by Bob Quasius
Our endorsement of Newt Gingrich for President has stirred some controversy, but I am confident our leadership team made the right decision. With the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses at hand, now is a good time to review the remaining candidates. Note that while we endorsed Newt Gingrich, any of the GOP candidates could do a better job than Barack Obama, the worst president in modern history!
We still see Newt as a strong electable candidate, for several reasons.
- Proven leadership experience as Speaker of the House. Newt was one of the primary authors of the very successful ‘Contract with America’ and worked closely with Ronald Reagan. Newt knows how to get things done in Washington, sometimes ‘breaking arms’ when necessary, but more often working across the aisle.
- Obama has a terrible record of hyper-partisanship, and no track record before or as president of working across the aisle. Obama’s awful job performance shows that experience leading large organizations does count.
- Mitt Romney has never held office in Washington, and his experience as governor of Massachusetts is not impressive. Romney has overplayed his business experience; investment bankers aren’t involved much in the management of the businesses where they acquire a an equity stake.
- Santorum was a U.S. Senator with no particular accomplishments of note or leadership roles.
- Ron Paul was in Congress for 23 years and only one bill passed into law. Ron Paul never held any leadership positions either, and his foreign policy stances are dangerously naive. All the best ideas in the world are useless if you can’t convince others to follow you and execute those ideas!
- Newt is a fairly consistent conservative, though he has strayed a couple of times over many years. By comparison, Mitt Romney has been ‘all over the map’ on abortion, climate change, government run health care (RomneyCare = ObamaCare), support for Ronald Reagan, immigration reform, etc.
- Rick Santorum is a conservative on social issues, but was a big government guy in the Senate. Ron Paul is ‘Dr. No’, opposed to just about everything. Unfortunately a leader can’t get anything done with others just be being opposed to everyone else.
- Newt’s willingness to stake out a centrist and pragmatic position on immigration is impressive. Immigration reform is a thorny issue that will require excellent leadership skills to develop a bipartisan solution. I don’t agree with Newt’s immigration solution, but his solution comes closest, and knowing Newt’s ability to get things done with Congress I am confident in the end we will have a workable solution.
- The other three Republican candidates as well as Obama seem unable to articulate anything resembling a workable solution, and Obama failed to even introduce immigration reform, and meanwhile deportations has set records. ‘Enforcement on steroids’ is not a workable solution, and is destroying sectors of our economy as well as ripping mixed-status families apart.
- During the only four years in my lifetime that we had a balanced budget, Newt Gingrich was speaker of the House! Obama has failed to even introduce a budget, and government expenditures have been authorized through omnibus spending bills and individual bills. Spending in Washington has clearly spiraled out of control, and needs decisive and experienced leadership to rein in spending and make painful cuts.
With our nation in dire straits, it’s critical our new president be prepared to lead from day one. There’s no time for ‘on the job’ training as President. We’ve been suffering from Obama’s inexperience for three years now!
Please join us in supporting Newt Gingrich in the upcoming Arizona primary!