Posted by TRB on Thursday October 11, 2012 - 3:35 am (4 years, 6 months ago)
By Columnist TRB - By now we all know that Romney's biggest enemy is his mouth, that he opens it and various, often contradicting notions spew from it, that he just can't get it right. To talk about his obvious problem with lying is almost a study in sociopathy. Jay Leno and other late-night talkers get a kick out of his seeming inability to stick to the story. The more serious among us listen to his misrepresentations and we wonder if perhaps he should call off his presidential campaign and seek psychiatric assistance. He is an older man, but maybe it is not too late to change his ways.
It is very difficult to imagine a liar like Romney winning the White House during times like this when certainty is so important to people. Trust is precious. Even people who like Romney are reluctant to vote for someone who simply can't look you in the eye and tell you what he really thinks. Would there be a return to the Bush II method of doing business, for example? This is important to know; Bush II almost ran the nation right off the rails in eight years. It has taken four whole years just for Obama to get it back and running.
Romney, and his Robin-like sidekick, Ryan, just don't stand up to Obama in any respect. Romney has all this personal wealth - a quarter of a billion apparently - but still seems like a dimestore mannequin, right down to the clothes.We know for certain that Obama said he would end the illegal war in Iraq. He did.
We know for certain Obama said he would bring the mass-murderer bin Laden to justice. He did.
We know for certain Obama said he would work everyday until he could get the unemployment rate back to where it was when he entered office. He did.
He said he would put in place strict guidelines for the gamblers on Wall Street. He did.
And Obama did all of these things, upheld all of these promises against a Tea Party Congress where some members of the Science Committee don't believe in science.
On the Romney side we know nothing. One day he tells a crowd he believes this; the following day he tells another crowd he really doesn't believe this, but something else entirely, usually its opposite. He was a terrible Governor in the state of Massachusetts, where he achieved one goal - health care reform. But now Romney is against healthcare reform. Or is he? Sometimes he is for it; sometimes he is against it.
While Governor of Massachusetts, Romney could be counted on for supporting womens' healthcare issues, including birth control. He even approved of Planned Parenthood. Not anymore, though. Romney has once again changed his mind, but yesterday he seemed to be trying to get back to the middle on the subject. Later a campaign aide said Romney would, as promised, dismantle Planned Parenthod and he was against women making decisions regarding birth control.
The lack of trust. The lack of certainty.
It is all there. The changling, someone to be feared in a nation that only needs to know where to start. A five trillion dollar tax cut for the rich paid for by the middle class seems pathological. Maybe that is why Romney will no longer mention his tax cut plan - it scares people. All of this lying and suggesting a more aggressive foreign policy. The many billions he wants to give to the Pentagon, whose spokeperson has said they don't want or need it. Still it comes back to the lying, back to the need for certainty - a need he can't provide.
Without it, he might just as well go back home and spend his days counting money.
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