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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Glen Beck tells a story

Does it bug you that Glen Beck has been so negative about Mitt Romney?  He has (if you'll pardon the expression) called him anything but a white man.  He has constantly criticized his politics and called him a flip-flopper.  According to Beck, Romney has not been sufficiently conservative.

Well, Beck has done a flip-flop.  He has now praised Romney and compared him to George Washington.  I hold an admittedly biased point of view.  My dad once told me that the higher in church offices he had met men, the better they had been.  That has been my observation as well.  Bishops and Stake Presidents are often good and humble men.  I have felt that Mitt Romney was one of those good and humble men who is also extremely smart and hard-working.  Now it turns out that he has also been very generous.

Please watch the attached video:

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Did I Mention I was Voting for Mitt?

Lest there be any question--I will be voting for Mitt Romney for President.  I encourage everyone to do the same.  Let me state a few of my reasons:

From a competency standpoint, I think the comparison is almost ridiculous.  In this time of economic uncertainty and depression a businessman with the turnaround experience of Governor Romney seems most practical.  His ability to bring faltering companies to life, his leadership in the Olympics, and his government experience leading the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have demonstrated an unusually high level of economic competence.  President Obama had no demonstrable experience in economics prior to his political life.  As president he has shown a remarkable failure to lead in economics except in the direction of state control of a greater share of the economy and the willingness to spend our money and our children's money on anything but the practical.  Even his so-called rescue of General Motors could be characterized as a payoff for the union while the long-term viability of GM as currently constituted remains in doubt.

The contrast between the two candidate's vision for the role of government is stark, and in the way I prefer, is highly favorable towards Governor Romney.  President Obama has made it clear that he feels government should take a bigger role in our lives.  We "didn't build that" he says, belittling the efforts taken by business owners and entrepreneurs to grow the economy.  In all my life I have never seen Uncle Sam or his cohorts put in a day's work on one of my jobs, but we pay an ever increasing burden of taxes, nevertheless.  Governor Romney's plan includes reducing the burden of government and sending the government medical plan back to the states and the people.

Respect for the constitution is a highly apparent difference between the two candidates.  President Obama has demonstrated by words and actions a very casual regard for the protections from the government our forefathers provided for us in the constitution.  He has also adopted an approach to the laws that is disrespectful of the voice of the people expressed through the legislature, e.g., direction to discontinue enforcing the DOMA and immigration laws.  Governor Romney showed extremely careful enforcement of laws in Massachusetts, even those with which he had disagreement, while working to have the laws changed.  President Obama simply bypasses those laws with which he disagrees.

The unveiling of the Democratic platform was an eye-opener for me.  Their support for abortion has gone from being "pro-choice" and wanting abortions to be safe, rare; and legal, to being pro-abortion.  “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay,” the platform reads. “We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.”  That includes parental consent for minors and abortion up to and including "partial-birth" abortion.  It is heinous.