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Common sense?

Published on -8/7/2012, 10:47 AM

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It's all about common sense, or lack thereof.

There was a very interesting column on the Townhall.com website back in May. The title was "Why Obama Will Lose in a Landslide" by Wayne Root.

Root begins his writing by saying most presidential polls are conducted by people who have a horse in the race. Those weren't his words exactly, but says most are biased as evidenced lately with an overload of Democrat respondents to skew results.

Root says he can call the November national election by simply using common sense. He sure makes a good case as he groups voters who overwhelming voted for Obama last time around, but won't vote for him again in those numbers.

To paraphrase, he says, Blacks will not be as supportive since Obama now supports gay marriage. If Romney selects Rubio as VP more Hispanics will throw in with the GOP. The Palestinians seem to get more support than Israel. That spells trouble with the Jewish vote. Young people, with so many out of work, have become disillusioned about hope and change. The constant threat of more taxes won't get Obama better numbers in November from small business owners. White blue collar workers are disenchanted. Suburban moms are worried about putting food on the table for their families and down sizing the military won't help with veterans.

There's one more that requires special attention. That would be the Catholic vote. Why Obama got a majority from Catholics in 2008 is totally beyond my comprehension? What were Catholics thinking? We all know by now Obama threw us under the bus with the contraception mandate and abortion benefits in ObamaCare. Surely he won't get a majority again.

Let me add one more of my own. Do you suppose there just might be some common sense Democrats who clearly see Obama isn't the solution to our problems but the cause? It's my opinion Obama is deliberately bringing this country to its knees. Just maybe there are many likeminded patriotic Democrats who want to put a stop to the demise we see happening right before our eyes.

At this point, it begs the question. "Will common sense prevail in November?" I have seen such a lack of common sense in our government and politics a part of me believes a majority of voters will go to polls and use common sense, but another part of me can't help being skeptical.

There are endless scenarios about senseless behavior, but space for only a few in this letter. I could give hundreds of illustrations as follows.

Since when historically is a country better off having self reliance take a back seat to dependence on government? Obama showed a lack of common sense when he told small business owners (the heart and soul of American capitalism) that they owe their success to government, not themselves.

How much sense does it make to try and tax us into prosperity? Why punish the wealthy job creators with higher taxes who, in turn, of course, won't create jobs and those higher taxes won't make the slightest dent in our national debt anyway.

No budget coming from our U.S. Senate in three years? Giving foreign aid to countries who turn around and use that money to kill our soldiers? What about mainstream media wanting to know every single solitary thing about Romney, but could care less about Obama's past? Lack of journalistic ethics is lack of common sense.

Unlike 2008 will the majority this time use their heads as we approach the most important election of our lifetime? Only time will tell.

Les Knoll

Victoria and Gilbert, Ariz.

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