To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY: 67 DAYS TO THE 2012 ELECTIONS
The Race Is On!
Heading into this convention, I know there were more than a few Republicans who were apprehensive about the election. It’s been a slow road for Romney to close the deal with the conservative base. But he did it last night with an entire evening devoted to the values of faith and family.
Some social conservatives may complain that there was only one bone thrown our way in Romney’s acceptance speech, when he briefly addressed values issues directly, saying:
“As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America’s first liberty: the freedom of religion.”
I would submit that Romney’s entire speech was a values-based speech that really put in stark contrast the difference between the left-wing, socialist, government-is-god worldview and the conservative, pro-family, faith-based worldview. For example:
- Family permeated the whole convention. The importance of parents who sacrifice for their children was a constant theme — from Condi Rice to Marco Rubio to Mitt and Ann Romney.
And one of the best lines in Romney’s speech last night was this one: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.” It was a great zinger at Obama’s hollow rhetoric and failed policies, but it also underscored Mitt Romney’s commitment to family.
- American exceptionalism — the belief that our liberty comes from God, a founding principle expressed in our Declaration of Independence — was mentioned in Mitt Romney’s speech, in Paul Ryan’s speech, in Marco Rubio’s speech and by many others at the convention.
Don’t forget, folks, that when Obama quotes from the same section of the Declaration of Independence, herepeatedly leaves out the most important words “endowed by their Creator.”
All the values debates we are having in America — life, marriage, etc. — ultimately get back to the origin of our rights. Where do our rights come from? The left believes they come from government. We believe they come from God. If we don’t win this debate, we won’t win many others.
- Among those first, essential freedoms is religious liberty. And the defense of religious liberty was a constant theme throughout the convention, including in the very powerful benediction delievered by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
As I travel around the country, I don’t meet many hyphenated conservatives. Sure, they all have their top priorities. But whatever their main concerns may be, what we heard at this convention was a coherent and comprehensive Reaganesque conservatism.
We want a strong national defense. We want less government, lower taxes and more liberty. We want all our children to be protected under law and to enjoy the prosperity that makes America the envy of the world. We also want our children to experience the love and security that comes from families with a mother and a father.
I’m sure you’ve heard more than once from a friend or family member that old saying, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties.”
My friends, on the most fundamental issues — the sanctity of life, the meaning of marriage, the centrality of faith, the purpose of government — the differences are the biggest!
One final point. Barack Obama’s election was proof positive of the overwhelming decency of America. As the first black president, Obama performed better among white male voters than Gore or Kerry, and he outperformed Kerry among white female voters.
That was particularly true among younger Americans from suburban families, many of whom were likely more oriented toward the GOP. They genuinely wanted to believe that this man of hope and change would bring this country together. I don’t need to take time or space here to rehash how Obama hasn’t even tried.
But when Paul Ryan referred to the faded Obama posters in the childhood bedrooms of many 20-somethings today, and when Mitt Romney rightly stated “this president cannot tell us that you are better off today than when he took office,” they reminded us that elections are more than just popularity contests or speech contests.
I believe, I hope, I pray that millions were reminded this week about the central importance of our traditional American values — faith, family, free enterprise, freedom — the values that make America succeed. If so, they will know that out of the decency and goodness of their hearts they gave Obama a chance and that it is also okay, even necessary, to let him go.
If Americans watching in their living rooms witnessed the same Republican National Convention I did, I know they were inspired, as I was, to trust Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to once again make this nation a shining city upon a hill!
Getting To Know Mitt Romney
I can’t end this report without commenting on the incredibly powerful personal testimonies that were offered last night on Mitt and Ann Romney’s behalf.
For months the Obama campaign and its liberal media allies have waged a relentless campaign of character assassination aimed at demonizing Mitt Romney as a heartless “vampire capitalist” who is incapable of relating to, much less caring for, average people.
Last night’s speakers not only drove a stake through that lie, but they did it in such a way that truly exposed the ugliness of the Democrats’ desperation to smear a good man. Those stories must be repeated in the days and weeks ahead. More Americans need to know Mitt Romney’s incredible character.
To his immense credit, Mitt Romney is a humble man. He doesn’t like bragging about himself, and, unfortunately, he is reticent when it comes to telling his own story. So those of us who would prefer to see Mitt Romney rather than Barack Obama in the White House next year will have to do it for him.
That is why I recently co-authored an op-ed with Daniel Allott spotlighting the incredible generosity of Mitt and Ann Romney. You canread it online at the Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog. Please share it with your friends and family members over this holiday weekend.
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