The debate last Thursday was expected basically to showcase Perry against Romney. That expectation was fulfilled, but the exchange that really brought Perry down and maybe even out was when Santorum exposed Perry’s education break to illegal aliens, a break which needy Americans do not receive.
Santorum on Perry in regard to illegal aliens attending college:
“The point is, why are we subsidizing? Not that they can’t go. They can go. They just have to borrow money, find other sources to be able to go. And why should they be given preferential treatment as an illegal in this country? That’s what we’re saying…..
So I think he’s very weak on this issue of American sovereignty and protecting our borders and not being a magnet for illegal immigration, yes.”
While others also criticized Perry’s position on illegal immigration, it was Perry’s own words which shook conservatives to the core:
“If you say that we should not educate children who come into our state for no other reason than that they’ve been brought their through no fault of their own, I don’t think you have a heart.”
With the bringing down of Perry, some say it brought Santorum up as a contender; but this examiner disagrees. Santorum may be a fine man, but he lacks that certain quality which inspires Americans to look hopefully to him as a leader. He was somewhat annoying in the way he goaded Perry about the Texas border and its lack of a fence. After Perry explained that Texas knows how to keep the border secure but that they needed more “boots on the ground” from the federal government, Santorem interrupted, “But you said we know how it works. Is it working in Texas?”
Newt Gingrich is politically shrewd, a genius actually, and everyone knows it. Perhaps that is why he does not take advantage of these debates to show off just what kind of great mind he has. Several of the candidates showed their deep respect and admiration for him as they said it was he they would pick as their VP choice.
Mitt Romney is an attractive candidate who has a lot of money behind him. He also offers a very high IQ and has developed a good, polished presence. It is no surprise this time around to see him in the top tier of candidates.
In spite of America being weary of politicians, we seem to want as President someone who has some political experience. That is maybe why Herman Cain is not catching on. He is obviously very bright and honest; and he certainly has much to offer. With class and clarity, he goes after Obama, not his fellow Republicans. (Note: Cain won the Florida straw poll.)
Michele Bachmann, the main subject of this article, is, in a word, wonderful. Here is an example from Thursday’s debate of her ability to articulate a purely conservative view:
“…..the federal government has failed the American people and has failed the states. It’s reprehensible that President Obama has sued the state of Arizona and the governor of Arizona for trying to protect the people in Arizona. That’s wrong.
As president of the United States, I would do what my job would demand of me. That’s to uphold the sovereignty of the United States of America.
To do that, I would build a fence on America’s southern border on every mile, on every yard, on every foot, on every inch of the southern border. I think that’s what we have to do, not only build it, but then also have sufficient border security and enforce the laws that are on the books with the ICE agents, with our border security.
And here’s the other thing I would do. I would not allow taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal aliens or for their children.
That’s a madness. End the madness for illegal aliens to come into the United States of America.”
She has been criticized for her uproar over Perry’s decision regarding Gardasil. Even though she is correct, she should have publicly let it go long ago as Perry has admitted he made a mistake. However, as a constitutional conservative, she can’t get over how he could err on something so basic as what should be a parent’s decision, not a government decision.
Bachman is a conservative through and through. She’s bold and inwardly strong. Unfortunately, though, America is very much this day and age affected by outward appearance. On that stage, in spite of all her strength and energy, Michele Bachmann looked small and non-intimidating in comparison to the men up there with her. Someday, perhaps, we will elect a woman as President; but as we are still drawn to a masculine presence for leadership of our country, it won’t be someone so ladylike in her mannerisms as Bachmann, not any time soon.