Tomorrow, the first votes will be cast in the 2012 Republican primary season in the great state of Iowa, followed by the New Hampshire Primary next week. As so many conservatives have done, I have spent many hours thinking long and hard as to what candidate I would personally support.
The candidate I considered to be my #1 choice, Sarah Palin, chose not to seek the Presidency. Since that time, I have considered Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich as options to receive my vote and my endorsement here on Biblical Conservatism. Each one has their strengths, each has their weaknesses, and each is a strong, genuine conservative.
So today, on the eve of the Hawkeye Cauci, as both an individual and as the writer of Biblical Conservatism, I am formally endorsing Newt Gingrich for President of the United States and urging my tens of readers to join me in pulling the lever for Newt in your state's primary or support him in your local caucus.
While you consider what I am asking you to do, I ask you to think back to the last time you felt as though anyone in the Federal government was genuinely governing by conservative principles. I'll wager you're thinking about the mid-1990s, aren't you? Do you remember who co-authored the Contract with America? It was Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich. Speaker Gingrich was also the man who lead, against the desires of former President Bill Clinton, to genuine welfare reform, spending cuts, tax cuts and balanced budgets.
Now I ask you to read the 21st Century Contract with America as well as the Biblical Conservatism breakdown of the Contract. You will find a fight for a Balanced Budget Amendment that will effectively eliminate 99% of budget deficits, a national Flat Tax, repeal Obamacare, and reduction in the unecessary regulations that Barack Obama put into place including the absolute job killer that is Dodd-Frank.
I support Speaker Gingrich also because he can effectively communicate conservatism. He will debate Barack Obama with the strength that John McCain refused to do. He will give America a real choice between Obama's liberal Socialism and tried and true conservatism. I support Speaker Gingrich because I believe he will be more concerned with making America respected in the world and not worry about being liked by people who aren't going to like us anyway.
I support Gingrich because I believe he is a genuinely repentant man who recognizes his past sins and understands the meaning of the words "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me." A good friend of mine own's a shirt that says "I'm the wretch the song refers to." Newt is a wretch like the rest of us, saved by God's Amazing Grace.
And so I ask you to give your support to Newt Gingrich in 2012. Newt is a battle-tested conservative who has proven he can get the job done, even swimming upstream. If Newt becomes our nominee in 2012, America will have a clear choice against Barack Obama, and, if Gingrich is our nominee, I believe he will become our nation's 45th President. We can win the future in 2012 with Newt Gingrich.