An Appeal to Undecided Voters: Unite This Country By Voting For Romney

With the presidential election just a few days away, I think it’s safe to say that the overwhelming majority of voters are firm in who they intend to vote for. We’ve watched both candidates present their cases for why they deserve to be in the White House for the next few years. We’ve been assailed with a seemingly endless barrage of campaign commercials, phone calls, and mailings. We’ve discussed the election for months among friends and family, and probably got into a few arguments in the process. Most of us are probably just ready for this election to be over.

I’ve been writing columns for this website for over a year now. When I haven’t been taking the media to task for their biases and negligence, or offering commentary on cultural clashes, I’ve been laying out my reasoning for why this country needs a drastic change in course. I’ve been describing why I believe many of the decisions President Obama has made during his first term in office have put America on a road to ruin.

I could use this column (my last one before the presidential election) to once again rattle off the horrendous economic numbers our president has presided over, and point out that there are practically no economic indicators (including Friday’s announcement of a 7.9% unemployment rate) that are better than when the president took office four years ago. I could use this column to detail our country’s diminishing influence on the world platform. I could use it to preach the dangers of a society far too dependent on government, at the expense of our children and grandchildren who will bear the price of our selfishness.

Instead, I want to use this column to appeal to the few among us who are still teetering on the fence when it comes to who they plan on casting their vote for on Tuesday. Though I used the word “few”, I think there are probably more of these people out there than we realize. In fact, I heard from someone close to me yesterday who hadn’t yet made up their mind.  We’re talking about those among us who aren’t inherently political people, and they’ve heard so many conflicting stories and viewpoints throughout the campaign that they probably aren’t sure what or who to believe. In some cases, they probably haven’t been as adversely effected by the economic downturn as others have, so the case for change may not be as clear-cut to them. They’ve had a lot of numbers thrown at them (by the media and both campaigns) that are understandably hard to wrap their heads around. They’ve heard many sharp accusations tossed back and forth between the candidates, and a lot of alarm-sounding over things that sometimes don’t quite make sense.

To these people, the state of the country might not be as appalling as the state of our political discourse. They regularly see anger and hatred on television and they’ve probably even seen a new, unattractive side to some of their friends when the topic of politics comes up. They’re probably wondering, more than anything, how our politics became so nasty.

The answer to that question is simple. American politics are as abrasive and hostile as they are right now, because they’ve been engineered to be exactly that. What we’ve seen in recent years is a deep, disturbing divide in our country because Americans have been pitted against each other. We’ve been persuaded to resent each other, whether it be through envy of the success of others, reckless claims of racial and gender discrimination, or the attributing of evil, ugly motivations to people who simply hold a different opinion.

Things didn’t get this way by accident.

President Obama made a lot of promises when he ran for the presidency in 2008. He spoke often about uniting the country and finding common ground. He spoke about changing the tone of our political discourse. They were powerful messages that struck a chord with the electorate, and they were, in part, what got him elected.

But when you peel away all of the policy differences, political spin, and dueling rhetoric over the past four years, we’re left with one undeniable truth when it comes to President Obama: He’s not uniter. He’s a divider.

Regardless of how you feel about our president, the reality is that he has never made any serious attempt to reach across the aisle to find common ground with people whose vision of America is different than his. He’s never made any serious attempt to listen to alternate views, consider them, and engage in an honest debate with people whose ideas oppose his. He’s never shown an interest in understanding the electorate. He’s never worked to achieve a consensus, or built relationships with people who disagree with him.

This has been a completely self-centered presidency, and there hasn’t been a shred of evidence to suggest that things will change with a second Obama term.

The president has failed to put this country on a path to recovery, and instead of making changes to address those failures, he has chosen to create scapegoats and villains to deflect the blame for those failures onto. The result has been a broken American spirit. The result has been a tired, bitter country.

Things don’t have to be this way. Our politics don’t have to be reduced to name-calling, fear-mongering, and demagoguery. We have serious, legitimate problems in this country that need to be dealt with honestly, maturely, and effectively. Sadly, that is not our future with four more years of President Obama.

Whether or not you admire Mitt Romney and his accomplishments, or agree with him on every position, a few things should be apparent by now: He has no interest in creating villains. He has no interest in stoking envy, building resentment, and defining Americans by their differences.

Whether or not you identify with him ideologically, Mitt Romney is a problem solver. He’s had a long history of taking bad situations, turning them around, and achieving success. He has a governing history of working with people who disagree with him to build trust, build relationships, and accomplish good things for the people who put him in office.

Mitt Romney is not a divider.

When this election is over, and it’s time to mend fences with the half of the country whose candidate lost,  we’re going to need someone in office who can bring us together and move forward. After watching President Obama in action for the last few years, does anyone honestly feel that he’s even capable of a such a thing? After all, this is someone who told supporters at a campaign rally on Friday that “voting is the best revenge”, against Mitt Romney. Revenge? Why do voters need to seek revenge against Romney? Because he had the gall to run against President Obama? What kind of leader talks like that?

This country desperately needs a style of leadership that doesn’t constantly require excuses and scapegoats to explain its failures. We need a style of leadership that is driven by goals of success and prosperity that don’t discriminate between people based on their race, gender, or income.

Undecided voters have a chance on Tuesday to unite this country by recognizing and supporting the need for a new direction.  It’s time to end this long, demoralizing chapter of division and frustration.

I implore you to join with me by casting your vote for Mitt Romney, because America desperately needs a better path forward.

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration, and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. His first novel, entitled "From a Dead Sleep", is now on sale! He lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • Acecanfisktoo

    you said alot there. My experience with tal;king to and knowing some of the people that are voting for obama is there is no lotical reason for it. Most know nothing about the policies that have us in this situation we are in. They, for the most part they are voting for him because they just like him or they are voting for him because he is black. ( these are white folks I am talking about 

    • Mario__P

      Whom are you addressing?

  • wally

    Great article. I agree totally. Unfortunately my wife does share my politics. She is devoted to the democrat party and probably will vote for Obama . She is one who isn’t even willing to discuss politics. I guess that is why I respond to many left wing comments in the blogs etc. Sure we cancel each others vote but at least my vote counts as a cancellation. I am voting for Romney and think that he will win.

    • Mario__P

      You have a smart wife.

  • Mario__P

    John writes:
    “I could use this column to once again rattle off the horrendous economic numbers our president has presided over, and point out that there are practically no economic indicators (including Friday’s announcement of a 7.9% unemployment rate) that are better than when the president took office four years ago.”

    Jobs:
    January 2009: 818K jobs lost
    October 2012: 171K jobs created

    GDP Growth:
    Q1 2009: -5%
    Q3 2012: +2%

    Home Foreclosures:
    January 2009: 275K
    September 2012: 180K

    Stock Market (DOW):
    January 2009: 8,000
    October 2012: 13,000

    Manufacturer’s New Orders (all manufacturing):
    January 2009: $330B
    September 2012: $475B

    Anyone claiming “there are practically no economic indicators that are better than when the president took over four years ago” is either being purposefully deceitful or severely uninformed. Who in their right mind would want to return to January 2009 and face the worst of the recession later that year, versus remaining in the current recovery phase.

    And please don’t forget that all those “horrendous” economic numbers during 2009 were as a result of Bush2’s recession. Had Obama inherited an average economy, chances are those numbers would not be horrendous.

    Finally, had Bush2 not caused the recession, forcing Obama to deal with it, this presidential race between Obama and Romney would be a slam dunk for the President.

  • James King

    John, I don’t disagree with anything you say, but for many, many years the electorate has been largely uninvolved. In fact, there is a saying in a lot of homes…”No politics, no religion!” My question is, if you can’t talk about something how can you know anything about it? This and other blogs are filled with people who talk an R line or a D line, and a lot fewer who talk an A (America) line.

    People are naturally partisan. The unfortunate part of that is that they are largely partisan and uninformed. If America is to survive as a capitalist nation we must return to our founding principles. And capitalism, laissez faire capitalism is the only, and I stress the word only, MORAL system for governing.

    The reason this is so is because only laissez faire capitalism exists without force. Government is force. That is what the pols want because they have learned it is one of the things that gets them reelected. The only way to stop them is for voters to do so.

    I salute your post and join you in encouraging people to vote Romney. Then I encourage them to start talking politics and religion, for these two things are in large part responsible for not obeying our founding documents, and the spirit of those docs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000747190083 Beachley CE

    I could not agree more! My husband & I voted early for the first time and cast our votes for Gov. Romney, as we anticipated long lines on election day. We believe he is a good man that has proved he can solve problems. I was very upset when I read & heard Sen. Reid ‘s statement that he  & Democrats would not work with Gov. Romney , the problem seems to be on the left as I have seen time & time again. Mr Reid needs to be taken down a few notches & remember he works for us & not just unions. We actually need a house cleaning in DC , and if Mr Reid persist in acting as the bully he is perhaphs he will get replaced. I hope & pray our country will begin to heal and come together united we stand , devided we fall. God Bless America! Thank you for a writing such a heartfelt article.

  • bobemakk

    Bernie, you are a true patriot, Bob Macchia, West Babylon, NY

  • Artlouis

    Very eloquent. I just hope that you have reached people who can still be persuaded. I’m not so sure about that. 

    • Barney Manzo

      Did you vote already? I plan to vote Tuesday for Romney. Many  who plan to vote I hope will vote, despite the weather or any other factor. I hope everyone  votes! 

      • Artlouis

         Voted first day I could.

  • Barney Manzo

    I’m voting for Mitt Romney. I’ve followed his career for several years. His father was an attractive and decent candidate. I feel Mitt Romney is also very decent. He is committed to turning our economy around  addressing our many problems. 

  • souvoter

    Great article, John. I pray all undecideds take your advice. I voted for Love of Country; which was Mitt Romney’s answer to Obama’s revenge!!!!!

    • John Daly

      Thank you.