Jeff Neal for C.U.R.E. - Certain Unalienable Rights Endowment

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Eeny, Meeny, Miny, MoBama

In Opinion on February 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Mitt, Rick, or Newt – Who beats Obama?  Today, a friend posed that question.  My (expanded/sanitized) reply below:

None of Santorum, Romney or Gingrich can beat Obama on his turf.  Can’t come close.  None of them have a better answer than Obama to “how big should government be?”  ‘Bigger’ implies free candy for everyone [without having to acknowledge that someone has to pay the bill].  ‘Smaller’ entails (1) fighting over who will have something taken away from him,  and (2) having to explain that the money that has been paying for it was taken [from the rich].  Sounds mean and gets complicated.

I suggest that the GOP’s only chance is to change the question to “How free should Americans be; how much freedom should there be for every single American?”  Then, any one of the three lead candidates (plus Ron Paul) wins in a 58.8-41.2% (approximately) landslide.  See, the left can’t answer that question without a reference to what the government will LET people do.  When they stumble around that answer, any half-decent Republican can enthusiastically say that free men are good men who do good things, without being compelled to do so by government orders, regulations, taxes and programs.  That message wins.  That message lets Americans know that we’re trusted by the messenger.  We vote for that guy.

How do we know?  Take Ronald Reagan, for example.  He knew that a smaller government is the result of freedom, not the other way around.  Free men grant their government only the absolute minimum level of power, only enough to protect their inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and not one iota more.  The government can’t give us more freedoms, it can only take or infringe on those with which our Creator endowed us.  So, when RWR spoke of the greatness of this nation, we know the subject was the people and the form of limited-powers government we [supposedly] enjoy, thanks to our Constitution.  On the other hand, when Barack Obama mentions the greatness of this country, we know he’s thinking about the benevolent things that can be done by the gargantuan government monstrosity he controls from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Wherein lies the difference between the Republican who can beat Obama and the next John McCain?  In the answer to this question:  Do you love our form of government or do you love our government?