Bill Whittle: Falling on Principle



H/T, A brief word to third-party voters this cycle


Also, Why I will Vote for Mitt Romney

I am not — to put it mildly — a fan of Mitt Romney. To me, he is, in blood and bone, simply another statist technocrat who will do little or nothing to stop the growth of Leviathan. I fully concur with the estimable and wise Richard Epstein in most of the particulars regarding Mr. Romney.

Romney has wooed conservatives assiduously, even to the extent of taking on Paul Ryan as his running-mate. I have remained immune to Romney’s blandishments (I know his record), yet his choice of Paul Ryan kindled a spark of hope in the dead black cinder of my heart. This is why I shall cast my vote for Mitt Romney tomorrow. I find myself once again, as I did in 2008, voting for a Vice President rather than a President…

…We can choose to be free citizens who control our own government, or we can be dependent vassals to an increasingly-overbearing federal government. Citizen, or subject. We must choose.

And we must remember that our children will bear the consequences of the choice we make.

Read the whole thing.


Update: A friend who has recently been working for the Romney campaign in Ohio sent this article, saying the more he works with the campaign, the more strongly he feels about the candidate. Monday Morning:

…A person who is helping him who is not a longtime Romneyite told me, yesterday: “I joined because I was anti Obama—I’m a patriot, I’ll join up But now I am pro-Romney.” Why? “I’ve spent time with him and I care about him and admire him. He’s a genuinely good man.” Looking at the crowds on TV, hearing them chant “Three more days” and “Two more days”—it feels like a lot of Republicans have gone from anti-Obama to pro-Romney.

Something old is roaring back. One of the Romney campaign’s surrogates, who appeared at a rally with him the other night, spoke of the intensity and joy of the crowd “I worked the rope line, people wouldn’t let go of my hand.” It startled him. A former political figure who’s been in Ohio told me this morning something is moving with evangelicals, other church-going Protestants and religious Catholics. He said what’s happening with them is quiet, unreported and spreading: They really want Romney now, they’ll go out and vote, the election has taken on a new importance to them…

…Is it possible this whole thing is playing out before our eyes and we’re not really noticing because we’re too busy looking at data on paper instead of what’s in front of us? Maybe that’s the real distortion of the polls this year: They left us discounting the world around us…

Read it.

Update 2: Mitt Romney’s ‘Red Rocks’ Ad, Modified

Here is the original. I swapped out the audio with the greatest victory music evah, “Flying Home” from the movie Kick Ass. The music fit almost perfectly. Just a couple of tweaks to the video…


…We’re gonna win this thing. Obama had his chance. He hates America anyway. Time to give Mitt a try.

Also, In a Democracy, We Deserve the Leaders We Elect

…About fifty years ago (in what seems like a different country), President Kennedy said:

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

In the last fifteen years, the United States has seen the deadliest attack by a foreign power on the mainland United States in our history (9/11);  Two difficult wars (Afghanistan, Iraq), among the longest in our history;  The 2008 financial crisis, second only to the Great Depression in severity;  A sharp rise in income inequality; Stagnation of American Middle Class real income, and much else. Yet, I’m hard-pressed to think of one national political leader from either party, who successfully called for shared effort and shared sacrifice from all Americans.

The distance between President Kennedy’s world and our own is a function of the disillusionment from Watergate and Vietnam; the transition from the Depression/WW II generation to the aging Baby Boomers; and structural factors that encourage political polarization.

But, perhaps most importantly, we should stop complaining about the lack of inspiring leaders, and look in the mirror, or as Mahatma Gandhi put it:

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

A sobering thought as we come to the end of a long and painful election season. Please remember to vote.

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