November 5, 2012
A Day AwayBy William L. Gensert
We are only a day away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America. Now is not the time for complacency. Now is not the time to rest. Barack Obama's dream of remaking this nation must be repudiated.
It is high time we slapped our president, his cliquey claque of mindless minions, and his conspiring cultish band of dedicated followers in the media across the face with a vote for Mitt Romney -- a vote for hope and change.
With the wait until the most important election of our lifetimes measured in hours, not weeks, many have come to see Mitt Romney as destined to be America's 45th president. I see it as a landslide, while others disagree, seeing a closer race. Either way, those who want to preserve the union should let nothing get between them and the voting booth.
Yet...if this election is shaping up as a mandate for Mitt, some have asked, "Why bother voting at all?"
And for those who fear Obama is winning, it is easy to get discouraged and stay home -- this is what all those skewed polls and the media meme of Barack's "inevitability" from only weeks ago were all about.
Obama has known for some time he couldn't win on his merits, with a disastrous record and no plan for the future. He has concentrated instead on convincing independents to stay away and Romney supporters to stay home.
His fawning media backers attempted to do their part by maintaining that the election was over before the campaign had even begun -- for Mitt at least, Barack has been campaigning nonstop since 2008. That was the progressive master plan -- that, and portraying Mitt Romney as a Dickensian villain intent on destroying the nation in service of his own greed.
All that went out the window with the debates -- Mitt Romney was reasonable and presidential, and suddenly, the election wasn't over at all.
Others say, "I live in New York or California; my vote won't count anyway."
It doesn't matter where you live and whether you believe that your vote will count. I registered in the Bronx as a conservative in 1976. During the ensuing decades, I never met another conservative until the 2010 midterm elections, when an old man tried to hand me a pamphlet as I got out of my car a block away from the polling place. In my glee, eyes moist with tears of joy, I hugged the frail octogenarian so hard I fear I may have broken two of his ribs...I watched sadly as he limped away. Now, I'm guessing I'm alone again.
Living in the Bronx, my vote rarely affects the outcome of any election, but I don't care. After getting crushed by a truck in 2008, I may have to suffer every day and struggle just to get out of bed -- but I will not suffer in silence as men like Barack Obama attempt to transform the nation I love for no other reason than their own vanity.
I never believed, however, that voting was a duty. A man's duty is to his family, his wife and kids, his mother and father. A man's duty is to pay his bills and protect his loved ones from harm. It is living his life with respect for himself and others -- living proudly the few years God has granted each of us, grateful for whatever he has -- no matter what he has accomplished.
Voting is an honor. It is a gift. It may not be a duty, or a responsibility to vote, but it certainly is an opportunity to be counted, to have one's say, to make one's feelings known -- to stand up against the liberal dream of silencing all dissent.
The fact of the matter is that every vote counts. It is a message sent to those who refuse to hear our voices, because they believe we don't matter -- unless, of course, we agree with them.
Just because they will not listen does not mean we should not speak.
Remember when people used to say "it's a free country"? Well... they don't say that anymore, afraid they might end up in jail alongside the YouTube videographer who insulted the prophet of Islam. And that's what progressives want -- for us to shut up and stay home. Remember, Obama himself said he didn't want those who disagreed with him to "do a lot of talking."
Despite what Obama believes, this is still a free country, and we have the opportunity to tell the rest of the nation that we are mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore. This is why every vote is important. We need to be heard; we need to tell the world that Obama's vision of America is unacceptable.
Human beings are a dissatisfied lot.
We all bitch about this and that -- the one we loved but not enough -- the one we loved a little too much -- the one we loved who didn't love back -- the love we took, but shouldn't have taken -- the perfect love we ended up forsaking.
Well...America used to love Barack Obama, and he needs to be told, in no uncertain terms, that this is no longer true. If he does not suffer a stinging defeat on Election Day -- not just in the Electoral College, but in the popular vote as well -- he won't believe it, and he might think he has a right to try and stay, despite losing the election.
If the almost four years of watching Barack Obama have taught us anything, it is that he is capable of anything, and if we want him to go quietly, we need to send him the sharpest message possible. It will be hard for him to claim electoral fraud if he loses by a landslide.
We do not have the right to bitch about anything if we do not make the effort to have our voices heard. On November 6, we have the unique opportunity to tell the world that we have grown weary of Barack Obama's serial incompetence, divisiveness, and vision of a diminished America.
America was born as a dream, but these last four years have been a living nightmare. "It's time to make the donuts," as the man used to say. We need to get up and put Barack Obama on the unemployment line, just as his policies have done to so many of our fellow citizens.
I will be heard this Election Day, even though in the Bronx, my vote will change nothing. Obama will still win New York State and its 29 electoral votes. Yet my vote will represent one more voice raised against Barack Obama and all he stands for.
On November 6, I will cast my ballot for Mitt Romney and the promise of tomorrow.
Everyone who feels the same -- and we are legion -- should get up and out on Election Day and vote for hope and change -- vote for Mitt Romney.
As athletes and teachers are fond of saying, "do it for the kids."
It will make a difference -- for us, and for our children.
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