With the certainty of Romney being the Republican nominee, the two-party road to the White House race is now officially under way. Filled with all of the mud-slinging, character assassination and political spin & folly that makes presidential politics better than any staged “reality” show, it is a process that has that has elevated simple propaganda into high art, and is fueled by the increasing constitutional ignorance of the American voting electorate. Welcome to the big show!
Yesterday, as if it were the official starting gun for the presidential race, the U.S. Senate voted down the infamous Buffett Rule bill that was designed to be anything other than a substantive solution for bringing down the debt monster that is attacking this nation like Godzilla on a weekend bender in Tokyo. The Buffett Rule was a wonderful tool designed by Democratic leadership to help point the finger at all of those evil Republicans that want to support the “rich” – you know, those that have more than you. Some of them even ride horses and have hired household help. Such audacity! Surely, they will need to pay, one way or the other.
The theme of this election will be one of the most simplistic and black & white ever, not in terms of race (which is what is used when all other argument fails), but rather as to how the left can build an argument for wealth redistribution the likes of which have not been seen since the Bolshevik revolution. And it will get ugly. The far left has already indoctrinated a whole generation into an entitlement-thinking mode that goes far beyond the simplistic definition of what we often refer to as entitlements like Social Security and Medicare. The media now present issues and stories in terms of rights pertaining to reproduction, healthcare, and education without the slightest question of what constitutes a “right”. What the masses like the Occupy crowd, union bullies and statist lovers do not understand is that the only right one has is the ability to pursue these ideas unencumbered by the government, and not through the coercion of others to pay for them. Funny how these simple concepts have essentially been made passe from political dialogue through the media tool of the left. It simply is not brought up - ever.
There will be great effort made to turn away from the record of the last three years of Obama rule, and an even greater effort to detract from the first two years of complete Democratic control of the executive and legislative branches. Their record is abysmal. There is nothing to brag about - nothing. Zero, zip, nada. Pick a topic - from unemployment, to the national debt, Obamacare, the Department of Justice (which is anything but), energy policy, developing a budget, foreign policy, and on it goes. The record need not be discussed. The focus must be kept at the superficial level of how rich Romney is, including how many Cadillacs and horses cart around Ann, versus the noble and humble beginnings of a community organizer from Chicago that “cares for” and “relates to” the poor and downtrodden. That is the game plan. It is the only way for the left to win.
I am no cheerleader for Romney, who in my not-so-humble opinion has many faults preventing him from being the ideal conservative candidate. Nevertheless, given the other choice, I would vote for a pile of tree bark before subjecting others and myself to four more years of ineptitude, incompetence and certain financial doom. The Ron Paul faction will need to remind the old guard Republicans that it will not tolerate traditional smoke and mirror politics. There must be, without delay, a return to sound fiscal management at the federal level, and that simply printing more greenbacks is not a policy option.
The left has no argument for this current administration that can’t be shot down swiftly and easily by fact, logic, reason and a basic understanding of constitutional principles that have formed this nation. But the Republican party has two big obstacles: a) getting those with horse blinders to stop, look and understand the big picture, and b) getting Romney to deliver a solid, libertarian message of fixing an economy hell-bent on implosion.
That’s a tall order for a short amount of time.