When, in the course of political events, one chooses to refrain from embracing any candidate, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the rejection. (paraphrased, with intent).
Orrin Hatch, United States Senator from Utah, finally decided it was time to hang up his Republican Jersey and head home to the Pennsylvania pastures which had been transplanted to Utah. Of course being in the US senate has always been his choice since following his first election to the office. The hounds of hopefulness always howled at his longer tenure, but neither Republican nor Democrats ever actually had the chance of a dying duck in a hailstorm of winning the seat from him.
Now, in 2018 Orrin has decided to put his political cleats in his locker for the last time. And, what a running game he had. Senator Hatch dominated the political field as few others in history ever had. The super bowl of Utah politics will be named after him. Every newcomer to the ballot may win the Lombardi Trophy (aka Hatch Trophy) at the game’s end, but the name will forever be associated with Orrin Hatch.
In 2018 multiple candidates are arising to claim the role as Republican gladiators. Yet, there is one financial gladiator and many humble Christians for the crowds to scream for…until the lions finish lunch.
The gladiator of big finance and inevitability for billboard notices is none other than “also ran” Mitt Romney. Though seen as a wealthy kitty cat slayer, surrounded by “also would-be” cheerleaders, dressed like a cheap pontiff, Romney does not offer much in the way of statesmanship nor a consistent reputation. His claim to fame in Utah is that he held the cloak of other Christians while they entered the games to get stoned and devoured by lions.
In the other corners stands the hopefuls, a good intentioned Walter Mittys sweating profusely into their towels before the introductions have even been made. Whereas as the gladiator is well-known, these lightweights have spent far too much time shadow boxing.
Now, I return to my opening stolen paraphrase. I wish to explain why I reject Rambling Romney, heir apparent for the adulating Gods of proper Utah politics.
As Jefferson , the great anti-federalist suggested, long strings of abuses and miscreant governments deserve to have their chains severed from the necks of the people who place them in power. Romney fails to offer the hammer, chisel and anvil needed to make that break.
The citizenry of this nation, and more importantly her states, have become so accustomed to being chained to the oars of the central government ship-of-state most cannot even recognize that nearly every discussion begins and ends with how to be managed nationalized power. The founders wrote the great compromise into the Constitution which inevitably led to our international prominence. Initially this nation, until the time that the devil (Woodrow Wilson) was elected to the presidency, was a fleet of powerful ships. Today, because of a lack of consciousness about what we were intended to be, each state is nothing more than a rowboat with a flock of squawking seagulls as lackies at the helm.
As suggested, all things are spoken of in terms of how the states and people must comply with the federal government. Yes, people like Mitt Romney are blatantly advocates of the Wilsonian progressive view that people are inferior to the wise, wealthy, and usually wicked. The answer from his ilk is all things ought to be centralized.
Yet, many of his opponents, shouting from the rooftops in a hopeless harangue are no less guilty. They may scream about over burdensome federal regulation but they also offers no specific alternatives to the rambling Romney. With exceptions.
Most of the candidates simply scamper around the skirt tails of platitudes with nothing of substance to offer the electorate. Why, because we have been trained as candidates that people won’t vote for a candidate that actually stands for something definable (until President Donald Trump). All that we see is a posse of deputies riding hard into the sunset of another mindless monologue of “we need new ideas,” or “we need fresh leadership.” Yet, few offer anything beyond cryptic casual caustic comments which can never be held against them on the stage of true leadership.
What is needed, and hoped for by this author, is a candidate willing to state clearly what he will champion…besides grand theories which hold little if any substance.
Where is the man who will say, AND MEAN,
- “I will devote myself to eliminating the entire Internal Revenue Service and push back such schemes to the states?” Where is he or she?
- Where is the man or woman who will say “If the ninth and tenth circuit courts perpetually fail to bring rulings in sync with the US Constitution, I will advocate for a closure of that court. There is no need for the expense of a court which cannot or will not comply with the Supreme Court.”
- Where is the man that will say, “The worst operated digital performance of this age exists within our government. I will dedicate myself to insisting of reforming all necessary agencies to provide 98% flawless digital communication twenty-four (24) hours seven days per week.”
I could not give one whit for a perfectly funded candidates that is willing to boldly declare how he will stand up for the little guy and principles, when in United States of America there are NO “little guys,” and, when principles are without content and follow-through. Simple-minded empty sales pitches by flamboyant and well-financed candidates serve no value.
I would sooner have a badger babysit a field mouse than have a candidate that places party before lively action toward actually minimizing the size and influence of government over the lives of individuals.
In light of these comments I see only three candidates worthy of election; Sam Parker, Larry Meyers, and Tim Jimenez. Mitt Romney does not even make the middle tier.
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary … men should rise up in opposition to the suppression of that government which holds them bound. That necessity exists now, as never before since the Declaration of Independence.
That Is The Way I See It.