Knowing hat I live a millenium away from the machinations of national, state, and local political life, never for a second passes unnourished through my mind.
I am fully aware of my financial, physical, political, and social isolation. That I live in paradise here in my home grounds writing from my tiny loft above my beautiful landscape garden in the beautiful and rich geography of this State of Minnesota, never misses a beat in my daily life. That I am in love with my country is a given despite the growing tyranny of the disuniting, dishonest, disingenuous, duplicitous Barack Hussein Obama, the first non-American ever to occupy the White House.
From this distance from the front lines of American political life, I, as is true of all of us, have to rely on thinkers, writers, and friends, the vast majority of whom I have never met personally and never shall for clarity in life. I, as all of us interested in our America, must study the horizon to find friends whom we can trust…..friends closer to the wars and the wars of life’s stories.
Trained as a public school teacher, I first seek unmet folk who display acceptable character which befits the ideals I was raised since childhood to decipher the good from the bad in life……I rally to those who come closest to my understandings of goodness and character stretched from the personal to the state or national scene, whereever folks of public significance might dwell.
I was taught by my old maid public school teachers to become a good citizen and to learn about the country and the world in which one lives. I was taught to come to ‘know’ the nation’s public officials because I, teachers told me, was a citizen in a free country which strived to develop a society in which its people could live in liberty, be God-fearing, and seek happiness.
I learned that I have to pick and choose the trustworthy…..those with whom I agree……and those with whom I do not agree, but are nevertheless trustworthy.
There are very, very few Democrats on today’s American market led by foreigner, Barack Hussein Obama, I have found I can trust. These Democrats are either stone silent, or dead. Some are con-artists seeking presidential and public approval. Among the rare exceptions is Leon Panetta, the present Secretary of Defense. I seek his voice whenever published.
I have met Dennis Prager whom I would trust with my soul. I know him well, however, from the distance of my loft above my beautiful landscape garden “talking” with him every day in which I can listen to his radio show.
I seek out Charles Krauthammer whenever and ever, and likely will as long as I am still alive. He is an Easterner, but nevertheless, he is my political and intellectual music almost at the level of Beethoven. I seek harmony with his observations. Sometimes it doesn’t arrive. All the better, for his unusual melodies push me to think broader, either to strengthen my own prejudices, or add to them…….or discard them.
I don’t think Charles likes Mitt Romney much…..Charles writes the following at the New York Daily News:
A worthy challenger to Romney:
Could Santorum shake things up
in New Hampshire?
by Charles Krauthammer at the New York Daily News:
“After every other conservative alternative to Mitt Romney crashed and burned (libertarian Ron Paul is in a category of his own), from the rubble emerges Rick Santorum. But he isn’t just the last man standing. He is the first challenger to be plausibly presidential: knowledgeable, articulate, experienced, of stable character and authentic ideology.
He’d been ignored largely because he appeared unelectable — out of office for five years, having lost his Senate seat in Pennsylvania by a staggering 17 points in 2006.
However, with his virtual tie for first in Iowa, he sheds the loser label and seizes the momentum, meaning millions of dollars’ worth of free media to make up for his lack of money. He’s got the stage to make his case, plus the luck of a scheduling quirk: If he can make it through the next three harrowing primaries, the (relative) February lull would allow him to build a national campaign structure before Super Tuesday on March 6.
Santorum’s electoral advantage is sociological: His common-man, working-class sensibility would be highly appealing to battleground-state Reagan Democrats. His fundamental problem is ideological: He’s a deeply committed social conservative in a year when the country is obsessed with the economy and when conservatism is obsessed with limited government. Republicans, after all, swept the 2010 election on economic concerns and opposition to big government. The Tea Party revolution was not about gay marriage. Which is why so much Tea Party fervor attaches to Paul.
Santorum did win the Tea Party vote in Iowa. But because he was such a long shot, his record did not receive much scrutiny. It will now. He is no austere limited-government constitutionalist. He participated in George W. Bush’s compassionate conservatism, which largely made peace with big government. Santorum, for example, defends earmarks and supported No Child Left Behind and the Medicare prescription drug benefit. It’s a perfectly defensible philosophy — but now he’ll be called upon to actually defend it.
Moreover, Iowa is anomalous. It’s not just that the Republican electorate is disproportionately evangelical and thus highly receptive to Santorum’s social conservatism (as to Mike Huckabee‘s in 2008). It’s that Iowa’s economy is unusually healthy with only 5.7% unemployment, high agricultural prices and strong real estate values. Although the economy did rate as a major issue in the entrance poll, in such relative prosperity it registers more as a concern for the nation than as a visceral personal issue — diminishing the impact of Romney’s calling card, economic competence.
For his part, Romney remains preternaturally inert. His numbers, his demeanor, his campaign are flat-line steady: no highs, no lows, no euphoria, no panic.
With one minor exception. Romney wasn’t expected to do very well in Iowa. A top-three finish would have been good; a first or second, a surprising success. But feeling his Iowa prospects rise, he let fly a last-minute high. (Two hairs were seen dangling over his forehead.) He began touting his chance of winning, thus gratuitously raising expectations.
That turned a hairline victory into something of a setback, accentuating his inability to break out of his flat-line 25 or so percent support. How flat? His final 2012 Iowa vote count deviated from his 2008 total of 30,021 by six votes .
For a front-runner who can’t seem to expand his base, he’s been fortunate that the opposition has been so split. But the luck stops here. Michele Bachmann is gone. Rick Perry will skip New Hampshire, then dead man walk through South Carolina. And then there is Newt.
Gingrich is staying in. This should be good news for Romney. It’s not. In his Iowa non-concession speech, Gingrich was seething. He could not conceal his fury with Paul and Romney for burying him in negative ads. After singling out Santorum for praise, Gingrich launched into them both, most especially Romney.
Gingrich speaks of aligning himself with Santorum against Romney. For Newt’s campaign, this makes absolutely no strategic sense. Except that Gingrich is after vengeance, not victory. Ahab is loose in New Hampshire, stalking his great white Mitt.
What a lineup. Santorum and Gingrich go after Romney, whose unspoken ally is Paul, who needs to fight off Santorum in order to emerge as both No. 1 challenger and Republican kingmaker, leader of a movement demanding respect, attention and concessions. And Jon Huntsman goes after everybody.
Is this any way to pick a President? Absolutely. It works. It winnows. And it has produced, after just one contest, an admirably worthy conservative alternative to Romney.”
Further comment: I do like Rich Santorum’s personage and message……..I would like to see this preacher of good things for America’s soul compliment the ticket. Most Americans are no longer thinking, practicing Christians despite what they confess when pressed for an opinion. I find today’s Americans shallow, poorly educated. They have gone to university and left empty of knowledge and American values.
Someone convince me Senator Santorum can overcome our culture’s university-taught anti-Christian, Christianity!!! Mitt Romney is a decent, intelligent, practical, articulate leader from a hugely conservative religious culture kept quiet by public demand. I also worry about Conservative bigotries…..the Ron Paul kind as well as others, which are aimed against the full blooded conservative American, Mitt Romney.