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My Impressions of the First Obama-Romney Debate


I just finished watching the first debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney and it wasn’t so much what was said, but how it was delivered. Have you ever watched someone who’d deceitful, or flat-out lying? They avoid eye contact except for the occasional glance. By contrast have you ever watched someone who is honest, forthright and confident? They have the opposite behavior, they maintain eye contact, they speak to you not the floor or some other point in the room.

If you recorded the debate, or get a chance to see a reply and didn’t pick this up for yourself, fast forward through and watch Obama and Romney as both speak, and listen to their opponent. Obama looked at his podium or at the moderator perhaps ninety or more percent of the time, while Romney rarely looked away from his opponent. He displayed a keen focus on what Obama was saying, only looking away to take the occasional note, and spoke directly to Obama while giving his statements. The only real exception was his closing remarks when he looked into the camera as though talking to the voters.

This body language, and believe me I’m typically oblivious of this as a rule, was screaming to me that he was being 100% honest and engaged, while Obama showed his annoyance with what Romney had to say and chose to talk to Jim Lehrer for most of his answers, only glancing toward Romney with the occasional jab. I felt Romney was straight forward with his ideas on how to turn the country around, while Obama seemed to just skirt the fact that he has accomplished virtually nothing in the past four years and was begging for a “Mulligan”. (Golf slang for a do over)

Look, I don’t agree with everything that Romney proposes, but I am convinced that four more years of Obama’s policies will devastate this country. Romney expresses his desire to adhere to the declaration of Independence, ans well as the Constitution. Not the least of which was his reference to the 10th amendment which states basically that it is the states and the people who are the foremost governing powers, not the Federal government, which has far over reached its power and authority. The voters need to ask themselves… “Has Obama done the things he promised four years ago?” Things like calling George Bush’s four trillion-dollar rise of the deficit “Unpatriotic” then increasing it another six trillion in half the time? Or cutting unemployment then letting it sit stagnant at over 8% for the past 43 straight months. Those numbers are actually artificially low, as it doesn’t count those who haven’t looked for a job for the past three consecutive months. When those folks are counted, the number is nearly 16%. He said himself in 2009, that if he didn’t “…turn the economy around in three years, (his) would be a one term proposition”. I say, let’s hold him to his word.

I can’t say that Romney will keep every promise he makes, few politicians do, but when I see a man look his opponent in the eye, and speak with conviction, I see a man who is admirable, and a man of his word. Not a con-man who doesn’t look you in the eye, while hoping you don’t notice his deceit, or his record of failure. Someone who hopes you’ll just keep the Status Quo, but I don’t believe we can even hope for it to be that good if he were to win four more years. Hold him to his word, make his a one term proposition.

Who won? I give it to Romney for his engagement, his appearance of confidence and honesty, and a forthright explanation of where the present administration is missing the mark, and what he wants to do to turn that around.  Romney 1 – Obama 0

Why You Should Support Mitt Romney For President


I have not until recently supported Mitt Romney for President; I felt there were others who might have had a better chance of defeating Barack Obama, or make a better President, which are my primary desires in this election. In all honesty, I hadn’t done as much research on Romney, as I had for the others that I supported along the way. One by one those others have dropped out, for a myriad of reasons, some valid, some just dirty politics, until now the Republican nominee has been picked. Although I may disagree with some of the Republican parties underhanded dealings in regard to these candidates along the way, the bottom line is Romney is the candidate. If we want to overthrow the failed Obama regime, we must come together behind our best hope to do that.

I self-identify as a Conservative-Libertarian, now the Libertarian Candidate for President is a gentleman named, Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico, and his VP running mate is Jim Gray, a former Superior Court Judge in Orange County, California. These men share most of my political beliefs and would carry those values to the highest office in the land, so why am I not going to vote for them, and why will I try to convince my friends, of all political stripes to follow my lead? Well I’ll tell you and hopefully convince you to follow my advise.

My answer to that question is two-fold, first I’ve learned a valuable lesson during a couple of past elections. In 1992 I was unhappy with the administration of Gorge H.W. Bush over the previous four years, and I disliked the proposition of the lecherous Bill Clinton even less, so I threw my support to Ross Perot. Fast forward to 2008, convinced of the extreme leftist, no socialist, leanings of Barack Obama and not being thrilled with the choice of John McCain, I followed my Libertarian conscience, and voted for Bob Barr, the former Georgia Congressman and Libertarian Presidential candidate.

The problem in both cases was that liberals are rarely swayed from the Democratic party line, I used to say that Democrats would vote for Bozo the Clown if he ran on the Democratic ticket. Most conservatives, and independents on the other hand are not so mindlessly loyal to a party line. The result is that the liberal vote will rarely be split, but the conservative/independent vote will. While I don’t believe that my vote for Barr in ’08 was part of an overall national trend, my vote for Perot in ’92 certainly was. The proof is that Clinton won that election by the smallest percentage of the vote in 80 years, and the fourth lowest in history.

The moral of this story is that this election is far too important to do anything but vote for the only man who has a shot at dethroning Emperor Obama. I’ll touch more on that title in a minute, but those of us who despise the policies, abuses of power, and corrupt cabinet members these past four years, must unite in a strong front to drive the tyrant from the White House.

The second reason I want to encourage my friends and colleagues to support Mitt Romney is because of what I have learned about the man since I began to really look at the presumptive nominee when virtually all other contenders had fallen by the wayside. Ron Paul’s fall from contention was not so much a choice, but rather he was pushed off a cliff by his party, in a disgraceful act of back stabbing. While I do not condone the dirty tricks employed by the Republican leadership, and believe it could signal the end of the “Grand Old Party” just as the GOP replaced the Whig party in the 1860’s, due to the corruption and pro-slavery faction in the party. The Tea Party may gain even more supporters now, from more Republicans who are equally disgusted by the antics of a party that is rapidly losing sight of the values it was founded upon, and leadership self-interest.

However, despite my unhappiness with the party leadership, the fact remains that Obama must go! Mitt Romney is our last best hope to accomplish that goal. I understand why many are unhappy with Obama, but don’t like Romney or the Republican party either, so they are thinking of throwing their vote elsewhere. Before you do, consider this. Unlike BHO who came to power with absolutely no experience in the private sector, he never ran a business, or never held an administrative position in any city, county or state government. He was a lawyer, university lecturer (NOT a professor), and a community organizer. Finally he was a two term Senator who spent most of that time running for President. Does all that tremendous experience show in the terrific leadership and accomplishments of the last four years? (Sarcasm intended)

By contrast, Mitt Romney is a successful businessman, who created jobs, was recruited to help save the Salt Lake Winter Olympics when the organization was suffering from corruption and losing corporate sponsors, and running in the red. He stepped in, made management changes, reduced budgets, stepped up fundraising, and ultimately closed the Olympics with a $100 million profit. From there Mitt went on to run for and win election in 2002 as governor of the extremely liberal state of Massachusetts. In a state with a large Democratic majority in both houses, he was successful in turning around a bad economy, and enjoying a budget surplus the last two years of his term. To his credit, he even declined a salary as governor. He’s shown a proven track record in business and political leadership roles. Something sorely lacking in the White House these past several years.

Now, I didn’t vote for Ronald Reagan in 1980, I had heard my dad complain about him as governor of California, and knew that Carter was a miserable failure as President, so I wrote in for another former governor who wasn’t even on the ballot. A wasted vote, because I didn’t want to vote for people I wouldn’t want in office. I corrected my mistake with Reagan four years later and I still greatly admire the man. I wish we had politicians of his caliber today. One of my favorite Reagan quotes was…

Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way.

Obama has done nothing but appeal to people’s worst fears, and raised doubts about our collective future, not to mention trampling on our liberty. I was wrong about Reagan in the first election, and I pray that I will be proven right about Mitt Romney for the faith I am placing in him to live up to those words from the Gipper, whether he claims to or not. Obama is running a negative campaign against Romney, not because Romney is an evil man, but rather because he has no record to run on. Romney has a record of success in business, and politics. Experience Obama didn’t have before taking office, and still doesn’t four years later. Nothing, I repeat NOTHING, Obama has done has earned him a second term.

Finally back to my earlier comment about “dethroning Emperor Obama”. I call him this for numerous reasons, first as I have written about before in this blog, was his “extrajudicial killing” of two men, both U.S. citizens, as well as the 16-year-old son of one of the men, by a drone attack in Yemen. The explanation given by the White House was the men were Al Qaeda operatives who promoted terrorist attacks against Americans. While I find the evidence compelling, as citizens of this country they had certain constitutionally protected rights, not the least of which were a trial before being executed. What possible ego could make anyone in government can place himself above the constitution and kill another citizen without trial? For anyone but this emperor, that’s called murder. While I feel this is the gravest example, there are some others.

After failing to get his way with congress on many occasions, last fall Obama said “We can’t wait.” and vowed to bypass congress and rule by executive order. Between November 1, 2011 and August 10, 2012, Obama has signed 35 executive orders and has at least two others in the planning stages now. Many of them contradict the will of congress. The founders set up a system of checks & balances for a reason, but the emperor doth protest. Thomas Jefferson said “In matters of power let no more be heard of the confidence in man but bind them down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.” Obama will have nothing of it, he has an agenda and the congress and constitution be damned!

I’m sure I do not need to go on any further as these examples alone more than show why Obama is a tyrant, who is not to be trusted with the limited power of the presidency, because he refuses to be bound by the constitutional limits of the office. George W. Bush while in his lame duck second term, made many of us who supported him for reelection disappointed with his wild spending and power plays. However, if you think GW was bad, just imagine a second term of Barack Obama unbridled. The republic will be gone and we will indeed live under an Emperor rather than a Constitutional Republic.

Please, no matter how the Obama campaign and their palace guards in the media try to scare you about Romney and Ryan, stop and think back to Obama circa 2009, when he stated that his presidency would be a “one-term proposition” if the economy did not turn around on his watch in “three years.” Well folks, are you better off today than you were three years ago? The bogus, but “Official” unemployment rate has hovered at over 8% these past three years, for blacks it’s over 11%. In 2000 the U.S. was ranked #1 in individual wealth in the world, in 2009 we were down to #7, a 5 point drop from 2008. Median household income in the U.S. declined from $51,726 in 2008 to $50,221 in 2009. 

When Obama first took office, the number of “long-term unemployed workers” in the United States was approximately 2.6 million.  Today, that number is sitting at 5.6 million. According to Reuters, nearly 24 million American workers are either unemployed or underemployed right now. Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has increased from 32 million to 46 million. No wonder Newt Gingrich called Obama the “Food Stamp President”. When Obama took office, an ounce of gold was selling for about $850.  Today that ounce of gold costs more than $1700. The number of Americans that are not paying federal incomes taxes is at an all-time high. And finally, but not all-inclusive, during the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that Bill Clinton took office.

Who do you want to lead us through this crisis, a man whose a proven failure, or a man whose a proven success?

I rest my case.