July 10, 2012
The Republican Party
is hell-bent to oust the incumbent U. S. president Barack Obama from the White
House. The Republican Party has thus far outflanked the rival Democratic Party
in raising funds and revenue without which no party or individual can imagine
of contesting elections in America, even for lower positions; not to speak of
the presidential office. The Democratic Party and for that matter president is
hamstrung in matching the Republicans’ ability and resourcefulness to generate funds
The Republican Party’s
most pressing and overriding goal in the forthcoming November elections is, not
to pull out a watershed agenda or a dazzling far reaching reform package. It is,
as the the minority leader of the United States senate Mitch McConnell
categorically spelt out, to stop Barak Obama for being elected for the second
The cost of the
2008 elections was over a billion dollars that would spike by huge margin this
year. The Republicans collect money from the donors and contributors without
much hassle or even without resorting to appeals through ads, emails or other channels.
That party has such wealthy corporations and individuals donors that offer
millions on their own initiatives. Such one big hefty donation was 25 million dollars
from Karl Rove’s Super PAC.
On the contrary,
the Obama camp in frantically struggling to raise funds for the election
campaign through emails and ads with appeals for donating as paltry an amount
as 3 dollars. The Democratic Party is far behind the Republican nominee Mitt
Romney in matter of having vital funds to keep fighting the political war on
all fronts, the most outstanding being to put up ads on the premier television channels.
The Republicans have collected around 106 million dollars recently while
Democrats have raised some 70 million dollars.
So much so that
in one of the latest emails, the Obama site has expressed apprehensions by
warning that because of the paucity of funds, president Obama could lose this
time. It was a very moving and passionate appeal that may motivate the
pro-Obama Americans to cough up more donations to keep their president in the
saddle for four more years.
Party’s central theme or philosophy is American conservatism that also caters for
a typical genre of liberalism mostly defined as classical liberalism. The
Democratic Party believes and stands for Modern liberalism. In narrowing down
the perceptions and visions of both the parties, as a matter of fact, both
propel and promote progress and liberalism, albeit in different contexts. The
Republican roots their liberalism in the past with a tinge of the present. The
democrats imbibe and exhort a liberalism that does not carry many of the
shackles of the past. In a nutshell the Republican Party is conservative while
the Democratic Party is progressive.
But in the run
off for the 2012 presidential elections, the tussle is not between the values,
concepts and political vision and outlook the parties hold or epitomize. The Republican
campaigning is centered on president Obama’s ejection from the White House.
President Obama despite his sterling and outstanding accomplishments is being
opposed by the Republican because his skin is not white. Unfortunately despite
American society’s homogeneous profile and constitutional caveat against ethnic
or racial discrimination or bias, the simmering color slant exists.
The ascension of
an African-American or in simple jargon a black person to the most exalted and
powerful office of the American president on the whole does not seem to be sitting
well with the conservative white or Caucasian races. However, on the lower echelons,
on people’s level and in social sectors, the equality of opportunities and
fairness in social safety nets and benefits is strictly observed.
Obama is not a
favorite American president for Israel for his professed even-handed policy in
the Middle East and his efforts to settle the historic dispute of statehood for
the Palestinians. And since Republican Party’s bulk membership is defiantly opposed
to the Palestinians and not in favor of an independent state for them, they
share a common outlook with Israel on this thorny issue. Pro-Israeli lobbies
enjoy a powerful clout in influencing the foreign policy decisions of the
United States. As such Obama’s second coming in the presidency is patently
distasteful to both these allies.
presidential elections, of the total 538 electoral votes, Obama received 365 in
comparison to his rival John McCain who bagged only 173. That was a stunning
victory for president Obama. There is a possibility even this time that the Republicans
may not be able to dislodge him for a variety of compelling indicators.
Mitt Romney is
not as strong a candidate as was John McCain. President Obama stands much
taller in intellectual caliber and for his rich background and insight in
economy and legal domains. He is a much convincing and eloquent speaker than Romney
whose only strategy is to oppose and discard of what Obama says about his past
achievements and future goals.
In the backdrop
of his successful business empire, Mitt Romney is trying to argue that with his
experience and acumen in conducting business, he could as well improve the
battered American economy and produce jobs. But for a president the business or
trade is not the only portfolio to deal with. It’s a sensitive office with
diverse and unforeseen hurdles and daunting challenges at every step and moment
to counter. As such the independent observers and objective analysts do not
give much weight to Romney’s claims because running a family business
enterprise is colossally different from a running a country’s economy, all the
more of the United States.
In managing a
country’s affairs, a president is sitting in a glass house and has to face and brace
incessant political rebuff, callous opprobrium and merciless fault-finding.
Already Romney is being castigated in media and by his political opponents for
his opulent lving style, his taxation defaults, his laying off workers and
similar actions that speak for his hardnosed attitude in business. His offshore
bank accounts as in Bermuda and Switzerland cast ominous shadows on his
integrity to be the chief executive of that mighty nation.
right and ultra religious orthodox factions may not be in favor of a Mormon
taking control of the highest office in the United States. Although his
assuming of presidency may not affect the religious liberty and a culture of
pluralism, yet belonging to a faction that is considered heretic in mainstream Christianity,
could negatively impinge upon Romney’s chances to win elections.
A semi-black Christian
president with a basket full of laurels and Nobel Prize could still be a better
choice for most of the Americans. The overall tone and tenor of Republican political
thrust is to indulge in smear and in petty blame game which may backfire.
Moreover, Mitt Romney’s public pledge to consult the Israeli prime minister BB
before taking policy decisions portrays him as a crony and a second fiddle to
that vassal state. Such a public assertion is shameful.
Republican leadership has not unfurled any meaningful charter as to what they
intend to do if they win, they blow hot and cold simultaneously only to
browbeat Obama. They have not offered any considerable blue print or road map
for jobs creation or any relief package for the poor as well as to restrain the
rising level of poverty in the United States. All they want is to quash Obama’s
healthcare plan, impose taxes on the poor only keeping the wealthy classes
unleashed from the taxation net.
The scroll of
achievements by Democrats under president Obama is brimming with numerous and
varied laurels. It should be acknowledged that against a backdrop of a host of
allegations such as being black, not a born American, and even being a Muslim,
he has achieved astounding milestones both domestically and on the external
Obama was seldom
reactive. He refrained from indulging in an exercise of rancor, slander, or hitting
below the belt, in vendetta or pungent repartees. He was never provoked or
unruffled by scathing and noxious despising forays from his opponents. He has remained
calm and above board and solely focused on his reform agenda to realize or
revive the watered down American dream. His personal conduct and character has
been unblemished and sparklingly transparent.
It should also be
borne in mind that he was the successor to a dysfunctional government, a ravished
economy and a messy state of affairs spawned by his reckless predecessor honorable G. W
The United States
is still embroiled in futile and costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq entailing
unspeakable miseries, horrific death and destruction. These wars were set off
by the Republican hawkish president in cahoots with his cohorts of the same ilk.
Those deadly wars
have ruined the super duper vibrant economy of United States to the extent of
incurring a stupendous debt in trillions. That devastated shape of economy was
not of Obama’s making. But still in that bleakest economic scenario, Obama took
some bold and sagacious measures not only halting the further erosion of
economy but refurbishing and recovering it. If some lobbies for malicious reasons
put all the blame for that ruinous state of economic meltdown and inability to
make it robust in days, must be either idealist, highly unrealistic and myopic.
The monetary bailouts
certainly revitalized the debilitating economy, revived the manufacturing and
banking sectors, produced jobs and set into motion a confident turn round in
the sliding trends of economy. These are facts and developments that have
unfurled before us and any denial of these positive outcomes would be blocking
the sun with fingers. President Obama must be given the duly deserving credit
for winding up the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan replacing the warfare and
military juggernauts with rehabilitation and reconstruction of a war battered
It would be naïve
to negate that revival of that war-torn country and resettling its traumatized
people is a remarkable and spectacular alternative for winning the hearts and
minds of the disgruntled and displaced Afghanis. Likewise the termination of
military presence in Iraq after a long drawn destructive war with countless
casualties and colossal upheaval should be applauded than being criticized.
Now these are
momentous steps and manifest milestones that should convince the American
people of the potential, sincerity, competence and statesmanship of president
Obama to catch the bull by horn and address the most intriguing issues with
phenomenally excellent results. His derisively nicknamed Obamacare which is a monumental
healthcare program benefitting most ignored or poor American is exceptionally revolutionary
and commendable. Since this plan would cut across the unimaginable incomes and huge
money making insurance companies of the top wealthy Americans, they are using
the Trojan horse of the Republican Party to get it shelved, abandoned or revoked.
American voters are prudent and conscientious citizens. They certainly weigh
the pros and cons and good and bad of a candidate before casting their precious
ballots. With sizeable support from the middle classes and youth, from the
African American community and Latinos, President Obama stands a better chance
to win the second term. The results in primaries and caucuses show his upper
edge and if this trend continues he would return to the White House
In dealing with the
internal and external gubernatorial problems, he has been pragmatic, steady and
upright. From where such a dedicated, talented and patriotic leadership, the
American people would find? In Mitt Romney: not a shred of that.