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A Romney-Ryan Revolution?

The Formula for Shock and Awe

By Mark Alexander · Aug. 23, 2012
“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate – look to his character.” –Noah Webster (1789)
It'll take more than a slogan.

There’s a major storm heading for Tampa.

No, I’m not talking about Isaac, the storm we hope will stay offshore or dissipate before making landfall. (Memo to Republicans: When planning future conventions, consider a location somewhere outside of hurricane alley at the height of hurricane season – a region that has suffered considerable loss of life and hundreds of billions of dollars in storm damage over the last two decades.)

Nor am I talking about all that turbulent hot air that emerges from Joe Biden’s mouth whenever he’s near a microphone. Biden is the centerpiece of Obama’s “counter convention” next week and will arrive in Tampa Monday in an attempt to overshadow the Republican confab. (Memo to Republicans: Paying any attention to Joe Biden might ultimately be a waste of political capital, as Obama may just be desperate enough to tap Hillary Clinton – or any other reasonably sober and cognizant humanoid – as VP for his 2012 ticket. Or it may just be that Biden is confused and thinks the Demo convention is in Tampa!)

No, the storm I’m referencing is the Romney-Ryan ticket, about to make landfall at the GOP Convention in Tampa. I hope this political storm develops into a record-breaker that rains shock and awe on Barack Hussein Obama’s campaign for re-election. But if the Romney-Ryan combo is going to pink-slip Obama, just as Obama’s policies have pink-slipped millions of Americans, this ticket will have to break from the conventional Republican formula.

By now, you already know what you need to know about Mitt Romney’s policy positions. My colleagues Michael Barone, Charles Krauthammer, Michael Reagan, Thomas Sowell, David Limbaugh and Dennis Prager have all written outstanding commentary on Paul Ryan and the enormous strength he brings to this ticket.

The question is, will Romney and Ryan unveil a winning strategy in Tampa?

To defeat Obama, the Romney-Ryan duo must contrast our great Legacy of Liberty with the oppressive socialist doctrines advocated by the Left. They must energize the largest conservative grassroots movement in history and enlist the support of American Patriots from all walks of life. They must alert our countrymen that we are on the downside of the fatal cycle of democracy and that the only way to circumvent the certainty of tyranny is to restore constitutional integrity.

It’s notable that the last Republican “RR” revolution was the restoration rebellion unleashed by Ronald Reagan in 1980. If there is to be a Romney-Ryan Revolution, then I suggest Mitt model his acceptance speech after Reagan’s acceptance speech in 1980, and hold tightly to its timeless principles.

Reagan’s remarks then are remarkably applicable to circumstances today, and should form the outline for Romney’s speech.

Then, Reagan declared, “I want my candidacy to unify our country; to renew the American spirit and sense of purpose. I want to carry our message to every American, regardless of party affiliation, who is a member of this community of shared values. … Never before in our history have Americans been called upon to face three grave threats to our very existence, any one of which could destroy us. We face a disintegrating economy, a weakened defense and an energy policy based on the sharing of scarcity. The major issue of this campaign is the direct political, personal and moral responsibility of Democratic Party leadership – in the White House and in Congress – for this unprecedented calamity, which has befallen us.

"We need rebirth of the American tradition of leadership at every level of government and in private life as well.

”[Our Founders] pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to found this nation. Some forfeited their fortunes and their lives; none sacrificed honor.

“Isn’t it once again time to renew our compact of freedom; to pledge to each other all that is best in our lives; all that gives meaning to them – for the sake of this, our beloved and blessed land? … The time is now, my fellow Americans, to recapture our destiny, to take it into our own hands. But, to do this will take many of us, working together. I ask you tonight to volunteer your help in this cause so we can carry our message throughout the land.”

Need Romney say more?

Romney-Ryan must cast their campaign in the mold of Reagan, who simply asked, “Are you better off now than four years ago?” and they must follow it up with a bold free-enterprise plan for economic recovery. They must boost American morale, and speak plainly about Obama’s failed socialist regime. They must pledge to end Obama’s distorted vision of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

They must not “pivot toward the center,” as was the case with failed “establishment Republican” presidential candidates John McCain in 2008 (we issued the same advice then), Bob Dole in 1996 and George H.W. Bush in 1992. The Republican “status quo” didn’t cut it then, and it won’t cut it this time. Nor will the campaign theme, “We’re not Obama.”

Romney and Ryan are good communicators, but in Tampa and onward, they need to communicate great things. Recall what Reagan said in retrospect on his successful effort to lead the nation back from the edge of complete economic collapse: “I won a nickname, the ‘Great communicator.’ I wasn’t a great communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn’t spring full bloom from my brow; they came from the heart of a great nation – from our experience, our wisdom and our belief in the principles that have guided us for two centuries.”

Finally, if Mitt Romney can successfully articulate the difference between Rule of Law (Liberty) and rule of men (tyranny) in the context of the grave state of our union today, a majority of Americans will choose Liberty. If he is not sure how to communicate that, he can borrow Paul Ryan’s copy of The Patriot Post’s Essential Liberty Pocket Guide. Or he can borrow the copy that Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, carries with him everywhere he goes. In fact, Mr. Priebus asked us to send 14,000 copies of Essential Liberty to Tampa, to be included in the welcome packages for all convention delegates and official guests.

Romney should center his campaign on the message of Essential Liberty, so that our countrymen will, once again, grasp the substance of Thomas Jefferson’s counsel, “We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.” A good place to start would be insisting that all elected and appointed officials at every level of government abide by their oath to “support and defend” our Constitution.

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254 Comments

rus in coventry Engalnd said:

well well said!!
i sure hope someone in Tampa or on the way honestly is listening!!
pity that those essential liberty guides could not have been
placed in the seat pockets of the conveyances to tampa to be
well studied before arrival.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Julia in Dallas,TX said:

I am hopeful that we will hear the inspiring story of America alongside the life stories of Romney and Ryan with honor and integrity - true stories that light a fire of hope and direction in the hearts and minds and wills of every American citizen!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM

J. Steffler in Michigan said:

I'm sorry, but I don't believe Romney/Ryan will fix any more than Obama/Biden. Both parties have held sway over the last 25 years and nothing is ever done. They have NO reason to fix any of the many problems that currently plague our country. If they ever fix any thing it would decrease their power over the masses. look back and see for yourselves. God Bless the United States of America but don't count on the Republicans or Democrats to fix : Immigration, The debt, The wars, The overreach of the Beaurocracy, The Dismal Education System or any thing else.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Morefandave in Bloomington replied:

I understand your cynicism, but one thing is different this year. In the past, there has always been more road to kick the deficit/debt/entitlement can down. Now the road has become a cul de sac. Ryan has recognized that and his message is that the situation has now become so urgent that it must be dealt with NOW. Once that message is delivered, that urgency will be translated into a mandate for Romney-Ryan to do what they are now telling us is necessary. I really think that, at heart, Ryan is one of US and not one of THEM.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM

MAJ USA Ret in Saint Louis replied:

Loved your analogy. However, the road does not end in a cul-de-sac, but in a cliff at the edge of a bottomless pit from which there is no recovery.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Morefandave in Bloomington replied:

I agree, and I think, so oes Ryan-all the more reason to expect these guys to actually reverse course if they get elected.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Patrick in Houston replied:

Mr. Steffler, let me understand your position. You are saying that the eight years of Ronald Reagan's presidency was basically just an extension of the Carter administration, and that it would have made virtually no difference if we had elected Carter to a second term.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

Nah, he ain't sayin; that. Modern rithmatic puts 25 years ago at 1988 after the Gipper years (man we could use another one of them).

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Donna Stickel in Bridgeville Delaware replied:

Maybe you're right. Both parties have failed to some extent, but we should NEVER give up HOPE for what this country Stands for. LIBERTY and JUSTICE for ALL. I'm an independent, but Romney/Ryans plan sounds alot better than Obama/ Biden. I will make my choice on Nov. 2, 2012 and will always have HOPE for ALL AMERICANS.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Just Saying in Idaho replied:

Donna, isn't it Nov 6? Just didn't want you to miss the vote....

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

I concur. My problem with the ticket is they refuse and stated to reporters, we will not answer questions about our plan, our budget or other topics. trust until after the election. With Ryan I thought they would be one leader, a man of principle. But saying I am not going to answer questions about the budget, woman's rights, why her voted against equal pay for woman, and gulp, abortion, those aren't leaders, those are wimps. Stand up for your principles or slink away.

The time worn, the liberal media will beat us up, if you are speaking conviction, truth, then the truth shall set you free. Hiding just puts blood in the water, not answering puts blood in the water. it showed lack of inttegerty lack of leadership.

Now on to Obama, I never believed he is of leadership material yet with the Tea party Congress voting down my tax break, I can no longer trust tea part, (taxed Enough Already.) They voted to let my taxes expire. With an approval rating of 10% (Congress,) a dictator in Venz has a higher approval rating.

With my taxes going up for it was voted down, forget grandma being thrown off the bridge, why am I being thrown off the bridge?

People, get on the ball. this is all part of the topic and I concur with don't count on anyone to fix the problem, there is no shock and awe, just hiding and ducking.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:16 PM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

You should read the Congressional Record more carefully. The Republicans in the House passed a bill to cancel the tax increase. The Senate Democrats refused to let come to a vote.

Friday, August 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Bob in MO said:

Their economic plan must be as specific as on Medicare. (Might it be a good idea to call it Medicare "Resuscitation" rather than reform?) Push drilling for oil and mining coal as two quick job opportunities. Almost immediate.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Donna Stickel in Bridgeville Delaware replied:

Hi BOB, and You're so right. All the resourses we have. They need to start like yesterday. Don't give up HOPE for Romney/Ryan. They can do better that this administration.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Tom Metz in NY said:

I have been donating to several republican candidates. listened to the very impressive plans Ryan laid out this week on the Mark Levin show. They must now wrap around this plan a "catchy" name like Cain did with 999. Both candidates must articulate the plan until people are sick of hearing it instead of falling into the area of mud that Obama creates. People must talk it up IE: Have you heard of the "ABC"??? We can still keep Medicare, wow! etc.......

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

MAJ USA Ret in Saint Louis replied:

Please avoid catchy phrases and slogans!
The most intractable problem of our electorate is the dependence upon slogans, catchy phrases, snappy retorts and political analysis from one-line, stand-up comedians. Too many of our citizens live on the corner of Madison Avenue and Sesame Street. For decades, they have suffered "edutainment" (education via entertainment). Their brains enter foggy fantasies, eyelids drop and ears hide beneath earphones of favorite tunes whenever a solution requires more than a couple of hours of thought.
The dumbing down of our electorate jeopardizes our liberty and posterity. It is chronic, carcinogenic and threatens to be fatal. A most important issue must be abolishment and recreation of a public education system that demands, promotes and honors scholarship exclusively and above all else. It is past time to stop the insidious evils of confounding illusions of non-values of self-esteem; racial, gender, ethnic quotas and educator’s unions that promote themselves mostly, educator’s lastly, and student’s scholarship never.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Linda ONeall in Amarillo, Texas replied:

You are so right!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Master Gunny in Tifton replied:

Here Here! I agree wholeheartedly but hasten to add that, and to quote my favorite philospher, Pogo, "we has met da enemy and he be us."

We pay for cable TV, watch the movies, buy the tapes and DVD's. We are in effect paying for our own destruction. I pay the refuse collector to haul away garbage, but I pay the cable company to deliver it, and then I either consume it or subsidize the deviants who produce it. Where is the outcry among us to kill the beast by starving it? When revenues drop, advertisers quit, theaters go empty then the greed of Hollywood will overcome their degenerate instincts. The almighty dollar not only talks in media elites, it sings.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 5:22 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

Right on.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

bungicord in los angeles said:

Mark is right. If they swerve to the center, as Romney may be prone to do all is lost. We no only have to beat Him we need to crush him cause if it's close he'll steal it. That can't be done unless we have a 180 degree choice.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

This might be why he refuses to answer questions or be specific. He has a strong VP, let him sing.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:19 PM

HAL HEARN in VENICE, FL said:

The well known advice from many years back that Democrocies only last for aproximately 200 years because by then the "free loaders" outnumber the producers and outvote them should be stressed. We have reached that point and you know the "free loaders" will vote so we had better get out the great number of voters who love our country as it has been - not where it is now headed.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Carol Sansone in Valley Springs CA said:

Please don't give up on Aikin: There should be no political involvement here; the choice should be uo to the victim. As for Akin's choice of words, how many have claimed rape where none existed.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM

marv in VA said:

People should vote for their country, not blind allegiance to a party that
is bankrupting America headed by an egotistical liar.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Big Daddy Bill in Tennessee replied:

Well said. I refuse to support the Republican Party because they try to decide who the people should support. My financial support always goes directly to a candidate and only to those with solid Conservative credentials.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Carol Sansone in Valley Springs CA said:

Pease don't give up on Todd Aikin: There should be no political involvement here; the choice should be uo to the victim. As for Akin's choice of words, how many have claimed rape where none existed? I think a whole basketball team was charged, once upon a time... I could be wrong, but legitimate rape is truly a description, like it or no.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Fred Campbell in Nipomo, CA replied:

"Legitimate Rape" is indeed an an appropriate polemic. The claim of "rape" is often used to justify (either morally or legally) abortion.
Akin considers an embryo to be a person, irrespective of the mode of conception. He is entitled to hold that conviction.
It is up to the voters of Missouri to decide if his his conviction are congruent with their own. I suspect that, in the net, they will conclude that Akin's world views are more acceptable than those of his opponent.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:22 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

What defines legitimate?

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

"Legitimate" was used in the sense of real, (i. e., a non-mutually-consensual act), not counterfeit or imagined. While that is a legitimate use of the word, the particular application made the usage connotatively rather awkward.

Friday, August 24, 2012 at 10:44 PM

The Old Guide in Springfield, Maine said:

The fact is that most Americans wish that neither of these jamokes were running for president.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Mark in Texas replied:

Wrong - putting Romney and Obama in the same "jamoke" catagory shows either your ignorance to the facts, or that you just don't care about these United States of America. Is Romney (or anyone for that matter) the "perfect conservative" or candidate? No... but step-one HAS to be firing the worst president in the history of Presidents - a man (and his family) who I believe have no love of this great country...

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Donna Stickel in Bridgeville Delaware replied:

Well said Mark. This country was GREAT at one time, and I truly believe and HOPE it will be again. Just get OBAMA out. His plans are to bring the county down, and so far, he's doing just that. !!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Lisa in MD replied:

I agree completely with you Mark. My main objective is to get Obama out and hope for the best for the new president.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Jennifer in Boise replied:

This American agrees with you!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Jennifer in Boise replied:

Oops! By 'you', I'm referring to Old Guide. 370 million people in this country, and we have to choose between a sociopathic socialist with a retard in tow, or a self-righteous, environment-hating caricature of Al Gore running with a man who never met a woman he respected? Please! It's like being asked to choose between death by poisoning or death by gas chamber. I'd just rather not die, thank you!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:53 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

Some many not like your views yet being raised in the Gila valley, your comments about Mitt is spot on. they are taught to believe they are better than everyone else and they are taught woman are to stay home, barefoot and pregnant. On the other hand, you said what the other choice is. As for me, I like to think he isn't better than I am for his religion says he is and my wife is equal to all men. Just saying

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Dr. Thomas E. Davis, Colonel, USA (ret) in Monroe Twp, NJ replied:

What is a liberal doing reading correct conservative comment? You call Romney-Ryan Jamokes? Where have you been gettting you drinking water, the Okeefenokee?

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Donna Stickel in Bridgeville Delaware replied:

Dr. Thomas, this is the same drinking water that ALL people are soppse to drink. Keep OBAMA in there, and we ALL will be. I'm begining to this liberals are very strange people.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Joan in Knoxville, TN said:

Say what you will and continue to write as much as you want. The problem is Congress. Congress has redelegated its responsibilities and created the bureaucracy we are governed by. We live in a bureaucratic state. We do not live in a constitutionally limited federal republic.

Congress is the problem!!!!!! Yes, get rid of Hussein Obama, but why don't you start educating the public on what Federalism means, if you indeed know what it means yourself!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Mark in Texas replied:

Sure Congress is the problem. And it's magnified when you have a President (leader of Congress) who is a Socialist.

My guess is about 50% of the population understand what a federal republic is - the other half who don't are collecting free government benefits...

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

Obama is a Marxist.
Romney is a Socialist.
There's a difference and it is not trivial.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Bruce R Pierce in Owensboro, Ky replied:

According to Marx himself: Socialism is just a transition period to Communism so both can be considered "Marxist", you should go back and read the Communist Manifesto and learn the difference or should I say lack thereof.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Patriot in Wisconsin replied:

"...;and learn the difference..."

...which is NOT trivial.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Donna Stickel in Bridgeville Delaware replied:

Hi Mark, so true, only my guess is it's more that 50%. These days some parents just tell their children they're intilteled to get free EVERYTHING. I was raised to work for what you want.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM

RK Sprau in L.C. N.M. replied:

The GOP/Tea Party runs Congress so am I to assume we are part of the problem and not the solution?

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:29 PM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

Not really. Nothing gets past the Senate except at the pleasure of Senator Harry Reid, who is still a Democrat. The Republican-leadHouse has sent many very fine bills to the Senate, only to see them thrown in the circular file without being read by anybody except the Senate clerk.

Friday, August 24, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Dr. Thomas E. Davis, Colonel, USA (ret) in Monroe Twp, NJ replied:

Young lady do you know the meaning of federalism? It may have worked if the XVIIth amendment had not passed. As it is now,Federalism is a weakened concept of the relationship between the several States and a corrupt Federal government. Incidentaly we began with a democratic,not federal republic.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Carl in MN said:

I'm amazed how many Ron Paul supporters will "throw" their vote away by
voting for the independant party candidates or not voting at all. I've talked
to several and this is their response. Romney wasn't my first choice (or 2nd
either) but I don't want the useful idiot (Obama) re-elected nor Amy Klobochar
We need to start while we still have a country left to move to the right.
And leave the guy Akain or who ever alone in Missouri, look at all the
dumb comments Biden makes. I can even remember when Charles
Kauthhammer was a Mondale follower, so cut some grace and mercy.
And don't tell those folks in Missouri who has to be on their ballot! Let
them decide. They might surprise you.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Fred Campbell in Nipomo, CA replied:

Carl: Your points are right on.
Bottom line, when Ron Paul supporters close the curtain, most will vote for R&R. After all, they understand the stakes. Politics is always the art of the possible.
Now if the "Republican Establishment" will only get down to the business of of electing Republicans and forget about the brouhaha in Missouri...........

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Dagny in New York replied:

Not true. We will not vote for another socialist. Sorry, but neither party has a winning ticket. Both vote unconstitutionally and neither are serious about the spending proble, the UN, the FED, the economy and the wars. NO will will not vote for Romney-Ryan. Sorry, but we are tired of hearing the sky is falling rhetoric that gets used during every election, and things go from bad to worse.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 5:24 PM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Now the sky really is falling you idiot, and if you vote for anyone other than RR, you are helping Obamao to transform and kill America. It works great for him, but you and the rest of us will only share misery and slavery to the state, is that what you want?

Friday, August 24, 2012 at 10:47 AM

MNIce in Minnesota replied:

Carl is right. He may remember, as I do, how Paul Wellstone, who until Mr. Obama went to Washington was one of the most socialist politicians ever to stalk Capitol Hill, won election by less than half a percentage point. The Constitution Party candidate got just over 1%. Had the Constitution Party thrown its support behind Rudy Boschwitz, several close votes in the Senate might have gone the other way.

This is a nightmare scenario - enough conservative votes go to somebody other than Romney-Ryan to put the election within reach of Mr. Obama's vote fraud shenanigans. (There's a reason they oppose Photo ID, and it isn't concern for the voters who supposedly can't get their free Photo ID.) Mr. Obama then goes back into office and claims he has a mandate to complete the transformation of the United States into the North American Socialist Administrative Region. The Constitution will be removed from the National Archives and recycled to make "green" toilet paper, in practice, if not in actuality.

We can't take the chance. Nor can we expect that a President Romney will be able to fix our problems by himself, even granted that he wants to. Even Ron Paul cannot take on the Administrative State without the firm support of Congress; the bureaucrats would sabotage him at every turn, and tie him up in the courts if he tried to do anything about it. A President intent on restoring the Rule of Law will need a conservative House and a conservative Senate, with a firm, brave leadership. They will face skunk spray from the leftist propaganda machine 24/7, so this will not be a task for those of weak character.

Friday, August 24, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Dagny,
Me thinks ye are likely a NY Liberal trying to fool everyone. Please slink back to the gutter where you belong.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Dagny in New York replied:

We are NOT throwing our vote away, we are standing on principle, which is more than can be said for those that are settling. The GOP is as corrupt as the Democrats and they share agendas. That is why nothing ever changes. Wake up America before it is too late

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 5:33 PM

J. Steffler in Michigan replied:

You are so Right! people think that electing a new president will change everything when both parties are equally corrupt! Where are the lawsuits against the czars? Who is cutting off the funding? where is the congressional outradge agaainsst a President not enforcing the law? I could go on, All politicians see the current situation as a further step to accumulating more power. As in Obama has done this so OUR GUY can do it and a little bit more...

Friday, August 24, 2012 at 9:27 AM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Two comments from the usefull idiots in the failed states of Michigan and New York. I can see that living there might color your vision, but you are truely clueless to the magnitude of this election, America hangs in the balance.

Friday, August 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Dagny and J. Steffler,

Until we abolish political parties altogether we will continue to have our bipolar system. Why? Because it's expedient and there's not enough political interest and moxey to support numerous parties. And there are probably other reasons that I haven't thought of (please, anyone, have a whack at it). But you both can feel a little better when I say that you're correct, that the Republican Party has gone off the rails a bit, over the past few decades - but they don't compare to the Democrats, not at all.

So the take home message is that if you're unhappy with the Republican Party, then work to change it from the inside. That's exactly what the Tea Party influence is for, to route out the corruption and cronyism in the Republican Party and to bring it back to its roots of liberty, fiscal accountability and limited government. For us to redeem ourselves as a society, politicians need to separate their duties as public servants from their own personal, individual ambitions, and from the goals of their respective party affiliations.

The Democrat party is a lost cause. Their immorality and corruption emulates the soul of Joseph Stalin.

But with the current bipolar system we have, Mr. Paul and the Libertarians will never get the support they need to win. Sorry to burst your bubble. The numbers are just not there. We need to reform the Republican party but we're never going to do that if people withhold their vote for Republicans, effectively keeping Democrats in office. With Democrats in office, we'll never, ever, come clean as a society. The stench will be too great.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Morefandave in Bloomington said:

The "need" for the Republican candidate to "pivot toward the center" was premised on the notion that all he would do was deliver a "political"message with specific issues and positions on those issues each designed to appeal to some portion of the electorate. The selection of Ryan as a running mate has mooted all that. The debate that will now occur over Medicare, Obamacare, entitlements, the deficit and the national debt will be one on our national identity. Obama was right about one thing: the campaign is about two different visions for America. The Romney-Ryan team will articulate those visions in a way that I believe will be Reaganesque and lead the vast majority of Americans to adopt their, and our, vision of what America is and can be.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Bard Stephens in St. Louis Mo said:

Going forward, the Rommey Ryan message should project the drastic explosion of jobs and economic development that will result in a successful election. Point out how America will become the largest exporter of oil and natural gas in the world. Point out how the American worker now waiting in call back lines for months and years only to be given temp jobs to keep their benifits i.e. union workers will now be called back to work to unleash the power of the greatest American recovery in history. OR allow the promisses of the current administration to play out and see what happens. THAT IS THE CHOICE>

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:45 PM