Friday, February 08, 2008

romney's shameful exit

Mitt Romney's exit because he was beaten by John McCain wasn't shameful. But as the generally moderate but pretending to be a raw-meat conservative Romney spoke to announce he was leaving the GOP race, he got in one last nasty line full of dishonesty. In saying he was quitting to help McCain win in November, Romney said: "In this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror."

Wow, that's good Mitt. Maybe you HAVE learned the lessons of the true masters of the Republican Party - Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and the rest of the right-wing noise machine.

Two points to refute Mitt's slanderous statement. First, does it actually SEEM like a time of war? With the very very notable exception of the men and women who serve in the armed forces, National Guard, and reserves, and all of their families (and the mercenaries and contractors like Blackwater, Halliburton, etc, who are getting rich off of the Republican wars), the answer of course is no. That's because Bush has asked for no sacrifice. He still kicks out tax cuts for the Republican base, aka the rich, despite $10 billion a month in spending in Iraq and Afghanistan. After 9/11, he urged us to go shopping. In fact, the ONLY thing most of us have been asked to sacrifice has been our civil liberties. Oh and our dignity as a nation that once defended human rights but now officially condones practices that we until very recently called torture.

Second and most importantly, Clinton and Obama don't plan to "surrender to terror", whatever that means. (It's not like Bin Laden has an army poised to invade and occupy New Jersey.) No matter the lies from the right wing noise machine, remember: Democrats like Clinton and Obama are Americans. Democrats actually love America. Democrats don't like seeing their fellow Americans being killed by terrorists (or Iraqi insurgents or the Taliban) any more than Republicans. And Democrats if elected will attempt to adopt policies that will seek to protect Americans from terrorist attacks. And such policies may well include NOT INVADING COUNTRIES THAT HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH AL QAEDA OR THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001!

Sorry for the shouting, but sometimes it's hard to get through to people. Remember - Iraq was not involved with 9/11 (Afghanistan was and we were right to invade, although we have not done very well there), had no WMDs, posed ZERO threat to the United States, and the invasion there was purely a war of Republican choosing, not necessity.

It is a tribute to the right wing noise machine that we have to keep repeating such things. And it is a tribute to the effectiveness of the right wing noise machine, which has cowed the so-called independent major media like CNN and MSNBC to the extent that statements like Romney's are reported straight up with nobody (except Olbermann occasionally) calling them out on it. And Dana Milbank praises Romney's "flawless exit" from the race without even mentioning that he called Obama and Clinton traitors.



Blogger Sona said...


I was just as disgusted at his statement.

8:57 AM  

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