Author: Frank Manning

The GOP Nomination From Great Britain’s Perspective

Tweet 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...

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Churchill Belonged There: Can the GOP Save the Alliance?

As the GOP field thins out during primary season, British conservatives with an interest in American politics have been forced to re-examine their preferred candidate.  The rapid rise and fall of many “flavours of the month” has made it increasingly difficult to follow from across the Atlantic.  Mainstream media tends to present the nominees as caricatures of themselves, while the liberal media delights in picking out quotes to make candidates seem more extreme. Britain’s secular nature attempts to extract religion from elections.  Tony Blair has been involved in a number of faith-based initiatives since leaving office, but he rarely...

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Clarkson’s Endorsement Brings Vitriolic Hatred

Yesterday, the singer Kelly Clarkson came out in support for Ron Paul.  She posted: “I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.” She received numerous messages of support, along with some disgusting vitriolic hatred. Shortly afterwards, she posted: “I am really sorry if I have offended anyone. Obviously that was not my intent. I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women’s rights, men’s rights, white/black/purple/orange rights. I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all. Out of all of the Republican nominees, he’s my favorite.” Now, Ron Paul is not my preferred candidate. While I wholeheartedly agree with his approach to a small state with low tax, low regulation and liberty for all, I cannot support his foreign policy.  As a Brit, I have debated at length with Libertarians and Paul supporters; I refuse to believe that America should have the same approach to diplomatic relations for the UK as they do for Iran. Even many on the left would agree that there are occasional cases in which intervention is necessary for humanitarian and...

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Occupy: A Brit’s Perspective on the Movement

Yet again, the Occupy movement has attempted to shut down ports around America, further damaging the economy and injuring port companies and their workers.  While they did this supposedly to express ‘solidarity’ with various ‘martyrs’, the ‘leaders’ of the movement still deny receiving any endorsement from unions operating within the Northwest port area. As a Britain, I want to ask this question: how much further do Occupiers have to push before Americans stand up and say “enough”? At a time when the worldwide economy needs all the support it can get, protests like these directly cost the American economy millions and millions...

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