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1. Republicans retained control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

2. Voters in Alabama, Montana, and Wyoming all passed measures limiting Obamacare.

3. Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, one of the conservative movement’s brightest rising stars, overcame establishment GOP opposition to clinch a U.S. Senate victory in Texas.

4. Corruptocrat Beltway barnacle Rep. Pete Stark was finally kicked out of office in California.

5. Despite entrenched teachers’ union opposition, a charter school initiative in Washington state triumphed.

6. Despite entrenched Big Labor support, a radical collective bargaining power grab in Michigan failed.

7. Oklahoma voters said no to government race-based preferences in college admissions, public contracting, and government hiring.

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When Mitt Romney became the presumptive Republican nominee for President, I was less than thrilled.  He was definitely not my first choice, as I believed he was too moderate and may not be strong enough to beat Obama.  But, he was our nominee, and I was ready to rally behind him.  Conservative talk show host Mark Levin has often said, and I have reiterated, that he would vote for an orange juice can over Obama.  Anybody would be a better choice than our current president, and Romney was my “anybody but Obama” candidate.

However, my feelings towards Romney have changed, and my support has grown over the past few months.  As I’ve seen him with his family, and heard the stories of his selfless acts and contributions to others, he has struck me as a genuinely good person with a strong sense of family, and a man of moral character.  Of course, I’ve been involved in the political process long enough to know that many, if not most, politicians will do and say whatever it takes to win, and maybe Romney’s apparent move to the right is nothing more than a political game.  We’ll see as time goes on.  But I have no doubt about his views on the the importance of the family unit, and I can see he walks the walk when it comes to his own family.  That’s something we’re not seeing enough of these days.

I recently had a liberal tell me that our country has been in decline for years, speaking only of economic issues.  I quickly pointed out to him that while I agree that our country has been in decline, the core of the problem isn’t economic…it’s social.  We have all but said fathers are no longer needed in the home.  Television shows portray fathers as clueless morons, and the kids are smarter than the parents.  Children’s shows portray all adults as bumbling idiots, especially parents and teachers, and are often shown blatant disrespect.  The government has essentially told single mothers that they don’t need fathers for their children, because the government is here to take care of them.  The media mocks traditional families and our values as lame and outdated, and they encourage alternative lifestyles.  They glorify single parents in Hollywood, and mock stay-at-home mothers. Our entitlement society is growing by leaps and bounds, and we’re just telling people to let the government take care of them, instead of telling them that there is a better way, and that they can be anything they want to be.  Many are 3rd and 4th generation welfare recipients, and this is all they know.  They have no goals for themselves or their children, and have no hope for their futures.  The list goes on….

We need a strong man in the White House, who sees the importance of the family and traditional values.  We need someone who takes those commitments seriously, and who will set an example for those around him and for the country as a whole.  We need a man who not only claims faith, but lives his faith.

There are two other very important issues where my support for Romney is strong.  One is his love of country.  It is clear that he wants this country to be successful.  He doesn’t make the lofty promises that Obama did, like parting the oceans and healing the planet, but he wants to do what he can to fix our economic problems, and give every American the opportunity to create his or her own success.  President Obama talks about fair shots and equal opportunity, but his actual policies only show an effort to provide equal outcomes.  Take from those who have and give to those who have not, instead of providing an opportunity for everyone to make their own way and their own wealth.

The second area of strength is in Romney’s support of our military.  He reiterated Reagan’s philosophy of peace through strength.  He wants to make our military such a strong force, that no one would dare test it.  We’ve clearly seen the opposite from President Obama, who has worked to downgrade our military over the past 3 1/2 years. When our military is all but decimated, and we’re no longer a force for good in the world, who will these other countries turn to?  Who will be that shining city on a hill?

There are other issues where I think Romney will be effective.  Obviously, he has a strong private sector background, and a record of job creation, and I trust in his ability to make strides in fixing this economy.  Another strength that crossed my mind as I listened to his speech last night is Romney’s overall work ethic.   When he promised to work hard for the American people, I believed it.  I think he’ll do just that.  In one of the videos last night, a former staffer told the story of Romney putting up a chart during a cabinet meeting, with every campaign promise on it, and he worked to fulfill every one of them by the end of his term.  Isn’t that what every politician should be doing?   Do you think Obama has a similar chart?  We hear stories all the time about Obama playing round after round of golf, and quite frankly, his schedule is pretty open for the leader of the free world.  He has more campaign events than meetings.  His first meeting of the day is somewhere around 9:30 or 10, where President Bush was in the office by 6 or 6:30, and at his daily briefings by 7.   Despite Obama’s promise of a laser-like focus on jobs, he just really doesn’t seem to be working that hard.   I think we’ll see a stark contrast in Romney.

Do I think Mitt Romney is the perfect candidate?  No.  There is no perfect candidate, and Romney doesn’t carry the full conservative credentials, although Paul Ryan does.  But I think he’s a good man, he’ll uphold the integrity of the office, respect and uphold the Constitution, and work hard for the American people.  That’s all we can ask for.

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I’m clearly a glutton for punishment.  I subjected myself to two evenings of MSNBC’s “analysis” of the Republican National Convention speeches.  I admit, I had a morbid curiosity as to how they would spin these speeches, and let me tell you, they did NOT disappoint.  While I know I should no longer be surprised at the tactics of the left and so-called mainstream media, I was absolutely appalled at their coverage.

The first thing that struck me was the pettiness and nasty tones of their comments.  I get it – they’re hard core liberals who think everything that comes out a Republican’s mouth is either racist or hateful to women.  It’s clear that their only goal is to re-elect Obama, and that they’ll do or say anything necessary to make that happen.  I know who I’m dealing with here.  But the spiteful, vicious, petty way in which they expressed their views was nothing short of nauseating.   It was basically a junior-high level “you suck” marathon.   They trashed nearly every speech as totally lacking in substance, and several of the pundits referred to the atmosphere as mean, vicious and hateful….oh yes, and racist.  I mean, what would an MSNBC analysis be without accusations of racism?

Here are a few remarks that stuck out in my mind…

Rachel Maddow, who thinks she’s the smartest person in any room, called Chris Christie’s keynote speech “…one of the most remarkable acts of political selfishness I have ever seen on a stage this big.”

Lawrence O’Donnell accused Mitch McConnell of having racist overtones in his speech, when McConnell said “For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems. He hasn’t been working to earn reelection. He’s been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour.”  O’Donnell claimed it was a negative racial reference to Tiger Woods.  What the…?  How do you get racism from that comment??  Guess what, O’Connell?  When you see racism in every comment, YOU are the racist!

Al Sharpton, who Rachel referred to as the “professor of oratory” — no, I’m serious…she actually said that — accused Republicans of being hypocrites because Ann Romney spoke of Mitt as a loving man, while Christie pointed out that Republicans need to worry about being respected, not loved.  “Which is it…love or respect?”…was Sharpton’s response.  Say what?  It’s not like Ann said Mitt will make you love him.  She was just speaking to the man’s character.  That makes them hypocrites?  I’m confused.  Predictably, Sharpton also went into several off-the-wall civil rights tirades….his typical M.O….but I’ll spare you the details.

Melissa Harris-Perry remarked that VA Governor Bob McDonnell believes in government “small enough to put on a transvaginal probe”, making a dig at a bill that would require an ultrasound before an abortion.  How utterly inappropriate.

“Thrill up my leg” Chris Matthews referred to Paul Ryan’s speech (which was excellent, by the way) as “very constricted, very negative and very nasty”, and implied that Ryan was speaking to racists.  Angry much, Chris?  Matthews said “It’s clear that Paul Ryan was talking to people who think about rights as something…produced by Thomas Jefferson, ignoring the people for whom the rights only came in the 1960s.”  Are you kidding me?

And while we’re on the subject, what is with Chris Matthews’ obsession with race and the “birther movement”?  The man won’t stop talking about it.   Earlier this week, he tore into RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, accusing Republicans of using the race card in their claim that the president eliminated the welfare work requirement, and in Romney’s birth certificate joke (it was a joke, people….lighten up!).  Matthews also accused Newt Gingrich of being a racist for calling Obama the “food stamp president” and said Reagan was being racist when he used the term “welfare queen”, which Matthew’s claims obviously referred to black women.  Only in your world, Chris…

Last night, Matthews even stooped so low as to grill Condoleeza Rice on “birtherism”, asking her whether her speech was a “rejoinder to all the birtherism and narrowness that she’s heard in her party.”  Unbelievable.  Of course, Condi took it all in stride, stating that there are extreme views on both sides of the aisle, and that the great majority sees us as one America.  Good answer, Condi.

The worst segment was when the entire MSNBC team went after Scott Walker on Paul Ryan’s comments about the Janesville GM plant that closed after the president promised it would stay open, claiming that the plant closed before Obama became president.  When Walker explained that there were prior layoffs, but that the plant did indeed close after Obama took office, that wasn’t good enough for the MSNBC staff.  Maddow pressed the issue and asked again.  Al Sharpton jumped into the fray and continued to talk over Walker, as he again tried to answer the question.  Ed Schultz continued pummeling Walker on the issue, but Walker stood firm on his answers regarding the plant and the auto bailouts.  It was the most disrespectful bullying I’ve ever seen from a news organization.  If they challenged Obama at even a fraction of that level, he would have never made it through the 1st campaign.  Astounding.

Long story short, this is the media bias that Republicans/conservatives are dealing with on a daily basis.  It’s not just on the part of MSNBC, although they clearly provide the most egregious example of it.  We see it from nearly every news channel.  For people like me, who live and breath politics, we know better.  I personally have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that people actually buy into their manipulation of the truth.  But for many Americans who are not involved in the political process, this is what they are often exposed to, and it’s all they hear, so they believe it.  This is why conservative talk radio and conservative bloggers are so vital to this election.  We have the truth on our side, and we must continue to get our message out.

As one example, I spoke to a co-worker recently, who votes Republican, but is completely ignorant of the political process or the issues at hand.  I made a comment to her about the liberal argument that the rich should pay more taxes.  Her response:  “they should pay more taxes.”  When I pressed her on the subject, asking how much they should pay, she had no answer, and didn’t even know how much they currently pay.  I showed her the chart of how much the top 1% pays vs the lower 50%, and she was stunned.  She had absolutely no idea, and  immediately backed away from her statement.  We just assume that people know this information, as we’ve heard it hundreds of times. Yet there are still so many who do not.  That’s where we come in.  I have those days of frustration, when it seems the situation is completely hopeless, but I know giving up is not an option.  This is a turning point for our country, and there is no time for doubting.  The current administration has got to go, so we can begin the process of restoring our country back to its founding principles.

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Once again, Obama is publicly criticizing Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, which passed in the House by a vote of 228-191.  This budget proposes spending cuts of $5.3 trillion over 10 years, decreases in both personal and corporate tax rates, and deficit reduction of over $3 trillion, as well as various reforms to the tax code and to programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.  It also reduces the size of government, strengthens national defense and repeals Obamacare.

In contrast, Obama’s budget proposal would increase spending, increase taxes, increase the debt, increase the size of government, and slash defense spending.

I find it ironic that Obama would criticize anyone’s budget, when his was so absurd, not even one Democrat would back it.  His budget failed in the House with a vote of 414-0 (although the MSM outlets give the impression it only failed because of the Republican majority in the House).  It’s also important to note that this is the second time President Obama’s budget has been soundly defeated.  Last year, his budget also failed in the Senate by a vote of 97-0.  Again, not one single Democrat would back his budget.  How bad does your budget have to be that you can’t even get the support of left-wing radicals like Boxer and Reid?

In remarks at an Associated Press luncheon, President Obama slammed Ryan’s budget, saying “Disguised as [a] deficit reduction plan, it’s really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country. It’s nothing but thinly-veiled Social Darwinism. It’s antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everyone who’s willing to work for it — a place where prosperity doesn’t trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the heart of the middle class. And by gutting the very things we need to grow an economy that’s built to last — education and training; research and development — it’s a prescription for decline,” the president will say.

Sounds all scary, right?  Maybe to the uninformed.  But when you break down Obama’s comments, there’s really nothing there.  These criticisms are nothing but generalizations, with no real substance behind them.  He’s not specific on any part of the plan, or how it will have any negative impact on our economy.  It’s empty rhetoric. Period.  This is all Obama knows how to do…spew empty rhetoric and attempt to bully Congress and scare Americans.

It also amazes me to watch Obama consistently “stand up” for the middle class in his speeches, but the group who is being hit the hardest by Obama’s policies is, in fact, the middle class.  Small businesses, which are the heart of this economy, have been closing their doors at alarming rates, due to the implementation of Obamacare, increasing gas prices, and the overall economic struggles we’ve experienced over the past 3 years.  If Obamacare is not repealed, and is fully implemented in 2014, even more businesses will have to close their doors.  People are still losing their jobs and their homes.  Gas prices were at $1.84/gallon when Obama took office, and is now at an average of $3.85, with some cities charging as much as $5/gallon.  Food prices are continuing to rise. The list goes on.

What we’re really seeing here is the desperation of Obama, because this whole sham of a presidency is coming to light to more and more Americans every day.  He knows that the public is not buying into this “war on women” and the war on the elderly and the poor, and that the typical scare tactics of the Democratic party are just not resonating anymore.  People are finally seeing that this president is hellbent on “fundamentally transforming America” into a socialistic society, and they don’t want any part of it.  Obama trashed the Supreme Court in his SOTU speech 2 years ago, and has now attempted to bully them into upholding Obamacare.  This again shows his desperation.  He’s clearly worried that the Supreme Court will strike down this un-Constitutional debacle of a bill.  And the attacks from the left will continue to become more hateful and more desperate.  Obama knows his days are numbered, and Michelle’s 4-year vacation is coming to an end.

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So, I’m listening to Obama’s speech, and 3 minutes into it, I’m already bored.  This is the same old rhetoric.  It’s his rehashed sales pitch for expanding government.  He explains that because we, as a nation, believe that each of us deserves some basic measure of security, we contribute to various social programs, and these are the commitments that make our country great.  What?!  Since when are Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and unemployment insurance the things that make America great?  I thought it was our great innovation, our can-do attitude, and our love of freedom.  I thought it was the fact that we are a land of opportunity and prosperity.  And now Obama is telling us that it’s our social programs?  What am I missing here???  This speech is so bad that even Biden decided to take a snooze!

Raw Video: VP appears to doze during speech

Then, I started to become very annoyed.  Obama tells us, once again, that our problem is trillions of dollars in unpaid for tax cuts, created by President Bush.  And there you have it.  It’s the Bush blame game, all over again.  I thought we were done with that excuse, but I guess not…how naïve of me.

He then brings up the subject of Paul Ryan’s budget.  He states that the budget has worthy goals, but will make America fundamentally different than what we’ve known throughout most of our history.  You mean, fundamentally different than your path of larger government and socialism?  Then, as Democrats always do, he starts with the scare tactics of seniors losing their Medicare and Social Security, and of 50 million Americans losing their healthcare.  This isn’t anything new for Democrats, but Obama stoops to new lows in this speech, by stating that Republicans want to deprive children with autism and those with disabilities of health care. 

Finally, he gets to his so-called plan.  His first step is to cut domestic spending, but he gives no detail.  His second step is to find savings in the defense budget….a major red flag in my book.  Again, no real detail.  The third step is to further reduce health care spending.  Note the words “further reduce”.  I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen one dollar of reduced health care spending.  Surely, he isn’t talking about Obamacare!  But amazingly, he is.  He continues by saying that Obamacare will reduce our deficit by $1 trillion, which is completely false.  One other thing worth mentioning….he also proposes slowing the growth of Medicare costs by creating an independent commission of doctors, nurses, medical experts and consumers, who will basically decide whether or not seniors truly need or deserve the treatments he/she is seeking.  This equates to socialized medicine, and dare I say it?  Death panels?

So, step four….and you know he’s saving the best for last.  He’s going to reduce spending in the tax code.  What does that mean?  That means he’s going raise taxes on the “wealthy”.  He’s also going to significantly reduce or eliminate important tax deductions, such as the charitable giving deduction and the mortgage interest deduction.  I just love the way Democrats look at tax cuts and deductions as spending.  It’s not spending!  That would assume that it’s their money.  It’s not.  It’s ours.  It’s less money that we pay government on our own property.  They are not paying us anything….they’re taking less!  Well, either way, that’s going to stop, if Obama has his way.

This is one of the most partisan, unpresidential speeches I have ever heard.  He didn’t propose a plan.  He made a campaign speech, and blamed Republicans for our debt and for trying to take away the American dream.  It’s quite shameful.  Whatever happened to Obama’s call for civility?  Obviously, that only applies to our side.

 Throughout this entire speech, Obama made references about how Americans believe that through government, we should do together what we cannot do as well for ourselves, and that we all need to make sacrifices, but that those who have more, need to bear a bigger share of the burden.  Does this sound familiar?  Let’s see….oh yes, here we go…”from each according to his ability, to each according to his need”….Karl Marx.  That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

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