Now We Know More About Them

by Jeremiah Joslin

Well, I watched both of the Presidential Candidates give their acceptance speeches and I was underwhelmed by both.  They were clearly aimed a generating additional energy from each of their respective bases.  However, as a Conservative Republican, I was less underwhelmed by Mitt than I was by Barry.  Many of my friends know I have been energized for months now and started this blog because of that very reason.

The day after Mitt gave his speech I commented on Face Book what I thought about it.  This is what I had to say:

Mitt’s speech was a solid speech — not a soaring oratory. This was a humanizing speech — very personal, exceptionally nationalistic. He sees America in the light of its uniqueness in the world and wants that uniqueness back. I got another glance at the “shining city on that hill” not by gleaming oratory, but through the tearing eyes of a common man.

It was that speech, having been preceded by testimonials by men and many women attesting to the humanity of Mitt that set identified the personality of the man.  Then one of my friends had the audacity to post that “personal testimonies do not a leader make.”  That is the quintessential mind-set of Barry’s base.  Of course personal testimonials are critical especially in Mitt’s case. Those testimonials about Mitt Romney only tell me that Mitt Romney is a good father and husband. Those who listened, like me, learned that he is an honorable, caring, compassionate, sharing and patriotic man. Those are exactly the human traits that I want in a leader, especially for the President of the United States.

In his moment at the dais, Mitt talked about his five-point plan.  While the Democrats say that he has no plans, they were there and I heard them.

  1. Energy Independence
  2. The Skills to Succeed
  3. Trade that Works for America
  4. Cut the Deficit
  5. Champion Small Business

He even sub-pointed each of them.  Now was there great detail? No, but that wasn’t the intention of the speech, but enough about Mitt.

Our President, on the other hand, gave a superb oratory.  He’s good at that.  His was well delivered and if I were to grade each on delivery I would have to give the nod to BHO.  However, I also read the text of his speech.  Talk about an empty speech, but what the heck nobody paid any attention to what he was saying.  It was all about how he said it.  I watch the speech on CBS.  I also listened to the debrief by their pundits afterward.  They all agreed…no big, memorable line came out, no real idea how he would move forward.  One even said that it sounded very much like his 2008 campaign – Hope and Change.

I hate to say this about our President but I must.  He told some lies.  Yes, he did.  The one that bobs to the surface was the one about Mitt calling “Russia enemy number 1”.  Of course he did not say that.  He did say that Russia, in these times…Oh heck, let me quote him,

“I’m saying in terms of a geopolitical opponent, the nation that lines up with the world’s worst actors.  Of course the greatest threat that the world faces is a nuclear Iran, and a nuclear North Korea is already troubling enough. But when these terrible actors pursue their course in the world and we go to the United Nations looking for ways to stop them … who is it that always stands up with the world’s worst actors? It’s always Russia, typically with China alongside. And so in terms of a geopolitical foe, a nation that’s on the Security Council that has the heft of the Security Council, and is of course is a massive nuclear power, Russia is the geopolitical foe.”

Did BHO lie?  I say, “Yes!”  I completely agree with Mitt in the context of his expressed conversation with Wolf Blitzer, which BHO intentionally ignored.  We all remember his “secret” comments to Medvedev on that day BHO asked him to relay to Putin to lay off the missile defense thing until after the election when he [BHO] would have “more flexibility”.  This is just another example of Barry’s philosophy – “Lead from Behind”.

But, back to the speech.  Our President, himself, gave no plan.  He shared his messianic vision of the future where every one would share in the riches of America.  He said, “We don’t want handouts for people who refuse to help themselves, and we don’t want bailouts for banks that break the rules. We don’t think government can solve all our problems.”  Another lie.  Under his administration, Food Stamp recipients have more then doubled, unemployment benefits have been extended and they removed the “Welfare to Work” principle of a law without congressional approval, they gave bailouts to banks and the auto industry and sent useless money to companies already of the verge of bankruptcy.  What is he talking about?  Anyway, he said it really well.

Unemployment remains well over 8%.  For every job created last month 4 people just stopped looking.  That’s why the rate dropped to 8.1.  To date, 363,000 people have just stopped looking for work.  Where the heck did that reference to the “4 million jobs created” come from?  Where is he getting those numbers?

Where are his plans?  Where is a budget? Nothing.

Then he had the unmitigated gall to say the Romney and Ryan have no experience with international relations.  WHAT?  Here is a guy who had never held a real job, spent some time in state legislature, where my source said he hardly showed up at all even for picture day.  He just wanted to stand on the floor and give speeches.  As a U. S. Senator, he actually participated in that august body for about 140 days spending the rest of his time running for the presidency – not my numbers.  For him to say his opponents lack experience of any kind is preposterous — laughable.  They have waves more experience in everything, including international relations, than he did or does.

That’s about it for me.  Mitt’s speech was good.  Barry’s was remarkable.  Mitt gave some plan while letting folks know a little more about himself.  BHO gave nothing but his view of the future begging for more time.  He said the same things four years ago.