Where’s Mitt?

Romney

Romney

Well, where is he? We’re at the edge of the “fiscal cliff,” Obamacare is our mandate, we’re in crisis mode with Israel, the second amendment is under siege, we have Unions bought and paid for by the President, and a nuclear Iran still looms.

All of this is going on and the “standard bearer” of the Republican brand is nowhere to be found. No mention of him in the media except for a recent lunch with the President. This is strikingly odd behavior from a man that over 59 million people voted for to become the leader of the free world, a man who is vehemently opposed Obama’s policies, and a man who is, essentially, the antithesis of Obama. 59 million Americans hinged their hopes on a man of values and morality, and now these same Americans can’t find him anywhere.

Why is Romney not out there opposing the misguided conception that the rich should pay more? Why is he not chiding the constant spending and the empty promises that go with it? Why is he not advocating and encouraging the movement of the poor and the working poor into the middle class to expand the tax base? Why is he not railing against the millions of illegal immigrants that work here and don’t pay a dime in taxes? Why is he not opposing enemies of the 2nd amendment and their pathetic excuses for evil persons who commit evil acts? Why is he not railing against the lukewarm support the US is giving Israel or the constant war on Israel by Islamists and the media?

Mr. Romney has to come out of hiding. He has to continue the fight. He can’t let the opposition become comfortable.

We want our America to be one that is not in a constant state of war when we don’t have to be. We want our America to have a vibrant economy. We want our America to encourage all classes to strive for greatness and reject handouts from the government. We want our America to not promote divisiveness and derision with its constant class baiting, race baiting, and fairness baiting. Is this possible? Was the election just a brief glimpse into what could have been?

Is that it, Mitt? Did you just tantalize us with fantasies of an America we’ve been dreaming of for twelve years? Was it just a sideshow, a distraction that gave us false hope that we would get our country back?

Maybe that lunch you had with the President said it all. Maybe you’ve raised the white flag. They beat you, so now you’re going to join them? There are 59 million Americans out there that sincerely hope not.

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Fanning the Flames of Racial Unrest?

Rivera

Rivera

I’m not a regular listener to Geraldo Rivera’s radio show. I’ve caught a couple of minutes of it here and there, and he seemed to be a reasonable, middle of the road personality. I know he had a television program years ago; and, if I remember correctly, he was involved in some violent foray on one of the shows in which he sustained a broken nose. Whatever his history is, I do know that he is a journalist and has been around for a considerable amount of time.

My attention was recently drawn to Mr. Rivera during a commercial in which he was promoting his radio program. In it, he stated that the re-election of President Obama shows that our country is divided along racial lines. At first, I was angry at the comment because, at the very least, it oversimplifies the reason for the outcome of our most recent presidential election. Then, being of mixed racial heritage myself, I wondered where I fell within his paradigm. I know I didn’t vote along racial lines. Does that make me an exception?

Right before the election, Rivera claimed on his website (Geraldo.com) that race would be the most “obvious determinant of the election” (posted October 26, 2012). Call me crazy, but I think at least some, dare I say most, of Americans give some thought to their vote before they make a decision. Suggesting otherwise is an insult to the intelligence of a nation. And I’m willing to bet that the majority of people voted for the guy that they thought would do the best job, despite his color or race. People have brains, and even use them occasionally.

Now, I am not one to state my opinions as facts. To disprove Rivera’s assertions, let’s look over some simple statistics. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 72% of the U.S. population identified their race as white, 13% identified their race as black, 5% identified themselves as Asian, .9% identified themselves as American Indian or Alaskan native, .2% identified themselves as Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 6% identified themselves as “some other” race, and 3% identified themselves as multi-racial. According to these numbers, if this country was divided along racial lines, President Obama should have never captured the White House at all.

In 2008, 43% of white voters voted for Barack Obama, which swept him into the White House. In 2012, Obama received 39% of the white vote, only down 4% from his first-term election. This was enough to give him an edge to victory in an extremely close contest. If America were truly RACIALLY divided, Governor Romney would have won in a landslide victory in 2012 by just over 70% of the popular vote, which would have beaten the combined percentage of every minority group if they, too, voted strictly along racial lines.

Basic statistics prove that people don’t let mere race swing their vote. Saying that it does is a disservice to the country. It is irresponsible and damaging to the psyche of a country. As far as I can see, the country is divided by political ideology NOT race.

Watching the President’s victory celebration on TV on November 6th, I observed something extraordinary. People of various races and colors were in the crowd, and they were all sharing a happy experience, waving American flags and cheering. That scene is indicative of the America of today, regardless of political preference. Let’s not get bogged with old ideas, such as race is the ultimate arbiter of all things. People are tired of it. Let’s not cheapen the political debate and fan the flames of racial resentment and unrest by making politics a battle between races instead of a battle of ideas.


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Why was Barack Obama re-elected?

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

Actually, the question shouldn’t be why was he re-elected, but why shouldn’t he have been re-elected.  And why shouldn’t he have?  The man is good looking, an amazing orator, charismatic, and has a pretty wife and beautiful children. He has a multi-racial background that a lot of us as Americans identify with.  Let’s face it, everything on the surface about the guy is appealing.  So why shouldn’t he have been re-elected?

I know what you’re thinking; it is what’s underneath all that façade that counts – his actions as president, his leftist ideology; not his mere words, no matter how beautiful they sound when they leave his mouth.  It’s not how inspiring his speeches are, save the content and undertone, but the implications of the words and what they bode for the American future.

You see, it’s all in the delivery. You have to be able to reach people. People react and think based on emotion, especially when it comes to politics.  It’s not about Wall Street, foreign affairs, national debt, healthcare, or the economy. It’s how your leader spins the issues, and how competent he is at it.  President Obama is very competent at making you believe he cares whether he does or not.  He’s a master at it; even when he’s off his game, as evidenced in the first presidential debate with Romney. He still came across with confidence and charisma.  People like that. They’re very comfortable with that. They like someone with confidence because it, in turn, gives them confidence.

Despite Obama’s troubles during his last four years as president, this was an uphill battle for Romney from the start.  I read many articles and blogs claiming a Romney victory weeks before November 6th.  I admit it; I wanted to believe it also.  But a small voice in the back of my mind kept reminding me that if it is as close as all the polls say, then why is it in Romney’s favor?  Romney was running against an incumbent. Statistics tell us that out of 29 bids for the re-election of an incumbent, 9 lost. 20 won re-election, including Obama.  On numbers alone, that gave Romney a 45% chance of winning.  The incumbent has the advantage by default.

Considering all that’s been said, conservatives should not be discouraged.  This race was extremely close and the country is essentially split down the middle. Romney was not just going up against an incumbent president, but an expert campaign and a machine that had been campaigning for election ’12 since election ’08.  Yet, Romney almost unseated a very popular man; not necessarily a popular president, but a popular man.  And that’s why Romney lost and Obama won.  Obama’s likeability put him over the edge.  It didn’t get him a landslide like in ’08, but it was just enough to hold on for another four years.

No side can claim a complete victory.  It just so happens that the other side had a slightly better day.

Romney gave it a great run.  I don’t think anybody could have done better.  When you’re running against an incumbent, it’s a close race, the incumbent is a popular figure, and the incumbent is charismatic and attractive, it’s a very difficult mountain to climb. It may even be impossible. My hat’s off to Governor Romney. He’s a good man, a proven leader, and he tried his best; even though we all know his best on November 6th wasn’t good enough.  Sometimes you can put all your heart, passion, and talent into something, and still lose or not accomplish what you set out to do.  The key is to not to give up.  Romney won’t give up.  I have a feeling we’ll see him again soon.

Maybe then, the American people will warm up to him a little more and give him the edge to victory.


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