By Wellington C. Ramos
I can say without any doubt that when all the votes are counted next Tuesday November 6, 2012, President Barack Obama will be re-elected president of the United States over Mitt Romney. The American people will vote in this election for who they like, trust, feel more comfortable with and think has more credibility. When you compare the two candidates based on these criteria, the president has it over Mitt Romney by far.
Born in Dangriga Town, the cultural capital of Belize, Wellington Ramos has BAs in Political Science and History from Hunter College, NY, and an MA in Urban Studies from Long Island University. He is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science and History
The president is liked by many people because he makes people feel comfortable when they see him. On the issue of trust he believes in what he says and he convinces people that he feels strongly about what he believes in. With the unemployment rate the way it is, most Americans blame George Bush Jr. and he is telling the people that he will do his best to try and improve the situation but it will take some time. On the issue of credibility, he sticks to his moral beliefs and, if he decides to change them, he states to the people the fundamental reasons for the changes.
When most Americans look at Mitt Romney’s face they do not get the feeling that he likes them because his eyes are rolling all over the place and his mouth is rattling off words like a parrot, just to say anything to make people like him. On the issue of trust, he keep changing his positions on issues that people feel strongly about, without giving any tangible reasons or explanations for the changes. He also lies about what positions he took in the past and present, even though the evidence is there to prove that he is lying.
Before people vote for a candidate, they must feel comfortable with him or her first. With Romney’s dislikes and mistrust, people are not comfortable with him and will not be inclined to vote for him. A person’s credibility means a lot to people and that has to do with supporting people when they need help the most. The United States is facing a serious economic decline and the American people need their government to help them now more than any time in their lives. For Mitt Romney to say that he does not care about the 47% of Americans who support President Obama that was the end of all his chances to become president of this country.
The Republican Party and Mitt Romney want to win this election desperately, but the American people are afraid that if they win this election they will take the country backwards. Americans do not want more wars and a government that has no program in place to uplift them to economic prosperity. The way Mitt Romney was talking about Iran during this campaign, he sounds like he wants to bomb the country and drag us into another unpredictable war.
He might be doing this to get the Jewish votes to win the people in Florida but he is playing a dangerous political game because Iran is not Iraq. If Iran has missiles aimed at Israel and other countries in the world, they will use them if they are attacked in defence of their country and under international law that will be deemed as justifiable force. From the time President Gaddafi was overthrown in Libya, the Americans were targeted by his supporters so they were just waiting for the right opportunity to strike and they did. America is hated by most Arab countries and it does not matter who is our president. We must just be prepared to respond swiftly to their threats and attacks and that is what President Obama has been doing since he became our president.
This election is about Mitt Romney and the Republican Party’s desperation to win and regain power by using their money, the media and the pollsters to fabricate false polls to make us believe that they are the best to govern this country. They are also trying to convince some white people to vote against President Obama just because he is black. Luckily, many white people are not falling for that cheap stunt because they are looking at issues that President Obama supports, which they fundamentally feel strongly about rather than the colour of his skin.
If Mitt Romney cannot win Michigan where he was born, Massachusetts where he was governor and New Hampshire where he currently lives and where all these people know him the most, then why would a person from any other state that doesn’t know him want to give him their vote? Let us not be fooled by Mitt Romney and his Republican Party and show them that we are intelligent people that know who has our backs when we need them the most by voting for President Obama and the Democratic Party come next Tuesday.