Voting American

In a world rife with bigoted extremists who want to destroy us and our way of life, it is mind-boggling to think that Barack Obama could get voted back into office.

I’ve followed politics since I was very young and never before have I seen an administration more shifty, more two-faced, or more inept on foreign policy matters. For the record, I am no fan of George Bush’s either.

This week the Las Vegas Review-Journal published an editorial calling Obama a narcissistic amateur, saying, “This administration is an embarrassment on foreign policy and incompetent at best on the economy – though a more careful analysis shows what can only be a perverse and willful attempt to destroy our prosperity.” (Thanks to Public Secrets for the link)

I don’t see any reason to be nice about this when my country’s at stake– I agree. In the words of a staunch, old school Democrat whose opinion I value highly, “who’s behind this guy?” He seemed to come out of nowhere, with a mysterious past, and was swept into the White House in a blaze of glory fueled by others’ hopes and dreams. He seemed to have spiritual effect on many of his followers that I found disturbing.

The spell has broken. People are waking up, realizing that he’s a spender, not a savior, and that they projected their hopes and dreams onto the wrong guy. The president should never be thought of as a savior to begin with; he’s a public servant who’s supposed to act in the best interest of his people.

The net effect of the past four years is that our nation is weaker and more polarized. Economically, we’re looking into an abyss. This administration’s programs and spending have moved us closer and closer to socialism, which, by the way, has never worked. Our foreign policy, or lack thereof, is a disaster. Obama has seemed more concerned with the approval of the international community than us Americans, leaving many of us feeling like aliens in our own country.

At times when we’ve needed to be standing up for ourselves against dark and hateful powers, we’ve seen placating and political posturing. We need to have a zero tolerance policy for the new Nazism, radical Islam, instead of associating with it and acting as if it can be negotiated with. We need to stop giving OUR money to countries who don’t support human rights or true freedom (replacing a head of state with the Muslim Brotherhood is not freedom). We don’t need spins put on events like the tragedy in Libya and the death of bin Laden; we need the truth and we need to protect our fellow Americans.

Many of our young people have been conditioned to believe that the Obama administration’s brand of liberalism is compassionate. I’ve heard voting for Obama equated with freedom, prosperity, human rights, women’s rights, and concern for the poor. To me, that doesn’t make sense. It might guarantee that special interests gain freedoms while others are stifled, or the government pays for your sexual activity, or already struggling middle class people are forced to support even more of their neighbors, including those here illegally who don’t pay taxes, but…?

Such top-heavy administrations, who want the federal government to do more and more, are taking power from the people and chipping away at our personal freedoms. Their economic policies saddle us, and our children and grandchildren, with crushing debt. Their failure to stand up to anti-American movements, which are gaining in power and even have nuclear weapons, allows the rape, persecution, and death of Christians and other minorities. Being so soft on our enemies means a growing number of women worldwide are being denied rights and educations, and they’re being subjected to mutilation and abuse.

In good conscience I cannot vote for a president whose policies have only strengthened powers that have a total disregard for human rights, subjugate women, and chisel away at our once formidable economic greatness. So often we are focused on what our government can do for us that we ignore the outside threats seeping across our own borders.

If we’re focused on how much the federal government can do for us (using our money, our kids’ money, and our grandchildren’s money) rather than on the bigger picture, it’s understandable how Obama could get reelected. If we expand our horizons and consider the threats to our lives, to our economy, and to our very way of life, then how could we put him back in office?

Right now we should be uniting, as Americans, against threats like North Korea and Iran. We should be fighting against going into debt any further with nations like China. We should be taking a stand for human rights and freedom and not tolerating abusive and hateful ideologies that hurt women and minorities. We need to keep our eyes on the bigger picture– our country is at risk. If we continue on the path we’re on, we’re going straight into a pit where we’ll be bled dry to strengthen other entities and become a quavering shadow of our former selves.

This election, I’m voting for Romney because I love my country and I want to protect my fellow Americans whether I agree with them or not. Is he a savior? No. Is he faultless? No. Am I a starry-eyed fan? No. But he believes in taking a stand for us and in using that office to get us back on our feet as much as possible. So ultimately, when I boil this spiel down to its purest form, right now I’m voting for us. For America. Not for globally-minded people who, in theory, are all about human rights, women’s rights, freedom, and so on– their track record doesn’t reflect that.

I’ll have my issues with Romney. He’s somewhat of a big government guy himself. But to me he is by far the more genuine American, and by being that, is more sincere about preserving rights and freedoms not just here but everywhere. He could prove me wrong if he gets too mixed up with powerful international groups, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take. I’m so tired of the spins and smears and finger pointing from the other guy. We need an honest, competent, all-American leader driving this bus for the next four years or more, and our current leader has repeatedly proven he’s not that man. He’s not about compassion. He’s about control.

Overall, I hope that this November we vote as Americans first and foremost, remembering that if we are to survive the misogynistic, totalitarian, and even downright insane powers in the international realm that want to tear us to shreds, we have to take a stand not just for ourselves as individuals, but for our country.


Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood — the virtues that made America. -Teddy Roosevelt


As I write this, I’m thinking of former SEALS Ty Woods and Glen Doherty, who, despite being denied military support by the Obama administration, fought ferociously to save many lives at the American embassy in Benghazi before being murdered by terrorists. Woods left a wife and three sons including a newborn.

You can donate to their family at His biography and grave marker are at

Ty Woods’ father is speaking out openly about his son’s death and how the Obama adminstration responded to it:


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