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By Richard W. Carlson
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, 9:03 p.m.
 

The country is teetering on the edge of financial disaster. We are in a cultural free fall. Barack Obama has humiliated us with friends and enemies abroad. He has been a disaster for this country. Why would anyone even consider re-electing him?

The average American household owes roughly $46,000 just in foreign debt, generally the same amount as a household's average personal yearly income.

Millions of people are without jobs and without the hope of getting one.

Tens of millions are on food stamps; even more are on other forms of welfare.

It has all worsened during Obama's four years in office.

The “great unifier” has polarized the nation and ratcheted up internecine hatreds while dividing us into competing special interests. The leader of the “most transparent administration in history” is the point man for a rapacious brigade of administration liars — nasty people who change their stories practically in midsentence.

The president himself has proven to be a nasty demagogue, a boorish narcissist who gets by on a broad, robotic smile and dishonest rhetoric read from a teleprompter. Up usually means down; forward invariably means back.

America has changed so much in my lifetime. The country's demographics so heavily favor the Democrats (in just the way the Democrats and liberals planned it over those many years that Republicans and conservatives were frozen out of congressional power, sitting on their thumbs, daydreaming while they rotated.)

But because of the three debates, tens of millions of Americans saw the real Mitt Romney as the attractive, reasonable, articulate, kindly, smart, deeply sincere man that he actually is — in a word, presidential.

Just think, two days and this is over. Getting rid of Barack Obama would be excellent. But there is an added benefit:

Crazy Joe Biden will no longer be a heartbeat away from our nuclear codes.

Richard W. Carlson, a former U.S. ambassador to the Seychelles and former director of the Voice of America, is vice chairman of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

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