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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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Larry Huffman in Piqua, OH said:

I must agree fully with this column. During the Reagan administration, Americans, even if not fully committed to all his policies, basked in the idea of "Morning in America." We felt proud and strong. We need to do so again.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

PaulRod in Kansas City MO said:

I suspect Romney could win just by promising us incandescent light bulbs, and allowing oil drilling again..

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM



Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Dagny in New York replied:

Change?? I guess you haven't seen Ryan's voting record. He voted and pleaded for TARP, and every unconstitutional bill proposed since he was elected to office. He is pathetic. And the Ryan plan? Will not balance the budget until my unborn great grand kids are adults. Neither are serious about stopping the runaway spending. Just more of the same. Keep dreaming and voting for the corrupt establishment pick for you candidate, but don't expect any change, because only more borrowing and spending awaits us. And include higher taxes like a VAT which Ryan seems to be very fond of. Heaven help us.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 5:30 PM

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

He's like Mitt, they both have changed and say we never did or voted in this manner. What a problem.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Mark in Melissa Texas said:

What I have not heard anyone talk about is the last two years of W were dominated by Democratic House & Senate. And... that Democrats have held the majority since January 2007 - that's five years! How are these Republicans supposedly "blocking" everything? That's just it - I wish they could! So we need to make sure we get the Senate also.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Robert A. Gardner in Port St. Lucie, FL said:

Do you hade, or will you have the Believe in America bumper stickers.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Donna Stickel in Bridgeville Delaware replied:

Robert, I would love one of those bumper stickers, where can I find one??

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 4:20 PM

wild bill in nc said:

Obama will be defeated, but remember he will still be in power for two months
and when he is defeated , his worshipers will riot and he will declare marshall
law and declair the election null and void. Send in the troups , breakiing unto
our homes , just like they did in La when the hurrican hit, taking away our guns..
Then what do you think will happen? Blood will run in the streets .
I pray that this will not happen, I pray that the Lord Jesus will come and we
who are alive and know Him will be caught to meet Him in the air to ever
be with Him.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Donna Stickel in Bridgeville Delaware replied:

Mr. Wild Bill, so good to know you know who our Lord and Savior is. I agree with you, and have had many concerns about Obamas last couple months in office. I pray you're wrong, but true believers, have no worries, JESUS will save us before it gets ugly. Only my oponion. HAVE FAITH

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Ernei in Utah said:

Is this the Patriot Act Post. Romney and Ryan are moderates at best, more probable progressives, but for sure not patriots.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Patriot in Wisconsin replied:

"Is this the Patriot Act Post"

Ouch! Easy there, Ernei. In a purist sense, the Socialist and Rino are NOT patriots, but compared to the Marxist and Lunatic, they look an awful lot like it. Two steps forward and one step back is still progressive in my book ;-)

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Bill in Md replied:

Ernie - I served on the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). One thing I learned is that you don't turn that 92 thousand ton monster on a dime. RR is certainly not the most conservative option that we could have but I beg you to ponder 2 points:
1) Could truly conservative/libertarian candidates get elected in todays' USA and
2) does RR not represent a noteable change in idealogical direction?

These questions are obviously rhetorical as the answers are obvious. Try to look at the posative aspect of these candidates and pray that we can oust the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama said:

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

A.) The answer is, it does not matter because the New World Order is finished with the Obama regime and has notified them that the next POTUS is President Romney (as announced by Joey the Dolt Biden).

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Jean E. Williams in Alpharetta, GA 30009 said:

Hope R&R have time to read or hear the good points that you cover in this column...........

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Doug in Naples, NY said:

If the new RR duo truly wants to succeed, they need to say the truth.
The last Republican presidential candidate did not have the testicular fortitude to do so. A Communist / Socialist need to be called a Communist / Socialist publicly, especially at the convention.
Romney needs to grow a pair before it's too late.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Klaus in Gainesville, VA replied:

I could not agree with you more!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Len in Fuquay-Varina, NC said:

This is the last chance for the Republican party! Don't mess it up this time because the game is over if you do!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Dagny in New York replied:

It's over already, Americans just don't seem to get it.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Fred Campbell in Nipomo, CA said:

Palin's absence as a speaker is bad omen.

Any failure to fully embrace the Tea Party" segment of the electorate is a) a signal that conservatives are "in the pocket" and b) the party must prostitute itself to the "middle" to win.

The Republican Party may, indeed, win the election, but the country will not be saved from disaster.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Dagny in New York replied:

Sarah Palin is a ding bat, and the Tea Party sold out a long time ago to the corrupt GOP.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Klaus in Gainesville, VA said:

This is very sound advice, I just hope Republicans don't do what they do best, wimp out. There is a reason they are known as the 'stupid party'. As you article mentioned, George H.W.Bush, McCain, Bob Dole are good examples of mainstream Republican 'thought', which is why they lose elections. I'm hoping very much that Paul Ryan will not give in to mainstream Republicans.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Donna Stickel in Bridgeville Delaware replied:

It's really sad that everyone condems BUSH. Has any other President had a attack of the magnitude of 911. Still the deficit went up a little. But my GOD open your eyes. What has OBAMA done to this country. I'd go for conseravitives anytime.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 4:31 PM

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

7 December 1941

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Dagny in New York replied:


Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

George Murry in Pennsylvania said:

The planks need to address the following:
Religious Liberty
High Taxes
Flat sales tax on purchases, fair to all and will tax visitors and wealthy who have offshore accounts

Repeal laws that hinder small business
Open our resources for exploitation
Give land owned by government back to the states where located so they can harvest their resources

Repeal all of Obama's presidential orders
Prosecute those involved in Fast & Furious for murder
Build the pipeline from Canada to the Gulf
Get rid of Departments that have done nothing since their birth.
Dept of Energy
Dept of Education
Put SS funds back into an untouchable money bank for congress
Stop taxing our retirement, we live on a fixed income
Take the guns away from EPA, DOE etc why do they need a private army.
Put the BATF under the FBI, this will help to limit harassment of law abiding citizens.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

I'm going to write in George Murry for President

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Donna Stickel in Bridgeville Delaware replied:

Mr. Murry, I agreee, but you left out immigration. Obama thinks he's above ALL of us. Even Congress. He REWROTE the LAWS. Immigration has to be addressed too.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Bob in Brunswick Ga. said:

Mark your comments are well written and aticualted. Copy to the Republican Party and Mitt and Paul. They need to read it. Thanks.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Donna Stickel in Bridgeville Delaware replied:

Ditto.Bob, Mark has some GREAT COMMENTS !!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 4:35 PM