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Bill Partlow sets up the voting area in Pineville, N.C., on Nov. 5.
With nearly every poll, from national polls to those in the all-important swing states, well within the margin of error and even tied, it is axiomatic that Election Day is going to be close. While we believe Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will win, and that a Romney win is a victory for the entire country, there’s every indication that Tuesday night will be a nail biter for Republicans, Democrats and independent Americans. It’s an election night that may not have a winner until Wednesday or later and that’s just fine in the United States.
Hopefully, Romney is declared the winner in the early hours of Wednesday morning so we can celebrate and get a little bit of rest.
What is not close is where the candidates for president stand on critically important issues for America.
What would a second-term Obama presidency look like?
For President Obama, understanding what a second term would look like is easy. Just look at the past four years. Cut through the rhetoric; what you saw is what you will get.
When President Obama took office in January 2009 the unemployment rate in America was 7.8 percent. After nearly four years of unemployment over 8 percent, today the unemployment rate in America is higher than when Obama took office, still hovering at 7.9 percent. In fact, 7.8 percent is the lowest unemployment has ever gotten during Obama’s presidency.
It is not as if this election is the first time President Obama has ever talked about jobs. For all the talk about bringing good paying jobs back to America, there has been no action. And there is no reason to believe that President Obama will make “jobs” any more of a priority in a second term than he has in his first.
It is clear that his priorities from the first term will remain his priorities in a second term. In his first term, President Obama enacted health-care reform, the government imposed health-care policy for America and the largest tax increase in American history – remember, the only way it was saved from being declared unconstitutional was as a massive tax increase.
What President Obama imposed on the American people through health-care reform reveals much about what a second Obama term would look like. The Affordable Care Act provides the mechanism for the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade. It is also the instrument by which the president imposed the HHS mandate that forces millions of Americans to violate their faith by paying for abortion-pill coverage. These pro-abortion regulations will not only stay in place, but increase over the next four years.
President Obama sends nearly half a billion of our tax dollars a year to Planned Partenhood. In fact, each time a state attempts to defund the abortion giant, Obama steps in, either sending in the Justice Department to help defend their funding or finding a back door to send the abortion industry our tax dollars. The radical pro-abortion policy of his first term is why Planned Parenthood calls President Obama their “champion.”
Over the past four years, President Obama has decided that his Justice Department will not enforce or defend laws with which he disagrees and that he will readily circumvent the Senate to make controversial appointment to key government positions regardless of whether the Senate is or is not in recess.
President Obama has enacted a disastrous foreign policy that leaves our allies unsure of our support, and gives promises to nations like Russia of “more flexibility” in a second term. The last thing we need is more instability in our foreign policy.
There is absolutely no reason to believe any of this will change in a second Obama term. If the misinformation and stall tactics the Obama administration has employed over the Fast and Furious scandal are any indication, we should also not expect any clarity on what really happened in the terrorist attack on our ambassador and his team in Benghazi.
What would a first term for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney look like?
A Romney presidency will be dramatically different from the past four years. Jobs would undoubtedly be a President Romney’s first goal. His record of achievement in both the private and public sectors speak volumes for his abilities. In fact, swing states such as Ohio, Wisconsin, and Virginia have Republican governors who have been implementing some of those policies at the state level which have already led to lower unemployment. Imagine the improvement the entire country would see with the implementation of these same conservative principles by Romney.
A President Romney, with the assistance of Vice President Paul Ryan, will be firmly committed to tackling the equally important moral and economic issue we face, our national debt. In the past four years, the federal government’s debt and deficits have spiraled out of control, nearly doubling during Obama’s time in office. Romney has a significant track record of closing massive budget gaps in the Olympics and as governor of Massachusetts – that show his commitment and ability to address this issue.
Romney has been clear that the federal government does not need to be funding the abortion industry, and he has been equally clear that the federal government should never force Americans to violate their faith. He would cut Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, reverse the HHS Mandate and use every power of the presidency to undue the most damaging aspects of the Affordable Care Act.
Romney will bring much needed clarity on foreign policy, ensuring allies like Israel that we will stand with them while making sure radical nations like Iran know that their support for terrorism and instability in the world will not be tolerated. He would reestablish America as a true leader in foreign affairs, refusing to apologize for what makes America great.
There is no question that a second Obama term and a first Romney term would look drastically different. We know Obama’s agenda, and America has seen the results of his lackluster economic plan and radical agenda of social change. A President Romney, in our view, will bring America back to its bedrock principles, cut the size and intrusiveness of the federal government and protect the values that have made America a shining city on a hill, a beacon of hope for the world.
Tuesday is Election Day. While it may sound cliché, this election really is one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. As Americans, we not only have an opportunity to select our leaders but a moral obligation to make our voice heard at the ballot box.
While election night may drag on until the wee hours of the morning (or later), we will know in just a matter of hours whether we face four more years of the same failures or real change for America’s future.
As Thomas Jefferson is credited with reminding us, “We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”
Go vote America.