The Tampa Bay Times enthusiastically endorsed Pres. Barack Obama for a second term last week.

“This is not the time to reverse course and return to the failed policies of the past. Without hesitation, the Tampa Bay Times recommends Barack Obama for re-election as president.”

When I read this, I thought to myself, “Self…weren’t the last four years really just a continuation of the ‘failed policies of the past?’”

I mean seriously – more war, more Patriot Act spying (with NDAA detention thrown in as a bonus), more unfettered spending, more bailouts, more drug war, more crony capitalism, more federal meddling in education, more federal meddling in health care, more federal meddling in the housing market…more, more, more.

How was the last four years significantly different than the previous eight? Or the eight before that?

I could go on.

Sorry Tampa Bay Times editorial board, electing Mitt Romney wouldn’t represent a “return to the failed policies of the past.” It would merely continue the failed policies of the last 100 years or more. Policies your man Obama was more than happy to extend and advance.

Every politician in D.C. who ignores constitutional restraints continues these failed policies. By the way, that’s just about all of them!

In one sense, I agree with the folks at the Tampa Bay Times. It’s not the time to return to the failed policies of the past. And we do it every time we look to the Potomac to solve this or that problem. Washington D.C. will never solve America’s problem. Washington D.C. IS America’s problem.

We need to reverse course and return to the original intended  policy of  following the Constitution – every issue, every time, no exceptions, no excuses.

But power-mongers like Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, and the other elephants and asses in Washington will never do it on their own. We the people must force them by insisting that our state governments serve as a check on out-of-control federal power. We must wield the power of the states and nullify unconstitutional acts, following Rosa Parks’ brave example and simply refusing to comply.

It is our last hope.

Mike Maharrey

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