The Clock Is Ticking: How Long Until Romney Retreats?

Crowning Himself

With his speech Tuesday night, it became evident that Mitt Romney intends to take the advice of his establishment GOP friends, and will soon begin a full-on retreat from conservatism.  It’s not that Romney was ever a conservative, but that he was putting on just enough of a show to make some primary voters believe it.  All of that will soon change, and we will see the real Mitt Romney soon, to the degree there is a real Mitt Romney.  He delivered a speech in Manchester, NH, Tuesday night as a victory speech for the primaries on the day, and in so doing, I decided I not only dislike his brand of dishonest politics, but that I’ve begun to really dislike him.  I abhor platitudinous rhetoric spoken with no philosophical backbone, and in my estimation, his speech was full of it.   FoxNewsInsider.com provides the transcript of the speech, and I’ll provide the commentary:

Thank you Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York! And tonight I can say thank you, America. After 43 primaries and caucuses, many long days and more than a few long nights, I can say with confidence – and gratitude – that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility. And, together, we will win on November 6th!

Yes, it’s all over, right?  That’s it. All done! Texas hasn’t voted yet. See if you can win the presidency without Texas.  Texas may wind up supporting you, but you presume too much, Governor Romney.

We launched this campaign not far from here on a beautiful June day. It has been an extraordinary journey.

Nobody really remembers your campaign launch, because at the time, Sarah Palin was in the vicinity, and the crowds all went to see her instead.

Americans have always been eternal optimists. But over the last three and a half years, we have seen hopes and dreams diminished by false promises and weak leadership. Everywhere I go, Americans are tired of being tired, and many of those who are fortunate enough to have a job are working harder for less.

Apparently, you don’t know the same Americans I know.  On the one hand, you tell us we’re eternal optimists, but on the other hand, you tell us we’re tired of being tired?  Which is it? Even if you succeed in getting the nomination, Americans who are tired of those false promises and weak leadership will turn their focus on you, since you also have a record of similar leadership.  Most Americans I know are tired of leaders blowing smoke up their backsides, and to date, you’ve offered nothing but platitudes to demonstrate you’re anything more than just another of the same.

For every single mom who feels heartbroken when she has to explain to her kids that she needs to take a second job … for grandparents who can’t afford the gas to visit their grandchildren … for the mom and dad who never thought they’d be on food stamps … for the small business owner desperately cutting back just to keep the doors open one more month – to all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I’ve met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, to all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight.

What is this?  The litany of pandering?  Stop trying to describe in sympathetic terms every conceivable interest group and simply start talking to Americans.  You don’t need to throw a rhetorical bone to women, seniors, and small business owners. And you certainly shouldn’t be borrowing from George W. Bush’s “help is on the way” theme.  If yours is like his, little more than a rhetorical flourish, you’re definitely off to a bad start.

Tonight is the start of a new campaign to unite every American who knows in their heart that we can do better! The last few years have been the best that Barack Obama can do, but it’s not the best America can do!

Looking at your record, I’m not sure Americans will be heartened by their prospects.

Tonight is the beginning of the end of the disappointments of the Obama years and the start of a new and better chapter that we will write together.

To be replaced by the disappointments of a liberal with an “R” after his name?  You’re sounding dangerously like the establishment Republican version of “Hope and Change.”

This has already been a long campaign, but many Americans are just now beginning to focus on the choice before the country. In the days ahead, I look forward to spending time with many of you personally. I want to hear what’s on your mind, hear about your concerns, and learn about your families. I want to know what you think we can do to make this country better…and what you expect from your next President.

Long campaign?  Well yes, you’ve been campaigning continuously since 2007, or sooner, so I suppose that is a long campaign, but I have news for you:  It isn’t over yet.  As your shills in the media continue to put you forward as the inevitable nominee, I’m not finished with you yet, and neither are a number of others.  I just want to know one thing:  If you think you don’t need to compete in Texas for our primary support, what makes you think you’ll have deserved any support you may want from us in November?

And I’ll tell you a little bit about myself. I’ll probably start out talking about my wonderful wife Ann – I usually do – and I’ll probably bore you with stories about our kids and grandkids. I’ll tell you about how much I love this country, where someone like my dad, who grew up poor and never graduated from college, could pursue his dreams and work his way up to running a great car company. Only in America could a man like my dad become governor of the state in which he once sold paint from the trunk of his car.

I know the bio.  Tell us about you.

I’d say that you might have heard that I was successful in business. And that rumor is true. But you might not have heard that I became successful by helping start a business that grew from 10 people to hundreds of people. You might not have heard that our business helped start other businesses, like Staples and Sports Authority and a new steel mill and a learning center called Bright Horizons. And I’d tell you that not every business made it and there were good days and bad days, but every day was a lesson. And after 25 years, I know how to lead us out of this stagnant Obama economy and into a job-creating recovery!

Twenty-five years condensed into a paragraph, but not one word about your four years as governor of Massachusetts?  I suppose that’s a space-saving measure.

Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change. But after we came down to earth, after the celebration and parades, what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?

He didn’t dazzle me, and he didn’t dazzle other conservatives, so now I’m certain you’re not talking to us.  Already shifting your focus, aren’t you, Willard?  What do we have after three-and-one-half years of Obama?  Let’s see: We have more debt, a highly socialized healthcare program the burdens of which will not be fully known for years.  We have a head of state who introduces radical environmental regulations without respect to our legislative body.  In other words, it’s not much different from what the people of Massachusetts had after four years of Governor Mitt Romney!

Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?

Did the regulations you imposed on the State of Massachusetts make fuel less expensive at the pumps?  Did the healthcare plan you inflicted on that State make healthcare better? I’m asking these questions because these are some of the things the Democrats and their legion of shills in the Lamestream Media will ask of you this fall, and I suspect your answers will be no better than Obama’s.  You may be treated with kid gloves on the ever-fawning FoxNews, but that’s not going to cut it this Fall.

If the answer were “yes” to those questions, then President Obama would be running for re-election based on his achievements…and rightly so. But because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time. But not here and not now. It’s still about the economy …and we’re not stupid.

Barack Obama hasn’t failed.  He’s achieved at least the initial stages of what he set out to accomplish: He is willfully destroying the country, and transforming it through destructive reorganization.  The fact that you don’t recognize this is precisely why you shouldn’t be trusted with the Republican party’s nomination.

People are hurting in America. And we know that something is wrong, terribly wrong with the direction of the country.

Nice platitude. Even in the best of times, somebody, somewhere is hurting, and there’s nothing you can do about it.  Stop pretending otherwise.  As one good friend reminds me, “Life is tough.  Get a helmet.”  The direction of the country will not be changed by more platitudes constructed to deny reality.  Are you familiar with John Galt?  He’s trying to give you a clue.

We know that this election is about the kind of America we will live in and the kind of America we will leave to future generations. When it comes to the character of America, President Obama and I have very different visions.

Do you really? What concretes exist in this speech to evince that difference?

Government is at the center of his vision. It dispenses the benefits, borrows what it cannot take, and consumes a greater and greater share of the economy. With Obamacare fully installed, government will come to control half the economy, and we will have effectively ceased to be a free enterprise society.

Free? Like Massachusetts?

This President is putting us on a path where our lives will be ruled by bureaucrats and boards, commissions and czars. He’s asking us to accept that Washington knows best – and can provide all.

Ruled from a distant capital? Like Boston?

We’ve already seen where this path leads. It erodes freedom. It deadens the entrepreneurial spirit. And it hurts the very people it’s supposed to help. Those who promise to spread the wealth around only ever succeed in spreading poverty. Other nations have chosen that path. It leads to chronic high unemployment, crushing debt, and stagnant wages.

Yes, we have. The people of Massachusetts have intimate knowledge.

I have a very different vision for America, and of our future. It is an America driven by freedom, where free people, pursuing happiness in their own unique ways, create free enterprises that employ more and more Americans. Because there are so many enterprises that are succeeding, the competition for hard-working, educated and skilled employees is intense, and so wages and salaries rise.

Freedom like Romneycare?

I see an America with a growing middle class, with rising standards of living. I see children even more successful than their parents – some successful even beyond their wildest dreams – and others congratulating them for their achievement, not attacking them for it.

I see that America too, but Mitt Romney isn’t its president any more than Barack Obama has been.

This America is fundamentally fair. We will stop the unfairness of urban children being denied access to the good schools of their choice; we will stop the unfairness of politicians giving taxpayer money to their friends’ businesses; we will stop the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing; we will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve; and we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.

Great! Now, who pays for that school choice? One of the principles of freedom is that he who pays is he who chooses.  Who is paying for the education of urban children?  The parents of those children, or somebody else?  And not only urban children.    Who is paying for this failed education system?  How do people who do not pay expect to have a choice at all?  As to politicians giving goodies to friends, I a much in favor.  How will you stop this, specifically?  Can I see the legislative language?  More McCain-Feingold humdrum? Or real and lasting reform? As to government workers, could you provide us the statistics on average salaries for state employees in Massachusetts both at the beginning and end of your term as Governor, so that we might see an example of what you would do at the Federal level?  What did you implement, as Governor of Massachusetts, that would dramatically reduce the tax burden on the future tax-payers of that State?  You may not answer me, but you’d better be prepared to answer it, because while no conservatives in media are asking, you can bet the left will throw it in your face if you’re the nominee.

In the America I see, character and choices matter. And education, hard work, and living within our means are valued and rewarded. And poverty will be defeated, not with a government check, but with respect and achievement that is taught by parents, learned in school, and practiced in the workplace.

Kind of like “welfare wheels?” Not only did you dispense government checks, but you also dispensed automobiles.  It’s no wonder that you should want Americans to forget your years in government.

This is the America that was won for us by the nation’s Founders, and earned for us by the Greatest Generation. It is the America that has produced the most innovative, most productive, and the most powerful economy in the world.

Governor Romney, you have a collectivized view of America’s successes, but the truth is that it was millions of individuals who created the most powerful economy on the globe.  Your fixation with collectivized notions of national greatness are disturbing to economic conservatives and libertarians, and for good reason.  The misleading aspect of your view is this: That America, as a nation, was the beneficiary of millions of individual achievements offers no answer to the problem without first understanding that it is only through the promotion of individuals, their goals and their ambitions, through individual actions that the collective you repeatedly reference may see any benefit.  You cannot speak to America as a single body, or even as classes, but instead, you must see America as a diverse universe of people, surely with similarities, but also unique and each one different from the next.  Capitalism doesn’t succeed when people focus on collectivized notions of success.  Capitalism succeeds when individuals succeed, and we notice, after the fact, that the net benefit to the nation as a whole has been positive.  Drop the collectivism.  It makes you sound like a Northeast Liberal.  Oh, wait…

As I look around at the millions of Americans without work, the graduates who can’t get a job, the soldiers who return home to an unemployment line, it breaks my heart. This does not have to be. It is the result of failed leadership and of a faulty vision. We will restore the promise of America only if we restore the principles of freedom and opportunity that made America the greatest nation on earth.

You continue to mention these principles that must be restored.  Can you list them?

Today, the hill before us is a little steep but we have always been a nation of big steppers. Many Americans have given up on this President but they haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. And not on America.

The hill before us is vertical.  It’s a cliff.  Our current President is marching us off, over, and into the abyss.  Most Americans are blindly following.  If they follow you, where will you lead them?

In the days ahead, join me in the next step toward that destination of November 6th, when across America we can give a sigh of relief and know that the Promise of America has been kept. The dreamers can dream a little bigger, the help wanted signs can be dusted off, and we can start again.

How?  Don’t offer me 59-point plans that have been cooked up by the torments of technocratic gobbledygook. Instead, list out those principles you reference, but never name, and tell us how you will apply them.

And this time we’ll get it right. We’ll stop the days of apologizing for success at home and never again apologize for America abroad.

We had it right before.  We know how to get it right.  What we need is for you to get government the hell out of the way. Is that what you did in Massachusetts?  I don’t think so.

There was a time – not so long ago – when each of us could walk a little taller and stand a little straighter because we had a gift that no one else in the world shared. We were Americans. That meant something different to each of us but it meant something special to all of us. We knew it without question. And so did the world.

Most of us are still Americans.  To be an American isn’t about where one is born, much as your father would have known.  To be an American is to exhibit an historically peculiar mindset that abhors collectivized thinking.  To date, you’ve shown little evidence that you understand that.

Those days are coming back. That’s our destiny.

Our destiny?

We believe in America. We believe in ourselves. Our greatest days are still ahead. We are, after all, Americans!

I believe in America. I believe in the prospects of individual Americans, as individuals.  Quit blowing collectivized smoke. One thing real Americans hate is B.S.  In the main, you’ve delivered a load.

God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

Indeed.  Texas will hold its primary May 29th, but since you don’t need us, you needn’t campaign here.

Ladies and gentlemen, I wish to apologize.  Let me suggest to you that if Mitt Romney is the best the Republican party can offer, we might as well join hands with Obama in leaping off that cliff.  At least it will be quick.  I may be at odds with some conservatives who would support anybody to avoid Obama, but so be it.  If when the Texas primary arrives, Romney is the only remaining choice on the Republican side, I will write in somebody else.  Of course, at least for now, Romney is not the only choice, and I will vote for somebody who has actually led a conservative insurgence in Washington DC.  I suspect that the reports on Drudge are false about an impending exit by Gingrich, if only because virtually every other story Drudge has run on Gingrich has been hyped or plainly false.  Mitt may want this primary season to end, and his friends in the GOP establishment have done a remarkable job of orchestrating it so far, but that doesn’t mean we conservatives will necessarily go quietly.

Sorry Mitt. It’s not over.

 

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  • Rob

    Romney is the best candidate in more than 100 years.  Your bias is much stronger than your brain in this case.  Romney is a better fiscal conservative than any of the other candidates. He has by far the best chance of getting us back on track in America.  You do not serve America well by voting to allow Obama to take us down the soul-destroying road of socialism and communism.

    • http://www.markamerica.com/ Mark America

      So you’re going for the laugh factor? What on Earth have you been doing for the last 100 years, I wonder.

      “Ronald Reagan?” Does that ring a bell? Hell, for all his warts, Eisenhower? Where exactly have you been for the last 100 years or more?

      Romney is a clown, but the joke will be on us.

    • Judy

       What are you smoking? Romney a Conservative???? How old are you?

    • JRD1

       Obama is a “Red Diaper Baby” but Etch-a-sketch is a “Pink One” There are plenty of images available for you to see Etch-a-sketch’s daddy posing with Saul Alyinsky. Yes, Obama’s Saul Alyinsky.

      I did not waste 3 and a half years protesting to elect the father of socialized medicine in this country.

      I have morals, values, and ethics which the corrupt Bush-wacking Republican party doesn’t.

      Romney and his minions Nicole Wallace, Steve Schmidt, Peggy Noonan etal. voted for Obama. Allow them to reap the fruits of their own labor.

  • Texmom

    For a great example of how quickly candidates can change when they feel they no longer need the conservatives, we need look no further than Jon Huntsman’s remarks this past week. RINOS are even too conservative for him.
    “Community” can support each other along the way (church community, etc.), but trying to base ourselves on it never works and is really “communism lite”.Basing the government structure on it never works. Look at the examples that have been tried, such as checking out the history of New Harmony, Indiana. Fail fail fail.

  • JohnInFlorida

    All I can say is …   :(   … and even that is an overstatement.

    How have we allowed it to come to this?

    • http://markamerica.com markamerica

      John, I think we have come to this for one reason: Too many people are too willing to leave the running of their country to others. I have talked to a few ‘conservatives’ in the last week who, no kidding here, didn’t know Michele Bachmann or Herman Cain even had campaigns. What the heck are they paying attention to in their lives? I realize politics cannot consume all of one’s life, every day, on and on, but for Pete’s sake, HELLOOOOOO !!! I’m sorry, but if that’s the mindset of our electorate, I am beginning to think that not only is an Obama re-election inevitable, but so too is the decline of the country into the murky swamps of history from which it momentarily arose.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peg-Gentle/1845635100 Peg Gentle

    Mark, your opinions and writings are “right on target” as far as I am concerned.  You spent a great deal of time writing and thinking about this article/response to what is happening.  I appreciate that so much as so many of us just don’t have your knowledge and way of getting to the truth.  But I recognize the truth in what you write!  So, thank you for expressing what so many of us ought to know!  I hope God will intervene in this whole situation and make a way for Newt!  I’m sick at heart to learn that Romney will flip back to being moderate to liberal to appeal to the electorate.  He has already hindered the conservative cause and momentum a great deal with his lies and deceitful campaign ads.  I stand in dismay today at what can be done to help Newt make it to Texas and then on to the convention.  At this point, I turn to God for his great help in time of desperate needs!  As I see it, Newt needs funds and hope.  God is the only ONE who can supply those needs.  I am not despairing because I believe a way can be made and will be made for Newt IF God so wills it!  The truth abides within people like you and our only way of getting that truth out is to write it out and hope that whoever reads it will get out there and use it and make a difference.  Again, thank you for standing up through your writing and being vigilant and truthful!

    • http://markamerica.com markamerica

      Peg, thank you!!!!

  • Marilynn Porter

    I agree, the non-Romney supporters will fight on, but unfortunately the majority of the American people are either naive or stupid as evidenced by their votes for Romney.

    • http://markamerica.com markamerica

      Marilynn, I think it’s not that the majority of Americans are naive or stupid. I think it’s that there is a segment of the population that will never support anything but big government programs and the candidates who implement them, because left to a free market, they have nothing to offer. They need government to take from others as the looter-in-chief has been doing these last 3-1/2 years. Meanwhile, Republicans fall into at least two categories: Those who would support Mickey Mouse if they had a big “R” on their jersey, and those who are actual, ideological conservatives. It’s not that they’re stupid, it’s that on most days, they don’t wish to engage, and leave the running of the country to others. They don’t want to have to understand the way politics works. It’s too time-consuming. It takes too much time away from Football, or NASCAR, or whatever reality TV show they watch. They’re already pressed for time, many are miserable as they plow through a crap economy, and they may also simply reject all of it in favor of the time with their families, or even in solitude when they can find it.

      I understand. I really do. The problem is that we’re losing the country, and Mitt Romney may stall that a bit, but he won’t stop it, much less reverse it. That’s all Mitt Romney really represents: Another postponement. We’ll still be forced to pay the piper. We need a fundamental restoration. We’re still trying to re-chrome the mirrors on a cracked-frame jalopy. To do that, these people of whom you speak will need to wake up.

  • carmtom13

    Mark this is one of your best post. I especially liked how you disected his speech. Thank you for this excellent post.

  • Judy

    What is so totally depressing….Rush just began his show praising Romney’s speech last night. Thinks everything about it was conservative But, to be fair, said that we have to wait & see.

    I’m w/you, MarkA. I, too, think he is full of it. My stomach churns….

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  • KZ Spectre

    Bravo well put.  I am glad to know others think this way.  Romney and his elitist establishment Rhinos think we have no choice other than to hold our nose and vote for Romney.  I will not violate my morals, principles and beliefs by voting for him, ever.   His scheming Rhino establishment friends might just be forced to fight for us; for the first time since Newt was speaker during the Clinton administration, or they can chant Obama, Obama.  Government IS THE PROBLEM.  I will not vote for anyone’s vision of big government. 

  • speppers69

    Mark…until that gavel swings down on August 30th….it ain’t over!  He may be the “presumptive nominee” but he is NOT the official nominee until the end of the convention.  We still have over 4 months left.  4 months is a lifetime in politics.  It ain’t over til the skinny lady from Alaska sings.  And I ain’t heard her even warm up yet.  Patience and faith, kimosabe….patience and faith. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elena-Indracusin/518455651 Elena Indracusin

    I am so over the establishment and Romney I stay with newt Gingrich, and if he is out I will look for a third party party candidate but I will never support Romney.

  • Jeff1000

    Mark, you’ve lost me with this one. I’m a Gingrich guy but I recognize that Mitt is the republican nominee, and to bash him at this point serves no value except to expose yourself as carrying a personal vendetta against him instead of wishing for the best possible outcome for our country that is possible, and that outcome is Mitt Romney as president. It’s either that or a Marxist and the complete decline of our country. I really wonder at this point whose side you’re on.

    • http://www.markamerica.com/ Mark America

      “I really wonder at this point whose side you’re on.”

      Odd, that’s just what I’ve been wondering about Mitt Romney since he began his scorched-earth policy against his Republican rivals last Fall.

      It’s not a vendetta. It’s called “standing on principle.” Feel free to give it a try. I have no interest in abandoning the principles by which I must make my way in the world in exchange for one miserable election.

      • Jeff1000

        Mark, I’m hoping that once Romney is elected us conservatives with principles can get his head screwed-on straight. I’d rather take that chance then ending up in a Gulag during Obama’s second term.

        • http://markamerica.com markamerica

          “Hope and change?” I no longer hope. The best hope of the GOP stayed on the sidelines this year. I don’t fear Obama Gulags. I fear the concentration camps of the mind to which so many conservatives seem to have surrendered.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angela-Hale/100000547720637 Angela Hale

           Jeff, if we give in and spout the GOP establishment talking points i.e. “Face the music, it’s over” or “I don’t like him either but …”  Or even, right now, ABO, we have no ammunition to use. We will NEVER hold his feet to the fire. What tools will you have at your disposal if you give away everything now? We have to keep fighting now.

          • http://markamerica.com markamerica

            Bingo!

          • Jeff1000

            I see your point Angela, we have to keep Romney’s “feet to the fire” to make him live up to his claim of being “severely conservative”, and continue to stay on him after he’s elected. We certainly did learn with GWB that a progressive republican is no better for our country than Obama.

            BTW, in my previous post “then ending up” should have read “than ending up”. 

      • Larobertson

        @Jeff1000….that is the whole point….oromoney WILL NOT be elected….ovomit/MSM is about to pull a no holes barred obliteration of oromoney! The likes no one has seen or will expect! NO ONE will vote for oromoney after ovomit/MSM are done with him…mark my words. Mark is EXACTLY spot on! But it’s going to take America watching it happen for them to realize what we are talking about. And I for one eill NEVER help oromoney after ALL that he has done! The GOP can live their own created nightmare!

    • Byramkelly

      To Jeff1000, Romney Is Not The Nominee, He Does Not Have All The Delegates To Win Nomination. there Are Still 14 State Primaries To Go, Do You Think They Are Just Going To Cancel All Those Primaries? Every One In Those Primareies Will Not Vote For Mittens, Therefore He Will Not Secure The Nomination. Hoping To Go To Tampa For B. Conv. GET OF THE EST. BUS & STOP DRINKING THE MSM KOOL-AID. & STFU.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angela-Hale/100000547720637 Angela Hale

     If I weren’t married, I would marry you and if I weren’t too lazy, I’d stalk you obsessively for this. THIS is the best thing you have ever written and you’ve written some darn good things!

    • http://markamerica.com markamerica

      Thank you Angela. I’m sure my wife would give me up for two bits and a vacation package to somewhere with a beach…LOL Seriously, no prize package here, but thank you for the sentiment!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angela-Hale/100000547720637 Angela Hale

     If I weren’t married, I would marry you and if I weren’t too lazy, I’d stalk you obsessively for this. THIS is the best thing you have ever written and you’ve written some darn good things!

    • Kathie

      Reading this blog is like reading my own thoughts! Voting is an act of freedom, so neither will I join the grim procession to sacrifice my vote on the altar of false expediency.

  • the unit

    In last paragraph… to quote…”
    we might as well join hands with Obama in leaping off that cliff. ” …no,…Barack, Michelle, and the girls may hold your hand to the edge, but slippseys  , dang muh wet hands, tried to hold you, oops,  over the cliff  you  go but not us leaders and family.  That’s what all of them think,  Reid, Pelosi, and republican leaders, McConnell and Boehner and et. al.  And how many family holding hands in the Romney clan to hold on?  They think they are cream of the crop of NWO.  Immune from despair. 
    My one vote in my primary was and will be in November…ABO.   I will keep sprinkling baby powder on my hands to prevent the slippery hands deal.  Then maybe will be here to push and shove as time goes on. And time  has a way of doing that, going on.  Has not waited on me for one  nanosecond. OK…no conservatives to choose from…none ran without understanding of globalism, even Cain, no USA first…so I stay ABO.  And that’s the only choice we have ever had.

  • Carolastorga24

    Thank you Mark.  I’m just one of many that agree with you 100% .

  • the unit

    Glad to see site is getting in heat…comment below…”marry you.”  No doubt all of us stalking daily to see when next commentary would be posted!

  • the unit

    Mark America…you said to John 1000, you won’t abandon your principles “for one miserable election.”  I understand that.  I have them as well and will not either.  But there is always another day, always has been.  Can there be a not so miserable election one day? Or is this it?

    • http://markamerica.com markamerica

      Tom, Of course there will be another election. Whether it will be less miserable, I am beginning to think will depend upon us saying no. By “us,” I mean conservatives, and by “saying no,” I mean to the establishment candidates.

  • RebinTexas

    I take it you are none too enthused about the mittster?? Aaahhhhh, well – was hard to tell. I must confess the taste in my mouth from the mittster is almost as bad as the one that I’ve had these past 3 1/2  years…………with what he did in MA – including his handling of state funds and the overall budget, with Romneycare – and all the docs that have left the state since, with his super negative ads against his opponents – never spending the time to REALLY tell us who he is and what he will do……………..well, not sure I could ever back him – even for the one day that counts.

    Great article Mark – I can almost hear your teeth grinding…..errr, or is that mine. And, on top of that – what all the pundits are now doing/saying about how poorly vetted the last VP candidate on the R side was……………….that leads to my knashing of teeth…….and baying at the moon.

    Well, I haven’t quit – yet – and am still praying for more of God’s help and guidance and just maybe a miracle……………

    Thanks for all you write and say Mark – we are in complete agreement.
    Reb

    • http://markamerica.com markamerica

      Thanks Reb. There is much gnashing of teeth. The remarks by Steve Schmidt continue, and I simply have no patience for those DC-insider tools of which he is one.

      Like you, I’d love to see this be shaken up somehow. I don’t see it happening as things stand.

      Mark

  • Lynda

    Great post Mark…

  • Grammie41

    I think Romney will surprise you and shift right after the election.

  • JohnInFlorida

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Except, your comment AIN’T funny … no way, no how!

    • Larobertson

      If anything he will shift more to the left…and he won’t take any suggestions from Newt EVER!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/MSREDMAMA1 KIM

    mark, great read, I will not can not go with mutts, no way no how , I will write in NEWT since we are aloud to in AZ , I wil not support a mutts, do not want a morman cult leader in the WH , he will lose anyways that is what the establishment wants ,, just cann’t I wil always be with newt no matter what , he is a great person , 

  • the unit

    Just come Nov. 6.  If no miracle happens… here is what Tammy Bruce posts today…

    “ One is a fake president who goes on as many television shows as possible making a mockery of the presidency because fame=importance. The other guy is actually impressive, is a businessman and knows what he’s doing. Plus bonus–he likes us …”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angela-Hale/100000547720637 Angela Hale

     My point is that you won’t be able to. We have no clout because we keep giving in. If we run around flying our ABO flag, we may as be flying a white flag of surrender. HOW do you plan on holding his feet to the fire? Can you give me one strategy that will work? If, literally,, 85% of the people were screaming out and furious over TARP, but it happened anyway or 60% yelling and protesting against Obamacare and it was pushed through, what do you think we can possibly do to “hold his feet to the fire?” Yell? email, protest, call, threaten to —what? Once he’s in; that’s it. Every  bit of the clout we had will be gone.

  • TENCOLE

    Mark, I have gone back and forth ad nauseum between….get Obama out with ABO and not succumbing to the gope….and I finally realized something, I loathe Mitt/gope as much as I loathe Obama…so I will never vote for either one.
    If my one little “no vote” will lead to Obama having another 4 years, so be it……I’m just tired of the whole thing and I just don’t care any longer.   

  • the unit

    Lot’s of folks ain’t gonna.  Ok… Yogi Berra said it if you don’t want to: ”
     If people don’t want to come out to the ball park, nobody’s gonna stop ‘em.”  Same here with voting.

    Besides one fellow…there’s SCOTUS  appointments likely in four more years.  Congress appears to be a loser no matter who’s elected.   Lose that third branch and Katy bar the door.  And Katy don’t stand in the middle behind barred door!

  • Larobertson

    Mark, will Texas really help us by not giving oromoney delegates??? This would be THE BEST present EVER! I hope they will!

  • the unit

    You got some LOLs.  But usually there are at least two possibilities as to a solution.  We already know the left one!  So your surprise is still at least feasible.  Let’s watch.

    • Grammie41

      Thanks! It is very feasible. Romney is not going to destroy America as ‘the Powers That Be are.’ I think we will be seeing the jaws of hell gape open after him as the contest gets hot. He will withstand it and come out victorious and get America back on track…if she’s ready to be put back on track. When the wicked vote for the wicked, the wicked rule; and when the wicked rule, the people mourn. I’m hoping/praying that will not happen again!

  • the unit

    As to keep fighting…Gingrich spokesman said “Spokesman R.C. Hammond wrote in a text message that Gingrich will be “laying out plans now how as a citizen he can best help stop [an] Obama second term and win congressional majorities.” 

     The court appointments are crucial in the next term.  Can that be only my opinion?As a citizen I want to stop all that and all the vacations at mine and your expense.Does Newt drop out Tuesday and endorse Romney?  I’ll be looking and listening.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Laurie-Tipton/603950307 Laurie Tipton

    Gee Mark,,I sense a little sarcasm in this post–lol,,great job. You make Romney pretty transparent,,and it isn’t pretty under the veil.

  • the unit

    Occasionally a local election may yield a candidate you know is real…others come to Sunday service at Easter only in election years.  But in national elections all you can expect is lots of “hocus pocus.”  Maybe this is the year that I can again dance the “Hokey Pokey” as in years gone by.  Also called  ”boogie woogie”, and  a little later “JitterBug.”  And shake it all about!  Hopeful but remain reserved.  :)

  • the unit

    Here is the mission.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/04/27/Its-On-Palin-Backs-Mourdock-over-Lugar-in-Indiana-Senate-Race 

    Keep house…win senate…and win POTUS if it happens .  But definitely keep blockers to appointments.

    Now if both houses allow unbridled E.O.’s to go forward…then …another story.  

  • the unit

    Hi Grammie41.

     Momma who lost all material belongings with Katrina said to me…the righteous suffer with the unrighteous. That seems to be for sure.  And she is gone on to her rewards for faith like I’ve never seen before. Never a doubt that I saw in her 92 years.But it ain’t over til its over.  Ours is to keep on keeping on.  That’s what Momma said.

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