Liar in Chief
by Kelvin Wade
“What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked.” — Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”
Willard Mitt Romney is the emptiest of suits. It boggles the mind that half of my fellow Americans are considering electing such an unprincipled political whore President of the United States. Sure, all presidential candidates pander. But Romney has never seen an ass he wouldn’t kiss, a lie he wouldn’t tell or a principle he wouldn’t bend in order to fulfill his lifelong ambition to be President.
Facts are fungible things to Mitt Romney. He’s been lying and shapeshifting ever since he started running for political office. He crudely fakes his convictions, preying on the principles of committed voters.
We’ve seen nakedly political pols in the past. But Romney takes it to a new level. He offers trillions in tax cuts that he claims will be paid for. He keeps the details as secret as Richard Nixon’s secret plan to end the Vietnam War. When asked to detail his plan, he declines. Romney chose the numbers guy, policy wonk Paul Ryan, to be his runningmate but even Ryan refuses to release any details. Why? Because they’re making the shit up as they go along!
He claims he will create 12 million jobs in the next four years. It just so happens that Moodys Analytics issued a report that agrees with an earlier report by Macroeconomic Advisers saying that if we keep going on the course we’re going the economy will add 12 million jobs in the next four years. That’s 12 million jobs without Mitt Romney’s secret voodoo economics.
In 1994, candidate Romney was pro-choice saying, “And you will not see me wavering on that.” But we’ve seen him do nothing but waver. He wavers on whether he wants Roe overturned. He supports candidates with the nuttiest views on abortion, rape and contraception.
Romney can support personhood amendments that would end up outlawing some types of birth control. He can remain tongue-tied on the Lily Ledbetter Act. And he can pretend to be concerned with women’s issues because his concern with any of these issues is how it affects him politically, not how they affect women’s lives.
His own mother used to donate money to Planned Parenthood, the same organization he now promises to defund. This is Mitt pretending to be “severely conservative.” Mitt promises to cut Sesame Street, 1/100th of 1 percent of the budget. It’s Mitt grandstanding for low information voters.
When running for senate in Massachusetts, Romney claimed he’d be better for gays than Ted Kennedy. Yet, because of videos surfacing in the last week, we know Romney was opposed to gays adopting. We know that just last year he said he supported “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He has pledged to support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. The lives of gay Americans are just political footballs to Mitt Romney.
When it comes to his finances, you can’t trust Mitt Romney, the man worth a quarter of a billion dollars. Mitt Romney’s father, George, famously released 12 years of tax returns because he thought one year of returns could simply be a “fluke.” Mitt’s refusal to release more than two years of returns so the public can’t see his Swiss bank account, Cayman Island accounts and holdings in foreign countries should alarm voters. What is he hiding? And isn’t it telling that John McCain looked at 23 years worth of Mitt Romney’s tax returns in vetting him for vice-president and turned around and picked the brain-dead Sarah Palin?
Romney often cites being a GOP governor in a blue state as a reason for his candidacy. But how well did he and that Democratic legislature get along? Out of 844 vetoes, Romney was overridden over 700 times. It’s not shocking that his bipartisan legacy is yet another lie.
Romney has trashed President Obama’s foreign policy as apologist and appeasing, and accuses Obama of throwing “allies like Israel under the bus.” He said setting a withdrawal date in Afghanistan was a mistake. Then in the third presidential debate, Mitt Romney bent over and cosigned the Obama foreign policy. During the debate, right wing bootlicker L. Brent Bozell III tweeted, “Something is wrong with Romney tonight. He’s refusing to challenge Obama’s failed policies. He’s sounding LIKE Obama. This is terrible.”
Get used to it, neocons. You’ve placed your trust in the hands of a man with the veracity of Jerry Sandusky.
Romney has run blatantly untrue ads on the President supposedly weakening welfare work requirements. To make it worse, he claims Obama has allegedly done this to appeal to “his base.” That statement alone goes back to that “47 percent” behind closed doors remark. It doesn’t matter to Mitt that fact checkers, news organizations and even former President Bill Clinton have repeatedly said the claims are flat out wrong. He continues to run the ads.
Romney is doing the same thing with a bogus ad about Chrysler allegedly moving Jeep production jobs to China. Fact checkers, as well as the CEO of Chrysler, have told the Romney campaign it isn’t true. What did Romney do? Cut a second ad and doubled down. That’s downright creepy.
It’s the Palinization of American politics where a politician is called on their lies and then doubles down on them. It’s because facts don’t matter to this man. Winning does. And who will provide the checks and balance on a president who makes everything up as he goes along? A GOP Congress?
There are those pundits who say that the only thing Romney is true to is his Mormon religion. I’m not convinced that is so. Every religion has a prohibition against bearing false witness, so you don’t get props for your faith when you so publicly break its tenets.
It’s frightening that it seems Romney’s ambition has overpowered any internal filters of shame, decency and integrity. Romney has demonstrated no such inner moral speed bumps.
How can neocons or social conservatives trust that he will do what he says when he has changed his position again and again? I know. Anybody but Obama, right? Progressives tried that approach in 2004. Anybody but Bush was the mantra. Sometimes it’s not enough to be opposed to something. You have to be for something.
If we can walk into a polling place and cast a vote for a man who lies with such abandon, changes his positions like changing underwear, hides his financial dealings and trashes half of America behind closed doors then what does it say about America?