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September 12, 2013 – Today is the 12th anniversary of the attacks on PENTAGON ATTACK (FOR RELEASE)America by Islamist militants.  Twelve years ago I stood just blocks from the White House and witnessed the attack on the Pentagon.  I thought I would die on that day; it was the most frightening thing I have ever experienced, one I will never forget.

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Some say that this is history, over, a bad day that we should overcome.  I disagree.  I have seen Americans slip back into an ignorant bliss of daily life, forgetting the tragedies that happened and could still happen.  We ARE NOT safer now than before the attack.  We are merely more alert on some levels, but not all.

Unlike the Israelis, we are not a prepared people for attack – this for several reasons:

  • While we are under constant attack, it is not witnessed on a daily basis by our populace.
  • Our government does not want us to focus on the possibilities of attack and continues to ply us with ridiculous procedures that do nothing.
  • Because our country is so large, as a people we do not “feel” the pain of loss as acutely as a smaller area.  This is why New York City and Washington, D.C. react to the memory of September 11, 2001 differently than the rest of America.
  • Americans have become a pampered bunch; we no longer realize, moreover appreciate, the sacrifices that must be made in order to live in a country that is free from a tyrannical government.
  • We have become a fickle society that concerns itself with trivial details, entertainment and sports, rather than excellence, pride and self-sufficiency.

When the reels of past images roll on television stations across our land Pennsylvaniatoday, do not sigh with boredom.  Do not change the channel searching for something more entertaining.  Stop and take a moment, just a moment to consider that an attack like that of September 11, 2001 WILL happen again, it is merely a matter of time.  The only variable is us – how will we react?  What will we have learned? What will we teach our children in order to help them protect themselves?

Americans must remember this horrific day so that we can stay vigilant against threats to our nation, our people and our way of life.

May God lead us; may God help us; may God bless America.

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While Americans are returning to their normal routine after the holidays, Congressman Jose Serrano (D-NY) slipped in an eye-opening resolution.  Thankfully, it has been sent to committee for discussion and review and not acted upon without our knowledge.

Who can say C-O-N-S-P-I-R-A-C-Y????
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From THOMAS: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d113:10:./temp/~bd8Uej::|/bss/|

113th CONGRESS, 1st Session

H. J. RES. 15

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 4, 2013

Mr. SERRANO introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

‘Article–

‘The twenty-second article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.’.

You are reading the latest text of the resolution. The text of a resolution may change in committee or through the amendment process.

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Americans Simply Do It Better!

Posted: January 1, 2013 by G. Byron Barrett in Anti-Americanism, Our Government, Socialism / Marxism

Americans simply do it better……

Face it, we do.  We ROCK!  We KICK ASS!  We do EVERYTHING better than any other nation or people on the face of the earth.  Even if we do not come up with the initial idea, we take it, own it, run with it and make it the best that it can be!

THAT is our basic nature.

We better hope this is true!

Since America is rushing headlong over the fiscal cliff and straight into the waiting arms of socialism like so many of our allies, we better hope and pray that, as normal, we can do it better than they are doing it everywhere around the world.  Of course, how could we do a worse job at it than countries like Japan, Italy, Greece, France, Spain, etc…?

You might be thinking, “With debt to GDP ratios running in excess of 200% in some of these countries, how can you possibly screw up your economy any better than this”?

Well, just let the overachievers in the United States of America join the race!foam-finger

Like I said before, we might not come up with the initial idea, but we do have the historical reputation of snatching up the ball and running with it.

Where Japan is only at 228% of debt to GDP ratio, I am betting that the USA, under the omniscient leadership of Barack Obama and his minions, can FAR exceed even the wildest dreams of the Progressive (see Socialist) Democrat party.

I mean, simply because EVERY nation that has adopted a socialist form of government has FAILED, doesn’t mean that America will fail at it.  Come on guys!  Let’s give it a try!  You all know it’s only fair to the deadbeats!   Oops!  I mean…liberal… voters, who by 51% of the vote gave our current administration its sweeping Progressive mandate, to make this bold attempt at Socialism work!

It’s time that we did away with debt limits.  We need to increase the tax rates AND close the loopholes to increase Federal revenues.  We need MORE Federal spending, not less.  We must have income re-distribution in the name of fairness.  We have to expand our entitlement programs and make sure more money flows out of the pockets of the bad people who earned it and into the pockets of good Americans whose job it is to simply take.  We must endeavor, as a Nation, to level the playing field to the extent that everyone, regardless of ability or desire or intelligence, amasses no more and no less, than their fellow citizens.  We must make sure to staunch the flames of free expression, of innovation, of competition and make MEDIOCRITY the standard by which all citizens are judged.

Karl Marx may have said it best in his 1875 creed, ‘Critique of the Gotha Program’:

“In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life’s prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly—only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!

Since Americans DO IT BETTER, what’s to make us, as citizens, think that we cannot make Socialism work too?  Surely our Federal government and our elected officials in Washington have OUR best interests at heart?  Surely our Federal government would NEVER consider overstepping their constitutional authority? Isn’t it true that the Federal government is here to protect us from ourselves???

In all seriousness, our Federal government has, over the last 100 years or so, managed to weasel its way into making decisions that it has NO mandate to do or authority over.  The State Governments have abdicated their authority to the Federal government and the people have, through their own apathy and ignorance, allowed this fiasco to occur.  Only by pulling our heads out of our own asses and forcing our State governments to take back their Constitutional authority, will this ever change and the United States of America once again truly be the Land of the Free.

If this does NOT happen, go ahead and take this flying leap off the fiscal cliff and embrace all the ramifications that this entails.  If we, as a Nation, are going to follow Europe and the rest of the world into Socialism, let’s make sure we go at it whole hog and as quickly and as hard as we possibly can.

Who knows?  Maybe Americans ARE better at everything….

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Obama’s indifference to Islamists attacks on US installations around the world is sickening.  While families, friends and colleagues mourn the loss of those killed in these hateful attacks, The White House seems to be running on auto-pilot.

I am outraged!  Americans serving overseas in various embassies, consulates, etc. are being targeted, attacked and murdered by Islamist terrorists.

From WCBM TalkRadio: Clinton Refused To Allow Marines To Cover Embassy, Hired Unarmed Locals

What is the Obama administration doing?

What is the State Department doing?

What is the U.S. Congress doing? 

Apparently, not too damn much!

Reuters reported on Saturday, 15 September 2011 at 4:47 PM that the Sudanese government has now REFUSED to allow a platoon of U.S. Marines to enter the country to protect our ambassadorial interests and citizens.  The Associated Press reported that 4 U.S. troops were killed in a THIRD insider attack on NATO / American forces in Afghanistan over the weekend.   This is in addition to the attacks on our embassies in Egypt, Libya and Yemen which resulted in the death of our Ambassador to Libya and 3 key security personnel. 

The White House website has no mention of these new attacks.

Mobs in Kuwait, Sept 15, 2012

Meanwhile, violent protests by Islamists have erupted at other US consulates and embassies in Tunisia, Morocco, Bangladesh, Germany and Kuwait.  Kuwait of all places! According to the AP report, Kuwaitis surrounded our embassy shouting, “Allah Akbar” and “USA Stop The Bullshit!” after we saved that country from the tyranny of Sadam Hussein and his army’s raping and pillaging of their entire little piece of Middle East turf.

The White House website has no mention of these attacks either.

Both The White House and the State Department do have statements explaining their evacuation of our Middle East embassies, etc. and have posted warnings for Americans in the region.  Gee, thanks! At least that’s more warning than they gave the poor ambassador and his entourage after being alerted to credible threats and a possible attack on the consulate on September 11th.

What more has to happen before we publicly admit that we are in a war with Islam? 

How many more Americans, British and other NATO personnel must die before Americans realize that NOTHING we do in terms of “good faith” efforts, humanitarian aid, and especially FINANCIAL AID will ever change the Muslim view of the West? 

As the President of these United States and as the Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces, Obama should have made a prime-time Presidential address to the nation and the world regarding his outrage at these acts of war.  But… he didn’t.  He met the airplane bringing home the bodies of the slain and made a speech saying…

Photo courtesy of The White House

“…This tragic attack takes place at a time of turmoil and protest in many different countries. I have made it clear that the United States has a profound respect for people of all faiths. We stand for religious freedom. And we reject the denigration of any religion – including Islam.

(yada, yada, yada – then)

“Most of all, we must reaffirm that we will carry on the work of our fallen heroes.

“I know the images on our televisions are disturbing. But let us never forget that for every angry mob, there are millions who yearn for the freedom, and dignity, and hope that our flag represents. That is the cause of America – the ideals that took root in our founding; the opportunity that drew so many to our shores; and the awesome progress that we have promoted all across the globe.

(More yada, yada, yada)

“So with their memory to guide us, we will carry forward the work of making our country stronger, our citizens safer, and the world a better and more hopeful place. Thank you.”

No God be with these men and their families, or God be with our servicemen and women all around the world, and no God Bless America.  Just “Thank You.”

Pitiful leadership.  And that is…Why It Matters.

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When I think about the men that founded this great experiment called The United States of America, lofty words always come to mind.  Words like visionary, titan, ingenious, dreamer…   While all of these words are certainly appropriate adjectives to characterize our Founding Fathers, it dawned on me that there are other more mundane descriptions that are just as important, possibly more important.  I believe words like hard, determined, committed and dedicated better describe the condition of these extraordinary men and their ideals.

First Continental Congress portrayed

Let’s look back 250 years and consider how these more common, simple words fit into the narrative of our Founding Fathers; how do these common words affect their legacies and the way that we should remember them.

250 years ago, there was no air travel.  There were no limousine services.  No paved roads, no roadside motels, no rest stops.  Think about it.  Men and women in that era lived hard lives, even in the best of circumstances.

In an era of primitive transportation, no plumbing, no running water, no electricity, no concrete, no telephones, no internet, the people of this era built an infrastructure that allowed for the interaction of the colonies, commerce, education, and the arts to take root and flourish.

To me, that defines the word Hard.

In our era, our elected officials jump on a plane (at our expense) and fly to Washington and back, sometimes on a weekly basis.  Would these same men and women undertake this journey 250 years ago?  I think not.  The distance between Charleston, SC and Philadelphia, PA at that time was about 750 miles.  When riding hard, a man could cover 20-30 miles a day, assuming the trails upon which they rode were in decent shape.  To travel these 750 miles would take a man 25 days to make the trip.  You really have to want to go somewhere when you sleep nightly by an open fire, care for your horse and feed yourself for almost a month in the heat, the cold, the wind, rain and snow.

Headed to Philadelphia for Continental Congress (depicted by a reenactor)

Can you imagine your senator or congressman traveling 25 days in those conditions just for the opportunity to represent YOU?  Not mine, no way, no how.

This is the very definition of Dedication.

These people hitched up their horses or mules when they needed to travel on muddy trails that served as roads and traveled for hours to go what takes us minutes in our society.  To our forefathers, adversity was just a typical day.

These men, between planting and harvesting crops by hand; between driving wagons to and from distant markets; between conducting their business even between the shores of the Atlantic, found the time to think about a better way to govern.  They found the time to find each other and outline a destiny for themselves and their children.  They found the time to come together and forge a Constitution and Bill of Rights into existence.  They found the time to rebel and they found the time to win our independence.

That is Commitment.

Merriam Webster defines Dedication as: “an act or rite of dedicating to a divine being or to a sacred use”.

What true American can dispute that The United States of America is anything but sacred and was created for any other purpose than to provide freedom and independence to its people for the betterment of themselves and their posterity?  I suppose, it is possible that some men and women who helped to found our country did not initially have such a grandiose goal in mind.  However, it is crystal clear that over the course of our nation’s genesis this principal of sacred freedom was foremost in their minds.  All you have to do is read the documents they penned, study their faith and perseverance through their hard-fought battles, and appreciate their sacrifices as they buried their sons, husbands, fathers who died in order to attain their dream of a land where men could live according to their own beliefs and hard work to see success, rather than be born into a position of favor.

Ask yourself these questions: 

  • Do I not deserve men such as our forefathers to represent me?
  • Do I not work hard for what I have?
  • Do I not deserve the fruits of my labor?
  • Do I not rate the same level of respect that our forefathers bestowed to every American 250 years ago?

To this I say YES, YES and YES!

We have an upcoming election that is primarily focused on the Presidential race, but it is more than just an election for President.  It is also an election for U.S. Congress and Senate positions, as well as state and local representation.

The election of good, trustworthy men and women that are hard, determined, committed and dedicated is completely up to you as a voting citizen of The United States of America.

  • You must educate yourself on the scope and limits of government that our forefathers established based on extensive study of world history and governance.  Our Founding Fathers risked their lives and fortunes by signing their names to the Declaration of Independence, then our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  • You must know and understand meaning of our Declaration of Independence and the reasons why America exists in the first place.
  • You have to educate yourself on the issues affecting our country.
  • But more importantly, you must educate yourself in regard to the people running for these positions.  You must know their character and qualifications and their reasons for wishing to represent you.

Only people with YOUR best interests at heart, the desire to serve and then leave, and the character to do what is right rather than what is popular or tows the party line, deserve your consideration for these jobs.  Our Federal Government was instituted to work for US, the people…NOT the other way around.

If the current politicos that make up our governing bodies do not believe these three basic tenets, they are NOT the people that deserve to represent YOU.

Keep this in mind as you check the box, pull the lever or press the button.  It starts with you and ends with you.  Make the right decision for you, your family and your country.   Take time to Decode the Political Chatter…

GBB

The following is a letter from U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky).  Senator Paul has been working with the National Association for Gun Rights to stop the Obama Administration and the Progressive/Liberal Left from slowly diminishing our Constitutional rights, specifically the Second Amendment which guarantees United States citizens the RIGHT TO OWN AND BEAR ARMS.

Please join me and the 1,400,000 Americans who have already signed the petition against this UN treaty.  The petition will be sent to your Senators to let them know that WE, the American People, will not be governed by the United Nations.

(Note:  All treaties between the United States and another entity must be ratified by the United States Senate.  Currently, the U.S. Senate is controlled by the liberal Democrats with 51 seats;  the Republicans hold 47 seats and there are 2 Independent members, totaling 100 members.)

Dear April,

Have you signed your Firearms Sovereignty Survey yet?

The National Association for Gun Rights has collected over 1,400,000 signed surveys against the UN Small Arms Treaty with tens of thousands of more pouring in each week!

If you haven’t yet signed, please go ahead and do so by clicking here.  It’s still vital that your Senators feel pressure to oppose the UN Small Arms Treaty from grassroots gun rights activists like you.

But if you’ve already signed, will you forward the email below to every pro-gun American you know?

By forwarding this email to your family and friends, you will be letting them know that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton still have their sights set on advancing, and passing, the UN Small Arms Treaty.

Click here to forward the email below right now.

On the page I link to there is a space for a personal message.  Please make sure to add a short note so your friends know what the email is about.

This is an important step in growing the grassroots gun rights army opposed to the UN Small Arms Treaty.

I hope I can count on your action today.

Click here to forward the Firearms Sovereignty Survey to your family and friends.

Please read my email below to find out just how dangerous the UN Small Arms Treaty is to our gun rights why it’s still a threat.

For Freedom,

Rand Paul
United States Senator

P.S. The National Association for Gun Rights relies entirely on generous voluntary contributions from its supporters.  Please click here to make a contribution of $30, $20 or $50.


From: Rand Paul [rand.paul@nationalgunrights.org]
Sent: Monday, 9:35 AM
Subject: Hillary Commits to UN Small Arms Treaty

April,

Gun-grabbers around the globe believe they have it made.  You see, the UN Small Arms Treaty is proving harder to kill than Freddy Krueger.

I’ve just learned that the next opportunity for the UN to push global gun control is August 27th.

Officially, it’s called the “United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects.”  And I hear the gun grabbers will jump on it “like a snarling pack of hyenas.”

Disguised as an “International Arms Control Treaty” to fight against “terrorism,” “insurgency” and “international crime syndicates,” the UN Small Arms Treaty is in fact a massive, GLOBAL gun control scheme.

I’m helping lead the fight to defeat this radical treaty in the United States Senate and I want your help.  Please join me by taking a public stand against this outright assault on our national sovereignty by signing the Official Firearms Sovereignty Survey.

Ultimately, the UN Small Arms Treaty is designed to register, ban and CONFISCATE firearms owned by private citizens like YOU.

So far, the gun-grabbers have successfully kept the exact wording of their new scheme under wraps.  But looking at previous versions of the UN Small Arms Treaty, you and I can get a good idea of what’s likely in the works.

If passed by the UN and ratified by the U.S. Senate, the UN Small Arms Treaty would almost certainly FORCE the U.S. to:

  • Enact tougher licensing requirements, making law-abiding Americans cut through even more bureaucratic red tape just to own a firearm legally;
  • CONFISCATE and DESTROY ALL “unauthorized” civilian firearms (all firearms owned by the government are excluded, of course);
  • BAN the trade, sale and private ownership of ALL semi-automatic weapons;
  • Create an INTERNATIONAL gun registry, setting the stage for full-scale gun CONFISCATION.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this is NOT a fight we can afford to lose.  Ever since its founding 65 years ago, the United Nations has been hell-bent on bringing the United States to its knees.

To the petty dictators and one-world socialists who control the UN, the United States of America isn’t a “shining city on a hill” — it’s an affront to their grand designs for the globe.  These anti-gun globalists know that so long as Americans remain free to make our own decisions without being bossed around by big government bureaucrats, they’ll NEVER be able to seize the worldwide power they crave.

And the UN’s apologists also know the most effective way to finally strip you and me of ALL our freedoms would be to DESTROY our gun rights.  That’s why I was so glad to hear that the National Association for Gun Rights is leading the fight to stop this assault on our Constitution!

The truth is there’s no time to waste.  You and I have to be prepared for this fight to move FAST.

The fact is the last thing the gun-grabbers at the UN and in Washington, D.C. want is for you and me to have time to mobilize gun owners to defeat this radical legislation.  They’ve made that mistake before, and we’ve made them pay, defeating EVERY attempt to ram the UN Small Arms Treaty into law since the mid-1990s.

But now time may not be on our side.  In fact, we’re likely to only have a few weeks to defeat the treaty when they make their move.  And we definitely don’t have a President in the White House who will oppose this treaty.

So our ONE AND ONLY CHANCE to stop the UN Small Arms Treaty is during the ratification process in the U.S. Senate.  As you know, it takes 67 Senate votes to ratify a treaty.

With new pro-gun champions joining me in the Senate, rounding up enough votes to kill this thing should be easy, right?  Unfortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Even with the Republican tidal wave in 2010, there still isn’t a pro-gun majority in the Senate to kill ratification of the treaty.  You know just as well as I do how few Senators are truly “pro-gun.”

Not only that, but many Senators get “queasy” about killing treaties for fear of “embarrassing” the President — especially with “international prestige” at stake.  They look at ratifying treaties much like approving the President’s Supreme Court nominees.

Remember how many Senators turned their back on us and voted to confirm anti-gun Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor?  A dozen more only voted against Sotomayor after receiving massive grassroots pressure from the folks back home.

So if we’re going to defeat the UN Small Arms Treaty gun owners have to turn the heat up on the U.S. Senate now before it’s too late!

  • Do you believe the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Second Amendment are the supreme law of the land?
  • Do you believe any attempt by the United Nations to subvert or supersede your Constitutional rights must be opposed?

If you said “Yes” to these questions, please sign the survey the National Association for Gun Rights has prepared for you.

Your survey will put you squarely on the record AGAINST the UN Small Arms Treaty.

And along with your signed survey, I hope you’ll send a generous contribution of $250, $100, $50 or even just $35 to help finance this battle.  With your generous contribution, the National Association for Gun Rights will continue contacting Second Amendment supporters to turn up the heat on targeted U.S. Senators.

Not only that, but they’re preparing a massive program to launch the second this treaty is brought before the Senate.  Direct mail.  Phones.  E-mail.  Blogs.  Guest editorials.  Press conferences.  Hard-hitting internet, newspaper, radio and even TV ads if funding permits.  The whole nine yards.

Of course, a program of this scale is only possible if the National Association for Gun Rights can raise the money.  But that’s not easy, and we may not have much time.

In fact, if gun owners are going to defeat the UN Small Arms Treaty pro-gun Americans like you and me have to get involved NOW!  So please put yourself on record AGAINST the UN Small Arms Treaty by signing NAGR’s Firearms Sovereignty Survey.

But along with your survey, please agree to make a generous contribution of $250, $100, $50 or even just $35.  And every dollar counts in this fight so even if you can only chip in $10 or $20, it will make a difference.

Thank you in advance for your time and money devoted to defending our Second Amendment rights.

For Freedom,

Rand Paul
United States Senator

P.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced the Obama Administration will be working hand in glove with the United Nations to pass a new GLOBAL, “Small Arms Treaty.”

If we’re going to defeat the UN Small Arms Treaty gun owners have to turn the heat up on the U.S. Senate now before it’s too late!

Please return your Firearms Sovereignty Survey and put yourself squarely on the record AGAINST ratification of the UN Small Arms Treaty.

And if you can, please make a generous contribution to the National Association for Gun Rights of $250, $150, $100 or even just $35 right away!

And every dollar counts in this fight so even if you can only chip in $10 or $20, it will make a difference.


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Mitt Romney seems to be a nice guy.  Normally, one might think that such a statement would be a positive attribute to a candidate.  The truth is that nice guys don’t always win.  Why?  Because they are too concerned with maintaining their composure, taking the high road, and playing by the rules.  When nice guys are struck by mud-slinging, their natural reaction is to stay calm, focused and make light of any controversy.

I saw this happen during the Bush Administration.  When the President was continually bombarded with falsehoods, inaccurate reporting and blatant name-calling by Pelosi and Reid, he simply turned the other cheek too many times.  I wanted to yell at my television and say “Stand Up and Defend Yourself and Your Staff.” However, the Bush White House would remain calm and nicely dispel accusations from the Press Room.  It was because of Bush’s public, non-confrontational behavior as President, that he was dubbed “soft” and “dumb.  When you saw the angry George Bush – such as after the attacks of September 11 – you saw determination, focus and a steel backbone.

In my years of working in Public Relations in Washington, D.C., I had the honor to meet President Bush on several occasions.  One meeting in particular made such an impression on me that I am, more than ever, convinced that assertiveness is the most important trait for a Presidential candidate.  The event was an award ceremony where President Bush was to honor outstanding officers in the FBI.  I was in the greeting room with a few others awaiting the President’s arrival.  As usual, Bush was right on time; he is a stickler for punctuality.  As he walked into the room, his “good ole boy” Texan personality was the first thing I noticed.  He spoke to everyone as he entered from members of his advance team of Secret Service Agents to dignitaries to the domestic staff.  He would ask questions, laugh and simply showed respect to everyone for their particular role in his visit; which was always a huge undertaking with any President.

What happened next was an incredible sneak peek at the man beneath the pleasantries; he scanned the room for his security chief, looked at his watch and changed personalities in the blink of an eye.  Bush became focused and very serious, I saw the Commander-in-Chief at work.  He began to ask for updates, timing of later meetings, gave brief instructions to his aides and ended his visiting time with all of us, saying, “Okay people, it’s back to work.  We’ve got a lot to do today, let’s move.”  With that said, all of the dignitaries, greeters, and non-essential people were quickly escorted out of the room and toward the auditorium for the award presentation.

The serious, more aggressive tone that President Bush assumed was a startling contrast to the image portrayed by the liberal mainstream media and the Democratic leadership.  This was no “dummy.”  This was a thoughtful and complicated man who understood the enormity of his job.  This was a man who refused to alter his natural, easy-going ambiance when appropriate; yet could switch his mind-set to become a commanding leader instantly.   Over the eight years of his Presidency, I wondered why he did not show this unassailable side more often and more publicly.

I see this happening with Mitt Romney.  There is no doubt that Romney is an intelligent, meticulous, business leader.  There is also a track record of his successes as a governor under fire.  However, Romney is not telling his own story.  PR 101 teaches that “no one will tell YOUR story better than YOU.”

  • Mitt Romney needs to speak DIRECTLY to the American people, not to interviewers.

  • He needs to tout his accomplishments and QUIT SIDE-STEPPING THE SPECIFICS.

  • He needs to be PROUD of his achievements and be a standard bearer for all Americans who aim for success.

  • Romney should EMBRACE his wealth as the reward for hard work and a job well done.

  • Romney should stand up as a STATESMAN and publicly refuse to take a salary and any future retirement annuity funds if elected.  After all, he doesn’t need the money.  This one act would send a reverberating message throughout Congress and across the nation that ROMNEY wants to be President in order to rebuild America.

Plus… this would emphasize the Founding Fathers’ belief that public service is a duty and not a long term job – it would link him to George Washington like no one else has ever done.

 

 

Nice guys are great as friends, neighbors and acquaintances, but not as politicians.  In their minds, nice guys strive to stay above the fray as an icon of confidence.  What many people do not understand is that the majority of Americans are fighters at heart. Just look at our hobbies; football, basketball, racing, hunting, etc.  All of which are competitive, physical surrogates for our inner-warriors.  Our country was borne from strife and sacrifice and this is innate in our ethos.  Regardless of when we arrived on American soil or from where we came, Americans will fight to maintain our freedoms.

What our citizens are looking for is not a nanny, we are seeking our own modern day William Wallace,  a true Patriot that we can follow into any battle – be it economic, political or military.  Leaders must be strong, tough, steady and passionate; these are the key qualities that inspire people to follow a Commander-in-Chief and a President.

And that is…Why It Matters.