Mitt Romney Declares his Conservatism, and It's Time to Believe Him

After today’s speech to the National Rifle Association, there should be no speculation about Mitt Romney’s ideological positioning in the general election. More than running as a conservative, Romney has positioned himself as an absolutely stalwart defender of conservative values, and his rhetoric leaves room for an abrupt move to the center. As John Whitehouse joked on Twitter, the former Massachusetts governor “appears to be running for the Continental Congress.”

On the question of economic freedom, he believes that the American people have been the “victim[s] of unbounded government appetite – and so is economic growth, job growth, and wage growth.” The only way to improve the economy, according to Romney, is to drastically reduce the size of government.

On the question of religious freedom, Romney portrays the Obama administration as a crew of secular sectarians out to quash the freedom of believers (read: conservative Christians) to worship as they please:

In all of America, there is no larger private provider of healthcare for women and their babies than the Catholic Church. But that’s not enough for the Obamacare bureaucrats. No, they want Catholics to fall in line and violate the tenets of their faith.

Beyond this, says Romney, the Obama administration has gone as far as to conduct an attack on the Second Amendment rights of Americans:

This administration’s attack on freedom extends even to rights explicitly guaranteed by our Constitution. The right to bear arms is so plainly stated, so unambiguous, that liberals have a hard time challenging it directly. Instead, they’ve been employing every imaginable ploy to restrict it.

This has no basis in fact—gun control has been off of the Democratic agenda for years, and President Obama has been the most gun-friendly Democrat in decades. But Romney knows that his audience believes fervently in a liberal war against firearms, and he’s happy to encourage it. Besides, at this point—with his constant (and false) claim that Obama has “apologized for America”—we should expect a mendacious disregard for truth from the former Massachusetts governor.

If there’s one thing in this speech that should stick out to liberals, it’s Romney’s clear devotion to the conservative judicial agenda. Romney knows the stakes of this election; if he wins, he can solidify the Right’s hold on the Supreme Court for a generation. By contrast, if Obama serves another term—and can further shape the Court—then the conservative push to rollback the welfare state hits a huge stumbling block:

In his first term, we’ve seen the president try to browbeat the Supreme Court. In a second term, he would remake it. Our freedoms would be in the hands of an Obama Court, not just for four years, but for the next 40. That must not happen.

At the beginning of this speech, Romney declared that he would offer a clear choice of direction to the American people. He has. His rhetoric is conservative, his policies are conservative, and his allies are strongly wedded to the right-wing of the Republican Party. There is no secret centrism or hidden core of moderation; this is the real Mitt Romney. He has claimed the conservative standard, and he intends to run with it.

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Appointments to the Supreme Court over the next four years could be significant. Appointments over the next 12 years will be significant. If Obama wins reelection and Kennedy, Breyer and Ginsberg don't retire during Obama's second term, a two-term successor would likely be looking at replacing five justices and completely changing the balance of the court.

I would be happy to believe that romney is a conservative...At the moment he does!

Mr. Romney is a whore for power and profit...nothing else...Of note, the way he invests in the economy of anyplace but the USA!

More conservative activist judges are the NATIONAL NIGHTMARE! Brought with a vote for anyone on the right!

Romney has a history of lying and his 'conservative' voting record is pretty atrocious. His economic plans would have us adding to our debts for 30 more years. Ron Paul has a 30 history on consistency and honesty advocating the core conservative principle of limited government, fiscal responsibility, defending the Constitution and individual freedom, and would balance our budget in 3 years.

Poll after poll, Paul does better than Romney in a 1on1 with Obama, in this latest one, Paul beats Obama while Romney is tied: http://www.examiner.com/libertarian-in-west-palm-beach/ron-paul-defeats-obama-latest-poll

Why? Because Paul gets the majority of Independents, some Democrats, and most GOP. But Romney gets few Independents, no Democrats, and few Ron Paul supporters (as most of us will either vote for him 3rd party, vote Gary Johnson, or write his name in).

Romney's top donors are all the largest bankers in the world, women and minorities don't like him, evangelicals don't trust him, he has so much baggage the democrats will use against him (flip-flopping, rich/taxes/1% issues, continues saying stupid stuff), and the only enthusiasm in the GOP is with Ron Paul.

So given these fact - to beat Obama - Romney and his supporters, need to get behind Ron Paul.

Mitt Romney is the enemy of fun. If elected, you can look forward to a shortage of good times with chicks: http://youtu.be/7NRRrnaz2uo

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