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As I’ve browsed the internet these past two days, I’m struck by the number of people who are so discouraged by Obama’s re-election, that they are ready to just give up.  Some have vowed to turn off the news and become an uninformed voter, because it would just be easier.  Some talked about quitting their jobs and going on food stamps and welfare.  It’s sad to think that any American sees that as a better option.

While I’m sure many of those discouraged voters are just venting and have no real intention of giving up, it’s clear that many feel their efforts just didn’t matter this time around.  But we cannot give up.  That’s what they want us to do.  We cannot lose focus on the real problem.  It’s about more than just Barack Obama.  It’s about our liberty.  It’s about the Constitution.  It’s about the country we’re leaving for our children and grandchildren.  We’re the world’s last best hope.  We’re that shining city on the hill.  This is America, the greatest country in the world.  Too many men have fought and died to keep this country free, and we can NOT let them die in vain.

Why did we lose?  Did the Democrats have better ideas?  Did they have a better message?  Do they have stronger values?  No.  They campaigned on fear, not ideas.  Their message was full of lies and misinformation.  They made false claims about Mitt Romney’s character.  They painted him to be a liar, tax cheat, and an uncaring, disconnected rich man who was only out to help the wealthiest Americans.  They scared women into believing that Republicans want to take away health care and contraceptives.  They scared seniors into thinking Republicans were going to take away their social security and Medicare benefits.  They scared young people into thinking Republicans would take away their opportunities for a good education.  They used the same sorry scare tactics they use EVERY election.  We know those things couldn’t be further from the truth, but the uninformed voters believe it.  The news has been so filtered, that unless you’re getting your news from Fox, conservative talk radio, or conservative blogs, you’re just not getting the truth.  The main stream media no longer breaks the news…..it shapes the news.  They decide what to report, based on which stories will either help the Democrat or hurt the Republican.  Period.  And Obama just had a better ground game.  Despite the decline in enthusiasm for Obama, his campaign got people to the polls.

So what now?  We press on.  We look toward 2014, and we find a way to articulate our message in a clearer way.  We don’t change our core principles….we will never win by changing who we are.  We find a way to make people understand who we are, and why our ideas are the right ideas.  We find a way to make them understand how this country can become more prosperous through lower taxes and less government, and that smaller government is a more effective government.

Democrats pander by dividing the country into voting blocs.  We are all Americans.  We should not be put into boxes according to color, gender or class.  That’s not the American way of doing things.  We shouldn’t appeal to women and minorities by promising them things we can’t deliver or by changing our principles.  We should appeal to them by setting the example.  The Republican party has not been able to shake the stereotype of being the party of rich white men.  It couldn’t be further from the truth, yet it’s how we are perceived.  We have a very diverse group of strong conservative leaders from all backgrounds.  We have Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Marsha Blackburn, Nikki Haley, Mia Love, Allen West, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal, just to name a few.  But Democrats have effectively kept us in a box, and we often just assume that we cannot get the black or Hispanic votes.  We can.  We just aren’t trying hard enough.

2014 is our next goal.  We have 20 Democrat senators to unseat, and 13 Republican seats to defend.   We need to retain the House.  We have gubernatorial seats to replace and defend.  This is no time for discouragement and defeat….we still have work to do.

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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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