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My Dream Speech for Mitt Romney
Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2012 | Dennis Prager

Posted on 08/28/2012 6:57:45 AM PDT by Kaslin

My fellow Americans, my fellow Republicans: The 2012 election is not an election between two men but between two entirely different visions of America. President Obama and I are simply the standard bearers of opposing, and may I add, irreconcilable visions of what America is and should be.

The Republican Party and I represent American values as they have been understood since the founding of our country. The Democratic Party and President Obama represent different values. This does not make any Democrat, let alone President Obama, less American or less patriotic than anyone of us here. But millions of Americans who love our country hold values that emanate from elsewhere.

How could it be otherwise?

Given the influence of academia, Hollywood, and the news media, of course many Americans have embraced more of the French Revolution's values than those of the American Revolution.

And, to make things worse, too many Americans of the last few generations never learned what American values are. Schools stopped teaching them. And parents often did as well.

Let me be specific:

American values are not a matter of any individual's, or newspaper's, or professor's opinion. We can surely have different opinions about how to realize those values or how to apply them in any given situation. But American values exist beyond personal opinion. They have been enshrined for nearly all of American history on our coinage and our bills, not to mention in our hearts and in our minds, and emblazoned on the walls of Congress.

They are: Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum (From Many, One)

The Democratic Party seeks to replace liberty with equality. Not equality before the law -- that we all believe in. Not the equality of human worth -- all Americans believe that all men are created equal. But the Democratic Party and this president believe in material and social equality -- and for them this equality is a greater value than liberty. That is why they seek to control more and more of Americans' lives -- in other words, take away more and more of our liberty -- for the sake of some Utopian ideal of equality.

The basic liberty to keep the money you have earned is the most obvious example. For most of American history, when some our fellow Americans honorably earned more than others, they were not resented, they were emulated. But in the eyes of today's Democratic Party and in the eyes of our president, such Americans are to be resented -- and as much of their money as possible must be taken from them -- in the name of equality (sometimes referred to as "fairness").

Our opponents do not value prosperity as much as they value equality.

And instead of a society rooted in God-based values, the Democratic Party seeks a society as devoid of reference to God as possible. God can barely be mentioned in our nation's classrooms. I do not think it is a coincidence that in a little more than one generation, we have gone from students saying a blessing for their teachers to too many students abusing, sometimes even cursing, their teachers.

In the moral confusion that inevitably flows from devaluing God, many Americans have replaced the sanctity of the unborn human with the sanctity of rodents and fish.

And this president and his party have also rejected the third great American value, E Pluribus Unum, which has created the uniquely successful American experiment in rendering blood, race, ethnicity and national origins insignificant -- by replacing all of them with one unifying American identity. They seek to replace "From many, one" with so-called multi-culturalism, with a cult of "diversity" and with the hyphenation of all Americans.

That is why, my fellow Americans, the upcoming election is not merely an election. It is a referendum on whether America retains its unique value system or not.

Big and bigger government is not an American value -- because the bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

Handing our children and grandchildren unprecedented debt is not an American value -- because selfishness and irresponsibility are not American values.

Dividing Americans by race and class is not an American value -- because race and class are not American values.

And a weakened America is not an American value either. Indeed, given the unique role America's military strength has played in spreading liberty, a weakened America is not a moral value either. No peace movement on earth and no peace studies program in the world has done for peace what the American military has done for peace.

A vote for Paul Ryan and me is a vote to return America to its values, the values that are the reason this country became the greatest nation on Earth. Unlike our opponents, we are proud to say -- here and abroad -- that America is exceptional.

My fellow Americans, few elections in our history have offered Americans such a clear choice.

And the clearer Americans are about these differences, the larger will be our margin of victory.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: americanvalues; campaign2012; competingvisions; equality; god; mittromney; speech

1 posted on 08/28/2012 6:57:48 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I’ll believe that the GOP gets it when they have the likes of Ann Barnhardt speaking at the convention.


2 posted on 08/28/2012 7:02:25 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: Kaslin

The only correction I would make is that it is not the ‘Democratic’ party, merely the ‘Democrat’ party.

There is NOTHING democratic about that mass of people. It is their way or the highway and either way, you are a racist and woman hater to boot.


3 posted on 08/28/2012 7:02:39 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Kaslin

My dream speech for Romney would be:

“Ladies and gentlemen, in the interest of the Party and our country, I’ve have reluctantly decided to withdraw from the race and throw my support to a more conservative candidate.”


4 posted on 08/28/2012 7:04:45 AM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Mitt Romney is a handbasket driver. I refuse to ride.)
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To: Kaslin
This does not make any Democrat, let alone President Obama, less American or less patriotic than anyone of us here.

I stopped reading right here.

I remember Harry Reid saying "This war is lost".

I remember the democrat party doing everything it could to lose the war in Iraq.

I remember the democrat party purposely forgetting that 9-11 ever happened.

I remember the democrat party stenographers at the NY Times printing military secrets that put our soldiers in danger.

NOTHING about socialized medicine is American.

I can think of NOTHING about the democrat party that resembles anything close to being patriotic and American.

5 posted on 08/28/2012 7:15:03 AM PDT by red-dawg (If muslims are exempt from Obamacare, then my name is Mohammed Suks.)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands
“Ladies and gentlemen, in the interest of the Party and our country, I’ve have reluctantly decided to withdraw from the race and throw my support to a more conservative candidate.”
Yes!! That would be a dream come true. Prayers continue..
6 posted on 08/28/2012 7:16:36 AM PDT by mlizzy (And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell others not to kill? --MT)
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To: Kaslin

The best thing he could do will never happen. “My fellow Americans, I know I have not been the most conservative of politicians in the past, despite my earlier protestations otherwise. I promise, with the help of God, Paul Ryan, and the TEA Party, to change that. In that vein, Obamacare and its predecessor, Romneycare are wrong and I vow to work to see them eliminated.” I believe he could head for landslide numbers with that sort of apology.


7 posted on 08/28/2012 7:20:24 AM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: Kaslin

My fellow Americans, my fellow Republicans: The 2012 election is an election where decades of grooming will be vindicated. Although President Obama and I have similar visions, I have R after my name, which should be enough to convince you to campaign and vote for me.

The Republican Party and I represent the establishment opportunism where we are many things to many people. We do not have a core set of principles, rather skill to pander to broad voting segments. The Democratic Party and President Obama represent similar values, but in a more grand scale. However, we will get there. With your help and money, we will pander to all positions. We will be everything to everybody.


8 posted on 08/28/2012 7:41:22 AM PDT by sagar
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To: Kaslin; All
Thanks, Kaslin. As usual, Prager's "dream speech" ideas present a well-thought-out set of competing "visions."

As I posted yesterday, the contrast must be presented more starkly, for the immediate and long-term consequences are enormous, and time is short for a course correction.

We have the same choice which faced the colonists in 1776:

Liberty for ourselves and future generations


Or,

Slavery to coercive government power

This is the choice.

So-called "progressives" may frame the debate differently, they may use clever semantics to disguise and cloak the kind of "change" they advocate, and some may even fool themselves into believing that what they advocate is right.

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." - C. S. Lewis

In the end, however, their philosophy relies on coercive power by some imperfect human beings over other likewise imperfect beings.

The ideas of 1776 and 1787 were based on another powerful idea.

“The same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe, the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”- (John F. Kennedy - 1961 Inaugural)

"Ideas have consequences." - Weaver

One idea led to freedom, opportunity, productivity and plenty for more people than ever had been experienced in the history of civilization. That idea relied upon a Creator-people-government arrangement.

The "other" idea has failed in every society in which it has been implemented, because it relies on a government-over-people arrangement, with little or no regard or acknowledgement of the "Creator/Divine Providence/Supreme Judge of the World" affirmed in our Declaration of Independence from excessive government power.

"Tyranny is a poor provider. It knows neither how to accumulate, nor how to extract." -Edmund Burke

9 posted on 08/28/2012 7:54:35 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

I like that, but I would also like to hear him say, “so ladies and gentlemen, here is what you have all been waiting for. Paul Ryan’s abs!”


10 posted on 08/28/2012 8:07:09 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: Kaslin

Might as well throw in a line about Romney’s famous ability to “reach across the aisle”. Last night Rob Portman was rhapsodizing about it to Hannity, claiming it’s a reason to vote for him.


11 posted on 08/28/2012 8:13:09 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Let’s face it, I am not exactly fired up about Romney either but even a used car salesman would be better than what we have right now.


12 posted on 08/28/2012 8:17:11 AM PDT by saintgermaine
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To: CatherineofAragon

You know that is not always bad and doesn’t have to be


13 posted on 08/28/2012 8:30:38 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: loveliberty2

Thank you for another great reply


16 posted on 08/28/2012 8:38:23 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

I’m sorry, but I just have no patience with this POV right now. The country is in its death throes because of leftwing insanity, and we have a candidate who’s being touted because of his tendencies to reach out and embrace the very ones who are killing it? No. Just no. I don’t want to hear it. The only thing that can right this ship is true conservatism. And we all know it.


17 posted on 08/28/2012 8:44:56 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: red-dawg

If you read the rest of the speech you would see why he used that line. It’s a throw away line(with a wink attached) and then he basically goes about saying why they are not truly patriotic and truly American.

The rest of the speech is worth your time!

Mel


18 posted on 08/28/2012 8:50:57 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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To: Ingtar
The best thing he could do will never happen. “My fellow Americans, I know I have not been the most conservative of politicians in the past, despite my earlier protestations otherwise. I promise, with the help of God, Paul Ryan, and the TEA Party, to change that. In that vein, Obamacare and its predecessor, Romneycare are wrong and I vow to work to see them eliminated.” I believe he could head for landslide numbers with that sort of apology.

Why would anyone believe the Joe Isuzu of politics? Most people are smart enough to know that Mitt Romney will say whatever he thinks the audience wants to hear and will change his mind once the position becomes inconvenient. This guy can give John Kerry lessons in flip-flopping.

19 posted on 08/28/2012 8:56:55 AM PDT by CommerceComet (Obama vs. Romney - clear evidence that our nation has been judged by God and found wanting.)
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To: Kaslin
Thanks for your reply.

We must decide whether we want to be part of the problem, or do we want to be part of the solution?

The future of freedom is at stake, and one thing is certain, taking the "Road to Serfdom" which is clearly laid out and built into the policies of the current Administration is not the way to preserve it.

The Primary process is over. The alternate candidate to the "progressive redistributor" is all but named, and the time is now for becoming part of the solution, then making certain that the candidate is held accountable for results!!or we can be part of a whining, complaining group who prolong and exacerbate the problem.

That is the reason for my original post here and on other threads. The question might be: what would the colonists of 1776 do?? Surely, all of them were not Adams/Jefferson fans!! But, they signed on for defeating King George's impositions on their liberty, and they didn't have a Constitution and already-established system for doing it.

We are fortunate today! We can take on the hard task of educating our youth and friends and neighbors on the difference between our founding principles and the ideology of "redistribution," "regulation," and "dependency" being advocated and imposed by our current Executive, who seems to believe his power exceeds that of "the People's (our)" Constitution.

The choice is clear, the time is now, and the future will depend on our response to the only choice we have.

20 posted on 08/28/2012 8:57:45 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: melsec
I chose not to continue reading this hypothetical speech because the line I quoted stated the opposite in the rest of it. It is disingenuous and lacks credibility.
It is an attempt at pandering to the left in hopes they will continue listening to our ideas which they want no part of.
We are NOT in a fight for our "values", we are in a knock-down drag out street fight with an enemy that will do ANYTHING to remain in power to accomplish their goal of creating the Communist Utopia they have long sought.

Being nice to these anti-American Marxists will not do anything to save this country.

We must deliver a humiliating defeat to them.

21 posted on 08/28/2012 10:08:34 AM PDT by red-dawg (If muslims are exempt from Obamacare, then my name is Mohammed Suks.)
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To: Carry_Okie
I’ll believe that the GOP gets it when they have the likes of Ann Barnhardt speaking at the convention.

I'll believe that the GOP gets it when they nominate somebody other than a RINO like Bush, McCain, and now Romney. And until that day happens, the Ann Barnhardts of the world will be ignored by them.
22 posted on 08/28/2012 3:18:08 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: red-dawg

“We must deliver a humiliating defeat to them.”

No disagreement there. Sadly though I don’t think a win is possible without attracting the soft, squishy, middle of the road voters. I think the speech tipped the hat to them.

Mel


23 posted on 08/28/2012 8:18:27 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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