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Why I Am Voting for Mitt Romney

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 4, 2012 5:28 PM |

I sit here outside a branch of my town’s local library to get an internet connection having no idea when power may be restored to my neighborhood. Today was the first day we actually even had a visit from representatives of an out of state power company merely to make an assessment. Their first reaction to the disaster on my street was that the obvious oil patch from a blown transformer at the end of my driveway would be an automatic health code violation in their state.

I am not complaining about the lack of power or the oil patch (although with little trust in government agencies I will have it privately tested) knowing that many of our fellow citizens mere miles from my home are literally fighting for their very survival under very trying circumstances. Please pray for all those who are suffering and will continue to suffer from this historic storm. I personally believe that the devastation from this storm is being underreported. With another nor’easter on the way this week, I shudder to think but believe that more lives will be lost due to a lack of heat and protection.

Against this backdrop our nation will vote this Tuesday in what I strongly believe is THE MOST important election in a very, very long time.

I hope the regular readers of this blog can attest to the fact that my greatest motivation in my writing is a defiant pursuit of the truth. That simple but most prized virtue strikes me as being under perpetual assault by far too many political lightweights and their varied supporters, in the media and elsewhere, at this point in our nation’s history. As a registered Independent, a  seeker of the truth, and having written over 2000 commentaries here at Sense on Cents since the 2008 election, I feel compelled to write as to why I STRONGLY endorse Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan to lead our country. My reasons are varied and include the following:

1. ECONOMIC: while a President is ultimately responsible for making judgment calls across all segments of his administration, he counts upon the insights and advice of his closest advisors. Has anybody recently reviewed the people and profiles of those on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors? The chairman Alan Krueger is a career academician and been in place for a year. Aside from the chairman, the only single member of the CEA is Katherine Abraham, another career academic and public policy guru. If a President is charged with leading our country and defining economic policy then given the “Ivory Tower Lightweights” (yep, both of them) giving our President economic advice then there should be little surprise as to why the economy continues to limp along. Does the CEA only have two members because the President could not find more people who cared to serve or simply because he does not care to gather opinions from those in the private sector?

I have heard from many individual business people whom I would put in the great silent majority but are now speaking out loudly as to the need for real change in leadership in Washington. These business people work in big, medium, and small business. I respect them and consider them intelligent and well informed. They run businesses and hire people. Many of these individuals (Republicans, Independents, and Democrats) have told me that they feel under attack and often personally vilified by this administration. How is this impact felt? J-O-B-S!!

2. MILITARY: Is there any single group of citizens more deserving of our praise and respect than our military? I think not. Traditionally, those serving in the military have shied away from offering political support. I have received messages from personal friends and associates of current military indicating to me how much they want change in leadership in Washington. I am not surprised to learn that tomorrow more than 500 military veterans and former senior military officials  will publicly endorse Mitt Romney via a paid advertisement in a Washington based periodical. I give this endorsement serious weight. The situation is Benghazi screams for an independent investigation.

3. FAITH: I am proud to publicly acknowledge the importance of my personal faith. The foundation of my faith is love. I love our country and all its citizens. I would welcome the opportunity to help and all individuals. In fact, a driving motivation in launching this blog after the economic crisis of 2008 was to help people looking for a resource to learn what was going on in our economy, markets, and on Wall Street. I am hopeful that many have learned a lot by coming here. While love is the foundation of faith, let’s not be naive to think that faith itself does not come without commitment and responsibility. I have felt on more than one occasion that my faith and that of others has been under attack by individual policies and messages emanating from the current administration. Even during this current campaign, messages targeting specific groups have been less than subtle in form and function. I am embarrassed to think that our nation has sunk so low in our value structure  and that I have to quickly change a channel so that my soon to be 14 year old son does not get exposed to these messages. Those who would embrace and promote these messages for political purposes fail the leadership test.

I respect Mitt Romney as a man of faith. He is humble in this regard as attested in these stories that he “forgot” to tell us. Some on the other side may call this “Romnesia”.

4. RULE of LAW and VIOLATION of PROPERTY RIGHTS: while our nation rests upon many principles, in my opinion the two cornerstones of our democracy are the rule of law and property rights. Time and again over the last four years I have seen these heretofore sacrosanct principles violated with little regard. While listing the individual violations would take too long, I encourage readers to utilize those links to do just that. Those defending the current administration would maintain that the violations may have been necessary for economic purposes. I would maintain that those who believe the ends justify the means are playing with fire and that the costs of these violations are unknown and will ultimately be paid by future generations.

5. FORWARD vs BACKWARD: our current administration would have us believe that our economic crisis was a result of the Bush administration policies. Somehow they conveniently fail to address the fact that the deregulation of Wall Street occurred during the Clinton administration and that none other than Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were very near the top of the list in terms of receiving LARGE CASH CONTRIBUTIONS from their pal Franklin Raines at Fannie Mae.

I lay out these five points because I am seriously concerned that if our nation is to recover confidence and move forward we need to embrace the truth — and these points do just that — and change the dysfunctional dynamic on display in Washington currently. I cannot begin to imagine another four years of dysfunctional government as we have experienced over these past four years. What is the missing ingredient? I have referenced this point often here at Sense on Cents. We need LEADERSHIP.

I acknowledge that Barack Obama was dealt a challenging hand. I wished him the best as he took office. I hoped that all those who felt left behind would be inspired by the Obama Presidency. With all due respect, I believe President has played divisive political games in order to curry favor rather than rising above the fray and being a leader for all citizens of the United States. I do not believe he has earned another 4 years. I believe Mitt Romney can be the man to lead our nation forward for ALL OUR CITIZENS. I welcome supporting him. One final reason not to support Barack Obama.

If anybody thinks Barack Obama cleaned up and reformed Wall Street, I can give you 500 HUNDRED BILLION reasons why he has not. Those reasons are the dollar values of the scandals encompassing auction rate securities, BErnie Madoff, and Jon Corzine/MF Global. The crony capitalism has to end. I welc0me continuing that fight on even a larger platform in the months ahead.

Comments, feedback, constructive criticism always encouraged and appreciated.

Navigate accordingly….and please continue to pray for those impacted by Sandy and our nation as a whole. We need to end the polarized divisiveness that permeates Washington and our nation. Another reason to vote for Mitt Romney.

I hope you will join me in supporting Romney/Ryan 2012. Rest assured I will continue to fight for the truth regardless of who our next President is. If you like my message, please share it.

Please pardon my typos. Sitting in a parking lot is not exactly conducive to accurate typing.
Larry Doyle

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I have no affiliation or business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets so that investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.

  • Tim Favero

    Larry, as you know, I am newer to your blog but I have gone back and read prior posts. However, I believe this is the best post you have written. I am going to put it on my fb page. Thanks for keeping the faith that all American want for a better country!

    • LD

      Thanks Tim. I appreciate your interest and support. I find it regrettable how polarized and divided our nation has become. We need real leaders and real leadership.

  • crusader

    Well said LD. GO MITT!

  • Stanley

    Rick Santelli discussing the Obama/Corzine connection and MF Global disaster at 11am today.

    http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000126257&play=1

  • Don K

    Not only are you wrong but you are an entitled and selfish whiner. Just another one wrapping yourself up in religion and patriotism to cover your fear and your prejudice and your bank book. From one white guy to another , the jig is up.
    Don K

    • LD

      How much of my material have you read? Why have I never heard from you prior to this? Why is it that I am receiving countless messages thanking me for writing
      this? What do you think about the cea having two members? You cast aspersions but do not address the truths raised. Strikes me as gutless no?

      Prejudice? Do you know how many minority students I mentor personally?

      • http://www.RestlessBoomers.com Cate

        Agree with *most* of the others, one of your very best articles. We’re praying for a Romney landslide. Thanks for your diligence in getting this out with all you have going on. Stay safe.

      • Don K

        Actually, I didn’t think you would change anything but that you would wrap that flag tighter around your white shoulders and mumble more about your high minded pursuit of truth, and your interpretation of what constitutes a fact. Truth is a relative thing. Ask George Bush.

        The Republicans have trouble with facts regarding science, rape, sexuality, immigrants, the cause of this depression, the last President, to name a few. One might think there would be a certain embarrassment from anyone who focuses on facts, but that doesn’t seem forthcoming. Some still want to wear their “Keep your government hands off my Medicare” t shirts. And they struggle to explain just why this great country shouldn’t have health care for all of it’s citizens. Or why someone’s holy book should be used to determine just which Americans are equal to other Americans.

        Please don;t pity me, by any means. Save it for those poor billionaires who don’t pay their fair share of taxes and who thought this election was at auction to the highest bidder. That they didn’t seem to buy even one of their offices gives me great hope in the electorate. If the media and pollsters hadn’t been so intent on sucking up every last campaign ad dollar to the very last minute there wouldn’t have been so many surprised people on the 6th.

    • crusader

      Larry; I admire your ability to respond in a thoughtful manner to ignorant jerks like Don K.
      I do not have the same qualities.
      Congratulations on your continued great work.

      Ed

    • Randee

      I agree with Don K.

  • Eddie

    Presidential Endorsements from Retired Flag Officers (Army/Navy )

    OBAMA

    General Colin Powell

    General Wesley Clark

    Admiral John Nathan, co-chair of Obama campaign

    Major General Paul Eaton

    Rear Admiral Don Gutter

    ROMNEY

    Admiral James B. Busey, USN, (Ret.)

    General James T. Conway, USMC, (Ret.)

    General Terrence R. Dake, USMC, (Ret)

    Admiral James O. Ellis, USN, (Ret.)

    Admiral Mark Fitzgerald, USM, (Ret.)

    General Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF, (Ret)

    General Tommy Franks, USA, (Ret)

    General Alfred Hansen, USAF, (Ret)

    Admiral Ronald Jackson Hays, USN, (Ret)

    Admiral Thomas Bibb Hayward, USN, (Ret)

    General Chuck Albert Horner, USAF, (Ret)

    Admiral Jerome LaMarr Johnson, USN, (Ret)

    Admiral Timothy J. Keating, USN, (Ret)

    General Paul X. Kelley, USMC, (Ret)

    General William Kernan, USA, (Ret)

    Admiral George E.R. Kinnear II, USN, (Ret)

    General William L. Kirk, USAF, (Ret)

    General James J. Lindsay, USA, (Ret)

    General William R. Looney III, USAF, (Ret)

    Admiral Hank Mauz, USN, (Ret)

    General Robert Magnus, USMC, (Ret)

    Admiral Paul David Miller, USN, (Ret)

    General Henry Hugh Shelton, USA, (Ret)

    General Lance Smith, USAF, (Ret)

    Admiral Leighton Smith, Jr., USN, (Ret)

    General Ronald W. Yates, USAF, (Ret)

    Admiral Ronald J. Zlatoper, USN, (Ret)

    Lieutenant General James Abrahamson, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Edgar Anderson, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Marcus A. Anderson, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Buck Bedard, USMC, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral A. Bruce Beran, USCG, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Lyle Bien, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Harold Blot, USMC, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum, USA, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Mike Bowman III, USN, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Mike Bucchi, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Walter E. Buchanan III, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Richard A. Burpee, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General William Campbell, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General James E. Chambers, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Edward W. Clexton, Jr., USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General John B. Conaway, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Marvin Covault, USA, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Terry M. Cross, USCG, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral William Adam Dougherty, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Brett Dula, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Gordon E. Fornell, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral David Frost, USN, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Henry C. Giffin III, USN, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Peter M. Hekman, USN, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Richard D. Herr, USCG, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Thomas J Hickey, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Walter S. Hogle, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Ronald W. Iverson, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Donald W. Jones, USA, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Douglas J. Katz, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Jay W. Kelley, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Tom Kilcline, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Timothy A. Kinnan, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Harold Koenig, M.D., USN, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Albert H. Konetzni, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Buford Derald Lary, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, USMC, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Stephen Loftus, USN, (Ret.)

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    Vice Admiral Justin D. McCarthy, USN, (Ret.)

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    Lieutenant General Fred McCorkle, USMC, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Thomas G. McInerney, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Joseph S. Mobley, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Carol Mutter, USMC, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Dave R. Palmer, USA, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral John Theodore “Ted” Parker, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Garry L. Parks, USMC, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Charles Henry “Chuck” Pitman, USMC, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Steven R. Polk, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral William E. Ramsey, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Joseph J. Redden, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Edward Rowny, USA (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Dutch Schultz, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Charles J. Searock, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General E. G. “Buck” Shuler, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Alexander M. “Rusty” Sloan, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General David J. Teal, USAF, (Ret.)

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    Vice Admiral Donald C. “Deese” Thompson, USCG, (Ret.)

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    Lieutenant General Herman O. “Tommy” Thomson, USAF, (Ret.)

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    Lieutenant General William Thurman, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Robert Allen “R.A.” Tiebout, USMC, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral John B. Totushek, USNR, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General George J. Trautman, USMC, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Garry R. Trexler, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Jerry O. Tuttle, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Claudius “Bud” Watts, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General William “Bill” Welser, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Thad A. Wolfe, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General C. Norman Wood, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Michael W. Wooley, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Richard “Rick” Zilmer, USMC, (Ret.)

    Major General Chris Adams, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Henry Amos, USN (Ret.)

    Major General Nora Alice Astefan, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Almon Bowen Ballard, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General James F. Barnette, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert W. Barrow, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John R. Batlzer, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Jon W. Bayless, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General John E. Bianchi, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General David F. Bice, USMC, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Linda J. Bird, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral James H. Black, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Peter A. Bondi, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General John L. Borling, USMC, (Ret.)

    Major General Tom Braaten, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert J. Brandt, USA, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Jerry C. Breast, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Bruce B. Bremner, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Thomas F. Brown III, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General David P. Burford, USA, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John F. Calvert, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Jay A. Campbell, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Henry Canterbury, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral James J. Carey, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Nevin Carr, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Stephen K. Chadwick, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral W. Lewis Chatham, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Jeffrey G. Cliver, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Casey Coane, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Isaiah C. Cole, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Stephen Condon, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Richard C. Cosgrave, USANG, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Robert Cowley, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General J.T. Coyne, USMC, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Robert C. Crates, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Tommy F. Crawford, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral James P. Davidson, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General James D. Delk, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert E. Dempsey, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Jay Ronald Denney, USNR, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert S. Dickman, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral James C. Doebler, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Douglas O. Dollar, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Hunt Downer, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Thomas A. Dyches, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Jay T. Edwards, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General John R. Farrington, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Francis L. Filipiak, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral James H. Flatley III, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Charles Fletcher, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Bobby O. Floyd, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Veronica Froman, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Vance H. Fry, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral R. Byron Fuller, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral George M. Furlong, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Frank Gallo, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Ben F. Gaumer, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Harry E. Gerhard Jr., USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Daniel J. Gibson, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Andrew A. Giordano, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Richard N. Goddard, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Fred Golove, USCGR, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Harold Eric Grant, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Jeff Grime, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert Kent Guest, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Tim Haake, USAR, (Ret.)

    Major General Otto K. Habedank, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Thomas F. Hall, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Donald P. Harvey, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Leonard W. Hegland, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John Hekman, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General John A. Hemphill, USA, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Larry Hereth, USCG, (Ret.)

    Major General Wilfred Hessert, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Don Hickman, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Geoffrey Higginbotham, USMC, (Ret.)

    Major General Jerry D. Holmes, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Weldon F. Honeycutt, USA, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Steve Israel, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General James T. Jackson, USA, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Tim Jenkins, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Ron Jesberg, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Pierce J. Johnson, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Steven B. Kantrowitz, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John T. Kavanaugh, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Dennis M. Kenneally, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Michael Kerby, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral David Kunkel, USCG, (Ret.)

    Major General Geoffrey C. Lambert, USA, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Arthur Langston, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Thomas G. Lilly, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General James E. Livingston, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Al Logan, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General John D. Logeman Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Noah H. Long Jr, USNR, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Don Loren, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Andy Love, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Thomas C. Lynch, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Steven Wells Maas, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert M. Marquette, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Larry Marsh, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Clark W. Martin, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General William M. Matz, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Gerard Mauer, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral William J. McDaniel, MD, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral E.S. McGinley II, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Henry C. McKinney, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert Messerli, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Douglas S. Metcalf, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John W. Miller, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Patrick David Moneymaker, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Mario Montero, USA, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Douglas M. Moore, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Walter Bruce Moore, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General William Moore, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Burton R. Moore, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral James A. Morgart, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Stanton R. Musser, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John T. Natter, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert George Nester, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General George W. Norwood, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Robert C. Olson, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Raymund E. O’Mara, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Robert S. Owens, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John F. Paddock, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert W. Paret, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Robert O. Passmore, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Earl G. Peck, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Richard E. Perraut Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Gerald F. Perryman, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral W.W. Pickavance, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John J. Prendergast, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Fenton F. Priest, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General David C. Ralston, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Bentley B. Rayburn, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Harold Rich, USN , (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Roland Rieve, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Tommy F. Rinard, USN , (Ret.)

    Major General Richard H. Roellig, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Michael S. Roesner, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral William J. Ryan, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Loran C. Schnaidt, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Carl Schneider, USAF , (Ret.)

    Major General John P. Schoeppner, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Edison E. Scholes, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Robert H. Schumaker, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral William S. Schwob, USCG, (Ret.)

    Major General David J. Scott, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Hugh P. Scott, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Richard Secord, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral William H. Shawcross, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Joseph K. Simeone, USAF and ANG , (Ret.)

    Major General Darwin Simpson, ANG , (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic, USN , (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral David Oliver “D.O.” Smart, USNR, (Ret.)

    Major General Richard D. Smith, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Donald Bruce Smith, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Paul O. Soderberg, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Robert H. “Bob” Spiro, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Henry B. Stelling, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Daniel H. Stone, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General William A. Studer, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Hamlin Tallent, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Hugh Banks Tant III, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Larry S. Taylor, USMC, (Ret.)

    Major General J.B. Taylor, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Thomas R. Tempel, USA , (Ret.)

    Major General Richard L. Testa, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Jere Thompson, USN (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Byron E. Tobin, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Larry Twitchell, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Russell L. Violett, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General David E.B. “DEB” Ward, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Charles J. Wax, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Donald Weatherson, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General John Welde, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Gary Whipple, USA , (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral James B. Whittaker, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Charles Williams, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral H. Denny Wisely, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Theodore J. Wojnar, USCG, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral George K. Worthington, USN, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Arthur Abercrombie, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General John R. Allen, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Loring R. Astorino, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Richard Averitt, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Garry S. Bahling, USANG, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Donald E. Barnhart, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Charles L. Bishop, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Clayton Bridges, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Jeremiah J. Brophy, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General R. Thomas Browning, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General David A. Brubaker, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Chalmers R. Carr, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Fred F. Caste, USAFR, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Robert V. Clements, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Christopher T Cline, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General George Peyton Cole, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Richard A. Coleman, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Mike Cushman, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Peter Dawkins, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Sam. G. DeGeneres, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General George Demers, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Howard G. DeWolf, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Arthur F. Diehl, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General David Bob Edmonds, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Anthony Farrington, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Norm Gaddis, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Robert H. Harkins, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Thomas W. Honeywill, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Stanley V. Hood, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General James J. Hourin, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Jack C. Ihle, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Thomas G. Jeter, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General William Herbert Johnson, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Kenneth F. Keller, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Wayne W. Lambert, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Jerry L. Laws, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Thomas J. Lennon, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General John M. Lotz, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Robert S. Mangum, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Frank Martin, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Joe Mensching, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Richard L. Meyer, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Lawrence A. Mitchell, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Michael P. Mulqueen, USMC, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Ben Nelson, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Jack W. Nicholson, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Maria C. Owens, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Dave Papak, USMC, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Gary A. Pappas, USANG, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Robert V. Paschon, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Allen K. Rachel, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Jon Reynolds, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Edward F. Rodriguez, Jr., USAFR, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Roger Scearce, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Dennis Schulstad, USAFR, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General John Serur, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Joseph L. Shaeffer, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Graham Shirley, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Raymond Shulstad, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Stan Smith, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Ralph S. Smith, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Donald Smith, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General David M. Snyder, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Michael Joseph Tashjian, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Richard Louis Ursone, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Ear’ Van Inwegen, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Terrence P. Woods, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Mitchell Zais, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Allan Ralph Zenowitz, USA, (Ret.)

    .

    Presidential Endorsements from Retired Flag Officers (Army/Navy )

    OBAMA

    General Colin Powell

    General Wesley Clark

    Admiral John Nathan, co-chair of Obama campaign

    Major General Paul Eaton

    Rear Admiral Don Gutter

    ROMNEY

    Admiral James B. Busey, USN, (Ret.)

    General James T. Conway, USMC, (Ret.)

    General Terrence R. Dake, USMC, (Ret)

    Admiral James O. Ellis, USN, (Ret.)

    Admiral Mark Fitzgerald, USM, (Ret.)

    General Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF, (Ret)

    General Tommy Franks, USA, (Ret)

    General Alfred Hansen, USAF, (Ret)

    Admiral Ronald Jackson Hays, USN, (Ret)

    Admiral Thomas Bibb Hayward, USN, (Ret)

    General Chuck Albert Horner, USAF, (Ret)

    Admiral Jerome LaMarr Johnson, USN, (Ret)

    Admiral Timothy J. Keating, USN, (Ret)

    General Paul X. Kelley, USMC, (Ret)

    General William Kernan, USA, (Ret)

    Admiral George E.R. Kinnear II, USN, (Ret)

    General William L. Kirk, USAF, (Ret)

    General James J. Lindsay, USA, (Ret)

    General William R. Looney III, USAF, (Ret)

    Admiral Hank Mauz, USN, (Ret)

    General Robert Magnus, USMC, (Ret)

    Admiral Paul David Miller, USN, (Ret)

    General Henry Hugh Shelton, USA, (Ret)

    General Lance Smith, USAF, (Ret)

    Admiral Leighton Smith, Jr., USN, (Ret)

    General Ronald W. Yates, USAF, (Ret)

    Admiral Ronald J. Zlatoper, USN, (Ret)

    Lieutenant General James Abrahamson, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Edgar Anderson, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Marcus A. Anderson, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Buck Bedard, USMC, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral A. Bruce Beran, USCG, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Lyle Bien, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Harold Blot, USMC, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum, USA, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Mike Bowman III, USN, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Mike Bucchi, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Walter E. Buchanan III, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Richard A. Burpee, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General William Campbell, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General James E. Chambers, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Edward W. Clexton, Jr., USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General John B. Conaway, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Marvin Covault, USA, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Terry M. Cross, USCG, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral William Adam Dougherty, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Brett Dula, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Gordon E. Fornell, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral David Frost, USN, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Henry C. Giffin III, USN, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Peter M. Hekman, USN, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Richard D. Herr, USCG, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Thomas J Hickey, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Walter S. Hogle, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Ronald W. Iverson, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Donald W. Jones, USA, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Douglas J. Katz, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Jay W. Kelley, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Tom Kilcline, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Timothy A. Kinnan, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Harold Koenig, M.D., USN, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Albert H. Konetzni, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Buford Derald Lary, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, USMC, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Stephen Loftus, USN, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Michael Malone, USN, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Edward H. Martin, USN, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral John J. Mazach, USN, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Justin D. McCarthy, USN, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral William McCauley, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Fred McCorkle, USMC, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Thomas G. McInerney, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Joseph S. Mobley, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Carol Mutter, USMC, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Dave R. Palmer, USA, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral John Theodore “Ted” Parker, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Garry L. Parks, USMC, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Charles Henry “Chuck” Pitman, USMC, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Steven R. Polk, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral William E. Ramsey, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Joseph J. Redden, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Edward Rowny, USA (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Dutch Schultz, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Charles J. Searock, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General E. G. “Buck” Shuler, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Alexander M. “Rusty” Sloan, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General David J. Teal, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Billy M. Thomas, USA, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Donald C. “Deese” Thompson, USCG, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Alan S. Thompson, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Herman O. “Tommy” Thomson, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, USCG, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General William Thurman, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Robert Allen “R.A.” Tiebout, USMC, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral John B. Totushek, USNR, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General George J. Trautman, USMC, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Garry R. Trexler, USAF, (Ret.)

    Vice Admiral Jerry O. Tuttle, USN, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Claudius “Bud” Watts, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General William “Bill” Welser, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Thad A. Wolfe, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General C. Norman Wood, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Michael W. Wooley, USAF, (Ret.)

    Lieutenant General Richard “Rick” Zilmer, USMC, (Ret.)

    Major General Chris Adams, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Henry Amos, USN (Ret.)

    Major General Nora Alice Astefan, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Almon Bowen Ballard, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General James F. Barnette, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert W. Barrow, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John R. Batlzer, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Jon W. Bayless, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General John E. Bianchi, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General David F. Bice, USMC, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Linda J. Bird, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral James H. Black, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Peter A. Bondi, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General John L. Borling, USMC, (Ret.)

    Major General Tom Braaten, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert J. Brandt, USA, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Jerry C. Breast, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Bruce B. Bremner, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Thomas F. Brown III, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General David P. Burford, USA, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John F. Calvert, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Jay A. Campbell, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Henry Canterbury, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral James J. Carey, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Nevin Carr, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Stephen K. Chadwick, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral W. Lewis Chatham, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Jeffrey G. Cliver, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Casey Coane, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Isaiah C. Cole, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Stephen Condon, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Richard C. Cosgrave, USANG, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Robert Cowley, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General J.T. Coyne, USMC, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Robert C. Crates, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Tommy F. Crawford, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral James P. Davidson, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General James D. Delk, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert E. Dempsey, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Jay Ronald Denney, USNR, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert S. Dickman, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral James C. Doebler, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Douglas O. Dollar, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Hunt Downer, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Thomas A. Dyches, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Jay T. Edwards, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General John R. Farrington, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Francis L. Filipiak, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral James H. Flatley III, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Charles Fletcher, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Bobby O. Floyd, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Veronica Froman, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Vance H. Fry, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral R. Byron Fuller, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral George M. Furlong, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Frank Gallo, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Ben F. Gaumer, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Harry E. Gerhard Jr., USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Daniel J. Gibson, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Andrew A. Giordano, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Richard N. Goddard, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Fred Golove, USCGR, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Harold Eric Grant, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Jeff Grime, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert Kent Guest, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Tim Haake, USAR, (Ret.)

    Major General Otto K. Habedank, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Thomas F. Hall, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Donald P. Harvey, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Leonard W. Hegland, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John Hekman, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General John A. Hemphill, USA, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Larry Hereth, USCG, (Ret.)

    Major General Wilfred Hessert, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Don Hickman, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Geoffrey Higginbotham, USMC, (Ret.)

    Major General Jerry D. Holmes, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Weldon F. Honeycutt, USA, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Steve Israel, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General James T. Jackson, USA, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Tim Jenkins, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Ron Jesberg, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Pierce J. Johnson, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Steven B. Kantrowitz, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John T. Kavanaugh, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Dennis M. Kenneally, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Michael Kerby, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral David Kunkel, USCG, (Ret.)

    Major General Geoffrey C. Lambert, USA, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Arthur Langston, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Thomas G. Lilly, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General James E. Livingston, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Al Logan, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General John D. Logeman Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Noah H. Long Jr, USNR, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Don Loren, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Andy Love, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Thomas C. Lynch, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Steven Wells Maas, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert M. Marquette, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Larry Marsh, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Clark W. Martin, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General William M. Matz, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Gerard Mauer, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral William J. McDaniel, MD, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral E.S. McGinley II, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Henry C. McKinney, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert Messerli, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Douglas S. Metcalf, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John W. Miller, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Patrick David Moneymaker, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Mario Montero, USA, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Douglas M. Moore, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Walter Bruce Moore, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General William Moore, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Burton R. Moore, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral James A. Morgart, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Stanton R. Musser, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John T. Natter, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert George Nester, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General George W. Norwood, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Robert C. Olson, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Raymund E. O’Mara, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Robert S. Owens, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John F. Paddock, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Robert W. Paret, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Robert O. Passmore, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Earl G. Peck, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Richard E. Perraut Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Gerald F. Perryman, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral W.W. Pickavance, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral John J. Prendergast, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Fenton F. Priest, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General David C. Ralston, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Bentley B. Rayburn, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Harold Rich, USN , (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Roland Rieve, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Tommy F. Rinard, USN , (Ret.)

    Major General Richard H. Roellig, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Michael S. Roesner, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral William J. Ryan, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Loran C. Schnaidt, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Carl Schneider, USAF , (Ret.)

    Major General John P. Schoeppner, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Edison E. Scholes, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Robert H. Schumaker, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral William S. Schwob, USCG, (Ret.)

    Major General David J. Scott, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Hugh P. Scott, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Richard Secord, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral William H. Shawcross, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Joseph K. Simeone, USAF and ANG , (Ret.)

    Major General Darwin Simpson, ANG , (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic, USN , (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral David Oliver “D.O.” Smart, USNR, (Ret.)

    Major General Richard D. Smith, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Donald Bruce Smith, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Paul O. Soderberg, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Robert H. “Bob” Spiro, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Henry B. Stelling, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Daniel H. Stone, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General William A. Studer, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Hamlin Tallent, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Hugh Banks Tant III, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Larry S. Taylor, USMC, (Ret.)

    Major General J.B. Taylor, USA, (Ret.)

    Major General Thomas R. Tempel, USA , (Ret.)

    Major General Richard L. Testa, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Jere Thompson, USN (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Byron E. Tobin, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General Larry Twitchell, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Russell L. Violett, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General David E.B. “DEB” Ward, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Charles J. Wax, USAF, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Donald Weatherson, USN, (Ret.)

    Major General John Welde, USAF, (Ret.)

    Major General Gary Whipple, USA , (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral James B. Whittaker, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Charles Williams, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral H. Denny Wisely, USN, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral Theodore J. Wojnar, USCG, (Ret.)

    Rear Admiral George K. Worthington, USN, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Arthur Abercrombie, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General John R. Allen, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Loring R. Astorino, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Richard Averitt, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Garry S. Bahling, USANG, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Donald E. Barnhart, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Charles L. Bishop, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Clayton Bridges, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Jeremiah J. Brophy, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General R. Thomas Browning, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General David A. Brubaker, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Chalmers R. Carr, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Fred F. Caste, USAFR, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Robert V. Clements, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Christopher T Cline, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General George Peyton Cole, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Richard A. Coleman, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Mike Cushman, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Peter Dawkins, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Sam. G. DeGeneres, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General George Demers, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Howard G. DeWolf, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Arthur F. Diehl, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General David Bob Edmonds, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Anthony Farrington, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Norm Gaddis, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Robert H. Harkins, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Thomas W. Honeywill, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Stanley V. Hood, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General James J. Hourin, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Jack C. Ihle, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Thomas G. Jeter, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General William Herbert Johnson, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Kenneth F. Keller, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Wayne W. Lambert, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Jerry L. Laws, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Thomas J. Lennon, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General John M. Lotz, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Robert S. Mangum, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Frank Martin, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Joe Mensching, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Richard L. Meyer, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Lawrence A. Mitchell, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Michael P. Mulqueen, USMC, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Ben Nelson, Jr., USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Jack W. Nicholson, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Maria C. Owens, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Dave Papak, USMC, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Gary A. Pappas, USANG, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Robert V. Paschon, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Allen K. Rachel, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Jon Reynolds, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Edward F. Rodriguez, Jr., USAFR, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Roger Scearce, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Dennis Schulstad, USAFR, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General John Serur, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Joseph L. Shaeffer, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Graham Shirley, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Raymond Shulstad, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Stan Smith, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Ralph S. Smith, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Donald Smith, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General David M. Snyder, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Michael Joseph Tashjian, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Richard Louis Ursone, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Ear’ Van Inwegen, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Terrence P. Woods, USAF, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Mitchell Zais, USA, (Ret.)

    Brigadier General Allan Ralph Zenowitz, USA, (Ret.)

    .

    • LD

      Eddie,

      Thank you for this listing. Al I can say is “COMPELLING”!!

      • swcrystal

        And all I can say to both is gee, I wonder which candidate was far more hawkish and wanted to dramatically increase military spending?

  • KD

    BRAVO….I wish more people focused on the facts instead of the fluff. One of your bests for sure.

  • Mark J. Novitsky

    2-Time Medal of Honor Winner & Supreme War Hero Marine Brigadier General Smedley Darlington Butler courageously said “War is a Racket”. http://www.warisaracket.org – Myself…E-4 Army 95 B/C Combat Military Police & Corrections…voting for the devil I know wearing the cleanest dirty shirt. What is the alternative? All those retired officers / (lobbyists?) voting for a Viet Nam draft dodger who spent his time in a castle in France. Americans vote for what they want…not what they need. C’mon really did you read the Palast / Nation article on GM/Delphi? Bought Delphi at .67 sold 2 years later (AFTER “bailout”) at $22…cut employee pensions and healthcare and outsourced Delphi jobs to China. Every 4 years we vote for the most sincere liar selling undeliverable promises ($5 Trillion Tax breaks, raise Defense budget, AND cut the deficit…create 12 million jobs (stepping down from Bain that may happen)…don’t worry he has a secret 5 point plan.

    • LD

      Mark,
      I pity the nation if there is not a change in leadership after this election.

  • Agust

    Please explain this: 4. RULE of LAW and VIOLATION of PROPERTY RIGHTS:

    What property rights are being approached? You defined 1-3 and 5. Give me the ammunition of information for these last 20 hours of this presidential campaign.

    • LD

      Agust, I will expound further in the morning when I revisit my local library to gain Internet access. I provide the links to both points. If you go to those links you will see the many instances of both violations of the rule of law and property rights in the securities markets, housing, financial regulation,automotive, and more. Please access those links and I will write more in the morning. Thanks for writing.

      • Agust

        I admire your ability to make clear economic issues that make me ponder. Thank you for responding. Tho your links are good, they are not as good as you explaining these complex issues to us simpletons.

        ps. I hope you get your power on soon.

        • LD

          Agust,
          I have spent countless hours over the last 4 years thoroughly reviewing and investigating the topics I address here at my blog. The virtues I embrace are not of an individual or a party. The virtues are truth, transparency,and integrity. After all my work and interaction with countless numbers of individuals my endorsement for Romney is unequivocal. I state this as a registered Independent. Our country and its future need real change. My motivation is for my own children and all children. Believe me, I do not blindly accept and promote the Republican platform. I have concerns with them, as well.
          Please let me know if I can further clarify any other issues. I hope you will support Mitt Romney today and encourage others to do the same. Please have them read my commentary and have them ask me any questions. Thanks for taking the time to write and inquire.

  • Mark J. Novitsky

    Larry. The change in leadership of which you speak must come from WE the people. Voting / debates…is an illusion. 90% of the time the guy who spends the most wins. Only in America can a group of corrupted bums with an 8% approval rating spend $6 BILLION telling us what a great job THEY did while blaming the “other side” for everything that is wrong. Both sides understand that Social control is best managed by fear. So we always have something to fear. We can’t have a 3rd party candidate in a debate? This is democracy? Reality is we vote this way or that way and end up with the same thing. I appreciate your insights and information. On some things we disagree. That’s OK. But I think we can agree that the number one enemy is apathy, indifference and ignorance.

    • LD

      Mark ,
      Well stated and totally agree.
      Thank you.
      LD

  • Annie

    As a former, and regretful Democrat, I fear for the future of our country.

    The black community supports the platform that makes them the most fearful of the other guy, while Social Security robs most of them of the ability of building and leaving a legacy for their children. The mortality rate of most black men means that most of them will die before they even draw SS, therefore allowing the government to keep their entire “life savings”.

    Women are walking “Va Gina Monologues”. And coveting is now the “right thing” to do.

    All the while the Obama administration is having our military rebuild the mosques of the Taliban.

    Simply unbelievable.

  • Randee

    Now that Obama has won and his supporters rejoice and celebrate and laugh and mock the wealthy and the one percent, let me explain what I, as almost a member of the one percent, will be doing in response:

    1). Tipping. I usually tip 25%. No more. I realize that these waiters and waitresses are almost all in the group taunting us “wealthy.” From now in it’s closer to 5%. (Maybe 10% for excellent service.) You can go suck on it.

    2). Charitable donations. I have donated hundreds of thousands of $ over the years. Starting today, I give zero. Nada. I don’t care if an earthquake wipes out half of North America, you are on your own, disenfranchised lower class people.

    3). Jobs. I own a couple small businesses. I was thinking of hiring three to five people in 2013. Now, thanks mostly to concerns about taxes, I will be hiring one at most. So go ahead and mock the 1% while you wait in the unemployment line, suckers.

    4). Homeless. I bring food and clothing to the homeless, as well as hand them cash. No more. To hell with them. If they voted, they’d vote Obama for the freebies.

    5). Education. No more will I give to schools and universities. These places are lousy with teachers who are anti the top one percent. You’re on your own.

    I could go on. The point is, why should I help those who obviously hate me, and other well to do people? No more. I’d love to write more, but I have to call the Goodwill and cancel tomorrow’s scheduled pick up. Instead, I’ll be burning my used clothes and furniture.

    • Edouard D’Orange

      Randee, Sounds a bit malicious, but I think that you do have a good point, and I agree. Why support those who support the class warfare and hate of fellow Americans who have done a little better than others? This used to be a free country, not anymore. Why help the jealous heathens, godless freaks, and clamoring masses. Do as Democrats do, they never give to charity (Biden gave a measly couple hundred $ out of several hundred thousand $ income). Let the government do it. That’s what the demoncraps do, they voted for the big government handouts. Now, let them live with it. I have no money in the markets, have gone to all cash. Time to hide the assets, we’re in for repeats of the ’30s and ’70s upheaval, stagnation, recession. Mark my words.

    • Annie

      Randee,
      I understand your anger and your frustration. But I am hoping that you rethink something. Not all people who work retail or in restaurants voted for Obama. My daughter and son in law both work opposite shifts in a drug store so that they can raise their own children. They may be getting their hours cut to 28 hours a week so they will be taking a pay cut while they lose their health insurance and will now be forced to buy it with less income. They are staunch Republicans.

      I’d really hate to see good people take the fall out for what others have done. My recommendation to you, is to ask who your server voted for. If they say Obama, give them half of a small tip and call another server over and give them the other half. Tell them it is an Obama thing to do.

      I would ask you also, to consider keeping on with your Christian charities. Please remember that most homeless people don’t vote. Your blankets most likely would be going to the truly needy.

      As a Christian, I would ask you to ONLY donate to Christian or right leaning Colleges and Universities. Wealthy alumnus have unwittingly spent lots of money funding far left professors in a lot of Universities, which is coming back to bite all of us.

      Please continue charitable thoughts and actions, just make sure your money is going to the right places.

  • Annie

    And since there is so much stress…I thought I might leave you with a smile.

    Some members of my family are political junkies….we talk politics and policy a lot. We learned recently that my grandsons pay quite close attention…..

    My daughter was going down the road and she heard the 4 1/2 year old tell the 2 1/2 year old. “You know Buddy, if you vote for Obama, you will have to give that banana away. But if you vote for Mitt Romney, you can keep your banana.”

    To which the 2 1/2 year old hollered, “Go Mitt Romney”!

  • ed pefferman

    Larry,
    Just thought I would chech in with you….to see if you
    had recovered from the election. I guess you got hit with
    a double whammie. Sorry, to hear about your tribulations
    with Sandy.
    I did want to comment about your last commentary “Why
    I am voting for Mitt Romney”

    So…I will write mine……”Why I voted for Obama”

    Economic Leadership
    Obama’s intervention in the “free market” SAVED the “free
    market” from itself. In Febuary of 2009 Obama convinced
    Congress to pass the Recovery Act wich put 780 billion
    dollars in the economy. He also intervened in the auto
    industry to save it. Which at the time was very unpopular,
    but in hindsight saved it.
    Conservatives may disagree with this Keynesianism but when
    faced with economic armagedon, even they get religion.
    George Bush came around in his last year in office, when
    he demanded congress pass a 158 billion economic stimulus
    in income tax rebates, and in the Bear Stearns sale, and
    when Henry Paulson was given 700 billion to bail out other
    companies. The “free market” idealog concept of, “let the
    market run it’s course” was throughly debunked by these
    conservatives when they actually faced with the economic
    reality.
    Moral Leadership
    Obama can be trusted to do what he says. Romney’s verasity
    has been questioned every step of the way, even by his own
    Party leaders.
    Military Leadership
    Who killed Osama? Who got us out of Iraq and will get us
    out of Afganisan. Who has hired the same neocon morons
    that got us into Iraq?
    As for the list of Military Leaders that endorsed Romney
    what do you expect from them, Romney has said he will
    increase their budget by 20% Obama hassaidhe will cutit.
    By the way most of these staff officiers will get lucra-
    tive jobs after they retire from the military as long as
    Halberton, Boeing,Raytheon etc. have contracts with DOD.
    What do you expect these people to do?

    Larry, I could go on, and on, but I will close for today.
    Just not enough time….

    Hope things get better for you.
    Have a happy holiday.

    Ed

    • LD

      Ed,
      Thanks for taking the time to write and sharing your perspectives. Clearly we could have an ongoing and extensive debate. What I appreciate most about your commentary is the fact that we can disagree without being disagreeable.

      America could use some more of that. Thanks.






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