Can’t shake the devil’s hand and say you’re only kidding

I’ve been paying a lot of attention to this latest incarnation of the Romney campaign. Mitt has shed his “sever conservative” mask, and is being his “true” moderate self.

The thing is, we actually have some perspective here. We are looking at a man who told us that he is a staunch conservative, having had several changes-of-heart since his time as Governor, though he has claimed he was a “sever conservative” as governor. He claimed that he would do away with Healthcare reform and reproductive rights. Now, he says that he likes a lot of what healthcare reform does, just not how it does it. Only, his staff comes in behind him and says that he really doesn’t. He said, last week, that he hadn’t seen a single piece of legislation restricting abortion that he would sign. It took an hour for his campaign to “remind” him of which bills he liked. Even now, when he will say moderate things on camera, his campaign is right behind him issuing corrections that undo most of his revisions.

Let’s imagine, though, that Mitt really is a moderate at heart.

He was willing to say all kinds of oppressive and hurtful things to butter-up donors and woo the far right. He clearly is willing to play politics in order to win the nomination. He made an issue of the need for safe, legal abortion in his bid for the Senate in 1994 and that he would “preserve and protect a woman’s right to choose” in his gubernatorial bid. Now, he claims to have come to a realization that his mother was wrong, that he was wrong, and that abortion is bad and the government should stop them all from happening. Except for cases of rape, maybe. Except that, as I pointed out above, he hasn’t seen anything he could support in congress, except that he previously said that he had.  Don’t worry, though, because his staff corrected him on that. Quietly. To a friendly reporter.

Mr Romney might really be a moderate. If so, surely he will show that to us now that he has locked up the nomination. Surely, he will just be himself, unless he doesn’t think we’ll vote for the real Mitt, in which case, he’ll clearly say anything to get our vote. But if he is a real moderate, then we’ll see that when he takes office, except that he’ll want to play to the base to help win 9or possibly keep) the GOP in charge of Congress in 2014. Then, he’ll be running for reelection. Then 2018 midterms. So, just maybe, we would see the real Mitt in 2019, before the 2020 election. What damage will have been done by then?

So, I reject the idea that Mitt is a conservative or a moderate. Mitt Romney is a spoiled brat with entitlement issues. He wants to be president, because (like the last Republican in the Oval Office) he has daddy issues that can only be resolved by winning where his father failed. Besides, his church REALLY wants a Mormon President (of the US, not the actual Mormon President/Pope guy).

In short, Mitt Romney has no character and no class. I could not vote for him if Rosanne were the only other viable candidate. I’d sooner vote in another 4 years of Reagan, or better yet, Bush Sr. Mitt is willing to do anything to gain the power of the Office of the President, and that is exactly the kind of person who should be denied that power at all costs.

Dear Ann Romney: Re: Legally Required

Mrs Romney,

I would like to tell you that no one expects to catch your family breaking any laws. I, for one, am pretty sure that if your husband has ever worked hard at anything, it was to make sure that your fortune is free of any legal entanglements. That is not what the American people care about.

The problem is that what is legal is not always what is right or what is fair. I am certain that all of the off-shore accounts and shell corporations, the blind trusts and the retroactive retirements are legal, by the book. It doesn’t stop me from finding them creepy or unfair to the rest of the nation.

We want to see a man run for office who is willing to own up, not just to what is legal, but to what is right. We want a person who will lead, not in an effort to minimize the greatness of what America can achieve when we work together, but in an effort to promote the General Welfare (a phrase that I hope you are familiar with).

Taxes are a duty and a responsibility. They pay for national parks, infrastructure, defense, and, yes, social safety nets that keep our working class seniors from living on cat food. Just like military service looks good and public office looks good, paying taxes looks good. Just like jury duty and voting are responsibilities, paying taxes is a responsibility. Of course there are ways to get out each of  them legally, but we don’t want someone who does only what is legal. We want someone who invests in America with their time, their money, and their whole heart.

No one expects to catch you doing anything illegal. What we expect to see in a candidate is someone who has not gone to great effort to avoid investing in the government he hopes to lead. What I honestly expect to see here is someone who has made every effort to limit his responsibility to our nation. We know he’s done everything legally; we want to see just how hard he has worked to abuse the laws and loopholes to limit his “tax burden”.

This isn’t about what is merely legal. This is about what is the right direction for the country. We want a man who has done what he can to make it better for as many Americans as possible. What we are seeing is someone whose primary concern has always been hisself, or at most his family. That’s acceptable in a private citizen. The President of the United States has to have bigger, broader priorities.

Why Mitt Romney as nominee is the best thing in American Politics:

“I can’t imagine that he’s going to interject the Mormon religion into the way he governs.”

“…you don’t have Jesus running against someone else. You have Obama running against Romney.”

These are not the words of a Washington insider, trying to convince evangelicals that Mitt can still be their guy. These are direct quotes from Pat Robertson on his own soap box, The 700 Club. Evangelicals are now being forced to deal with the fact that the President of the United States of America is not a religious official or a church appointee.

Don’t get me wrong: I want Romney to loose badly. I want his defeat to be monumental, to crush the current leadership of the GOP and drag them back to the middle where we can actually get something done for the American people. I know that he is a man who has built a career on bad public policy, and being more then willing to follow money and votes in his political stances. I know that his church teaches things about US and world history that make my stomach churn, and I fear for the country if he injects any of those teachings into educational policy. But, Like Robertson, I don’t think he’ll do that. I think that Mitt Romney will keep his faith private more than any other Republican President since Roosevelt.

He’s already trying to hide his faith behind generalities and concessionary language:

“People of different faiths, like yours and mine, sometimes wonder where we can meet in common purpose, when there are so many differences in creed and theology,” Romney said. “Surely the answer is that we can meet in service, in shared moral convictions about our nation stemming from a common worldview.”

So, it is in 2012, 32 years after Reagan’s embrace of the so-called Religious Right that the new GOP is forced to admit that American politics is bigger and more important than arguments about the person of Jesus, as long as we agree on the personhood of Chase, ” a leading global financial services firm”.

Nothing could have put their platform into to clearer focus than having to accept a unitarian from a sci-fi religion as their nominee in order to insure that corporations are allowed to spend more than individuals on elections and never have to pay a reasonable amount in federal taxes. Meanwhile, the poor go unfed, then sick go untreated, and the weak go unpsoken for. The GOP rejection of the actual message of Jesus couldn’t get much more complete. Maybe now we can start arguing about things that politics can actually fix.