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Mitt Romney is a Lying Stupid Bobble-Head White Rich Man, But You Already Know That

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are the ones to concentrate on.  ~ George W. Bush

I am not a leech.  Rat Romney thinks that I, we are leeches, chase government money to live on, are lazy, love our country only for the money it gives me and am not a responsible human being.  True I am in good company, military veterans, students, seniors, the disabled, the working poor, women, pay no income tax and all those other leeches.  Wait a minute.  Was he really talking about the middle class, the 47% or was he secretly speaking about himself.  After all, he pays no income tax.  I at least work hard for my paycheck, I take all the deductions that the Republicans gave me so I could pay less income tax so I could have more money to pay bills and redistribute funds to small businesses when I make a purchase.  That secret video shows that stupid people will listen intently only to even more stupid people.  Stupid people who lie.  Think about it.  It was a fundraiser…. please.  He doesn’t need the money to pay for his campaign to oblivion.  He can just write a check and move on.  This is only to try to convince other stupid rich people that he is just as stupid as they, just richer.  These are people who are going to pay higher taxes to help the poor and middle-class.  How dare they pay more.  He will cater to their basest political desires.  He is a racist – like his party.  Joan Walsh said it best:  “Mitt Romney should be ashamed of himself, and so should anyone who votes for him.”

I am a Democrat and proud of it, but I vote for people not parties.  There used to be good republicans once upon a time, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Dirksen, Ford and McCain.  Yes McCain.  I would have voted for McCain if the real McCain was running.  He started out the maverick, saying what he though and what he believed.  You knew where he stood and he held his ground.  He may not have always been right, but you knew who we was, what he believed and what his vision and hope was for America. Then he went off the cliff doing what the party wanted and there he lost my vote.  He was no longer a real man.  He showed up again when he conceded in 2008.  That McCain I would have voted for.  Call me crazy, but I would have.  Romney believes in nothing.  He can’t articulate what his vision is for America, what his plan for the economy is, how he plans to make the country better and stronger, how he will represent all of us.  He has no clue.  That was made clear and bright in the secret video.  He proved that he is not presidential material.

I had hope for Romney.  I would not vote for him, but I was willing to listen to his ideas, plans, hope and fears for our country and have those open to discussion.  I felt that we could have an open view of two different visions, if in fact they are different.  I had that hope.  What that video tape revealed is that Romney has written off the government check recipientsthat won’t vote for him, and almost half the people don’t pay taxes and undoubtedly won’t vote for him.  That is a hell of a lot people that won’t vote for him.  He announced that is has lost the election.  He told it to his supporters and the party.  It must be hard for him to get up in the morning.

I recently wrote of an imagined rural Ohio woman sitting on her porch, watching the campaign go by. She’s 60, she identifies as conservative, she likes guns, she thinks the culture has gone crazy. She doesn’t like Obama. Romney looks OK. She’s worried about the national debt and what it will mean to her children. But she’s having a hard time, things are tight for her right now, she’s on partial disability, and her husband is a vet and he gets help, and her mother receives Social Security.

She’s worked hard and paid into the system for years. Her husband fought for his country.

And she’s watching this whole election and thinking.You can win her vote if you give her faith in your fairness and wisdom. But not if you label her and dismiss her. ~ Peggy Noonan ~ Time for Intervention http://blogs.wsj.com/peggynoonan/2012/09/18/time-for-an-intervention/

Romney has no understanding of what life is and means to ordinary people.  He can’t associate with hardworking people, because he never had to work a day in his life.  He has dismissed millions and millions of people.  He has no conception of who they are, what they do to get by each and every day.  We don’t have stock that we can chip at to pay the rent and buy food as he did.  We have to work hard every day to make life better for ourselves and our families.  He just doesn’t know much or anything about America.  We are people with hopes and aspirations.  We are not just democrats and republicans, we have feelings, souls, ideas for our families and our country.  This is about America and the American people.  He doesn’t yet understand that.

Still, before the secret video, I was willing to listen.  I wanted to see if he could prove that he was qualified to be president.  I wanted to see his character.  How he would handle difficult situations.  I wanted to imagine him as president.  Then the Mideast exploded.  Here was his chance to be presidential.  Blue background and American flags.  When he stepped out to the podium on September 11,  we got cruel opportunism.  His smugness showed all over his face.  He was not presidential.  He condemned the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and accused the U.S. Government of sympathizing with terrorists.  The next morning he had a chance to make it right.  Instead, he intensified it: “When our grounds are being attacked and being breached, the first response should be outrage.” “Apology for America’s values will never be the right course. We express immediately when we feel that the President and his administration have done something which is inconsistent with the principles of America.”  He had a chance to make it right.  Instead while the U.S. Consulate in Libya was being attacked, while Libyans were defending Americans, While Americans and their defenders were being killed; he denounces and condemns these and Americans and their defenders.  With each word he spoke there was a dead body to accompany those words.  It was an opportunity, a chance for Romney to prove his quality. His character.  We now know he has neither.  He proved that he is hateful and self-destructive.  He showed his racism in this press conference and in the secret video.  Nothing he can say or do now will change that.

When I look at Romney now I see and hear Richard Nixon: “I am not a crook.”

 

 

 


The Great American Decline

We all watched the events unfolding in Egypt and the Middle East. Those events are proof of the approaching ends of Global American Influence. The Middle East took good old George at his word,”A free Iraq will set a powerful example in the part of the world that is desperate for freedom. A free Iraq will secure Israel.” That was 2004. The “Freedom Agenda” was an abject failure.  It was democracy acquired at the barrel of a gun.  Like Viet Nam, before entering into war, the Americans had no real functional government in realty to assume power should the war be won.  Though those wars were fought for different reasons, the lack of planning for the future of those country lead to disaster.  After numerous elections in Iraq, there still is no functional government and no democracy.

The “Freedom Agenda” was an abject failure  It was the beginning of the decline.

Egypt like Tunisia put their freedom and democracy in their own hands Protesters used Western technology to demand individual rights. Ignore the fact that most of secular bloggers who paved the groundwork for the revolution speak to languages, or studied in America. Ignore the fact the Egyptians in the streets focused their demands on two parties, the Egyptian Regime and the American Government. Not the UN or the Arab League.  American police in the Middle East have never been more obvious. Thirty years of aiding a military dictator, who presided over a corrupt, u responsive government, who managed his economy into stagnation and scarcity, and who has driven any legitimate opposition toward the radical mosque have not produced stability.

The protesters didn’t even bother to burn our flag. Other countries do not express disapproval their of  lack of influence in Egyptian politics. American feel guilt at their limits of power.  We could have done more. We could have, like Turkey, Germany, France and other countries demand that Mubarak resign.  That was not in our interest.  Instead, we put his second in command, Suleiman in a position to control the country.  The Commander of the Secret Police, in charge of torture and beatings, to head the government.

The expectation of peace nd democracy in the whole of the Middle East because of a promise of democracy in Iraq by an American President is naive. Peace, freedom and democracy has been a time coming.  Since the time of Abraham and Sarah.  What we forget is that this is a war about religion.  One tribe against another, Arab against Jew.   Religion.  Our failure to understand that has led to failed foreign policy.  The decline of America. When we put our private interests above our true mission of freedom and democracy, we will always fail.

In the complex determination of national influence, those with the best story, the best narrative, have an advantage  In the Middle East, does the old dictator speaking on Egyptian state television, talking of past glories and victories really seem the wave of the future?

Yet, on the streets of Cairo, Alexandria, self-government is the hope. It seems the system most likely to result in progress and national achievement.  It seems that way because it is. What happens in Egypt matters greatly to American interests A Sunni version of Iran in Egypt would be a major blow. Democratic transition, even a partial one, might eventually isolate or domesticate the extremist and defuse hatred for America. Events in Egypt is now determined by an internal balance of nationalism and religion, fear and hope, that America can only influence on the margins.

Since Franklin Roosevelt, American leaders have viewed the appeal of democratic ideals as source of national power. America now has less direct control in German and Japan than it did. But both are monuments to American influence.

Democracies will not always do what we want, but in the end they are more stable and peaceful than countries ruled by a single man.  Changes are difficult and uncertain, especially in places with shallow democratic roots. But is strangely disconnected from American history and ideals to regard a popular revolt  against an oppressive as a sign of American decline.


“Let My People Go”

We need a new “Moses” to stand up and tell Pharor Mubarack and his government to set his people free.

Where is America?  American strategy in the Middle Ease is oil, stability and Israel. American is obessed with Israel. They hold Israel as the Axis of the Middle East policy.  Arabs have always been invisible to America.  The argument in going on in America now is about “interests” and “principles.” When it comes to  policy , it comes down to what can we get. They work with people so undesirable and unreliable that they can’t be trusted. So theyhave to be under totalitarian governments The seige on Gaza is an Egyptian, Israeli, and American operation.

We must take Egypt for itself. Not ask Israel what they think or want. It is a mistake. Doing that makes what we think and do irrelevant.  We do not matter.

We have supported all autocratic leaders in the Middle East We havbe even put them into power in the name of freedom. George W Bush promised the Freedom and Democracy, remember the “Freedom Agenda?” It was freedom in Iraq will bring democracy to Israel.  We see how that worked out. The neocon agenda ha no plan built in for the peple to have a voice. The West had no reason to rock the boat. American must protect their interests.

America must stand for its principles.  American policy is paralyzed.  Why?  The answer is simple…..Keep Egypt an Allie and whoever is “elected” president must ensure that they uphold the Egypt and Israeli Peace Treaty of 1979.  Cold War policies.

We can’t alienate U.S Israelis. It would mean political suicide. In reality it is political cowardice.

The United States has long seeked to block democracy in the Arab world. This goes against all our principles.  Principles we fought for in 1776.  We had our revolution and won our freedom. We wrote the two greatest documents in the world, The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution. Beacons to the rest of the world.

Neocons have gone from the “Freedom Agenda” to fear talk. We need a new Moses to stand up to the neocons and Mubarak and shout let the people go. We need a “Moses” to scream..Mubarak and his regime must go. We put them into power since the Cold War. We can now throw them out. We can do this on the principles we sand on and believe in. The same ones that made this country great and the role model. 

Though I am loath to praise William Kristol, his stand against his own conservatives and neocons is worth reading.  It will follow. Stand up for Freedom,     http://www.theweeklystandard.com/articles/stand-freedom 541404.html.


White House and Egypt plans for Mubarak Exit

The Obama Administration is discussing  with Egyptian officials a proposal for President Mubarak to resign immediately, turning power over to a transitional government. 

This is at long last the best thing that good happen.  A transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman backed by the chief of the Egyptian armed forces would immediately begin a process of constitutional reform. 

I know we all wonder who will be moved to the front and be the next leader.  That is up to the Egytian people.  Their right to choose is absolute.  People worry about the Muslim Brotherhood and that they may take over and turn Egypt into a radical islamic state.  If that is what the people of Egypt choose then so be it.  We may not like it, but we will learn to live with it. 

Read the article: nytimes.com/2011/02/04/middleeast/04


John Kerry and John McCain Joint Resolution

WASHINGTON — Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) have cosponsored a resolution calling on Egypt President Hosni Mubarak to “immediately begin an orderly and peaceful transition to a democratic political system,” including transferring “power to an inclusive interim caretaker government.”

Kerry, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and McCain have been two of the most vocal Mubarak critics since protests began erupting last week on the streets of Cairo. And it’s hard not to imagine a number of fellow lawmakers joining their cause — which, it’s worth noting, carries only symbolic weight in the sphere of international politics.

The end goal, the authors write, is for Egypt to “hold free, fair, and internationally credible elections this year.”

The resolution’s careful wording, however, underscores how many other political considerations are at play in the background of the Egypt crisis. Kerry and McCain expressed their “concern over any organization that espouses an extremist ideology, including the Muslim Brotherhood,” in addition to underscoring how vital it is that any replacement government continue “to fulfill its international obligations, including its commitments under the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.”

Joint Resolution John Kerry and John McCain

The move is on.  Change may be on the way for Egypt.