Obama And Romney Tied
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Rasmussen reported yesterday (January 5th, 2011) that Obama and Romney are tied in their polls.
“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Obama and Romney each earning 42% of the vote. Eight percent (8%) prefer some other candidate, and another eight percent (8%) are undecided.” (SOURCE)
However, Rasmussen goes on to say, “Last week, Romney held a 45% to 39% advantage over the president, his biggest lead yet and the largest lead a named Republican candidate has held over Obama to date. However, the two candidates have been essentially tied in regular surveys since January 2011. The report continues: “A generic Republican candidate now holds a narrow lead over Obama as has been the case in all but three weekly surveys since late May.” (SOURCE)
The same report also says: “Voters identify all of the leading Republican presidential contenders as ideological conservatives but see Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul as the least conservative of the group.”
Ok. So what to make of all this? The truth? I haven’t a clue!
You have heard the old saw that polls are only a snapshot in time -- and that is true – but they certainly help to identify trends. Even so, those trends are, too, snapshots in time.
I remain deeply concerned that Obama will win a second term. I fear for my country.
Some months ago, I warned that the Mainstream Media would soon begin to make “upbeat” reports on the nations economic situation. It has already begun. Frankly, it is mostly Bovine Scatology. They would have us believe the unemployment rate is 8.6% when, in reality, it is closer to 12%.
The MsM would also have us believe that the economy has begun to improve when; in fact, if there is any improvement it is miniscule. Just yesterday we learned that Boeing is planning to lay off 2,100 workers from a Wichita Plant -- and Obama is reported to be preparing to cut tens of thousands of US military troops from our ground forces. All these people will some be looking for jobs that simply do not exist.
I mentioned the two instances of coming lay-offs above because they are linked. Boeing says they are closing the Wichita plant due to “defense budget reductions.” (SOURCE)
Look: My crystal ball is extremely cloudy these days – but even without it -- it is plain to see that the US is staring down the barrel of a regional war in the Middle East -- and soon. When the balloon goes up, we are going to need those ground troops. Is Obama planning on reinstating the draft? I would not be the least bit surprised.
According to the Jerusalem Post, thousands of US troops will be deployed to Israel this spring for Israel’s largest ever missile defense exercise. The J-Post says: “Last week, Lt.-Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of the US’s Third Air Force based in Germany, visited Israel to finalize plans for the upcoming drill, expected to see the deployment of several thousand American soldiers in Israel.” (SOURCE)
Now here’s the really interesting part of this story: “The drill, which is unprecedented in its size, will include the establishment of US command posts in Israel and IDF command posts at EUCOM headquarters in Germany – with the ultimate goal of establishing joint task forces in the event of a large-scale conflict in the Middle East.” (SOURCE)
It appears to this scribe that the world is edging ever closer to a conflagration in the Middle East that will affect the entire world. It all seems eerily familiar to the conditions prior to the Second World War.
This is what happens, dear reader, when America withdraws from its role in world leadership. Obama’s “Leading from behind” simply does not work -- and it is dangerous.
America is at a point in world history when we need a strong leader -- a leader not afraid to assert America’s leadership. Obama is NOT that person.
I am very afraid there is no one vying for America’s leadership today any stronger as a national or world leader.
In a recent column, Thomas Sowell said: “The 2012 Republican primaries may be a rerun of the 2008 primaries, where the various conservative candidates split the conservative vote so many ways that the candidate of the mushy middle got the nomination – and then lost the election.” I think he pegged it.
I will be genuinely surprised if America is not involved in what passes for a world war these days -- within the next four years. I plan to vote accordingly.
J. D. Longstreet