The Obama campaign has decided to use a rather strange slogan, “Forward” as their logo. This replaces “Hope and Change,” the terms of 2008. Certainly after nearly 4 years in office there is little “hope” left that the president’s policies are going to turn things around. The “change” that had taken place is all for the worst.
Unemployment is higher, test scores in schools are lower, the housing situation is unresolved, and the federal shortfall between spending and tax revenues is out of control. Runaway trillion dollar deficits are estimated far into the future. Forward is a direction, not a policy. "Forward" may sound better than “leading from behind” but both slogans mean nothing.
In 1980, then-Governor Ronald Reagan posed a question to the American public in his debate with President Carter, a week before the election: "Are you better off now than you were four years ago? Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago? Is there more or less unemployment in the country than there was four years ago? Is America as respected throughout the world as it was? Do you feel that our security is as safe, that we're as strong as we were four years ago? And if you answer all of those questions 'yes', why then, I think your choice is very obvious as to whom you will vote for. If you don't agree, if you don't think that this course that we've been on for the last four years is what you would like to see us follow for the next four, then I could suggest another choice that you have."
The American public overwhelmingly answered that question by voting in Reagan by a landslide. And the country prospered through his presidency and beyond. The slogan of Reagan’s reelection campaign was “Leadership that’s working!”
In 2012 the President Obama's team certainly can’t use that slogan because there is little leadership and it definitely is not working.
The Reagan question can be posed again in this cycle. The answers would of course be, "no!," as they were three decades ago.
The Obama campaign has attempted to say “we inherited a mess. Things would have been a lot worse if we hadn’t spent trillions of tax payers monies now and in the future.” If you believe that, obviously you can vote for four more years of Obama.
But an equally important question may be “Are you, and your kids, going to be better off in the coming four years?” If you don’t think so, do yourself a favor and vote for change, Romney.
The Obama team is going to throw out everything they can to attempt to make Romney an unacceptable alternative. When you watch all this misinformation, on your television sets, ask yourself: do you really think things will get better in the next four.? It doesn’t matter if the driver in the White House goes forward or backwards. If he doesn’t know where he is going, you’re going to end up off the road.
Edward J. Rollins is a Fox News contributor. He is a former assistant to President Reagan and he managed his reelection campaign. He is a senior presidential fellow at Hofstra University and a member of the Political Consultants Hall of Fame.