I didn’t think it would happen so quickly, but today during his speech in Ohio President Obama accepted my challenge to make this election about the competing world views of liberals and conservatives.
Yesterday, I noted that President Obama’s liberal world view is one in which taxes rise and freedom recedes as government grows and liberal policies of spend, borrow and tax to maintain a huge public sector gobble-up a larger and larger share of the money Americans used to invest in the private economy or spend in their own pursuit of happiness.
Today, during a campaign speech in Ohio Obama outlined the campaign in similar terms. "In this election, you have two very different visions to choose from," Obama told about 1,500 supporters at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. "This isn't some abstract debate. This isn't another trivial Washington argument," said the president. "This is a make-or-break moment for our middle class."
We leave the class-based rhetoric to the liberals and Democrats, but they at least understand that this election may decide the future of the tax, borrow, spend and re-distribute model of government that has prevailed here and in Western Europe for the past 65 years.
When voters in this center-right country have a clear choice between liberal statism and conservative government they almost invariably choose conservative government. The big question now is will Governor Mitt Romney, Republican House and Senate candidates and the Republican leadership in general have the courage to take-up the challenge.
Romney can win, and bring with him a big Republican majority, only if he doesn't fall victim to the timidity of past establishment Republican candidates -- who have campaigned as Democrats light -- and instead offers a world view based on freedom and a small constitutional government in radical contrast to the one offered by President Obama today.