a Conservative agenda to reverse the curse of the Obama agenda. I DO KNOW though if Obama is reelected the Obama agenda will become more intractably embedded in our political system.

 

Four more years of Obama will render the Original Intent of the Constitution useless as the Leftist political ideology will stamp every piece of legislation with the concept of a Living Constitution that is interpreted more by whoever is in power than the content of the document.

 

WE MUST VOTE FOR MITT ROMNEY AS PRESIDENT OF THE USA ON THAT FIRST TUESDAY IN NOVEMBER 2012.

 

JRH 4/10/12

 

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Santorum wins Louisiana primary


Rick Santorum - Etcher Sketch

Rick Santorum won Louisiana with a double digit number; however the delegates are spread around according to percentage. That leaves Mitt Romney still with a huge delegate lead over Santorum. For Santorum to win a brokered Convention is probably still to be needed. I am with the brokered Convention.

 

JRH 3/25/12

Conservatives Must Unite


GOP 2012

 

John R. Houk

© March 7, 2012

 

Mitt Romney is again beginning to be the anointed to win the Republican nomination for President among the MSM and Conservative pundits. This is not pleasing to me; however the reality is people are looking at the present numbers and the potential future.

 

It is my opinion that it is not too late for Conservatives to have a GOP candidate other than Mitt Romney. What is standing in the way for that Conservative nominee? That would be the political egos of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. It is time for Santorum and Gingrich to make a Conservative deal that might run something like a President/Vice President deal. According to the numbers the logical deal would be Santorum as President and Gingrich as Vice President.

 

As it stands to date according to the WSJ Delegate Counter:

 

Romney: 415

 

Santorum: 176

 

Gingrich: 105

 

Paul: Not a chance in H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks

 

If Santorum and Gingrich unite at this point the delegate count for Conservatives is 281.

 

Undoubtedly Romney will score more delegates in the future; however if a Santorum/Gingrich team worked together there is the chance they could catch up at least and at worst keep Romney from acquiring 1144 delegates to win the nomination outright. I believe the Conservatives at the Convention would take over and select another candidate other than Romney which would undoubtedly honor a Santorum/Gingrich deal.

 

Without deals, Romney will be the next GOP nominee for President.

 

Dan McLaughlin over at RedState.com kind of brings the numbers and reality together in a post.

 

JRH 3/7/12

I am Still Leaning Toward Gingrich


Gingrich and Santorum 2

John R. Houk

© March 2, 2012

 

The GOP race for the nomination for President has been whittled down to Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. I am definitively no supporter of Romney and Paul.

 

That leaves me with Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.

 

I like Santorum’s Social Conservatism.

 

I like Newt’s debating skills and the Conservative credentials that brought the Republican majority to the House for the first time in a quarter century when he became Speaker.

 

Newt has a checkered morals history in his personal life and some questionable choices in encouraging the thoughts of pseudo-Marxist Futurist Alvin Toffler. I have pretty much gotten over Gingrich’s past issues and believe in his present stands at his word.

 

Former Senator Santorum is big to claim he is the true Conservative. I am uncertain of the “true Conservative” claim as much as he is a better candidate than Romney claim (and everyone is better than Ron Paul because of an American anti-Exceptionalism stand in Foreign Policy). If the GOP race comes down to a choice between Romney and Santorum then I choose Santorum. At this point if the race involves Newt Gingrich I am still leaning toward Newt.

 

I am going to cross post a Townhall.com article by Rachel Alexander that sheds a light on Santorum’s Conservatism. The article is decidedly anti-Santorum; however if you look at the numbers you will notice that Newt’s numbers are better. Also I am guessing if one compares Santorum’s numbers to Romney’s gubernatorial numbers on Conservatism Santorum wins there. I think it is a good guess that even though Romney’s negative-Romney ads show Santorum is not as Conservative as the campaign claim, that Santorum still outshines Romney.

 

After the Townhall.com article I am posting a Newsmax ad email from Winning our Future Super PAC which is not Gingrich ran but is pro-Gingrich.

 

JRH 3/2/12

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Is Rick Santorum Really the Most Conservative Presidential Candidate?

 

By Rachel Alexander

Mar 01, 2012

Townhall.com

 

The anyone-but-Romney conservatives have currently latched onto Rick Santorum as their candidate du jour, providing him with a surge shortly into the Republican primary elections. But is he really that conservative? Santorum is known for taking strong stands on social issues like abortion and gay marriage. As a result of his outspokenness on the sanctity of marriage, he has been the target of a cruel gay activist.

 

Up until his surge, most people took his conservative claims for granted without closely scrutinizing his record in Congress. But his record is sketchy. Santorum’s lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union is only 88. Newt Gingrich’s lifetime rating is 90. Santorum’s record was even worse in the past; during his first two years in Congress he received ratings of 83 and 81, which dipped to a low of 70 in 1993.

 

Santorum really hurt his conservative record in 2004 by backing abortion-rights supporter Arlen Specter for Senate over conservative challenger Pat Toomey, deciding that Toomey was unelectable. Specter narrowly won. Toomey went on to win the next election, as Specter switched parties and lost in the Democratic primary.

 

Santorum is not necessarily the best candidate for the Tea Party either, considering he expressed his distaste for the Tea Party a couple of years ago, “I have some real concerns about this movement within the Republican party…to sort of refashion conservatism. And I will vocally and publicly oppose it.”

 

Liberty Counsel Action put together a list of not 10, not 50, but 100 of Santorum’s disappointing votes on major issues over his 16 years in office. His record on social issues does not entirely live up to his rhetoric. He voted to fund Planned Parenthood as part of an appropriations bill that provided money for Title X family planning. He voted three years in a row against bills to end the National Endowment for the Arts, famous for funding artwork like a cross in urine.

 

The fiscal watchdog organization Club for Growth describes his performance in Congress as merely “above average.” Santorum voted for union-backed legislation that restricts steel imports. He opposed repeated attempts to reimpose the “pay-go” rules that would hold down spending increases and tax giveaways. He voted against the National Right to Work Act and voted for Fed Ex unionization. He supported a bill by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) increasing the minimum wage. He voted for practically every “emergency supplemental” spending bill sought by the Bush administration, which added tens of billions to the deficit. He voted to increase the debt ceiling and voted against a flat tax. He voted against reforming welfare programs numerous times.

 

He requested billions of dollars of earmarks for his home state of Pennsylvania, and defends this practice by claiming that “there are good earmarks and bad earmarks.” He was one of only 25 Senators who voted for the Bridge to Nowhere, part of the $284 billion 2005 highway bill known for its bloated earmarks.

 

Santorum does not appear strongly principled, since he now admits some of his past votes were mistakes. He voted for the expensive Medicare Part D prescription-drug program, the largest entitlement program since Lyndon Johnson, which is expected to cost $68 billion this year. He said after the fact that his vote was a mistake since the program did not have funding. During last week’s presidential debate in Arizona he admitted that voting for the No Child Left Behind Act, which expanded the federal government’s role in education, was a mistake and he “took one for the team.”

 

There is a reason why presidential candidates rarely come from Congress. Their records are more extensive and visible than governors or non-politicians. The nature of being a member of Congress means voting for bills that include items you don’t agree with in order to get your own agenda passed. This kind of compromise will translate into compromising as president, since the president will need to sign bills in order to get anything accomplished. The question is whether a president will stand firm and compromise on very little, like Ronald Reagan, or whether a president will compromise their principles more often like both presidents Bush.

 

What may ultimately turn conservatives away from Santorum are the robocalls he ran in Michigan this past week attacking Mitt Romney. They were directed into Democratic households, urging Democrats to vote in the Republican primary against Romney since Romney opposed the auto bailouts. The calls sounded like they were coming from Democrats until the very end when the Santorum campaign was identified. This kind of dirty campaigning, which tricks opponents into voting for you, crosses the line, especially since Santorum also opposed the auto bailouts.

 

Santorum may be reasonably conservative, but he is not clearly the most conservative candidate in the race. To claim that he is the best choice for conservatives is debatable. Gingrich’s record is slightly better, and it is difficult to compare Santorum with Romney since Romney’s experience as governor was different and brief. Ron Paul has the most conservative record when it comes to fiscal issues, but the least conservative record on foreign policy and defense. Perhaps conservatives who claim Santorum is the best candidate are basing their preferences on criteria other than his record in office.

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Important Letter – Our Next President

 

Sent by Newsmax

By Becky Burkett

From: Winning our Future Super PAC

Sent: Mar 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

 

“Is The Idea of Mitt Romney Being the Voice and Face of the Conservative Movement for Possibly the Next Eight Years Keeping You Up at Night?

 

Don’t Let the Establishment Fool You!

 

The GOP Presidential Nomination Fight Ain’t Over. Here’s Why…

 

Dear Fellow Conservative,

 

In 2008, many conservatives secretly thought to themselves that while electing Barack Obama would be the worst thing that could happen to the country (and it was), electing John McCain would be the worst thing that could happen to the conservative movement (and it would have been).

 

Well, as Yogi Berra said, it’s déjà vu all over again.

 

Clearly, re-electing Barack Obama would be disastrous for our nation. It’d be the end of our country as we know it…and I say that without an ounce of hyperbole.

 

And electing Mitt Romney would inevitably force Republicans and conservatives to defend the same kinds of government-expanding programs John McCain would have pushed – such as his anti-free speech McCain-Feingold law.

 

Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. However…

 

It’s not too late this time.

 

Indeed, conservatives still have an opportunity to have our cake and eat it, too. We can both defeat Barack Obama next November…AND…do it with a Reagan conservative, not a Massachusetts moderate.

 

We can nominate Newt Gingrich.

 

While the elite media is desperately pushing the idea that “Newt can’t win,” it’s simply not so.

 

·         I’ll remind you that that’s the same thing the media said about Newt leading Republicans to a majority in Congress in 1994.

 

·         And I’ll remind you that the elite media declared Newt’s campaign “dead” last summer.

 

·         And I’ll remind you that the elite media declared Newt’s campaign “dead” after Iowa.

 

·         And I’ll remind you that the elite media declared Newt’s campaign “dead” after Florida.

 

But like Rocky Balboa, no matter what they’ve thrown at Newt; no matter how hard or how low they’ve hit him…he’s still standing…and he’s still fighting.

 

And again, quoting the immortal Yogi Berra, it ain’t over ’til it’s over.

 

Now here’s why it’s not over…

 

While the Romney campaign – aided and abetted by the mainstream media – continue to talk about winning “states” in this year’s GOP nomination process, the rules this time around have been radically changed.

 

In the “old days,” if you won a state you won ALL of the states delegates. However, under new rules for this year’s contests, very few states which go to the polls before the end of March – including on Super Tuesday next week – are “winner take all.”

 

Which means candidates coming in second, third and even fourth can rack up delegates.

 

For example: In the February 4 Nevada caucus – which Mitt Romney “won” – he was awarded 14 delegates. However, Newt picked up 6 delegates, Ron Paul got 5 delegates and Rick Santorum got 3.

 

Which makes it increasingly less likely that any candidate left in this race is going to wrap up the nomination anytime soon!

 

So like “Rocky Balboa,” we don’t need to knock Mitt Romney out in the fifth round on Super Tuesday. We only need to still be standing.

 

We just need to slowly and methodically continue to rack up enough delegates to get us to the 12th round at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this August.

 

And if we do…all bets are off.

 

And those in the elite media – who are today saying “it can’t be done” – will watch Newt Gingrich do the “impossible” once again.

 

And two months later…we’ll pull the plug on the Obama presidency!

 

·         We’ll repeal ObamaCare.

 

·         We’ll fire all the czars.

 

·         We’ll stop apologizing to terrorists and dictators.

 

·         We’ll stop spending our grandchildren into bankruptcy.

 

·         We’ll cut the cost of gasoline by drilling here, drilling now.

 

·         We’ll stop suing states for trying to enforce our immigration laws.

 

·         We’ll put America back to work.

 

·         We’ll put small businesses back in business.

 

With Newt Gingrich in the White House – along with Republican control of the House and Senate – we will finally realize the promise of 1994’s Contract with America, including a dramatically smaller and dramatically restructured government.

 

But none of those bold changes for America will happen if Republicans nominate a “pale pastel” Massachusetts moderate to go head-to-head with Obama’s “Chicago Machine” in November – the same machine that rolled over, chewed up and spit out John McCain in 2008.

 

Indeed, before we get a shot at Obama, we need to win the GOP nomination.

 

Now is not the time to “go wobbly.”

 

·         Now is the time to step up and stop the Republican establishment from forcing another Gerald Ford on us.

 

·         Now is the time to step up and stop the Republican establishment from forcing another Bob Dole on us.

 

·         Now is the time to step up and stop the Republican establishment from forcing another John McCain on us.

 

·         Now is the time to step up and stop the Republican establishment from forcing Mitt Romney on us.

 

Will you step up?

 

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Obama: ‘Son of Islam’?


 

Franklin Graham caused a bit of a stir while on MSNBC’s Morning Joe when he said Muslims believe Obama is a son of Islam. Leftists went on a frenzy to condemn Graham not realizing the reality of Islam. The Morning Joe Lefties were remarkably rude implying BHO’s demonstration of Christianity was real and candidates such as Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich’s profession of faith in was at least as equal to BHO. And the Leftie panel hammered Graham by not listing Mitt Romney as a Christian when in fact Romney is a Mormon with a very different theology than the orthodox basics stretching across the Christian lines of Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant theology. 

 

 

Raymond Ibrahim sets the Left straight on the reality of Sharia Law and President Barack Hussein Obama.

 

JRH 2/28/12

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Obama: ‘Son of Islam’?

 

By Raymond Ibrahim

February 27, 2012

Originally: Stonegate Institute

RaymondIbrahim.com

 

Many in the media are indignant with Reverend Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Invited on “Morning Joe” last Tuesday to discuss Christian persecution, the hosts turned the focus to interrogating Graham on whether he thought President Barack Obama was Christian or not. Though the Reverend concluded that Obama “has said he’s a Christian, so I just have to assume that he is,” he appeared skeptical, suggesting Obama’s policies disagree with Christian principles, and thus earning the full ire of much of the fourth estate.

 

Intrinsically trivial on many levels, this incident nevertheless brings several important points to the fore.

 

First, Graham was absolutely right to say that, “under Islamic law, the Muslim world sees Barack Obama as a Muslim, as a son of Islam”: according to Sharia, if one’s father is Muslim, one automatically becomes Muslim. In fact, the reason behind last week’s church attack in Egypt, when thousands of Muslims tried to torch a church and kill its pastor, is that a Christian girl fled her father after he converted to Islam: she did not want to be Muslim, and was rumored to be hiding in the church. (This would not be the first time in recent months that churches were attacked on similar rumors.)

 

Because of this automatic passage of Islam from father to son—with the death penalty for those seeking to apostatize, the condemned Iranian pastor being just the most visible example—and because Obama attended a madrassa (a Muslim religious school) during his youth in Indonesia, many Muslims are convinced that Obama is a “secret” Muslim. In a Forbes article, “My Muslim President Obama: Why members of the faith see him as one of the flock,” writer Asma Gull Hasan elaborates:

 

[S]ince Election Day, I have been part of more and more conversations with Muslims in which it was either offhandedly agreed that Obama is Muslim or enthusiastically blurted out. In commenting on our new president, “I have to support my fellow Muslim brother,” would slip out of my mouth before I had a chance to think twice. “Well, I know he’s not really Muslim,” I would quickly add. But if the person I was talking to was Muslim, they would say, “yes he is.” …. Most of the Muslims I know (me included) can’t seem to accept that Obama is not Muslim. Of the few Muslims I polled who said that Obama is not Muslim, even they conceded that he had ties to Islam…. The rationalistic, Western side of me knows that Obama has denied being Muslim, that his father was non-practicing, that he doesn’t attend a mosque. Many Muslims simply say back, “my father’s not a strict Muslim either, and I haven’t been to a mosque in years.” Obama even told The New York Times he could recite the adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, which the vast majority of Muslims, I would guess, do not know well enough to recite. [Read the entire article, which is more eye-opening than the author probably intended.]

 

Another reason why many Muslims believe Obama is Muslim (a reason Ms. Hasan’s article understandably omits) is that, under the Islamic doctrine of taqiyya, Muslims are permitted—in certain contexts even encouraged—to deny being Muslim, if so doing secures them or Islam an advantage. Accordingly, Islamic history is full of stories of Muslims denying and publicly cursing Islam, even pretending to be Christian, whenever it was strategic.

 

In other words, if an American president was a secret Muslim, and if he was lying about it, and even if he was secretly working to subvert the U.S. to Islam’s advantage—not only would that be justified by Islamic doctrines of loyalty and deception, but it would have ample precedents, stretching back to the dawn of Islam. Such as when Muhammad commanded a convert from an adversarial tribe to conceal his new Muslim identity and go back to his tribe—which he cajoled with a perfidious “You are my stock and my family, the dearest of men to me”—only to betray them to Islam’s invading armies.

 

Graham further upset “progressive” sensitivities by saying “All I know is under Obama, President Obama, the Muslims of the world, he seems to be more concerned about them than the Christians that are being murdered in the Muslim countries,” adding that “Islam has gotten a free pass under Obama.”

 

Yet who can deny this? Whether by expunging any reference to Islam in U.S. security documents, or enabling Muslim persecution of Christians, or ordering NASA to make Muslims “feel good” about themselves, or bowing to the anti-Christian Saudi king—the President has made his partiality for Islam very clear: Islam is undoubtedly getting a “free pass” under Obama.

 

What Franklin Graham’s critics fail to understand is that, when it comes to Obama’s religious identity, the Reverend probably has Jesus’ dictum in mind: “By their fruits shall ye know them”—that is, pro-Islamic actions speak louder than Christian words.

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RAYMOND IBRAHIM, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum. A widely published author, best known for The Al Qaeda Reader (Doubleday, 2007), he guest lectures at universities, including the National Defense Intelligence College, briefs governmental agencies, such as U.S. Strategic Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and has testified before Congress regarding the conceptual failures that dominate American discourse concerning Islam and the worsening plight of Egypt’s Christian Copts. Among other media, he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, CBN, and NPR.

 

His writings, translations, and observations have appeared in a variety of publications, including READ THE REST

 

Santorum, Gingrich or Romney – Oh My


Romney, Gingrich and Santorum

John R. Houk

© February 9, 2012

 

I have been leaning toward Newt Gingrich as the Republican nominee to run against President Barack Hussein Obama. Largely on the basis that Newt’s campaigning has been a pro-Christian, pro-Israel and pro-Conservative message. I have been willing to look the other way about past positions Newt has supported yet has repudiated in the 2012 campaign coupled with his successes to help the House of Representatives a Republican conclave that meant Newt was elevated to Speaker of the House. Newt was the first Republican Speaker in a quarter century Democratic Party nomination.

 

Honestly before Gingrich I held out for a Palin run for the nomination. Governor Palin opted out so I turned to Palin-like Michele Bachmann. Bachmann demonstrated a lack of support for her campaign so I began to lean to Herman Cain. Cain’s personal life was scandalized by the MSM with the surfacing of women that claimed Cain sexually harassed them or had an affair. All categorically denied by Cain and nothing substantiated with anything but a he-said/she-said. Cain opted out either because of unproven guilt or the realization the character assassination was too great to overcome to win the nomination. I have never been a Romney ally. For me Romney Conservative bona fides never rang true plus as a Christian I have a problem with the Mormon religion being somewhat of a Gnostic-Christian spin-off cult of Christianity that lacks the orthodoxy to be thought of as a Christian Denomination. So that left me with the perception that Newt Gingrich was the strongest Conservative that countered Romney. (Note that Ron Paul is not in my support list at all. I love Paul’s domestic economics and despise his isolationist weaken American Exceptionalist foreign policy.)

 

NOW Rick Santorum has racked up delegates from Iowa, Colorado, Minnesota and won an influential Missouri straw-poll Primary. That is nothing less than remarkable for a candidate that has appeared out of the race from the beginning. Santorum’s Conservative bona fides are much clearer than Newt’s. I am beginning to feel like a ping pong ball that is being slammed back and forth between Conservative GOP candidates with only one constant; i.e. not supporting Romney for the Republican nomination.

 

VIDEO: Santorum Shakes Up GOP Race With Three-for-three Finish

 

The Media recently christened the GOP race as a battle between two rivals in Romney and Newt. The way I see it now is that the GOP race is a battle of two Conservatives in Newt and Santorum on who can win out over Romney. That leaves me in a position of waiting to see who wins the most delegates at the GOP Convention. The current up in the situation may not be known until Convention haggling if Super Tuesday does not produce a clearer choice for Republicans. In Oklahoma I am voting for Santorum.

 

I know Ron Paul will not win the nomination; however between Santorum, Gingrich and Romney, I will Republican on Election Day November 2012 AGAINST President Barack Hussein Obama.

 

Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer writes about Rick Santorum’s big day on Tuesday February 7, 2012 in musing about Gingrich and Romney as well. Wallenmeyer’s thoughts inspired my thoughts.

 

JRH 2/9/12

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