America's last stand?
By Frank Salvato
While many concerns face those on the Right side of the aisle who are politically aware – concerns like the misapplication of voter demographics in the polling used to score the presidential race, the exploding deficit, the enflamed tensions in the Middle East, and/or the honesty deficit displayed by the Obama Administration, among many other issues – I am taking a view from 30,000 feet. I am concerned about the only issue that is directly related to this election; that is unique to this election: whether or not our Republic survives.
To be certain, each of the aforementioned issues, given a worst case scenario, are of themselves something that could severely damage our Republic.
As the world watches the likes of Greece, Spain, Portugal, France and other nations grappling with un-repayable debt, courtesy of failed socially engineered (read: Socialist) entitlement programs, coupled with irresponsible spending by the elected class for purely politically opportune purposes, many seem to ignore that the groundwork for the exact same economic disaster has been set around the world, including right here in the United States of America. And as the politically opportune and the Progressives in Congress wail on about a "balanced approach" to correcting the grotesquely out-of-control spending our electeds have become addicted to – an approach which, by-the-by, would continue to facilitate the tax-and-spend mentality that got us into this economic position in the first place, our debt-to-GDP ratio approaches the point of no return; approaches a mathematical reality that makes it impossible to recover.
The manipulation of information provided to the American public – both in skewed polling and opinion-charged news reporting – by an agendized and ideologically affected mainstream media, protected by the very US Constitution it seeks to diminish, is, at its core, the kind of subversion that can (and has) indoctrinate a country to act against its best interests. It can (and has) lead to an electorate divided between "the producers" and the dependent; the dependent armed with an entitlement mentality that sees nothing wrong with the Marxist concept of redistribution of wealth.
Enflamed tensions in the Middle East threaten the security of not only the nations in that region, but the security and safety of every nation and every person on the face of the planet. Fueled by a violent, totalitarian and oppressive theo-political ideology in the form of fundamentalist Islamism, the Middle East may very well be center-stage for the genesis of a global conflict that transcends delineated borders on a map. It may be ground zero for a conflict of ideologies that sees no nation states as sponsors of the conflict; a war where the foot soldiers are mindless, violent and intellectually subjugated pawns used by theo-political oligarchs to affect the transformation of the many free – and not so free – nations of the world into a global Islamic Caliphate. In all honesty, the fuse has already been lit on a conflict that could make the combined World Wars seem like cross-border skirmishes.
And today, as our country faces these and other very serious issues – a cultural divide that makes the slavery era seem cordial, an immigration imbalance that threatens to dilute the citizenry into foreign influenced subjugation, poverty, illiteracy, crime, etc. – we have a President who, when asked about the dishonesty of many of the claims made in his re-election ads says, "Well, that's politics." Today, as some in the new media and, to a much lesser extent, the Conservative mainstream media, start to – delinquently – examine just who Barack Obama, the man, is (you must see the film 2016: Obama's America before you can say you understand what makes this man tick), it is becoming quite evident that the man and all who surround him have both a problem with telling the truth and a penchant for manipulating the truth to achieve political gain. This is the man that our American electorate voted into office in 2008 based on his oratory skills; voted into office on the hollow rhetoric of "hope and change"; and who almost half the country still supports, failed policies, forced entitlements, and all.
I worry about the outcome of this election and the survival of the Republic because, as much as I understand that the Capitalist and business success who is Mitt Romney is infinitely more qualified to lead the nation out of today's dangerous realm; more qualified than the community organizer and Progressive ideologue who is Barack Obama, I also understand that Mr. Romney is an inferior political campaigner to Mr. Obama. Mr. Romney is less eloquent, less able to weave a time-wasting bloviation, less gifted with disingenuous verbal sleight-of-hand and less inclined to ruthlessly attack his opponent than is Mr. Obama and his team, even if Mr. Romney is the better choice and, in my humble opinion, the better person.
So, I worry about the outcome of this election and the survival of the Republic, not because there isn't a better candidate than our current president is in the race, but because, while Mr. Romney may know how to right the financial ship that is the "USS Liberty", and while he may understand that peace through strength is what promotes global order, cooperation and peace itself, he does not know how to defeat of ruthless, win-at-all-cost, slash-and-burn Chicago Progressive politician. Additionally, he has no one – no one – on his campaign staff that can go toe-to-toe with the political reprobate that is David Axelrod.
So, I worry about the outcome of this election and the survival of our Republic.
Of course, there is a wild card in all of this; a potent wild card that no cheap Chicago political game can beat: engagement by the American people.
Regardless of what the Romney campaign does or doesn't do where achieving victory is concerned, if the American people engage their fellow citizens, if we decide to disseminate the facts, argue the positions, ask the questions – and demand specific answers, from our fellow citizens, we can wake those among us who have been coasting along for the last four years believing that the man in the Oval Office, who is literally transforming our nation from a Constitutional Republic to a nation of Democratic Socialism, the man who uses the Marxist political slogan "Forward" in his attempt to affect a second term, is the man best suited to rescue our Republic from oblivion.
At this point, we could wring our hands and exclaim in wonderment about why Mr. Romney's campaign seems to be non-existent, or – or – we can take on the campaign to save our Republic ourselves. As Paul Ryan said in his vice presidential nomination acceptance speech, "We can do this!" All it takes is the gathering of facts, a wee bit of patience with those who are blinded by the false backlighting of "The One," and a dedication to the preservation of our Republic, "with liberty and justice, for all."
Frank Salvato is the Executive Director for BasicsProject.org a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education initiative focusing on Constitutional Literacy and the threats of Islamic jihadism and Progressive neo-Marxism. His writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His organization, BasicsProject.org, partnered in producing the original national symposium series addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is a member of the International Analyst Network and has been a featured guest on al Jazeera's Listening Post, Radio Belgrade One and on Russia Today. He also serves as the managing editor for The New Media Journal. Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel, and was featured in the documentary, "Ezekiel and the MidEast ‘Piece' Process: Israel's Neighbor States." He is the author of the series Understanding the Threat of Radical Islam, an educational pamphlet series. Mr. Salvato is a regular guest on talk radio including on The Captain's America Radio Show, nationally syndicated by the Phoenix Broadcasting and ABC Starguide Satellite Networks, catering to the US Armed Forces around the world. He is also heard weekly on The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth syndicated nationally on the IRN-USA Radio Network. Mr. Salvato has been interviewed on Radio Belgrade One. His opinion-editorials have been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times, Accuracy in Media, Human Events, and are syndicated nationally. He is a featured political writer for EducationNews.org, BigGovernment.comand Examiner.com and is occasionally quoted in The Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements. He can be contacted at email@example.com.