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Mitt Romney's Blatant Opportunism

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Mitt's disgraceful, hasty, erroneous, and gratuitous politicizing of the attacks on U S diplomats in Libya and Egypt show his true and ugly vacuity.

With his disgraceful comments regarding the Foreign Service and the Obama administration in the aftermath of the murder of American diplomats in Libya, Myth Romney revealed he is a rapid-response opportunist enfolded steeped in cynicism and smugly satisfied as such.

On Tuesday morning, the U.S. embassy in Cairo issued a statement which “condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims—as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.” This is a reasonable and absolutely true statement of American ideals and it had the intent of defusing the surge of anger that the Embassy saw in among the Egyptian populace over a disgusting Islamophobic video. A video being touted by the Muslim baiting

This statement is simply wrong factually, wrong politically, wrong as a matter of simple decency. He has bungled this badly, and is doubling down on the bungle.

1] Hours after the embassy statement is released, as the Wall Street Journal reports; protesters in Cairo breach the walls of the embassy and pull down the American flag.

2] The attacks in Libya — that were also launched well after the embassy statement — end in the tragic death of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. These diplomats died in service to our country. Their deaths are not a pretext for seeking political advantage or attacking one’s political rival.

3] Romney rushes out a statement calling it “disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

4] In the actual first U.S. response to the attacks, released about the same time as the Romney statement, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemns the violence in no uncertain terms:

“Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.”

The charge that any American president sympathizes with those who attack this country should not be made in the absence of sufficient, competent evidential matter. In this instance given the utter lack of any evidence whatsoever this is a charge that should not have been made at all.

Myth Romney, however, had others slithering out from under the rock with him:

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus sent out a message that read, "Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt.” How sad, how pathetic that Party of Lincoln is now chaired by a mental midget and a moral pygmy.

Prominent Republican stateswoman Sarah Palin wrote on Facebook, "We already know that President Obama likes to ‘speak softly’ to our enemies. If he doesn’t have a 'big stick' to carry, maybe it’s time for him to grow one." Is this a former vice presidential candidate of a major American political party or a mean girl?

Myth Romney, RNC Chairman Rancid Preibus, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, Romney’s main conduit to and cheerleader in Georgia, the Alaskan nitwit, and every other mad dog Obama hater who has made such scurrilous and unfounded statements with such unseemly haste should hang their heads in shame and beg forgiveness from the American people whose intelligence and sensibilities they so callously and routinely insult.

The remarks by Joseph N. Welch, head counsel for the United States Army, on June 9, 1954, to Joseph McCarthy regarding McCarthy’s accusations against Fred Fischer are pertinent and fully applicable here. They deserve to be quoted extensively and considered seriously.

“Until this moment, Senator, I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. Fred Fisher is a young man who went to the Harvard Law School and came into my firm and is starting what looks to be a brilliant career with us. Little did I dream you could be so reckless and so cruel as to do an injury to that lad. It is true he is still with Hale and Dorr. It is true that he will continue to be with Hale and Dorr. It is I regret to say, equally true that I fear he shall always bear a scar needlessly inflicted by you. If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty I would do so. I like to think I am a gentle man but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me.

When McCarthy tried to renew his attack, Welch interrupted him:

“Senator, may we not drop this? We know he belonged to the Lawyers Guild. Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator. You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

McCarthy tried to ask Welch another question about Fisher, and Welch cut him off:

“Mr. McCarthy, I will not discuss this further with you. You have sat within six feet of me and could have asked me about Fred Fisher. You have seen fit to bring it out. And if there is a God in Heaven it will do neither you nor your cause any good. I will not discuss it further.”

The gallery erupted in applause.

Myth Romney and the Repugnican Party which he nominally leads are the spiritual heirs of Joseph McCarthy and we must prove ourselves to be the spiritual heirs of Joseph N. Welch. The Republic we save, the national soul we redeem, the future we preserve, will be our own and those of our children.

As Leo Alkman sagely observed: “You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.” Myth Romney and the Repugnicans have actually told us all we need to know about them by what they have falsely and maliciously said about President Obama and all those serving in his administration. Persons of such low character and utter lack of integrity as they have shown themselves to be are unfit for any office or position of public trust under the United States.

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By John Nelson on September 14, 2012 at 04:15 pm

For four long years we've endured the Republican Party smearing everything about the Obama administration even to the point of falsehoods and lies. All this to try to distract us from the fact that is was Republican trickle down economic voodoo that left our economy is ashes and most of our 401(k) retirement accounts looted overnight.

We could forgive the Republican economic misgivings if they rolled up their sleeves and tried to fix the mess they created. Instead all they do is obstruct and demonize. No new ideas beyond the same claptrap that crashed our economy in the first place.

I think the Republicans need to be punished this November...It's the only way they'll change.

The Democrats are far from perfect, but the Republicans have gone rogue..... It's not the party of Eisenhower or Dole, Ford or HW Bush. It's the party of neo-conservative fascists.... What a shame. The old Republicans are the new Democrats. Much of Obama Care is actually the Republican healthcare reform plan of the 1990's.

It's the new direction of the Republican Party and their behavior over the last decade that really makes me think they should not regain power of any kind until they come back into the political center. We can't hand the reigns over to the Social Darwinist matter what.

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By Caballero_69 on September 14, 2012 at 09:00 pm

Thanks John. I agree - 1] 21st Republicans are not the party of Eisenhower, TR, Lincoln, or any credible American political leader. They are more similar to authoritarian Euporean political parties of neary 100 years ago; 2] their words and deeds make it clear, they should not be returned to power; 3] they need to be punished.

Thanks again!

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By Caballero_69 on September 14, 2012 at 09:00 pm

Thanks John. I agree - 1] 21st Republicans are not the party of Eisenhower, TR, Lincoln, or any credible American political leader. They are more similar to authoritarian Euporean political parties of neary 100 years ago; 2] their words and deeds make it clear, they should not be returned to power; 3] they need to be punished.

Thanks again!

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