If, to paraphrase Mark Twain, “the clothes make the man” then the speech defines the politician. It’s the memorable speech that irradiates the soul of the statesperson lighting the way for the electorate to view their heartfelt ideals. The rousing speech paves the path for the politician and the constituency to finally bond as one toward a common goal.
America to me is a family. America is a family comprised of friends, neighbors, loved ones, colleagues at work, school and places of worship. America is a family of all races and religions, origins and beliefs, ages, shapes and sizes. America’s family includes the wealthy and the not so wealthy, and the worker and the unemployed searching for an honest wage.America is a family of those who have met, those who have yet to meet and those who may never meet. America’s family is a multitude of many united with a common goal to preserve an ordered, just and free society that is endowed with our natural birthrights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness affirmed in our Declaration of Independence and governed by the authority granted by our Constitution. Because of these affirmations others throughout the world have chosen to come to America to make it their home and join it’s family, and America has always welcomed such participation in compliance with it’s laws.Every family aspires for stability, unity, mutual respect, acknowledgment, support, and affection among its members. America’s family is no different. To me America’s family reveres its founding documents as its core principles to light its path toward these noble aspirations for all Americans- not just for a class, or for a percent or for a faction of Americans. America’s family respects the rule of law and by doing so affords everyone the freedom and equal opportunity to reach the pinnacle of their chosen field; America’s family allows everyone to practice their chosen faith unencumbered by statist intervention or disrepute; America’s family respects the unfettered right of everyone to own and retain personal property without statist interference or admonition. Our founding documents ensure that America’s family is allowed to flourish in a society where everyone has the equal opportunity to compete in whatever arena they please within the margins of law, reap the fruits of public admiration or monetary gain, and to do so without the fear of governmental reprisal or a politician’s rebuke, yes, even one that is a sitting President.But the current presidential administration has undermined America’s founding principles and overreached its constitutional limits. President Obama’s class warfare divisiveness has pinned American against American and his policies have caused this family we call America to suffocate in a sea of discontent and disenchantment; President Obama’s policies of pervasive collectivism and massive governmental regulation are crushing America’s enterprising spirit; President Obama’s disdain for or ignorance of America’s free enterprise system, the economic engine of America, has inhibited innovation, stunts economic growth and catalyzes unemployment; President Obama’s reckless, irresponsible and unchecked spending sprees are a national security threat causing America for the first time to compromise it’s credit standing in the world; President Obama’s insatiable drive to dictate and mandate America’s health care system flagrantly disregards America’s constitutional principles by infringing on the sanctity of religious freedom by coercing the Catholic church to comply with his health care regulations and is an assault on personal liberties forcing Americans to purchase a product under threat of fine and imprisonment, all the while granting waivers for the same to his political allies. And President Obama’s apathetic attitude toward foreign policy has emboldened America’s enemies and thrust its allies into harms way.
America to me is a family that inspires individual success; not one that disparages it with President Obama’s class warfare rhetoric. America to me is a family that encourages personal achievement and gratification; not mass entitlement and disillusionment under President Obama’s “share the wealth” collectivism. America to me is a family that values capitalisms contribution to its economy; not one that denigrates it with President Obama’s assaults on corporate America. America to me is a family that takes responsibility for it’s fiscal security and the solvency of it’s future; not one that squanders it’s finances under President Obama’s unprecedented spending sprees devoid of any budgetary restrictions and passes the bill to future generations. America to me is a family that respects the federal and state’s powers explicit in our Constitution; not one that strains America’s delicate balance of power with President Obama’s federal mandates on immigration and health care that infringe on state sovereignty. America to me allows the free enterprise system to flourish independent of bureaucratic favoritism; not a system controlled by President Obama who uses American’s tax dollars to bail out auto companies just to curry favor with his union cohorts, or to choose winners to fund the failed Solyndras of the world with so-called “stimulus” taxpayer funded dollars simply because they contribute to his political campaign. America to me builds bridges between business and government by respecting each other’s rights, potential and functions; not one that severs those ties with President Obama’s reign of corporate regulations exemplified by his refusal to approve the Keystone XL pipeline that would assist in America’s quest for energy independence, provide immediate jobs and contribute to America’s economy. And America to me is a family that believes in its unique promise, opportunities and unparalleled exceptionalism; not the America of President Obama who questions America’s purpose, inhibits it’s potential and wishes it mediocre under his infamous “Apology for America” world tours. This is President Obama’s “hope and change" for America, and if he is reelected, trust me, it will be more of the same.President Obama’s America is not the family I recognize as my America. My family of America doesn’t wait for bureaucrats to decide my future; my family of America doesn’t wait for bureaucrats to tell me how I practice my religion; my family of America doesn’t tell me what I must eat; my family of America doesn’t tell me what I must purchase; my family of America doesn’t use American’s tax dollars to pick winners and losers based on their political affiliations. My family of America doesn’t look to punish it’s members simply because they are successful. President Obama’s family of America is one that wallows in desperation, confusion, uncertainty and fear awaiting some governmental bureaucrat to dictate to us our every move and to tell us whether we are good or bad based on their political persuasions. Who is President Obama to order such an America? Where in America’s Constitution does he have that right? But that is President Obama’s vision of America. That is his hope for changing America into that kind of society and he has already done his damage.My family of America is first in class in the world. The America that nurtured the independent spirit that revolutionized and advanced the world’s well being through pioneering and groundbreaking ideas in the field of commerce, science, engineering, medicine, education and the arts. My family of America accomplished these feats because it was free to express its God-given talents, not because some governmental bureaucrat ordered it.But left to President Obama’s vision America’s family would not be first in class; it would not have improved the world; and it would not be permitted to express its God-given talents; and it would not be exceptional. President Obama’s vision of America is a place that is not very special and simply has its spot in his collectivist world vision of mediocrity. A worldview that impinges independent freedom of expression and places limits on our opportunity to chase our goals. President Obama’s America should not be governed strictly under the auspices of our government’s Constitution which he has said “gets in his way”, but by his day-to-day musings, with favors to his political allies. President Obama’s family of America should be, as he has said “fair”, and he will determine for all Americans moment-to- moment what is “fair”. America’s family will be dependent on what side of the bed President Obama wakes up on in the morning.No, this is not my family of America. It is unrecognizable; it is dysfunctional; it is uninspiring; it is depressing. President Obama has been characterized by his own supporters as someone who “leads from behind”, which explains why the family I call America has been left behind on so many fronts over the last three years. America’s family has the greatest pool of talent in the world, the greatest sense of generosity in the world and the greatest collection of resources in the world. But under President Obama America’s resources have been repressed and reduced to a plaything to satisfy his selfish personal world vision.America’s family is resilient, strong in character, and rich in resources. It realizes it’s place in the world and eager to break from the shackles of the oppressive Obama regime that has undermined it’s potential. But like any family it needs a strong leader to forge the way. I have the executive leadership experience, the successful business and governmental track record and, most importantly, the love, affection and understanding of how great America is to lead America’s family out of the cold, dank wilderness of the Obama regime’s oppressive, bureaucratic class warfare ridden malaise back to the warm, soothing sunlight of its natural birthright that unifies all Americans—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I, as your President, will govern for all Americans, not a class or a percent. I, as your President, will respect our natural birthrights and respect our Constitution. I, as your President, will not suppress the God given gifts inherent to America’s family, but welcome an unleashing of our remarkable talents. I, as your President, will lead that charge, forge the way, serve you by clearing out the wilderness we are in and reopen America’s pathway to glory and excellence.The 2012 presidential election presents a critical decision for America’s family. Do we move forward with a full expression of American exceptionalism or backward to the Obama America of mediocrity, melancholy and critique? I say we move forward hand in hand, one family, united with a purpose to fulfill our birthrights and our potential, and I am honored, humbled and proud to have the opportunity to serve all Americans toward that end. The future of America’s family is at stake. Let’s work together united as one family to fulfill America’s promise for all. Thank you."
2012 Presidential Candidate, Republican Party