Time To Rally The GOP Base
By Alicia Colon
2012 is probably the most important election in our recent history and it will require everyone who loves this nation to mobilize efforts to ensure a Republican victory for the White House and Congress.
The primary turnout at my polling place last week was extremely low which was understandable given that there was very little choice for New York Republicans who preferred other presidential candidates than Mitt Romney. I ran into a neighbor who told me she had voted for Rick Santorum in spite of the fact that he had already left the race. "It's the principle of the thing," she explained. Wishful thinking I suppose and could relate as my preferred choice was Rick Perry. Nevertheless, I marked my ballot for Mitt Romney and I hope all Republicans do the same in November. Staying home that day out of principle will be a mortal sin.
It's alleged that conservative talk shows have millions of listeners but many of them are quite prickly and would rather stay home than vote for someone they regard as too moderate. Consequently, candidates like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama end up in the White House with a Democrat Congress. In the past, our country has managed to survive the obstinate Republican voter but this November the stakes are too high and the stay-at-homes will be committing hara-kiri if they allow Obama a second term.
At the present time, the Supreme Court of the United States is the only weapon we have against this assault on our Constitution. It will be passing judgment this summer on two issues (Obamacare and Arizona's immigration bill) that represent the power grab by this administration's justice department.
It is still inconceivable that Obama's Health initiative known as Obamacare - was able to pass at all. The over 2,000 page document was not even read by our legislature and we were told by then Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, that "We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It". This was pure madness. When certain representatives hesitated signing off on this horrendous bill, they were bribed with administrative pork to win their vote. Republicans were powerless against the Democrat Congress that had been put in power in 2006 by self righteous Republicans who were going to teach President Bush a lesson by staying home.
Democrats held meetings behind closed door refusing to admit Republicans. Even more outrageous, the bill itself was written by a convicted felon, Robert Creamer, who drafted the outline of the bill while in jail. His wife Congresswoman, Jan Schakowsky, is the most far-left member on Capitol Hill.
This unbelievable corruption of the legislative process led to the formation of the Tea Party, a grassroots movement that took its title from the American Revolution incident that sparked the mass revolt against the British Government. Americans are no longer feeling that America is a government of, by and for the people.
Only a Supreme Court ruling that this atrocious drain on our economy which has impeded new employers from hiring is unconstitutional will stem the disastrous tide this country is on.
The other issue that the court is facing is the challenge by the Eric Holder's Justice Department to the Arizona immigration law. That law was passed by the state because the federal government had mandated that the state provide benefits to all regardless of immigration status yet it had not enforced immigration laws. Apparently this administration does not believe that states have the right to protect their own interests.
At the present time, the Supreme Court has a majority of conservative justices sworn to protect the Constitution and who regard it as a sacred document to be upheld as is. Liberal justices have always regarded the Constitution as a fluid document that can be amended to conform to their ideology and in the event that Obama is reelected he will have the opportunity to put these latter justices on the bench for their lifetimes. Goodbye First Amendment.
Those conservative purists who are prepared to snub Romney because of his political stances or his religion will guarantee the demise of our Republic. This is broken glass time just as it was for George Bush in 2004. Because of the threat to our national security, Republican voters swore to get to the polls to vote for him even if they had to crawl on "broken glass" to get there. 2012 is probably the most important election in our recent history and it will require everyone who loves this nation to mobilize efforts to ensure a Republican victory for the White House and Congress.
As I said before, Mitt Romney was not my first choice. I had serious misgivings about his statements about global warming and the economy. Rick Perry's bold plan for revamping the government and his executive experience was more challenging and appealing. Unfortunately, his recovery from recent back surgery and pain medication led to a poor performance in the debates. It is interesting to note his fine character in leaving the race with grace and humility and when we look back at his so-called gaffes, they appear miniscule to those of the president and VP Biden.
Nevertheless, Mitt Romney will be my candidate for president and he can win with all our support.
At the beginning of the race last year, a friend of mine told me that he would never vote for any Mormon because he didn't trust them. It was a cult. Last week, I asked him whom he'd vote for and he conceded that he'd hold his nose and vote for Romney. In 2004, I visited the first Mormon temple in Manhattan and was given a tour around the facility. After my column appeared in the New York Sun, I received tons of mail from around the world from current and former members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints a.k.a. Mormons. The majority of this correspondence was sent in gratitude for writing a respectful piece but a few were from former members who accused me of being deceived by my hosts. I had ended the column with this: "I am forever Catholic but respect any religion that won't kill me for not believing in it."
That is how I view the religion of politicians - it's not so much the dogma of the faith but whether its goal is to undermine our system of government. Nothing about the Mormon religion has that goal in mind, in fact, I can think of only one world religion that espouses worldwide domination. Hint: it's not Christianity or Judaism.
As for Romney's moderate views, one must hope that as president he will feel less compelled to compromise with the opposition and will surround himself with a staff committed to the conservative principles of freedom this country was built on.
So hold your nose but drag yourself and everyone you know to the polls in November to vote to end the tyranny that President Obama and his congressional minions have inflicted on our beloved country.
Alicia Colon resides in New York City and can be reached at
email@example.com and at www.aliciacolon.com