Columns / Discourse / January 18, 2012

Observing America: So long, Huntsman

Jon Huntsman endorsed Mitt Romney last Monday. His exit from the Republican Presidential Nomination shows the Republican Party’s decadence in intellectualism.

To be quite honest, as a Conservative Republican who is both aggravated with the Bush Republicans and the Obama Administration, I feel disfranchised. This is a very weak Republican field. The Republican Party of William Buckley Jr. and George Will is dead. The Party that had great ideas in making America exceptional is nonexistent.

Just look at the candidates themselves.

Governor Rick Perry believes there is something very wrong with America because gays can serve in the military and kids can’t pray in schools. I see nothing wrong with that. If gays want to die for their country then so be it. People should honor their patriotism instead of questioning their sexual orientation. And kids, yes they should have a right to pray in schools but the two issues share no relevance.

Then there is Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich who thinks that poverty would be solved by allowing children work in schools as janitors.

Congressman Ron Paul is out of there too. He believes that the U.S. should get rid of the Federal Reserve System. While I don’t disagree with the Congressman that the Federal Reserve has too much power, it is too radical for the U.S. to completely change the monetary system.

The most ridiculous thing about this is that these facts are not taken out of context. These are real ideas proposed by candidates. It seems that the Republican Party today is all about who can be crazier than the other. There are few people in the Party who propose smart, substantive, and sane ideas.

I mean come on! We, conservatives, are not asking for much. It’s pretty clear what we want. We want a candidate that understands the current U.S. situation. We have too much debt, too many wars, and too many entitlement programs that are draining the budget. Men like Congressman Paul Ryan, Governor Chris Christie, Senators Coburn, Jim DeMint, and Rand Paul understand what the U.S. needs to do. These are leaders who are not too afraid of their records and who do not propose radical ideas.

Republicans need to reassess who they are. Does Paul, Gingrich, or Perry represent our Party? I just registered Republican during winter break because I became a citizen of the U.S. last March. I wanted to speak out in favor of pragmatic conservative principles. I don’t want to regret my voter registration. With Huntsman out, who is left? Mitt Romney is sane. His ideas are not cookie crazy but the way he escapes from his record, and how he spins one-hundred and eighty degrees on most of his positions shows that he is not a serious candidate. He’s a politician like President Obama who panders in order to get elected.

So, I’m sorry to all conservatives out there who are sane, pragmatic, and fed up with our field. It’s frustrating and infuriating to lose such a great opportunity to beat the President’s liberal ideas. Obama has it too easy. He needs someone to challenge him not to hand him a reelection

Alex Uzarowicz
Alex Uzarowicz has been a weekly conservative political columnist for The Knox Student for three years. He also writes for The College Conservative. Alex will graduate in June 2013 with a degree in political science, after which he will head abroad to begin his Peace Corps service.


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