Mitt Romney, the next President of the United States came to Mesa, AZ.
The Snark Who Hunts Back and I are somewhere on the far left. More pictures are forthcoming.
This is the first political event I’ve been to in year. And while I am not a fan of large gatherings of people (I’m a solitary soul and it works for me) I had a wonderful time.
I can’t say I learned anything new as his speech was a typical stump speech covering a lot of the same themes as his CPAC speech but it became all to clear that he is not the lifeless clod the media tries to portray him as. He is quite charismatic (and this is coming from a person who doesn’t like or respond to charisma all that much). And what is really nice, what I am seeing in a lot of his speeches is that he doesn’t just reference the Founders or the founding documents, he quotes from them with a depth of knowledge and can elucidate their meanings with complete understanding (unlike, say, Santorum who thinks that when they said “pursuit of happiness” what they really meant was “abject debasing before a theocracy” because you can clearly see that’s what they meant, can’t you?).
My favorite moment had to be at the end where he was getting so into shaking people’s hands, he was about to leave, got back onto the stage, then decided to head back for more handshakes from the stage… leaning so far over the stage that a Secret Service agent actually reached to pull him back, but Romney just used him as support and leaned over further.
I was already sold by his rhetoric and record, but this was still fun.
…oh so many to pick from in the State of the Union…oh so many….
Do I pick the ones that make me laugh? The ones that defy logic? The ones that leave me going WTF?
Oh so many to pick from.
Let’s go with one from the near the beginning:
What’s at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. We have to reclaim them.
Would those be American values like Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness unencumbered by an intrusive government? Perhaps it’s the free market that our Founders believed in and de Tocqueville recognized as a cornerstone of our greatness? Maybe it’s a the belief in limited government? Perhaps it’s in the balance of power between the branches of government to prevent a petty dictator from taking power?
Well if those are American values you believe in then to reclaim it I guess we know that you, Barry, are going to be getting a pink slip come November as you are antithetically opposed to anything I can even think of an American value.
Today’s quote comes from none other than our President, otherwise known as the idiot-in-cheif,
“The very core of what this country stands for is on the line — the basic promise that no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, this is a place where you could make it if you try. The notion that we’re all in this together, that we look out for one another “
Yes this supposed to be a place where we can all make if it we try and work hard (he always seems to forget that part)…but since America is supposed to be the land of opportunity we will be giving Obama a big thumbs down in November because there is no way you can have opportunity AND his massive regulations, massive bureaucracy, massive intrusions into private and public life, and a president who demands that Congress pass a bill that trashes the Constitution. If you believe in the first part of what he says it is very, very clear that you have to vote against Obama, because what our country stands for is on line and Obama is opposed to it.
Then there is that second part, “the notion that we’re all in this together, the we look out for one another.” Okay, yes, because of economics we are all in this together, and the best way to help others is to look out for yourself and make yourself as prosperous as possible (without harming others)…and I don’t get the feeling that Obama is embracing the rationalism of laissez -faire capitalism (especially when he has the insanity of fascist socialism to always go to). And as to looking out for each other…yes at a personal, individual level we, as human beings, are concerned for those around us and enjoy helping others…but that does not mean we need to outsource humanity and compassion to the government. America is a country of individuals working with individuals…not government helping interest groups.
Obama is right this is an election where what America stands for is on the line: liberty, the pursuit of Happiness, individual rights, property rights, the power of law over the individual, the government only setting the rules and not picking the winners, opposition to tyranny, being the shinnying city on the hill that the rest of the world can look to. Does Obama stand for or support any of those?
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