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My 2012 Presidential Campaign Speech

Campaign Slogan: Restoring our Country’s Greatness

You know, there was a time, not very long ago, that “Made in America” meant something special.  You would see it on labels of clothing; on the handles of tools; and on spare parts and toys you purchased at many different types of stores. It made us feel proud: proud to be part of this great nation; proud of the work that went into building the greatest nation on earth; proud of our heritage; hopeful for the possibilities of our future. But you don’t see the “Made in America” slogan these days as much….

We’ve shipped many of our jobs beyond our borders. We are increasingly dependent on other nations for our food supply. We have become massively in debt as we have adopted policies that mirror the social democracies of Europe with their massive entitlement payouts. Those countries are nearly bankrupt – is it any wonder that we are too?

And there is a growing feeling of negative anticipation in our nation. I’ve heard people say they are ‘hunkering down’, and ‘waiting for the end to come’. People just seem to sense that we cannot continue in this manner. But when will it change?

The time is Now. It is time for Restoring our Country’s Greatness. America has never shrunk from a challenge, and we will not do so this time. My plan, as outlined in my 6-point Party Platform, will Restore our Country’s Greatness. The first plan of attack is to get our economy turned around, and the American people working again. We must make it easier for small businesses to prosper in America. We also have plans to bring corporate manufacturing jobs back to America, but that will take some time. I strongly believe that our small businesses will lead us out of this economic recession.

The American people are the most ingenious, inventive, and hardworking people on the planet. I believe that federal government bureaucracies have grown to unduly tax and interfere with our economic progress.

For example, in 2010 the Obama administration passed legislation aimed at protecting us from dangerous goods from China. This is a commendable idea. But in the legislation that passed, crippling bureaucratic hurdles have been placed in the way of American businesses. Now, small business that produce and ship goods around our country will need to spend thousands of dollars to get each of their products tested and “certified” to sell by yet another new governmental department. This will harm many small American companies, the Mom & Pop stores barely scraping by. It will cripple their bottom lines, and cause many more to shut their doors completely. And it continues to grow the size of our ever-increasing government, adding more expenditures that we cannot afford.

I will work to help small businesses, not hinder. We will simplify the tax code, and reduce bureaucracy and regulation for the small business owners of America. We will get the government out of their way, and allow them the freedom to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. We will encourage investment in new technologies, US factories, and minimize government hurdles and costs for businesses of all sizes. We will also do away with farm subsidies to get America’s farmers working their farms again, bringing food production home where it belongs. For large corporations, corporate tax breaks for companies that manufacture in the United States, keeping our economic advantages on our own soil.

…And we need to keep our soil safe. When our country is safe and well protected, the American citizens feel safe and happy about our security. Our military forces have struggles for years to provide an opportunity for Iraq and Afghanistan to make better governments for themselves. After so many years, it is time to allow them to stand on their own. We have shown them the way. At this time of great worldwide economic struggle, the US military personnel need to be home with their families. Our own borders need to be better protected. We will always protect the United States from attacks, both foreign and domestic, but we need to get out of the business of nation building and the idealism of creating our “brand” of government around the world.

As we focus internally, let’s take a look at our country’s education system. The education of our current and rising generations is the key to our future. Therefore, I propose to gradually wean the Federal Government from managing the education process in America. This will be a big change for us, but it is necessary. The American people should be in charge of their own education at the family, community, and State levels. By removing federal monies and requirements, we will clear the path for education to become competitive, and for states to regulate education within their own borders. We will work with party members at the state and local levels to weaken union strangleholds in the education arena that are destroying the education process for millions of young Americans, provide tax credits to leave failing schools, and offer merit pay and other performance-based incentives to ensure our teachers and students are the best they can be.

And let me make this pledge to you this evening: I will work to create real reform and change in America’s government. By spending more money than we have as a country, the current administration has created a debt burden for future generations that will take many years to overcome. This is not fair for our future generations, and it is common sense that it cannot go on forever. Spending more than you have doesn’t work in your homes, and it does not work for our country. We will work for a balanced budget, eliminate deficit spending, and introduce greater oversight and transparency on the workings of the Federal Reserve System and other banking institutions. Clear steps will be taken to “follow the money” and measures will be put in place to put an end to reckless financial practices, like credit default swaps, as well as create a payback schedule for all bailout monies received by our financial institutions. We cannot continue to “print money” at record levels, like our current administration, and not expect to reap the consequences of high inflation and a valueless dollar.

Too much money gets spent and too many laws are created outside of the legislative process. Our government cannot continue to allow the executive branch to wield the power of the Executive Order to create binding laws outside of our checks-and-balances system. If given the chance I promise I will correct these and other corrupt practices currently taking place in Washington. I promise to reduce our spending year upon year until we can see an end to the uncontrollable deficits.

Why are we in this prolonged recession after some of the best growth decades our nation has ever seen? Some of the biggest reasons are right here in Washington: It’s called Politics as Usual. Bloated government. Spend, spend, spend. Miles of bureaucracies thwarting American business. You were promised Hope & Change. But let me ask: Is this the Hope & Change you were looking for? I don’t think so.

THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA has the HIGHEST levels of RESERVE ENERGY RESOURCES of any country in the world.* Yet we struggle with rising energy costs and energy dependence on countries with unstable leadership and that often have anti-American positions. This situation can be rectified by developing environmentally safe methods to extract the natural resources within our own country. We will work to encourage and provide incentives for private companies to help the USA attain energy independence, through the extraction of existing American oil reserves, as well as developing new sources of clean, renewable energy. These resources alone “represent tens of trillions of dollars in wealth and millions of American jobs.”*

If given the chance, my fellow Americans, we can make this dream a reality. If given the chance, you and I together will Restore our Country’s Greatness.

Thank you, and God Bless America.

Eric Merten
President 2012

*Congressional Research Report 2009    http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm

  1. Katrina W
    March 5, 2010 at 9:12 pm
  2. March 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Yeah, I’ve read a LOT of things from both sides of this one. I have found an african american pastor that is going to “prove” later this month that Obama isn’t from America (I don’t know how) and there are a LOT of opinions going every which way. I’d just like Obama to come out and open up all those law suits, make this stuff public. Let’s see … See Morethose school records, see what is sealed about his birth cert…let the american people see it. Is that too much to ask?

    If Bush were the one hiding this info with lawsuits, what would everyone be saying? Honestly now…

  3. Katrina W
    March 5, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I’m all for questioning things but this one is just ridiculous. Even some of the most conservative people out there think this is stretching – a lot.

    How much do politicians have to open their lives to the public anyway?
    I know one candidate, here in town, whose opponent’s team went through his garbage. Most of my friends found out that I was pregnant *before I wanted anyone to know* because a reporter put it in the paper *without even talking to me*. Our property taxes were printed in the paper. My father-in-law’s supposed net worth was calculated six ways to Sunday all in the media. None of these things are anyone’s business and yet they were all out there for public fodder.
    Somewhere the line has to be drawn and just because a person is a politician, doesn’t mean everything in their lives should be open for public scrutiny.

  4. March 5, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I agree with much of what you are saying, going thru the garbage, etc. But when someone wants to see college records and sealed birth cert records about our president, and that it is a constitutional discussion, I think people have a right to see the information and make their own decisions. Don’t you?

    You aren’t for Obama keeping birth and University records hidden behind lawsuits, are you? That’s not the same as pregnancy and net worth of in-laws…not at all.

  5. Rex G
    March 5, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I say you forget being president. Go to work for FOX News. It is working for Palin. You two seem to have similar views too. There is good money in todays “news”.

  6. Katrina W
    March 5, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I’m going to have to disagree with you and since you haven’t lived through a campaign, specifically a nasty one where people started rumors and all sorts of things, I can only hope you’ll give me a bit of credit for knowing more than the average person about these things.

    First of all, Obama’s birth certificate isn’t just his; it belongs to his mom too, so IMO, it’s not his decision alone to make. Now, I understand a lot of people don’t believe women should have a right to make their own medical decisions or have the right to privacy but I personally do. If you believe everyone’s birth cert should be publicly-accessible, then are you fighting with the same fervor to have adoptees birth certificates unsealed? There are many adopted children out there who would love to know who their mothers are — and many birth moms who would like to remain anonymous. Birth certificates don’t just belong to the individual, they belong to the parent(s) listed too.

    As far as the university records, I wouldn’t want people looking at mine and they aren’t even interesting.

    Perhaps things were revealed in the lawsuits that should remain private. Rape defense lawyers frequently delve into the past of victims even though they are forbidden to — the records of a rape case isn’t just guilty or innocent, they contain all sorts of information that doesn’t need to be public.

    You say birth certs & university records are different than pregnancy and net-worth but it all starts with a question, someone’s suspicion about God-knows-what and suddenly there are groups of people that believe they have a *right* to know these things.
    Ted’s opponent felt that the public had the right to know our net worth and since it was too difficult to figure out (or maybe not as exciting as they’d hoped), they went after his father.

    It’s all in the eye of the beholder as to what is important to make public and trust me, there are people who specialize in creating the “need to know” in politics.

    • March 5, 2010 at 9:25 pm

      OK Katriina, I can see this one hits close to home, and no I have not lived thru what you have. I will give you that, for sure! But … I still think that just like we went thru everyone else’s service, education, past, etc….(Kerry, Clinton, Bush, McCain, etc.) and re-hashed the national guard years, grades at Yale, etc., it seems as though someone has something to hide. My point is: if there is nothing to hide, share it with us Mr. President.

      It’s not like Bush had the same protection you are speaking about, only Obama, and it smells funny to those of us that would like to know. I’m sure if the shoe was on the other foot, you might be interested as well.

  7. John R
    March 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Eric, long time no see. You have some good thoughts – helping small business and renewable home-grown energy, for example. I also like the idea of simplifying the tax system – a flat tax with NO write offs sounds drastic to some, but I think it makes much more sense.

    Something to be careful of, however.–when education is funded locally, there is a huge disadvantage for rural areas. Every child should have an opportunity to acquire a quality education. Rural and poor inner-city school districts need financial assistance from the state or federal governments in order to maintain a level of education. And, there needs to be a standard basic expectation. When funding changes occur, frequently it is the lower income districts that are overlooked during the decision making process.

    I also tend to attribute the economic crisis that we have been in to two things–sociatal moral decay, and corporate greed. I could write an essay, but suffice it to say it is immoral to purchase with credit what you may not be able to pay for and it is even more immoral to give a loan to someone who may not be able to pay it back. Funny thing is, if you want people to spend freely, you encourage them not to be morally strong, but instead you appeal to and encourage there weeknesses. Without moral integritty, capitalism cannot succeed.

    I remeber taking personal finance at CV back in 89 (back in the eighties when homes were affordable, but intrest rates were outrages). One of the things I distictly remember learning is that you should never purchase a house for more than twice your annual income. Imagine if banks used that rule when issuing loans. Just think about what effect that would have had on the housing market. Sure, less money would have been made in the late 90s and earlier this decade, but would we have found ourselves in the predicament we’re in today?

    How about our polotics? Would Americans be so apathetic towards politics if they didn’t spend so much time (and money) playing with new gadgets and being entertained by masses of stimuli day after day. What if our politics wasn’t so competitive but was actually cooperative? What if we worked together to find solutions to problems with health care, education, employment, the economy, etc. If finding solutions was the focus rather than an us vs them fight to the end, I’m right and your wrong and I won’t budge, mentality, maybe Americans would want to participate rather than ignore what’s going on.

    Anyway, just some thoughts. It is good to hear from you.

    • March 5, 2010 at 9:25 pm

      Yeah, you too John, good to hear from you. You could still have education funded “locally” by each State, which could handle the differences between poor and rich areas (like what is currently happening.) I still believe that the Feds have no business being in it at all.

  8. March 5, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Rex, I don’t watch fox news, and I’m not a supporter of Sarah Palin. I’m not sure why you are drawing parallels between what I have written and Palin. I take my thoughts from the books I am reading right now, which includes Aristotle, Cicero, Polybius, as well as Rousseau, de Tocqueville, Kirk and Skouson. I’m betting these guys are smarter than Sarah Palin is, and a LOT smarter than anyone working for fox news. If you have any good news sources for me to read and get an unbiased view, care to share them?

    One of the things I’m trying to do is read the books that the people that founded this country read. Maybe you might want to do the same…? See what you think about their ideas. Read the original sources, and see what you think. I’d be interested to hear if you agree with what they say.

  9. Erik
    March 6, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    So, the President’s annual physical and tax returns are available to the public, but not other things, like the mysterious birth certificate, which could have disqualified him from running for President? Is he a natural born American citizen? I don’t know, but there have been enough questions from all sides to make me wonder. Of course, the document that could put this “conspiracy” to bed is being withheld due to legal action. If his mother objects, redact her information.

    Eric, I like the thoughts you had. Unfortunately, I personally believe the only way to change the future of our beloved country is to drastically reduce the size, scope and influence of the Federal government. The Federal government machine is self-perpetuating and will not do anything to reduce itself, and the liberal power base that is in control now is doing everything it can (at a local and national level) to expand the size and scope of government to further weaken personal choice. It’s simply not sustainable. I’m disgusted by the growth of government and those in power that have anointed themselves as the decision makers. Big government WILL be the downfall of this country.

  10. March 8, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I agree with you Erik…Fed Govt needs to be reduced in size. The size of the government, and that “they know best”. Just what you say “I’m disgusted by the growth of government and those in power that have anointed themselves as the decision makers.” I couldn’t agree more, regardless of party.

  11. Jeff
    March 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    @ Katrina – when you make weak straw-man arguments (“I know some people don’t believe women should … have the right to privacy”) you hurt your own argument. Emotional and illogical = weak. Is wanting the same level of discovery on this president as we had on previous presidents regarding college transcripts the same thing as backwards (mostly imaginary) people wanting to keep women down? Are rape records for a random woman the same thing as wanting information for the voters regarding the most powerful leader in the world? Please.

    @ Rex – did you have anything interesting or helpful to say? Got a contribution to make on the topic?

    @ John – interesting that well before the Feds got involved in elementary education, the urban (not rural) students were failing at a much higher rate. Also interesting to note that Denmark has a lower per-student budget than we do, but their schools are better and newer, and their students are better. I take this to mean that our system is flawed, not that we need to (primarily) look out for any given community’s ability to teach their students. And the states and school districts can handle this anyway; are we to assume that NYC taxes are making it to Oregon, for example? Finally, is there some understanding that a state or school district (and the citizens in each) should bear the responsibility for the product they put out? In Oregon in the 1980s, a town called Molalla wouldn’t pass the School District bond that came up. The district cut the high school football team. Money showed up immediately as the town rallied around what was important to them. Should the Feds be “fixing” this? At a 10% pass-through rate on the monies? Only if you want a giant bureaucracy that doesn’t actually fix the problem.

    @ Erik – right. Smaller Federal footprint. But how to do it? Jefferson suggested that when the voters figured out that they could vote themselves “largess from the public treasury”, the Experiment would be over – as people would ‘give’ (vote) themselves money off of other (productive) people’s backs. When the ‘center’ voters in this nation realize that this problem is killing THEIR OWN (and everyone else’s – including the poor’s) standard of living, they won’t vote the way they did last time (socialism). Too bad Republicans have been making the government larger too. There must be a federal mandate for smaller government. Won’t happen until a third party is elected.

    All – Obama’s energy policy is a joke. “Green” answers like wind are a failure all over Europe. The jobs Obama said we’d create in the wind sector are all European jobs. Our energy independence is possible here and now. Anyone wonder if OPEC nations are funding the Sierra Club? Does anyone get that it is GREAT for OTHER NATION’S business (price per barrel) for the U.S. to import from OPEC instead of producing it here? It appears that the average person doesn’t know what kind of impact cheap fuel means to the U.S. economy. And their future employment.

    Both parties were party to the financial wreck we have. Dems are speeding it up right now. The Fed’s policy of printing is killing us. Treasury’s complicity in wealth-transfer from the American middle class to the banking industry is killing us. New leadership is needed. People who support Dems are in favor of status quo. People who support Republicans as they are now are in favor of status quo. Status quo is bankrupting this nation. Not maybe. Not ‘If’. Happening. Now. Under our very noses.

  12. Jeff
    March 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    @ Merty –

    Fundamental message is great. If you go back and watch Obama’s campaign, he made the same promises. So did Bush. Obama wants to make America “Great”. Bush said a more “humble” approach – “less nation building”. He promised that he absolutely would NOT pursue deficit spending policy. Ha-ha-ha-ha.

    Is it funny that both guys pursued policy that did the OPPOSITE of what they promised? Not at all. The Orwellian Inversion of the truth is here, it would appear: War on Drugs = Policy that makes dealing drugs more profitable, more violent, more prevalent; Department of Homeland Security = no border enforcement, release of Guantanamo inmates, and legislation that strips your civil liberties.

    I’m bringing this up because you sound like ‘business as usual’ even though you are for exactly the opposite. The liars have co-opted the language of Change. You need to find a cleaner message, new language, and a new ‘appeal’ to your voters. How do you change the conversation while at the very same time changing the language of the conversation? Tough road. I’m interested to see what this means to you.

    • March 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm

      My only problem with this is that guys like Ron Paul change the conversation, but they don’t get anywhere near being elected. Yes, it is the right thing to do, and it will take a lot of time. In my mind, I was in a 2012 election with delegates that aren’t *that* different than they are today in 2010. In order to make a difference, I think big, drastic changes are not the order of the day in the current environment.

      If or when the depression worsens, or some Fed Reserve systems default, or something more major happens that really gets the people themselves thinking differently, then the political lexicon will be changed more. Anyway, that’s where I was coming from on this. 🙂

  13. March 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I can see from the simulation limitations in your earlier post that there isn’t an allowance for another party. For unifying the Republican party and making some platform changes, you’ve got some great stuff. IMHO BOTH the dems and repubs are two heads on the same monster. Now, I know there is that school of thought that change has to come within the system. That is the nice way I suppose. But I really don’t see how that could possibly happen. Even if we were to replace Barry with you, Eric…we still, most unfortunately, have Nancy Pelosi…And then, say we have a great third party candidate. Who? Ron Paul? He doesn’t get elected and he seems more authentic, intelligent and sane than any of the other goofs who have thrown their hats in. But does Paul have what it takes to be an international diplomat and our nations top leader? Uh…not really.

    I don’t know what the answer is. I do know that in the past when people have been taxed at an insane rate (though not as insane as we are today), when their rights have been abused, when power becomes tyrannical and corrupt…people tend to revolt, to leave or are conquered. There really aren’t any exceptions. There aren’t any at all. We can’t be Rome and not fall.

    Eric, I appreciate that you are bringing this discussion to us. We, as a people – as a generation, have to be having this conversation. Jeff, you are right, it is happening under our noses. One day in the very near future we will get to tell our children and grandchildren we didn’t have any good ideas of our own. We just decided to stick with the ineffective ideas that were handed to us and then pass them on again because we don’t know how to think.

    There were some really sharp guys who spent a lot of time learning (not memorizing stuff for a test) and preparing and then discussing and discussing and discussing. They put their lives on the line and their fortunes and their families. They drafted a constitution that created the best chance on earth for liberty to reign. It wasn’t perfect, but it was darn good. We need people of that caliber – willing to learn, discuss and act. People willing to put things on the line. Even if all they are putting on the line is their evening TV watching. Even if they are just putting themselves out there to start conversations like this. It’s a beginning.

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