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Honesty - that’s the last thing we expect

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Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil

Mitt Romney told a few home truths. How shocking!

I know: we are not used to it; we are not used to uncomfortable truths, especially in politics. We are more comfortable with dissimulation and hypocrisy. What else do we expect from a candidate for high office? Do we expect honesty? No, of course not; or at least that’s the conclusion I have to reach on the basis of the fuss that followed the latest Romney speak.

Do you know what he said at his fund-raiser or have you simply read comment on how awful he said what he said, sans the actual words? Well, then, let’s have a look, beginning with the big shocker, the forty-seven percenter:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that 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.

The business of America was once business. Not any longer, it would seem. It’s not about jobs, it’s not about enterprise, it’s not about the can-do will-do culture that built the nation, that built freedom on the frontiers of experience (if you have a business, you didn’t build that; if you have a nation, you didn’t build that). No, it’s about welfare; it’s about hand-outs; it’s about those who are trapped in a ghetto of state dependency. Come to think of it, thinking of state ghettos, it would seem that many communities across the country are turning in to a modern version of the dreadful nineteenth century Indian reservations, sinks of despondency.

Almost half of Americans receive government doles and pay no income tax, they take out but they don’t put in – now that’s the real shocker. What future is there for democracy reduced, as it is, to a form of electoral gerrymandering, to a bread and circus mentality? Just imagine what a modern Alexis de Tocqueville would have made of the land of the free.

Now there is Palestine, more evidence of Romney’s cack-handedness when it comes to foreign affairs. Is it really? Hmm;

The Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace, and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish... I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say there's just no way.

It seems that the Republican challenger, unlike the Democrat incumbent, is actually familiar with Palestinian thinking here, familiar with the declared policy of Fatah and Hamas, its more extreme cousin, both of which are committed to the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state. Those who tell you that Hamas is in any way interested in peace are liars…either that or they live in the White House.

Then there is Hezbollah, the terrorist ally of Iran, a group that will use any weapon or any means at its disposal to kill indiscriminately, to kill the innocent and the guilty alike. The great fear, as Romney pointed out, is an Iranian ‘dirty bomb’ in the hands of these people, “So we really don’t have any option but to keep Iran from having a nuclear weapon.” I hope we never have occasion to recall these words as we contemplate a future tragedy of unimaginable proportions.

And now there is Obama, Mr Peace Prize No Peace President, a mouse on the stage of the world;

The president’s foreign policy, in my opinion, is formed in part by a perception he has that his magnetism, and his charm, and his persuasiveness is so compelling that he can sit down with people like Putin and Chávez and Ahmadinejad, and that they'll find that we're such wonderful people that they'll go on with us, and they'll stop doing bad things. And it's an extraordinarily naive perception

Perhaps Romney can be criticised here. Personally I think that’s an extraordinarily naïve way of putting the point. Over the past four years American foreign policy seems to have descended to a nadir, ineffectual and failing. It’s Obama’s weakness - evidenced most recently in the aftermath of the tragic death of the American ambassador in Libya - that is the greatest danger to the whole of the free world. He is Mr Nice Guy, Mr Let’s All be Decent to One Another. The thugs and the tyrants who rule much of the world, from Caracas to Moscow, simply laugh. The world is a dangerous place, a place for grownups, not for the likes of Obama.

There is nothing exceptional in Romney’s words, nothing shocking. It’s a wake up call for those not doped on opiates and the New York Times. It’s a call to look at America and the world, to look a country with higher and higher levels of dependency, with more and more who have no work. It’s a call to look at a waking nightmare, a debt that now amounts to $16 trillion. It’s a call also to look at the dangers the free world faces, greater than at any time since the end of the Cold War.

Never mind. Ignore all this; let the media sing a lullaby, putting the nation back to sleep. Romney speech is shocking. Pay no attention. It’s not happening. Slip back into your dreams. The Sandman is in the White House and all is well with the world. I just hope that when you wake up you have a country to wake up to.

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16 comments on Honesty - that’s the last thing we expect

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By melanie jean juneau on September 20, 2012 at 10:43 pm

YOU have shone a new light on both Romney and Obama for me. I see the situation from a whole new perspective

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By Randy Mitchell on September 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

Romney is telling the truth and saying it like it is. The problem is that when people become dependent on government for their basic necessities, nothing else matters. Not our national debt, not Obama's friendly-faced foreign policies which leaders in other countries are laughing at, and not our abyssmal umemployment. Obama knows that the more people he gets on government programs, the more votes he'll receive, then pretty soon you have a nation of dependency, thus socialism.

There are many who honestly need government help for good reasons, but there's a growing number who are only taking advantage of taxpayer dollars.

Romney has work to do in order to bring people back to true American spirit. It seems many are forgetting what made us who we are, electing instead to go the way of free handouts and joining the war against those who create and employ. And it saddens me to see this happening inside our great nation.

Thanks for sharing this Anastasia, great article.

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By Randy Mitchell on September 21, 2012 at 02:06 pm

This just in today, Romney voluntarily gave 30% of his 2011 earnings to charity and took only half the deduction allowed. So much for the wealthy being greedy and not caring about those less fortunate. This will scarcely be covered by the main stream media.

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By John Nelson on September 21, 2012 at 05:06 pm

I think Romney showed his Social Darwinist colors.... I was happy to see the video released. Hopefully it woke people up. He's a classic Robber Baron caricature from the Gilded Age.

Randy: Mitt is a Mormon. They must give 10% of their income to the church (tithing). He donated 10% of the wealth he claimed. He omitted what he has stashed in off-shore bank accounts away from tax and tithing. He not only hides it from his nation, he hides it from his God. I don't personally think he's an honorable man.

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By Inmyredhead on September 22, 2012 at 12:39 am

John, I eagerly await your release of this privileged information you seem to have.

Mormons: Is this true? 'MUST' you give 10 percent? MUST you give anything? Christians are encouraged to give ten percent as well. But it's not a 'MUST'.

30% overall went to charity: of that 10% to church. Do the math and give credit where credit is due.

Ana- Are you aware of the comment Obama made durring his original campaign in 08, stating that the day he is put in office Muslim hostility will ease? To me, this is a perfect example of what Mitt was saying about Obama's high opinion of himself.

*Either that or he is a Muslim afterall, not sure.

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By Randy Mitchell on September 22, 2012 at 11:29 am

Well said, Inmyredhead.

If Mitt Romney gave 100% of his income to charity, a liberal democrat would find a way to spin it into a criticism. This is just another example of why those on the left hate the rich, no matter what they do with their money.

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By Uttam Gill on September 22, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Churning is going on and I am reading with dismay...To preserve the greatness of any nation such churning of thoughts are must...All that's evil is evil...all that's bad is bad…all that's truth is truth...What that suits the politicians is good and truth for them...The common man is waiting with aspiration...with expectation...Anastasia well written article...always so informative...

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By Anastasia on September 23, 2012 at 05:13 pm

Melanie, the right one I hope. :-)

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By Anastasia on September 23, 2012 at 05:15 pm

Randy, thanks. Yes, these things need to be said. The state acts like a voracious weed. If unchecked it will strangle all good growth.

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By Anastasia on September 23, 2012 at 05:16 pm

John, I also hope it wakes people up. :-)

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By Anastasia on September 23, 2012 at 05:17 pm

IMRH, no, I did not know that. On the subject of Muslim hostility watch this space. :-)

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By Anastasia on September 23, 2012 at 05:18 pm

Uttam, your support is always appreciated.

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By Agit8r on September 23, 2012 at 09:51 pm

As I've said elsewhere, it isn't shocking. You can turn on talk radio any day of the week and hear the same rubbish.

The thing about it is, it is factually inaccurate. The percentage of tax returns nationwide that pay no tax is just under 35%. Now let's compare the percentage in the five most conservative states

Utah: 38.3

South Carolina: 38.8%

Alabama: 40.3%

Georgia: 42.5%

Mississippi: 44.5%

...and the percentage in the five most liberal states:

Vermont: 30.4%

Washington: 29.0%

Maryland: 28.2%

Connecticut 26.6%

Massachusettes: 26.3%

if one wants to count D.C. as a state: 27.0%

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By Tiffany Sanders on September 25, 2012 at 02:58 pm

"Almost half of Americans receive government doles and pay no income tax"

Can you provide support for this statement? Even Romney didn't make this claim, so I'm curious about the source for your statistics on the "almost half of Americans" who "receive government doles" and what sort of public benefits they are receiving.

@Agit8r: I'm sure you realize that there are people (for instance, those with no income at all) who aren't required to file tax returns; there are also many who simply don't do it, and haven't been pursued to catch up the recordkeeping because they owe no taxes. Therefore, the fact that this assertion doesn't match the % of returns filed without paying taxes doesn't mean that it's not accurate--those are two different figures.

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By Anastasia on September 25, 2012 at 05:13 pm

Americans’ self-reliability has been decreasing as eligibility for Medicaid, food stamps, earned income tax credit, work pay tax credit and unemployment benefits have broadened since 2009 to allow more US citizens to enjoy them.

More than half of the US population – 165 million of 308 million Americans – is now dependent on the state in some form. Of these, 107 million Americans rely on government welfare, 46 million seniors collect Medicare and there are 22 million government employees.

The number of Americans on welfare have increased from 97 million to 107 million since President Obama took office, according to research by Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions. The number of Americans on food stamps during the president’s term has risen by more than 14 million.

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By Anastasia on September 25, 2012 at 05:14 pm

Agit, you can have the same response I gave you on BC. :-)

There is far, far too narrow a focus here. Romney’s speech writers may be no more skilled than those of Barack ‘You Did not Build Your Business’ Obama, or they may have a very week grasp of statistics. The point is that a large and growing proportion of the American electorate is dependent on the state, people who form a captive constituency, people who will vote for the incumbent no matter what. This is not good for America and it’s not good for democracy. The States is moving towards forms of welfare dependency that have blighted large parts of Europe.

Take a city like Glasgow in the United Kingdom. I do not think the city has ever voted anything but Labour, or at least not in living memory. Yet conditions are deplorable. Many of the inhabitants live in the most dreadful housing projects. Unemployment works its way down the generations. People have a life expectancy lower than parts of the Third World. But they are locked into welfare dependency; they dare not look for any other path. This is a mockery of life. Is this what you want; is this your future?

Incidentally there is more than forty-seven percent in Romney’s talk.

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