Election Day 2012 is here. I’ve been waiting for this day since Election Day 2008. I believed then the election of Barack Obama was a well-intentioned mistake. I never imagined how painful the ensuing four years would be:
- It was painful to hear the President criticize our country while on foreign soil.
- It was painful when the President lifted the Mexico City policy and allowed American taxpayer funds to be used to subsidize abortions in other countries.
- It was painful when the Attorney General wanted to treat a 9/11 mastermind as an ordinary criminal, hoping to try him in criminal court in New York City instead of in a military tribunal as an enemy combatant.
- It was painful to see our national security undermined because intelligence gathering via interrogation of captured terrorists is no longer valued. (Waterboarding is torture, but dropping a bomb on a terrorist isn’t.)
- It was painful to observe the rudeness with which our ally, Israel, was treated.
- It was painful to watch our government encourage so-called “democratic movements” in the Middle East when the involvement of radical Islamists was apparent.
- It was painful to see so many millions of people lose their jobs and then not be able to find new ones for a very long time – if at all.
- It was painful to watch one in six Americans slip into poverty.
- It was painful when, against the will of the majority of the people, the government used procedural techniques and earmark-bribes to eke out just enough Democrat-only votes to pass ObamaCare.
- It was painful to see our President deliberately stress differences among groups. He said he’d be a uniter, but I’ve never seen a President split Americans apart from each other as intentionally as this one.
- It was painful to watch the massive growth, via irresponsible spending and borrowing, of intrusive government, forcing the private sector to shrink in response.
- It was painful to watch government regulators thwart the development of America’s natural energy resources.
- It was painful to note the European-style emphasis on redistribution of wealth, along with the demonization of capitalism.
I could definitely go on, but I’ll stop at a baker’s dozen.
This is why Election Day 2012 is such a momentous day for the American people. Finally, after four painful years, the day has arrived on which we can exercise our power: the power of our votes.
We can choose to reward the President with another four painful (for us) years.
Or we can join together to reject the direction of the past four years. We can choose to begin to restore a more prosperous, more secure and freer America.
The United States can still be the flourishing mecca of opportunity and happiness that it was for our parents and grandparents. Many of them came here precisely because America’s freedoms and resources made it, uniquely, a place where individuals could work to achieve their dreams.
Instead of the stagnant, impoverished, dependent, antagonized nation we’re becoming, let’s bring back that "melting pot" where anyone can realize the American dream.
A Romney-Ryan administration will work with us and for us to help make this happen.
As for this President? In my view, we can only count on more pain.