A Conflict of Visions: A Vote for Love of Liberty

“Voting is the best revenge!” Barack Obama, November 2, 2012


“Instead, I ask the American people to vote for love of country.”  Mitt Romney, November 2, 2012


My son heard our President make the statement, “voting is the best revenge” and immediately asked me, “What does that mean?”  My reply was, “I don’t know what he means by that.”  I will tell you this: I am alarmed by yet another “slip of the tongue” by Barack Obama.  This “slip of the tongue” is evidence of what really exists in the heart of the man who spoke the words. Interpreting those words is nearly impossible, but they do have a context of approximately five years of campaigning and governing.

However, my immediate concern is, “What revenge?”  When has any American President ever used that kind of language? Revenge on whom? This kind of thinking is unacceptable for the leader of the free world. This, quite frankly, points to a philosophical kind of thinking which has fueled Obama’s class warfare and anti-business policies of the last four years.

Mitt Romney’s campaign has produced a 30 second video which captures the essence of the difference of two views of how America will be governed for the next four years.  This video must be seen and understood by anybody voting next Tuesday.  Watch the video below.

My vote for President, this coming Tuesday, was decided at least 5 years ago.  Obama and his political views were as clear to me in 2008 as they are to me now.  His worldview is diametrically opposed to mine.  We all have presuppositions, principles, filters, and lenses through which we view the world.  Our worldview provides the foundation, or starting place, for how we envision the world in which we live and the world we want to leave for our children.

Bertrand Russell puts it this way:

 Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day.

I believe, along with our nation’s Founders, in unalienable rights, which are identified in the Declaration of Independence as the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  My starting place for living in community is based on rights granted from our Creator, not the state; that we are all equal in God’s sight; and that all men should have the same protections under the law.  I believe in limited Constitutional government and that no man— especially not our elected leaders—are above the law. I believe that the right to govern is derived from the consent of the people.

I believe that if liberty is protected and men are free to own their own property, work hard (pursue their own happiness), keep the rewards of their labors or bear the costs, then the prosperity of each individual will benefit the whole community.

I believe that to steal the property of another person is immoral and destroys community, whether that theft is committed by an individual or by excessive government taxation.  And this, I believe, is the fundamental difference between President Obama and me.  His advocacy of wealth redistribution is at the heart of his philosophy of governance.  His willingness to nationalize private sector industries or to destroy segments of our economy —like energy—to promote unsustainable alternatives is alarming.  His proposal to install a new “business czar” if he gets re-elected, should be a major pause in the thinking of any citizen living in America.  Government doesn’t create wealth, jobs or businesses.  Government is a wealth re-distributor and must be restrained and confined to the limits set by the Constitution.

This is what I believe this election is all about:

  • The preservation of individual liberty;
  • The sanctity of human life;
  • Equality under the law;
  • Private property rights;
  • Religious freedom;
  • Constitutional government;
  • Unalienable rights, which are derived from God, not the state.

I believe that these foundational principles are at risk of being lost by a massive shift to a government and political elite who believe in socially engineering a better world through class warfare and redistribution of wealth.

Obama’s agenda is an old one—one of central planning and the destruction of private property rights.  His agenda promotes a devaluation of human life, which includes the rationing of health care for the elderly and infirmed.  Rather than protecting the right to life of the unborn, this president has embraced the philosophy of Planned Parenthood, including abortion on demand and partial birth abortion.  The rights of conscience are under attack by this administration and will forever alter the first amendment guarantees of religious liberty.

As a husband, father and American, I believe it’s immoral to leave our children a crushing debt of over $16 trillion.  Candidate Obama promised to reduce the deficit by half.  Under his presidency he has added over $5 trillion to the deficit (in only 3 and a half years).  Obama owns one third of the total debt of the U.S. accumulated by all presidents who preceded him. This is not a mistake.  This spending philosophy undergirds Obama’s view of how to “fix” the economy.  He calls it “investments.”  I call it irresponsible.  It hasn’t worked and it will never work.  This is another massive redistribution of wealth scheme, which is crushing business and destroying jobs.  Don’t get me wrong, I believe Obama really believes that this is the right course of action.  I believe this proves he is clueless as to the solutions needed to create real jobs and wealth.  These are just a few of the reasons I will be voting for Romney and praying that Obama is removed from office.

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