Regardless of what anyone thinks of Barack Obama’s term in office, it simply cannot be argued that he has fulfilled any of his campaign promises. The soaring rhetoric of his historic 2008 run for the presidency was nothing more than a well-orchestrated marketing campaign. He said what he had to say in order to be elected. What puzzles many is the fact that he has as much support in the polls as he does.
His campaign promises, as well as those he made once in office, were legion and his failures to achieve those goals are nearly as numerous, much too lengthy to detail here, so let us look at some of the major ones. Continue reading
In every election cycle liberals pull out their ancient political playbook and bag of tricks, running the same old plays against conservatives. And every election cycle many of our citizens fall for it.
In 2008, Obama the candidate ran as a new contender for president, pledging to change the fractured and divided nation and to end the old politics, which was a great part of his appeal to so many voters.
In his inaugural address he pledged a new beginning: “On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.”
He had built his career around that theme. Who can forget his 2004 DNC speech: “I say…tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America – there’s the United States of America.”
And during his Greek column-themed nomination acceptance speech in 2008: “Because if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.”
Yet Obama the president has not lived up to the hype. He has divided us, chosen fear over hope, and, with no record to run on, tried to paint Mitt Romney as someone to run from. He’s done the exact opposite of everything he ever said prior to the 2012 race. Continue reading
Thomas R. Marshall, Vice President for Woodrow Wilson, once told a story indicative of his job’s anonymity. “There once were two brothers. One ran away to sea, the other was elected vice president. Neither one of them was heard of again.”
Today, however, the office is much more prestigious and powerful, causing many politicians to seek it, rather than run from it, even though it can still wreck a career. Just ask Dan Quayle.
Over the weekend, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney declared his choice for a vice presidential running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. The pick was bold and seems to have excited conservatives and Tea Partiers, who thus far have been lukewarm toward the top of the ticket. Since the announcement, massive crowds have gathered at Romney-Ryan rallies, some of the largest yet seen this season. Continue reading