It remains to be seen if Romney will really bring back fiscal responsibility, although he does promise to do that, and he seems to be our best hope at present. The problem is that a President is not alone in managing the budget. We have three branches of government, and all three have some impact on the budget, the biggest impact coming from the legislative branch, the Senate and the House of Representatives. However, a President who is a real leader and has sound character can have a very significant impact by being wisely grounded in Judeo-Christian morality, consistent in message and free-market, individual liberty principles, persistent in pushing for and applying those principles, and by rallying the American public to bring pressure on Congress as he sells his vision for America. I believe President Obama has made it abundantly clear that he believes in the failed socialist vision of government as god, the very same one that we see crumbling all across Europe. And I believe that Romney is our best chance to return to the more successful Lockean vision of limited government, dispersed power, and God-given individual rights. There is a rightful place for government, and it can be fairly effective if it is run by the right principles, if it is forced to maintain fiscal responsibility, if it is regularly audited to catch inefficiency and corruption, and if it is basically kept in check, forcing it to serve the American people. But the bloated monster that we currently have is NOT what we want. IT is not applying any of those principles. Romney is probably our best chance to return government to responsibility since Reagan left office.
We have had a string of Republican disappointments following the Reagan era. As I mentioned, previously, Bush 41 believed in the government god and bought into the one-world government, so he was not a real conservative deep in his heart, and his broken promise of not raising taxes exposed his true nature for which he paid at the ballot box. Clinton was a little more conservative than many in the Democratic Party, but only because he was forced to be that way by public outcry against his attempt to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military, against his wife’s attempt at universal health care, and by the Republican Revolution led by Newt Gingrich in 1994. Republican candidates such as Dole and McCain left a bad taste in many conservative voters’ mouths. These men turned out to be career politicians who were too deeply stained with questionable, business-as-usual politics to bring any significant diversion from the runaway path of government as god.
Romney promises to change politics in Washington and drain the swamp that has been getting ever deeper for several decades. The real difference in Romney is that he didn’t spend most of his adult life in political office like many of our flawed candidates in the past. He has actually been out there in the real-life struggles of common people like you and I, and he knows what it means to: run a business; work hard; remain within a budget; worry about normal life issues that average Americans face; be concerned with the problems of those around you and want to serve them in a biblically-based, loving way; raise a family under difficult circumstances; guide that same family in a moral, religious path; and lead people that are in his sphere of influence to something better in life. I feel more comfortable and confident about Romney that I have felt about any politician since Reagan. I did have some concerns in the beginning, but my research on him and his subsequent statements and deeds have allayed my concerns. I may find that I am wrong in time, but as with many things in life, you can never be 100 percent sure. Sometimes, you just have to go with the best information you have, pray for guidance, and cast your bread upon the waters (Ecc. 11:1) praying and hoping for the best.
I’m not worried about labels. Some worry that he’s a Mormon. I try to look at people from God’s perspective rather than my own prideful prejudices. God always looks on the heart. Judging by what I have seen of Romney’s actions, his words, and his past deeds, he seems to be the real deal to me. I may shock some by saying this, but I believe that there are Christians in the Mormon Church, and Romney may even be a Christian, himself. I ask you to hear me out before passing judgment. God has shown me over the years that, anywhere His truth is present, He can do spiritual work and can save people. If you have talked to any Mormons before, you know that they do accept the Bible as one of their texts so they do read it from time to time. Certainly, they have some flaky doctrine, and the whole thing with the extra-biblical text in the Book of Mormon is a matter of serious concern, but you have essentially the same situation with the Catholic Church. Catholics have quite a lot of extra-biblical texts that they consider sources of truth – not just the Apocrypha, but also edicts and statements by popes, etc. And I’m sure that there are other Protestant denominations that lean too much on extra-biblical teachings and doctrine. Now, Catholics do have a lot of doctrine and practices that others might consider questionable such as praying to saints, indulgences, transubstantiation, etc. But I have met some very sweet, sincere, loving Catholic people who said they were saved by Jesus’ blood, and they lived out their faith as well as any Christian in the mainstream Protestant denominations. I’ve been humbled by the loving commitment to Jesus and humility displayed by many Catholics who fight on the frontlines of spiritual warfare against evils in society such as abortion. In the same vein, I’ve met some Mormons who answered my questions the right way about salvation through Jesus and seemed to be the real deal, living lives of loving service as well.