Columns / Discourse / April 11, 2012

Observing America: Farewell, Rick Santorum

Mitt Romney is a terrible politician. The man changed positions on almost every single issue from abortion to gun control. He is the epitome of a politician — changes opinions to pander to the masses. Obama even asked for advice from Romney aids to design Obamacare — the mortal conservative sin.

That’s why I voted for Santorum.

A social issues crusader, Santorum is known for his strong stances against abortion and gay rights. He is the Christian Right. But he has huge flaws. Santorum loves to skip over his fiscal record. The man voted five times to increase the debt ceiling (http://goo.gl/PhFum). He voted for Medicare Plan D, which increased Medicare spending by the trillions of dollars (http://goo.gl/aMNzW). He was far from a conservative. He fooled the media and Republican voters by speaking radically on social issues. That doesn’t make you a conservative. Social issues are not federal issues. Period. The future president needs to address our fiscal decline and our over-stretching foreign policy. The next president does not need to talk about contraception.

But he was the biggest competitor against the slick Massachusetts Governor. Santorum was the only one that could give Romney hell. In fact, “very” conservative Republican primary voters went for Santorum over Romney (http://goo.gl/k1lko). For this reason he won Louisiana and Mississippi. He made it harder for Romney to seal the nomination.

Even though he won many states, Santorum dropped out of the 2012 election last Tuesday. Santorum said, “We made a decision over the weekend, that while this presidential race for us is over, for me, and we will suspend our campaign today, we are not done fighting” (http://goo.gl/BNLXo). The drama is finished.

The show is over. The lights are out. The curtain’s closed. Now is time to unite behind Mitt Romney. The real problem is no longer Romney’s flip-flopping. The main issue is to beat President Barack Obama. Unfortunately, conservatives like me have to settle for a candidate who is liberal and one who is moderately liberal. That’s right. We have to settle. I’m not thrilled to vote for Romney in the general election. But what’s the alternative?

The Republican primaries are not done yet though. Congressman Ron Paul and Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich are still running. Who are they kidding? Romney is taking this one home and rightfully so. The Republican primary should end in order to unify conservatives and shift the focus against Obama.

Conservatives should follow the “Buckley Rule.” The founder of the conservative magazine, National Review, William F. Buckley Jr. encouraged constituents to vote for the most electable conservative candidate: Mitt Romney. (http://goo.gl/EXK82). Even though Buckley was a staunch conservative, he supported the most winnable candidates. This is not selling out but honest political strategy.

So fellow conservatives (few of course at Knox), here we are. Just remember how awful Obama is and start warming up to Romney. I know it will take time. It’s going to honestly take a lot of time on my part but I know that if I oppose Romney, this country will have four more terrible years. We all need to get Obama out of Pennsylvania Avenue. Let’s start now.

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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