During this week's Republican National Convention (RNC), we got to see the stars and rising stars of the GOP, and I have to admit, it's a pretty impressive group. Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Condi Rice, Mia Love, Susana Martinez...each one impressed me in one way or another, and I'm not easily impressed by politicians. To be frank, most politicians make my skin crawl. My general libertarian view of the federal government is that the government should defend the country, enforce our laws, do basic planning and infrastructure, provide a safety net for those who can't take care of themselves, and then the government should get out of the way. Politicians are not meant to be our masters, not in this country. As Clint Eastwood said onstage last night, "we own this country". The politicians work for us. We don't work for them. That's the great thing about America, but lately, it seems like things have gotten turned around. Lately, an idea has taken hold that Washington, D.C. should run our lives for us, as expressed in Obama's cradle-to-grave nanny state video, The Life Of Julia. The problem is, when the government holds your hand throughout your entire life, it also chains your wrists. Your decisions are made for you, rather than you making decisions for yourself. Your choices are removed. You become a ward of the state. Your earnings are taken away because the government needs them and knows best how your money should be spent. In essence, we the people become infantilized. We become serfs in the new feudal system created by our federal, state, and local government overlords. Opportunity is curtailed. These ideas are anathema to the founding principles of this country, and they transform the Land Of Opportunity into the Land Of Big Brother. If any group of people on earth should be repulsed by these ideas, it should be the American people, because we should know better from our own history, and from the history of the world around us. We know these are the wrong ideas.
What does this have to do with the RNC and the upcoming presidential election ? It has everything to do with it. We have one group of politicians who have the wrong ideas for America. That group wants to force you to buy health insurance, create massive government dependency, tax business and success at prohibitive rates, redistribute your wealth, create a massive centralized government, consolidate power, and usurp the Constitution. This is the group currently running our country, and the results are predictable - a weak economy, high unemployment, either massive debt or massive tax increases, rising prices, rising poverty, etc. And don't think I'm just talking about Obama here. I include the previous administration in this category as well. Government spending, debt, and dependency all rose under Bush as well. I consider Bush to be the precursor that opened the door for Obama, because Bush, despite his expansive government spending poiicies, was somehow still categorized as a conservative. Bush called it compassionate conservatism. I call it liberalism, or neo-conservatism...I'm still trying to figure out what was conservative about Bush's economics. It takes more than tax cuts to make a conservative. Then we elected Obama, which I described at the time as going from the frying pan into the fire. I'm sad to report that is exactly what has occurred. We are in the fire, and it's a four-alarmer, burning down our collelctive house.
It's time to call the fire department before our house burns to the ground, and the men on station duty at the moment are named Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. I think we are fortunate to have these men waiting for our call. During a time of economic strife, what better people to assist us than Romney, a man with a history of great economic success in both the private and public sectors, and Ryan, an acknowledged government budgetary expert ? With all due respect, it beats the heck out of the 2008 McCain/Palin ticket.
Last night, we got to see a picture of Mitt Romney we haven't been privy to before, and it was nothing at all like the slanderous portrait attempted by the Obama Slime Machine and his fawning Obamedia Geisha Girls. What we got to see last night was Romney's history of SUCCESS. We got to see Romney's history of turning around troubled companies and making them successful, creating jobs. We saw how he turned around the Olympics and made it successful. We saw how he turned around the state of Massachusetts. These are all things Obama and the Geisha Girls would prefer you not know, and when they couldn't prevent you from discovering the information, they started lying about everything under the sun, and they even started demonizing Romney's success, trying to turn it into a negative. How perverted. Romney addressed this last night during his convention speech, which I highly recommend you read if you didn't see it:
"...and yet the centerpiece of the President’s entire re-election campaign is attacking success. Is it any wonder that someone who attacks success has led the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression? In America, we celebrate success, we don’t apologize for it.
We weren’t always successful at Bain. But no one ever is in the real world of business.
That’s what this President doesn’t seem to understand. Business and growing jobs is about taking risk, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, but always striving. It is about dreams. Usually, it doesn’t work out exactly as you might have imagined. Steve Jobs was fired at Apple. He came back and changed the world.
It’s the genius of the American free enterprise system – to harness the extraordinary creativity and talent and industry of the American people with a system that is dedicated to creating tomorrow’s prosperity rather than trying to redistribute today’s."
That's right. In America, we CELEBRATE success. Yet Obama has the socialist attitude, the one that says, "you didn't build that", the one that wants to "redistribute your wealth", the one that demonizes the successful and covets their wealth, the one that attempts to transform job creators like Romney into evil men, the one that backs the Occupy movement. I'm sorry, Mr. Obama, but if we have to categorize anyone as evil here, it would be YOU. We believe in America (hey, that sounds like a pretty good campaign slogan). We know that jobs, wealth, and the middle class grow from successful businesses and that we should be helping our private business sector in order to create jobs. We shouldn't be strangling it with burdens loaded on by the government. That is a suicidal path. If we want to reduce income inequality, which Obama and every liberal I know claims to want, the way we do that is TO CREATE GOOD JOBS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, not by oppressive taxation. You don't accomplish that by making our businesses less competitive in the global marketplace. You do that by making our businesses more competitive in the global marketplace. Mitt Romney understands this. Why doesn't Obama ? Obama thinks the way to make our businesses succeed is by raising their taxes, mandating they pay more health care costs, burdening them with onerous regulations, unionizing them, and then bailing them out with taxpayer dollars after they get in trouble. Obama also believes the government can determine which businesses are going to succeed or fail, as witnessed by his stimulus "investments". If I didn't know better, I'd think Obama must be drunk, because he's out of his mind.
I'll leave you with these words from Mr. Romney:
"This president can ask us to be patient.
This president can tell us it was someone else’s fault.
This president can tell us that the next four years he’ll get it right.
But this president cannot tell us that YOU are better off today than when he took office.
America has been patient. Americans have supported this president in good faith.
But today, the time has come to turn the page.
Today the time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us.
To put aside the divisiveness and the recriminations.
To forget about what might have been and to look ahead to what can be.
Now is the time to restore the Promise of America. Many Americans have given up on this president but they haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. And not on America.
What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn’t take a special government commission to tell us what America needs.
What America needs is jobs.
Lots of jobs.
His policies have not helped create jobs, they have depressed them. And this I can tell you about where President Obama would take America:
His plan to raise taxes on small business won’t add jobs, it will eliminate them;
His assault on coal and gas and oil will send energy and manufacturing jobs to China;
His trillion dollar cuts to our military will eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs, and also put our security at greater risk;
His $716 billion cut to Medicare to finance Obamacare will both hurt today’s seniors, and depress innovation – and jobs – in medicine.
And his trillion-dollar deficits will slow our economy, restrain employment, and cause wages to stall.
To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right.
I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one. Where no senior fears for the security of their retirement. An America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon.
And unlike the President, I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs. It has 5 steps.
First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables.
Second, we will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow. When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance.
Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.
Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.
And fifth, we will champion SMALL businesses, America’s engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Today, women are more likely than men to start a business. They need a president who respects and understands what they do.
And let me make this very clear – unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class.
President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise...is to help you and your family."
It's time to make a change. I don't agree with the Republicans on everything (gay marriage, for example), but above all else, we need to get America's economy back on track and get our fiscal house in order. We must do these things NOW, and we already know Obama won't get the job done. That's why I'm voting for Mitt Romney.