The One Fourthers
Poll after poll recently indicates that upwards of a full one in four people are still undecided when it comes to their presidential choice in November. These One Fourthers, as I will refer to them henceforth, are typically generation Xers, the majority of which did not go to college, and are those who identify themselves with the ideals of the Tea Party movement.
For a week now I have watched the familiar television political analysts speak on these poll results. Calling upon their experience in the political arena and considering the latest trending political news, they attempt to prognosticate the direction the vote of these One Fourthers will eventually fall. Their conclusion in every case: they have no earthly idea.
Allow me to clear up this mystery for both they and those of you who too are mystified by these One Fourthers and what it is that drives them to remain undecided at this time. It’s very simple, really, and the source of their indecision lies directly with Mitt Romney himself. Let’s take a quick peek into the dialog as it happens in the mind of the One Fourther, shall we?
“I voted for Obama in 2008, but over the time that has passed since then he has done nothing but show me that his vision for my country is one of the destruction of my Constitution. His policies have brought America almost to her knees, and his obvious pursuit of his own personal agenda utilizing the honor and privilege of the office I entrusted to him prove to me time and time again that four more years of this man will mean the end to the greatest nation on earth and life as I know it for me and my posterity. Romney wasn’t the opponent I wanted to run against Obama, but he’s definitely a far better bet than Obama right now. The problem for me, though, is that I still don’t really know Romney. I don’t know for certain what his position on key issues are, I am not exactly sure what plans he is proposing to help right the wrongs of my current president, and I don’t have a very good feel at all for the strength of character of this man. Before I make my final decision in my own mind, before I can in all good conscience say that I am for Romney and against Obama, I have to have these questions answered and these gray areas clarified.”
That, my friends, is the distilled yet accurate and concise version of the mindset of these One Fourthers. They know they don’t want Obama, but they aren’t sure enough about Romney as a man, a fellow citizen, a leader, a problem solver, to unquestionably say that they want him as their next president. So then, since I do seem to have such keen insight into the mind of these One Fourthers now, how do I say their vote will fall? They will most definitely vote for Romney, and here is why.
At this present time, Mitt Romney is the marathon runner who quite wisely conserves his strength and stamina by pacing himself. He does not allow himself to be baited into sprinting when his competitor passes him by; he does not allow himself to lose focus of the end of the race and engage in some activity that would sap the political strength that he knows he will need to carry him across the finish line. Mitt Romney is executing his campaign with great carefulness of thought, great planning and strategy. In the view of the One Fourthers who do not recognize the significance of Mitt’s approach to winning this race, candidate Romney is behaving quite strangely for someone who wants their vote. He is quiet when they feel he should speak out; he is mostly unresponsive when they desire him to pound the pulpit; and he smiles humbly and extends the word of courtesy to his opponent when they feel he should reprove him at least. Thus, they are somewhat perplexed, and have reserved their judgment at this time. But once Mitt resolves the causes of their reservation, the only reason the One Fourthers exist, they will side with him.
Due to the fact that I see Mitt Romney’s current approach to the campaign as a wise man merely pacing himself, I also believe that at the appropriate time he, like every wise and triumphant runner, will to the chagrin and shock of his opponent, pick up the pace with fervor. Whereas his opponent’s confidence level had been allowed to be artificially and craftily raised by Mitt’s seeming sheepishness, Mitt will suddenly and unapologetically shift himself into overdrive and leave Obama eating his proverbial dust. It will probably be after he announces his choice for running mate, or after he is officially selected at the Republican convention to be the presidential nominee. But very soon the One Fourthers will see and hear exactly what it is that they impatiently wait for now. They will see a media blitz that will have Obama and his team spending far too much time trying to find their happy places as Obama’s dismal and undeniable record of economic atrocities is paraded again and again before the voters of this country. They will hear Mitt Romney clearly and concisely laying out his plans and promises for all of the areas of concern that currently occupy people’s every waking thought. He will tell us precisely how he plans to revive our economy and create jobs. He will tell us specifically how he intends to revise the absurd tax code. He will make us promises…yes, the promises of a politician…but never the less promises in which we must and will place our hope and trust. Mitt will at that time lay out in detail for us how he intends to address all of the damage and setbacks our beloved country has suffered under the dictator-like rule of our current president. Very soon, Mitt will unleash the power and momentum of the super PACs and the Tea Party movement that support him, giving the One Fourthers that final piece of the puzzle that they needed in order to unequivocally say that yes, they are voting for the restoration of America: they are voting for Mitt Romney.
I would like to compliment the One Fourthers, as they truly do represent what I would consider to be one of the more fairer and balanced mindsets in the nation. They don’t jump to conclusions; they reserve judgment. They do not swallow the dogma of a party just because everybody else is doing it; they think for themselves. These One Fourthers are the ones who will decide the outcome of the election in November, and personally I gladly yield the future of my country to their conclusion and decision. Their reserved nature, their level of true concern that compels them to weigh things out so carefully that they are as yet still undecided…these attributes give me cause for confidence in them that I believe we should all be able to rest well within. Far too many conservatives that I know are concerned and worried that they and we may wake up November 7th with Obama as our president for another four years. I say to all you who fall into this category that you should quench your concern and worry, channeling the energy that you have thus far spent in mental anguish and toil into something more productive. Talk about the upcoming election to your friends and family. Debate and discuss the issues at hand. Keep your children informed on a high level as to the proceedings taking place in their country and world. As a result, what you will find is that you will also maintain your own level of zealousness for the recovery of our great Nation. Zeal, like the flu, bad attitudes, hiccoughs, AND WORRY, is catchy. If you’re going to spread anything, let it not be the discouraging, disheartening, decaying plague of faithlessness in the American people and their ability to make proper decisions as a whole. Let it rather be the encouraging, strengthening resolve of faith in the ability of We The People to correct the wrongs that insidiously find their way into our land’s highest offices. Do not be discouraged about the p
ossible outcome of the election in November. Have faith in the vast majority of your fellow Americans who possess a grassroots flavor of common sense that will not be so foolish as to repeat the mistake made in 2008. We didn’t know he was a snake when we picked him up, but we surely do now, and will not allow ourselves to be bitten by him twice. The One Fourthers know this as well; they’re just patiently waiting for our new president to break his pace and begin the sprint for the finish line.