We'll Never Know
How did “patriotic fervor” and bitter resistance toward another Obama term evaporate on Election Day?
Maybe religion played a small role. Maybe Romney’s Massachusetts background failed to ignite people outside of New England. Maybe a Romney victory seemed a dead cinch.
Libertarians would crawl through broken glass for their cause, and tea party patriots would crawl across the Sahara Desert to save their country. Did Romney fail to connect with these deep sentiments?
The daunting challenge facing our Founding Fathers bound them closer than mere blood relations or political allies, as the last line of their Declaration of Independence reveals: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
Two things could prevent a person from pledging his life, fortune and sacred honor to Mitt Romney. Those two things might also prevent him from casting a ballot for Romney.
First, Romney changed his position on some very basic issues as his campaign moved from Massachusetts to the presidency.
As an example, changing your mind on abortion requires a basic change in spiritual values, which are slow to change in deeply convicted religious people such as Romney.
Second, the Republican establishment’s candidate spouting “tea party” slogans from time to time may have struck a dissonant chord with too many people.
The establishment prefers back-room deals with their liberal opposition rather than working with libertarian and tea party ideologues on core conservative principles.
We can speculate all day. But we may never know for sure whether it was too many tea party people or too many establishment Republicans that stayed home on Election Day.
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