(Wayne Allyn Root) – So now our failing socialist President wants to take on Las Vegas – again. Bad move Mr. Obama.
You may have gotten 66 million votes in 2008…but based on recent polls, you’re down to around 40 million hardcore supporters…and dropping fast. On the other hand America loves Vegas. Just mention the word and watch their eyes light up.
It’s the way they used to feel about you – Vegas makes them feel young, fresh, fearless, sexy and ready for action. When you think of Vegas you want to take on the world. You and your Obamanation make them feel old, stale, frightened and weak. When you think of Obama’s economy you want to get in bed and hide under the covers.
The more you attack Vegas Mr. Obama, the more you remind Americans of what they love (Vegas)…and what they don’t (you).
Pretty much every hard-working, taxpaying, money-making male in this country has recently visited Vegas…is planning a visit to Vegas…or desperately wishes they could visit Vegas. Every time you denigrate, insult or castigate Vegas, it makes them remember the way things were…before you came along.
It makes them remember “the good old days” when they had the money for a trip to Sin City. It makes them long for the “good old days” when they actually had the freedom to do what they wanted with their own money. When progressive politicians or government know-it-alls didn’t try to micro-manage every decision, every move of their life.
Last I checked Mr. Obama, this is America and we can all go where we want; do what we want; spend our money however we please. Smell that desert air Mr. President? That’s the smell of freedom. Your lectures and scolding about Vegas are enough to bring out the rebel in all of us…to unite us to collectively scream “WITH ALL DUE RESPECT MR. PRESIDENT, SCREW YOU.”
Talk about beating a dead horse. Talk about digging the hole deeper. Every time you attack Vegas, you just keep reminding us that you think our money belongs to you. It’s obvious that you think you’re our boss. That we elected you to be omnipotent.
Well guess what Mr. Obama?
Every day more people (the kind that like to let loose in Las Vegas) are realizing what a big mistake it was to elect you President. We don’t want your socialist ideas…your redistribution of our wealth…your power-hungry czars…your Treasury Secretaries who cheat on their taxes, but think we should pay more…or your lectures on what we can or cannot do with our money.
You know what we think you should do with those lectures, don’t you?
I understand why you choose to attack Vegas. You resent what it represents. Green. Vegas is the real “Green Economy” that Americans love. Cold, hard cash. Risk-taking. Capitalism. Freedom. Rebellion. A vacation from progressive ideas and political correctness. We are the anti-Obama. We represent the very concepts that made America great.
This Sunday will be Super Bowl Sunday. But the biggest party won’t be in Miami. It will be right here in Sin City. Las Vegas will be jammed with 300,000 visitors, many of the most beautiful women on the planet, and lots of green. This weekend Vegas will become the epicenter of the “green economy.”
But there won’t be any global warming enthusiasts here. We don’t need your permission to spend our green, enjoy it, or blow it. We’ll be sure to have a cold drink on you.
Vegas is a state of mind. It’s a whole city that represents individualism, self-reliance, personal responsibility, and limited government. It’s a place where the state constitution bans income taxes, but welcomes guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens. Where men can be men, without worrying about your progressive politically correct rules.
It’s the way America used to be. A place that 40 million Americans a year visit to do whatever we want with our own money and our own bodies. I’ll bet Obama just hates this place.
This country makes movies about Vegas…sings songs about Vegas…and considers this their favorite place to watch their favorite stars perform (from Elvis to Cher to Bette Midler to Garth Brooks). Vegas makes people happy. The American Dream is the story of Vegas.
Take your best shot Obama. We dare you. Keep framing the issue as Vegas versus you. It’s a battle you can’t win. You can only dig your hole deeper.
Personally I think you’re the best thing that ever happened to this city. You’re the gift that keeps on giving. You’ve reminded us all that we still have freedom…that we still have balls…that America is a nation that rewards risk. You’ve awakened the sleeping giant Mr. Obama. The American spirit is alive and well. It’s good to feel alive again. It’s good to know that in America everyone is their own boss.
Even the President can’t tell us what to do. Viva Las Vegas.
(Mr. Root was the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate in 2008. He lives in Las Vegas.)