Ann Romney generates hope in North Carolina and Obama continues to berate private business in Virginia

Listening to the Romneys has people believing in the possibility that America might once again lead. Listening to the Obamas brings on a sense of failure, defeat and disappointment. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2012 — Ann Romney spoke at a luncheon in Greensboro, NC this week. The mother of five boys, a breast cancer survivor, and multiple sclerosis patient, Mrs. Romney was gracious, humble and uplifting as well as proud of her country and willing to sacrifice for a return to what made it great.

While more and more people are speaking in the hushed tones reserved for reports of the terminally ill when discussing our country, Mrs. Romney brought assurance and renewed faith. 

Calm encouragement and sound direction are what we need, not angry lectures on fairness or threats to “fundamentally transform the country.”

We are at one of those rare but critical crossroads in American history – the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Great Depression, the Carter years, the end of the Cold War, and 9/11. Leadership will be the difference maker, as John Maxwell author of the The Difference Maker: Making Your Attitude Your Greatest Asset says.

Mrs. Romney acknowledged that her family has weighed the costs of entering presidential politics once again. Before casting her family vote, she says she asked her husband this question: “Is it too late; has America already drifted too far away from the foundations and principles that made it great?” To which Mitt Romney answered, “No, it’s not too late, but we are dangerously close to going over the cliff.”

“I just know in my heart we are going to win,” Mrs. Romney told the gathering with a smile. She meant all of us, not just her husband in the election.

Mrs. Romney personally greeted each of the 200 plus people in the big tent, going table to table. In spite of the heat, a calm seemed to fill the place. It actually felt like hope.

Meanwhile, Obama was in neighboring Virginia last week continuing to beat the tinny drum of government is the answer and rich people need to pay more so the government can spend more.

In Roanoke, VA, Obama had another Joe the Plumber moment telling the crowd that “You did not get successful on your own”, that  “Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive.  Somebody invested in roads and bridges.  If you’ve got a business. You didn’t build that.” 

Listening to the Romneys makes people feel like persevering, believing in the possibility that America might once again lead the world in every area. Listening to the Obamas brings on a sense of failure, defeat and disappointment. The former reflects leadership while the latter reflects desperation to defend a hollow philosophy.

Carla Garrison follows current events with one eye on history and the other on the future. As a follower of Christ, her goal is to encourage people to know the truth and use it as a call to personal action. Read more at Truth be Told.

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