September 19, 2012 By Jack Jodell
It has been said by many that the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, has no soul. Former GOP rival candidate John Huntsman once described him as a “perfectly lubricated weathervane”, referring to Romney’s bad habit of constantly shifting stances on issues depending on which particular audience he was addressing at the time. Romney has not only been guilty of contradiction; he has told numerous outright lies more often than be can counted. He has wanted to frame himself as an economic expert and a successful businessman and has claimed he knows how to restore our battered economy to great strength and has promised an economic plan which will deliver 12 million new jobs over the next four years. Yet he has proclaimed all questions about his conduct in running his investment firm of BAIN CAPITAL to be off-limits. He has produced only one year of tax returns (his father, running for president in 1968, produced TWELVE). He claims to believe in America and the American Dream, yet he shields his profits in the Cayman Islands and keeps a secret, Swiss bank account.
Last week, our ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were unfortunately killed in a firebombing of the American Consulate in Benghazi. Romney immediately issued a public pronouncement blaming the Obama administration for the deaths before the victims’ families had even been notified! Romney issued this statement before an agreed-upon truce between both candidates to honor the victims of 9/11 had even elapsed. To classify this as a rash and reckless action would be far too kind, but for now I will leave it at that. Earlier this summer, Romney had insulted our greatest ally, the United Kingdom, over the Olympic games they were hosting. In an interview given just before his initial trip to that country, he suggested they were weak on security for the event. This, too, strongly suggested thoughtlessness and bad timing on his part. It also caused an unnecessary uproar among the English public. His continual harping on the President’s failure to take severe measures against Iran for its steady nuclear buildup may have delighted his militaristic neocon Bush-holdover advisors like that despicable hawk Dan Senor, but it has foolishly and recklessly inflamed an already far-too-delicate situation. And his vow to immediately punish China, our greatest trading partner, for her currency manipulation seems equally brash and ill-timed. It suggested a candidate whose grasp on the subtleties and even knowledge of world affairs is highly questionable. His suggestion that the crisis in the Mideast is impossible to correct and we would best be served to “kick the can down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.” is irresponsible and impractical, and could very well be downright dangerous!
Romney has shown himself to be too much of a callous, greedy, arrogant, and uncaring man for the vast majority of the American public he so desperately yearns to govern. Repeated statements such as “I like to fire people”, “Corporations are people, too, my friend,” and “There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government is responsible for them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what… These are people who pay no income tax… my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives” show how simplistic, shallow, and poorly-reasoned a candidate he truly is. By deliberately and incorrectly dismissing 47% of the electorate as undererving parasites, he has shown himself to be wholly UNDESERVING of the presidency himself!
Mitt Romney is an ambitious man, and also a good husband and father, who really only cares about his family, his church, and preserving and adding to his wealth. His lack of understanding about the rest of the world, and even of his own countrymen, is appalling! He doesn’t care in the least about the rest of the country except to use them to get elected to the presidency for the supreme gratification of his ego. He has nothing to offer the 47% he obviously disdains or even the MAJORITY 99% who reside far below him on the income scale. He portrays himself as a successful businessman who has the knowledge and ability to save our economy. Yet his method to do so is a tired old one which has failed us miserably and only 4 years ago nearly plunged the entire world into economic oblivion. For this man is devoid of character, understanding, and empathy. These are qualities every successful leader needs. Romney may have puffed himself up into a bigger-than-life figure for this presidential campaign, but when you strip away all the glitter and bravado, Romney is nothing more than AN EMPTY SUIT!