The mantle of … leadership for promoting the principles of peace has fallen to America. We didn’t ask for it, but it’s an honor that we have it. But for us to be able to promote those principles of peace requires us to be strong, and that begins with a strong economy here at home, and unfortunately, the economy is not stronger. … We have to stand by our principles. And if we’re strong in each of those things, American influence will grow. But unfortunately, in nowhere in the world is America’s influence greater today than it was four years ago.
From the very beginning, the president, in his campaign some four years ago, said he’d meet with all the world’s worst actors in his first year. … And then the president began what I’ve called an apology tour of going to — to various nations in the Middle East and — and criticizing America. I think they looked at that and saw weakness. … Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators.
This nation is the hope of the earth. We’ve been blessed by having a nation that’s free and prosperous thanks to the contributions of the Greatest Generation. They’ve held a torch for the world to see, the torch of freedom and hope and opportunity. Now it’s our turn to take that torch. I’m convinced we’ll do it.
Speaking as the son of a Marine Corps officer and the brother of a Navy officer, I think Obama’s ‘horses and bayonets’ wisecrack wasn’t his biggest miscalculation. All that did was lose him the military vote in the Norfolk area and thus, most likely, the state of Virginia. Rather, it was the weird way he kept conflating the war-fighting purpose of the military with ‘taking care’ of the veterans after they come home. Military personnel deeply resent the implication, so earnestly peddled by the bed-wetting civilians at the New York Times, among others, that returning vets are just a PTSD psycho hair-trigger away from going postal. They’re soldiers, Mr. President, not crybabies.
DNC chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Shultz illustrates how out of touch the Democrats are when she said:
What I was surprised about … during the entire section of the debate on the Middle East, Mitt Romney didn’t bring up Israel once and I think it just shows he isn’t committed to Israel as he says he is and has really only used the issue as a political opportunity
First of all, the sequester is not something that I proposed. It’s something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen. … [Gov. Romney] mentioned … that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of ‘Battleship’ where we’re counting ships.
Nothing Governor Romney just said is true, starting with this notion of me apologizing. This has been probably the biggest whopper that’s been told during the course of this campaign, and every fact-checker and every reporter who’s looked at it, Governor, has said this is not true.
You know, over the last four years, we’ve made real progress digging our way out of policies that gave us two prolonged wars, record deficits and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. And Governor Romney wants to take us back to those policies.
- Repeal the 16th Amendment and pass the Fair Tax Act. Get rid of the inefficient IRS agency and transform it into a small department for auditing. It certainly requires its power to be cut off.
- Begin a program to reform or get rid of social programs and its agencies and offices.
- Examine legislation passed within at least the last ten years and delete or rewrite those hurriedly passed through Congress with no care of what it causes.
- Require that all legislation pass a constitutional panel and any bill presented must not have unrelated amendments/additions to it that has nothing to do with the purpose of the bill. The quantity of legislation passed is not the purpose or should be primary, but the quality of legislation and its short- and long-term impact.