The “Anybody who doesn’t vote for Romney is a Purist” Lie
I’ve heard it thousands of times.
“Gregg, you wouldn’t vote for Jesus if he were running.”
“Gregg, there are no perfect candidates out there. You have to choose the lesser of two evils.”
The implication in both these statements in regards to the 2012 Presidential Election is that those who won’t vote for Romney are “purists” with unrealistically high expectations about their political candidates.
Sorry. But this is a straw man argument.
Neither I nor anybody I know who is not supporting Romney has ever said that there is a “perfect candidate.”
Of course, any candidate has cast a vote or taken a position in the past which not everybody will agree with.
But as far as I am concerned, there are some things which constitute immediate deal breakers. I am fine with a candidate who may differ with me on what type of tax policy we should have or how to regulate immigration or environmental policy. But when a candidate is consistently wrong on the fundamental issues of why government exists, the rule of law, the sanctity of human life, marriage and the natural human family, I have a major problem with that.
The reason I don’t support Mitt Romney is not because Mitt Romney “isn’t perfect” but because Mitt Romney has been consistently wrong on those fundamental issues listed above his entire career. (48 months as governor)
So I don’t think I am “demanding perfection” when I expect the president of the United States to understand the primary Biblical role of civil government and abide by it. Perhaps because Romney doesn’t believe the Bible to be authoritative, Romney doesn’t believe in the Biblical definition of civil government (i.e., that government exists to reward righteousness and punish evil.) If he did, he would not have used his civil magistrate authority as Governor of Massachusetts to implement “laws” and “executive directives” contrary to the laws of nature and Nature’s God (implementing homosexual “marriage,” subsidizing child murder at 50 bucks a pop, forcing Catholic Hospitals to issue chemical abortion pills even though they were legally exempt, boosting funding for homosexual and transgender “education” starting in kindergarten etc…)
I don’t think I am “demanding perfection” when I expect that the president of the United States abide by his sworn constitutional oath to enforce the Supreme Law of the Land. If one looks objectively at Romney’s actual record, one sees that Romney has spent his entire career in government violating his sworn oath by signing in “laws” contrary to God’s Divinely Revealed Law which, according to the Bible, Lex Rex, St. Thomas Aquinas, Locke, Blackstone, the Founders and Martin Luther King, is “no law at all.” (i.e., Romneycare, $50 abortions, homosexual “marriage,” forcing Catholic Hospitals to issue chemical abortion pills, forcing Catholic Charities to place children with same-sex couples, opposing bans on homosexual scoutmasters, etc…)
I don’t think I am “demanding perfection” when I expect the president of the United States to defend the inalienable right to life, God’s institution of marriage and the natural human family. Not only hasn’t Romney defended life and marriage, but he has actually done more to destroy them than any other governor in the history of the Republic. Romney single-handedly implemented same-sex “marriage” falsely claiming the court ordered him to and signed a quasi-Socialist healthcare plan into “law” with $50 tax-subsidized elective surgical abortions including “partial birth abortions” (again falsely claiming the courts made him do it.) Implementing same-sex “marriage” and $50 abortions are the things liberal Democrats only dream of doing. And Willard did it all in less than 4 years!
So look, I don’t expect “perfection” from anybody running for public office, because I recognize that the only perfect person to ever walk this earth was God Himself in human flesh, Jesus Christ.
But I do think it reasonable for me to expect that any candidate running for any public office at any level or branch of government actually understands and is able to articulate the primary purpose of civil government, abides by the law (insofar as it is in harmony with God’s Divinely Revealed Law or “the laws of nature and Nature’s God”) and will protect and defend the bedrock foundations of Western Civilization (life, marriage and the natural human family).
In other words, I am not expecting perfection but I am expecting a consistent track record of getting the major things listed above right. The way I see it, if you can’t get the major job requirements right, I can’t hire you for the job.
And in regard to getting it right on the major job requirements of being Chief Law Enforcement Officer, Commander and Chief and Leader of the Free World, Willard Mitchel Romney doesn’t even come close.