“And so if Mitt Romney comes along and I look into his background and I see a tendency to implement the same policies, which will have the same deadly effect on the country – stand for the same positions, how am I supposed to tell you or anybody else, that I prefer Romney? On what grounds would I prefer Romney?” – Alan Keyes
Alan Keyes has a knack for analysis and I must say that his observations about the current presidential race are spot on, but it’s his conclusion that needs a bit of consideration. Are Obama and Romney fraternal twins that will both bring down the Republic? Are their policies mirror images of each other? Keyes makes the point that Romneycare is of the same genus as Obamacare; that Romney has been an abortion candidate in the past and that he is the surrogate father of gay marriage. So how can the true patriot logically consider either candidate? Why vote at all or, if you are going to vote, why not Gary Johnson or a write-in campaign for Ron Paul?
So, after allowing Dr. Keyes words to marinate overnight and inviting some of my readers to chime in, here’s what I’ve concluded: THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MITT ROMNEY AND BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, except …
Mitt Romney has worked in the private sector, met a payroll, created jobs and saved an Olympics. Obama, not so much, but he did save an Olympics … for Rio de Janeiro.
Obama has never strapped a dog to the roof of his car and Romney has never strapped one to the roof of his mouth. Romney was able to buy a house without help from convicted felon Tony Rezko, and was able to attend college without the help of a Saudi Sheikh. Both men went to exclusive schools costing thousands of dollars, but only Obama has spent millions to keep it a secret. You can see Mitt’s record, his grades, pictures of him and his friends and you can do so without having to file a FOIA request.
Romney did not pal around or start his political career from the home of a domestic terrorist. Romney has not had his campaign coordinate with lapdogs masquerading as legitimate journalists, to release the “sealed” transcripts of an opponent’s divorce. Mitt never taught the Marxist textbook, “Rules for Radicals” to a group of insurgents and agitators now known as ACORN. Mitt was not born to, raised by, or praised by Communists or their sympathizers, but he did do a missions trip to the down-and-out in Paris. Mitt was not endorsed by the Communist Party USA … TWICE. Mitt Romney doesn’t have 20 million followers on twitter (70% of which have been established as fraudulent).
While Mitt was once “pro-choice” (he’s since recanted), he never inspired a “medical procedure” known as “shelving”. You know, when a baby is actually born of a botched abortion and the nurse is instructed to put it on a shelf in a janitor’s closet until it “expires”. This is merciful because a newborn baby isn’t really capable of taking the pill (like our grandmothers) and Barack Obama was the only Democrat to publically voice his support of this on four different occasions. Oh, the lengths a guy has to travel to get a perfect score from NARAL.
There’s one area where Barack Obama has bragging rights: he has killed terrorists – with drones, snipers and even words. Barack Obama was reluctantly responsible for the death of Osama bin Laden and, sadly, incompetently responsible for the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Of course, we won’t know the full casualty list until all the numbers roll in from the “sanctions” that are sure to follow when an enemy captures our NOC list.
This of course is just a sampling of the similarities between the two; I haven’t even mentioned with whom they choose to surround themselves. Let me just suggest this contrast: Joe Biden or Paul Ryan? Hillary Clinton or John Bolton? Jay-Z and Beyoncé or Chuck Norris? Finally, for the sake of argument, let’s assume the worst of Mitt Romney; that he’s a chameleon that displays whatever skin is popular at the time and is needed to get elected. Who do you think will be more responsive to the pressure of the tea-party: a blame-duck Marxist or a pragmatic politician that has no principle, but is shaped by the current fad of his own party?
The problem with Dr. Keyes’ analysis is that his political OCD doesn’t allow for distinctions in motive or an understanding of the system. He sees this election as a choice between two men, but this election is not a choice between chocolate or vanilla, waffle cone or bowl, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. This election is between survival and extinction. The outcome of this election will decide whether or not America will shake the Red Fever, break the delusion and walk it off or be slapped with the toe tag and fitted for a pine box. While neither man may add up to the Thanksgiving dinner that was Calvin Coolidge or Ronald Reagan (Mitt Romney, at best, may be an MRE); there is one thing that we know for sure – Barack Obama is Spam laced with arsenic.
I know that there are many out there who can’t help but think like Dr. Keyes. They mostly identify as Libertarian or Independent; and they’re mostly certain to vote for someone other than Mr. Romney, if they vote at all. Conservatives, who recognize our jeopardy, rightly fear that if men like Dr. Keyes are successful, we could end up on the wrong end of the “hanging chad” this time around. Al Gore would have been President back in 2000, were it not for the Green Party and the 3% of the vote that was siphoned off by Branch Naderian’s.
Paul Ryan from a campaign speech in Lima, Ohio, asked, “Do you want Barack Obama to be re-elected? Then don’t vote for Ron Paul.” What’s missing in print is the negative ellipsis that the crowd groaned in response. Glenn Beck, a self-professed Libertarian, is also wary of the self-righteous cognitive dissidents in his own movement who utter “Ron Paul 2012” as their shibboleth: “Ron Paul people, I have had it up to here. Romney called the Fed and begged them not to do this. Romney is not an ‘abolish the Fed’ guy but at least he’s a ‘Let’s not burn the country down guy’ … You guys are so delusional you’re going to lead to the Arab Spring. What is wrong with you people? Ron Paul is not running. He’s not running!”
If Alan Keyes is anything, he’s a brilliant, bitter, political scientist who should be commenting on the national dialogue, but not guiding a national campaign. Let’s face it, Keyes is no tactician. He has lost more campaigns than the Washington Generals.
Image: “Mirror, Mirror; Two Birds at a Zoo”; courtesy Mirror Mirror by Kaiti Miss