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Romney hits his stride defending America

Romney hits his stride defending America

Romney finally hit his stride at a speech today in Pennsylvania.

And all President Obama had to do was attack the very nature of our governing philosophy and the hard work and ingenuity of the American people.

It’s well worth watching this clip, especially at the 3:44 mark where the crowd erupts in applause and cheering at Romney’s defense of American values:

What the president said was both startling and revealing. I find it extraordinary that a philosophy of that nature would be spoken by a president of the United States. It goes to something I’ve spoken about from the beginning of the campaign. That this election is to a great degree about the soul of America. Do we believe in an America that is great because of government, or do we believe in an America that is great because of free people allowed to pursue their dreams and build their future?

Romney gets it, he just needs to express it to all of us more often.

(video added)


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You’re in a marathon, keep striding Romney..

    Ami in reply to JP. | July 17, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    He’s finding his pace.

    As for Obama: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” George Orwell, 1984
    And you:

The only reason he grew a pair today is because he hears a barracuda nipping at his heels

This was an excellent speech. When Romney does two excellent things in a row I will send him another contribution.

jimzinsocal | July 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Same stuff but Glenn included a great pic

    That pic is worth a click. May there be many more like it.

    Romney hits his stride defending America, Anne posts. Not only that, but we’ve hit our stride again when, instead of getting mad, we’ve resumed mocking Obama.

      TrooperJohnSmith in reply to gs. | July 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Saul Alinsky #5. Mock your opponent. It is hard to counter without looking like a fool or a bully!!

      Let’s GO GET ‘EM!!!!!11

theduchessofkitty | July 17, 2012 at 5:20 pm


Our capitalist system has been the source of massive wealth creation, unparallelled in human history. Because of it we have so many brands that have stood the test of time. Just look at the name brands that dominate the world’s market: Apple, ExxonMobil, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Microsoft, Oracle, HP, Nike, Ford, Caterpillar, etc…

People cause riots just to get their hands on a pair of Air Jordans or the latest iPads. Do you ever see that happening in a socialist market system?

Even capitalist marketing and culture are better by a country mile than anything a socialist system can market. Have you ever seen the Soviet rip-off the Beatles’ “Let It Be” from the seventies? It lacks the assertiveness of youth, but has plenty of snobbery to go around.

What good products have any Socialist economic system made that have lasted? Think about it.

Yeah, there’s one: Yugos. If you can find them…

(Oh, to put a nice cherry to this tart: It was a CAPITALIST MARKETING STRATEGY which made millions of gullible Americans cast their votes for a MARXIST as President in 2008. No socialist marketing would have accomplished that so overtly.)

    papajoffre in reply to theduchessofkitty. | July 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    There is only one thing I can think of created by a socialist economic system that has stood the test of time; the AK-47 assault rifle.

      theduchessofkitty in reply to papajoffre. | July 17, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      “the AK-47 assault rifle.”

      Which goes to show that in order to fulfill their goals, all socialist systems must resort to violence.

        TrooperJohnSmith in reply to theduchessofkitty. | July 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm

        Even the AK was a rip-off of the German MP43/44. The RPG was an improved rip-off of the Panzerfaust. The first Soviet intercontinental bomber was the TU4 ‘Bull’, an exact copy of the B-29s that diverted to Russia from Japan raids. (Right down to the extra hole in the lower left wing, a manufacturing defect copied from ‘The General Hap Arnold’.)

        I’d say that the only thing my friends in the former Soviet Union created that survives today is some of the finest Vodka in the world. NO, not that one; nobody but Americans and homeless Russians drink Столичная. 😀

        papajoffre in reply to theduchessofkitty. | July 17, 2012 at 11:49 pm

        It is truly ironic, but if you go to any rifle range in the country, you will see alot of Soviet era weaponry in the hands of American shooters. There is a reason for this though, AK-47’s are powerful, rugged weapons and relatively cheap, and more importantly, cheap to shoot. And when the “Illegal Insurrection” begins in America, you will see alot of Soviet weapons being used by patriotic Americans.

Not a quotable sound bite in the entire speech.

Considering the thousands and thousands of witty conservatives blogging and advocating, what is so hard about the Romney campaign coming up with something like this? —

“Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”
-Ronald Reagan

    theduchessofkitty in reply to | July 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    We need to make an updated bumper sticker, ASAP.

    ““Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter Barack Obama loses his.” – Ronald Reagan.

    ShakesheadOften in reply to | July 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

    “Obama attacks success and therefore under Obama we have less success.” That’s a pretty good sound bite to me.

    And, besides, I think it’s a sad commentary that we need soundbites to win. True, unfortunately, but sad.

A roadmap for the obvious ( — where the obvious is not seen by the Romney campaign):

“Clue For Mitt Romney: Stop Whining, Start Fighting – You’ve Got A Golden Opportunity And You Are Blowing It”

jimzinsocal | July 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Mitt needs to attach himself to all these going around. Pass em around

I think he’s been waiting for a target. Now he has one. As long as the Bain attacks weren’t helping, there was no reason for Romney to respond. Let the President waste his money.
Whether we will see sustained attacks like this remains to be seen. It might still be early.

I’m still pining for newt.

NC Mountain Girl | July 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm

It is often smarter not to counter every jab but instead to wait for the chance to land a major blow after your opponent leaves himself open. If Obama has decided to leave TOTUS behind I suspect Romney will have many such opportunities in the coming weeks and months.

    Milwaukee in reply to NC Mountain Girl. | July 17, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    If 0bama leaves TOTUS behind then this is the beginning of the end. Being partial to breathing, I have used an inhaler for asthma relief. For him to call such a device a “breathalyzer”, which is what law enforcement uses on suspected drunk drivers, is hilarious. The man doesn’t do impromptu, and will say many, many stupid things. He might even do that while riding the intercontinental railroad amongst the 57 states.

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The tone of optimism in the speech is crucial. While America is America, optimism wins elections.

There is as much optimism in hopenchange as there is Cherokee blood in Elizabeth Warren’s veins.

TrooperJohnSmith | July 17, 2012 at 7:59 pm

As the son of a lifelong entrepreneur, I was not only startled but angered by the shallowness and ignorance president. His meme is apparently, if you are smart and hardworking, YOU TOO can create and run a successful business.

Smart: He was right. Lots of smart people. It helps to be smart to start a business.

Hardworking: It’s essential, especially when just starting a business.

So the president left it there. The crowd went wild, because he was essentially saying that, “The rich fat cats ain’t got anything on all you smart, hardworking people out there!” The clear implication being that all those people were just a toll bridge or a public university from being the next Henry Ford.

But because Obama has never run a company or added value to anything based on the honest sweat of his labor, his whole premise is terribly flawed or perhaps dishonest. What he missed in his ignorance of ‘business’ was the rest of what it takes to start and run a enterprise:

Vision: To start a business you must have a vision. You must act upon it and adjust the vision as reality, experience and circumstances dictate. You have to put the concept into reality, not always an easy task. Sadly, some ‘smart’ and ‘hardworking’ people lack vision, which reduces Obama’s ‘pool’ of people who could start and run businesses considerably.

Risk: There have been an untold number of people who had all the essential qualities to be an entrepreneur, but at the end of the day, they just wanted to play it safe. They were afraid or maybe just cautious, but for whatever reason, they did not act. Risk is the willingness to try and lose, which reduces Obama’s ‘pool’ more.

Persistence: If you are not persistent, you will likely not weather either the natural growing pains of a business or the first downturn. Sometimes you must start over with less or take a different approach. This quality culls more from Obama’s cadre of ‘business people’.

Sacrifice: There are people who slept in their offices, took no salary and made great sacrifices to nurse their business through tough times. Again, more faces disappear from Obama’s ‘pool’.

Passion & Faith: These last two are probably the ultimate deal breakers. Without both of these, you’re done before you get started. Lack of these will assure you never make it through the rough times, because absent these, you will fail. Faith isn’t necessarily ‘religious’ faith, though people who were my examples were almost all very faithful people in both that sense and in the way faith promulgates confidence and a positive attitude.

After these qualities are applied against Obama’s ‘business candidates’ most will, like the president, be found lacking. That many in his audience fall for and believe this hokum is sad. That the President of the United States voices this sentiment, much less believes it, is tragic. That he serves to deceive people with this rhetoric, is borderline moral corruption.

Romney gets it, he just needs to express it to all of us more often.

As one put it today; when the circumstance calls, he needs to “show more passion”

    Romney needs an “I paid for this microphone Mr Green!” moment. Reagan also had the same trait of never getting angry. He suddenly showed that he had his limits and wouldn’t be pushed around by the Bush dirty tricksters who were attempting to co-opt his event. He flashed just enough anger to take control of the situation without losing his composure and that is what eventually propelled him to the WH.

    Romney is one of those people who never gets angry. He needs to get angry once in a while and for real, not for show.

Here is what Romney’s response should be the next time Obama demands that he release his tax returns:

There are two axioms (i.e. articles of faith) which underlie American conservatism. One, that each individual is endowed by their Creator with a unique dignity. Two, that human life has a unique and extraordinary value, from conception to grave. Enlightenment was the mass recognition of these fundamental principles. Obama adheres to a primitive, corrupt perception of reality that only a lunatic could reasonably embrace.

    n.n in reply to n.n. | July 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Obama’s faith is incompatible with enlightenment and is antithetical to Judeo-Christian principles. With the latter, a fundamental aspect is that each individual stands to be judged by their individual conscience. Both enlightenment and the Christian faith direct that human life and dignity be respected, not as a collective but individually.

      Browndog in reply to n.n. | July 17, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Collective salvation

      Google it.

      Some still think “collectivism” refers to money, society, government.

      It may to them, but it means a whole lot more to those that actually engage in “collectivism”.

        n.n in reply to Browndog. | July 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        From what I understand, there is no collective salvation; there is, however, collective damnation. In any case, I am not speaking on the matter of salvation, but of fundamental principles, especially the concept of individual dignity. The circumstances of reality and divine providence dictate the bounds of collectivism in any form.

        The character of our nation is described in the establishment document, The Declaration of Independence. The structure and behavior of our nation is described in The Constitution, most notably in the preamble.

        Since I don’t know from what perspective you intend to argue, I will not comment further on this topic. My own position on the “fine line” should be clear.

No notes or teleprompter means we are actually seeing the real Romney.

And it looks pretty good. He comes across better than when reading the carefully prepared speeches.

Interesting that it was a reaction to the real – off-teleprompter – Obama that got Romney going.

Looks like there is a real choice here, after all.

    Not that it detracts from his performance but look carefully, he has notes. Very few people can speak extemporaneously without notes. Out of respect for the audience, speakers should be prepared with notes. What is tiresome is reading to the audience or regurgitating a memorized, over-rehearsed speech.

TeaPartyPatriot4ever | July 18, 2012 at 2:44 am

Considering Romney has been criticized and hammered into a pulp for acting like the limp wet noodle progressive GOP establishment RINO that he is, instead of a strong conservative US Presidential candidate and leader, he is apparently starting to get the message, or so it would seem.

But we will see if this is just a knee jerk reaction to all of it, or a real change in his political posture.