Election 2012

Lebanon Valley College

The 2012 Election for a Conservative

By Alex Philp, College Conservatives president

In this fall election season, politics seem to dominate much of the discussion; at least that’s how its been for me.  I don’t always get into political debates, but when I do, someone tends to get upset.  Regardless, I think it is important to discuss real moral and political issues.  For my club, the College Conservatives, this is not only an important election, but a great time to get out our message.

The College Conservatives is a group on campus that represents conservative and libertarian ideas including free market capitalism, private property rights, small government and an adherence to the constitution.  Among other things we do, we take a trip every year to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C.   The club is open to anyone at the college.

This election is a time for reflection.  It is a time to evaluate the Obama administration.  We need to ask ourselves if we are better off, as a country, than we were four years ago.  Any objective person would tell us that we are not.  This administration has added over 5 trillion dollars to the Federal debt.  The economy is still sluggish and unemployment is higher than when the Obama took office.

The president has shown no fiscal restraint whatsoever, perhaps the worst spending binge being the stimulus bill in 2009 which amounted to a congressional wish list of pork and special deals to government cronies.  But that wasn’t even the worst of Obama’s crony capitalism.  The auto bailouts and Obamacare showed the president’s real disdain for free market competition and thus for freedom itself.

Obama’s solution to the debt crises has been typical of politicians, more taxes and more spending.  That just doesn’t work.  That’s what caused the recession and that’s what created our debt.  Mitt Romney certainly isn’t perfect, but he understands that much.  At least I hope he does.  If nothing else, a Romney presidency and a GOP takeover of the Senate would ensure the repeal of the monstrosity that is Obamacare.  And I’m optimistic that given another chance the GOP will show some government restraint and a little fiscal conservatism.  On the bright side for them, the Democrats have set the bar pretty low.

*Editor’s Note: LVC students should contact Alex if interested in joining the College Conservatives.

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