Even if Romney doesn't ponder the improper relationship of the state to the people inherent in so many government activities today, he will care what regulation is doing to small businesses and households. He will be inclined to rein it in where he can. Romney is a fan of hard work, self-help, and success; he will not be inclined to look for class-warfare scapegoats. His approach to questions like the federal budget, constitutional rights, judicial appointments, and national security will be traditional. We can expect Romney to trim government on the margins and improve the federal government's financial picture, even if he won't change our government's direction fundamentally.

In short, a Romney presidency would represent a badly-needed time-out for America. Americans are not, in fact, united around the operating principles of our modern government. Too many of us can see that it performs poorly and even inflicts damage. The long-running argument between collectivism and liberty has not been settled, although many on the political left seek to establish that it has been, and that we have chosen collectivism.

For many Americans, our colossal fiscal insolvency has prompted them to really investigate the argument for the first time in their lives. For others, the tipping point has been losing a business, a job, or a home. Still others have been disturbed and surprised by the actions of the Obama administration, whether in handling national security, proliferating executive orders, or adding $6 trillion to the national debt. More and more Americans are debating what government actually is and what it should be. The people need time to think these things through, and I believe Romney would give us that.

Ultimately, the direction of American government will change for the better only if the people decide they want it to. Hope, success, tolerance, amity, and the appreciation of liberty can't be forced on people. They have to arise from the people's character and mode of life. We can't elect a president who will bestow these things on us or force them on others. We can only elect presidents who themselves have particular characters and attitudes toward government.

Romney's character is humble before God, appreciative of hard work and success, and respectful of the rights of others; his attitude toward government is pragmatic. With Romney, we can navigate peacefully toward where we need to go. One can always think of more to ask for, but given the state of America and the world in 2012, a peaceful opportunity for reflection and regrouping is a great blessing.

If there is to be more for us, down the road, that will depend entirely on the people, our character, and the relationship of each of us with Almighty God.