Well, that was sudden. After what seems like a never ending GOP nomination process and dozens of debates, Mitt Romney should now have it in the bag. With Rick Santorum suspending his campaign, his supporters have little choice but to fall behind Romney, the candidate who has struggled to attract the GOP base even when all the other options were embroiled in scandals or embarrassing debate performances. Santorum was a controversial candidate in some ways, but his determination has never been in doubt, as the ever excellent Timothy Stanley has pointed out.
Now the serious business can commence – making sure that Barack Obama is a one-term President. It is truly shocking that even during a financial crisis caused in part by the out of control spending of big government, there are still Keynesians like Obama who actually believe they can spend taxpayers’ money and somehow create prosperity. Semantics are the order of the day. A stimulus is merely ‘investment,’ despite the fact that taxpayers would actually prefer a tax cut so they can feed their families. Businesses face the daunting prospect of rising tax rates – stifling economic growth and job creation.
Realistically, Ron Paul has reached his limit. The socially conservative supporters of Santorum will never jump ship to him. Paul’s libertarian movement are not finished, he will probably stay in the race to raise funds for the inevitable Rand Paul campaign in 2016 or 2020. Newt Gingrich, despite his earlier successes and self-confidence, has lost the support of the GOP and is unlikely to get it back at this late stage.
So now it truly is Mitt Romney’s nomination to lose. I don’t know many Republicans who would say he is their perfect candidate, but a moderate is always better than a Leftist. Besides, if the GOP can take the Senate, they can make sure that Romney remembers what conservative principles are. True conservatives in the UK would like to see stronger relations and trade between both of our great nations. We need to move away from the bureaucrats and technocrats of the European Union, who even now are spending hundreds of billions of dollars trying to keep flat lining economies like Greece afloat. They will fail, of course, and then they will try and do the same thing again. Daniel Hannan, the President of YBF, expressed this eloquently during his speech at CPAC this year.
Thanks to the generosity of the Young America’s Foundation, last week the Young Britons’ Foundation was able to visit the Ronald Reagan Ranch near Santa Barbara. This beautiful piece of land is miles away from the towns and cities of California, and a world away from the politics of Washington DC.
In 1993, the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visited Ronald and Nancy Reagan at the Ranch. It is no surprise that both of these former world leaders hold a special place in the hearts and minds of conservatives. Their beliefs, strength of character, and determination helped them win the Cold War and make the U.K. and the U.S. great again, inspiring aspiration, ambition, and a better vision for tomorrow.
The ‘Special Relationship’ they fostered has had its fair share of ups and downs since then, but the Obama Administration has made a point of insulting Britain at every possible opportunity. First Obama removed the bust of Winston Churchill from the White House and sent it back to the UK, supposedly because he ‘didn’t know who it was.’ The sabre-rattling of Argentina about the Falkland Islands has been tacitly accepted by Obama and Hillary Clinton. Their half-hearted support of the British sovereignty of the Falklands has been duly noted by a British public who are rapidly tiring of his divisive, class warfare style of politics. Obama and celebrity Leftists like Sean Penn are bound to give back Malibu to the Mexicans anytime soon…
So when the mainstream media writes fawning articles about how Obama can even charm the Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, don’t be fooled. There are thousands of political supporters and activists in Britain who want to see a U.S. President that actually cares about the historical relationship between our countries, many of whom will be travelling to the U.S. in the next few months to help with campaigns. YBF will be in Washington D.C. this summer with a group of conservative activists to meet like-minded students who believe in the principles of free markets, free people, small government, and strong national defence.
Now, more than ever, we must join together and ensure Obama and his failed policies are out of the White House, once and for all.