Terry Paulson

Questioned by Juan Williams on whether referring to President Obama as "the food stamp president" was belittling people, Gingrich stood his ground: "The fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history. Now, I know among the politically correct you're not supposed to use facts that are uncomfortable.... They haven't helped the people. They haven't done anything. (cheers and applause) I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their creator with the right to pursue happiness, and if that makes liberals unhappy, I'm gonna continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn how to get a better job, and learn someday to own the job."

Rush Limbaugh recently observed that there is a political Berlin Wall that divides America. Conservatives embrace a West Berlin mentality; the liberal special interest groups are trapped in East Berlin thinking. One side embraces freedom and opportunity; the other settles for "special treatment" and more government dependence.

We need a president who will tear down the wall and truly let all Americans play by the same rules and reap the benefits and consequences that freedom allows. Instead of depending on Washington handouts, it's time to let neighbors help neighbors instead of continually expanding government entitlement programs.

Let me end with another admonition from Lincoln: “I don’t believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. So while we do not propose any war on capital, we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get rich with everybody else.” Let's elect a president who still believes that "We the people" can achieve our American dream by coping with life's challenges and seizing available opportunities.

Terry Paulson

Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, award-winning professional speaker, author of The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results, and long-time columnist for the Ventura County Star.

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