The Governor’s delivery on the Traditional Marriage referendum in MA:
Archive for April, 2009
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comMITTed to Romney Podcast 4
TOPICS: As the 1st 100 days of the Obama Administration draws near we speak with Committed to Romney contributer John Cronin about the milestone. We speak to California State Senator George Runner about his ballot initiative on the 2010 ballot and a segment about the association of Music and Politics titled ‘Music is Never Right’.
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As a “blogger” - I guess I should make an attempt to expound on the thoughts in this Op-Ed by Governor Romney. But it is SO POWERFUL I am speechless. Read on…
April 21, 2009, 4:00 a.m.
A Timid Advocate of Freedom
President Obama has failed his early foreign-policy tests.
By Mitt Romney
At last week’s Summit of the Americas, President Obama acquiesced to a 50-minute attack on America as terroristic, expansionist, and interventionist from Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega. His response to Ortega’s denunciation of our effort to free Cuba from Castro’s dictatorship was that he shouldn’t be blamed “for things that happened when I was three months old.” Blamed? Hundreds of men, including Americans, bravely fought and died for Cuba’s freedom, heeding the call from newly elected president John F. Kennedy. But last week, even as American soldiers sacrificed blood in Afghanistan and Iraq to defend liberty, President Obama shrank from defending liberty here in the Americas.
In his first press interview as president, he confessed to Arabic television that America had “dictated” to other nations. No, Mr. President, America has fought to free other nations from dictators. And in Strasbourg, the president further claimed that America has “showed arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.” London’s Daily Telegraph observed that President Obama “went further than any United States president in history in criticizing his own country’s action while standing on foreign soil.” Of course, it was not just the Daily Telegraph that was listening: People around the world who yearn for freedom, who count on America’s resolve and support, heard him as well. He was heard in China, in Tibet, in Sudan, in Burma, and, yes, in Cuba.
The words spoken by the leader of the free world can expand the frontiers of freedom or shrink them. When Ronald Reagan called on Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” a surge of confidence rose that would ultimately breach the bounds of the evil empire. It was the same confidence that had been ignited decades earlier when John F. Kennedy declared to a people surrounded by Communism that they were not alone. “We are all Berliners,” he said, because “freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s confident commitment, spoken as he led us into the war that would free millions in Europe, inspired not only Americans but freedom fighters around the globe: “The American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.” Such words of solidarity, of confidence, and of unwavering conviction that America is indeed “the last best hope on earth” are what freedom’s friends would have expected to hear from our president when our nation was slandered. Instead he offered silence, smiles, and a handshake.
Even more troubling than what he has or has not said is what he has not done. Kim Jong Il launched a long-range missile on the very day President Obama addressed the world about the peril of nuclear proliferation. As one of the world’s most oppressive and tyrannical regimes is on the brink of securing the “game changing” capability to reach American shores with a nuclear weapon, the president shrinks from action: no seizure of North Korean funds, no severance of banking access, no blockade.
Not to be outdone by Kim Jong Il, President Ahmadinejad announced that his nation has successfully mastered every step necessary to enrich uranium, violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty it has signed. So, like North Korea, Iran will have changed the world’s equation for peace and security: It will be capable of devastating Europe and America, and of annihilating Israel. And as with North Korea, the Obama administration chooses inaction — no new severe sanctions, no hint of military options. Ahmadinejad can act with confidence that the forceful options once on our proverbial table have been shelved.
Vice President Biden was right that the new president would be tested early in his administration. What the world learned was not good news for freedom and democracy. The leader of the free world has been a timid advocate of freedom at best. And bold action to blunt the advances of tyrants has been wholly lacking. We are still very early in the Obama years — the president will have ample opportunity to defend America and freedom, and to deter nuclear brinkmanship. I am hoping for change.
Romney Leads Anti-EFCA Charge, Spurs Presidential Discussion
April 13, 2009 at 02:20 PM
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney hosted a conference call with the Workforce Fairness Institute on Monday in an attempt to drum up opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act. Ideologically, it was an obvious position for the 2008 Republican presidential candidate to take. Politically, lending his voice to a cause dear to the conservative movement’s heart will undoubtedly spur additional speculation that Romney is gearing up for another run at the Oval Office in 2012.
The former governor has been building the institutional base within the Republican Party that he lacked during the ‘08 primary. While not in elected office, he has lent his voice to various other candidates and committees, either through speeches or fundraising. His appearance at the CPAC convention was one of the most widely attended and crested with him winning the conservative group’s informal presidential straw poll for the third year in a row. One highly respected Republican strategist said he was incredibly impressed with the path Romney was taking. “He’s building relationships and staying relevant,” said the strategist, who added that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin would be well suited to follow such an example.
“This is not just a matter of ‘oh, let’s help the working folks,’” he declared during Monday’s conference call. “That’s not what this is. This is a matter of: ‘let’s get the money for the unions.’ This is really targeted at small business as well as big business. Take something like Wal-Mart, 1.4 million U.S employees at Wal-Mart. If unions were able to get, you know, $400 in union dues annually from each one of those folks, you are talking a half a billion dollars in revenues to unions. And a hundred million dollars would go into elections in this country, their favorite politicians. This is about money and about politics and it is sacrificing the rights and freedoms of the American worker to be able to get big bucks for the unions bosses.”
Last Wednesday evening Mitt Romney delivered the keynote address at the National Republican Senatorial Committee fundraiser in Washington, D.C. (no surprise to us he’s still in high demand).
The GOP is in the midst of change with new leadership and rising strong voices who can help to guide us during this time. I am glad that Mitt continues to be in the forefront with vision and sensibility. Here is an excerpt of his speech from the Tribune:
“I think the American people are seeing through what’s happening,” Romney told a crowd of GOP senators and Republican donors at the Newseum in Washington. “The Democrats are trying to use this [economic] crisis as a way to advance their philosophy of the supremacy of government, and I don’t think that Americans are being fooled.”
“Among our liberal friends, there’s a strain [of thought] in the sense of monarchism,” Romney said, quickly noting that liberals don’t want a king, but a king-like system, that “The government should be the sovereign, [that ] the government knows best. That idea is permeating in Washington and in other parts of the country.”
The Tribune goes on to quote the former Michigan Republican Party Chairman, Saul Anuzis:
“By anybody’s calculations, he would be a leading candidate for 2012. So I think it makes sense for him to continue to keep a high profile and meet with party leaders, and help raise money and be a speaker and continue in that role.”