By the Full Metal Patriot
At a campaign event for Mitt Romney yesterday, Marco Rubio gave a charming and persuasive speech. But while highlighting the differences between the two presidential candidates, he made what I believe to be an serious error in judgment.
“This is not a choice between two bad people. This is not a choice between one bad guy and one good guy. This is a choice between a guy that has no idea what he's doing and a guy that does.”
I applaud Marco Rubio for tempering his attack on Obama with a degree of moderation, and I know why he held back in his criticism. I agree with what Rubio said about Obama's appalling ineptitude in office. And I agree that our president has been needlessly divisive.
But I must disagree in the strongest terms with his assertion that Barack Obama is not a bad guy. The President may indeed be a good husband and father. But over the past three and a half years, our president has repeatedly demonstrated — through his policies and his unflagging desire to circumvent our system of checks and balances — that he is a nothing more than a tyrant who doesn't deserve to steer our ship of state.
- A good guy doesn't believe it is his obligation to bypass Congress in order to circumvent the law and force his will on the American people.
- A good guy doesn't sign laws to criminalize the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble.
- A good guy doesn't sign laws to criminalize the First Amendment freedom of speech.
- A good guy doesn't work “under the radar” to erode our Second Amendment rights.
- A good guy doesn't arm Mexican drug cartels with American weapons in order to bolster his argument for tighter gun control legislation.
- A good guy doesn't hide behind claims of Executive Privilege to cover corruption in his administration.
- A good guy doesn’t use government to impose mandates on religious institutions, forcing them to abandon their beliefs in favor of his political agenda.
- A good guy doesn't disregard the law whenever it suits his own selfish political ambition.
- A good guy doesn't use intimidation tactics to silence dissent.
- A good guy doesn't work to “fundamentally transform the United States of America” into a nation divided by envy and dependent on government programs.
There's MUCH more, but this post can only be so long. And you certainly get my point by now.
This November, we have a choice: we may either choose a successful businessman who understands and values the American free market system, or we may choose a petty, thin-skinned autocrat who will say, do, and condone anything that would enable him to hold on to political power for another term. In my opinion, Obama's actions DO most definitely make him a “bad guy.” And if we have him in the White House for another four years, we're going to find out exactly how bad he can be.
Cross-posted at Full Metal Patriot