The New York Times recently published a fascinating story on Mitt Romney. The article examines Romney’s time at Harvard University in the 1970s when he simultaneously earned business and law degrees. The article basically concludes that Romney is an incredibly able and intelligent man who is focused on achieving that sets him up as an ideal presidential candidate in an age of economic uncertainty. However, what also surfaces is that Romney comes across as a person without strong ideological convictions other than family and his Mormon faith. According to Romney’s former classmates and friends interviewed in the article, that approach perfectly suited Romney’s personality and is exactly what scares conservative Republicans who see him as a shape-shifting, flip-flopping technocrat who cares nothing for the principles that guide their party.
In addition to his abilities to shift from one position to another depending on which way the wind is blowing, he consistently demonstrates that he will say anything that he needs to say to play to the Tea Party and extreme right-wing conservatives regardless of how asinine, false or just plain ignorant it may be. For example, Romney recently said that corporations are people and that he was “unemployed” too. In addition to his constant flip-flopping that suggests he lacks credibility, I believe that the main reason that he will not be elected is because he lacks integrity.
For example, Romney said recently that: “President Obama believes that government should create equal outcomes. In an entitlement society, everyone receives the same or similar rewards, regardless of education, effort, and willingness to take risk. That which is earned by some is redistributed to the others.” In an interview the same day, Romney stated that the President “is going to put free enterprise on trial.” We all know that President Obama never said anything suggesting that was his view. In fact, he has gone out of his way to praise free enterprise and stated that there was nothing wrong with getting rich. The President is a strong supporter for increasing taxes on high-income Americans, but only to their 1990s levels. In addition, no matter how much Romney denies it, the Affordable Care Act (Romney calls Obamacare) is essentially identical to the one he established as Governor of Massachusetts in 2006. Romney recently said that the Obama administration has not created jobs, yet according to the Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus created as many as 3.3 million full-time jobs which in part has caused the employment level to move from over 9% to 8.6%. Regardless of the extent of his fabrications and outright lies, Romney seems confident that he will pay no price for making stuff up.
Romney appears to have gotten away with a multitude of fraudulent attacks on President Obama and has based his whole campaign on attacking the President for doing things that he hasn’t done and believing things that he doesn’t believe. This past October, Romney said that as president, “I will reverse President Obama’s massive defense cuts,” placating the Republican base. However, the President has never cut defense spending and the defense budget has continued to grow since the President was elected. In addition Romney continues to suggest that the President goes around the world “apologizing for America” which is a total fabrication justified by taking quotes out of context. According to Greg Sargent of The Washington Post, the Romney strategy is to portray the President as a suspect character, someone who doesn’t share American values.
Because of his economic savvy and intellectual capacity, some believe that he is the most electable Republican in 2012; however, his complete lack of conservative principles makes many conservatives horrified of a Romney president. In the absence of a more credible conservative, Republicans will probably have to take a deep breath and swallow hard and endorse Romney as their candidate.
As a Mormon, Romney claims to be a Christian. However, since the start of his presidential campaign, he has become one of the Republican’s chief liars and apparently has forgotten what Proverbs 6:16 says. This Proverb discusses seven things the Lord hates including “a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren” (KJV). Romney’s non-Christian actions render his Christian claims as “suspect.”
I believe that Willard Mitt Romney will continue to lie and invent stuff to attempt to make his case that President Obama is “different,” and although he may not pay a price now, if he gets the Republican nomination, he will pay the biggest price of all in making his concession speech acknowledging the second term presidency of Barack Obama, but that’s just my take.
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