On The Campaign Trail


By David Beilstein

A WEEK before the United States presidential election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, Republican challenger Mitt Romney (baring unforeseen events) is posed to win (at least) the popular vote. President Barack Obama, thus far, is losing ground. At this late date, that means Obama is losing this election.

Having written that, there is more. It is hard to argue against the campaign strategy of the Romney campaign thus far. They have been disciplined, spent time and cash wisely, avoided major gaffes, stuck to a Benedictine path in terms of talking points, and now appear to be blitzing the president in swing states once thought to be a lock for the Obama team.

But Obama could be losing it by more. An investigation into such logic could help create more depth to a Republican Party in need of salient advice.

I am not the first scribe to lay claim to such earthy soil — but it goes something like this: Mitt Romney’s attack on Obama’s economic record has been sterling at times, cogent and easy to comprehend for voters. But it has missed opportunity — opportunities, that having gone missed open the door up to semi-effective rejoinders by an enraged President Obama.

You see, things did not begin to fade economically for America just in the last four years. As a National Review column said, things have been “creaky” economically speaking, for over a decade. A Republican exploitation of Obama’s economic record becomes less rapier — less pointed — and much more partisan, when this fact is not pointed out effectively.

Be it said. America needs a total overall — a total reform! — to its free market and individual liberties creed. We need to have an economic revolution in America, beginning with productivity, job creation, and entitlement reduction.

The creation, or maintaining of “Burkean islands of separation” needs to be preserved culturally, but economically too, which means a radical reduction in the cost of doing business in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Bad laws need to be repealed and good laws maintained — the rule of law must be applied equally. We must, then, completely reject a government tarrying about picking winners and losers, but a government of modest duties and limited scope. The dereliction of men and women in government who have empowered the bureaucratic engine beyond its modest parameters has not simply been hewn from Democratic politicians.

Republicans have waged such political miasma quite successfully too. And these GOP men and women of statist proclivity, then, should also be thrown out of congress.  A political tack of this sort by the Romney campaign would have added two points to his national polls — especially in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan — where it looks like such numbers will matter most.

Though a libertarian of strong fiber, I’m pleased where Mitt Romney is right now. He is in a strong position and he approaches election to the highest office in the land.

He is winning.

But Romney could be situated even better, politically and ideologically; winning more easily, if only, he had been a clearer exegete of classical liberal reform, focusing not just on the last four years…

…But going back all the way to the statist overreach of FDR and LBJ’s Great Society tempest.


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