Why I May Write-In Rick Santorum On April 26th

I feel that most may concur with my sentiments that this primary season has been eventful and rather, in a word, depressing.  We started out the primary season with many candidates, quite a number of them are great conservatives.  And now we are left with a liberal lite RINO, a tyrannical blowhard and a snobby less than pure conservative junior senator.

I, like others, had great hopes when we entered this race.  Where have we gone so horribly wrong?  It seems that the Republican parties failed policies and continued push on voters to “give us the majority in the House” and “give us the majority in the senate” and thing will get done.  To only have been met with “Well we tried, and Obama won’t let us do anything, so give us the presidency too!”  Voters and formerly staunch supporters of certain candidates who have strong conservative records and lists of accomplishments have all become so disillusioned that candidates like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz became the poster children of their crushed feelings and animosity toward the party.

Not that I am defending the party leadership, but there is a rather large difference in supporting a genuine, winning candidate with a conservative record whom the party somewhat dislikes and someone who is outright vile and thinks calling people out in public after private discussions is hard core and inspiring.  In one leap and bound we have gone from peaceful activism to full out assault on the party leaders and refuses to work with anyone.

In 2012 I was a staunch supporter and volunteer for Rick Santorum, so joining agains this past time was a no brainer for me.  He had a strong record of accomplishments, getting conservative legislation passed while working with his colleagues on his side of the isle and across.  A deep understanding of foreign policy and immigration, he should have been a shoe in after coming in 2nd behind Romney.  But the field flooded, and others saw the affect of his message and took bits that they claimed for themselves, Trump essentially took Rick’s whole blue collar message and morphed it and voiced in his bombastic way.  Cruz, after taking Rick’s hard line immigration policies went from a C on Numbers USA and now has an A+.

I have been thinking and praying hard about since after Rick dropped and I switched to supporting Rubio, who then also dropped out the next month.  It leaves me with pondering what will let my conscience rest easiest, knowing that I used my vote and voice. The primary process for me has always been a way for me to vote for my candidate no matter what happened prior to.  I voted for Rick in 2012 even though he had dropped out the previous week, and he still was competitive and took 2nd place over Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich who were still running.  I’m not saying that is what will happen this time, as a write-in that is highly unlikely.

I just know that for me, writing in my candidate keeps my conscience clear, especially when I feel that none of the three candidates running are really deserving of my vote in the primary.  Call me crazy, but this is my firmly held belief.  The general will be different, but in the primary my vote will always go to the true conservative with the best record.

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Why I Am Done With Conservative Pundits & Fox News

It has been almost one year since the presidential race formally began with the first candidate entrance into the fray. A lot has happened, fights, entrances and drop outs, and a crazier race that most didn’t think would happen.

In comparison to past election years, this has been the most vile and vicious, as candidates, pundits and individuals have gone at each other, most coming out on the other side divided. And I have to say that I feel more disappointed and divided then ever. I have watched an entire TV station, and political pundits who once did their due diligence and fact checked and where responsible, swirl the drain of mediocrity and throw away their integrity in an instant.

I have watched as Glenn Beck went from listening to all candidates, supporting those who best represent us. To defending Ted Cruz without reason or facts. He ran to his defense when the claim was made that he wanted to federalize homeschooling. Which is partially not true, but when you want the government to give money towards homeschooling, you put yourself on the road to the government stepping in and federalizing it.

Sean Hannity, who I have tolerated for years, and sometimes appreciated. Has fallen head over heels for Trump and I cannot understand why someone can just throw away their beliefs and values like that.

I see people cover for Trump’s insane behavior, mock Rubio for one joke, cover up Cruz’s dirty campaign tricks against his competitors. The insanity reaches new heights with each passing day.

And the cherry on top is Fox News going from partially fair and balanced, to Trump’s personal news station. Every time he puts out a presser or an event, I see them cover either all of it or for 15 minutes to a half hour. I have never seen one candidate get such undivided attention. I was volunteer and supporter of Rick Santorum, Herman Cain and others for a long time, and never have I seen a full presser or event play on TV. They usually just cut out after they’ve seen enough of them or gotten what they believe was the real meat of story and got what they wanted.

Another stretch of insanity has been watching Breitbart.com, Drudge and other conservative news sites, fall so hard for a candidate that they post smear attacks of their own and put them in big bold headlines on their front pages. Never has there been such a blatant lack of fact checking and integrity in journalism in the conservative sphere for as long as I have been involved in politics. Sites that where once devoted to the truth and honest reporting, write up crap and peddle half truths as the truth in defense of their candidate.

This is why I am swearing off of these so called unbiased conservative pundits and sites. And if this goes anywhere, I would just say to Glenn Beck and conservative media in general. This is why your websites and TV stations or tanking. You no longer represent or report the truth.

I will return when you’ve admitted your wrongs and have gone back to fact based, unbiased reporting. Until then I’ll be watching CNN, I at least know where they stand.

Moving Forward; Why I Endorse Marco Rubio

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This past week has been a roller coaster ride, not just for me, but for all Rick Santorum staffers, volunteers and supporters.  The results in Iowa did not come out as we had expected and left us stunned.  So we did what we knew best and had done for weeks leading up to the caucus.  We prayed.  For clarity, for guidance, and for Rick and his family.  Because we knew that God’s plan is greater than ours.

Then the next day came and Rick made his two announcements.  Both did not surprise me, and I have enthusiastically chosen to go along with Rick and give my full support to Marco Rubio.

Marco, though I have not seen eye to eye with him on all issues.  He is firm in his values and beliefs, something that is crucial to me in a candidate.  He also has shown that is open to hearing ideas and learning, something that he has obviously done already as he’s surely read Rick’s message and plan for blue collar America.  His stance on immigration has softened, though I would like to see him change more to what Rick had planned.  But overall his plan is not the end of the world, or the end of America as most would have you believe.  He supports deporting all criminal illegal aliens, including those with serious single misdemeanor (domestic violence and drunk driving among others).  And he would immediately revoke Obama’s 2014 executive order that protects as many as 5 million adult illegal aliens from deportation.  Here is an excerpt from his book American Dreams, on what his plan is for illegal immigrants:

Rubio, from American Dreams, 2015: First, those here illegally must come forward and be registered. If they have committed serious crimes or have not been here long enough, they will have to leave. With the new E-Verify system in place, they are going to find it difficult to find a job in any case. Second, those who qualify would be allowed to apply for a temporary nonimmigrant visa. To obtain it they will have to pay an application fee and a fine, undergo a background check and learn English. Once they receive this work permit, they would be allowed to work legally and travel. To keep it, they will have to pay taxes. They would not qualify for government programs like Obamacare, welfare or food stamps. And if they commit a crime while in this status, they would lose their permit. Third and finally, those who qualify for a nonimmigrant visa will have to remain in this status for at least a decade. After that, they would be allowed to apply for permanent residency if they so choose. Many who qualify for this status will choose to remain in it indefinitely. But those who choose to seek permanent residency would have to do it the way anyone else would, not through any special pathway.

As you can see, the record that he has and espouses is different than the one the other candidates want you to believe.

In the senate he has been leader and has actually done more take out Obamacare than its self proclaimed arch enemy, Ted Cruz, has done to get rid of it.  Below is a list of Marco’s accomplishments in the Senate.

Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 01/08/2015) Became law.

Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 10/20/2015) Became law.

Investing in Student Success Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 10/20/2015) Became law.

Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 04/23/2015) Became law.

United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 07/16/2015) Became law.

Vessel Incidental Discharge Act
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 02/04/2015) Became law.

A resolution designating September 2015 as “National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month”.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 07/29/2015) Became law.

A joint resolution to express the disfavor of Congress regarding the proposed agreement for cooperation between the United States and the People’s Republic of China transmitted to the Congress by the President on April 21, 2015, pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.

Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 07/15/2015) Became law.

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 07/16/2015) Became law.

Florida Fisheries Improvement Act
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 05/20/2015) Became law.

Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 06/18/2015) Became law.

Wireless Innovation Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 06/18/2015) Became law.

Girls Count Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 03/19/2015) Became law.

A bill to require the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to maintain a project to improve hurricane forecasting, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 05/14/2015) Became law.

Second Amendment Enforcement Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 03/26/2015) Became law.

Educational Opportunities Act
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 03/19/2015) Became law.

Escambia County Land Conveyance Act
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 03/18/2015) Became law.

Let Seniors Work Act of 2015
Sponsor: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL] (Introduced 03/17/2015) Became law.

As it the above makes clear, Rubio has done a lot in the senate.  He may not have huge accomplishments like what Rick did with welfare reform and the partial birth abortion ban.  But it is quite hard to get things done when in your first four years in the senate the majority leader, Harry Reid did not let anything get done.

So given Marco’s committed to stance to pro-life and religious freedoms and values, it was a no brainer for me to gravitate toward him after the departure of my own candidate. He is natural born leader who when he stands up and speaks, others take notice, and he is not afraid to take strong and firm stances in what he believes.

That is why I am happy to fully support and endorse Marco Rubio for president of the United States.