Warrior or War Monger?

During his visit to Israel, he indicated that he was in favor of Israel taking on Iran in a preemptive manner, to stop them from proceeding on their race to a nuclear product. His statement encompassed nearly all Palestinian and Arabic nations. To be fair, Romney simply egged them on.

He is using his ignorance, and lack of cogent advice from his handlers, to attack President Obama on his handling of middle-eastern issues. The Libyan attack on our embassy comes first. Romney is trying to tell people that President Obama simply blew it, saying that our intelligence was not up to the task. Considering how the Taliban or Al Qaida work, using protests to launch a strike on our embassy in Benghazi, Romney neglects to inform his supporters – those who haven’t abandoned him for taking on Big Bird – that our efforts were focused upon the embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, not the city in which the attack took place.

What difference does accuracy make, if Mitt Romney wants to attack the President? Not a single fact will guide Romney’s campaign. Romney wants to fix blame; President Obama wants to fix problems.

The question is: How can we expect a person who lies so much in a presidential campaign, not to lie if he wins the presidency? Simple answer; we cannot.

Mitt Romney spoke at Virginia Military Academy, pounding the drums of war to future warriors. Who would expect them to walk out? The reason these young people attend VMI is to get a head start on serving their country. Mitt Romney wants to kill a Big Bird, to add the 0.01% of the economy he would save to the defense budget; it’s self-explanatory.

“Full of platitude and free of substance,” former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright said in a teleconference call organized by the Obama campaign to rebut Mr. Romney’s speech.
“How’s he going to turn the page on the failed policies of the past if he wants to keep 20,000 troops in Iraq?” added Ben LaBolt, an Obama campaign spokesman.
“His position on Libya has no credibility since he’s been both for and against our Libya policy,” wrote Michèle Flournoy and Colin Kahl, Obama foreign policy advisers, in a memo to reporters. 1

President Obama called Romney’s bluff in foreign policies, reminding people that his administration brought down Kaddafi in Libya, ended the war in Iraq, is drawing down troops in Afghanistan, and took out Bin Laden. The administration is treading lightly in the mess that the Middle East has become, in line with how the majority of Americans see the USA responding to the uprisings: cautiously.

A comment on the above NY Times article was to the point:

Critical issues are at stake in a dangerous world. It would be wise for foreign policy dilettantes to keep their mouths shut and their flammable opinions out of the press while the seasoned pros work toward peace and national security – with full understanding of the backgrounds and actual facts. Those currently dealing with foreign situations – from USA’s commander-in-chief to assets in the field – are focusing on serious world diplomacy, not PR and opinion polls.

According to MSNBC, GOP foreign policy experts are wary of Mitt Romney’s so-called foreign policy stance. General Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, while Powell was Secretary of State, Retired Colonel Wilkerson “skewered Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team on Monday (10/8), saying their policies make his stomach turn.

Wilkerson took particular aim at John Bolton, former President George W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations—and now an adviser to Romney.

“The man scares me to death,” Wilkerson, a retired U.S. Army colonel told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz. “He would defeat all the enemies in America and the world—and believe me they’re plentiful—and he’d do it with everyone else’s blood. John is like Dick Cheney, never served a day in his life and wouldn’t serve a day in his life … These people make me sick.”
Wilkerson’s harsh rhetoric comes on the heels of Romney’s foreign policy speech earlier in the day, in which the former Massachusetts governor laid out a hawkish approach. 2

Without any details – a Romney signature – he vowed to go after Iran, to make sure they do not get a nuclear weapon, to pursue the people who attacked on the embassy in Libya, and ensure that rebels in Syria get the weapons they need, to topple their government.
Wilkerson’s mention of John Bolton, the man who makes him sick, was clearly stated.

Bolton, Romney advisor, was a policy advisor to Dubya, a well-known foreign policy expert … not!

If Romney can change his mind, so can this writer. We cover the debate on October 11 between VP Joe Biden and Paul Lyin’ Ryan. Even the review from Fox News, telling the world that Ryan lied his way through his GOP Convention speech; not enough to make Ryan rein in the lies he told in the debate. Joe Biden termed what Ryan said “Malarkey,” and “stuff.” Anyone who remembers George Carlin will know the meaning of “stuff.”
More on Romney’s foreign policy expertise, in another OpEdNews.com article, published on October 9, the author says:

“Last month our nation was attacked again,” Romney said, referring to the September 11 attack on the Benghazi consulate. “Americans are asking how this happened, how the threats we face have grown so much worse, and what this calls on America to do. These are the right questions.”
Romney made no effort to answer these “right” questions, not even trying to explain how any current threat was “so much worse” than the threat of nuclear annihilation at the peak of the Cold War.
Romney’s argument is based in the implied analogy that suggests Field Marshall Erwin Rommel and the Nazi Afrika Korps in Libya and Tunisia, circa 1941-42, is somehow equaled in potency by the threat of a nameless Libyan terrorist cell whose compound was burned by unarmed Libyan civilians.
But that threat inflation was a necessary context for Romney’s argument that President Obama’s policies in the Middle East were inadequate. Contrasting himself with Obama’s somewhat nuanced relations with both Israel and Iran, Romney indicated he’d take marching orders from Israel even if it meant marching on Iran. 3

It is good of Romney to bring up the Nazis, as his party seems to be the logical successors to them, in their use of the Big lie: tell a lie big enough, loud enough, and often enough and soon, people will believe it.

Paul Ryan used that tactic in the VP debate when he often lied to the public. Vice President Biden called him on the lies, and the moderator asked Ryan for details, specifics. Ryan never gave either.

At the end, Martha Raddatz asked each man to explain what distinguishes them from other people. Paul Ryan said one word:  Honesty.

This writer thought Joe Biden was going to come out of his chair; to his credit, he simply looked astonished.

Turning back to Romney’s speech to the students at VMI. He made some – to be kind – misstatements; downright lies. William Boardman said:

When he said, “I will restore the permanent presence of aircraft carrier task forces in both the Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf region,” he ignored the fact that currently there is one such task force in the Eastern Mediterranean and two in the Persian Gulf.
When he said, “The size of our Navy is at levels not seen since 1916,” he ignored the fact that the Navy is currently at levels last seen in 2005-2006.
When he said, “I will roll back President Obama’s deep and arbitrary cuts to our national defense,” he ignored the reality that military spending is currently more than $700 billion a year, an all-time high. When he said, “The President has not signed one new free trade agreement in the past four years,” he ignored the fact that Obama has signed three, with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.

Really, ask yourselves, “Where does Romney get this stuff?” Does he make it up as he goes along? An article published in OpEdNews.com (from DemocracyInAction.com), speculated that Mitt Romney is a psychopath. Gregory Paul said:

There is a psychological term for a person who is sufficiently lacking in guilt to sell a false line in a convincing manner. Psychopath. There is a very nice article about it in this month’s Scientific American, “The Wisdom of Psychopaths.” It explains that your socially functional psychopath (i.e. uses persuasion rather than violence in a social setting to con or convince the target, it’s the most common variety) are so charismatic, egotistical, confident, focused, and especially low on remorse that they can readily manipulate many others. And that often makes them very successful.
And what class of successful persons are often psychopaths? Why business leaders. CEOs. 4

Russ Baker, also in OpEdNEws.com (from DemocracyInAction.com) said:

How did we end up with a situation in which one of our two choices in November is a man who seems to know, or care, so little about the world? How is it possible that, with just weeks before the election, there is no dominant person or clique in Romney’s camp to articulate a vision of what the United States can and should do in an incredibly complex and explosive world? 5

Think about it. Fewer than five full weeks remain; there are still folks out there who are undecided. It is hoped that they will decide in favor of a fact-based presidential campaign, and that they have not waited too long to register to vote.

Vote, as if your life depends upon it. It does!

  1. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/obama-campaign-hits-back-on-romney-foreign-policy-speech/?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121009
  2. http://leanforward.msnbc.com/_news/2012/10/08/14302340-ex-powell-aide-on-romneys-foreign-policy-team-these-people-make-me-sick
  3. http://www.opednews.com/articles/What-Would-Romney-Try-To-D-by-William-Boardman-121009-711.html
  4. http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=zxuIkgCG%2BfmBLtd%2FdfGVgQIPcnFU%2BSeL
  5. http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=RzAQXmgHhVrvP13nmaIP8gIPcnFU%2BSeL
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News from the Front Again!

Today this writer received a number of communication emails and newsletters from various pro-Obama organizations, including the Obama-Biden campaign. I respectfully include some of the terminology used.

First, from the Obama-Biden Campaign:

“Today, the Democratic Party approved the following language in its 2012 platform:

“We support the right of all families to have equal respect, responsibilities, and protections under the law. We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples…

We oppose discriminatory federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection of the laws to committed same-sex couples who seek the same respect and responsibilities as other married couples. We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act…

We know that putting America back to work is Job One, and we are committed to ensuring Americans do not face employment discrimination. We support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because people should not be fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Platforms are outlines of where a party will go. President Obama and the Democrats are choosing to move forward.

When the delegates approved this platform today, they put us on the right side of history.’

An observation, based upon having viewed both party’s conventions — knowing there is more to come from the Dems — on the TV. As I watched the camera pan through the crowd in Charlotte, I saw something that I did not see while watching the entire Republican convention ” minorities! Not only African Americans, but also Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and more. What a concept — a convention of inclusion!

An example of the mean-spiritedness of the Republican Party came here:

“During the final three days before the 2008 election, African-Americans in Ohio took advantage of early, in-person voting at significantly higher rates than all other voters in the state. This helped reduce the long lines at urban precincts on Election Day that in 2004 caused tens of thousands of potential voters to give up and go home without casting a ballot.

However, when Ohio Republicans swept to power in 2010, they passed a law revoking access to early, in-person voting during the final three days before an election for everyone except active-duty military personnel. The GOP chair of Ohio’s second largest county summed up his party’s position on early voting as follows:

“I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban–read African-American–voter-turnout machine.”

Ugh. Fortunately, last week a federal judge overturned the new Republican law, and ruled that early, in-person voting must be open to all Ohio citizens during the three days before the November election.

Despite this ruling, Ohio Republicans haven’t given up their attempt to restrict early voting. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted are appealing the ruling to a higher court and refusing to implement the court order until the appeal is decided. In the hopes of swinging an election, they are abusing their public positions to reduce public access to the ballot box.’

In an election where one party tells the voters what they have accomplished, despite the complete and nearly total opposition of the other side of the aisle (meaning DEMs did something; GOP blocked everything!) and the other party does nothing but put down the opposition, what can a person take away from what they see? Simply that there are a bunch of mean-spirited people running the Republican Party who want to take away voters’ rights, so that their candidates have a better chance of stealing ” er, uh ” winning an election. It does not matter how they plan to do it, either.

In a newsletter from the Human Rights Campaign the First Lady, Michele Obama, at the Democrat Convention told people what is really happening out there:

“Michelle Obama spoke from the heart last night about what it means to be a parent — and the need for everyone in this country to have the same opportunities, no matter who we love.

She wasn’t alone. Nearly a dozen other speakers at the convention talked about LGBT rights. It was electrifying — proof of our unprecedented progress as a movement. And it was all because of your hard work and support.

It’s never been clearer: Our cause is mainstream. Our allies are many. And our momentum is unstoppable.

Leaders across the political spectrum are supporting marriage equality — including hundreds of Republican officials like San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, who appeared in an ad we ran during the Republican National Convention last week.”

Observation: The GOP will — soon as they are able — quietly throw the San Diego Mayor under the bus. After all, he is giving an opinion, which is far from their narrow-minded, bigoted mainstream.

In an email from the Democratic Governors’ Association, is this:

“No one says it better than Bill Clinton: this election is all about people. It’s about whether we build a better future for everyone — not just a few. It’s about giving people hope.

And fundamentally it’s a choice between doing all of this with President Obama, or electing one of the most out-of-touch Republican tickets we’ve ever seen.

When President Clinton said, “If you want a “you’re-on-your-own, winner-take-all society,’ you should support the Republican ticket. If you want a country of shared prosperity and shared responsibility — a we’re-all-in-this-together society — you should vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden,” you knew this was going to be a speech to remember.

President Clinton turned record deficits into a record surplus, created millions of jobs and presided over the longest period of uninterrupted economic expansion in U.S. history.

In other words, President Clinton knows what he’s talking about.

A Mitt Romney presidency would be George Bush on steroids: jobs shipped overseas, tax breaks for billionaires and tax increases on the middle class, and an end to Medicare as we know it.

Republicans squandered President Clinton’s surplus and crashed our economy, and now they want to do it again just as President Obama is getting us back on track.”

Clinton went on to say, “Is the president satisfied? Of course not, but are we better off than we were when he took office?” Mr. Clinton said, pausing as the crowd roared in approval. He added, “The answer is yes.”

What the Republicans are saying, as was pointed out last night at the Democrat Convention, is that President Obama inherited a complete mess, but he has not cleaned it up quickly enough. So vote for Romney-Ryan, and we can get that mess back in spades!

Do they — the Republican Party — think that all Americans are clueless? It is incredible to see the way they are prancing around, pushing the Politics of Exclusion — remember how many minority faces were in the audience at the Republican Convention — giving the wealthy white people the advantage. As my Daddy used to say, “The rich get richer; the Poor get babies!”

Elizabeth Warren, the Senatorial Candidate from Massachusetts, spoke at the Democrat Convention. Knocking Romney for his infamous line “corporations are people, my friend.” Warren illustrated the stark divides — “People have hearts,” she said:

“After all, Mitt Romney’s the guy who said corporations are people. No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts. They have kids. They get jobs. They get sick. They thrive. They dance. They live. They love. And they die. And that matters. That matters. That matters because we don’t run this country for corporations, we run it for people.”

An observation: The only thing that we sometimes wish corporations would do, in the way that people do, is behave as if they do have hearts, and know right from wrong! In an article on Truth Out, President Bill Clinton’s rousing speech last evening (Wednesday) pointed out just how inaccurate the Romney-Ryan campaign people are. Citing a comment from the R-R campaign, that fact checkers would never guide their campaign, Bill Clinton went on to say:

“… there was no question the country was in a better position than it was four years ago.

“We simply cannot afford to give the reins of government to someone who will double down on trickle down,” Mr. Clinton said, repeatedly bringing the crowd at the Democratic convention to its feet. He added, “I love our country so much and I know we’re coming back.”

Mr. Clinton drew sharp lines between the choices facing voters in November. He made the case in a deeply personal way, sometimes articulating the argument for Mr. Obama more forcefully than the president has done throughout his race with Mitt Romney.

“We believe ‘we’re all in this together’ is a better philosophy than ‘you’re on your own,’ ” Mr. Clinton said.’

What completely amazes this writer is the number of people who hold onto the beliefs that the Republicans, the Right Wing, the Tea Party, and all their followers are right. The continue to believe that, even while they go to their banks, or check cashing outlets, and cash their Welfare, Social Security, or other Government Assistance checks. It baffles, that they put down the idea of a government “for the People” even while they are taking from that same government; the same government which would not be able to help them, if Romney-Ryan were elected!

Remember that Romney and Ryan are going to try to take President Obama down, no matter how many lies they have to make up. Our responsibility is to indeed check the facts, then make up our own minds. Do we want an administration that tells us nothing about their plans, and asks us to see them after the election? Or do we want an administration that has made their plans clear, and made progress cleaning up the mess made by the previous Republican Administration? Fascinating that Clinton cleaned up the first Bush mess; Obama is cleaning up the second Bush mess; Romney and Ryan want to re-make the mess in their own image!

There must be some way to show people with blinders on, the error of their ways. Hopefully in the next sixty or more days, their eyes will be opened to what is real around them; they will repudiate the “me-first, you get your own” Republicans, and President Obama will be reelected.

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Is The Big Lie Merely a Symptom, or an Illness? Is it a “Cannot Be Helped” process?

As we watch the political silly season unfold before us, with each Republican trying to outdo the competition, each one winning primaries or caucuses, it becomes clear to us that some very serious problems exist in the Right Wing Theme Park.

Each of the Right Wingers is trying to convince the Republican voter base that he is more conservative — or further to the right — than the others. Of course, that means that each of them takes the lead, in percentage points, for a few days, the GOP voters grow tired of that one, so another takes the lead.

The Supreme Court, in their finite wisdom, has given each of the GOP Pretenders the ability to outspend his competition through not just deep, but virtually bottomless, pockets from their contributors. This means the attack ads will only intensify as the election draws ever closer. Even though yet another Justice was robbed — in his own home in the Caribbean — the thieves only took valuables; apparently there was not enough common sense attributed in this Justice of the US Supreme Court. But I digress “

The philosophical question arising from these riders from the Clown Car of the GOP and Right Wing is simple. If the Tea Party people are so upset that the Federal Government provides financial help to people through Medicare, Social Security, Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC, and the rest of the Federal subsidies, why don’t they simply go to their closest Federal Office Building, and remove their name from the list; stop receiving all Federal aid?

Seriously, if they are so upset that the government provides its citizens so much financial help, and they are so convinced that this assistance is draining the Federal Treasury, it is incumbent upon each of them to go to their local office and ask to have their name removed from the list of those receiving assistance.

No, we are not suggesting that they refund to the Federal Government the money they have already received over the years, although if they really feel it necessary, we welcome their return of those Federal funds.

Still trying to answer the question posed in the title, above, is a most difficult endeavor. Akin to “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” The question is simple: “Which came first, being a Republican Politician, or being a pathological liar?” As we watch Bill Maher’s shows, Fridays on HBO, we are constantly reminded of how the Republicans represent themselves and their party: They continuously speak loud and fast, so no one can get a word in edgewise. When the other panel members actually do get to speak, the Right Wingers respond with an incessant stream of lies and misdirection. Once again, their tactic seems to be nothing more than saying it loud enough and often enough, such that viewers are supposed to believe their lies.

Bill Maher has started using a novel tactic. He has the facts, the truth, already printed out and on his desk, so that when the Right Wingers start spewing forth their lies, he can hold up the papers and show them the truth. The down side of showing the truth is that the Right Wingers simply start shouting their lies louder, and faster, to try to keep the truth out of the equation. Lately, even that is no longer working.

Unfortunately for the GOP, lately the Republican voters — not the politicians — have begun to see through the lies, misdirection, and invective, such that they are no longer automatically voting Republican. A very simple reason has replaced their sheep-like behavior: they can actually see how the Right is concerned only with power and blocking everything Obama tries to do. Much of what Obama wants to do is actually good for the country and the people, no matter what party their affiliation — which includes Republican voters.

So the Right, the GOP, is losing voters in droves this year, and they still have not figured it out. Let us hope they do not figure it out until it is way too late.

Published February 21, 2012 in OpEdNews.com:  http://www.opednews.com/articles/Is-The-Big-Lie-Merely-a-Sy-by-Alex-Howard-120221-285.html

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Now Begins The Silly Season!

Karl Rove is an example of the Republican Right-wing approach of using Big Lies to achieve their goals. Those goals are to misinform, terrify, misdirect, and outright lie to the American people.

The louder and longer the lie campaign, the more people will start to believe the lies.

The Republican Prime Directive is to oppose anything the Democrats, especially President Obama, may propose, even if will help the people of the USA.

Rove couldn’t care less if he hurts the Middle class – what’s left of it – or others, so long as he can make enough noise to drown out the truth.

These people are unbelievably stupid, as they have not counted upon the transparency, which has begun early in this election cycle.
All people, including and especially Republicans, have begun to see the Republicans and the Right wing, as they trot out their bigotry and hatred for all to see. Their only cause during the Obama presidency has been to block Obama’s every effort to help the American People.
They blame the Democrats for the economic meltdown, trying to convince the population that Obama caused it, which would be a neat trick, considering that it started years before Obama ran for the Presidency. It began while George “W” Bush was still in his second (stolen) term as president.

But the Republican people, unlike their politicians, have begun to see clearly enough, to understand that their party leaders and their elected officials have lied to them repeatedly, just to oppose the President.
The Republican Party Leaders even use bigotry and racism to oppose our President, and most Americans are definitely against that tactic.

Adding insult to injury, the Evangelicals have come to realize that the only reason Republicans had courted their votes, was to help them be elected. However, once in office, the Republicans have consistently thrown the Evangelicals under the bus, and forgotten the promises they made to that religious group.

Good luck in this election, Republicans. Nobody, not one person, trusts your party any more. You are circling the drain now, and will be gone into the sewers, where you belong, by Election Day.

Look at Newt Gingrich. When asked about his sexual proclivities by a debate moderator, he went postal, blaming the whole questioning process on the Democrats and the Media, and avoiding even a hint of a response, honest or not.

The truth is simple – Newt is on his third wife, both literally and figuratively, and his second wife has told all, especially the news media, that Newt wanted to have an open marriage, as in having more than one female partner at a time. He is not even the Mormon in this group!

So, much like a clown car in a circus, the Republicans kept pouring out of their little car and into the debate studios. But each time, there were fewer than the last time. And like a pack of clowns, they are fighting amongst themselves, rather than figuring out how to oppose Obama, with ideas to fix the country’s problems. And the reason for that is simple – they cannot oppose Obama when the whole country knows that they have stood in Obama’s way, and blocked everything the President tried to do, to help the American people.

So the question becomes simple: help the country, or help the Republican Party’s leaders.

There are more Republican voters than Republicans in Congress or in the Senate. Even better – there are 50 million people over the age of 50, members of AARP, all of whom are poised to vote against the Republican Party, because that party is trying to take their Social Security and Medicare away from them. And that is unacceptable!

But wait … there’s more

These Republicans running for the Presidency are amazingly fraudulent in their approach. They are trying to show you that they are running against President Obama, but the Obama they paint for you to dislike is an imaginary Obama. They have conjured up an Obama which does not exist, and never did; one which has not done a single thing of which the Republicans have accused him. Their Obama is their Imaginary Opponent. Like a three year old child, with an imaginary friend.

Because the Republicans are such masters of the Big Lie (yes, I have indeed written about the Big Lie before), they are using it again in this election season. They are accusing Obama of things Bush did years before Obama took office; accusing Obama of having supported or proposed laws that Bush put in place and Obama has been trying to do away with. An example is deregulation of the Banks and Wall Street. Obama wants to place regulations on these institutions, such that they cannot ever again bankrupt this country, or put so many people in jeopardy of losing their homes, of not having enough to eat, or clothes to wear, or schools for their children to attend. It was Bush’s deregulation of the Banks and Brokerages that pushed the USA to the very edge, economically. And it was Bush and his choices for the Supreme Court – choices of people who are not even close to being people of honesty and integrity – who passed laws allowing corporations to become “people” and donate enormous amounts of money to their favorite candidate for office.

Rather than have corporations pay their fair share of taxes, the Supreme Court has allowed corporations to pretty much buy their own government representatives, with the institution of the Super PAC. They have given new meaning to the saying, “the best government money can buy!”

And again, it started during the “W” Bush administration, long before President Obama started running for the office of President.

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