By Tom Quiner
The Obama campaign is reduced to hate.
It’s really that simple.
His economic record is terrible. His signature achievement, Obamacare, is opposed by a majority of Americans. His foreign policy record is a mixed bag.
He offers no vision for tomorrow other than to increase taxes on the folks who are already footing most of our bills (the rich) and to borrow more money from China to hire more teachers.
That’s it. Tax hikes and teachers.
For the record, our student to teacher ratios have never been better.
And for the record, hiring teachers is supposed to belong to the states, not the federal government (remember the 10th amendment?).
So we’re left with hate and racism. That’s the only reason someone could vote against Barack Obama according to the vacuous voices from the Left.
MSNBC’S Chris Matthews’ post-debate hysteria was chart-topping even by his prodigious standards:
“I think they hate Obama. They want him out of the White House more than they want to destroy Al Qaeda. Their No. 1 enemy in the world right now, on the right, is their hatred, hatred for Obama. And we can go into that about the white working class in the South and looking at these numbers we’re getting the last couple days about racial hatred in many cases … this isn’t about being a better president, they want to get rid of this president.”
I would like to respond clearly as a practicing Catholic. I love Barack Obama. He is my brother in Christ. Whether he is a Christian or not, and I take him at his word that he is, he was made by God. And God has called us to love our neighbors.
So let us clear the air: I join the chorus of conservatives who love Barack Obama as one of God’s children.
I do not love his politics, his policies, his principles.
On foreign policy, I do not like the fact that Iran is four years closer to developing the bomb. I can’t think of a worse scenario in the history of U.S. foreign affairs.
That a Jew-hating and America-hating country that already supports terrorists could soon be providing nuclear weapons for terrorists is nightmarish.
Iran is close to achieving their goal, and it is on Barack Obama’s watch.
By the same token, I don’t like the way North Korea is exporting their nuclear technology, again on Barack Obama’s watch.
I don’t like the way Barack Obama bows and scrapes to our enemies at the same time he insults our allies, like Israel and Poland.
I don’t like the spread of fanatical Islam throughout the Middle East on Barack Obama’s watch.
You may ask, would Mitt Romney have done anything differently? My sense is yes. That doesn’t mean that he disagrees with Barack Obama on everything he did. He doesn’t. But I trust Mitt Romney’s instincts more than Barack Obama for a simple reason. I think Barack Obama views America as being basically bad. I think Mitt Romney views America as being exceptional.
If you view America as being basically bad, as does most of the political Left, you will like Barack Obama.
If you view America as being exceptional, you’re more likely to appreciate Mitt Romney’s take on foreign policy that views us as liberators instead of dictators.
Hate and racism has nothing to do with it. I think Barack Obama is a lousy president when it comes to foreign affairs, to domestic affairs, and to social issues.
His record is one of malaise and retreat. He thinks small. And he comes across as a small man.
Mitt Romney is the candidate who looks to the future and presents a vision for a return to American exceptionalism. What I’ve learned about his personal life is that he is a large man with a large heart.
Obama supporters can sputter all they want about Romney supporters voting against Obama out of hate and racism.
It’s all nonsense. I love Barack Obama. Even more, I pray for Barack Obama. But I sure as heck won’t vote him. He has been an abject failure as President of the United States.
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