Open Letter to the All-Powerful Illinois Voters — The Tipping Point is Now!

By Greg Stapley

Much has been said about the faceless “Republican Establishment” that supposedly wants this candidate or that candidate to represent the party in the upcoming presidential election. I don’t know who that is, or if such an Establishment even exists, but the people talking about it ignore one important fact: this thing is in the hands of American voters. And American voters seldom take orders from “establishments.”

Greg Stapley

This, week one state’s voters have the unique and historic opportunity to seal the decision in what could be the last meaningful contest of this primary season. Illinois voters can determine the course of history by finally picking the opposition candidate to Barack Obama.

We have some great candidates to oppose the current occupant of the White House. Every one of these contenders — Mitt, Rick, Newt, Ron — is a faithful son of the party. Each has substantial electoral credentials, and each of course has a record.

Not one of them is exactly like me or you. Each one is conservative in many things, but none of them has been perfectly consistent in all.

For example, Mitt is an economic conservative, but historically has not been as socially conservative as I am.

Rick is a social conservative, but his repeated earmarking, votes for Davis-Bacon and unbridled debt-limit increases make him anything but an economic conservative.

Ron is a monetary conservative, but he is somewhere to the left of Jane Fonda on national defense and foreign policy.

And Newt is a political conservative, but the danger for political conservatives is that they are political, and sometimes that means they compromise when they shouldn’t, and wind up sitting on a couch with Nancy Pelosi.

Nobody’s perfect.

But this is undeniable: Every single one of them would be miles ahead of Barack Obama in getting our economic house in order, putting America back to work, and restoring the American values that we hold dear.

This too is undeniable: None of them can win the general election alone. It will take all of us unitedly fighting together against the Obama machine to put our nominee over the top. And we need to start now.

The first step, if our opposition nominee is going to win the general, will be for us as voters to pull them all off of the hamster wheel that this primary has become. You know what I’m talking about: the increasingly cruel and counterproductive exercise in which the candidates are forced to constantly run around the country trying to “out-conservative” each other just to get that next block of delegates. It’s wearing all of them (and us) out, and it will ultimately damage our cause in the Fall.

And so without descending into the quagmire of which one is better than the other on this particular issue or that, it seems like it’s time to pull back and look at the big picture. It’s time to finally figure out which one is best positioned to carry the banner for American values and priorities in the upcoming general election. It’s time to put the debate amongst ourselves to rest. [more photos of romance below the fold]

The funny thing about that quagmire is that the longer we remain in it, the more likely it seems that the quagmire itself will become an issue, and derail our ambitions of retaking the White House and the Congress. We already see these discussions all around us, detracting from the real issues – just exactly what Obama and the liberal Democrats want.

In other words, there is a tipping point, past which the continuing argument itself begins to become a factor in determining whether any of our candidates can win the ultimate prize. That tipping point is now.

Dick Morris recently reminded us that of the four contested conventions that have occurred since 1960 — two of which were Republican and two of which were Democrat — the parties’ ultimate nominee in each case lost the general election. If the current “all-the-way-to-the-convention” crowd has its way, the Republican Party in 2012 can almost certainly count on a similar result — and five more years of an Obama administration unfettered by concerns for reelection or any other form of accountability.

That’s right, five more years. Five more years to execute their healthcare plan and shove Obamacare down our throats. Five more years of union bosses and Acorn socialists treating our White House like their personal cloakroom, and our treasury as their organizational piggy bank. Five more years of unbridled illegal immigration. Five more years of wholesale assaults on the Second Amendment. Five more years of a Justice Department war on responsible states that seek to protect their borders and the integrity of their elections.

Perhaps most alarmingly, five more years and potentially three more Supreme Court appointments – three more Sotomayors and Kagans, and countless liberal lower court judges — who will not just shape the social landscape for those five years, but for 25 or 30 years to come. We’re talking about five more years of power to “fundamentally alter” the very identity of America, just like Obama promised he would.

Whether we call ourselves Conservatives or Moderates or Republicans or Independents or just plain Americans, the stakes for all of us are incredibly, incredibly high. We cannot afford five more years, period.

And so the time has come to finish the game.

And remarkably, fate has dealt Illinois voters a fascinating and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the course of history, by doing just that. Illinois can end the family fight that has become this protracted primary season. Illinois can put one candidate over the top now, while there’s still time to pivot and pound our way to victory in the general election.

If Illinois wants to wield its formidable power to do that, they can do it only one way: by rallying behind the one candidate who is actually within striking distance of the top.

Illinois will rally behind the one candidate who has shown that he has the organization, the fundraising ability, the message and the leadership skills to win 54% of the delegates so far. By the way, 54% is no small achievement for anyone engaged in a four-way race for anything. And yet Mitt Romney has consistently scored well with conservatives, moderates, independents, blue-collar, white-collar, female, and other critical demographics across a number of states, and in some very hard-fought contests.

Illinois will rally to put its indelible stamp on a permanent answer to the all-important questions of who will lead the battle to retake the White House, and when that candidate will get to move past the internal squabble and start that fight.

Illinois will end it, here and now.

Everybody understands that each of the candidates has wonderful things to offer. Mitt’s executive skills are legendary. Rick’s passion is infectious. Newt’s big ideas are exciting. Even Ron’s steadiness on financial issues is refreshing. If we could take our favorite parts of each one of them and meld them into a single super candidate, we’d have a heckuva candidate indeed.

But until modern science figures out how to do those kinds of transplants, we’ll have to get together and pick one of them to carry the ball over the goal line. Mathematically, the only one who can do it now is Mitt. And Illinois voters have been sent on to the field to call the play, take the snap and hand him the ball so we can win. Like a great quarterback, Illinois can lead the whole team to victory.

Everybody wins, even the other candidates. The others have fought well, and will have their places of prominence on the stage ahead.

Santorum is a young man. He still has a bright future ahead of him, if he can muster the personal pragmatism to read the handwriting on the wall, step aside and live to run again. If he systematically moves himself to the right on economic issues in the interim, he can earn the nomination in the future. If on the other hand Republicans fail to deny Obama another term, the damage done to America, the voting process, and society in general could become so severe that it might become difficult for a true conservative to ever be elected again to fill the White House.

Gingrich likewise could do great things for himself and the country by electing to take the prominence he has earned and step aside, support the nominee, and become the true Elder Statesman of the party. That job is open, and he could fill it admirably. But it will be meaningless if his personal quest for the presidency devolves into a scorched-earth policy that cripples the campaign to retake the White House. In that case, history will regard him as a spoiler, and the focus will be turned from his lifetime of accomplishments to this one mindless failure.

And Paul can be an undeniable influence for good. He has earned his place in any debate, and brings a refreshing and decidedly different perspective to Republican politics that needs to be heard. He reaches a part of the base that the others struggle with. He too can rally his followers and become part of the winning campaign strategy in the Fall.

So now’s the moment, Illinois. Chances are around 50-50 that someone besides Mitt might be your favorite player right now. But please take this opportunity to lay aside what the other candidates may have said about him in the heat of battle, and then carefully listen to Mitt’s message, examine his true record, and make your own informed choice about whether he can retake the White House for you, me and America going forward.

And then truly vote your conscience, with that big picture in mind. If you can do that — if Illinois voters can seal the win and give him – and all of us – the chance to start earning the decisive victory that this country and our party need right now — then we can together charge forward and take the fight to Obama, and win back our country.

[emphasis added]

Greg Stapley is a businessman living with his family in San Juan Capistrano, California

“Integrity is derived from the Latin adjective integer, meaning ‘whole’ or ‘complete.’ Used in this context, we can define it as the inner sense of ‘wholeness’ derived from qualities such as honesty and consistency of character.” – Heart of A Lion, p. 9 [Thank you to @SEAL-of-Honor]

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22 Responses to Open Letter to the All-Powerful Illinois Voters — The Tipping Point is Now!

  1. Chris Gagne says:

    I don’t know if I have come across a more well written article than the one I have just read. I almost feel impelled to nominate Mr. Greg Stapley for VP. Mitt of course, for POTUS. Great, Great, Great article!!!

  2. maria peach says:

    Hi, Greg… I truly support what you shared and I hope the end of the bitter feeling from Mr. Santorum and Mr. Gingrich end..They are not helping to DEFEAT OBAMA.

    I can sincerely feel Mr. Romney will prove to all americans he can turn around our counrty with all the attacks he got from the other candidates and the pundits….

    I know in our country, still religion matters but I hope and pray, by the way I’m Catholic , the failth we have from our one Creator will open the hearts of so many conservatives to Mr. Romney…

    The bottomline is, WE HAVE TO DEFEAT OBAMA AND IT’S MR. ROMNEY WHO CAN DO THAT!

    Mr. Santorum claims he is the conservative, i agree with Mr. Paul that he is fake,…he is just better in talking than Mr. Romney and businessmen normally are not goos talkers but REAL DOERS and I was before.

    The record of Mr. Santorum is like that of Mr. Gingrich that’s why he lost in Pennsylvania. His strategy is for people especially evangelicals, catholics to sympathisize him eherein for us we have always soft heart to same faith that’s why Mr. Santorum is getting votes of cathloics, evangelicals, protestants.

    But if only Mr. Romney be using the words ” I AM VERY HUMBLED WITH ALL THE SUPPORT HE IS GETTING AND FOR OTHERS TO OPEN THEIR HEARTS TO HIM, I think he’ll get the understanding of most very conservatives in our party!!!

    By the way, my husband who is a democrat just switched his party to be among us!

    Keep up the good work!!!

    The Peaches

  3. maria peach says:

    maria peach :Hi, Greg… I truly support what you shared and I hope the end of the bitter feeling from Mr. Santorum and Mr. Gingrich end..They are not helping to DEFEAT OBAMA.
    I can sincerely feel Mr. Romney will prove to all americans he can turn around our counrty with all the smear attacks he got from the other candidates and the pundits….
    I know in our country, still religion matters but I hope and pray, by the way I’m Catholic , the failth we have from our one Creator will open the hearts of so many conservatives to Mr. Romney…
    The bottomline is, WE HAVE TO DEFEAT OBAMA AND IT’S MR. ROMNEY WHO CAN DO THAT!
    Mr. Santorum claims he is the conservative, I agree with Mr. Paul that he is fake,…he is just a better talker than Mr. Romney and businessmen normally are not good talkers but REAL DOERS.

    The record of Mr. Santorum is like that of Mr. Gingrich that’s why he lost in Pennsylvania. His strategy is for people especially evangelicals, catholics to sympathize him wherein for us we have always soft heart to same faith that’s why Mr. Santorum is getting votes of most catholics, evangelicals, etc.

    But if only Mr. Romney be using the words ” I AM VERY HUMBLED WITH ALL THE SUPPORT HE IS GETTING AND FOR OTHERS TO OPEN THEIR HEARTS TO HIM, I think he’ll get the understanding of most very conservatives in our party!!! We always geared for sympathetic words.

    Keep up the good work!!!

  4. Nell Stefanik says:

    I agree Chris. The writing on this blog is superior. As for me, I would love to see more of Ann.

    When Ann and the Governor were campaigning in Florida, one of the attendees to their event, wrote this terrifc song in honor of Ann. It is entitled “Judge a man by The Woman”.

    Here is the You Tube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mwBFrkBi8M

  5. Courtney says:

    I’m in Illinois and will be proudly voting for Mitt bright and early Tuesday morning!

  6. Maria: Please tell your husband THANK YOU for me. It is one thing for a person of one party to vote for a candidate of a different party. It is a completely different and more difficult thing for someone to make the decision to change parties altogether.

    Those of us who write for MittRomneyCentral speak for all the supporters of Governor Romney when we tell him we are most grateful. His support and his vote is very important to Governor Romney and it will make a difference for our nation.

    THANK YOU!

  7. Chris Gagne says:

    I have watched it several times. It stirs great emotions in me each time I watch it. Mitt & Ann are real!!! @Nell Stefanik

  8. F. Ybarra says:

    @Courtney
    Thank you Courtney, and Thanks to Greg for the great post.

    I fear however, that Newtorum will continue to campaign aggressively and try push things to convention as it has already threatened to do. I don’t think it will stop one second before Mitt’s delegate number reaches 1144. It already has tried dirty tactics and unholy plots, “Survivor” style, such as robocalling Dems. to stop Mitt from reaching that number at ANY cost.

    Greg’s piece gives Newtorum a bit too much credit. If it had its country’s best interest in mind it would already done what Mitt did in 2008 and support the front runner.

    Thanks, Newtorum. Your legacy will be that you were instrumental in ruining this country by giving Obama five more years, unless you change your ways soon.

  9. Jim Tills says:

    Great article that I wish every Illinois and US voter would read and understand. We must not have another 4 years of Obama and the suffocating net of Czars and appointees devoted to destroying the fabric of America established under the Constitution.

    We are so close to losing not just the freedoms cherished and vouchsafed under the Bill of Rights, but also our lives in a civil war that could possibly ensue once a volatile turning point over the loss of Constitutional freedoms arrives. (Read: Obama reelection). Enough Americans love this land and the liberty we enjoy that when a certain point is reached, they will probably not take it lying down. If that day comes (and under a second term by Obama, it is not only possible but probable) there will undoubtedly be an uprising which could make the Greece riots look peaceful.

    Santorum is playing with fire as he lies consistently about Mitt Romney’s record, because he is turning confused listeners into would-be opponents of the best candidate in the field (i.e Mitt Romney) who has proven to be someone that can turn things around economically, diplomatically, and even socially. However, to beat Obama, Mitt will need a united front against the socialistic onslaught that will be coming in the next six months. Conservatives, divided against one another, may fight a losing battle politically because of that division, and then critical times will undoubtedly come upon us all.

  10. AfricansforRomney says:

    Very positive open letters to voters. I don’t agree your Santorum or Gingrich assesments, though. These two are NOT presidential materials, very self centered individuals.They got here just by accident (contaception issue and lashing out the media). We gave them all ears and eyes but, they’re all over the map. Integrity matters!

    No doubt, Gingrich is a very smart guy, very stubborn (he still thinks that he’s a good debater after he lost twice by Gov Romney excellent debate performance). Santourm can move to one of the southern states once again and can try his luck for Gov or Congress. I think his messages works much better for more local social conservative states. I like Ron Paul the “God Father of liberty, freedom”. He’s no harm to anyone. I’m glad he stayed b/c i want him to continue preaching the gospel of individual liberty.

    We cannot afford Obama another 5 years for printing money! enough is enough!!
    Chicago, Chicgao, Chicago, please VOTE Gov Romney!

    @Nell Stefanik
    Thanks for the link. Nice. Well, there was a time when Gov Romney screwed up something, i said to myself i wish Ann runs for Prez :=) Ann will be classy first Lady!

  11. Jean says:

    No one has to convince me about Romney. I supported him in 08 and I am still his supporter today. I do a lot of research and found him to be the best. I will be so proud have him as President and his family to be our county first family. I wouldn’t be surprised if others change their mind in his favor if they just ignore the media and other talking heads.

  12. Utah_Conservative says:

    If Romney were an evangelical he would have already received the unified support of the party. Look, nobody really wants to be led by Gingrich or Santorum; if they did then Gingrich and Santorum would both hold political office right now. For example, Gingrich would already be governor of Georgia if the people actually wanted him to lead. Instead the voters are just using Santorum and Gingrich as a way to express their distrust and hatred of someone of a different faith. Santorum and Gingrich share that same distrust and hatred, which in turn leads them to make selfish and stupid decisions.

  13. NellieS says:

    @Jim Tills

    Guess I am a “Flip/Flopper” Newt Gingrich angers me – then I feel sorry for him. It is obvious to anyone watching the Man is seriously Bi-Polar, and refuses to acknowledge it or take meds. It must truly be painful to live inside of Newt Gingrich’s mind.

  14. Linda says:

    I really enjoyed your post. It says it all. The LDS people have the most conservative values that do match all the other conservative values. If the Republican’s could unite behind Mitt Romney we will win in November.

  15. GREG STAPLEY IS MY NEW HERO BECAUSE I CAN’T IMAGINE ANOTHER 5 YEARS OF PRES. OBAMA AT THE HELM. HE HAD HIS CHANCE AND HAS FAILED AND I’M SAD TO SAY THIS ABOUT ANYONE ESPECIALLY OUR PRESIDENT HE HAS BEEN THE MOST UNAMERICAN PRES. THIS NATION EVER HAD.

    FOR ME, RICK SANTORUM AND NEWT GINGRICH COULD BE AMERICAN HEROES BY RECOGNIZING THE TIME TO UNITE IS NOW AND THE TIME TO DEFEAT OBAMA IS NOW AND THE ONLY WAY TO DO THAT IS BY THE BOTH OF THEM MAKING THE GREATEST PERSONAL SACRAFICE FOR THEIR COUNTRY AT THIS TIME AND UNITE BEHIND MITT.

  16. Helen Wells says:

    All you Illinois people, get everyone you know, and don’t know, to make this come true. We have to give Mitt the ball and make a touchdown Tuesday and get on with the business of getting Obama defeated!!!

  17. Helen Wells says:

    This is the most effective and well-written argument for closing this off and getting our nominee NOW in Illinois that I have ever read. Thank you, Greg. Now, is this open letter going to newspapers, etc. for local people in Illinois to read? Find a way to get this to Illinois readers!!

  18. Helen: We are trying to get some good editor and reporter sources to send this to in Illinois. We would encourage any and all Romney supporters to forward the URL to this post to as many people as you know in Illinois to get the word out.

    Thanks.

  19. Utah: Well said. It is something we all know here at MRC but have decided not to discuss as authors.

    GMR will win on his merits in spite of it.

  20. Tanya says:

    Hi Greg… Fabulous article! I started leaning toward Mitt Romney months ago, and could not agree with you more – he is the right man for the challenges facing our nation now, and I believe he’ll lead with conviction, compassion, and calm. It’s time for the others to do the right thing now and step aside. I hope you’re able to satisfy Helen’s request in putting your letter out there for the people of Illinois to see by Monday! Afterwards, can you please write one for Louisiana?! I so hope my state doesn’t go the way of MS and AL on the 24th! Also, Neil is right – Ann would definitely make a warm and classy First Lady, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from her going forward.

  21. Terry Denney Chapman says:

    Great article Greg! I’ll pass it on. I think Mitt Romney is the only candidate who is qualified to get our country out of the mess it’s in- and can Win the race against Obama. Take Care. Friend from Riveria.

  22. Linda Sue Taylor-Jones says:

    Mr Stapley what a great article! But are “Illionians” listening..? LndSu