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Why Romney lost

LORNE DEWITT, Guest columnist Staff
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 07:11 PM

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Why did the Romney, Ryan ticket lose the election?

The reasons are fourfold, because any one reason wouldn't have been enough to cost the Republican nominees the race, however, combined they became too big to surmount.

One reason is that Republicans are so myopic concerning economic issues. It often seems as though they only care about economic liberty for employers and job creators alone. They've forgotten to include employees in that picture. Employees would also like to have some economic liberty too. This has only served to create the impression that they are exclusive and disinterested in working Americans.

They often make derogatory remarks about those that have lost their jobs and have been forced to resort to various forms of public assistance. It's as if they believe that, all of a sudden, 23 million Americans decided that they just didn't feel like working anymore. Often forgetting that many of these so-called "trough suckers" and "takers" paid their part into these programs.

Is it any wonder that so many feel that Republicans are out of touch, favor the rich, or just don't care?

Another reason is, they tend to stick their self righteous noses into business that doesn't concern them. They cry about deregulation, smaller government and getting government out of our lives. Yet they pass laws that legislate morals, just so they can tell the rest of us how to live our lives and violate the intent of the U.S. Constitution.

Unless "Social Conservatives" check their desire to control our lives, "Fiscal Conservatives" will continue to abandon the Republican Party for Libertarianism.

We are tired of the waste, fraud and abuse that is the unending struggle to overturn "Roe v. Wade" and "defining marriage v. gay rights" and funding the "War on Drugs." Why is it so important to prevent people from smoking pot when many of our "Founding Fathers" smoked pipes filled with marijuana while they sat down to write the U.S. Constitution, as well as many of our state constitutions?

To those religious zealots and nut cases that don't know where their rights end and mine begin, who want to push me around, I say this, "Had I wanted a bunch of hypocrites telling me how to live my life, I'd have moved to a Muslim country!" In other words, "Don't tread on me!" Quit alienating people and excluding them from the party, be more inclusive and leave it to the church to do its job, and with it, the responsibility for addressing our moral issues and needs of the community.

This is what the Founding Fathers meant by separation of church and state. Not that we couldn't post the ten commandments, have religious displays, or pray in public places. They didn't want laws passed that impose religious/moral values that denies us the right to live our lives as we choose. They recognized that "choice" was a God given right, not man's to grant or take away!

The third reason goes back to deregulation, many small bossiness owners feel betrayed. Though given majority control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency for six years, as well as majorities in most of the state Legislatures and Governorships, and even the Commissions and Counsels of local governments, Republicans have failed to remove any of the stupid nonsensical rules that prevent businesses from thriving. This lack of meaningful reform has left business owners and taxpayers with endless bureaucratic hurdles, and they are still being punished for their success today.

The only areas that Republicans have seen any success has been removing consumer safety and investor protections. Deregulation has left our retirement savings and homes vulnerable to greedy unethical dregs that prey on honest, hard working Americans. Even now we are learning that deregulation is costing many Americans their very lives! As you read this column, Americans are sick and dying from fungal meningitis, because the pharmaceutical industry has lobbied (bought off) our representatives so that a process called "compounding" hasn't gotten the FDA oversight it used to.

Lastly, the Republican elite, the leadership at the very top, including Norquist, Karl Rove, and the Coke Brothers etc; snatched defeat from the very jaws of victory by ignoring republican voters during the primaries. Because these greedy robber barons had so little respect for their constituency and were only concerned with their own self interests. They chose to position their, what can only be described as a, Manchurian Candidate" to win at any cost and by whatever means necessary; even if it meant hijacking the election by gerrymandering the primaries.

They knew that bumping up the primaries of several key states, would require the electoral college votes to be awarded in an "all-or-nothing" fashion. Thus ensuring that the candidate who won the popular vote got all the votes and didn't have to share them with any of the other candidates, as is the normal practice. This prevented the other republican candidates from having the chance to get any traction.

It wasn't just Ron Paul supporters that were ticked off, but all the other candidates including; Michelle Bachman, Herman Cain, Steve Forbes, Newt Gingrich, Sara Palin, Donald Trump and even Gary Johnson, before he switched over to the Libertarian Party. They were left wondering what sort of "Banana Republic" the Republican leadership was turning their party into. They did the same for McCain during the '08 race and that didn't go over well either!

To what end? Could it be that only those willing to help them gain control/access of, to plunder our nation's treasure, will be allowed to rise to high office in America? Why are they so afraid of Ron Paul, Herman Cain or Gary Johnson? Are they too "Fiscally Conservative" and therefore too great a threat to be trusted as President of the United States? Are they too "Honest" to be allowed to get between them and our tax dollars? Hmm, I wonder.

Until they change their tactics, I for one, will find it hard to place my trust in them.

Lorne DeWitt is a Brooksville resident.

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