It has been the recent meme among commentators, especially those in the bag for one side, to claim that the election is already “in the bag”. Besides the insidious capability of such statements to be self-fulfilling prophecy by demoralizing supporters from voting (certain members of the media with an agenda? Well I never!), coincidentally the rationale in Canada behind the ban on exit polls and election reporting until all polls close, such hasty conclusions are often anchored on a very questionable assumption.
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Poor Obama. Stumbling. Struggling. After playing the "I'm cool, I'm new, I'm fresh" role in the 2008 election against the lackluster John McCain and the horror that was Sarah Palin, the community organizer from Chicago finally realized just how shallow his message of Hope and Change is.
The Obama supporters saw it too. They just didn't want to admit it. They saw their beloved leader fumble on stage as a confident Governor Mitt Romney called him out on all of his lies and flaws. It was about time that someone formally call out the failed president in front of the entire world.
So where do we go from here? Well Romney won. He won the debate that is, not the election, yet. But if Obama ends up winning, it will be the most disturbing presidential win of all time, especially after his horrid performance on stage during the debate. His incompetence was fully revealed that night. If he wins, it's only because of the Obama spell that still lingers in the air. If he wins, it will be a complete travesty.
Romney gave a performance that will be go down in history as one of the best debate performances of all time. If he wins, he will be one of our best presidents. His record speaks for itself. Success. Success. Success. Success as a governor, as a businessman, and overall as someone who gets the job done.
Silly Obama was trying to argue the economy and job creation with someone who has worked in business for 25 years. I mean come on! And how smug Obama was, confident that he knew more about job creation than Romney. Obama has never created a job. Romney knows how to deal with money. Obama has no clue.
One of the most powerful moments of the night was when Romney said, "You've been president for four years," responding to Obama's failure to balance the budget. I felt like standing up and snapping my fingers. But then I realized that was what the Obama supporters were doing every time the community organizer said something supposedly inspiring.
So, in short, this debate set the stage for the election. If the Chicago lawyer wins, America will look back on this and realize what a great leader they could have in Romney. But Romney can still win. We can still do this. If people open their minds and ears. More than anything, Romney has set the stage for the refreshed Republican party. I think we witnessed the rebirth of the Republican Party on Wednesday. And I'm proud to be a part of it. If you have any sense, jump on board.
Last week, two videos indicating precisely what’s wrong with America surfaced on the Internet.
Both were shot at a campaign rally for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Bedford, Ohio, by an amateur filmmaker who then posted his footage on YouTube.
In the first, pro-Obama protesters – chanting slogans like “Romney go home!” and “We don’t need no bad economy!” – unabashedly reveal that they are being paid $11 an hour by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to picket outside the event.
The second, more disconcerting video, features a woman explaining why she plans on voting for President Obama in November.
When asked why she’s supporting the President, the woman eloquently responds, “Everybody in Cleveland, low minority, got Obama phone. Keep Obama in president, you know? He gave us a phone!”
And Romney? “He sucks! Bad!”
This viral video prompted an investigation into the process of obtaining a free so-called “Obama phone” and caused many to doubt the existence of such a program.
As it turns out, there is, in fact, a program that distributes free cell phones to qualifying participants in our country. Funded by the Universal Service Fund (a collection of the monthly fees tacked onto cell phone bills), the Lifeline program was founded by President Reagan in 1984 and expanded under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush to include the subsidization of cell phones in addition to landlines.
Under President Obama, the number of people with Lifeline accounts has grown from 7.1 million in 2008 to 12.5 million today and the annual cost of the program has increased from $772 million in 2008 to $1.6 billion today.
The President’s “Truth Team” moved quickly to distance itself from the program and the “Obama phone” woman, posting on Twitter: “FACT: Discounted phone services are provided through telecom companies, ‘the President has nothing to do with it,’” which makes the above video even more disturbing.
Its reflection of the sense of entitlement that is currently sweeping through America is noteworthy and alarming. This woman is voting for President Obama not because she supports his opinions on the economy, foreign policy, or social issues but because she wants more government-funded benefits, including the phone she believes Obama himself gave her.
Forget about the astronomical amount of debt our country is currently holding and the millions of Americans out of work, as long as this woman has her free cell phone, in her mind everything is fine.
Someone should let her know that there’s still no such thing as a free lunch…or phone.
Oops. This is awkward. Remember when Harry Reid confidently said that Mitt Romney had not paid taxes for the past ten years? Obama supporters all excitedly leaped at this chance to attack Big Bad Fat Cat Mitt Romney. Liberal protesters at Republican events would hold up signs, demanding that the former governor of Massachusetts release his tax returns.
Well, it turns out that Mitt Romney is not the evil Disney villain that Democrats make him out to be. He’s paid his taxes. He’s shown the American people that he is a responsible citizen. Oh and by the way, Mr. President, Romney is not planning to lower taxes for the rich or raise taxes for the middle class. He’s made that very clear.
So while the Democrats would love to create this cartoonish version of Romney—a greedy and self-involved man—his appealing character has been continually revealed to the American public. Remember that story about him randomly volunteering to help a church member fix her leaking roof? How about him staying by his wife’s side throughout her illness? Or when he named her one of his heroes and had her carry the Olympic torch in 2002? Or when he helped write the will of a dying young boy? Or paid for two kids' college tuition?
Oh that’s right. Mitt Romney has no heart. Because he’s successful, he’s this calculated, evil man. Obama is the all-good hero that is going to once again come down from Heaven and strike down the wicked Republicans.
This election, more than any other election in our lifetime, has been full of class warfare. It seems as if some think that rich Americans are robots, with no feelings.
I’m a middle class American, and the son of a Dominican immigrant and a band teacher. Do I look at the rich with envy? Do I look at them and say, “They owe me something?” or “I bet they don’t pay their taxes.” No. I look at them as my inspiration. I want to be successful one day. Do I become successful by bringing down those who are?
Romney is where he is because he worked hard. So he shouldn’t apologize for his success. And as evident from his tax returns, he’s been honest with his money. And he’s a real man. He’s a human. He has feelings. He has a family.
Sure Obama is a nice guy. But does that make someone presidential? If we want to look at records, it’s pretty clear who is going to do a better job. Obama spent the past four years blaming Bush, riding on false promises, and unsuccessfully improving the economy. Romney saved the 2002 Winter Olympics, balanced the budget all four years of his gubernatorial term in Massachusetts without raising taxes, and created numerous jobs and success with his business endeavors. While Obama knows how to speak to a crowd and inspire people, Romney knows how jobs are created. We can get inspiration or messages of hope from a book or a T.V. show. or from God even (remember Him?). What we need now are JOBS. And we need them from someone who understands JOBS and how they are created.
So, sorry Harry Reid, but you’ll have to eat your words. Romney’s a good man of integrity. So what? He’s rich. Wealth wasn’t a problem when Kennedy was president.
Let’s stop with all this silliness and get down to the real focus of the election: the economy and who can fix it, not who can offer a better campaign slogan.