Saturday, November 3, 2012

Romney Endorsement

The Weekly Bystander would like to endorse Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate, for President of the United States. This endorsement reflects both a very negative view of President Obama and his Administration, as well as a very positive view of Governor Romney. 
I must admit that I have never liked President Barack Obama. Here are the reasons.
From the first I regarded him as a totally inexperienced politician who was the product of a notorious and corrupt Chicago political machine. When commentators scoffed at the inexperience of Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska back in 2008, how could they have overlooked the fact that she was far more experienced than Barack Obama and that she was only a candidate for Vice-President?

Since 2008 I do believe that President Obama has grown in office but at the same time I believe that he has been one of the most divisive Presidents in history. Putting aside the merits and demerits of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), the most objectionable aspect of it was the way it was rammed through Congress. Does anyone remember the political tricks that were used at the time?

Whole states were exempted from its provisions in order to gain needed votes. Reluctant Senators were shamelessly bought off. Finally, a bill was passed by the House of Representatives and sent to the Senate where it was altered. The amended bill was never sent back to the House for approval or even to a conference committee. It was merely “deemed” to have been approved by the House of Representatives. It was Presidential advisor, Rahm Emanuel who uttered the famous words, “we’ve got the votes, so f__k em!” What a way to unite a country.

Since that time the economy has remained in the doldrums and scandal after scandal has engulfed the country in both domestic and foreign affairs. The latest involved the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya. Much has been made of the Administration’s attempt to deny that it was a terrorist attack but the President has skirted two much more important issues.

He deliberately avoided an honest question in the Second Debate about how and why requests for additional security were denied. He still has not answered the question. Finally, an attack on an American embassy is an attack on American soil. Why has the President refused to acknowledge this fact or given an appropriate response?

I wrote the following description of Governor Romney’s qualities back in August and since then I believe the Governor’s campaign and debate performance have lived up to my expectations.

In Mitt Romney the Republican party has found an attractive candidate to put up against a floundering Administration that seems totally unable to understand or deal with the country’s economic woes. I must admit that I am a political conservative and that I do like Mitt Romney but here are a list of qualities that I think any observer would agree with.

1. Romney has an attractive appearance. He appears youthful and energetic both in person and on TV. His wife and family are equally attractive. Again, in the age of American Idol this quality cannot be underestimated. Obama has no advantage here.

2. At the same time Romney appears to be intelligent, experienced, and quite capable of handling the demands of the Presidency. It would appear that he has been successful in practically everything he has set his hand to. Never mind the Olympics, he managed to get elected as a Republican governor of one of the bluest states in the country. Even the critics of his career at Bain Capitol would have to admit that he was successful there.

3. No one can doubt that he showed great skill he winning one of the most grueling primary campaigns in memory. Those who question his campaign strategy and tactics should give him credit for knowing what he is doing. He is no dope. His selection of Paul Ryan as running mate was a masterstroke. Moreover, the Romney campaign is and will be extremely well funded unlike the McCain disaster. Obama will not have the overwhelming financial advantage he had in 2008.

4. Even his so-called negatives will be perceived by voters as positives. He is wealthy and makes no bones about it. Independent voters are wise enough to understand that a rich person has a great incentive to protect the rights of private property so basic to our country’s health and freedom. If the election is about class warfare and divisiveness, the Democrats will lose.

5. I don’t think his religion will be a factor. I know very little about the beliefs of Mormons, but I once overheard a man say that he never met a Mormon he didn’t like. He seems to be a devoted family man. Again, Obama has no advantage here.

Below find a video of the last two minutes of Governor Romney's remarks at the annual Al Smith dinner. The first eight minutes showed him in a very jovial mode but toward the end he appeared very Presidential. ###


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