The American people are just eight days from deciding whether Barack Obama will be re-elected to a second and final term as president.The full column will be posted once the newspaper publishes.
For Republicans, this is the most important presidential election in at least a generation. It will determine what sort of America the next generation inherits.
Will it be the America we have known — an America that lends her name to another century, as she did in the 20th century? Or will it be a diminished America, crippled by debt and deficit, unable and unwilling to project herself and continue the American hegemony that has existed since World War II, when she assumed the mantle of the free world’s sentinel from the British?
Leftists, who have controlled the Democratic Party since those days in Chicago back in 1968, believe this election will allow them to continue down their path of re-making America.
This grand vision of leftist transformation goes well beyond a continuation of the big-government, tax-and-spend policies of the Obama administration’s first four years. The left seeks to redefine the compact between free and sovereign peoples and their government. This involves changing every familiar aspect of society writ large to reflect the secular — and frankly atheistic — leftist worldview that resulted in the vast majority of delegates to the Democratic National Convention booing God.
These competing visions of governance and the future of America have been revealed at the hustings, where the presidential campaign has come down to a fundamental choice between two distinct views on the proper role of government.
Come next Tuesday, the American people will decide between re-electing the president, who puts his faith in government, or electing Republican challenger Mitt Romney, whose faith rests in the people and not government.
— Dennis Lennox