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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Stuck in the Middle

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Senator Elizabeth Warren

What is the middle class?  And why does the topic of the middle class seem to rule the political conversation in this country? Why does the middle class seem to be talked about over all other classes?  It’s an interesting thought that if you take the phrase “middle class” out of the political debate, and substitute it with “American people,” it has an astounding affect.

The following is an excerpt from a recent interview of Democrat Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (who recently defeated Republican Scott Brown’s bid for re-election) by CBS news, which can be found here.

“What it’s really about is an America that works again for the middle class, an America that’s about…expanding opportunity,” said Warren, offering herself as an example. “Look at me, I’m the daughter of a maintenance man and a woman who worked the phones at Sears, and I ended up as a professor at Harvard Law School. How’s that happen? It happens because we had good public schools, because America invested in its kids when I was growing up, and I think that’s the kind of thing people want now”

Let’s see what happens when “American people” is substituted for “middle class”:

What it’s really about is an America that works again for the American people, an America that’s about…expanding opportunity,” said Warren, offering herself as an example. “Look at me, I’m the daughter of a maintenance man and a woman who worked the phones at Sears, and I ended up as a professor at Harvard Law School. How’s that happen? It happens because we had good public schools, because America invested in its kids when I was growing up, and I think that’s the kind of thing people want now.”

Pretty extraordinary isn’t it?  When you don’t differentiate between classes of people, you’re bringing all groups into the conversation as a nation, not a class.  I invite you try this experiment whenever a politician uses this term. Especially take note when a Democrat politician uses it, since the Democrats are known for the overuse of this label.

This is one of my favorite definitions of being middle class.

As the article points out, being middle class is earning between $20,000 and $100,000 per household, depending on where you live in the USA. I think it’s safe to say that this range encompasses most American families, so let’s stop defining them as a class of people, when they are the majority of Americans.

As the article illustrates, Romney and Obama both basically defined the middle class as having a ceiling of $200,000 to $250,000 per household.  I believe this is a bit generous, and a bit out of touch. Then again, they’re both RICH men. You already know that Mitt Romney is rich. He has made $42,562,419 in 2010 and 2011, according to his filed tax returns. But did you know that the Obamas have made approximately $10,680,081 in income since 2008.  Surprised? Even President Obama is rich, despite his populist pining, and his posturing that the middle class is always getting the shaft.

Am I faulting these men for being rich? Absolutely not.  The issue is not about them being rich; the issue isn’t about anyone that is rich. The issue is that because of the over-bloated and over-reaching federal government, we, the American people, are all getting the shaft. The bigger government gets, the more we’re losing our freedom. All you have to do is look at the expensive massive bureaucracies and unnecessary mandates imposed on the American people. For an example, just look at the “Affordable” Care Act.

Sad to say, but the plight of the middle class platform is just a ploy for votes.  It sounds good.  It’s a tag line.  No one will bother to research the truth, so whatever comes out of a politician’s mouth becomes fact.  So, let’s stop blaming the rich for being rich.  Let’s get our spending and entitlement programs under control, without raising taxes on anyone. Enough is enough.

If you stop playing this class game, you can see that we’re all on the same side. We can have different ideological ways on what policies are better, but better for all Americans, not a contrived individual group.


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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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