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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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Don in St. Louis said:

Socialism is SLAVERY - Capitalism is FREEDOM
This needs to be stated in every speech by every Republican until the trumpets sound and the sky parts.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:08 PM

rusty in Pampa Tx. said:

We are all aware of what has taken place in the last four years. What I would like to see and hear from the Republicans is,,, What they intend to do for the American people in the NEXT EIGHT YEARS.!
Why waste precious air time pointing out what we already know.!? Get down to the basics. Tell us what we can expect from you,,, and follow through.!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

India in GA said:

"Need Romney say more?"

INDEED! Thanks for pointing out the "three major issues" parallel--great work, Mr. Alexander.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:17 PM

EWatson7 in San Diego said:

A really BOLD move would be to announce his whole cabinet at the convention. Then there would be no way the MSM could ignore the "news" ane there would be a full and powerful responders to ALL of the but, but, buts from both the democrats and the media.

This has been proposed early on and should wake the people up.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Lynne Roberts in Massachusetts said:

From your mouth to God's ears! I pray for it!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:18 PM

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

As do I

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Ron Lietke in Vancouver, WA said:

Just as Alexander stated, I have thought election cycle after cycle, we need our spokesmen to carry the message of liberty and economic freedom in the respectable and convincing manner that Ronald Reagan did. Little did the
'Crats nor media of the day realize Reagan had developed his principles over many years of writing and speaking, nor how well-thought out his message applied the principles of our founding fathers. I can only pray that Mit and his excellent choice for VP can articulate said values and not get sidetracked by the garbagemen of the opposition. Maybe they both need to practice Ron's immortal phrase to preceed turning the conversation around to what they need to tell the American people, "There you go again,..." I also pray there are enough patriots remaining, enough of us not enslaved by the dole, to throw off the socialist chains of today and support them and a new congress worthy of election who will get us back on track as that shining city on the hill, showing the rest of the world what God-given individual rights combined with individual initiative can produce. I have a feeling this will be our last chance to do it at the ballot box, leaving only the other alternative if we fail this year.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Judy Dugan in WA said:

nder it deliberately, he is a menace to society. It is the nature of man, when given alittle power, to misuse it. Romney/ Ryan will revive a dying nation.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

John in Virginia Beach said:

Mathematically speaking, voting for Romney-Ryan won’t make a hill of beans’ difference. Let’s just look at our colossal DEBT (ignoring the DEFICIT, which is another whole can of worms).

Our current DEBT, just what we owe on our normal budget, is $15.3 trillion, increasing at a faster and faster pace. The debt compounds, and for many decades we’ve effectively been using credit cards to pay the mortgage. $15.3T sounds like a lot, but that’s not all. Add to that the $15T SocSec, $20T Medicare Rx drug benefit, and $115T M’care shortfalls, and we have a total of $165 TRILLION in debt, more than $1 million/taxpayer. That assumes all 112 million taxpayers are paying, but of course since the tax code is used primarily to buy votes, only about 50 million people pay any significant taxes.

For the budget, we borrow money on which we pay interest. We spend $2.4T/year (over $76,000 a SECOND!) on transfer payments and interest on debt. This doesn’t include any gov’t functions such as roads, P.O., military, DHS – anything – which on fed, state & local levels is over $7T/yr. Plus our economy pays over $3.7T/yr on all public & private debts, for a total of over $10T. But our GDP is only $15T. So two-thirds of our economy pays for government and debt… unprecedented in world history!

Where will the money come from to cover this? Americans are about $16T in credit card, student loan and other debt…even more than the government (remember, they’re $15.3T in the hole).

Will they cut spending? Half the country pays no income taxes, and half is on government assistance (40 million alone on food stamps!). That’s way too many votes for politicians to lose by cutting into any of that pie, and too many torches & pitchforks to face if they do.

Both parties have been responsible for all of this – even the party of R&R. Ryan himself voted for the Bush Medicare Rx drug benefit expansion, the Dept of Ed expansion, TARP and other unconstitutional spend-a-thons. The Demicans & Republicrats are two wings of the same bird of prey. Even if you want to make the case that R&R will somehow buck their own party, or all of the corporate interests that they’d owe, the rest of Congress will surely never go for it.

I love my country, but until the power to which men are forever drawn is brought to 1783 levels, we must collapse under our own weight, as the USSR did in 1989. Then perhaps we’ll rediscover liberty and return to peace & prosperity.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Dagny in NY replied:

This is the ONLY intelligent comment on this blog. The rest of the folks commenting here are extremely misinformed or just plain uninformed. No wonder our country is in such a mess.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

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

I am down with the commenter. I think others need to learn from this to include myself. I personally would like to read more of the insights presented.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:


John's are not the only intelligent comments in this blog. You're being uselessly insulting. Many others have expressed good thoughts. I first presented a numerical debt analysis similar to John's, back sometime after Obama's first year when he had established his track record of incompetence, and when, by the numbers, I could see where we were heading. John is right; we're in a pickle, and maybe that pickle has been shoved right up our back sides by corrupt politicians.

Please read on, and keep an open mind.

Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

The Texas Cooke in Lockhart, Texas said:

The RNC was holding the Tea Party loyalty by a thread until Ryan joined the ticket. We believe in his ideals and with Romney's business skill, we believe that our hopes and dreams can be answered. BUT, if their administration turns into D.C. business as usual, the screen door won't be hitting our backsides as we leave the RNC forever. We have your back....but it's put up or shut up time!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Git R Dunn in Alabama replied:

Interesting that you would ignore the RECORD OF GOVERNOR ROMNEY! But, if you got his back, that's cool (or foolish - as in fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me). If I were you, I wouldn't be holding my breath. Wanna take any bets on "if their administration turns into D.C. business as usual"?

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

JohnEidsmoe in Pike Road, Alabama said:

I'm told that Romney is a very warm, personable, and compassionate person, but he doesn't come across that way in his public appearances. Possibly that's because of his New England reserve. Romney needs to show his personal side, and the Convention might be a good opportunity to begin doing that.
Right now, I think the public believes Romney is competent. Now, he needs to help them to like him personally and to believe he is on their side.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:22 PM

James Tapscott in 2 said:

You are correct. We face very similar circumstances that Reagan faced....but exponentially much worse. Now is the time for all who believe & embrace our constitution to stand and be counted. We have a long hard, ugly battle ahead. It will only begin with the election of Romney/Ryan in November. Their are entrenched progressives throughout government and the war will really be engaged if Obama looses. They will not go away. Like a cancer, they will have to be excised. And like a cancer in the body, it WILL BE PAINFULL!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Gerald Artman in Newberry, MI said:

Rule of law v rule of men!

The rule of law says we have the right to practice our religion according to our conscience. The rule of men says you have to perform abortions in a Catholic hospital.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:29 PM

John DeSoto in Morrilton, AR said:

The Romney/Ryan ticket is, at best, the lesser of 2 evils. The lesser of 2 evils is still evil and I no longer vote on that basis. Voters somehow accept the illusion that there's a substantive difference between the 2 major parties because that's what they're told by mainstream media. In reality both major parties exist to protect the status quo of the big spending central government that increases control and inhibits freedom more with each election.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Patriot in Wisconsin replied:

Spot on! The "mainstream media" is nothing more than the propaganda arm of the NWO and both candidates are NWO puppets.

I would encourage you, though, to do your patriotic duty and at least vote for a candidate that has NOT attended a Bilderberger meeting EVER.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 2:33 PM

1794 Patriot in Big D replied:

If you truly believe not voting for the best cadidate available is not worth doing you are mentally deficient or delusional. One non vote gives 2 to obama. Many people out there feel as you do and will throw away our only chance for freedom. You people need to look at the big picture. At least Romney and Ryan love this country and believe it's worth saving (obviously you do not). It may be too late and this may end up with blood in the streets but we "MUST" try to turn this around peacefully. I am a constitutionalist and have been pre tea party. I agree we need to roll this back to a constitution republic and that will not be possible if votes are flushed down the toilet. This is it! Are you part of the solution or part of the problem, or worse an obama plant!

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

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

Yet another intelligent commentator I can learn from.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Cary Peterson in Des Moines, Iowa said:

How can the Republicans draw a contrast between themselves and the Democrats on the issue of Liberty when they themselves advocate for Socalism at a reduced rate? Both parties work to advance Socialism on issues the benefit them. I truly believe that the only difference between the Political Parties is speed and priority. The lesser of two evils is still Evil.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

James Tapscott in Ramona CA said:

Do not give up and throw in the towel. There is to much at stake. This nation and what it promised is worth saving. This from a man of color who was denied full freedom in this nation for half my life. That has changed! Believe in our country and ask for GOD's help. Without it we will not prevail.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Donna Stickel in Bridgeville Delaware replied:

Hi James, I'm so sorry about how half your life you were treated bad. GOD will give us stregnth. I'm also sorry that OBAMA has brought this country into divide. We should ALL stick together, and remember: "There is power in the numbers of prayer" I will be praying too.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 4:42 PM