So I was at my blogging compatriots place and he made the following statement, with my reply:

Rutherford Lawson – “I’m glad Mitt has made this election about a choice between two philosophies. The tax returns and “you didn’t build that” and cancer killers stuff was getting old. Now let’s get to some substance!”

Gorilla – “R, this will still be a referendum on Obama.”

But this got me thinking, is this really just a referendum on Obama or a referendum on liberalism writ large?

Democrats have wanted to make this a choice election since the beginning because they think that it obfuscates Obama’s atrocious record. Republicans on the other hand have wanted to focus on the failure of Obama’s leadership and policies. With the Paul Ryan pick for Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential candidate, the one word we keep hearing from both sides now is choice. So does that mean that the Dems have won and that this election will be purely an election based on choice? Fat chance.

No, THIS is a referendum election, but EVERY election is about choice. The choice is to continue four more years of Obama’s policies or choose a different path for the nation. But it has become larger than Obama. At a recent fundraiser, Obama said:

“Too many folks still don’t have a sense that tomorrow will be better than today. And so, the question in this election is which way do we go? Do we go forward towards a new vision of an America in which prosperity is shared? Or do we go backward to the same policies that got us in the mess in the first place?”

Kind of reminds you of this:

Obama doesn’t like America. He’s never liked America. Anyone who has paid attention to his past – his associates, his mentors, his writings and his positions – there is nothing that demonstrates a profound sense of love for this nation. We could make the argument that for every president, part of the equation is the power that comes with the office, but for Obama, it is ALL power. This isn’t about patriotic duty, it’s about Obama’s liberal ideology and narcissistic power. He is quite literally, America’s first tyrant.

So yes, this is a referendum on Obama, but more so a referendum on Obama’s ideology of liberalism. American’s are going to make a choice of do they want the tyrant, or a different direction. Mind you, I recognize that this is not per se an easy choice. It’s far easier to blame someone else and get handouts than it is to hold yourself accountable and make hard decisions about the future. But that said, I certainly believe that the American people are going to choose right, and the right, on November 6.

Folks are pretty fired up about Romney’s choice in Ryan. More importantly, folks are pretty fed up with Obama. Together, these point to a landslide election in November. That’s good, because Obama is young and between his narcissism and the left’s cult-like worship of him, he’s going to be a regular face on the left. The greater the margin of victory for Romney, the greater the rejection of Obama and everything he stands for. The nation needs Obama beaten, but America needs Obama rejected.


UPDATE: Since we’re talking “plans” and choices, let us consider what a leading Dem has said: