Watching Romney explain why he used deceit in his latest add really brought home why Romney really shouldn’t be our next President.
If you missed it Romney takes a quote from a Obama 2008 speech in New Hampshire where he quotes John McCain saying “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose”. But through the slight of editing it would appear this is Obama making a direct statement.
I felt a little dirty after listening to Romney’s rehearsed explanation of why this deceit was not really deceit. And after listening to Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC point out that the press will not call him our for a bold face lie, it occurred to me how bad it would be to have Romney as President, one with no worldly morals and no one to put him in check.
There was a time when politicians served while still running the family farm. And as politics has evolved into a way to make people rich, our system is becoming increasingly dysfunctional and truly out of touch with the needs of the common person. And Romney is really the worst of the worst. He wants to be President for what? For who (thank you Ricky Watters)?
Do you see passion for the country? He talks a good story about loving this country, but where does he demonstrate this? Show me the money – er I mean an example. What drives this guy to take on the hardest job in the world at one of the most difficult times in our worlds history? Is it for money? I don’t think so. Glory? Power? Ego?
Now we’re getting somewhere. Mr. Romney is not loved by anyone, or any group. He is like the lone wolf out to get a kill for all it’s personal rewards and benefits. And in a time when even passionate politicians get sucked into this ugly partisan world we live in, what will happen when we get a President who has nothing in it except for personal glory?
I hope we don’t get a chance to find out.
Is my vote for sale? Is yours? It has been abundantly clear to me for years that our political system is becoming increasing market driven, or marketing driven. It’s like Mad Men but with real consequences. The recent interview with Grover Norquist was beautiful, as he so eloquently summarized the genesis of his life’s ambition to fight tax increases when he came up with this idea as 12 year-old riding a bike. So let me get this straight – the driving mantra from the republican party (NO new taxes) is a marketing position based on a kid’s marketing idea?
This is not a shock to me. Politics has become increasingly more geared to ‘messaging’ than leadership. But to hear Mr. Norquist get on national television and be so transparent about what he is all about, and the notion that ‘no new taxes’ is a marketing position for the Republican party without any hint of embarrassment or need for hiding his motivation is what has driven me to creating this blog.
Can we the voter be so easily sold? Apparently yes. When Mr. Norquist can get on T.V. and blatantly say his tax stance is a marketing message, a ‘party identity’, that’s bold. But the fact that he has no intent to hide this goes to show that he knows something the public doesn’t know; and that is that he can drive behavior in ways that the public can’t stop. He owns us (or at least some of us). He owns the ability to make us think and behave in robotic fashion.
But make no mistake, this robotic behavior is deeply emotional. Just get your Democrat and a Republican friends into an argument and time how long it takes for emotions to boil over. That’s actually a little weird, because politicians should be helping all of us. And not only is this not the case, but it’s getting increasingly worse for all of us citizens to the point where every day I want to shout “I’m mad as hell…”
So today I start my blog, because everyday I hear or read something new that just blows my mind. And I’m going to start sharing my thoughts with the hopes that it makes me feel better. And maybe somewhere something I say will influence someone to question what they hear or see. If that happens then my time spent is worth it. Plus if it makes me feel better than maybe I’ll live longer, because I think I’ll need to live longer to see the mess we’re in fixed :).