As we prepare for November 2012, it’s vital that Patriots avoid repeating the mistakes of 2008. Rather, we should try to repeat the successes of the greatest presidents of the 20th century, Calvin Coolidge and Ronald Reagan. Both were principled men who knew that “reality has a conservative bias”, and could explain, defend and practise what they believed. Their policies of lowering taxation and shrinking the government rescued America from bad economic recessions. Both their presidencies featured great economic growth, entrepreneurship and low unemployment.
This country simply can’t afford yet another term of the pro-infanticide Community Organizer in Chief. Not as our country falls over an economic cliff, the EPA taxes the air we exhale, the TSA gropes our children, healthcare rationing including death panels becomes a reality, the Supreme Court is packed by leftist pseudo-legislators as the constitutionalists retire, Israel is fed to the Islamofascist wolves, and Iran develops nukes.
We need another high-quality conservative candidate like Coolidge and Reagan, not a RINO like John McCain, Jon Huntsman aka McCain on Wheels, or the gay-marriage–enforcing inventor of RombamaCare. Fortunately, I believe we have one, in a 55-year-old Iowa-born Congresswoman representing Minnesota, and a Tea Party favorite …
Michele Bachmann: the all-round conservative
The conservative movement traditionally has three strands: national security, free market / small government, and social conservatives. Leftism has such a stranglehold on the media and education system that conservatives will have trouble unless all these three strands are united. Bachmann is one who stands unashamedly for all three.
Social liberals have long tried to diminish the social conservative influence in the Republican party, but this underpins all the others. Just remember how disastrous Schwartzenegger was as California governor: he seemed to have the right fiscal conservative credentials, but lacked the moral fibre to practise them.
A vital issue is the pro-life cause. If there is no right to life, then no other rights “rights”—to housing, education, jobs or anything else—matter at all, since people must be alive in the first place to benefit from them.
Reagan wrote a powerful pro-life book in 1983 book, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation. Likewise, Bachmann is probably best known for her social conservatism, including impeccable pro-life credentials, calling for defunding Planned Parenthood, calling it “the Wal-Mart of big abortion” back in 2008. Any pro-abortion candidate should be rejected in the primaries, and this likely includes flip-flopper Romney.
Also, as the great economist Milton Friedman pointed out, “this is really a family society not an individual society.”
Thus if we want to prosper, we must strengthen the family, not ruin it as leftists and some radical libertarians would do. Bachmann certainly has impeccable pro-family credentials: she has and raised (and homeschooled) five biological children, and also took in 23 foster children.
Also, a vital role the president plays is appointing judges: we need one to appoint constitutionalist judges rather than leftist pseudo-legislators with “empathy” for the leftist-decreed victim groups, like the racist Latina Sotomayor. It’s notable that in November 2003, when the simular pseudo-legislators in the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had a legal right to marry, Bachmann proposed a state constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman.
It was most encouraging to read in the recent Patriot column What Michele Bachmann Really Thinks; that she admires great free-market defenders. This includes Dr Friedman; his student then colleague Thomas Sowell, the greatest living conservative columnist and thinker (now on Patriot); Art Laffer of “Laffer Curve” fame, showing that reducing tax rates often leads to more tax revenue (see Patriot column Taxing the ‘rich’?); and Ludwig von Mises who intellectually destroyed socialism back in the 1920s (see Patriot column Socialism: Stupidity and Arrogance). And she herself is a qualified tax attorney, with postdoctoral qualifications in tax law.
This suggests that her free market support is not just expedience, but deep conviction backed by sound understanding, like Reagan. She has shown herself to be a Conservative more than a party loyalist. Thus she opposed the “Big 3” bailouts under a GOP president, and fought “Neville” Boehner’s appeasement of the big-spending Dems. And her first political success was defeating a 28-year incumbent, RINO Gary Laidig, for state senate.
This would explain why she did so well in the 2nd GOP debate, impressing a fellow Patriot columnist:
“my own personal opinion the overall “winner” by far was Michelle Bachmann. I thought she was amazingly articulate, level-headed and her answers were the biggest crowd-pleasers of the night (based on the applause she generated after almost all her answers).”
Evidently many Republicans agree, as shown in the Patriot column Bachmann surges to primary lead, and her recent surge to the lead among Iowa conservatives. This skill will be important in exposing the fact-free oratory of the Socialist-in-Chief, as she did in the debate:
“I want to speak of someone who’s far more eloquent than I; someone who said, ‘Just dealing with the issue of raising the debt ceiling is a failure of leadership.’ And that person was then-Senator Barack Obama. He refused to raise the debt ceiling because he said President Bush had failed in leadership. Clearly, President Obama has failed in leadership. Under his watch in 2 ½ years, we’ve increased the federal debt 35% …We have to have serious spending cuts.”
With a good understanding of those outstanding economists, Bachman should be on a higher intellectual plane than the demagogues in the Democrat Propaganda Wing, aka the mainstream media.
It’s also encouraging that she calls a spade a spade, or the Obama administration a ‘gangster government’ for ramming through Obamacare. And she has led the charge against the crass ecofascist ban against Edison bulbs, forcing consumers to use dim bulbs with toxic mercury (although Congress banned mercury from street lamps!).
“We’ve got so much,” she said. “And here you’ve got Denmark trying to claim ownership” of territory in the oil-rich Arctic. “Denmark?” She waved her hand dismissively. “Get out of here, you pipsqueak! This is ours! We should be drilling everywhere for oil, and natural gas, and shale, and all of it. Do every bit of it.”
Mrs. Bachmann actually gained her start in politics when she realized that the government schools were appalling. Her foster child’s 11th grade math class homework was coloring in a poster with a crayon! When she investigated further, she found:
“What you might call a kind of radical left political indoctrination was coming in that wasn’t necessarily reflective of the attitudes, values, and beliefs of parents.”
The importance of challenging the government school monopoly is lost on many conservatives. Then they are surprised and horrified when their children vote Left as soon as they are old enough to vote—even 30% of evangelicals under 30 voted for Obama. But why should they be surprised? It should be obvious that 30 hours a week for 12 school years bathed in indoctrination from teachers in Democrat-supporting unions is going to have an influence. After all, the kids reason, they must be the experts, otherwise why would their parents entrust them to the schools? Less obvious, the very fact of sending kids to the government schools is a concession to the Left: government knows best (in this case, what to teach children).
Bachmann is right to point out, “As bad as the economy is, my concerns are the greatest on the foreign policy front.” She now argues that Obama’s declaration of an illegal war in Libya takes “his eyes off the real issue in the room, which is Iran with a nuclear weapon.” Thomas Sowell likewise points out:
“The point when they get that bomb will be the point of no return. Iran’s nuclear bomb will be the terrorists’ nuclear bomb— and they can make 9/11 look like child’s play.
“All the options that are on the table right now will be swept off the table forever. Our choices will be to give in to whatever the terrorists demand— however outrageous those demands might be— or to risk seeing American cities start disappearing in radioactive mushroom clouds.
“All the things we are preoccupied with today, from the price of gasoline to health care to global warming, will suddenly no longer matter.”
Bachmann is also a long-term staunch supporter of Israel, the only free country in the Middle East. She has even made “speeches at local Republican Jewish Coalition events where Bachmann has brought cheering audiences to their feet.” This, combined with Obama’s anti-Semitic demand that Israel commits geographical suicide, might help win over some of the heavily Democratic Jewish voters.
- Unelectable? So was Reagan, according to the Leftmedia and Republican Establishment. Yet he convinced independents, moderates and the “Reagan Democrats” that conservatism was good for them. And remember how the Leftmedia convinced gullible GOPs that McCain was moderate enough to be electable, then trashed him as soon as he was the candidate.
- A House member can’t win? But a community organizer and the junior senator from Illinois won last time, with far less experience as a legislator (voting “present” 129 times in the State Senate), let alone in the real world.
“Ms. Bachmann has a lot of natural talent, as was on display during the debate. Unlike Ms. Palin, she seems to recognize that it takes a village to run a presidential campaign, having surrounded herself with competent advisers like Ed Rollins, who managed Mike Huckabee’s overachieving campaign in 2008. Even those who are skeptical about her candidacy would probably concede that she has a good chance of winning Iowa, where she was born and will devote much of her attention.”
Michele Bachmann is an outstanding conservative candidate, with proven conviction and ability. It is important for Patriots to unite behind one good candidate quickly. Too many conservative candidates will split the primary vote and allow a repeat of McCain—and we can’t let that happen again.