Blues, you know I agree with you, though I feel that I must add that Republican and conservative is not one in the same. Bush wasn't one and neither is any of the Senate republican leadership. And neither is Romney.1) If you lose your soul voting for a baby-killer, what good is voting going to do you then?
2) If you lose your guns voting for a gun-grabber, what good is voting going to do you then?
3) As far as Romney's ability to turn the economy around to the extent needed to actually prevent a total collapse, let's investigate that a little. The following numbers are a little outdated. We're about $1.7 Trillion above the $14.27 Trillion that shows below, but the point is still valid:
U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000
All those zeros kinda make your eyes glaze over, don't they? So let's remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget to put the problem into perspective:
Annual family income: $21,700
Money the family spent: $38,200
New debt on the credit card: $16,500
Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
Total budget cuts so far: $38.50
If the economy collapses because Romney can't find more than about $40 bucks worth of budget cuts on an outstanding debt of $142,710, what good is voting going to do you then?
I don't care if you vote for Romney. I don't care if anyone votes for Romney. But I can't help being sick to death of people posting as though their decision to vote is going to save this country from anything, while in the same breath trying to guilt non-voters into changing their decision of conscience to not vote for a man whose record is barely distinguishable from that of Barack Hussein Obama aka: Barry Soetero on abortion, and even worse on gun control. If the small arms treaty gets passed this Fall, do you think Romney will do anything about it? I'm not even sure there's a constitutional mechanism for getting out of a treaty, but even less sure that Romney would pursue it if there is.
As to the OP, yeah, I do know why the Patriot Movement isn't moving. Patriots and constitutional conservatives eat their own all the time. Bush tried to change SSI towards a privatized system of investment. Conservatives ran from it like their hair was on fire. Private investment = conservative. 100% government controlled = progressive liberal. SSI = progressive liberal to begin with, so all Bush tried to do was turn it into a kind of hybrid system anyway. Even that was too conservative for the "conservatives" in this country. And what are our answers to this trend? Dole...McCain...Romney.
Constitutional conservatives eat their own. Look at all the more vocal, or extreeeeeme members of the Patriot Movement who have been silenced by being jailed. Who here ever heard of Charles Dyer? He was a YouTube'er who went under the moniker of July4Patriot. The very day that the government went after him, OathKeepers scrubbed his name from their website. Not a whimper from all the people who had been recruited by Charles to make that website a virtual overnight success just a year or so prior.
What constitutional conservatives showed up to stand against the assault by jack-booted thugs on Mt. Carmel, TX, more commonly known as the Waco incident? What happened to the people who participated in incinerating 75 men, women and children? Most of them were American citizens whose lives were steeped in the founding principles of freedom of religion, self-reliance, keeping and bearing, rugged individualism. Conservatives ignored them and the assault. Think Romney's DOJ would handle an event like that any differently than Clinton's did? Well, maybe he wouldn't incinerate them, but they'd have still disarmed the freakish cult up there on the Mount.
Why did conservatives take a stand against the Minuteman Project almost from the start? Citizens working with LE agencies to protect the integrity of our borders in a safe and humanitarian manner seems pretty compatible with conservatism to me. Nope. Conservatives by and large not only couldn't be bothered, they made speeches on the House and Senate floors denouncing and impugning the effort.
Where were the conservatives when survivors of Katrina were being systematically disarmed by nationalized Guard units going door-to-door? Could the gutless, spineless "conservatives" around the country be counted upon to support the true Patriots who stood up to those Guard units with their guns in a glorious display of righteous indignation? I seriously doubt it. Very little has ever been said about the disarming. Anything said about a courageous constitutional conservative protecting his own rights the same way the Founders did would be against him, not in support of him.
When conservatives can agree that being a conservative requires action, not just thought or talk, then maybe a real movement can be launched. But as long as "conservative" thought is accepted like those and other examples listed above, there's no Patriot Movement moving because there are no true Patriots to the Constitution.
A Patriot's freedom is exactly commensurate with his willingness to pull a trigger to defend it. Counting on Romney to either protect what little we have left, or get back what we have ceded without so much as a unified whimper is not an exercise in patriotism, it's an exercise in futility. You're welcome to do it. All I ask is that I be welcome to do what I think is best for me, my soul, my conscience, my family and my country.