Paul Ryan: Obama like “a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind”

We are going to win!

What about Congressman Ryan’s speech last night? My favorite line from his speech came when he was describing how President Obama’s presidency has been all about talk and no results and then he said, “It is like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind.” His speech was filled with outstanding truths that were delivered, as Krauthammer said, with “lethal precision.”

President Obama, trying to sail on yesterday’s wind

Many discussions in which I have been engaged lately, people often say something like, “I don’t know if Obama can be beat. Do you think we have a chance?” The pessimistic observation is based in part on the clear understanding that Mr. Obama has the mainstream media in his back pocket, along with all the resources of incumbency at his disposal.

Remember that Newsweek front cover of President Obama with the title, “HIT THE ROAD, BARACK — Why We Need a New President” from 10 days ago? Well, Wayne Allyn Root wrote a piece for FoxNews.com right after the Newsweek release titled, “What if the mainstream media told the truth?” in which he posits a compelling thesis: That nobody wants to be on a losing team and certainly nobody wants to be predicting an Obama win in November and find out his prediction was horribly wrong. The entire article is outstanding. Here are some excerpts:

Is it possible the mainstream media is finally starting to grasp what I predicted 3 months ago — that Obama will lose in a landslide? The first domino has fallen. Ultra-left Newsweek’s cover story on Monday features a photo of Obama and the headline: “Hit the Road Barack, Why We Need a New President.”

My, how the mighty have fallen. As the mainstream media realizes that Obama will not only lose, but lose big, I predict this will be the first of many negative headlines for Obama. No one likes to bet on a lame horse.

Why the change of heart? The latest Gallup poll has Romney up by 2 points. That’s before the GOP Convention. Rasmussen has had Romney up by 3 to 4 points most days for a solid month. Rasmussen also has Romney winning Indiana, North Carolina, Florida and dead even in Wisconsin (all states Obama won in 2008).

Obama is in deep trouble and that’s before America gets to see Paul Ryan debate Joe Biden, and realizes that Biden is a worn-out union hack with no knowledge of facts whatsoever.

What if the members of the liberal media actually tries playing fair and balanced and telling the truth?

Here is what they’d report:

If the mainstream media told the truth, instead of harping on Romney’s “Female Gap” they’d report on Obama’s “Male Gap,” “White Gap,” “Senior Gap,” “Christian Gap,” and “Military Veteran Gap.” Obama is sinking fast with all these important voting groups. Romney is winning by landslide margins with them all. Obama loses the male vote by as much, or more, than he wins among females. Funny how the liberal media never mentions that?

If the media told the truth, they’d challenge Obama’s lies that his bailout of GM and Chrysler is a model of success. In reality, they are a model of disaster — a $25 billion loss for the American taxpayer. If the media told the truth, they’d report that the much of the $25 billion went to pay off auto unions that contributed heavily to Obama, while stealing bondholder’s entire investment. They’d also report that while Obama used taxpayer money to make whole every pension for every union member of GM and Chrysler, he let the pensions of non-union autoworkers go bankrupt. If the media thinks this is success, I’ve got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

If the media told the truth, they’d report that Obama is the first president in modern history to never pass a budget. How many Americans have heard that Obama’s most recent budget was voted down 99-0 in the US Senate? Obama’s budget was so ridiculous that every single Democrat voted against it. I guess the media just forgot about that.

If the media told the truth, they’d call Vice President Joe Biden a racist and “gutter politician” for telling a primarily black audience that the GOP plan is “to put y’all back in chains.” Cutting spending is hardly akin to slavery. The truth the media should report is that putting American taxpayers over $5 trillion more in debt in only 3 1/2 years is enslaving our children and grandchildren to a lower quality of life. But the media has been careful not to mention that form of slavery.

If the media told the truth, they’d report that Paul Ryan’s plan reforms Medicare and saves it for future generations, with no change for anyone over 55, while President Obama has stolen $716 million from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare, with no plan whatsoever to save this debt-ridden, out-of-control program.

They’d also report that Obama’s massive January tax increase raises taxes on dividends and interest to levels not seen in decades. Seniors live off investment income, interest, and dividends. With Obama cutting their income many seniors will lose their homes and retirement income. If the media told the truth they would report “this guy Obama clearly hates old people.”

Liberal feminists often call men “verbally abusive.” If the media told the truth, they’d report that Obama is the “Verbally Abusive President.” His never-ending punching bags are small business owners and the rich. His off-TelePrompter rants such as “You didn’t build that;” “The private sector is doing fine;” and “We want to spread the wealth around” demonstrate Obama’s total economic incompetence and lack of understanding that America’s business owners provide the jobs and taxes that pays for government.
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If the media told the truth, they’d report Obama is “the Bribery President.” Free contraception to women…amnesty through Executive Order to young Hispanics…advertising campaigns in Mexico to inform illegals in the United States that they qualify for food stamps…creating an Office of African American Education. Every day comes a new bribe to Obama’s voters, all within weeks of the election. Yet the media is silent. They are like Sgt. Shultz of the “Hogan’s Heroes” television series: “I saw nothing! I heard nothing.”
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My advice to the national media: Newsweek did it. You can do it too. Break your Obama addiction. The truth will set you free! More importantly, it will set America free!

Well a guy can dream, can’t he?

[emphasis added]

In the last 10 days, I have noticed several subtle changes in mainstream media delivery. Last Sunday for instance, The Los Angeles Times published a front page article that was very positive revealing a number of stories of service performed behind the scenes by Mitt Romney — I almost tripped on my front porch as I began reading from this liberal newspaper! We all know that MSNBC cherishes its last place in cable TV (viewership) and will never come around, but I have noticed many positive comments coming from the networks and CNN as of late, even prior to the RNC Convention. Have you noticed articles from the MSM that are referring to President Obama in terms of “would’ve” or “could’ve” or “should’ve”? I have seen many like that. The MSM is paving the way to beg off Mr. Obama.

Mr. Root’s dream may be coming true!


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Veepstakes Speculation is Complete Entertainment

For about a month, I have been intending to write this piece but didn’t have the courage to write it until today; not until somebody smarter than I wrote what I have been wanting to.

Credit: The Economist

I acknowledge right up front that I will likely anger some people that read this. That is not my intent at all. There is no question that the choice of a vice president by Governor Romney is very important for America as that person could become president in a heartbeat. Absolutely! However, I argue here that there is almost no value whatsoever in publicly speculating and debating who that person will be, many months ahead of when Governor Romney will make the decision. It is a well accepted truth that the selection of a veep has little to no impact in a presidential contest, except in the negative (remember unprepared Palin?).

My assertion is that all public discussion and debate of who Governor Romney’s choice in a running mate will be is a complete and utter waste of time. Especially when considering the many hours a week devoted to this one topic in radio and television talk shows. That said, I believe there are two exceptions to this assertion, both of which I consider to be of minimal value. The two exceptions are:

  1. Entertainment Value
  2. Potential Candidate Response Value

First — the entertainment value. This is the main reason we see all the public speculation and discussion. We all enjoy speculating about everything. It is fun to think about who might be catapulted from a given strata to number two! I love the speculation myself. Heck, Nate developed our site’s “Veep Madness” awhile back — It is brilliant and fun! I see all the public speculation about the veep choice much like using Instagram (I just got it on my Droid). It is fun, a novelty, and a complete waste of time, except for the entertainment value. It is much like watching Modern Family. There is no value in spending time watching Modern Family except being with those you love and to laugh, right?

Second — the potential candidate response value. Since so many possible veep candidates are asked the question, one of them might say something really stupid like, “Are you kidding me? I would love to be picked as vice president by Mitt…I think I am the best person in all of America for that position!” So, there is a little value in the public discussion on this point — very little and that value is as a negative determinant.

Do you trust Governor Romney’s judgment in this decision? I do. What person alive has better analytic skills than Governor Romney? What about judgment? Exactly. Do you think the person he ultimately chooses will be properly vetted? Okay then. What value is there in all the public debate and speculation? There is none. It is pure entertainment value. That’s it. Am I right? Am I wrong?

Look what Karl Rove wrote in the every first three paragraphs of his latest Wall Street Journal opinion piece:

We’ve entered the silly season when vast numbers of words will be expended on who Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate should be. Since the actual announcement is likely to be made shortly before the Aug. 31 GOP convention, we’ll have to endure three-and-a-half months of pundits handicapping prospects.

This exercise is largely useless. Who thought at this point in 2000 that the vice-presidential nominees would be Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman, or in 2008 Sarah Palin and Joe Biden?

The person who matters most in this decision, Mr. Romney, appears to be approaching it with appropriate seriousness, appointing a longtime trusted aide, Beth Myers, to vet possible running mates.

[emphasis added]

I think Rove is wrong on one point. The exercise is not entirely “useless.” There is entertainment value, right? I mean the sitcom Modern Family makes a lot of money and Instagram is worth $1 billion — so there is value — its not entirely useless! I love to disagree with Karl Rove! Here are two of my favorite lines from Rove’s Op-Ed:

Having played a role in this process, I know that if done well this will be a political proctology exam for each individual considered. […] This is not an activity for the squeamish or reticent.

Entertaining! And to the point of having almost no influence whether a presidential candidate will win or lose the election?

Running mates haven’t decided an election in more than a half-century. For example, research by Bernard Grofman and Reuben Kline, political scientists at the University of California, Irvine, suggests that the net impact of the vice-presidential picks in 2008 was roughly one-half of one point and is generally less than one percentage point. Presidential elections are rarely that close.

So why do we all spend hours and hours speculating on something of no value? His last sentence wraps the piece well: Click here to continue reading

Mitt Romney to Address 48,000 Evangelicals at Liberty University in May

Among friends and family members, discussions will often turn to the presidential campaigns. It is well known that Governor Romney has a strong, optimistic vision and message for America, contrasted with Mr. Obama’s aversion to any discussion of his own record as president (for example, when was the last time he touted his signature legislative “victory” — ObamaSnare?). His rhetoric is mostly negative and serious.

It seems the question always arises, “What do you think the Democrats are going to do to attack Romney?” One answer I hear almost every time goes something like, “Oh, there is no question the Democrats are going to make this one of the nastiest presidential elections of all time! They are going to look for every angle they can to attack Governor Romney’s Christian faith.” Anybody who follows the writings of our friends at Evangelicals for Mitt (“EFM”) and Article VI Blog know these attacks began in earnest about five years ago and really never abated (see John Schroeder’s excellent piece yesterday).

Liberty University

Though the DNC has said, “Attacking a candidate’s religion is out of bounds,” they know such a statement is like an open invitation to the liberal mainstream media and Democrats of all stripes do exactly the opposite. The latest example is the Democrat governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer’s reference two days ago to Governor Romney’s LDS family background, generations ago. And to what end? Division: a weak attempt to divide Americans of faith. Oh, and deflection from Mr. Obama’s record of course — as always.

I was excited Thursday to read the announcement that Governor Romney would give the commencement address at Liberty University next month — the audience is expected at 48,000 (Liberty University is to Evangelicals what BYU is to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Minutes after receiving the news alert, I sent an email to Nancy French at EFM asking if she might like to write a brief guest post for MRC (little did I know that she had just brought her husband David home from the hospital with a concussion — she reports that David is recovering well). Charles Mitchell at EFM wrote this piece about the announcement.

David French is relentless in his support of Governor Romney for president; even with a concussion he was somehow lucid enough to provide these excellent thoughts for National Review Online yesterday regarding Governor Romney’s speech May 12th. In my opinion, should Governor Romney be elected POTUS, the national attention he receives at the Liberty University commencement address will be exceeded only by his Tampa and inaugural speeches.

Interesting Factoid: Mark DeMoss, a trustee of Liberty University and a nationally prominent Evangelical gave an outstanding speech at BYU January 24, 2012. Referring to the invitation to speak at BYU, he said it was, “one of the highest honors I have received.” His BYU speech is truly outstanding and worth watching in its entirety.

Unfortunately, in the next six months, there will be many enemies of religious freedom that will do everything in their power to divide people of faith in the battle tested tactics of “divide and conquer.” We saw it this week. Jayde referred to it in her “Bigot Hall of Shame” post of April 6th referring to O’Donnell’s MSNBC lies that he later admitted were wrong.

Never forget Mr. Obama’s central campaign strategy: DIVIDE — DISTORT — DISTRACT — DEFLECT… Mr. Obama will use any person, entity, and message to take voters’ minds away from his record as POTUS.

Once before, I mentioned Dennis Prager, one of my favorite radio talk show hosts; one who is nationally syndicated. He refers often to his faith — he is an orthodox Jew. In light of the Obama strategy to relentlessly divide Americans on class, gender, faith, ethnicity, etc. and with this week’s announcement of the Liberty University address, I decided to include a segment from Dennis Prager’s radio program. Prager provides excellent reasoning to illustrate that he perfectly understands what he calls “the Evangelical argument” — also included are his thoughts on Romney and the presidential election. ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT (crescendo to the end):

“Bigotry and intolerance, silenced by argument, endeavors to silence by persecution, in old days by fire and sword, in modern days by the tongue.” ~ Charles Simmons

“Bigotry and judgment are the height of insecurity.” ~ Jasmine Guy

“Bigotry or prejudice in any form is more than a problem; it is a deep-seated evil within our society.” ~ Judith Light

Mitt Romney: “The Best…Most Qualified Candidate…Will be an Outstanding President” (guest post)

I LOVE THIS SHOT!

Another great photograph telling a great story!

Occasionally, we will publish opinions submitted to us by visitors that have studied Governor Romney over many years. Gary Chidester is a frequent visitor to MRC and he provided this powerful endorsement of Governor Romney. He informs us that he is a retired Iowa school teacher. This particular opinion carries some additional weight in my mind because Chidester personally spoke to all four candidates while they campaigned in Iowa.

Mr. Chidester’s Op-Ed below nails it! I wish to add that Governor Romney is far superior to any of the remaining candidates in so many ways; but as an executive leader, the other three don’t even come close. Governor Romney has worked most of his career as a chief executive of major organizations. Even if you combined the careers of Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul (~100 years), there is no comparison to the years of executive experience of Governor Romney! Think about it.

By Gary Chester

I have been a Romney Republican, since 2007. He is the BEST candidate we have had in decades! When his issues and vision for America were shown to my friends, (as from Candidate X), almost everyone agreed that ‘this’ was the candidate they would support. When I told them that Gov. Romney was the candidate, nearly everyone started to fudge about their decision.

I am, however, surprised and saddened that some of my dear Iowa Republican friends are still playing the ‘religion’ card. For such an enlightened State, I’m ashamed that this one issue is the Achilles’ heel of the general mindset. Sadly, most Americans are the same way. If Gov. Romney would have been a Methodist or a Baptist, he probably would have been the Republican nominee in 2008 and would have won the election that Fall. Click here to continue reading

#UnravelTheSweater: Rick Santorum - Unprepared and Unqualified

EXCLUSIVE: See testimonial of Master Mariner, Arthur Grant at the end of this article as he describes the many qualifications required to captain the largest ships of the sea. Santorum’s hope to take over the Ship of State is a stretch by any measure or imagination. In fact, in the opinion of this writer, Santorum’s dream would be humorous if it were not so scary. Please carefully read Arthur’s testimonial before you consider supporting Senator Santorum for any higher office.

Barack Obama's Ship of State

The piloting of a ship as an excellent metaphor to executive leadership experience. Obama’s pre-POTUS leadership perfectly fits the metaphor of rowing a small boat in a lake; Santorum’s to a small motor boat (more years in Congress than Obama); Governor Romney’s, by comparison, is equal to that of the Master Mariner (captain) of the large freighter, oil tanker, or aircraft carrier. The stark differences exposed by this simple metaphor are not minor — they are vast and they are critical!

Of the many weaknesses and other disqualifying attributes possessed by Santorum, none compares with his lack of executive leadership experience. Anybody can run for President. Rarely has any man ever been elected President without extensive executive leadership experience. Santorum hopes to be the exception — as was Obama — how has that experiment worked out? It is my opinion, supported by the team at this site, that Santorum’s complete lack of leadership experience alone should disqualify him outright. Click here to continue reading