on most of your post, i agree. i am less worried about Romney than many. i'm not a spun about Romney as some, even though he would not have been my choice. i see many parallels between the attitudes in this election, and those of the carter-reagan election. even though i agree with you that we need a return to constitutional principles, we also need a return to love of country. many things fix themselves when people are experiencing a positive attitude.
reagan was not a conservative in the way that i am, but he brought back the feeling of the "shining city" that carter had destroyed. i think that no repairs can be undertaken until we believe in this country as we used to. i don't see that we will ever get completely back to first principles, but we have no chance until we adjust our (collective) attitude.
i have "friends" on facebook, and some of them are here also, who are still tilting at the RP windmill. it is unfortunate. we have what we have, and it is a choice between more obama and the hope that romney can at least start us on the road to repair.