Stark choice facing voters in November, by Matt Keelen and Bud DeFlaviis featured on | The Keelen Group
Stark choice facing voters in November, by Matt Keelen and Bud DeFlaviis featured on

French enlightenment writer Voltaire once wrote that “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” This narrative is playing out for the fall election, as voters face two presidential candidates with vastly different philosophies on the role of government.

Looking back to the 2008 campaign, then-Senator Obama touted his services as a community organizer as a qualification for public office. With little or no effort done by the media to track the impact that his organizing had on the lives of those he tried to help, many voters were left with the impression that his work did some good for those who needed help. But had his record been scrutinized, we would have learned that community organizers don’t actually solve problems.

Community organizers motivate people to join forces, air their grievances, petition the government for help, and then move on to the next task. Now, Mr. Obama, who now is asking for a second term, has returned to his default profession. Again, he is trying to mobilize those who are hurting, asking them to air their grievances, and demand more help from the government. Only this time, we know what his next task will be, more of the same -- more government, higher taxes within the same flawed tax code, and an unwillingness to address our core problems.

Given his poor record, the Obama campaign is employing multiple scare tactics to make their case; any aberration from the government planned recovery is “dangerous”. The Obama campaign is enjoying news coverage that largely fails to focus on the flawed stimulus, misappropriated priorities, and an anemic economic recovery. Rather, we are debating tax returns, likability, ill-fitting suits, and Seamus the dog.

Thankfully, this obsession with the irrelevant is giving way to a new generation of candidates who have the courage to tell voters the truth, and given the chance, will govern in reality rather than on empty rhetoric.

Leading the pack at the top of the ticket is the Romney/Ryan team. Messrs. Romney and Ryan not only have a record of governing, working with others, and solving problems, these candidates intimately understand the seriousness of our economic dilemma. They recognize that maintaining the status quo will result in continued economic malaise and the eventual death of social safety-net programs designed to help our seniors and needy.

Reinforcing this “dangerous” message are the likes of Governors Brownback, Christie and Kasich, Senators Rubio and Ayotte, Congressman Allen West, and candidates Mike Pence and Mia Love. These voices have consistently pursued an agenda that is based on many of the tenants that made our country great.

Their pro-growth agenda recognizes that governments don’t make a society great, the quality of its citizenry does. And a citizenry that is crowded out by an ever growing government can’t compete when it is tied down with massive debt, derided for being successful, and operates under a broken tax system.

Early reporting indicates states that have embraced the “dangerous” model are beginning to balance their budgets and see workers rejoin the workforce – think Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

If we want these turnaround policies to be enjoyed by the rest of the country, it will require more policymakers who are willing to make the hard decisions and tell people that things aren’t going to be what they used to be and that many promises make by politicians in the past were either not sustainable, or unrealistic to begin with.

With less than 100 days remaining in the campaign, the Obama camp will continue to paint reform-minded Republican politicians as a dangerous bunch. Hopefully between now and November, people will realize that attacking our problems with more government has been wrong, and reforms based on freedom and capabilities of the individual, is right.