And so it comes down to this. As you read this, we have less than 48 hours before Americans from all walks of life enter voting booths across the nation and cast their vote for the man who will serve as our next president; less than two days before we determine the trajectory of our national destiny for generations to come. Will we re-elect Obama, and place that final nail in the coffin of the great experiment in self-government that began 236 years ago when Thomas Jefferson enshrined in the Declaration of Independence the concept that we are each sovereign beings, children of the God who created us, endowed with certain unalienable rights by the very virtue of our birth? A man who believes we are merely tiny cogs in the great gears of the collectivist state? Or will we correct that grievous error, and elect a man who understands that the highest power we are accountable to is not the federal government, but our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
For too many, the election of Barack Obama was something of a messianic event. At a stadium in Denver in 2008, on a stage complete with Greek columns and adoring throngs, Obama eagerly took upon himself a messianic mantel, declaring that his very nomination would mark “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and the earth began to heal.” His candidacy was based on the promise of “hope and change,” a promise that Obama would be a post-partisan, post-racial candidate. He promised he would be the president not of red America or blue America, but the United States of America. It was a time of great joy and anticipation for what America could be. America had taken great pride in proving that it had finally moved beyond the lingering moral stain of slavery and the denial of civil rights to blacks, with Obama winning the election handily, taking nearly half of the white vote in addition to 67 percent of the Hispanic vote and 95 percent of the black vote. Indeed, I remember the day after the election talking with a friend, both of us somewhat demoralized by the election of a liberal Democrat as president, yet both of us agreed that if the election of Obama had ushered in a new era where we were no longer divided along racial lines, then there would be a silver lining to this dark cloud.Yet four years later, sadly, the opposite is true. Any criticism of the president, no matter how valid, is written off as the hateful ranting of racist Americans who can’t stand to have a black man holding the highest office. Object to $6 trillion in new debt in less than four years, and a White House budget that projects annual trillion dollar deficits for at least another four years? Racist! Object to a federal government take-over of healthcare? Racist! Angered at the revelation that the Obama administration sold thousands of guns to Mexican drug lords, guns which have been used to kill several American law enforcement officers and hundreds of Mexican citizens? Racist! Angered at Benghazi, secret promises of “flexibility” with Russia, silence from the president as peaceful Iranian freedom protestors are slaughtered by their government, while starting a new war in Libya? Racist! It’s all nonsense, a racially-charged smokescreen intended to deflect, distract, and obfuscate the president’s miserable record of failure.And that is what it comes down to in this election. The president has failed, and in spectacular fashion. He claims that his failure is due to Republican intransigence and obstructionism, which ignores the fact that for the first two years of his administration he had a filibuster-proof Democrat majority in the Senate and House. He could and did pass whatever he wanted without a single Republican vote. He gloated in his victory and refused to reach across the aisle. The nearly $1 trillion stimulus bill, which cost more than all the years of war in Iraq under Bush combined, was passed without a single Republican vote. Not only was ObamaCare passed without a single Republican vote, it was passed without Democrats allowing a single Republican amendment. The Dodd-Frank finance reform bill, which has strangled small business growth, was likewise passed with almost no Republican input. And that is how Obama intended it to be. He told Republicans that he was going to get his way because “I won,” and that Republicans can get on the bus, but they have to “sit in the back.” He called Republicans “the enemy” and “terrorists,” he called them “hostage takers,” claimed they wanted dirty air and water, that they did not care about the poor and wanted to deny health care to the elderly, and that they cared more about tax cuts for the rich than they did about kids with autism and Down Syndrome.
These are not the words and actions of a great leader, of a uniter, of a statesman; these are the words of a two-bit Chicago thug with an empty resume but a silver tongue, who played on Americans’ desire for racial reconciliation in order to get into the White House.On the other hand, in Mitt Romney we have a man who has been immensely successful in both business and government, who has turned around dozens of companies and made them successful, who saved the Salt Lake City Olympics, was a successful Republican governor of a deeply Democratic state, and a man who understands what it takes to get the engine of business running again.But more importantly, in Mitt Romney we have a man of impeccable character. How do we know this? Because the best attack against Romney which Democrats have devised has been to vilify him for the audacity to achieve the American dream after starting a business from nothing, having given away his entire inheritance to charity. I know this because of all the stories of the private charity and good works by Romney, acts of pure kindness which Romney has refused to use to his political advantage, preferring to follow the biblical admonition to do his alms in secret, and known to us only because many of those to whom Romney gave these acts of charity have come forth to defend his goodness and integrity, upset at the sight of this villainous, slanderous, lie-filled indictment of a man they know to be honorable and decent, a man of integrity. There is not a whiff of scandal in the man’s background, no adultery, no claims of unethical business practices, nothing. In an era where we have come to accept that a sitting president can lie so long as he is lying about adultery, where we have concluded that a president’s personal character and integrity are irrelevant so long as he is a good manager and gives us what we want, it is refreshing to have the option to vote for a man who has lived such a faithful, clean life.So we now have a choice to make, and the consequences of our choice will be of the utmost importance. In 2008, we voted for a virtually unknown candidate, largely because of the color of his skin. In 2012, if we are wise, we will vote him out of office, not because of the color of his skin, but because of the (lack of) content of his character.
Louis DeBroux is a Taylorsville resident, married, with eight children. He is chairman of the Bartow County Republican Party. He owns Gatekeeper data backup and recovery. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.