AN OPEN LETTER TO MITT ROMNEY
March 10th, 2010
I saw you speak on NewsMax about the tea party movement and tea party candidates who are running outside the Republican Party. I do not think you understand the tea party movement, so allow me to educate you.
This movement was started because politicians like you failed the American people. The Republican platform seems to be less about protecting the liberty of individual Americans, and more about regaining power at all costs. Regular Americans are turning to tea parties as an alternative to politicians like you, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Mike Huckabee. Regular Americans are running for public office as third-party candidates, not because of a lust for power, but because of a sense of duty to preserve liberty for ourselves and our posterity.
Your focus of late has been to blame Obama for taking us down the wrong path. He may be taking us more quickly, but both the Republicans and Democrats have blazed the trail.
As you pointed out, the bailouts (TARP 1) were started under a Republican president. It was the Republicans that delivered one of the greatest blows to the 4th Amendment in the form of the PATRIOT Act. It was Republicans who spent roughly $700-billion on Medicare expansion.
You have dismissed the rise of the true Constitutional conservatives (libertarians) in your party. You imply that libertarians just do as they are told, and show up when summoned. You could not be further from the truth. I believe your attempt to marginalize the tea party movement is an extension of the deep concern you have for its implications.
Americans are beginning to vote principle before party. Republicans shoulder much of the blame for our problems, and a growing number of Americans no longer trust the GOP to do the right thing.
Your party does have some good candidates that should be supported. In races that the best Constitutional conservative is running as a Republican, the people should vote for that candidate. By the same token, in races where the best Constitutional conservative is running as a third-party candidate, the people should vote for a third party. Voting for the lesser of two evils put us in the position we are in today.
Libertarian for U.S. Senate, Florida