OPINION – It’s not even September yet, and I am starting to detest the words “election year.”
The media spin machine is in high gear and it seems we are told daily that Mitt Romney is not likeable and not exciting enough. They mock his perfect hair, his seemingly stiff demeanor, his wealth and his so-called lackluster policies.
I remember a similar situation in the 1980 presidential election.
Former President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, was running for re-election after a four-year term of major inflation, gas rationing and very high unemployment. Former President Ronald Reagan, his opponent, was cast as an idiot who would not know the first thing about running our country or foreign policy. The media ridiculed Reagan. Reagan was a divorced, liberal, Democrat, Hollywood actor, before he switched his party affiliation over to the Republican Party to serve as the governor of California. This provided ample ammunition for lively and numerous attacks on his character.
Carter remained ahead in the polls by a huge margin through most of the campaign and the Democrats seemed convinced they would win despite the failed economy at the time. Reagan simply asked us, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” We elected Reagan and he became one of our most beloved presidents of all time.
Moreover, Romney is a Mormon and Mormons, we are told, are weird and mysterious.
If Mormonism shaped Romney’s life and was a key element in him becoming a devoted and loyal husband, father, philanthropist, citizen and leader, then, it seems to me a practicing Mormon would make an incredible President of the United States.
Like most “average Joes,” I have no “disconnect” with Romney, but rather find his wealth and success very admirable. I desire nothing less than a President who has demonstrated that he is smart enough and capable enough to handle the very incredible task of getting our economy back on track. Romney made his fortune despite decades of cumbersome federal regulations, inflation and periodic recessions. In one term as governor, Romney took the Massachusetts budget from deficit to surplus – an insurmountable feat.
The only “disconnect” I feel, as a member of middle class America, is towards Obama’s seemingly smug, self-gratifying statements of his so-called “successful” term as our president. He has given us nothing but bailouts, more debt and forced programs that will result in more taxes. Obama’s campaign motto must say “forward” because it cannot allude to his disastrous past.
Obama may be articulate, but we need to demand more of our leaders than just a refined speaking ability. Apparently, that is all that Obama has to offer us.
Romney may be considered a moderate at times, but he is certainly not a communist or a socialist. He wants America to succeed and believes in limited government. The media seems to hope that we have apathy towards this election by telling us that Obama and Romney are the same. I disagree; they are not the same.
While the media focuses on Romney’s “failings” like his perfect hair, his animal transportation techniques, his perfect family, his wholesome lifestyle, or the fact that he doesn’t swoon like a cars salesman, I will remain focused on the real issue: Can Romney help America?
I may not agree with Romney on every decision or policy, but there are many politicians that I have not agreed with 100 percent of the time. However, I support Romney and do it without apology or hesitation.
Given the state that our country is in today, the changes may be slight over the next four years with Romney. We may not tackle our problems quickly. After all, it took decades to create the problems that we face as a nation.
We will have to fight long and hard to restore America and reclaim more of our liberties and freedoms but big change will only come about if we the people change ourselves first. Instead of wanting government to solve our problems and voting in those that give us handouts while creating dependency on the government, we must make hard decisions to sacrifice our short-term desires and change our mindset. Self-sufficiency will create more liberty for its citizens.
If we are going to put our lives and America’s destiny in the hands of a leader for the next four years, I want that leader to possess integrity, character, intelligence and experience. Greatness in leadership starts from within the very person that leads us.
I want that leader to be Mitt Romney.
Kate Dalley is a news commentator and co-host of the Perspectives morning show on Fox News 1450 AM 93.1 FM. The opinions stated in this article are hers and not representative of St. George News.
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