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Why I am voting for Mitt Romney

Bonnie Willis's picture

When I originally decided to write this article, I thought I would begin it very differently than the way that I am.

I will begin with the challenge of simply having the title, “Why I am voting for Mitt Romney.”

When statistically one knows that 90 percent of African-Americans voted for our current president and many of my friends and family are supporting our president, it’s difficult to take a public position and say that I support the other guy, but I do.

I wrote last week’s article on why President Obama is still a beacon of hope to many, because I wanted to express, as best as I could, why many people support the president.

It was my hope that citizens would gain an understanding of such a perspective in order to approach those who would disagree with their political point of view with greater respect and dignity.

I also thought if I shared this point of view with my friends they would see that I understood where their heart was and they would at least give an ear to why I can’t support President Obama’s re-election.

To my chagrin, at least at this point, it seems neither goal was accomplished.

Nevertheless, I have started on this path of discussing the presidential candidates, so I will finish it by sharing the three main reasons why I am voting for Mitt Romney.

The first reason is, “It’s the economy, stu-d!”

I personally know of at least half a dozen families who have either lost their jobs or homes within the past few years and are struggling.

My mother and mother-in-law are approaching retirement and have lost virtually all of their retirement savings because it was tied up in the equity of their homes.

I, myself, am working harder than ever in support of my family.

I see people all around me truly working hard for economic survival, and I honestly don’t see this level of intensity coming from our president.

He is working very hard towards reelection, but I honestly don’t see or feel like he has worked with as much intensity during his first three years to help our economy.

Alternatively, Mitt Romney’s presentation of his 25-plus years of experience saving businesses in financial distress, and his executive experience of successfully governing Massachusetts and balancing budgets are all compelling arguments to me.

Between President Obama and Mitt Romney, I simply believe that Romney will do a better job for the overall economic condition of our country.

The second reason why I plan on voting for Mitt Romney concerns the issue of bipartisanship.

One of the bright spots for me of then-Senator Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was his voice for a unified America. After the intense partisanship under President Bush, our country needed to come together.

I still recall then-Sen. Obama’s powerful words, “we are not a blue America or a red America. We are the United States of America.”

However, since President Obama has been in office, all I seem to see and hear is divisiveness and partisanship on both sides.

Say what you will about President Bush, I don’t recall him ever saying anything disparaging towards Democrats. However, I continually hear President Obama blame Republicans for various challenges our country is facing.

Whether they are true or not, I expect more from our president. I expect him not to participate in the hyper-partisan tit-for-tat.

In contrast, when I learned that, as governor, Mitt Romney had to work with a legislature that was over 80 percent Democrat , I was impressed. I was also impressed to learn that Paul Ryan, his VP pick, has served in the House of Representatives for over 12 years representing a Democrat district that voted for President Obama in 2008.

Together, Romney and Ryan’s record indicate to me that we are more likely to actually see bipartisanship under their administration than we are in the current one.

The third and final reason why I will be voting for Mitt Romney is simply my gut impression of the man.

I asked myself the question, what does a man who seems to have everything have to gain by going through political hell to become the President of the United States?

The obvious answer is power. And if I believed the partisan commercials against Romney, I would think he is just another rich, cold-hearted, businessman who doesn’t care about our nation’s most vulnerable and needy, and is only interested in wielding that power.

However, when I hear him speak in debates, interviews, and listen to his speeches on YouTube, I hear someone different.

Let me say, I’ve seen people try to ingratiate themselves in order to get into positions of influence and power many times. I know what that looks like. Mitt Romney just doesn’t strike me as such a person.

I get the impression that he is a humble, self-disciplined, wholesome, intelligent, and respectful person who is not intimidated to challenge the words and actions of a president he disagrees with.

So why does someone like Mitt Romney run for president? Only he truly knows, but the more I learn of him the more inclined I am to believe that he is sincere when he says it’s his desire to help families like mine, heal the divisiveness plaguing our country, and help America regain its confidence and pride as the strongest and most prosperous nation on earth.

[Bonnie B. Willis is co-founder of The Willis Group, LLC, a Learning, Development, and Life Coaching company here in Fayette County and lives in Fayetteville along with her husband and their five children.]


Robert W. Morgan's picture

This should make a huge difference in the EC count. Nobody expected NY to be in play, but there it is. Talk about an October surprise. How is that happening? Well, early voting exit polling shows Romney way ahead among those folks who are probably organized, plan ahead and are Republicans anyway, but the big deal is that Con Edison says many of the outlying areas of NY will not have power back on for 7-10 days, so the last minute voters (Dems) and the ones that are brought by the vanfull to the polls (more Dems) won't be able to vote without electricity. This is really ironic, I would not have expected this, but whatever it takes.

Glad to see you voting for Romney, Bonnie. In addition to "Its the economy", I might add "Its just common sense" The country is broke and we need to fix it.

Live free or die!

The country is broke according to the GOP. This is the Republican mantra so it wants a smaller Federal government.

Except when the USA has a big disaster, then it needs a big government--just ask Republican Governor Christie.

Or when Federal funds come for deepening the Savannah River, then big government is OK.

Or when funding for military bases in Georgia is at stake, then big government is OK.

Or when VA benefits, Medicare, and Social Security for Georgia citizens need funding, then big Federal Government is OK.

Or when funding for Interstate highways and other Federal highways in Georgia is needed, then a big Federal government is OK.

Romney does not want to fix a country that is broken. If he did he would support higher taxes to reduce the Federal debt.

Romney just panders to the unenlightened who think cutting Federal funding to NPR (Big Bird) helps reduce the national debt in any serious way.

Romney wants to eliminate FEMA. How is that message sounding in the states hit by Sandy?


PTC Observer's picture

no it's not, OK.

The fact is that government can't handle any of these things well. Let individual people decide how they want to organize their own way out of the messes like Sandy. You know it is amazing how individuals working together toward a common goal can make things happen.

Why do you think President Obama is so sternly warning "no red tape"? Well, because he knows exactly how government operates, that's why.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

and Presbo knows it, as you point out. He also knows that the press can easily find fault if they try - as they did with Bush and Katrina. He may suspect that the press adoration of him is waning and they might just have the gumption to diss him on disaster response days before the election. Just imagine him stiffing Gov. Christie and how that kurfuffle would influence the election. The election is all he really cares about and every single thing he has done for the past 4 years has been influenced by it.

With all that in mind, I have a reading recommendation for everyone, but especially David's Mom and Jeff C. Read Larry Elder's piece today in Town Hall. Pretty good.

Live free or die!

JeffC's picture

You have got to get information from somewhere besides FOX and WorldNutDaily.

NY is not in play and the Romney campaign is getting desperate. The ads lying about moving Jeep production to China shows that they know Ohio is slipping away, and with it, the election.

Romney had to bow to the Teas during the primaries and was pleased to denounce the auto bailout and let the auto companies go bankrupt. Now he’s practically claiming the he was moving Obama’s hand helping Obama sign the bailout legislation. Lies so egregious that both GM and Chrysler have publicly denounced them.

The people of Ohio are not stupid.

And how about Mitt’s refusal to discuss his funding plans for FEMA? What a coward.

Hang in there, it’ll be over soon.

get a Grip? ok, let's talk about "a grip"
and before we begin let me explain I am NOT a Faux News junkie

Let's LOOK at Obama, and WHY he has earned 4 more years.
Per his OWN promises.

Everyone gets healthcare,,,, Nope there ARE limits
You can KEEP you coverage,,,,,NOPE, I; that would be ME; has have to look elsewhere as MY pre-obamacare company will no longer cover me as I desire
The Cost of Healthcare will go down,,,, WRONG
The debt WILL BE Lowered,,,, 6 Trillion MORE later.....
Gitmo WILL BE CLOSED,,,ooops lied about that too
The Unemployed will be 5.4% ,,, even WITH Democrat math it's 7.8%
The world will respect us more..... I DARE you to travel to ,,,and fly an American Flag

Jeff C ,,, It is more than obvious that YOU have NO idea how to operate a successful personal business, and please don't regale me with "your success"
because if YOU hire incompetent foolish employees with resume's like Obama's
YOU ARE A FAILURE period end of story.Or Dishonest soon to be a failure and jailed

It's CLEAR you have NO understanding of the Money it takes to HIRE a human,
NOT just their take-home pay money but the Money YOU get to pay to the Government for the privileged of Hiring another person. (btw so you know this,
ALL of that "government money" is money your employer pays for YOU that YOU aint getting .. In other words, if you "earn" $50k a year your employer has to SPEND (in Ga) dang near $80,000 for the privileged of your employment, now I ask you who NEEDS that 30k more, YOU and your family or Obama's government?

Obama, has NOT kept a SINGLE '08 promise,, and YOU want him to keep his job??
Dude,, are you Hiring? I could really use a forever job, that I don't have to produce in......

JeffC's picture

You will find that I am unmoved by any assumptions that you fabricate about me or my supposed successes and failures in life, or with the necessity for juvenile political analysis.

I do enjoy the pique expressed by your capitalizations though: "I DARE you to travel to,,, and fly an American Flag". It may seem audacious to you, so much so that you would DARE me; as though the thought of even traveling and showing the American flag is shocking. In fact, fear not. I've been to 72 countries, four this year with another trip next month.

Would you like for me to recommend a hotel for you somewhere?

Obama is going to be re-elected.

Well sir you caught me, yes my juvenile attempt to "dare you" to fly a flag in other countries is in fact Juvenile, and well beneath me. I beg your pardon,I fell prey to Left antics. It's a rare occasion that an Adult conversation can be had with a liberal.

DM is one such rare occurrence here, and if you happen to be the other, I welcome that, but JeffC so far I have little evidence that an Adult conversation is possible,,with you.

You see, I noticed you have no issue with attacking "my words" but you offer NO Opinion on WHAT was said...

as it currently IS , please Jeff C have your parents if they are willing to engage in these VERY adult matters, I look forward to THEIR input.

JeffC's picture

By juvenile I was referring to your lecturing about how it takes MONEY for someone to HIRE someone.

Not to mention that I am:

[quote= Quallacherokee] YOU ARE A FAILURE period end of story.Or Dishonest soon to be a failure and jailed.[/quote]

And now:

[quote= Quallacherokee] I welcome that, but JeffC so far I have little evidence that an Adult conversation is possible,,with you.[/quote]

I'll admit that caught me as most audacious. But again, you are forcing me to be obtuse. Why do you think I care what an anonymous blogger says or thinks? And I am supposed to what? Write you critiques of ten Obama initiatives? Compare and contrast Chris Matthews and Bill O'Reilly? Solicit your advice on whether the March 8 Alliance is outmaneuvering the March 14 Alliance in Lebanon?

You may be misunderstanding my motivations for participating in this blog.

I wish you luck and good fortune in your endeavor to seek adult conversation elsewhere.

and yet you CONTINUE to argue with MY words, and NOT the content...

Are YOU really that Government Educated?

(this is kinda like zapping zombies in a jail cell)
Would you at least make a Sport out of this?????

Obama= 6 TRILLION more dollars in Debt
Obama= No REAL aide in healthcare
Obama= A MORE divided country
Obama= Less People Working
Obama= Illegals, still illegal
Obama= Higher cost of living
Obama= Dead American Ambassador without response= WEAK ASS President

Like I suggested this is an Adult issue, walk upstairs and get your mom to respond.....

S. Lindsey's picture

Jeff.. Even PoliticFact not known to lean right said the Obama Campaign is lying about the Jeep ad... so you are parroting a lie

First Romney NEVER said Jeep was moving ALL production to China just ADDING production in China...

"Fiat SpA (F), majority owner of Chrysler Group LLC, plans to return Jeep output to China and may eventually make all of its models in that country, according to the head of both automakers’ operations in the region." Bloomberg..

“Obama took GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, and sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China. Mitt Romney will fight for every American job.”

Technically, none of this is inaccurate. President Obama did take GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy, the U.S. Treasury Department ​did ​sell its stake in Chrysler to Fiat, and Fiat is considering adding production jobs in China."

You are right.. it will be over soon..for Obama.

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

JeffC's picture

Politifact: Our ruling

The Romney campaign ad says Obama "sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China" at the cost of American jobs. The ad leaves the clear impression that Jeeps built in China come at the expense of American workers.

The ad miscasts the government’s role in Fiat’s acquisition of Chrysler, and it misrepresents the outcome. Chrysler’s owners had been trying to sell to Italy-based Fiat before Obama took office. The ad ignores the return of American jobs to Chrysler Jeep plants in the United States, and it presents the manufacture of Jeeps in China as a threat, rather than an opportunity to sell cars made in China to Chinese consumers. It strings together facts in a way that presents an wholly inaccurate picture.

<a href=" We rate the statement Pants on Fire!</a>

Where is YOUR defense on MY complaints?
I WILL unless you address MY concerns with LOGIC continue to Cut and Paste my response til election day ..or Cal Beverly forbids
Barrack Hussin Obama is NOT fit to be considered for re-hire, EVEN IF one applies "Affirmative Action Standards".... Nuff said

JeffC's picture

LOL. You're new here.

Why should I defend against your complaints? For that matter, why would you think that I would care if you cut and pasted away until election day? Have at it.

However, we seem to be getting off on the wrong foot, so to speak so I will answer your questions. The truth is that even if all you say is true (which it is not), I don't care. Mitt Romney must be defeated because he is a captive of the neocons. John Bolton is his number one foreign policy advisor. It would be catastrophic if they came back to power to replay their Iraq debacle in Iran.

Take it or leave it. I am under absolutely no obligation whatsoever to be an apologist for Obama.

S. Lindsey's picture


The Washington Post Fact Checker has declared that Mitt Romney's television ad about Jeep production being moved overseas, which has "hurt" the "feelings" of the Obama campaign and the left, is "factually defensible" and "technically correct."

Sorry wrong fact checker... has swung to wildly on things provably false for Obama and provably correct as false by Romney.

The Claim stand Jeff... shall we talk about Obama's claim Romeny said "Let Gm go Bankrupt"?

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

JeffC's picture


Wow! Could that be true?

So I looked and sure enough, your assertion was not in the least factual. The Washington Post Fact Checkers gave it 4 Pinocchios:

<a href=" Pinocchios for Mitt Romney’s misleading ad on Chrysler and China</a>

S. Lindsey's picture

...Glenn gave it 4 while saying it was "Technically" true... Really!!!

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

Yes America, on Nov 6th, Conservatism will be Calling -GP

S. Lindsey's picture

Obama vs. Romney... Another example of the choices in this election.

Obama: "No, no, no — don’t boo, vote," Obama responded. "Vote. Voting is the best revenge."

Romney: Let me tell you what I’d like to tell you: "Vote for love of country,”

Nothing else is needed to be said...

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

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