Differences between Republican party ultra conservatives and old school moderates have divided the otherwise loyal base; creating a gender and philosophical gap that could possibly lose them the election. Mitt Romney‘s policy both foreign and domestic coupled with his flip-flopping and neo-conservative views on social issues will definitely lose him the election.
Playing to the sound of Tea Party extremism during the republican primaries, Romney said he would eliminate Obama care, fashioned after his own healthcare plan in Massachusetts. He beat his chest with pride explaining why the rich should pay fewer taxes and how 47 percent of Americans were taking advantage of entitlements they didn’t deserve. With a broad conceited smile on his face he vowed to eliminate government loans for college students to get an education. He pompously advised our future gas station attendants of America to “get a loan from their parents” if they wanted to join his list of elitist at Harvard.
He accused President Obama of being weak on defense and foreign policy. Romney, suggested we build 300 new ships for our Navy to cruise the open seas. Of course, they would build the ships in Virgina, a swing state. Obama reminded him we don’t need more ships in modern warfare, no more than we need more horses and bayonet’s used in the civil war.
Rather than using diplomacy dealing with the revolution in Syria, Romney would have us show our strength and force to resolve the crisis. When President Obama toured the Middle-East to meet with Arab, Muslim and Jewish leaders to resolve the Iranian nuclear weapon issue, Romney called it “Obama’s apology tour.” Reflecting his belief and ministry in his Mormon faith, he said as President, he would deny women their individual rights and close access to health care that could save their lives.
After he garnered the nomination, Romney started singing a slightly different tune to the moderates in his party. Hoping to gain the support of independents and democrats, rhetorical “Romnesia” conveniently clouded political waters. Like a slick car salesman, he began applying the snake oil of deceit on the minds of undecided voters.
Now, one week before the election, Romney has moved to the middle, suggesting he supports Obamacare with amendments. Now, he supports PELL grants for college students. Now, he agrees with most of the points Obama made on foreign policy during the debate.
Are we better off now than we were fours ago? Individually, some of us aren’t. But collectively we are getting better. Last quarter the GDP jumped to 2 percent. New housing starts are increasing. Despite the Republican Congress holding up Obama’s Job Act for a year, unemployment fell below 8 percent, keeping up with our increase in population. Once we withdraw from Afghanistan next year, we can begin reducing our $ trillions in debt, largely due to Republican legislators and President G.W. Bush’s private war for oil in Iraq.
Colin Powell, a republican and former secretary of state and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under the Bush Administration; knowing first hand about Republican lies in the White House, has endorsed President Obama. He said, “there’s some very, very strong neo-conservative views that are presented by the Governor (Romney) that I have some trouble with.” Sounds good to me.
David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist.