The 2012 Presidential Election Campaign and Decision: This will help you decide (and if you’re still backing Obama, perhaps change your mind)

Posted on September 22, 2012

September 18, 2012

The 2012 Presidential Election Campaign and Decision

Robert  J. Mack

How  can voters decide between the two candidates, one of whom will be not only  president, but also leader of the free world?

The  2012 presidential election campaign is almost over except for the debates, which  are really beauty contests.  Unfortunately, obtaining accurate information  on the major issues during the campaign has turned into a nightmare of too many  lies.

Hopefully,  the pre-election list below, organized around domestic policy issues and foreign  policy issues, will help by providing a series of choices that the American  people need to make regarding significant issues.  When voters decide  between the list options and tally them, they will arrive at the presidential  candidate who best represents their values and issue positions and whom they  should vote for on Tuesday, November 6.


Foreign  Policy Issues

Domestic  Policy Issues

  • Extending Bush tax  cuts vs. Eliminating them
  • Reducing dividend/capital gain  taxes vs.      Increasing thesetaxes


That’s  the list.  Of course, it’s not definitive.  However, it’s a good  snapshot of what the major issue differences are in this important  election.

The  list stacks the deck against President Obama, but he stacked the deck against  himself by his domestic and international actions and policies during his  presidency.

An  excellent examination of Obama’s economic disasters is in “Obama’s  Got to Go” in the August 19 Newsweek by eminent historian Niall  Ferguson. His conclusion:

The  voters now face a stark choice. They can let Barack Obama’s rambling,  solipsistic narrative continue until they find themselves living in some  American version of Europe, with low growth, high unemployment, even higher  debt-and real geopolitical decline. Or they can opt  for real change: the kind of change that will end four years of economic  underperformance, stop the terrifying accumulation of debt, and reestablish a  secure fiscal foundation for American national security.

British  author and journalist Melanie Phillips in her September 13 blog post called “The  Guilty Men Behind the Arab Winter” said this about the importance of  America’s presidential election for the security of the West:

While  America reels under assault from the very forces unleashed by its own President,  the fanatics running the Iranian regime are holding their breath that Obama will  be re-elected so that they can progress unhindered to the creation of their  genocide bomb. Never have the American people been faced with such a momentous  choice for the future of the world than the one they will make on November  6.

Regardless  of the issues, there is the future of America, as famed economist Thomas Sowell  says in his article “‘Issues’  or America?,” posted at Townhall on August 21:

There  are some very serious issues at stake in this year’s election — so many that  some people may not be able to see the forest for the trees. Individual issues  are the trees, but the forest is the future of America as we have known it. The  America that has flourished for more than two centuries is being quietly but  steadily dismantled by the Obama administration during the process of dealing  with particular issues.

Based  on Obama’s crippling domestic and international policies for America and his  dreadful performance as president and leader of the free world, the option for  voters is obvious — list or not, Niall Ferguson’s assessment or not, and the  warnings of Melanie Phillips and Thomas Sowell or not.  Hopefully, the  electorate will make that obvious choice.

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