Accentuate the positive

Presidential campaigns shouldn't tear down opposing candidates

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Mitt Romney has an opportunity. Barack Obama has an obligation.

Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has a largely unprecedented opportunity to cast himself as the second “Morning in America” candidate, after Reagan.

Following the failed, malaise-filled presidency of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan promoted a more optimistic, can-do, brighter vision of America. It was precisely what the country needed. And it worked.

That, and a lower-tax, pro-growth agenda.

Romney hinted at such a campaign Tuesday night, in a de facto acceptance speech in New Hampshire on a primary night with zero suspense.

“To all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I’ve met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance,” Romney said, “to all of you, I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight.”

The slogan already was used in 2008 by his 2012 rival, but Romney’s message appears to be one of hope and change.

Meanwhile, the official candidate of hope and change, it would seem, should be obligated to be just as upbeat. That’s how he packaged himself four years ago.

Yet, he has spent much of the past three-plus years promoting divisive, partisan legislation, bitterly and sarcastically nipping at the opposition party, demonizing prosperity and trying to blame everyone else and everything else for America’s problems – including ATMs. What happened to the man of hope?

As that man, Mr. Obama has a special obligation, self-imposed, to provide a positive way forward – not a jaundiced eye in the rear-view mirror.

We call upon both men, both campaigns, to do just that. Show us how your America will be better, stronger, more prosperous and more secure – not how awful the other guy will be.

That doesn’t mean you can’t use the other guy’s record to draw distinctions between you. That’s just politics. But Americans don’t want to watch the Ultimate Fighting Championships all summer and fall. Bloodying the other fellow’s nose won’t put gasoline in our tanks or food on our tables or restore the confidence in our hearts or in our financial markets.

Give us something we can believe in.

This is the road less traveled in American politics today.

A hungry, fitful, yearning nation asks to be taken there.

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KSL 04/28/12 - 06:57 pm
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Carcraft, you have

Carcraft, you have overwhelmed him.

By the way, i read an article this morning that stated that the loan was a line of credit of which $193 million have been borrowed. However, the can't seem to provide a car to test drivers that operates correctly. And the pricetag is so affordable at $100,000 to $117,000. Frankly l would rather pay for gas.

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carcraft 04/29/12 - 03:23 am
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KSL-Bush was skewered by the

KSL-Bush was skewered by the left for his deficit spending. Obama said it was a sign of poor leadership that the deb t ceiling was raised. Obama promised to cut the deficit in half. Obama promised that there would be no lobbyists in his White House. Obama has been plagued by scandal after scandal. The scandals have been from the usual money type garbage to deadly, scandals from Fast and Furious, crony capitalism involving many of the energy loans to the GSA scandal. Obama who also promised no excused has done nothing but make excuses for his poor performance from blame Bush to blame the Republicans. We have trillion dollar deficits every year. Obama has run up more in 3 years than Bush did in eight. No budgets, nothing to get control of it, nothing! Every purposely to get funding under control and they say “Oh you are going to Shove granny off the cliff”! Well why not use some of the money they wasted to use for these other things. Oh granny will go off the cliff, but the executives at A123 can give themselves bonuses and lay off employees. Then the Obamabots say, Obama created more jobs than Bush. Well there were more jobs when Bush left office than there are now because unemployment was about 6% when Bush left office and is now at about 8.1%. Each job created by the stimulus package cost about $278,000.00. Private businesses (unless on the government dole) don’t charge the government to create jobs. Excuse my rant but it just ticks me off. Then I am told to look up fact check. Most of these sites don’t even acknowledge the waste and fraud I cited.

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KSL 04/28/12 - 08:26 pm
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The sites the other side post

The sites the other side post are no less biased either. That is an objection I get particularly annoyed with.

It's interesting that some in the media are turning on him.

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KSL 04/28/12 - 08:34 pm
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In my line of work I seldom

In my line of work I seldom meet an obama supporter. People are very frustrated with him. A pest control guy came to the door the other day to let me know he was about to spray for mosquitos. I told him we had sort of let our yard go. He then commented on the change we need in Washington.

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carcraft 04/29/12 - 03:26 am
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I find almost univerals

I find almost univerals contempt for Obama also. His interjecting himself into court cases "Weell he would have looked like my son if I had one" What does that mean any way? Obama saying his son would have made video's fliping people off?

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