JACKSBORO, Texas, August 14, 2012 — Governor Mitt Romney’s announcement that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) would be his running mate in the November election set off a cool breeze of renewed hope across the land. Let us hope that cool breeze will bring forth a healing to the nation.
Make no mistake: The days ahead will be filled with brutal attacks from the left. Those started the very minute that Romney announced his choice to the nation.
Within hours we were again treated to the image of Ryan (or rather, a look-alike actor) pushing granny of the cliff. Once again, the left is using scare tactics on our seniors, trying to persuade them that Obama, who decided to strip $700 billion from the Medicare budget, is the man to save it from Ryan, who has a clear plan to save it for our seniors. The left wants to persuade you that under the Ryan plan, the elderly will be stripped of medical care, starved, and made into dog food.
Senior citizens do have plenty to be concerned about, like that $716 billion that Obama robbed from Medicare to pay for Obamacare. They might also worry about the triage Obamacare will force upon them when their health care costs get too high (“death panels”).
Also of great concern to our seniors is the rising cost of living. In some cases they are forced to decide between food and medical supplies, and this shouldn’t be. We worked for years in order to live more securely in our later years, and we’re watching that security bleed away.
In November, we as citizens of the greatest nation on earth will be called upon to decide the direction this nation will take, whether we stay on the current course and rack up more debt that even our children will never be able to pay.
We are surly at the crossroads!
There are rays of hope, a hope that will once again will unite the nation and bring a renewed sense of possibility to the millions of jobless. There is hope for those who wish to start their own businesses, and hope that Romney and Ryan will once again make America an energy producing nation.
The Romney-Ryan ticket will introduce some clear, bold ideas to the nation. As they explain these ideas, we will better see how mushy and reactive, how intellectually empty the Obama administration is in response to our national trials. The Romney-Ryan ideas are vital for our prosperity and long-term security. Continuing our current path will result only in higher debt, the continued erosion of our freedom, and a continuation of the deep divisions that rip our people apart.
The Obama administration has used Christians as a punching bag. There are things many Christians hold dear to their hearts, the fundamental importance of religion, for example, or the sanctity of life. The one thing that unites them more than any other, though, and that ought to join them even with those who dislike religion or disagree with some common Christian positions, is the outrage of state intrusion into the practice of religion and the right to openly live one’s faith. The Obama Administration’s blithe position that Christians whose business grows to big must either violate their religious principles or sell the business is par for the course.
Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and Paul Ryan, a catholic. These two faiths are very different, but they share common interests and beliefs, the greatest of those being faith in Jesus Christ. Members of these two faiths (and I count myself among them - I am a Mormon) share a common love for this great nation, even as both have suffered persecution from religious and political zealots here. The importance of keeping religious tests out of government and the government out of religious practice is ground into the DNA of Mormons and Catholics alike, but so too is certainty that a great nation prospers under God, not in spite of Him.
Do Romney and Ryan love the United States of America? The answer is a resounding “yes.”
President Obama and Vice-President Biden both say they love this country and that they love God. Like Ryan, Biden is a Catholic. Neither Catholics nor Mormons are united in one Party (like Romney, Democratic Senator Harry Reid is a Mormon). But the way to judge love of country is by the fruits of their labors. Obama-Biden have given us some bitter fruit indeed.
If Romney and Ryan win, they’ll inherit high unemployment, an enormous debt, and an American military in decline. Their task will be huge, but they have a clear program to do that, and it doesn’t depend on blaming Obama for all that’s wrong in the country. They will ask to be judged on what they’ve done with what they inherited, not on what they’ve inherited. And what they plan to do is clear. So not it’s up to each of us to decide: stay this course we’re on, or vote for real change?
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