Confession, they say, is good for the soul. The Liberty Professor has been quiet for about six weeks or so, and only partly because of the busy schedule brought on by the start of a new academic year. Honestly, much of my silence is due to the fact that I’ve just not had much to say. Things are shaping up exactly as I have predicted for months.
This blog began almost a year ago, and I’ve tried to preserve it as a place for reasoned commentary and even respectable debate between myself and the good folks who often post comments here. There are plenty of bloggers who post because they need to say something, or seemingly because others expect them to comment. This blog is intended as a reflective place–even when those reflections come energetically, and with passion. So I promise not to fill it up with “stuff” just because it seems I should be saying something.
From the outset of the blog I predicted Mitt Romney would be the Republican nominee for 2012. I was right. In February I predicted that he will be our next president. I stand by that expectation. Even a cursory review of my blog posts over the last ten months will demonstrate that I have my reservations about Romney. He’s a middle-of-the-road Republican, a moderate who will compromise often with liberals. I fully expect him to continue some of the dangerous economic and fiscal policies that have brought our economy to its knees.
But at least he’s not a socialist. He believes in American exceptionalism, as I do, and he is inspired by mostly free-market values. Let’s face it: in politics, one seldom gets one’s preferred choice. There are all sorts of compromises that must be made, on some principles (not core principles!) and on many practicalities. Mitt is the better of two less-than-perfect choices … and no matter how imperfect he is, he ranks a thousand miles above the current occupant of the White House. Without any sense of hyperbole at all, I can enthusiastically proclaim that if Barack Obama were reelected in November, only God could save the United States of America. And even God would need help. Lots of it.
What makes me so certain is that I believe a rising tide of consciousness is growing across the country. Citizens are taking note that Obama’s international apology tours and his bowing to foreign leaders hasn’t done a single thing to better our standing among our enemies. That’s what makes enemies. They won’t see what’s good in us no matter what we do. Barack Obama’s foreign policy has been naive at its best, dangerous and foolish at its worst.
He has missed the majority of his daily security briefings, neglecting the one duty that matters most in a president: national security. His ineptitude and lack of attention to real-world issues allowed his administration to overlook the fact that an attack was planned on our ambassador in Libya. In spite of the fact that an attack was expected and spoken of publicly, his policies and those of his underlings resulted not only in the sodomization and death of our ambassador but members of his staff as well–all on the one day when such attacks should most have been expected! This, dear reader, is why he has continued to emphasize the offensive video about Islam that supposedly brought about this disaster. The film was nothing but an excuse and a covenient cover for those intent on doing us harm. It’s also an excuse used by the Obama administration to cover its blood-stained tracks.
The economy is in ruins. No matter how much Obama blames the previous president, he’s had several years now to at least start to make a difference. He hasn’t, unless making the situation worse qualifies as “making a difference.” Problems are getting worse at home, and they’re getting worse everywhere else. Why, in heaven’s name, would we reelect someone with such a miserable record? He said it best when he predicted his presidency would be composed of one term.
Has he made a couple of good decisions? Yes, of course. But even a stopped watch tells the correct time twice a day.
John Sununu has gone so far as to proclaim that Obama is “absolutely lazy and detached from his job.” Perhaps. But I prefer to argue that his leadership style is precisely that of a community organizer. He leads the cheer, he stirs up groups of people, he throws out cheap argumentation and hyperbolic criticism at everyone in charge and toward every decision made. The problem is that now he’s in charge. Cheer leaders don’t win the game and anger is insufficient to build a nation. At some point a leader must step up with challenging ideas to make difficult decisions. Obama is incapable of this, not because he’s stupid (he’s not) but because he’s not used to hard work. He’s used to having someone else do the work while he leads the cheer and organizes the discontent.
Romney isn’t perfect. As his administration progresses I expect you’ll read plenty of criticism about him in this blog. Lots of folks have a similar evaluation of his upcoming presidency–but they’ll vote for him, as I will.
2012 isn’t 2008. The Republican base isn’t that excited about Romney, but it’s certainly excited about ridding the nation of Barack Obama’s failed leadership and lack of attention to its woes within and its difficulties without. In addition, we are excited about Paul Ryan. Choosing him as his vice-presidential running mate is one of the smartest moves Romney has made yet. You can tell that by the rabid screams coming from liberals in the press.
Don’t get complacent, America. But don’t believe the polls in the mainstream press, either. They’re using a model based upon the 2008 voter turnout. 2012 will look very different.
To win the presidency, a candidate must receive 270 of 538 electoral votes. I predict Romney will receive between 300-320 electoral votes (a victory margin between 62-102 votes). I say this not encourage laziness on the part of Romney supporters but to build energy and enthusiasm.
OMG: “Obama Must Go.” When Romney is successfully sworn in, we constitutionalists can begin to reform the GOP. If we lose America, though, what’s the point?