1. Vulgar. Something Mitt Romney has said.
Mitt Romney, writing on CNN Opinion yesterday, addressed his vision for America. He says things like “America is a place where freedom rings” and “America is a land of opportunity.” He claims that America is a place “where we can believe in whatever creed or religion we choose.”Sure, you can believe whatever you choose, even that facts are things you can believe in or not, if they offend you. Sure, you can believe in whatever you choose as long as your live your life in accordance with the beliefs of others.
Romney says that “Together with Paul Ryan, I’ve put forward an economic recovery plan consisting of five central elements that will in four years create 12 million jobs” but ignores the time he said that it is naive to think that the government is “the center of society and the economy.” Or the time he said that he would create 12 million jobs, only to say later in the same debate, “Government does not create jobs. Government does not create jobs.”
Yes, he said it twice.
In the wake of a superstorm spawned by our ravaged climate, Romney says he will give the fossil fuel industry a free hand to rape the environment some more:
We will produce more of the energy we need to heat our homes, fill our cars, and make our economy grow. We will stop President Obama’s war on coal, his disdain for oil, and his effort to crimp natural gas by federal regulation of the very technology that produces it. We will support nuclear and renewables, but phase out subsidies once an industry is on its feet. We will invest in energy science and research to make discoveries that can actually change our energy world. By 2020, we will achieve North American energy independence.
He says he will phase out subsidies once an industry is on its feet. Is he saying that the oil companies are not on their feet? The Republican Party insists on maintaining the oil industry’s subsidies year after profitable year.
This is all sleight of hand. These are not oil subsidies. They are rich white men subsidies. They are not meant to prop up the oil industry but to enrich already rich white men who ill then pass on some of their riches to the Republicans who vote them the money that will later go into their own pockets.
Mitt Romney is not going to war against the environment so much as going to war for rich white men who plunder the environment. Mitt Romney, who believes firmly in trickle-down economics, believes just as strongly in the idea of trickle down government. Otherwise known as tossing the table scraps to the servants, or to the dogs. Believe me, a Republican will never give to mere proles what is holy.
Romney is a firm believer in turning government functions over to the private sector, where rich white men will have new opportunities to make themselves richer white men by selling things to Americans the government once provided gratis, out of their tax dollars. Look what he slips in during his discussion of our “worker retraining system”: “We will eliminate this redundancy and empower the 50 states and the private sector to develop effective programs of their own.”
Yes, that’s what we need. Lose your job and pay money you don’t have to some private sector group to retrain you so you can get another job Romney and his fellow rich white men have meanwhile shipped overseas, profiting off your misfortune twice – indeed, creating your double misfortune. All to put more money in their pockets.
He says he will shrink the bureaucracy in Washington but does not explain how he and his fellow rich white men will manage women’s vaginas without a bureaucracy to enforce his medieval religious code depriving women of control of their own reproductive systems.
Then Mr. Tell-A-Lie-A-Minute Romney says,
I am offering a contrast to what we are seeing in Washington today. We’ve watched as one party has pushed through its agenda without compromising with the other party. We’ve watched gridlock and petty conflict dominate while the most important issues confronting the nation, like chronic high unemployment, go unaddressed. The bickering has to end. I will end it. I will reach across the aisle to solve America’s problems.
I can only guess he has been reading David Barton, this has so little connection with the reality of the past four years. It wasn’t the Democrats who refused to work with the Republicans. Those Republicans who actually did compromise quickly lost their jobs, replaced in 2010 by extremist Tea Party fanatics. The pettiness was all one-sided: from the Party Romney represents. Obama was willing to compromise. He called for compromise. The Republican Party responded on Day One by saying they would do whatever it took to stop Obama by blocking him at every turn.
Romney reads the Constitution as though it were a declaration of unended war on the rest of the world: “The most important task for any president is set out in the preamble to our Constitution—providing for the common defense. ”
This is what the preamble says:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Out of all that, Romney picks out “common defense.” How about a “more perfect union”? How about “justice” or “domestic Tranquility”? How about the “general Welfare”? The framers of the Constitution put the “more perfect Union”, Justice, and “domestic tranquility” all above the common defense. Romney re-writes the Constitution and puts it at #1.
This is the same man who says disaster relief is immoral.
I can only say that in reading this crap and the other crap he has spewed since he announced his candidacy, I have arrived at the conclusion that Mitt Romney is entirely bereft of a moral compass. It’s not broken. He just doesn’t have one.
All that matters to Mitt, is Mitt. His final sentence is just one more lie to cap off all the lies that have come before: “I am offering real change and a real choice.”
Mitt Romney is offering choice the way Richard Mourdock is offering compromise. Compromise for Tea Partier Mourdock is Democrats coming around to the right’s way of thinking; Romney’s choice is one where you get to choose to do what his fundamentalist allies tell you to do because biblical law says you have to.
Some compromise. Some choice. Some whopping big-ass lies told by rich white men who will trample you to the ground to exercise their own rights to be richer white men while the rest of us make do on some trickle down while our jobs matriculate their way to China.
That’s Romney’s real vision for America.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.