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My man Mitt’s vision of the right, rosy, Republican future
The other day I was reading an article in which the author discussed the effectiveness of receiving email endorsements for President Barack Obama from political and public figures like Sandra Fluke and Jessica Alba.
If you truly believe that Jessica Alba is an authority on the economy, or politics in general, then the Republican Party is not for you. Let’s be honest—being a Republican is not cool. We are not renowned for our stylish clothes. We do not listen to cool music. Most famous people hate us. Yet, Republicans merit nearly half of this nation’s votes each year, and I guarantee you, it is not just the elderly.
We are a group that is powerful and united in our belief that America is the land of equal opportunity. We are a group that claims responsibility for our actions. So why should you join our forces and vote for Romney/Ryan in 2012?
The short and simple answer is the economy. We can’t afford another four years of debt. With an unemployment rate of over 8 percent as of August and a national debt upwards of $16 trillion, something clearly needs to change. Mitt Romney plans to cap government spending at 20 percent of our GDP, and his website explains his detailed plan to get more Americans working. The past four years have been a disaster for the U.S. fiscally, and the President has done everything but claim responsibility—rather, he simply points fingers. When it comes to the economy (job growth, debt, and taxes specifically), citizens who want to see an America that is fiscally responsible will be voting for Romney/Ryan.
If you are like me and you are decidedly not an economist, some other issues may be on the front of your mind. Republicans cannot always avoid social issues, so I will discuss three “hot-button” ones.
First, abortion. The first step in understanding the pro-life position of the Republican Party is recognizing the role the government should play in the lives of Americans. The government is an institution that tries to establish a moral standard for society, while simultaneously protecting citizens. There is no better example of a government fulfilling its purpose than protecting the life of the unborn. The government’s purpose is to ensure that our society respects life at all ends of the spectrum—this does not only mean fetuses, but also those in our society who are deemed “unwanted.” The government must foster an attitude that encourages people to care for and respect those in all walks of life. This includes safeguarding citizens by protecting rights and dismantling systems that work solely to destroy life.
Second, one of the biggest areas of criticism for the Republican Party is its stance on gay marriage. This, I believe, is a misconception. Within the GOP, same-sex marriage is truly a generational issue. While many of our parents and grandparents may strongly believe that those who identify as homosexual should not be permitted to marry, I have come across few in our generation who support that position. So please, do not assume that all Republicans hate homosexuals. Instead, understand that the Republican Party is moving in the direction of accepting same-sex marriage. Therefore, if you justify your anti-Republican stance because you support same-sex marriage, it would be a decision that lacks foresight and is based on outdated stereotypes.
Third, Republicans work towards fair and legal means for more immigrants to become citizens of the United States. The first step to fixing the system is establishing an easier, legal way for people to immigrate. Romney plans to fix the current worker visa system, and he’s not the only Republican working for immigration rights. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) successfully wrote a bill which increased the number of South Americans who could migrate to America, a number which before was capped at 7 percent. At some point, the liberal rhetoric can only take you so far.
Backing away from non-social issues, foreign policy is a prominent topic in the 2012 election, with terrorist attacks in Libya, the breakdown of the Syrian state, and the growing possibility of a nuclear Iran among our top concerns. Once again, Obama has demonstrated his inability to establish himself as a powerful figure overseas. His response to threats on U.S. lives was demure. Yet, in some sense, we cannot blame him; he’s simply inexperienced at dealing with a conflict of this severity.
Romney’s policies regarding America’s future interactions with individual countries are clearly outlined. For example, in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, Romney is committed to making available technical assistance that will encourage good governance and financial management. He furthermore would task a “regional director” with the specific purpose of fostering stable governments in the Middle East.
You are right, Jessica Alba; Mitt Romney cannot dance. He cannot play basketball. He does not have a list of celebrities who support him, and he probably does not know anything about hip hop music. But Mitt Romney does know tax policy. He knows how to build a company and make it successful. He understands the importance of protecting our interests overseas. And those are the qualities that count in a president.