For all the talk about the two New Hampshire debates flooding the internet, print, and airwaves, I'm a little disappointed in the focus. I'm not at all surprised; it's the nature of leftist media to look for things to laugh at, for good one-liners, for heated exchanges, etc. But there is little to no substance reported. For that, you must turn to the transcripts or videos of the debates.
These debates have consistently shown the candidates attacking the left for the self-defeating policies of the Obama administration. These debates have strongly articulated conservatism. For the first time in my life, I've heard the social issues in my party articulated well. Santorum, Romney, and Gingrich all have my applause and commendation for that. They've successfully explained the difference between rights and laws, how the issue of gay-marriage is much deeper than it appears at the surface because of the implication it has on religious adoption services and family services who can not operate in places with legal gay marriage, the difference between discrimation against gays and support for gay marriage, the attack on the family as the fundamental functioning unit of society and how this institution of marriage, the sanctity of the family, and all Christianity are under attack to some degree by the policies of our current administration.
There were other substantive parts worth your time as well. Ideas for reigning in congressional corruption, smart foreign policy, smart economic policy, rebuilding our nation economically, growing jobs, etc. The most important part I'd say, of those, is the idea that right now we're propping up and bowing to oppressive regimes and tyrants for oil while we have more than enough of our own.
If we opened up our own resources, prices would drop, costs of living and doing business would drop, we'd have energy independence and wouldn't be economically vulnerable to Iran closing the straights of Hormuz, we'd leave those oppressive regimes short of cash for funding their terrorist organizations, we'd grow jobs and wealth at home, we'd be able to pay off our enormous federal debts, etc.
They didn't talk about this, but we'd also be using oil extracted in a more environmentally-friendly way than from the countries we're buying from. The arguments against oil expansion in our country are weak. I'm convinced that Obama caters to the environmentalists not because he really cares about the environment, but likes the power it gives him. With Americans suffering financially from the high price of oil and subsequent high cost of living and doing business, more Americans turn to the government for help. He's creating dependencies and continuing dependencies to make the transition to socialism seem obvious. Fellow Americans, don't fall for this! Our freedom and prosperity are at stake. This election is far more serious than meets the eye. So many factors and issues combine to make this the most important election season we've faced since probably Lincoln's reelection during the Civil War. Please read up on each issue, reading both left and right so you understand exactly where we are and where we're headed.