A Frightening Moment For Our Nation …

Let’s review things for a moment . . .

A fresh-faced optimistic Democratic nominee (and future winner of the Nobel Peace Prize) is swept into office after a surprise win in the lead-off Iowa caucuses …

As this new President takes office, the economic crisis and national recession intensifies …

An iconic American automobile giant, on the verge of bankruptcy, receives a federal bailout and is “saved” …

Energy costs and inflation soar to historic levels …

Middle East relationships become tense and the US Ambassador to an Islamic agitator nation is murdered by Jihadist Muslim terrorists

The Islamic world isn’t frightened by obvious US military superiority, for they know this President wants to be loved and leave a legacy as a peace-maker …

The Republican Nominee is accused of a “shoot from the hip”/”shoot first; aim later” approach to foreign policy …

Russia is on the rise and emboldened by America’s decreased standing and respect in the world …

Against all reason (but with the help of a complicit media), this incumbent President leads his Republican challenger, a former Governor of a liberal state, in post-convention/pre-debate Gallup polls by close to double digits …

Many strong Republicans are disheartened by their prospects of winning the White House, thereby seeing their great country sink further into decline and disrepute …

The year? The President?

… none other than 1980 and Jimmy Carter my friends (or the present with Obama if you prefer …).


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History Revisited? 1980 Perspectives from Carter-Reagan…Obama-Romney?


In January 1980, ABC News and Harris Survey’s released the following headline – Carter Now Far Ahead of Both Reagan and Bush, with the introduction statement: “President Carter so dominates the American political scene now that his margin over Ronald Reagan in a post-Iowa trial heat has risen to an overwhelming 65-31 percent. And against George [HW] Bush, the GOP candidate who finished first in the recent Iowa caucuses, Carter leads by only a slightly lower 62-32 percent.”

A chart of the 1980 polls leading up to the election, recently published by Forbes, offers some additional insights to some of our failed memories.

Fortunately for America, the polling wasn’t reflective of reality. Will history repeat itself? The video posted by Vic Lundquist (here) of Bill O’Reilly’s talking points provides further substance to the argument, and is worthy of watching.

Current polls, in reflection upon 1980, are interesting.

Some comparative statistics, 1980-2012, are equally revealing (see below). The key statistical similarities tell their own story, but when you further juxtapose Jimmy Carter’s philosophical want and solution for bigger government vis-a-vis Ronald Reagan’s return to smaller government, lower taxes and empowerment of private enterprise; and Obama’s Carter-minded approach vis-a-vis Romney’s Reagan-minded approach, the question arises – will history repeat itself? In addition to statistical analytics and philosophical divides, you also have similarities in the incompetence factors of Carter and Obama against the leadership/experience competency of Reagan and Romney.

As if this historical perspective is not enough, compound the analysis with Obama’s oppressive $5,000,000,000,000 of additional US debt (more than all previous US Presidents combined), consecutive trillion dollar deficits to support reprehensible spending, nearly $16,000,000,000,000 in borrowings that exceed our annual GDP, Obamacare taxation, and a fractious divide unmatched in recent history – the argument becomes even more compelling for change.

Even so, it is still July and with historical perspective, the real campaign won’t engage until after Labor Day. Presently, Obama seems to be flailing and spending like a drunken sailor. He is wanting to engage Mitt Romney on every other subject but the economy and his record. Obama’s continued and constant attacks on character, competence, class warfare and experience reflect a campaign without substance, purpose or message. On the other hand Mitt Romney continues to be measured and focused on what matters; remaining resolute in his key message about the economy. After all, by every measure, it is the economy that matters to so many.

This will be a campaign where discipline, character and competence matter. Yes, Mr. Obama’s likability factors are high and people seem to like him for the time being (as they did Carter) – but when push comes to shove and economic pressures are prevailing; when real unemployment and reported unemployment remain at 14.9% and 8.2%, respectively; when home foreclosures remain at all time highs; when poverty indicators remain at all time highs; when median incomes decline by $4,600; when people are just plain tired of being tired and fighting the daily battle for survival; and when consumer confidence is at an all-time low amid uncertainty at an all time high – likability is less consequential to the electorate. This is an election about competence and restoring our Belief in America; that better days are ahead!

I personally take comfort in an historical perspective and even more so in Mitt Romney. A man who has been prepared for this day, and whose capacity to lead America to better days ahead is unparalleled to any who have preceded him in our lifetime. Fortunately our nation has, through its history, seen men and women arise amid uncertainty, trial and tribulation to lead with principle in our nation’s defining moments. This is such a time, and Mitt Romney is such a man!

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Obama’s Economic Reality, “The Presidential Corollary” (Part I)

Given the current economic realities, with real unemployment at 14.9% and reported unemployment at 8.2% (the 41st consecutive month over 8%); a $5,000,000,000,000 increase in US debt in 3 years (more than all US Presidents in history combined, nearly $20,000 for every man, woman and child in the US); approximately $16,000,000,000,000 in stated US debt (100+% of our economy or Gross Domestic Product, and over $51,000 for every man, woman and child in the US), nearly $60,000,000,000,000 in total US debt (including entitlement liabilities, or nearly $200,000 for every man, woman and child in the US); gas prices having doubled since 2008 to $3.80 per gallon, home foreclosures having risen to historical heights, the US is in a world of hurt, and in spite of Obama’s continued proffering, the trends are not favorable!.

That said, Mr. Obama has done a tremendous job blaming George W. Bush, and everyone and everything else, for all things economic since his ascendency to the Presidency of the United States. If you say something long enough or if your public relations machine is sufficiently myopic in their message before long the distortions become reality in the minds of the electorate – as evidenced in recent polling. Apparently, the Obama message of blame and distortion seems to have taken hold in America where a majority still blame Bush or believe the President cannot really affect jobs and the economy. Even so, it is time for a reality check that needs to be shouted from every rooftop! Mr. Obama owns this economy as it should have turned long ago, and he cannot expect to turn this economy with his latest ObamaCare Tax.

The economic realities can be viewed through an historical lens. During the Carter Era the US suffered its greatest economic stress since the Great Depression. All economic metrics were at historical highs. Ronald Reagan was elected President amid great economic and global tumult, and within his first term had turned the tide. Below is a brief of why with respect to the economy. As to global tumult, Reagan turned the tide with strength and decisiveness – restoring America to its divine exceptional role of advocating for freedom and liberty!

Stephen Moore of the Cato Institute stated that “no act in the last quarter century had a more profound impact on the US economy of the eighties and nineties than the Reagan tax cut of 1981.” He claims that Reagan’s tax cuts, combined with an emphasis on federal monetary policy, deregulation, and expansion of free trade created a sustained economic expansion creating America’s greatest sustained wave of prosperity ever. He also claims that the American economy grew by more than a third in size, producing a $15 trillion increase in American wealth. Consumer and investor confidence soared. Cutting federal income taxes, cutting the US government spending budget, cutting useless programs, scaling down the government work force, maintaining low interest rates, and keeping a watchful inflation hedge on the monetary supply was Ronald Reagan’s formula for a successful economic turnaround.

In a speech by Milton Friedman to the Cato Institute:[52], Friedman states that “Reaganomics had four simple principles: lower marginal tax rates, less regulation, restrained government spending, noninflationary monetary policy. Though Reagan did not achieve all of his goals, he made good progress.” This is why entrepreneurs flourished under Reaganomics: lower tax rates and inflation coupled with less regulation favored improved environments for market-based funding, risk-taking, access to labor (leading to greater employment), and a more level playing field between these entrepreneurs and large corporations. Illustrating this, the Heritage Foundation:[53] states that this is why “the U.S. government must allow the entrepreneur to enjoy the rewards of success. If taxes take away most profit, then the entrepreneur will have less incentive to take a risk. If there are great restrictions on how the entrepreneur can use his profit, then there is little reason for the entrepreneur to take a risk. The entrepreneur’s courage to take a risk is what leads to new American discoveries and what drives the U.S. economy forward. Reaganomics knows this. It is one of the reasons why Ronald Reagan has reduced American taxes dramatically”*

*quotes gathered from Wikipedia.

Since taking office Barack Obama has done the exact opposite of Ronald Reagan and we are experiencing the results of his failed economic policies. Barack Obama has no one to blame but himself. Barack Obama owns this economy!

Proven in the policies of Ronald Reagan, the POTUS can positively or negatively have a profound affect on the US economy. Leadership matters; policies matter, and President Obama has through his failed policies severely and negatively affected the US economy. Obama’s spending, borrowing, tax and regulatory policies, energy policy, government overreach, and Obamacare have had their intended effect – to create a more dependent American society; we are becoming a ‘purchased society,’ and as such, we are losing our freedoms and liberties with each passing day. November counts and so does change!

What is Romney’s Plan? See Part II.

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Two Fmr Secty’s of State, Condoleeza Rice & George Shultz, Endorse Romney

At a fundraiser in California last night, Condoleeza Rice, former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, and George Shultz, former Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, officially backed Governor Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House:

A few comments from Rice:

“It’s a delight to see so many friends…I’ve now been out of Washington for over three years…how much fun it is when you know you could be in Washington, but you’re here. My life has changed a lot. Now, I get up in the morning and I read the newspaper and I say…isn’t that interesting? “Because I’m no longer responsible for what’s in it.”

“We care about the future of this country, and the future of our world,’’ she said, and I’m “delighted to join so many friends here in supporting, and in my case, endorsing, Gov. Mitt Romney for President of the United States.”

“Today, more than ever, we need U.S. leadership to affirm that the future belongs to free markets and free peoples.”

“To regain that leadership, we’ve got to first and foremost defend the country,’’ she said. After 911, the country was safe because “it was not because the terrorists weren’t trying, it was because of the vigilance…because men and women volunteer to defend us at the front lines of freedom, and we owe them our eternal gratitude.”

More Rice: “We have to defend the country, not just from strength and power, but from a sense of values of who we are,’’ she said. “Friends, who just want to know, that when the chips are down, we are going to be there for them….and that indeed we know the difference between friend and foe.”

More Rice: “The President of the United States has to understand that the American people have a view…and that our leadership can not be (reduced to) “the lowest common denominator postions.”

“The only thing the American people dislike more” than weak leadership, she said, “is no leadership at all.”

“America’s leadership “is craved in the world, and Gov. Romney, you can bring it back,’’ she said to applause. . . .

A few comments from Shultz:

George Shultz and President Ronald Reagan

George Shultz, secretary of state under Ronald Reagan, also endorsed the presumptive nominee at the fundraiser. In his speech, he defended Romney’s record as an executive at Bain Capital LLC, a Boston-based private equity firm.

“What he has done at Bain Capital has been a major contribution to the American economy,” said Shultz, who also served in the cabinet of Richard Nixon with Romney’s father, George.

Venture capital firms “help make our economy more competitive; they learn how to keep costs under control; they are the kind of people who help figure out where to put investments,” Shultz said.

“He has learned and instinctively can feel what it takes to get this huge amount of money that is sitting on the sidelines of our economy to move forward and invest,” he said.

These two endorsements – from two of America’s most powerful and respected arbiters of foreign policy – are very significant pluses for Governor Romney.

Romney Announces 63 Member Justice Advisory Team, Robert Bork Co-Chair

Conservative judge, legal scholar Robert Bork will co-chair Romney's 63 member Justice Advisory Committee. August 2, 2011


The news today from hard-working Mitt Romney and his campaign keeps rolling in and it’s…

BIG.

Governor Romney has assembled a 63 member advisory team, including illustrious co-chair Robert Bork, to counsel him on a variety of issues. The formation of this stellar new team further underscores Romney’s deep commitment to the rule of law and constitutional governance:

WashingtonPost.com

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday announced a team of 63 lawyers, co-chaired by conservative legal scholar Robert Bork, that will advise his campaign on constitutional and judicial matters, law enforcement and homeland security, and regulatory issues.

In addition to Bork, a conservative icon whose nomination by President Ronald Reagan to the Supreme Court failed in the Senate, Romney’s Justice Advisory Committee will be chaired by Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon, who served as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican in President George W. Bush’s administration, and Richard Wiley, a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is a graduate of Harvard Law School. The choice of chairs and committee members seems designed to solidify his credentials within the conservative legal establishment.

Mitt Romney deeply understands that the rule of law and the integrity of our courts are essential components of our nation’s strength and must be preserved,” the three chairmen said in a joint statement. “He will nominate judges who faithfully adhere to the Constitution’s text, structure, and history and he will carry out the duties of President as a zealous defender of the Constitution. We fully support Mitt Romney’s campaign and look forward to working with other members of the committee as we advise him on today’s pressing legal issues.”

The committee, which will also provide legal counsel to Romney’s campaign, also includes other prominent figures, including former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff, former chancellor to the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware William Allen and former Texas Supreme Court chief justice Thomas Phillips.

Romney’s statement:

Our democracy depends on a government that respects the Constitution and the rule of law,” Romney said in a statement. “Our nation needs a Congress and an Executive branch that are cognizant of the bounds of their powers and a judiciary that will strictly construe the Constitution and refuse to legislate from the bench. I am proud and honored to have the support of an extraordinary group of attorneys and legal scholars.”

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For the names of those on Romney’s new Justice Advisory Committee, continue reading here.

Wow. This announcement, along with the announcement today that Romney’s campaign is shifting into higher gear, further demonstrates the planning, organization, and wisdom Team Romney is known for.

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~UPDATE from RightSpeak

This news even has a bit of an Iowa spin to it, according to the Iowa Independent:

“The formation of the committee could play well among some voters in Iowa, specifically from social and religious Conservatives who feel the Iowa Supreme Court has overstepped its Constitutional boundaries in the last few years, particularly in the 2009 ruling of Varnum v. Brien, which legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa.”

Mitt Romney, in announcing this committee, with members such as these, should go along way to assuage the fears of his critics, who think he’ll appoint “activist” judges, who legislate from the bench.

Frontrunner Romney: Columnist Says ‘Stop Beating Up on Mitt’

We know politics produces disparagers, maligners, and mud-slingers. Primary politics usually means a frontrunner takes disparagement, maligning, and mud-slinging from both sides.

After the presidential debate last week – a sort of official GOP political taking the plunge – the talking heads, news pundits, and those with an elephant in the fight generally called for Governor Romney’s opponents to go after him; to deluge him with the muddy-water of the business. That’s why the following article caught my eye…

While not in complete agreement with the author, it is a refreshing, ‘come-up-for-air’ read and a good way to start the week:

Stop Beating Up On Mitt

Presidential primaries have a purpose. They test the candidates’ ability to face the opposition in the general election. Whatever is thrown at you by your own team usually pales in comparison to the abuse you receive from your opponents. Unfortunately, what some Republicans are throwing at Mitt Romney, last Monday’s Republican debate notwithstanding, is way off base.

Romney is receiving criticism principally on his efforts to reform the health insurance system in Massachusetts while he was Governor. By now, Romney has refined his response without pointing fingers at his successor, liberal Democrat Deval Patrick, who enacted changes that made the program far more costly and less effective. All of this reproof is pointless because Romney has no intention of replicating it on a federal level, nor would he have to appease a legislature overwhelmingly comprised of left-wing Democrats.

Mr. Romney has clearly stated that he will order his Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue exemptions from ObamaCare to all fifty states; meaning that the only individuals subject to this horribly misguided legislation and its crushing regulations will be the residents of Washington D.C. Frankly, that’s quite fitting. He’s also confirmed that he fully intends to work toward repeal of ObamaCare. What more can you ask of the man?

Romney is also accused with being short on charisma. Are we electing a President or head television huckster? We’ve already elected a hollow orator, but he’s a little short on the more vital Presidential qualities — starting with leadership. Romney has been proven to be an effective leader in both private industry and the public arena. For example, he averted a major national embarrassment by stepping in to professionally manage the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. He not only administered operations of the Olympics, but tactfully and sensitively worked with both the international community and the IOC. America needs an experienced leader who can get things done — not just smile and hope.

Some critics dismiss him because of his unsuccessful candidacy in 2008. It brings to memory Ronald Reagan, who spent the years 1976 to 1979 gathering support for his 1980 Presidential run. Like Reagan, Romney has spent the past three years building relationships, supporting other Republican candidates, and raising money – all in preparation for his formal announcement. This is the tried and true path to the White House. When we select inexperienced newcomers, we often end up with failures such as Carter and …

Republicans yearn for another Reagan. Alas, there will never be another Reagan any more than there will be another John Wayne, Babe Ruth or Marilyn Monroe. But Romney provides something that no other Republican candidate can deliver. He can dismantle Obama without offending voters. He reeks of nice. When Reagan destroyed Carter, he reeked of nice. There was no nasty side to Reagan and there’s no nasty side to Romney. Swing voters like that — a lot[...]

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Continue reading here and while you’re at it, leave pro-Romney comments there.


► Jayde Wyatt

UPDATE from Ross
Our friends at Americans Needs Mitt ask “Romney Was Right on Pledge. Will Anyone Admit It?

Hat tip to Rightspeak for the following video:

Also, check out “Why Mitt Romney Came Out as the Winner in the SBA Pledge Controversy”. A big reason is because SBA Set Trap for Romney, Caught Cain, Then Choked.

Finally, Mitt isn’t the only who saw through the SBA pledge. Check out Cain and Romney were Right Not to Sign SBA List’s Ridiculous Pledge! Mitt’s got Jennifer Rubin on his side on this issue as well. The candidates who are trying to use this as a way to hurt Gov. Romney among pro-life voters are looking very silly now.

The Obama Misery Index and the Rise of Obamavilles

I’ve noticed that Mitt has coined a new term, the “Obama Misery Index”. Mitt referenced the Obama Misery Index in his CPAC speech and then again Saturday night in New Hampshire.

“The consequence is soaring numbers of Americans enduring unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies,” he said. “This is the Obama Misery Index, and it is at a record high. It’s going to take more than new rhetoric to put Americans back to work—it’s going to take a new president.”

Here’s a brief description of the importance of the original misery index from Wikipedia:

During the Presidential campaign of 1976, Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter made frequent references to the Misery Index, which by the summer of 1976 was at 13.57%. Carter stated that no man responsible for giving a country a misery index that high had a right to even ask to be President. Carter won the 1976 election. However, by 1980, when President Carter was running for re-election against Ronald Reagan, the Misery Index had reached an all-time high of 21.98%. Carter lost the election to Reagan.

In this uncut interview from WMUR New Hampshire, Gov. Romney states that he and his staff will likely be creating a chart to illustrate the Obama Misery Index which is at an all-time high. We look forward to seeing that chart, and can’t wait to share it with as many people as we can.

Mitt’s coining of the Obama Misery Index provides a fantastic segue to another piece I’ve been meaning to write for a while now. I was recently talking to some fellow Romney supporters from other parts of the country and was surprised to find out that they hadn’t even heard of Obamavilles. This may be the most under-reported story of the Obama presidency.

Hopefully the picture of the Obamaville in Colorado to the left is familiar to most of you, but if it isn’t, here’s the story.

Since that story was written, Obamavilles have been slowly spreading across the country. This story references Obamavilles in Hawaii, Georgia, California, and Nevada. As you can read here, there is a growing concern about public safety as the reality of the rising Obama Misery Index (unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies which all contribute to the creation and growth of these tent cities) becomes harder and harder for us to ignore.

I live near Detroit, and our epidemic of homelessness has not been ignored. It’s been around for much longer than President Obama has been in office, so the media has no problem covering that story. However, what isn’t being covered is how much worse conditions have gotten for the poorest Americans as a result of President Obama’s policies. Check out this article from back in July: “Collapse in Living Standards in America: More Poverty By Any Measure“. That piece talks about how more than 15 million Americans are unemployed, homelessness has increased by 50 percent in some cities, and 38 million people are receiving food stamps which is more than at any time in the program’s almost 50-year history. Now that inflation is on the rise, Mideast unrest is spreading, oil prices are going up, violence on our Mexican border is increasing, and our national debt has risen to unacceptable levels, the Obama Misery Index may be rising for years to come.

The upper class has done relatively well during President Obama’s term, but members of the middle and lower classes are being squeezed beyond what many of them can bear. As Gov. Romney and others have stated numerous times, President Obama is destroying the entrepreneurial spirit of America that causes people to take risks in order to achieve more than they otherwise could in any other country in the world. I don’t want to turn this into an economics class, so feel free to comment below if you disagree or simply don’t know how President Obama’s policies have caused people to become more risk adverse and dependent on Government instead.

Welcome to Obamaville. If you don’t like it, then join us and spread this piece to other people you know. We need a new president because I don’t believe in Obamaville; I believe in America.

Presidents’ Day: No Apologies From America’s Great Commanders-in-Chief

Today’s holiday means most American federal workers have the day off work. Most banks, universities, schools are closed, and your mail box will be empty. What are we celebrating?

Presidents’ Day.

A Time to Remember the Greats:

It’s an oddly named holiday, if for no other reason than few would hold the presidents with equal reverence. Once upon a time, we celebrated the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln separately, an honor befitting their outsized legacies. It’s universally accepted that their accomplishments merit unequal treatment in that regard.

It was Richard Nixon, of all people, who decided to replace Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays for the more generic Presidents Day, which takes place on the third Monday in February. The intent was to pay respect to all the previous office holders, though the unintended consequence has been just the opposite. For younger generations, the holiday represents little more than a chance to score some deals at the local mall; it’s doubtful that shoppers are giving thought to our greatest presidents as they troll the discount bins.

And that’s a shame. Presidents Day should be a chance for Americans to reconnect with the past — both distant and near — and the giants of the office who transformed the country.
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George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were two exceptional men whose outstanding courage and perseverance helped shape our country. However, a new *Gallup poll shows some think another president is considered to be the greatest in U.S. history…

A look back at our first U.S. president, George Washington, by historian David McCullough:

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. ~George Washington

Reflections on our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Some credit the many replays of a recent Ronald Reagan ad (before the mid-term elections last November) for influencing the resurgence of admiration many are feeling for our 40th president, Ronald Reagan (ad created by RSC – Republican Study Committee):

Those Voices Don’t Speak for the Rest of Us


A common denominator among these three outstanding U.S. presidents is that they offered NO apologies for the the principles of liberty and American exceptionalism.

Have you read ‘No Apology: Believe in America‘ by Mitt Romney?

*Do you agree with Gallup’s poll results?

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Gov Mitt Romney Praises President Reagan: A Legacy of Optimism, Strength (USA Today)

President Ronald Reagan would have been 100 years old on February 6, 2011. With news of a historic, year long, soon-to-begin Centennial Celebration being planned by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, son Ron Reagan’s new book, My Father at 100, revealing his controversial opinion that president Reagan had Alzheimer’s disease while in office, son Michael Reagan’s countering that the issue of his father’s health should not tarnish his legacy, and the announcement of the first GOP presidential debate to be held at the Ronald Reagan Library this spring, President Reagan has certainly been in the national spotlight as of late. Even President Obama, in his not-so-subtle slide to the center, wrote about Reagan’s ‘Morning in America’ attitude and his transformational presidency.

This morning, in USA Today, Governor Mitt Romney writes of President Reagan’s legacy of optimism and strength:

An “amiable dunce” is what Washington super-lawyer Clark Clifford once called President Reagan.

That was the conventional wisdom among liberals back then. But opinions, at least in some important quarters, have shifted. Campaigning for the presidency, Barack Obama paid tribute to our 40th president’s remarkable achievements. Ronald Reagan, he said, “changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not, that Bill Clinton did not.” He put “us on a fundamentally different path.”

I agree with President Obama. Ronald Reagan was a transformative president.

America entered the Reagan era as one kind of country and exited it another. His mixture of extraordinary personal and political qualities made it possible. One must begin with his sunny disposition: cheerful conservatism in flesh and blood. The Gipper’s irrepressible high spirits tapped into something deeply rooted in the country: optimism, faith in America itself.

Reagan came to occupy the White House in a moment of national crisis, not altogether dissimilar from the one we face today. broad, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan had brought the Cold War to the boiling point. Islamic radicals in Iran humiliated our country in a 444-day hostage drama.
At home, the misery index — the sum total of unemployment and inflation — had reached a post-war high. Jimmy Carter, shivering in the under-heated White House, was complaining about American “malaise.”

Reagan would have none of this. His policies, foreign and domestic, reflected his optimistic spirit. He confronted the Kremlin frontally. He initiated a military buildup that outmatched the USSR, challenged it in Afghanistan, and launched the Strategic Defense Initiative that is now vital to our defense.
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Governor Romney then proceeds to underscore President Reagan’s indomitable, positive approach to solving America’s formidable foreign and domestic challenges with strength and forthrightness.

Reagan would have none of this. His policies, foreign and domestic, reflected his optimistic spirit. He confronted the Kremlin frontally. He initiated a military buildup that outmatched the USSR, challenged it in Afghanistan, and launched the Strategic Defense Initiative that is now vital to our defense.
[...]

Here at home, Reagan saw a federal government that had become, like a diseased heart, enlarged and sclerotic. Paving a path trod today by the Tea Party, he sharply cut taxes to restore economic growth. He took painful measures to rein in double-digit inflation. He fought to cut federal spending. He sought to restore our Founding Fathers’ vision of American greatness and limited government.

Read entire article here.

Anyone familiar with Governor Romney knows he has frequently spoken and written about our nation’s current woes with similar optimism. In his book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, Romney provides in-depth analysis on economic and security threats from foreign nations, why America’s national advantages have eroded, and outlines how fresh, creative, bold ideas will strengthen America and preserve our global leadership.

As some did with President Reagan, some underestimate Gov Romney. As the Centennial Celebration unfolds this year, along with an almost 99% certainty of a Romney candidacy for president, we’ll have plenty of opportunity to celebrate our 40th President and to promote and enjoy the man who impeccably exemplifies Reagan’s ideals and unwavering optimism, who has the knowledge and strength of experience to assure us that it can be ‘morning in America’ again… Mitt Romney.

1//11/01 - Tournament of Roses Parade (Pasadena, CA) awards 'Best Depiction of Life in U.S. Past, Present, or Future' to float depicting Ronald Reagan's life.


The commemorative Ronald Reagan float was 55 feet long and 26 feet high. It featured 11 larger-than-life photos of ‘iconic’ moments in his life that were made of rice and poppy seeds. Former First Lady Nancy Reagan helped select the photos. NOTE: CLICK ON IMAGE TO MAKE LARGER

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Mitt Romney Announces 10 for ’10 Initiative – Going Full Court Press in Final Election Day Countdown

Despite the fact that Mitt Romney has been extremely busy making endorsements and campaigning all across America, he is pulling out all the stops in the final two weeks of the November 2010 election.  Recently, Romney’s Free And Strong American PAC announced the “Take Congress Back: 10 for ’10 Initiative.” The purpose of this initiative is to provide the necessary tools for citizens to make a difference for 10 House challengers in key battleground contests who have received endorsements by Mitt Romney.

Ronald Reagan declared that “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.” Our President prefers to hide the lamp of freedom under a bushel. Romney is unapologetic about the greatness of our country.  However, the brightness of the light of freedom does not depend entirely on the President, Congress or the Supreme Court. It will burn only as brightly as the citizens of America want it to.  Therefore, it is the duty of each one of us to ensure the light of freedom does not dim. This is the election where normal everyday citizens will have a direct impact on the course our nation takes.

America did not gain its independence from England through some government entity. We gained our freedom through the sacrifice and contributions of individuals. While we study the names of great leaders, we dare not forget the nameless men and women who also had a role in history. Through their efforts, they determined the outcome of our country.

Those who fought in the Revolutionary war and in subsequent generations have made their personal, quiet, and private contributions to ensure the beacon of freedom is always shining. Mitt Romney is doing all he can, as well. What will your contribution be for our great nation in the remaining days of this election? How will you make a difference?