Video: “Real Change From Day One” (Mitt Romney’s closing argument speech given on Fri., Nov. 2, 2012, in West Allis, WI)
November 3, 2012
August 31, 2012
May 3, 2012
After readying The Founders’ Key (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2012), I’m still not sure what Larry Arnn is referring to in the title. The connection between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution is obvious. The Declaration of Independence presents the principles upon which our government is founded, and the Constitution lays out the specific method and limits for the U.S. government.
In his “Conclusion,” Arnn correctly points out that
Article I, section 8, of the Constitution lists in seventeen paragraphs the things about which Congress may legislate. Half of them concern national defense. The rest mainly concern the guarantee of an unimpeded national system of commerce and property rights and the ability of the federal government to operate on the territory it possesses. There is no word about education, health, retirement, welfare, or any of the hundreds or perhaps thousands of areas of policy in which the Federal government now operates. (118-19)
In the following paragraph, he admits that we won’t “soon have a government that operates entirely within the confines of the Constitution. That will take a work of restoration and recovery of many years” (119).
I’ve thought the same thing recently in relation to the current presidential campaign. I believe Mitt Romney is a conservative, though he may not talk like one since he’s not a politician or a pundit. I believe he understands and supports the Constitution and will do what he can to restore it. He may not make the abrupt changes some people prefer, but he will set us on the right path.
As Arnn pointed out, the Constitution does not allow the federal government to get involved in “education, health, retirement,” etc., but we can’t just cut off student loans, Medicare and Medicaid, and Social Security. Promises need to be kept, and the programs need to be phased out gradually or relegated to the states.
April 1, 2012
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March 29, 2012
March 8, 2012
Over the last week, I’ve started checking some websites daily for information on the 2012 presidential campaign. Those sites have asterisks. I’ve added some others to the list that I intend to read more often than I have been.
- America Needs Mitt*
- Ann Coulter* (Wednesdays)
- Article VI Blog*
- Big Government
- BuzzFeed Politics
- DickMorris.com, especially his Daily Lunchtime Videos*
- Drudge Report*
- Evangelicals for Mitt*
- Mitt Romney Central
- Mitt: The Man*
- Politico – 2012 Presidential Election
- RealClearPolitics – Elections 2012
- Right Turn* (by Jennifer Rubin)
- Rove.com (Thursdays)
- The Competent Conservative
- Washington Post Politics – Campaign 2012
April 16, 2010
I started reading Mitt Romney’s new book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, this week and quickly discovered that none of the quotations (or paraphrases or summaries) or data from outside sources were documented. The book contains no footnotes, endnotes, parenthetical citations, or bibliography. That is plagiarism pure and simple.
Before anyone accuses me of religious bigotry, please note that I am LDS (Mormon). Also, as an English instructor, I know plagiarism when I see it. If one of my students had turned in a paper like this (and some have), he or she would have received a zero and been reported to the proper authority.