Guest Column…January 21, 2012
We Settling For Less?
By Jesse Leonard
Editor’s Note: This was
originally sent as a letter to the editor. The points made are
relevant, something we should consider as we travel the path to
November 2012. Jesse is a resident of Greenville.
While the course of the
presidential candidates is nowhere
near to being concluded, it seems that there is only one GOP candidate
the public eye, Mitt Romney. Many
conservatives have claimed that he is not the right man for the job,
but at the
same time he is pulling ahead in the polls and seems to be unstoppable. The most common reason
given is that he is
not Obama. The
question must be raised
at this point, “Are we settling for less than our convictions and
I understand that many
people, like myself, do not want to
see President Obama re-elected. However,
what is the point in electing another person that cannot truly be
defined as Republican
or Democrat in his political philosophy.
As we move on past the Health Care Reform Law,
which brought the
conservative TEA Party to the forefront of political consciousness, we
forgotten that the national law was based on Romney's Massachusetts
Plan. Is there
conservative in this man and are we really certain that we want to oust
in favor of Romney? What
happened to our
convictions and our beliefs? I
that ousting Obama is important, but not by replacing him with someone
political track record is as spotty as is the current front runner of
We seem to have forgotten
the election in 2004 as well. Let
me remind everyone what the main campaign
theme for all of Bush's opponents, and specifically John Kerry was, “Vote for me. I am not
Bush.” Of course
the result of that election is
history now, Bush was re-elected.
seems that we are trying the same failed tactic this election, and I
it will be met with the same result.
tactics do not win wars, whether they are political or practical.
In The Crisis, Thomas
Paine said “I love the man that
can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow
the business of little
minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience
conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”
While the dream of the United States is not a
suicide pact, we have not truly been challenged and are surrendering
Twain is quoted to have
said, “Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.” We are well-fed, and yet
it seems to me that
our principles still have no real force.
Exit polls in the states that have had a
primary have shown that the people
are not voting based on political convictions and principles, but
because they think that Romney can beat Obama.
Who are we as a nation, and who will we become?