“I don’t see our influence growing around the world. I see our influence receding.”

“America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators.”—Governor Romney

 

The third and last Presidential debate probably didn’t change too many opinions.  There was a similar pattern to the second: Romney laid strong blows on Obama for what he has actually done, while Obama was reduced to claims about what Romney has (allegedly) said. But as Romney quipped, “Attacking me is not an agenda.”

All Obama can boast about was killing Osama bin Laden, which any President would have done.  Of course, Obama wouldn’t admit the vital role of Bush–Cheney administration policies that he had sharply attacked as a candidate (see previous Patriot column Why liberals are wrong on Osama’s death).

Once again, the liberal moderator allowed Obama too many interruptions and about four minutes more speaking time.  Obama seemed prepared for a few one-liners that might make give his liberal base thrills up their legs, but failed miserably when exposed to the evidence.  But even liberal sites that claim that Obama won the debate concede that he lost the three-debate series, and polls show that Romney’s lead has increased the day after.

Middle East

Romney argued that we must convince the Islamic world to reject extremism.  This includes the rule of law, in contrast to the Islamic despotisms that Obama has encouraged to take over (Egypt and Libya).  Romney also pointed out that equality for women is vital for these countries, but this has decreased as Islamism has risen under Obama’s watch.  This is a true “war on women”—“honor-killing” and denying them education. Instead, Obama and the Dems have manufactured a phony Republican “war on women”, which means opposing taxpayer-funding of both murder of their unborn babies and contraceptives for 30-something-year-old “students”.

Romney scored well with facts: four people dead in Libya including the ambassador, the Syrian military murdering 30,000 civilians,northern Mali taken over by al Qaida types, Egypt with an anti-Semitic Muslim Brotherhood president, Iran four years closer to nuclear weapons, and increasing tumult in general.

Iran

Romney strongly denounced Iran’s holocaust-denying president Ahmadinejad, and argued for his indictment for inciting genocide against Israel.  Again, he stressed the increasing danger of Iranian nukes.  While Obama dithers, Iran’s centrifuges are still spinning (rather like Obama in the debate).  Romney argued cogently that Iran’s despots sense Obama’s neo-Chamberlainiteweakness, such as when he wanted to meet with the world’s most murderous dictators:

“And then the president began what I have called an apology tour, of going to various nations in the Middle East and criticizing America. I think they looked at that and saw weakness.”

Obama obfuscated by claiming, “this notion of me apologizing … has been probably the biggest whopper” and claimed that “fact-checkers” confirm this.  But this is not what Romney claimed.  While Obama didn’t necessarily “apologize”, he certainly did “criticize America” as Romney said.  Was Obama bowing to Islamic rulers also a whopper?

Romney came back with:

“Mr. President, the reason I call it an apology tour is because you went to the Middle East, and you flew to Egypt, and to Saudi Arabia, and to Turkey, and Iraq. And by the way, you skipped Israel, our closest friend in the region, but you went to the other nations.And by the way, they noticed that you skipped Israel.

“And then in those nations, and on Arabic TV, you said that America had been dismissive and derisive. You said that on occasion America had dictated to other nations.

“Mr. President, America has not dictated to other nations. We have freed other nations from dictators.”

Also, Obama is hypocritical, complaining about dictating to other nations when his administration has dictated to Israel about going back to indefensible pre-1967 borders and daring to build settlements in its own capital.

Obama said, “and if Israel is attacked, America will stand with Israel,”—but he has stood upIsrael’s Prime Minister.  Romney went further: “If Israel is attacked, we have their back, not just diplomatically, not just culturally, but militarily.”

Syria

Romney reminded viewers of Syria’s butchery of 30,000 of its own people.  He rightly pointed out that instead of leading, Obama has relied first on the kakistocracy of the UN, then Russia.  Romney stressed the importance of the issue:

“Syria is Iran’s only ally in the Arab world. It’s their route to the sea. It’s the route for them to arm Hezbollah in Lebanon, which threatens, of course, our ally, Israel.”

This got brain-dead leftists salivating, even producing maps showing that Iran already has a long coastline to the Persian Gulf.  Some even showed the irrelevant coastline to the Caspian Sea, which is really the world’s biggest lake (albeit essential to control if Iran wanted to attack Kazakhstan).  But as was clear from the second sentence, Romney was talking about the Mediterranean Sea, as reports stated:

“Iran has agreed to fund a new multi-million-dollar military base on the Syrian coast to make it easier to ship weapons and other military hardware between the two countries, according to Western intelligence reports.”

Romney reinforced his criticism by showing how Iranian dissents held up pro-America signs and Obama was silent, a further sign to the mad Mullahs that Obama was too weak to stop them.

America’s role in the world

Romney again pointed out how America has been a force for good in the world, not something to criticize.   U.S. support for human rights, human dignity, free enterprise, freedom of expression, and elections has helped strengthen world peace.  But instead, Obama refused to meet Netanyahu because he was too busy with the Letterman Show and palling with the liberal ladies on The View, and his UN ambassador did the same.  Obama has also pulled defensive missiles from our ally Poland.

Romney also pointed out Obama’s huge cuts to the military, showing that our navy and airforce have become both older and smaller.  He cited an impeccable authority: “The secretary of defense called these trillion dollars of cuts to our military devastating. It’s not my term.”  All Obama could offer was a cheap pre-prepared crack:

“Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.”

Actually, Obama is evidently unaware of the “Horse soldiers who won the war in Afghanistan before Obama’s disastrous Afghanistan surge cost 1,500 American lives and 15,000 wounded.”  He also seems unaware of the important role the bayonet still plays in the US Army.  Leftists probably think Obama deserves credit for aircraft carriers and nuclear subs, although we used the former in WW2, and we launched the first nuclear sub (USS Nautilus) in 1954!

Economy

For America to continue to have this positive role, it must have a strong economy.  Romney cited Admiral Mullan, who states that our debt is the biggest national security threat we face.  Indeed, Romney asked, why should anyone invest in America if they see that our ever-increasing debt looks like “we’re headed to the road to Greece.”  Romney again summarized his five-point plan, which I summarize further:

  1. North American energy independence, including drilling our own oil and gas.
  2. More free trade, including with the huge combined economies of Latin America.
  3. Improved education and training that puts parents and kids above teachers unions.
  4. Balanced budget, meaning that we will “finally get off this spending and borrowing binge.”
  5. Champion small business, which provides 2/3 of jobs, which as he said in the previous debates, mainly means: stop strangling them with “trickle down government” such as confiscatory taxes and red tape.

Romney also promised to repeal Obamacare from Day 1, cut discretionary budget by 5%, and return good programs to the States that are proven to run them better than the Feds.  Of course, no matter how many specifics Romney provides, the Left will still spout their “we need more specifics” mantra.

With Obama, the specifics are easy: envy-mongeringsoak the “rich”demagoguery, and borrow and spend—oops sorry, “invest”.  Romney again nailed Obama on so-called investment in research that was really investment in (politically favored) companies (aka crony capitalism) like Solyndra.  But as Romney asked, do we want more of the last four years, with average income down; and more unemployed, foodstamps, and debt? Reminder: Obama said he would be a “one-term proposition” if he didn’t fix the economy in three years.


Romney reminded us that he knows how to create jobs and turn around struggling companies.  As a businessman, he knew that if he didn’t balance budgets, he would go out-of-business.

Education

Romney also trumped Obama on education, pointing out that in MA, students came first in math and English, thanks to testing and bipartisan policies focusing on great teachers in the classroom and scholarships for bright students.  Obama interrupted with “That happened before you came into office, Governor.”  Romney stood his ground: “No, that was actually mine, Mr. President. You got that fact wrong.”  Indeed, the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship program, awarding college tuition for students with a GPA above 3.0, was unveiled during Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2004 State of the State address.  And even the liberal ABC confirmed that Romney was right—his state’s results “did not reach the top of the rankings until Romney took office as governor.”

Conclusion

The formal debates are over.  But in the home stretch before Election Day, Patriots must strongly make the case to their family and friends that Romney is the only way to defeat Obama, the first president who hates America and the Church.  Staying at home or wasting a vote on a third party is the height of Pharisaism and irresponsibility.  Patriots who are Christians need to work on their church friends too—we simply can’t afford a repeat of 2008 where 17 million evangelicals didn’t vote or weren’t registered, a disgraceful shirking of responsibility.