Opinion

Correctly Framing the 2012 Elections

by Christopher G. Adamo –

As the nation lurches into the 2012 election season, the propagandists of the liberal media have gone into high gear. Their singular job is to prevent the American people from correctly assessing the precarious condition of their country, what needs to be done about it and, most dangerously of all, who among the major Republican contenders could best assume the helm of the nation’s government in order to implement a proper course of action.

To date, the Republican presidential “debates” have done little more than denigrate the entire field of candidates. All too often, the only “debating” occurs between the targeted candidate of the week and a contentious, unabashedly biased, liberal “moderator.” Thus they have proven little better than a sorry mix of survivor styled “reality TV” and cheesy beauty pageants. Rarely have the candidates been allowed to openly hash out their stands on the issues of the day. Nor have they been allowed to sufficiently expound on the starkness of their political differences with Barack Obama.

In an objective and fact-based discussion of such topic matter, the dire condition of this country would take center stage, with the primary purpose being to determine the root cause for its disastrous downturn. The damage done since the advent of the Pelosi-Reid Congress and eventually abetted by the Obama White House, by which a formerly robust and secure America has been transformed into an economic basket case, increasingly subservient and vulnerable to frequently hostile foreign powers, simply does not play well on “Main Street.” Once the common citizen fully comprehends the straits into which the nation has been maneuvered, and who is ultimately responsible for the problems, every practitioner of “politics as usual” can expect to be shortly shown the door.

Barack Obama is once again demanding more than a trillion dollar increase in the nation’s “debt ceiling” which, if it can be arbitrarily raised, actually represents no ceiling at all. And once again, the enormity of that sum needs to be pondered in its ugly reality, lest the nation eventually grow completely indifferent to the catastrophe that such reckless expenditures represent. From its founding, the United States of America did not accrue its first trillion dollars of debt until 1982. Yet Obama, with no honest plan to address this hemorrhaging of the American people’s former industry and prosperity, will eagerly squander such a sum between now and the November elections, and then demand even more.

Perhaps more distressing is that, in the wake of Obama’s hideous expansion of the nanny state, the tendency of the “ruling class,” irrespective of political affiliation, is to preserve and maintain the new order. Far too many “Republicans” have willingly accepted the current status of the nation as being ripe for such a transition from freedom and self-reliance to state control and its inevitable finale of subservience and meager sustenance. Power, once wrested from the people, is not readily or willingly conceded back to them by any who find themselves at its epicenter.

Only by recognizing this truth can the abysmal behavior of the “Republican” Congress be understood. Since being handed a decisive majority status in the landslide 2010 elections, which were an adamant repudiation of the leftward shift of ’06 and ’08, it has become painfully clear that the ultimate goal of “Republican” House Speaker John Boehner and his inner circle is to avoid any appearance of aggressive opposition to the ravages of liberalism and socialism.

Somehow, despite former promises of fiscal responsibility and assertions of how toxic the current spending practices are, they continue unabated. These Beltway insiders have been duped into believing that Real America is either wholly ignorant of the degree to which the fundamental nature of this nation is being altered, or that they actually suppose it to be a good thing. It only seems to require a few “polls,” ostensibly reflecting a sudden new fondness for the nanny state, to convince the political class, that this is indeed the case.

In short, among those currently holding the reins of power on Capitol Hill, “draconian spending cuts” signifies their intention to delicately adjust the manner in which business as usual is painstakingly perpetuated. Neither the villainous Democrat controlled Senate nor the compliant Republican dominated House of Representatives have exhibited the will to actually implement the degree of change needed to prevent an eventual economic meltdown. That prospect is of minor importance, and can somehow wait for another day.

Consequently, as electoral contests heat up, “We the People” are once again required to rally behind candidates who can strengthen the standing of real conservatism and accountability within such thoroughly corrupted institutions. The only alternative is to accept the notion that Washington is beyond repair. However, such a concession affirms the inevitability of eventual national collapse on a catastrophic scale.

Clearly, those liberal statists in every branch of government who deliberately carried out the perversion of constitutional government should be identified, and their removal from office elevated to the highest priority. But close behind them must be the spineless pragmatists who were willing to allow the travesty to carry on. Those who have accepted the degeneration of the American ideal are every bit as guilty as anyone who actively pursued its dissolution.

Whether among the individual congressional districts, statewide Senate races, or the race for the White House, any inclination by an aspiring candidate to keep the nation on its present, disastrous course represents an immediately disqualifying condition. Such a crisis as presently threatens America cannot be allowed to continue unabated, regardless of the eloquent excuses and justifications offered for it. But the nation will fare no better if it is merely put into a holding pattern by a spineless “moderate,” drifting placidly until the next devout liberal takes the helm and resumes the demolition.

Christopher G. Adamo is a resident of southeastern Wyoming. He has been involved in politics at the local and state level for many years. His archives and contact information can be found at www.chrisadamo.com

The views of this writer do not necessarily reflect those of AMAC, Inc.

 

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8 years ago

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Wanda
9 years ago

While the press is counting the votes for Romney and declaring him the winner.
I am counting the votes for Gingrich, Santorum and Paul. And when you total those votes the facts show that there are far more people voting against Romney than voting for him.

Shelton McBride
9 years ago

My evaluation of the candidates in a nutshell is as follows. Ron Paul apparently supports isolationism for foreign policy. We should have learned that lesson in WWII. Can’t go there. Mitt Romney installed government run healthcare in Massachusetts. Now, he says he will repeal Obamacare if he is elected. I have a hard time believing we can count on him to reduce government involvement in healthcare. It just seems he is talking out of both sides of his mouth. Newt Gingrich is a smart man. He has to fight himself to stay out of trouble. Given the power and the authority, he would likely be out of control. Why was he removed as Speaker? Could we expect him to stay under control if he were President? He certainly has a lot of baggage. Maybe he has learned his lessons, but how many of his political advisors have left him since he started this race? Just seems staying under control would be a huge challenge for him. Not sure he could stay in line. Santorum has fought the odds from the beginning. While other candidates have said “stupid stuff” from time to time, RS has stayed under control, understands foreign policy, has shown consistent family values, and has been consistent through the debates and primaries. RS is a conservative with consistent ideas. He comes closer to understanding the common man and woman needs, better undertanding both Democrats and Republicans, and has consistently shown mature thinking and self control in the race thus far. I am planning to vote for Santorum. He has stood up to the test of the Republican establishment. He has beaten democrats in elections before. He has served in Congress and in the Senate. He has been counted out before. He is still standing and he has shown the ability to make good sound decisions. When in Florida, his child was sick, he went home to attend the child. He has tirelessly debated and stumped one state after another. This is closest to what I am looking for as best candidate available.

Patriot
9 years ago

Two things to realize about a Romney as the Republican nominee:
1) Obama would love to run against the guy that was beaten by the guy he beat !
2) the god of Mormonism is NOT the God of the Bible, nor are their belief consistent in any way with the beliefs of Christianity/Judaism.
Consider well then who you are choosing.

I prefer Gingrich obviously because of his vast experience which we desperately need at this time We don’t have time for more OJT as we stare down the barrel of a nuclear Iran, massive debt, unemployment, housing forclosure disaster, social security uncertainity & Congressional stalemate.

We need a statesman and he is one. Newt has done already what needs doing now! He isn’t talking about what he will do hypothetically as the others are – especially Romney since he did the opposite from what he now says he will do in Massachusetts as governor.

Was he universally liked? Not by those whose toes he stepped on in leading America back from the brink.

Isn’t that what we need now? What we’re screaming for – Tea Party & all? Someone who will step on toes, stand up & say “No!” & have the courage to face down those who are wrecking our country? Someone who can do it, has done it & will do it again? Of course it is. It’s a no brainer really. Think about it.

Janet Valdez
9 years ago
Reply to  Patriot

This is not about Romney’s religion, It is about his truthfulness and his effort to buy the nomination by dishonest ads, and as you say not trusting his record. In my opinion anyway. We are a country of freedom of religion. But you are so right about Gingrich and his vast experience, which we do indeed “desperately need him at this time”. Your point about OJT is one that is SO VERY IMPORTANT! So many folks from so many directions are working very hard to keep Newt down. It is indeed a no brainer! Washington, the media, and many others fear his courage, so they promote Romney as “The most electable” Romney has been steady in the polls only because the conservative vote has been divided three ways. I think the fact that Romney and Santorum will not debate Newt says a lot.

Jane Price
9 years ago

Based on the combative and somewhat futile exchanges that continued between the elder candidates on stage tonight in Florida, it was interesting to see the younger and wiser Santorum call them down. Focus on the critical issues of this campaign, please. We need to turn this country around ASAP! Rick Santorum has both the ability and the integrity to do the job and would be a formidable opponent should he be the nominee.

Egandy
9 years ago

Neither Newt or Mitt deserve the presidency. Its absurd to think either of these men won’t fall back into their past actions. The true conservative is Santorum. he has both experience and personality to meet the needs of the nation. people overlook him because the media is picking FOR us. why do we let them?

J. Gaffrey
9 years ago

Seems to me that most of the problems that we are experiencing today come about as a result of the unwillingness to
follow the mandates of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The government has caused the problems, whether
Democrat or Republican. In fact, the political parties have violated the “will of the people” by demanding that their
party legislative members follow the party lines instead of the people who put them into office. The only way that
this country can retain its integrity is through freedom from government interventions. I see that some members question
Ron Paul’s foreign policy. My question to you, is does it violate the constitution? I feel that any person who allows their
elected representative to do an end run around the Constitution, does not deserve the protection that the Constitution
offers. Another detriment to our country’s freedom is the relationship between the US and Israel. Israel’s illegal
building of settlements on Palestine land has caused deaths of our military members in middle east countries. We have
no formal mutual defense treaty with Israel. We keep sending money to them and at the same time our people are
starving and without places to live. They believe that the whole world owes them something as a result of the
Holocaust. They are not our friends….the USS Liberty incident is a prime example of their contempt for our country, buy
the hard core Zionists who run their government. Most of our legislative members praise the Israel and pledge
allegiance to their cause. They do it for the money, the donations from Jewish people, so they can stay in office.
That is their only interest. Why cannot they run for re-election on the basis of their record in office. Money in politics
is the ruin of our election process.
Getting back to the Constitution. As a retired servicing officer in the US Navy, I took an oath of office to protect and
uphold the Constitution against all enemies, domestic and foreign. I believe that our senior military officers have
let their country down by violating that oath and allowing the government to send our men into illegal wars in the
Middle East.
Ron Paul may not be the perfect candidate but he is the only one that understands the importance of freedom from
government policies. Voting for any other candidate will bring about a further decline of our freedoms.

T Sumpter
9 years ago

The next President of the United States needs to be a fiscal responsible individual. Newt is the only one with true experience. Santorum is a true conservative but lacks the maturity we need at this time to RIGHT AMERICA. The class warfare that this President has continuously supported has to stop. I want the American dream back where we can be all that we can be and where success lies in family, education, and self-responsibility.

Neal
9 years ago
Reply to  T Sumpter

Romney is the only decent person running, but the bigots will keep him from winning because he is a Mormon. The rest of the republican candidates are clowns. Mainstream media is cackling at us again and manipulating us. We’ve got to wake up or get ready for socialism.

Janet Valdez
9 years ago
Reply to  Neal

Refering to Newt and Santorum as a clowns is the REAL joke. What I have heard from Mit is all “sell Mitt Romney”, and I HAVE read his book. It is not about his faith as a Mormon that is just an excuse. What I hear from Newt is, “Let’s all work together to save America.” Newt does have the experience needed to do the job and has articulated an amazing plan to get it done–in detail. The reason there was a coup to get him out of the House years ago was because he truly worked to chage Washington and the Dem’s did not like that, for that matter both sides of the isle did not like that. Has he made mistakes in his personal life, yes– and I say, let those without sin cast the first stone. He has made changes in his lifestyle and asks for God’s forgiveness. Even in the last two debates when Mitt blasted him and two things were pointed out that were not favorable toward him by both Mitt and Ron Paul, did he just lie and deny everything like Mitt? No, he was humbled, and shook his head saying yes that was indeed true. HE TOLD THE TRUTH! 9eventhough the statements were taken out of context. Yet the fact checkers had to call Mitt out on the spot for not being honest about ads he was running ect. In addition, I find it so unbelieveable that Santorum could say in one of the first debates that he was inspired by Newt back in the day when he worked with him, and Now he has just thrown him under the bus. I look at people’s ability to tell the truth as one of the most important things about their ability to lead. All of these candidates have their gifts and talents, I simply feel that thus far Newt has been hit by Mitt’s big money and the media’s spin, not to mention everyone in Washing who do not want him to shake things up. Read some of his books, you will not find a clown, you will find a patriot who loves this Country, and has spent most of his life fighting for freedom, small govenment, and conservative values. With the mess we have in the middle east, the need to reform social security, the failing economy, and the division created in our Country by Oboma–we are going to have to really look at the big picture and elect a president who can act swiftly, decisively, and with wisdom–for me I see that man as Newt Gingrich

Rita McGill
9 years ago

Ron Paul has a lot of good ideas, till it comes to his foreign policies and our military. He scares me to death on these points. What everybody needs to remember is that is was the democratic party that put us in debt. NOT BUSH.
When the democrats took control of the House and Senate Jan. 3, 2007, Dow was $12,621.77, GDP 3.5%, unemployent rate at 4.6% Barney Frank took over the House Financial Ser. Comm. and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Comm. Thank you democrats for taking us down this road of ruin and what I consider shame. Bush may have been the President at the time, but he is not the one that caused our problems. The democrats and Obama have caused all of this mess.
Yes, we need to get rid of EPA, Education and several other agencies to get our economy and jobs back to the US. We need to have common sense politicians running this country, not bleeding hearts that ram legislation down out throats without having read the bills. A President that is willing to give us jobs, not turn down a pipeline deal with Canada that would have given us thousands of jobs and cheaper gas. The problem we face today exist because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.

Juan Reynoso
9 years ago
Reply to  Rita McGill

Rita, corruption is rampant in our country, Democrats, Republicans and the Mainstream News Media are control by the US multinational corporations and the US Corporations are owned by the Ruling Class. The truth is that the Ruling Class own most of the Washington politicians and they are the ones that control this United States.
Since Reagan our country was engage in the overthrowing of foreign governments for the only purpose of controlling their natural resources and taken advantage of their human capital. Our country fabricated motives to declare those countries, Communist, socialist Dictators, oppressors and killers of their people and a threat to Democracy and our National Security and our American interest lies that was propagandized by the Corrupt Mainstream News Media and brainwash Americans and made them to support their criminal military intervention, that resulted in the killing of millions including thousands of American soldiers, not to mention the thousands that come back and suffer the consequences of their greed for money and power.
The wars are to protect the interest of the US multinational corporations and steal trillions from the US Treasure by establishing corporations to support the war. If we really care about our country we must research and seek the for the truth and make the corrupt traitors accountable for their actions. The biggest criminals of the 21 first century are George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Please see this Documentary movie and learn the truth of the Iraq war. ( Iraq For Sale- The War Profitters ).
Do your duty seek for the truth and let the people know- We must learn the truth and have the courage to expose the traitors. Our loyalty is to our country The USA, not to any political party or any organization.

Jane Price
9 years ago

The media spin combined with the GOB (Good Ol’ Boy) network in SC has demonstrated yet again why our electoral process is so flawed. As you know, South Carolina, like New Hampshire, has an open primary meaning that Democrats and independents can cross over and vote, thus skewing the results. And in the national election, add the embedded voter fraud and the abysmal state of public education (not a slam against teachers, but cirriculum!), and we’ve got a colossal mess! The hour is very late indeed for Christian patriots to stand on conviction and demonstrate more than lip service to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Rick Santorum spoke clearly and concisely at several town hall meetings this last week on the how and why of Constitutional conservatism as contrasted with libertarianism. Given the results of the primary, I’m chagrined that SC evangelicals didn’t “man up” here when they had the chance, and hoping Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc. will be wise. For God and country, we must have a thoughtful and informed electorate who are happy to “stand in the gap.” Be strong and courageous, voters, and by all means, PRAY & VOTE! My children and grandchildren are counting on us to lead the way!

Rickoshay Souce
9 years ago

Most all of the preceding comments contain valid points. I see the main point of the candidates as being gutsy, experienced, listened to and aggressive enough to stand up in a “heated” debate, winning at all costs. The object is to “beat” Obama. Though he makes sense most of the time, Ron Paul is not that man. I doubt that “Mitt” can stand up to a lying, cheating, say anything to win type of guy as Obama is and will expound to the public. He has no conscience and ignores right from wrong. We need a strong, experienced debater to take on this task, with no chance of losing. At this time, that leaves one man, obvious to the job at hand. Whether we like his history or not (and who is without sin?) we can deal with him later. Above all, he is an American and for America I have no doubt. And, of course, that includes all of the American people. Let us keep the priority of toppling the present false president in mind as we select our next President and go to the polls.
The Polls are fraught with injustice as those without identification affirming their legality to vote are in full force. It will take every one eligible to vote and personally wali into the voting booth and avoid mail in voting (that is also full of error and turn of the head blindness for accuracy – as it was in 2008 when Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and other fictional characters voted and made donations for Obama).
The FBI was suppose to investigate and report these questionable acts. Never happened. All swept under the rug. Encourage all eligible people you know to actually cast their votes on voting day. That is the only way we are going to stand a chance to do the right thing and overcome the illegal works that are going on to which blind eyes rule. Let us behave rightly and honor our sacred duty intelligently.
Thanks for this opportunity to get these important things off my chest.
God bless America! We have the Sacred Torch of Freedom handed on to us. Let us carry it and execute it proudly.

Mary Washer
9 years ago

Do you really want to support a cheater who totally lacks character to be our president and a woman who was in a six year affair (to quote one of my soaps “a slutty Miss Slut Slut”) with him as our first lady?

Janet Valdez
9 years ago

WELL SAID!

Janet Valdez
9 years ago
Reply to  Janet Valdez

This comment of “Well Said” WAS MENT TO RESPOND TO RICKOSHAY SOURCE, NOT TO to Mary Washer Says…It seem that I clicked on the wrong reply arrow–sorry! To Mary Washer says; my reply would be Life is not a soap and and some people are so heavenly bound–in passing judgement on others that they have no eyes to see or ears to hear…so sad.

Thomas Avery Blair
9 years ago

I’m praying that Dr. Ron Paul will become President-elect this coming November 2012. I might not see Dr. Paul as the perfect candidate, but I don’t see any of the remaining candidates besides Dr. Ron Paul that can accomplish what needs to done and who will at least try to do it almost immediately. I don’t believe the US taxpayers deserve another “lost decade” and I like Dr. Ron Paul’s “angry old man” attitude. I am an old man, I am angry at the federal congress, Wall Street, The Federal Reserve and the “banksters” and I will not vote for anyone except Dr. Ron Paul if his heart is still beating come election day. I detest “RINOs” and cannot abide Liberal Democrat anymore than I could a convicted child molester or murderer having any authority over my income and accumulated wealth plans.

If the Republican Party can’t or won’t meet the needs of this nation, then perhaps they are indeed so obsolete and incompetent that it is time they be replaced fully by the Tea Party.

America for Americans, American jobs for Americans, American defense for Americans and no foreign aid to anyone while we as a nation suffer the consequences of a $1-plus trillion national debt.

At least food for thought, and perhaps even action, is it not?

Thomas Avery Blair
9 years ago

It occurs to me that every viable candidate should have a “spread sheet” comparison sheet that a potential voter could read and ask legitimate questions about.

Questions like: “Do you feel the U.S. Constitution is too flawed to be viable in the 21st century?”

Questions like: “If you feel the U.S. Constitution is not sufficiently “modern enough” which if any of the following changes could or would you support?”

A Balanced Budget amendment;
A Right to Life amendment;
A Freedom of Choice Amendment permitting federal clarification on Abortion Rights of the Mother and of the Fetus?;
A Blue Sky Amendment that would require expiration and renewal dates of federal charter for each and every federal department funded in any manner by or through the federal budget?
A Right to Work Amendment requiring non-union bids on federal projects or that all work funded and performed on federal projects be accomplished only through union contracts, with a penalty on all understatements or delay of accomplishment of the approved tasks ?;
An Amendment of Restatement (or Reinstatement) of States’ Rights about “opt out or opt into” federally-mandated but not federally financed programs and projects,
An Amendment for Term Limits of House of Representatives and Members of the Senate limit to 3 terms;
An Amendment for Equal Coverage and Obligation whereby all federal employees, appointees and elected officials obey and submit 100% to all the same laws and regulations as those required of taxpaying Americans, and others?

At least food for thought, is it not?

Mary
9 years ago

You sound very intelligent; You should have run for president!

Evald Peterson
9 years ago

I think I will vote for Gingrich as he has plans to get us out of this horable mess where Romney sounds like a poloitation with just sound bites.

Robert
9 years ago

Obama has not done anything to help this country, all he does is spend money, He should be told to resign.

Jim
9 years ago

I like Newt’s backbone. He really showed it in Charleston, SC Thursday night, 1/19, when he took the moderator to the wood shed. I don’t know if he has a chance to get the GOP nomination, but should he the presidential race if nothing else wouldl be interesting.

Mary
9 years ago
Reply to  Jim

Newt called King’s question “despicable”; I think cheating on one’s spouse for six years is despicable.

Janet Valdez
9 years ago
Reply to  Mary

I like Newt’s backbone too. But evenmore, I like his wisdom and his ability to quickly size up a situation and respond with a plan of action. I do not judge his personal life we all make mistakes and none of us were there to know the true facts in the personal life of others.

Carl
9 years ago

Ron Paul is the only candidate that stands out among the Republicans. He is a realist about our economy and understands that big government is our main problem . We must eliminate the wasteful, useless portions of our government that suck the tax payers dry without any return. The EPA, for example, has killed more jobs in this country than any other government agency. Eliminate the Federal Reserve, which manipulates and continually devalues our currency. Ron Paul does not waver on issues; he means what he says, and what he says make sense. His main concern is our constitutional freedoms, which have been severely eroded over the years. Without our freedom, nothing else matters! Our men in the Military are some of his biggest supporters. That is because he wants to cut the waste out of “defense spending” such as billion dollar foreign embassies, and use it to shore up our military itself. Makes sense. Vote for Ron Paul!!!

Robert Widor
9 years ago
Reply to  Carl

To call Ron Paul or Mitt Romney republicans is offensive to me. Paul is a civil libertarian Masquerading as a republican.. Much like Bloomburgh when he ran for Mayor of NYC his first term. And Romney’s liberal thinking is more than apparent. Neither of these men should even be considered for a republican nomination.

James
9 years ago

I have watched all the debates and have decided that any of the GOP candidates will do. Keep in mind “ANYBODY but obama”. AND vote in Nov.; a non-vote is a vote for obama.

KFSorensen
9 years ago
Reply to  James

Great comments, both James and Joseph… GO Guys……

Ronald L. Lingle
9 years ago

I believe Mitt Romney is the best qualified to be President. He was a Governor. He started Bain Capital and made it a great success. He was President of the Olympics and turned that organization around from a mess. He has a great family. He is a great family man and a religious man. He is a leader. I just hope he is a Conservative.

KFSorensen
9 years ago

He is very Concervative when it comes to Finance and Economy and for those who do not produce what is needed, He gets rid of them…
While Govenor of Massachueset, He VETOED more bad ledgislation than any sitting President and/or State Governor in History… Including ELEVEN parts of the health care, 9 of which were over ridden by both of the ledgislative branches…

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