Ultimately, any revival, be it spiritual or economic, must begin with individuals. No government can create virtue and produce character in its citizens. Individuals, not government, drive the economy and empower the nation. Too much centralized government stifles both.
The Register, which endorsed Obama four years ago, no longer has faith in him. In this, they appear to reflect an awakening among many 2008 Obama voters who now see him as unworthy of the false hope they foolishly placed in him.
If America is to recover, not just economically, but also as the leader of a freer world, it must have a president who applauds success and encourages more people to be successful; not one who constantly attacks "millionaires and billionaires" as if their success is keeping others from joining them. And he must be a president who says "no" to spending.
There are two major candidates on the ballot. One has a track record of failing to live up to his gargantuan promises. The other is experienced in making things work in business and in government.
Mitt Romney offers more than a fresh face. He offers a fresh start. As the Des Moines Register endorsement said, "A renewed sense of confidence will spark renewed investment by American companies. Industry will return to full production and hiring will begin again. That should come with Mitt Romney in the White House."
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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