A Case for RomneySubmitted by schme3 on Fri, 09/07/2012 - 17:16
Most of the liberty movement would agree that Romney is, on balance, an unattractive candidate. His divergence from Ron Paul on two major priorities--(1) constitutional rule of law and (2) the national debt--is troubling, and many will not accept voting for the lesser of two evils in presidential election.
Recently, there has been talk about the future of the movement. Ultimately, the liberty movement will go where the most influential activists decide to take it. But for now, I would like to make the case for our movement's future lying within the GOP.
I personally believe Gary Johnson is the best candidate in this election cycle. However, I will likely be voting for Romney in part because of one particular topic: the Supreme Court. It is critical to note that the winning party this election is likely to take control of the government and, for many of us, policy changes will not be immediately apparent. A Johnson or Paul write-in protest vote is a noble and principled thing to do. I am not prepared, however, to relinquish a third of our government to anti-liberty Justices just for a protest vote.
Even if the policies of the Executive or the Congress don't change drastically, the composition of the Court will. Romney is our ally in this regard, and this election will determine the future of the Supreme Court and critical rulings that affect the civil liberties and economic freedoms of American citizens.
This is just one opinion, but here are other reasons I believe the future of our movement lies with the GOP:
+Rand Paul's growing clout and sympathy to certain liberty movement tenets
+The ability to shape policy discussion without becoming a one-issue third party (e.g. move than an "End the Fed" party)
+The Republican principles of limited government, constitutional rule of law, and minimizing national debt--which I believe can be restored to the party through our continued efforts.
+Deeper connection with Tea Party and a wide range of age demographics
Romney is not an improvement over Obama in many regards, but with an aging Supreme Court we have the rare chance to make a profound impact on 33% of our federal government this election. We should not relinquish that opportunity.