There are basic ideological differences between the Republican and Democrats and these differences are what this election is being boiled down to. I may not have been old enough to understand or even remember the presidential campaigns of the past, but in my 19 years I know enough that it doesn’t even matter how other presidents ran this country. How Obama is comparing himself to the Clinton years and looking to the past or how the Democrats are accusing Romney’s policies as being just like President George W. Bush. The present campaign is completely polarized with the peoples votes being swayed by ideology, not by record and facts.
President Obama is giving himself an incomplete for his term as president: the national debt is above 16 trillion dollars and the current unemployment rate is at 8.3% (according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics). Everything Obama promised has not happened. He promised to create jobs and to help the economy. After two huge stimulus bills, which were the basis of this “change”, nothing has happened. If anything the economy is worse. Obama gives no clear direction for the future, only stating that his “work is not finished”, that he needs to do more to help the people who cannot help themselves.
And that is where the fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans lie. The role of government.
Obama cannot run on his record…how could he? Any liberal who says Obama can run on his record are stupid, ill informed, and kidding themselves. Yes, he did give the order to kill Osama Bin Laden…but when do you this that operation and intel started? During the Bush Administration and Obama just happened to be at the right place at the right time. Yes, he did create Obama care, affordable health care for every citizen of the United States, it sounds wonderful! But, if it is truly so wonderful then how come half of the United States does not support it? How come states are fighting it? Yes, Obama fights for “women’s rights” by stating that contraception should be cheap, affordable, and even free. But, what the heck is he making religious institutions cover contraception in their health care policies? It is against their religion! Yes, Obama just now in this election year finally “comes out”, in support of gay marriage. Where was this support in all three years of his presidency? Oh yeah, he didn’t support it because he believed marriage should be between a man and a woman. By changing his stance in an election year he appears to the nation as wishy-washy and has angered many of his religious Baptist supporters. Obama has stated that Americans “didn’t build that” when referring to their small business’s and he himself creates a huge class divide by polarizing the evil and successful rich against the weak and defenseless poor. I could go on and on, but the question is still the same..how could anyone say that Obama is doing a good job?
It doesn’t matter if he is doing a bad job, ideologically what he is doing and saying is right in the eyes of the Democrats on the left. He has an incomplete because his job isn’t finished, he is still better than Romney because he doesn’t have a Swiss bank account and he understands our pain.
Romney’s family is the American Dream, he succeeded through hard work and diligence in that work, he created two companies and has succeeded leading people. But, it doesn’t matter. Romney cannot do anything to defend his money because in the eyes of left, money is bad and Romney can never, again, understand this country’s pain.
The Obama Campaign can do nothing to defend their record so they will attack Romney on social issues. They will state again and again on his war on women, how he is against abortion, how he is against gay marriage, and how he has a Swiss bank account. Anything to detract from the fact that Obama has a losing record. Romney will help the economy, unlike Obama, he understands how to make jobs, how investments work and what doesn't. Romney can create practical economic change and growth in this country.
But, the left will not vote for him because he is not in ideological lock step with them. Obama is.
One thing can be said: Ideology can be an impediment in politics because one can be stuck with an ideology that does not work when applied to reality and real life. It sounds great and it sounds fair and it sounds equal, but in reality all it creates is a failed economy and a more polarized base then before. That is what Obama has given this country and that is why he needs to get out.