His commitment to strong national defense(with specifics like increasing our Navy), is very important to me as a combat veteran who has seen the evil in this world up close and personal.
“I will vote for Romney” That shouldn’t sound like much of a statement from me, because there was never any doubt that I would check the box for Romney/Ryan on my ballot this year. What should be a surprise – and is to me – is that I will be voting FOR Mitt Romney, rather than just against Barack Obama.
Mitt Romney is not my ideal candidate. I liked Herman Cain at first look, preferred Rick Perry, then moved to Newt when Perry dropped out, and finally supported Santorum in the hope that someone, anyone could beat Mitt Romney. Although Mitt said a lot of the right things in the primaries, I didn’t know that I could trust him to stay a conservative if nominated. In some ways I was right, he is much more moderate in areas than I would like. I wish for someone to demand real spending cuts on every pet project, not just trim around the edges. I want someone to proudly stand for the innocent unborn, not just tersely oppose Roe V. Wade. I want a lot of things, and honestly the only person who could be 100% perfect ideologically is me, and I’m not running.
Mitt Romney has won me over, slowly and deliberately. First, although he is closer to the center than I am, he has continually proved that he does have principles that he uses to determine his policy. Second, even as he proposes compromises on policy, they are TRUE compromises – the kind that give us some of what we want in exchange for softening our desires, rather than the GOP history of compromises that give the other guy most of what he wants in exchange for nothing. Third, he displays American exceptionalism in his manner and speech.
The last is what decided it for me. After four years of a President who treats our troops like disposable game pieces and spends his time apologizing for America’s past greatness, Mitt Romney is a wonderful change. His VMI speech on foreign policy sealed the deal. His every word projects the strength of our nation. His commitment to strong national defense(with specifics like increasing our Navy), is very important to me as a combat veteran who has seen the evil in this world up close and personal. Four more years of President Obama’s “leading from behind” would leave this nation weak and defenseless. Mitt Romney’s approach will return America to its rightful place as the unassailable bulwark of freedom and the tireless defender of liberty throughout the world. 30 years ago, under Ronald Reagan, most of the bad actors on the world stage trembled at the idea of attracting the ire of the U.S. and her military. Today every crackpot in the world acts against our interests with impunity. While it may be true that we cannot be the world’s policeman, we must project the strength that convinces the world not to mess with us. We must also proactively act to shape world events where they have the potential to undermine our security.
We must vote President Obama out of office, it is imperative. At the same time, I am happy, and a little surprised, to say that Mitt Romney deserves our votes. Donate to his campaign, get your yard signs out, volunteer to phone bank, write letters, blog, tweet, convince your friends and neighbors, and more than anything – VOTE!