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Romney v Obama, Adult v Adolescent

It Will Take "Adult" Independent Voters to Defeat Obama

By Mark Alexander · Oct. 25, 2012
“A few short weeks will determine the political fate of America for the present generation, and probably produce no small influence on the happiness of society through a long succession of ages to come.” –George Washington (1778)

I am returning today from one of several Department of Defense national security forums I attend annually. These briefings cover current operations, horizon and over-horizon threats, and our capability to respond to those threats.

In presidential election years, military briefings can be a challenge. Uniformed briefers are very good at respectfully concealing their political opinion, and should be. Indeed, expressing dissenting political views from those of the Commander in Chief will land senior officers in front of a UCMJ tribunal.

Fortunately, there is abundant criticism of Barack Hussein Obama’s failed foreign and national security policies from Special Forces Operators, both enlisted and officer ranks, who have recently been honorably discharged. One of the most comprehensive objections is a detailed critical review of those policies in a bold new video on Obama administration “leaks” and Obama’s use of the killing of Osama as campaign fodder. It features an impressive lineup of American Patriots who, unlike Obama, have honored their oaths.

At this week’s briefings, there was a clear consensus among those attendees not in uniform that the next election is pivotal to our nation’s ability to defend itself abroad, and moreover, the future of Liberty at home. It was no small coincidence that in the midst of these briefings, the last presidential debate of this election cycle took place, focusing on national security and foreign policy.

Let me be civil in my choice of words and say that among fellow attendees, there was no enthusiasm for, or confidence in, the CINC’s foreign or domestic policies (with one notable exception – a former ambassador from a major European ally, now living in the U.S. on a green card). I mention this consensus by way of affirming the strong case we have made against Obama since he first stepped into presidential politics six years ago. Thankfully that case has extended deep into the wells of undecided voters, and we regularly hear from Americans who were ambivalent about how to vote until the The Patriot Post’s team of editors helped them understand what is really at stake – the future of Liberty.

So, the last presidential debate now concluded, the only question at this late stage of the 2012 presidential campaign is this: Are there enough adults among undecided voters, those who are not moved by the flood of Obama’s juvenile appeals, to turn back the socialist tide?

Obama can depend on two primary voter constituencies. About 30 percent of voters (60 percent of Obama’s support) comes from urbanites, whose allegiance has been co-opted by Socialist Democrats. Most in that group are enslaved on the Democrat Plantation where they have been inculcated with the belief they are dependent upon the state. Obama’s second constituency is the 10 percent of voters (20 percent of his support) who are irrevocably ideological socialists, from Leftist academicians to Hollywood glitterati and all malcontents in between.

So, are there enough independent voters who have the wisdom to discern between reality and Obama’s political rhetoric to make a difference?

The shrinking margin of independent votes will determine whether our nation moves toward the restoration of Essential Liberty, or follows Obama into the abyss of tyranny.

Clearly, this is a contest between a statesman who will restore the integrity and standing of the Office of President, versus a petulant adolescent and pathological narcissist who’s running the most disrespectful campaign in history, appealing to the worst in all who will listen to him.

As for the last debate and the two weeks remaining before Election Day, will Romney’s “adult” appeal work? Are there enough independent voters who qualify as “adults” to defeat Obama?

In the final debate, Mitt Romney sat quietly through accusations that his criticisms of Obama were “just not true” and that he was telling “whoppers.” Turns out that in each case, fact-checkers determined that Romney was right. But style is what gets points with the ignorant, and it too often trumps substance in political debates.

While there are significant threats to our national security, both foreign and domestic, the primary concern for grassroots independents is the economy. In three presidential debates, and at every Air Force One stop, Obama has and continues to insist, against a backdrop of economic decline, that his policies are working. His task is to convince independent voters that an outhouse has the fragrance of a floral shop – to divert their attention from the economy.

Will the deception work … again?

Romney hasn’t closed the gap in his disconnect with grassroots voters, not because he doesn’t genuinely care about Americans from all walks of life, but because his staff is top heavy with folks who, themselves, have no grassroots grounding.

The bottom line is that Obama can’t be trusted. If Romney will make that case over the next two weeks, it will resonate best with undecided grassroots voters.

At every campaign stop for the next two weeks, Romney must take the American people back to that moment just prior to the 2008 election, when Barack Obama said his objective was “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Impress upon all Americans that this transformation has indeed begun, that it has been catastrophic, and Obama’s just-released “New Economic Patriotism” plan for jobs will seal the fate of our nation.

Romney must continue to drive home the fact that Obama’s policies have failed – there are 23 million, unemployed or underemployed, and those who have simply given up looking for work – and tens of millions more who are working, but have not received pay increases to keep up with inflation. On Obama’s watch, we have “record spending on welfare” – households considered impoverished have grown to one in six and there are 47 million food stamp recipients – up 50 percent since Obama’s election. Obama has also amassed $5 trillion in new debt, and our national debt now totals $16 trillion, which for the first time in history now exceeds U.S. annual economic output. Finally, he should keep reminding the American people that median household income has declined by $4,520 (8.2 percent) since Obama took office. This is the real “Obama tax.” Also, energy prices have doubled because of Obama restrictions, and economic growth has slowed to an anemic 1.3 percent.

Romney must make the case that Obama’s road “Forward” is a dead end. He has been elected once so he believes the American people can be fooled twice.

Finally, Romney should end every speech at every stop between now and November 6th with this bottom line: “Obama can’t be trusted.” He can’t be trusted with our national security. He can’t be trusted with our national debt and he can’t be trusted to restore the health of our economy. And he most certainly can’t be trusted with the future of American Liberty.

Of course, Obama has one more ace up his sleeve. He’s banking on the next jobs report, scheduled for release on Friday, November 2nd, to affirm last month’s report of a reduction in new unemployment filings. If that report can be spun as affirmation that Obama’s economic polices are working, every 24-hour Leftmedia talkinghead will be promoting that fallacy until every vote has been cast. Unfortunately, that report may well swing enough votes to get Obama re-elected.

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131 Comments

Rebecca Ray in Oklahoma said:

The President knew and could have saved those 4 men but instead chose to do nothing, while they were literally fighting for their lives, so as not to contradict his narrative of Al Queida being "rocked on its heels". He is guilty of their deaths and should be ashamed of himself for that and the rapidly unraveling lies he and his minions have told.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM

demsarerats in Oregon replied:

Rebecca Ray, yes, that issue must be pushed for the reason you demonstrate, the point can be made easily in a sound bite, well done.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7:26 PM

JohnR in Seattle, WA replied:

The mainstream press has reported that there were no "lies". It has not, however, reported on the exact weaknesses/errors that need to be corrected to thwart such attacks in the future. Perhaps one should focus on that.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Oathkeeper Scott in Texas said:

Obama's going to get creamed on 6 Nov. The same Left-Media that via perpetual kid-gloves treatment set him up to get creamed by Romney in the 1st debate has also been distorting the polls for months, using 2008 voter turnout formulas, etc.

But the kicker I think will be voter turnout. The parasites and couch-potatoes living on the Left's plantation can't be bothered to take initiative in general: why would they make the effort to go find that voting booth or fill out that absentee ballot and send it in? Won't somebody else take care of that? LOL

The Left I'm sure will get some dead people to vote and bus some sheeple to polling places on 6 Nov, lured in by pizza and a few bucks in cash. I bet there'll be some Black Panther 'influence' at some polling sites.

But I don't think they will be able to muster the turnout needed. Tricky Dick talked about the 'Silent Majority.' I'm hopeful that enough American responsibility-takers will have the sense of urgency to show up on 6 Nov and vote for competence.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Lisa in MD replied:

You mean the "New Black Panther"

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

Oathkeeper Scott in Texas
why would they make the effort to go find that voting booth or fill out that absentee ballot and send it in? Won't somebody else take care of that? LOL
It is very simple; there will be a repeat of 2008. Those liberal pukes that drink the Kool-Aid don't have to vote, those liberal socialist pukes that count the votes will cast their votes for them in favor of that piece of dung that resides in the oval office now.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:50 PM

demsarerats in Oregon replied:

Oathkeeper Scott, the kicker will be how much vote fraud.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7:27 PM

BARBARA STEPHENS in SEMINOLE, FL said:

WE NEED A PRESIDENT WITH WHOM THE TOP BRASS OF OUR ARMED FORCES CAN WORK, AND THIS MAN IS MITT ROMNEY. SECURITY IS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE IN OUR COUNTRY TODAY. WITHOUT OUR COUNTRY BEING SECURE,THE REST DOES NOT MATTER!

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Jay Yoakum in Wrightwood, Ca said:

Does the Democratic Party pay for the use of Air Force One and all other support aircraft, additional secret service, local police resources, etc when the President goes on his "24 hour blitz" of re-election travel such as he did on October 24th by going to Las Vegas for 2 hours, then to Los Angeles for a few hours then back to the east coast? This had to cost a ton. I hope we didn't pay for that useless effort.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Don Turner in Las Vegs, NV said:

A recurring theme in Obama's talks and in the response of this followers is hate. This is fortified in the social media demands for riots, etc if he is not elected. Hate is what propelled the fascists and communists to power in the 1930's (and the resultant loss of liberty and millions of lives) and what drives the terrorists. He is smooth enough to not use hateful' language specifically , but the tone and tempo of his attacks on "them" vs "us" is contemptible for a leader of a free society. History shows this does not lead to freedom, but to oppression.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:52 PM

rab in jo,mo replied:

I am almost to the point where I'm willing to say, if "they" want to riot if their guy isn't reelected, then bring it on. We'll see who the majority is in this country (and who is actually better armed/trained). Quit threatening and do it, let's get it over with.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:52 PM

demsarerats in Oregon replied:

rab, if there are riots they will be in areas like St L and not JO, and there won’t be much pushback. You are right about more rural areas, which is why it won’t happen there.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Dean Sparkman in Minneapolis, MN said:

Our government is the worlds largest company. Our president is the CEO of that company. In ANY other scenario, a CEO would be held accountable for the company performance and/or its losing money. We (the voters) are the recruiters for a new CEO who has experience, a track record of accomplishment, an education background conducive to business, and references who will verify the selectee's veracity. We better be right about who we select to run our company. Everyone's future, and their families, are dependent on our decision. I think Mitt has the track record we're looking for.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Dan Storkamp in Rocklin, CA said:

you started the piece by stating that it will not matter who wins the election because both incumbents have no power to change but the curtains (inferring there are real policy makers behind the scenes). You then ended the piece wondering if the voters will vote to turn the socialist tide. Is it not the agenda to move to a NWO? -that requires socialism regardless of the political isle. The point is, all candidates are cut from the same cloth, a dissenter would simply be murdered by the real men in power. -but nobody will talk about those men...to the point that few know who they really are.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Andy in Katy, Tx said:

I'm not sure his deception isn't wasted on those he panders to. Is it not an issue of "are these people intelligent enough to know the difference"? And even if they did know, I don't believe they would care as the interest isn't about the country, its about "what can I get"! The county's voter makeup scares me. Many I have seen could not quantify 16 Trillion any more than they care as to the meaning. Many of the unemployed were "saved" by this President with "you deserve food stamps, you deserve welfare and you deserve free health insurance". Yep, Many of those believe he is the answer because if the answer means they can do less and still get paid,..they have no personal incentive to do anything but that.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM

demsarerats in Oregon replied:

Andy Bell, re “The county's voter makeup scares me.” There is nothing to worry about, diversity is our greatest strength;
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/us/whites-account-for-under-half-of-births-in-us.html?_r=4&hp&
and it’s not foodstamps they need, it’s phones;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOOzCSXEihc&feature=youtu.be

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7:48 PM

tom murphy in green bay, wi said:

The divisivness that he has papered the nation with makes it tougher to reliably tell the adults from the chilldren: classwarfare Prayer is the only solution.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Joyce in Nevada said:

I voted as early as possible to stem the tide....don't know if that helps. Having been on the Job Training Board when Reagan was president, we learned a bit. The figures that come out for unemployment were about three or four months behind so that the outcome was always late. That would mean that the ones we are seeing now are really from last spring and summer, accounting for the upswing of vacations and temporary jobs. In Nevada this really seemed right on as far as the time frame went. Now what are we looking at if this narcissist gets voted in again? Will a group of states leave the USA? Could be or will we be looking at a dictator, as that seems to be his greatest wish or maybe that is what he was promised....who knows. Just hold the thought for the Romney/Ryan ticket from now through election day. This powerful thought could convince many as they think(THINK) over all the things that were promised(?) but never delivered. Pray for our Constitution and our Country and our lives.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Vince in Joplin MO said:

This election will prove beyond doubt that socialism has conquered, and we have become a nation of dependents who need the government to be our nanny. Obama's tactics will work as they have worked in other countries where socialism has been slowly unfolded to capture the minds of those who cannot think for themselves. Obama, a Fabian Socialist, has won, and he will be reelected.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Political Trendsetting State in Oklahoma said:

Obama voters are well-meaning folks, but completely ignorant of the freedom-loving politics and policies that made our country great.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM

JtC in TX replied:

"Obama voters are well-meaning folks . . ." Nope.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Bill in Leawood, KS replied:

Greedy moochers is more like it

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 5:07 PM

demsarerats in Oregon replied:

Political Trendsetting, lol, “Obama voters are well-meaning folks.” Save the Koolaide for Halloween, trendsetter.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Lucy in Glendale said:

If we had "thinking electorate", forget the independents, we would not be having this conversation because a person with such few credentials and an openly avowed socialistic agenda, would never have been elected President..

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM

NavyPilot in Fall River, MA said:

It is beyond me how any of the electorate, with the slightest amount of intelligence, can vote for Obama. The only possible explanation is that anyone who would vote for him is voting the party line, as many of my wealthy neighbors are where I live. How anyone can vote for Obama's politics, especially if they only know a little about the Constitution and how it should be the base document from which this country operates, needs their head examined. How anyone can vote for Obama after listening to the facts of the Libyan attack and listen to Obama's comments, or lack thereof, in regard to the attack and the deaths of four Americans, is an outrage. How anyone can vote for Obama knowing as little as possible about Operation Fast and Furious, even with the DOJ whitewash, is beyond belief. How anyone can vote for Obama after four glorious years of high unemployment, a real time reduction in the level of everyone's income and a very, very bad Federal Reserve policy of maintaining low interest rates, not to keep rates low to provide for economic stimulus, but in reality, to keep rates low so the cost of the federal debt does not melt down the economy, is a mystery to me. The logic behind supporting Obama is quite mystifying. There has to be some mass psychology behind it, such as that which accompanied Hitler's rise to power in 1933.
Vote for Obama for four more years? I think not. Please God, the majority of the American people hopefully are not insane.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:05 PM

billy396 in ohio replied:

Your comparison of Obozo to Hitler is a valid one. The worst part is the fact that Hitler never had any chance of destroying freedom in America and that is exactly what Obozo hopes to accomplish. His constant build-up of federal government size and power will continue and freedom and Constitutional liberty will die more every day that Obozo is in office.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 6:58 PM

demsarerats in Oregon replied:

billy, re “Your comparison of Obozo to Hitler is a valid one” is nonsense. Hitler did in general keep his promises.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Phil Westover in Sherwood, Oregon said:

This is and has been my biggest concern for our country. As much as anyone can criticize Obama's campaign strategy, the fact is that he and his supporters think the strategy will work. I hope they're wrong, but if a two-year U.S. Senator whose prior experience was around "community organizing" can become President of the U.S. in the first place, his team was somehow successfully connecting with voters. That connection is what worries me the most.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:05 PM