Rich Galen

Taken together "The private sector is doing fine" and "Somebody else made that happen" were like standing them up against a brick wall and shooting them.

JP Morgan and General Electric will always do fine. Small business people don't have the armies of lawyers, lobbyists and accountants to tide them over through the rough patches.

The business people in Marietta, Ohio 45750 aren't looking for gold stars. They just want to be left alone to be able to pay their employees and vendors. They don't want a shout-out from their President; but they don't need a President who is so out of touch with the world of small business that he believes they survive only by the beneficence of the government.

Yes, there is an Internet and an electric grid. But Americans have been building businesses since before there WAS an America, much less before there was an Internet or electricity.

This is no longer a choice between two candidates running for President. Obama has made it clear that this is an election that will determine whether an individual can succeed by his or her talent, timing, and hard work; or whether the government will be the arbiter who shall succeed and who shall not.

Abraham Lincoln famously said in his Gettysburg Address that the American government was "of the people, by the people and for the people."

It is time to recognize that Barack Obama truly believes that is upside down.

Obama believes that the American people are of the government, by the government, and for the government.

This election comes down to whether you believe in Lincoln's vision, or Obama's.

It's your choice.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at