President Romney – get used to it
Today, our cousins in the United States of America go to the polls. It has been entertaining, divisive, and tantalisingly close. When it’s over and the cents are counted, it will have been the most expensive election in history ($5.8 billion). But democracy is both inconvenient and costly, and the USA does it rather well - at least the electorate there gets a real choice.
As you know, His Grace has never claimed the gift of infallibility in matters of faith, doctrine or political discernment. In his life, he has been known for his inconsistency, occasionally changing his mind, and sometimes being humiliatingly wrong. It all comes with being human.
So (or But) today, he goes out on a limb and declares the US Presidential Election 2012 will be won by Mitt Romney.
No, don’t laugh. The polls have evidently been nail-bitingly close for months: it really will go down to the wire, and (let’s face it) Obama wasn’t ‘the change’ he promised to be: there was no coherent vision and very little delivery. He simply nudged, pushed and tugged his country incrementally toward the European corporatist model, which can never produce growth or prosperity. The enthusiasm for change is now with the Republicans and the intense feeling among swing voters that Obama simply doesn’t match up to his rhetoric. When some polls are coming in at 49-46 (Gallup) in favour of the GOP, there’s clearly more than a glimmer of hope that this will be a one-term Democrat presidency.
And we must not forget that the ‘single-issue’ dynamic is a potent force over the pond – vastly more than (say) the EU or Green issues are over here. It isn’t all about the economy, the deficit and the national debt (and eye-watering $16 trillion) – there’s abortion, gay marriage, gun control, religious liberty, Israel, etc., etc. – all issues which lead voters toward Governor Romney. And so we’ve seen millions of Evangelical Christians joining with Roman Catholics uniting with Jewish groups complemented by the National Rifle Association, all pouring in millions of man hours to help the undecideds decide.
And the lead Romney enjoys with ‘engaged’ groups (ie those highly likely to vote) is impressive: the elderly (54%), married couples (56%), church attendees (59%), white evangelicals (79%), Roman Catholics (53%), and gun owners (60%).
And we must remember that Obama also needs to win the Senate as well as the White House: it’s looking as though whoever wins the presidency may not also carry the Senate, and that is a recipe for paralysis, brinksmanship and political high-stakes for the next four years. So, even with President Romney, the US may still be stuck with rising taxes to meet the growing costs of big-government and the curse of disastrous policies which are tipping the country toward an inevitable bankruptcy and the world to recession.
The Democrats have had four years to ‘be the change’, and their promises proved vacuous. To guarantee economic security, they need to implement the Ryan plan for growth; to guarantee social security, they need to inculcate a sense of personal responsibility; to guarantee global security, US foreign policy needs to lean back toward Israel and away from the Arab states.
Only President Romney has the clarity of vision to address the political and economic morass into which the USA is fast sinking. Only he appears to care about marriage, abortion, gun control and religious liberty. He is not perfect – he holds some weird beliefs – but he is clearly the best man for the job.
God bless America.