World Net Daily (WND), a very radical right-wing website, was one of the early proponents of the birther garbage. Jerome R. Corsi, a WND senior staff reporter, wrote a book on birtherism entitled, “Where’s The Birth Certificate.” Sales of that book made a lot of money for Corsi and WND until President Obama issued his long form birth certificate; then the sales stopped. Corsi was enjoying such a financial windfall because of the birther conspiracy that he and WND have now orchestrated a new bogus conspiracy claim that, “Obama hid ‘gay life’ to become president.” (I will deal with that nonsense in another article.) Although both Donald Trump and Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio continue to advance their birther conspiracy, they are not running for President so their birther nonsense doesn’t matter. However, Willard Mitt Romney has now slumped to a new low by “subtlety” embracing the debunked birther conspiracy in an attempt to pander to his base. While campaigning on August 24, 2012, in Commerce, Michigan, Romney said, “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.” The Romney campaign said that the statement was just a “joke,” but Romney has embraced the most vociferous voices in his party instead of standing up to them especially by given time at the RNC Convention in Tampa to Donald Trump, Sheriff Arpaio, and Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State who wanted to remove Obama’s name from the state’s ballot in November unless his citizenship is confirmed.
On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, the first presidential debate will be held and this will be a time when the American people will get to hear and see which presidential candidate has charted the best course for America. President Obama has very clear and specific policies from the economy to national security. Romney, however, has provided a “word salad” containing a hodge-podge of ideas with absolute no specificity. When asked about the debate, Romney said: “I think the challenge that I’ll have in the debate is that the president tends to, how shall I say it, to say things that aren’t true. And in attacking his opponents. I’ve looked at prior debates. And in that kind of case, it’s difficult to say, well, am I going to spend my time correcting things that aren’t quite accurate? Or am I going to spend my time talking about the things I want to talk about?”
This is a statement coming from a man who is known for his lies, fabrications and flip-flopping positions on important issues. Romney’s debate challenge will be his basic ignorance on national security matters and his ability to consistently obfuscate his proposed policies on the economy, healthcare and a budget in addition to his refusal to release past tax returns. Romney is probably afraid to debate President Obama and I believe would pull out if he could.
In all of Romney’s campaign stops and interviews, he has been consistent in saying that he will “repeal all of Obamacare.” All means all! Even Paul Ryan’s campaign rhetoric includes a statement that a Romney/Ryan presidency will repeal all of Obamacare. However, when David Gregory asked Romney about repealing Obamacare during his recent appearance on Meet the Press, Romney’s response was astonishing. Romney said, “Well, I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course, there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place. One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. Two is to assure that the marketplace allows for individuals to have policies that cover their — their family up to whatever age they might like. I also want individuals to be able to buy insurance, health insurance, on their own as opposed to only being able to get it on a tax advantage basis through their company.” What??? Romney wants to repeal Obamacare but replace it with Obamacare? Wow. Well the grandeur of illusion or in this case, an apparent gaffe, is not always what it seems. Right after the Meet the Press appearance, a Romney aide clarified that Romney didn’t really mean what he said about Obamacare.
Pulitzer Award columnist Eugene Robinson wrote on September 14, 2012, “But health care is no ordinary issue. Bringing universal health insurance coverage to the citizens of Massachusetts — via the individual mandate — was Romney’s greatest accomplishment as governor. This is subject matter he truly understands. He knows full well that if he fulfills his promises, or threats, regarding Obamacare, there won’t be any affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. He knows that if he follows through on Medicare and Medicaid, seniors will have to pay more for their care and many poor Americans won’t receive adequate care at all. No wonder Romney has so much trouble sticking to a consistent story.”
Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential candidate, the way he insulted England, our closest ally, while trying to establish international prominence, not mentioning Afghanistan or Iraq during his Convention speech to show that he would be a compassionate Commander-in-Chief, how he mishandled the killing of the four American diplomats in Libya with his premature and bogus statement about President Obama, embracing the birther conspiracy with his so-called “joke” while pandering to supporters in Michigan, and his “astonishing” performance on Meet the Press, provides enough evidence to conclude that Willard Mitt Romney is not only a very poor presidential candidate, but a person who lacks principles, credibility and integrity. He has certainly not earned the privilege of serving as our President and the American people will terminate that aspiration on November 6, 2012.