In 2008 candidate Barack Hussein Obama offered the American People a vision of hope and change.
No more would our government be divided by partisan strife. He would change the culture in Washington. That was needed as our economy was losing jobs at a rate unheard of for decades, and our financial system teetered on ruin, spreading uncertainty and despair. Two wars were stressing the military and limiting our ability to respond to crises around the globe.
Although President George W. Bush was personally popular, his policies, doctrine and neo-con administration no longer were. The patriotic unity after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, had degenerated into constant second-guessing, bickering and questioning our resolve and direction.
Four years later, President Obama’s supporters say he saved us from the precipice. Without his leadership we would have slipped into another Great Depression, they say.
The president must be given credit for his accomplishments. But leadership to unify the entire nation certainly isn’t one of them.
President Obama has made the same general error that President Bush did: he forced his will and agenda on half the citizenry. And that’s not true leadership.
More than anything right now the United States needs a leader who can engender confidence in the people. Obama tried, but he didn’t succeed.
Was he too liberal? Was racism involved? Did the opposition party ordain him to failure? Those are questions that must be left to the historians to answer. And while they matter, they don’t change the challenges we face as a people and nation today.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt told the American People in his first inaugural address that, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
That’s as true today as it was then. The malaise that grips this nation’s economy is rooted in fear and uncertainty. Former Gov. Mitt Romney is the best choice facing Americans to change that. If Romney is elected, expect to see immediate improvement, even before he takes office.
Simply the change in administration will hearten many who have believed our country was on a disastrous course.
But for President Romney’s policies to accomplish anything he will have to provide leadership for the entire political spectrum, the Left as well as the Right and the Center.
Change and hope won’t be enough, as President Obama has learned.
Gov. Romney’s experience as governor in Massachusetts, when he faced a Democratic Party-dominated legislature, gives hope he can do the same in Washington, D.C.
Despite what millions of dollars in television mudslinging claimed, Gov. Romney is an honorable man who can mediate between the feuding parties and help them find the common ground our elected representatives once sought.
Sen. Dean Heller also is an honorable man. He showed his mettle as Nevada Secretary of State when he made Nevada the first state in the nation to implement a paper trail to electronic voting machines. In Heller’s fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed him to the U.S. Senate to replace John Ensign after he resigned.
This is the first chance for Nevada voters to elect him to the seat he has held since May 9, 2011. They should do so.
There’s a sea change in Washington to return the country to limited government and fiscal responsibility. That change began in the House of Representatives. And Danny Tarkanian, if given the chance by Second Congressional District voters, will continue to see to it Nevada has a voice in that transformation.
The Mesquite Local News endorses Mitt Romney for president; Dean Heller for U.S. Senate; and Danny Tarkanian for the U.S. House, Second Congressional District.