I’m having a little trouble with this Mitt Romney. He seems to think that the Obama administration has failed to improve a bad economy. Romney echoes the sentiments that the Republicans have embraced for the past few years; he maintains that our economy is worse now than before. Does anyone remember the situation before the new president took office? We in America were in panic mode. The depression was as bleak as a depression gets, and headed for bleaker. The stock market had stalled, and when you thought it couldn’t get worse, it did. There were no jobs. The adhustable rate mortgages had put everyone, and that includes mom and pop, in well over their heads. And nothing could be done.
What do we see before us, today? The economy is on a fast track, despite ongoing wars in oil producing countries. The Suez Canal is safe, and the oil producing nations have taken steps that aid American need. The stock market is well back and a safe investment. Automakers have made improvements, and seen improvement. Technology is always moved by new ideas, new products. The ideas are being fostered. Stocks have climbed, and will continue to climb. Job availability has increased; change takes time, it doesn’t happen overnight. The health care industry has taken steps to pursue an American dream; this in spite of the overwhelming obstructionism of the Republicans during the first half of the Obama administration. President Obama and his administration have worked long and hard to form economic alliances, particularly with China; change takes time. Shortcuts and schemes won’t help in the long run.
Mitt Romney calls Obama, who speaks mildly from a position of strength, “apologetic;” it was Barack Obama who said, speaking of the student uprisings in Africa and the Middle East, and of America’s role in those uprisings, that we in America support political and economic reform there. He says that such support is a top priority, and will be translated into concrete action. We shall support transitions to democracy. He says we will end corruption, red tape, and patronage that unfairly distribute wealth, and we will help governments who recognize a common cause. These are not the words of one who apologizes, or one who stands idly by. In Obama’s administration, the closest thing we find to an apology comes in his recent remarks about Tunis and Cairo, when he said, “… and there will be times when our short term interests do not align perfectly with our long term vision of the region. But we can – and will – speak out for a set of core principles. …” As I see it, that’s darned good.
Do we remember how the world population felt about America in those dreadful days during and following the G.W.Bush years? They saw that we were the kind of headstrong expansionists who rained artillery fire on countries that have done little to warrant our destruction. We take over their governments, and install “democratized” agents who are responsive to our needs. In Iraq, we couldn’t understand why, though we told the people of the conquered land that they were better off, when we looked away, the conquered were fighting to return to the old and familiar ways.
We tortured our prisoners. When the Iraqi captured young and attractive Private Lynch, we were pleased to find she was in good hands, receiving proper medical attention. But when we captured “insurgents,” dissatisfied citizens fighting for their culture, we held them indefinitely. Those accused of serious crime saw the pain of waterboarding. The Asian world had one unifying element; a growing hatred for America.
Gradually we are winning back the respect and friendship of the Arab nations. We are at a point where the Iranian-centered alliance is unlikely to wage a war; even our enemies respect the way the newly awakened freedom fighters of the world have been addressed by the even-handed Obama. Could any conservative Republican have handled these student outbreaks so well? Many of the Republicans are and have been preoccupied with a show of strength. Never has the big stick been waved any higher, or any more threateningly.
Mitt Romney has done a magnificent job of staying within the limited scope of the Republican platform. That platform is merely this: “The new president, Obama, couldn’t possibly do anything right. Whatever he does is painfully foolish, and we must overthrow this man, remove him from the comfort of the White House. Romney, as do so many Republicans, courts the gun lobby, and the corporate lobby, the Limbaugh, Beck, Heritage People, as if there were no tomorrow.
When we see China moving with wisdom and dignity, we see hope for a great new age; when Mitt and the Republicans see China making strides to be among or before the world’s leaders, this presents the conservatives with an excuse to spend today’s money on tomorrow’s weapon systems. Obama has worked with the United Nations to install new protective systems in Europe and Asia; the Republicans would order new ships from the ship makers, and persuade the American voter that we need star wars capacity. A decentralized nation with less government oversight is hardly going to save enough American dollars to wage new wars and establish weapons in the sky.
If it weren’t dangerous, and substandard, Romney’s opening ploy in New Hampshire would only be really very annoying!