Rarely does a political ad put an election into such clear perspective as Scott Brown’s new ad, "Let America be America Again."
If you haven't seen this piece, it's worth a few moments to see for yourself.
In summary, the message from Senator Brown is that the bi-partisan approach to the American economic system over the past 50 years has dramatically changed under President Obama, and raises the real question of this election: "What do we want America to be?"
In the piece, President after President, Democrats and Republicans - Kennedy, Johnson, Clinton, Ford and Reagan – extol the virtues of the American value of free enterprise, and the special, but unsung, entrepreneurial heroes who have taken the risk of starting a business, creating jobs, building an unmatched economic system, and investing in the future of the nation.
For too long, we had taken this for granted, as if our dynamic economic system was an American "right." We know different today.
Now we have President Obama attacking that very economic system, belittling the risk takers and entrepreneurs, and claiming that government is the real foundation upon which the American economy and individual success are based.
It's a startling claim – and strongly seconded by Elizabeth Warren – because it is so distinctly opposed to the values upon which America was founded, and from which the nation has prospered. More significantly, it represents a complete reversal of the mainstream Democrat values and expectations of all Americans so iconically declared by JFK in his 1960 inaugural address.
Over 50 years have passed since then, and the country is now in a far different place. Many people are wondering, "How did we get here?" and more importantly, "Is this where we want America to be?"
This is why the upcoming election is first, last and only all about President Obama, and his vision for the future of America:
- It’s not about whether you "like" him or not, it’s about whether you agree with his view of the American economic system with its dependency on government, and not the 43 Presidents who preceded him.
- It's whether you believe in the greatness of free enterprise, or believe that the people should be increasingly subjugated by, and indentured to government.
- It's about whether you see the freedom of the individual as an inalienable right, or that you are more comfortable with increasing government limits on individual achievement.
- It’s about whether you really want a country where "We the people" are to be served by government, or if you prefer a government-centric state free to increasingly confiscate and redistribute your personal property.
- It's about whether you see equality of opportunity as synonymous with guaranteed equality of result, earned or unearned.
My last three blogs have focused on Unenrolled voters and their need to focus on the real issue ("What do we want America to be for our children and grandchildren?"), and not the silly and distracting sideshows and negative ads that insult and deceive us, and pollute the entire election process.
What it all comes down to is this, Presidents and other elected officials can, and often should be replaced.
So, what do you want America to be?
Senator Brown says, "Let America be America Again."
What do you say?