Rick Santorum Wants to Fight

According to Rick Santorum we need “strong, principled conservatives” to defend the Republican platform, of which Romney is at the helm, in order to “counterbalance” people like me.

Apparently, small-government constitutionalism founded on sound money, peace and liberty is the opposite of “conservative.” Meanwhile, the “principles” of Romney are political expedience, big government, big business bailouts and perpetual war. Now, one might argue that the platform endorsed by Santorum is one of “taking one for the team.” Support Romney to beat Obama “at all costs” and secure the White House for Republicans. I have two issues with this: First, Santorum is a No Child Left Behind-supporting, Medicare Plan D-voting, big government Republican himself and therefore his preferred platform extends beyond simply endorsing a non-conservative to save the conservative party. To Santorum, conservatism is “restructuring” big-government, not making it smaller. But  even those who disagree with Romney but support him anyway betray conservative values to partisan politics and the “lesser of two evils” con-game: that’s not being a “strong, principled conservative” that’s bowing to expedience.

The Republican party is in desperate need of strong, principled conservatives, and it has them: they are Ron Paul supporters and they are people like me. Do we toe the party line? No. Does that make us less “conservative”? Not when its the party and not us straying from conservative values, it doesn’t. However, if the Republican party continues to alienate and oppose us it won’t have us for much longer and what vestige of conservatism the party still has will be lost to it as more and more concerned Americans identify as independent or vote third-party.

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