By Mr. Curmudgeon
“Conservatism is alive and well in Missouri and Minnesota,” said GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum to a crowd of supporters. “Tonight was a victory for the voices of our party, conservatives and Tea Party people,” Santorum said after his decisive victories in Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” Santorum continued, “I don’t stand here to claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama.”
Like Santorum, and the voters of Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado, I have a great deal of difficulty differentiating between Obama and Romney. To believe there is a difference is an article of blind faith.
For Tea Partiers and GOP conservatives, ideas and not party affiliation matter most. Obamacare IS THE CENTRAL ISSUE OF THE 2012 CAMPAIGN. Why? Because it, more than any other initiative, shows Progressivism's naked aggression against our cherished liberties.
When Health and Human Services Secretary Kathy Sebelius ruled that religious institutions (soup kitchens, hospitals and schools) must violate their religious conscience to make Obamacare viable, Romney said, “The Creator gave every human being his rights. I’m just distressed as I watch our president try and infringe upon our rights. The First Amendment of the Constitution provides the right to worship in the way of our own choice.”
Romney’s statement sounds reasonable, especially to the ears of the GOP’s ill-informed. As NBC’s Michael Isikoff noted last December, “Newly obtained White House records provide fresh details on how senior Obama administration officials used Mitt Romney’s landmark health-care law in Massachusetts as a model for the new federal law, including recruiting some of Romney’s own health care advisers and experts to help craft the act now derided by Republicans as ‘Obamacare.’”
Jon Gruber, a Romney adviser and Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist, told Isikoff, “The White House wanted to learn a lot on what we’d done in Massachusetts. They really wanted to know how we can take that same approach we used in Massachusetts and turn that into a national model.”
It’s disingenuous for Romney to condemn Obama’s dictatorial socialist plan, which seeks to build a collective health care system on the backs of sovereign individuals, and feign surprise when that plan also tramples the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom. It’s the nature of totalitarianism to seek total power.
You see, in a socialist state, there is no room for opposition – there is one true faith and the state-planner is its prophet. In this regard, the socialist believes in the central premise he denounces in Darwinism’s religious opponents – intelligent design.
And this explains why Romney was defeated at the hands of Rick Santorum Tuesday night. Independent Tea Partiers and GOP conservatives reject the arrogant presumptions of any man who would play God.