Dateline: St. Anselm College, New Hampshire
GOP Presidential primary debate, Saturday January 7, 2012, hosted by ABC News/Yahoo/WMUR
We have problems in our federal government. Serious ones. We have a $15-trillion (and growing) debt, a President who is possibly subverting the US Constitution by making appointments without the advice and consent of the Congress, one Attorney General Eric Holder, supposedly the highest law enforcement official in the country, who is not being open and honest about his dangerous “fast & furious” scheme of selling guns to drug cartels, and on and on.
But what does Democrat George Stephanopoulos, formerly of President Bill Clinton’s inner circle at the White House, now of “ABC News” do? He wastes 15 minutes of prime time television persistently asking former Governor Mitt Romney whether states have a right to ban contraceptives.
Contraceptives, George? Really? Maybe being former President Bill Clinton’s political adviser had something to do with it. Who knows what could have happened if contraceptives were banned back in the day of Monica Lewinsky. The liberal press have their people to protect.
But none of the heavy matters we face in our country seemed to matter to Diane Sawyer, Stephanopolous or Josh McElween (whose name nearly escaped me. They actually allowed him to ask a question or two.) Instead, Stephanopoulos tried to step over the laughter from the audience and ask his question a different way—couched in the dressing of “the Supreme Court ruled” and “the right of privacy” or something.
Thanks to former Governor Mitt Romney, he handily showed Stephanopoulos how silly –and weird– his line of questioning was. Said Romney: “Contraception, it’s working just fine, just leave it alone.”
After Diane Sawyer invoked “living rooms” and asked inane questions about homosexuality (why they insist a future President of the United States get involved in this at this time is beyond me), Governor Romney proceeded to do what Gov. Palin was doing during her “One Nation” bus tour: restoring us to the foundation of what makes our country great.
“…The real issue is the vision for this country. And I — I think people have to recognize that what’s at stake in this election is jobs, yes; and balancing the budget, yes; and dealing with our — our extraordinary overhang from our — our entitlements. We have to make sure they’re preserved, our entitlements, that is, so we don’t kill the future of the country…But, really, this election is about the soul of America.
The question is, what is America going to be?
And we have in Washington today a president who has put America on a road to decline, militarily, internationally and, domestically, he’s making us into something we wouldn’t recognize. We’re increasingly becoming like Europe. Europe isn’t working in Europe. It will never work here.
The right course for America is to return to the principles that were written down in first words in the Declaration of Independence, we were endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, among them, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We have the right in this country to pursue happiness as we choose and as people pursue education and work hard and take risks and build enterprises of all kinds, they lift themselves and don’t make us poorer, they make us better off.
The question is, are we going to remain an exceptional nation, a unique nation in the history of the earth? That’s what’s at stake in this election.
We have a president that does not understand, in his heart, in his bones, the nature of American entrepreneurialism, innovation and work… But we must return America to the principles about — upon which it was founded if we’re ever going to have a strong balance sheet, a strong income statement, create jobs, but have a bright future for our kids.”
Spoken like someone who was watching that One Nation bus tour.
Now, about that crony capitalism….maybe Romney will hit on it in the next debate with NBC-Facebook in the morning.