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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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Larry in California said:

This President and this administration has been and continues to be the most corrupt and deceitful administration in American history. The Lies seem to be just common language for them. The arroagance and threats to Americans from our own government is something I never imagined that could happen in the USA. We (the people) have really been asleep at the wheel and if we do not get rid of this administration the USA will become a Socialist country. GOD help us! PLEASE VOTE!

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Buck in Hubert NC said:

IF Obama is re-elected , the United States of America will cease to exist as a free constitutional republic , period .

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:21 PM

C E Blumenthal in Mobile Al said:

From What I Have Seen Of Obama, It Appears That He Thinks He Is In Chicago As A Street Organizer, Preying Upon The Uniformed People That Only Know Two Things , He Is Their Saviour To Their Getting AZll The Freebies They Can, And The Other, I Will Say At This Time As Most Of You Know What It Is.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Bill DFelice in McKeesport,PA. said:

I can't speak for others.I can only speak,for myself.
I can not wait to cast my vote fpr Mit Romney,and Paul Ryon! I knew bamer was no good for the country.I didnot like him in '08,and I like him less,now.
Bamer did to the American councilet,in Bengazi,what he has been doing to Americans,all along!

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Philip in La Mirada, CA said:

I disagree that "Romney hasn't closed the gap in his disconnect with grassroots voters." This seems to be at odds with your title, "Are There Enough 'Thinking' Independents to Defeat Obama?" It cannot be the case that Romney has neither closed the gap with the grassroots nor quite made the sale to independents. Were that the case, he would not be leading in as many polls as we now see. I believe it is only a few more independents whom he needs to sway to win. For this grassroots voter, Romney closed the deal in his first debate when he answered the question on the role of government by pointing to the Constitution and Declaration and saying, "The role of government is to promote and protect the principles in those documents." That is when I said to myself, "He truly gets it and dserves my vote."

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:27 PM

GordAuch in Hampton Roads said:

Carthago delenda est;
Obama peruincendum.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:35 PM

charlieWalksonWater in south dakota said:

Romney Tsunami coming...

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

The Gent 1957 in Arizona said:

I saw a quote from Michelle Obama a week or so ago in which she said words to this effect... "Barack is home at least once a week and we spend time together with the kids as a family..." In my opinion, THAT is probably a valid reason to send him and his family packing in November. What is he... the leader of the Free World or a truck driver? I have nothing against truck drivers (my uncle was one for 35 years), so don't go there. But this man barely appeared at the first debate because it was his wedding anniversary and he wanted to be home. Family life is righteous and well but the POTUS has many more pressing things on his mind that should be first amongst the things that require his attention!

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:48 PM

ObserverInBrief in Michigan replied:

POTUS or POSER? Definitely NOT presidential, but he is devious and clever - especially if you are into people who like tripping blind people, or tricking mentally challenged people. My daughter is one of those who likes watching people kill each other in cage fights and loves laughing at stupid people on Jerry Springer. Such people love Obama. He's clever and snarky. Sad.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Dennis Kingery in AZ said:

Lord, let us pray that there are, AMEN.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Bob Collinsworth in Harrisville, NH said:

Sadly, there are too few voters who vote for the best candidate but rather vote for who might give them the most preceived freebies. This cadre of human leeches will more than likely put the current "Liar-In-Chief" back into office.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM

ObserverInBrief in Michigan replied:

Yup. Bye bye freedom of speech, religion. Bye bye Christianity. Hello Islam. Bye bye guns. Hello tyranny.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 3:24 PM

ObserverInBrief in Michigan said:

My concern is that there is a difference between the numbers game of elections and the numbers game of revolution. Elections are about political popularity, not merit. 80% of people are fooled by "style" and personality. The candidate with the most clever and snarky remarks is deemed to be the "best". The American War of Independence was fought and won by the committed and dedicated 20%. Most people either sided with the British or were selfish (didn't care one way or the other) or just didn't want to commit to a war. I think what we have in this election is the same thing. Are there enough true patriots to "win"? I don't know. But if we are ever to get our country back, it will require the FULL commitment of the true 20% to do it. We ARE at that point.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Richard in Mobile, AL said:

I would like to think there are enough caring, adult Americans to oust the Socialists from the white House and from Congress. I just don't think there are enough of us left in America. Too many "citizens" have become either infatuated with, or dependent upon, the current system of government handouts. People tend to vote their pocketbooks, and too many Americans get their money from the current administration. I HOPE I'M WRONG!

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 3:45 PM

demsarerats in Oregon said:

Re: “Romney hasn't closed the gap in his, 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.”

Joe and Susie Average are never going to like a multi-millionaire corporate raider, Romney has done about all he can on that score, and his staff always have been and always will be elitists. In my view the best option is to try to drive down Obonga’s positives with negative attacks and recognize the “disconnect with grassroots voters” as a given.

Your observation {Romney should end every speech at every stop between now and November 6th with this bottom line: "Obama can't be trusted."} nails it. Just maybe the squishes running Romney’s campaign will figure that out.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 3:48 PM

2ndrecon in Lunenburg, MA said:

Hopefully there are more than enough independent thinkers who will vote for Romney vs Obama because the voter fraud is going to be rampant.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 3:53 PM

The Seive in Jacksonville, FL said:

My observations, over the last 60 years, have lead me to believe that national and state education control, with teacher union standardations, have lead to the standardization of results; the graduate's uniform consensus toward beliefs in state thinking, judgement, regulation and control ov the lives of it's flock. If we are to survive as a culture, as a nation, we must again strive to consider carefully what constitues sucess of that goal, and identify and cast out those ideas which can be used by uncouth, dishonest anti-citizens to undermine the effort to sort might from right, tyrany from liberty.

I am anxiously awaiting the verdict from this perceived hung jury.

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 3:54 PM