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“SWIFTBOATING” MITT

Posted on: July 17, 2012

Back in 2004 the GOP ran ads challenging John Kerry’s military service during the Vietnam War. The underlying theme at that time was that Kerry was not a war hero as was reported, but a “fake”.  No matter the medals he had been awarded or the number of troops who served with him who backed up his wartime service, John Kerry was “swift boated” by the opposition often enough to raise doubts.

It worked. Say something often enough, even though the facts may be quite different, and there is a belief that the lie itself will become “fact”. You need not look further than the accusation that Barack Obama is “foreign born” with a hidden agenda that began when his “birth certificate” was filed in Hawaii by nefarious means by those looking 50 years ahead to his run for POTUS.  Or that his “involvement” with the “Fast and Furious” policy sanctioned under Bush a few years back was really the means to his subversive role in confiscating all weapons in the US.  A mind boggling exercise for even the most diehard conspiracy theorists to stand behind.

Mitt Romney has really done nothing more than present the American people with lie after lie since he made his bid for the nomination for POTUS.  He has lied about his financial disclosures, his involvement with the Romneycare bill in MA, his position on gay rights and women’s right to choose, his belief in global warming, and his tenure as CEO of Bain Capital.

These are not “made up” facts to undermine the candidate.  These are statements coming from his own mouth.  Standing before members of the NAACP he urged them to consider his candidacy based on his unsupported declaration that he will work on their behalf.  Several hours later he was heard mocking this same audience by suggesting they were only interested in obtaining “government handouts” and seemed to take pride in having been booed by that same audience who saw through his meaningless words.

Mitt has raised his profile from being a “serial flip flopper” to “liar in chief”.  A man who has been accused of a willingness to say and do anything to get a vote, there is no “contortion” he will not execute in order to find support.  The perfect “etch a sketch” candidate who, with a wink and a nod, will perform backsflips to ease himself out of sticky situations that say more about his character than it does about the policies he endorses.

Addressing the NAACP he promised that on “Day One” his first order of business (apparently after he has eliminated Planned Parenthood) will be the famous “job creation” baloney he claims as the centerpiece of his campaign.

This is the same Mitt whose past business practices have seen American jobs outsourced by Bain.  The hated outsourcing that the Tea Party has used to flog their opponents as “job killers”.  The truth is that those jobs are never coming back.  Not unless congress is willing to accurately measure the devastation the loss of those jobs mean to the American worker and come together to institute hefty fines against those who prefer to do business outside of the USA.  Do I hear the sound of crickets coming from Capital Hill?  Of course I do.

Mitt Romney is a big, fat liar. The manufacturing jobs in this nation have declined because of companies like Bain who see their bottom line enhanced at the expense of the national economy. And Mitt’s fat cat donors are the very same people who have benefited most handsomely for having done so.

Mitt’s idea of “job creation” is nothing more than deregulating industries, granting permission to strip the landscape until there is nothing left to strip.  Regulation is putting in place much needed safety practices that left unchecked will lead to the poisoning of our food, water, and air supplies.  Lifting those regulations is handing over policies that will benefit a handful at the expense of the majority who have fought over the decades to guarantee at least a semblance of accountability when it comes to public safety.  Who needs the “Clean Air Act” when there is money to be made?

This is where Mitt and his like are coming from. These are the “Captains of Industry” he represents. He knows those sought after jobs are gone.  He was one who helped to make it happen! His practices have helped to decimate the middle class he now suggests is his top priority. This is what makes Mitt Romney the liar that he is.

Mitt’s “job creation” bullshit stands as another fallacy in a long line of half truths he relies on as he says and does anything to win over that 50.1% he chases.

A Romney presidency would be a disaster for America still struggling after 8 years of GOP rule that led to this economic catastrophe.   If we are hard pressed to trust what he says now, then when?

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16 Responses to "“SWIFTBOATING” MITT"

Reading this it seems Pat that it would be impossible to Swift Boat Mitt Romney as every thing that comes out of his mouth is a lie, an exaggeration, or manipulation of the truth…After he goes down in flames in November he will be replacing Sarah Palin at Fox News he would fit in real well there.

Should Mitt be elected he will be more than beholden to the likes of the Tea Partiers which is another good reason to reject him.

Mitt Romney and the elite class he represents known as the 1% is what is wrong with this country.

Refusing to release he tax returns, hiding his money offshore, reluctant to express his views on the issues at hand without twisting himself into a human pretzel, illustrates the same people whose live by the motto: “Don’t do as I do, do as I say”.

The party he represents is focused on forcing voters to display an I.D. but are not in favor or releasing the names of donors who are buying this election through anonymity.

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson who helped keep Newt Gingrich in the race for longer than necessary, is now under scrutiny for his business dealings in Maui. Just what is it this mans hopes to gain as he throws millions into campaigns?

He certainly is looking for more than a personal thank you as are the Koch Brothers who continually fund without disclosure and whose gas and oll business hopes to benefit when regulations are lifted that will allow them to suffocate the environment by ignoring the Clean Air Act.

These people are uninterested in maintaining the “common good” but are only concerned with their own wealth.

Pat, you and Eugene Robinson are channeling one another — his article today reaches the same conclusion as you do — Mitt has no one to blame, but himself. Those Morman temple garments (morman underwear) must be asbestos because “liar, liar, pants on fire” doesn’t seem to work.

It seems as though we’re watching an amalgamation of old Star Trek episodes — there is no doubt that Mitt is a shape shifter, but Sunday, Ed Gillespie let slip the fact that Mitt is also capable of traveling through the time space continuum by being able to go back in time and “retire retroactively.” Now there is a skill I could have used on more than a couple of thousand occasions.

Here’s the Robinson article if you are interested:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-robinson-romneys-problem-of-his-own-making/2012/07/16/gJQAKjBepW_story.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions

There seems to be a consensus even among the Repub. “talking heads” that he needs to go ahead and release more of his tax returns. If he continues to ignore this “advice”, whatever he has in there (if anything) is only going to seem a bigger deal when he does release further info. And he will eventually have to release more returns. Wonder if it’s something to do with the horse? LOL!

From the New Yorker:

“He should release the tax returns tomorrow: it’s crazy,” Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “You gotta release six, eight, ten years of back tax returns. Take the hit for a day or two.” Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Will, the veteran columnist, agreed, saying, “If something going to come out, get it out in a hurry.” And Dowd, who was the chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004, said Romney’s refusal to release returns for the years prior to 2010 was a sign of his “arrogance.”

Pat, since you are from Massachusetts, what was Romney like as governor? Both specific acts as well as general attitude, ethical conduct, etc. Did you get a sense?

Speaking of all things Bain, this is when the wx channel started going downhill and I didn’t realize they were involved.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/07/business/worldbusiness/07iht-07weather.14282515.html

And now wx channel has bought http://www.wunderground.com. They are gonna ruin that one too. I trusted wunderground for their tropical stuff. I’m afraid now it’s only gonna be filled up with Cantore stories. :roll:

Pat, I saw that thing on Maddow last night about Adelson, the casino and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Vedddy interesting.

Well lookie here at who the Romney campaign has speaking out for Mittens.

Of course, John had his own problems when he was at the White House as Chief of Staff.

As White House Chief of Staff, Sununu reportedly took personal trips, for skiing and other purposes, and classified them as official, for purposes such as conservation or promoting the Thousand Points of Light.[14] The Washington Post wrote that Sununu’s jets “took him to fat-cat Republican fund-raisers, ski lodges, golf resorts and even his dentist in Boston.”[14] Sununu had paid the government only $892 for his more than $615,000 worth of military jet travel.[15] Sununu said that his use of the jets was necessary because he had to be near a telephone at all times for reasons of national security.[16] Sununu became the subject of much late-night television humor over the incident.[14] Sununu worsened the situation shortly afterwards when, after leaking rumors of financial difficulties in his family, he traveled to a rare stamp auction at Christie’s auction house in New York City from Washington in a government limousine, spending $5,000 on rare stamps.[17] Sununu then sent the car and driver back to Washington unoccupied while he returned on a corporate jet.[17] In the course of one week, 45 newspapers ran editorials on Sununu, nearly all of them critical of his actions.[18]

#7: Romney was not a popular figure here in MA. He spent most of his time out of state laying his groundwork as a future presidential candidate.

He has been characterized as an aloof figure by the Boston press, one who did not give many interviews and kept the public at bay for most of the 4 years in office.

He made the decision not to run a second time because he knew he would more than likely lose. The first time he ran he pushed aside the acting governor, Jane Swift, who was a disaster herself but that elbow shoving did not go down well since few believed he was a bona fide resident of MA at that time.

His Romney care however was greeted with a much applause since it went after those who could afford to buy healthcare but chose not to. Ninety Eight percent of the Commonwealth are covered under this plan. Yet he flips flops away as though it were a crime.

Mitt was not “well loved” here in this state and even Deval earns more kudos than Mitt ever did during his 4 year term.

Pat said:

Romney was not a popular figure here in MA. He spent most of his time out of state laying his groundwork as a future presidential candidate.

Sounds just like that little twit that’s the guv in La., lil Bobby. I’m of two minds on lil Bobby: should we hope he gets the nod for veep or should we try to isolate the virus that he is to only La. and hope we can repair the damage after he’s out of office.

@11: That was a remarkably restrained comment, Pat. :wink:

Chuck is here! We love Chuck!! Chuck’s comments are always enjoyable to read, especially when Chuck speaks of himself in 3rd person! :lol:

Thanks for your response, Pat.

Chuck!! Where’d ya go???

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