Mitt Romney's impressive five-state primary sweep of northeast states Tuesday virtually guarantees him the Republican presidential nomination. In his victory speech, Romney channeled Ronald Reagan, in effect asking, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" He called President Obama a failure.
It is going to take that and a lot more to overcome the Obama-Chicago machine. Romney will have to pick a running mate with impeccable credentials who can not just attack the president, but inspire the public to accept a better way than the "government can do it all for you" philosophy.
Liberty, not addiction to and worship of government, offers Americans an opportunity to live the best possible life here on earth. That's the switch that must be flipped in every head. Government can never do a better job of caring for you than you can care for yourself.
Addictions are always difficult to break, but Romney and his running mate must help Americans break them, or this country as we have known it will be over.
In Newark, N.J., I'm Cal Thomas.
Publication date: April 26, 2012