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Romney Will Carry On in the Spirit of Bush/Cheney

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The Republicans are nothing if not consistent. It was surprising to many Americans to hear the hawk, John McCain, sing his battle chant, “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” in 2007. It was more surprising several years later, when those of us who assumed he would be contrite over such irresponsible speech, to hear him continue with the “Bomb” chant.

The Republicans’ primary thrust these last several years has been to convey to voters that America is strong!! America can lick anyone anywhere; the strongest country in the world. The Republicans know that the average trusting American will respond to that macho creed. Never mind that the sole rationale for going forward with the bombing of Iran is the flaming rhetoric of Ahmadinejad. Words are the crime, destruction will be the price. We don’t consider that Ahmadinejad, like the American lawmakers, has to present a figure to hold the attention of the Iranian people. Ahmadinejad like the rest of us has to keep his job. Ahmadinejad is a cryptic speaker and rhetoric is rhetoric.

The Iranian president has made the point that since many of the powerful nations of the world have nuclear generators for their cities, clearly the modern state of Iran should have that capacity. The modern nations such as America make no bones about having modern generators, and modern weapons, yet insist that other nations be forcefully prevented from having the same luxury. America is willing to kill thousands or hundreds of thousands of innocent Iranian citizens to prevent that nation from having what we take for granted. And the cause for the cry to bomb Iran is based solely on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric.

It was George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney, the Halliburton boys, who insisted we make a preemptive strike on Iraq. These profiteers ignored all the evidence and went forward with the killing and destruction. Inspectors on the ground in Iraq were granted full authority to search anywhere in Iraq. Joe Wilson investigated the idea put forth by Bush that Iraq was purchasing enriched uranium from Africa. Although he established in his work with the CIA that that suspicion was baseless, Bush nevertheless told the American people that the threat was great, and a strike was necessary. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died defending their homes and culture.

One would think we might learn from these horrific past events. Mitt Romney is determined to maintain the exact same course. He supports a unilateral military strike against Iran. He won’t stand-by, he declares to the crowd in Israel, while the “Ayatollahs in Tehran” threaten to wipe the Jewish state off the map. The media in America has on occasion shown us views of Ahmadinejad making inspection of a modern nuclear reactor for the production of energy in Iran, and they suggest that bombs are being made.

It is of paramount importance, Romney believes, to give his full and complete support to the state of Israel. He ignores any rights of existence to the people in Palestine. This is completely out of sync with the Obama plan of respecting both nations, and trying to work out an accord that will satisfy everyone, and bring peace to the holy land.

Romney after many years of the same hostility continues to be “strong.” Bullies are strong until they take a beating. Then they mature, and hopefully begin to think. Romney would take on the entire Muslim world, and have no concerns about servicemen who will die, citizens of nations with a culture different from ours who will die. And lastly, he has no concern about the Muslim capacity to wage war on the continental United States, and possibly find weapons that will bring an end to our great era. America will spend billions, kill thousands, and be strong!

Romney sees the politics; he is blind to the physical realities of a world broken through hatred. We have to wonder how the Republicans can be so indifferent. How can they be so detached from reality? These are the same Republics who have stood shoulder to shoulder to obstruct every domestic program the president has proposed; and they remarkably have maintained that stand for four years!

Romney began his presidential campaign by insulting the English. He continues by insulting the Muslims, and Palestine. He tosses about remarks about Hezbollah, and Hamas, without even a semi-scholarly insight as to what those groups are about. Or what our enemies might be capable of. We continue to force our Christian/Judaic tradition, and our American culture on those who deeply hold alternative beliefs, and we don’t consider that they might have a real cause for which they are fighting.
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The Republican party of today is not the party it was in years past. The GOP freely admits they are governing not for people, but for corporations. Some of these corporations are foreign held. Profit is the motive. Patriotism such as James Stewart defined in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a forgotten emotion. The average American is yet unaware of that loss. It has been said that “Once, to every man, and nation, comes a moment to decide.” Now may be that moment for the “Good ol’ USA.”

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  • Igor

    I guess Romney wants to gather together a posse and go after Iran. Much like he gathered a posse to go after John Lauber and cut his hair off.

    Mitt Romney is a Bully.

  • Igor

    Romney should draft the US militia as his posse for going after Iran. You know, the Militia who have self-identified by buying guns, rifles, assault guns, etc., in compliance with the 2nd amendment, which clearly states:

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    We should all be so happy that so many people have volunteered for this dangerous militia duty, and have also provided their own weapons! They truly are Great Patriots.

    Thanks guys! We’ll all be somber when your deaths are announced on the evening news. Perhaps wipe away a vagrant tear or two.

    Perhaps, when the Great Glorious Iran Invasion is over we’ll hire a Chinese sculptor to erect a black granite obelisk on which these patriotic observations of Wilfred Owen will be engraved:

    It’s Sweet and Beautiful to die for your Homeland

    DULCE ET DECORUM EST

    Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
    Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
    Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
    And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
    Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
    But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
    Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
    Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
    Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! — An ecstasy of fumbling,
    Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
    But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
    And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime . . .
    Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
    As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
    In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
    He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
    If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
    Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
    And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
    His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
    If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
    Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
    Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
    Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
    My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
    To children ardent for some desperate glory,
    The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
    Pro patria mori.

  • Clav

    It’s Sweet and Beautiful to die for your Homeland

    But first, there has to be a homeland…

  • Glenn Contrarian

    “”A well REGULATED Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.””

    Somehow they never seem to see the word “regulated”. All they seem to recognize is the “shall not be infringed” part.

    But it doesn’t matter anyway since we can literally print our own assault rifles now. All that’s needed are the 3D printer (less than $2K now), the material (@ $30), and the program containing the schematics (surely soon to be available at an internet connection near you).

  • Les Slater

    I wouldn’t put too much credence in a candidate’s rhetoric. The constraints are much greater than their naive wishes.

  • Igor

    Here’s more on the ”militia’, vis a vis the Constitution:

    Article II:

    Section 2 – Civilian Power over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments

    The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia

    ———————-

    Amendment 2 – Right to Bear Arms. Ratified 12/15/1791.

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    ———————————

    Section 8 – Powers of Congress

    The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

    To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

    To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

    Send all the gun owners to Iran to fight!

  • Igor

    It looks like Romney capitalised Bain Capital with blood money from Central American death squads.


    allenged Romney seeded Bain – with death squad family spoils

    Posted: Aug 9th, 2012 – 11:25 am

    Sporting a crisply starched, long-sleeved Cuban guayabera atop prestigious LDS “endowment” undergarments (literally signaling his “Annointed One” persona) while on an overt Latino community pander mission, Mitt revisited fertile fundraising grounds, where he had made well documented lucrative deals with despotic El Salvadoran death squad financiers back in the early 80s. According to “The Real Romney” author, Harry Strachan, Mitt had been worried about possible ties the Salaverria, Poma, de Sola and Dueñas families had to “illegal drug money or right-wing death squads,” but not enough to stop him from accepting over $9 mil in 1984, a sizeable chunk of Bain’s original “outside funding.”

    At a 2007 presidential campaign fundraiser, Romney admitted, “I owe a great deal to Americans of Latin American descent,” then did a little name-dropping while listing his original Bain “partners,” including, “Ricardo Poma, Miguel Dueñas, Pancho Soler, Frank Kardonski, and Diego Ribadeneira,” and giving a shout out to de Sola and Salaverria founding families as well. These same “friends” continue their Bain investments to this day and, as recently as May, participated in investor board meetings. Naturally, the company cites “confidentiality” issues when declining to provide specifics, but insists it doesn’t take in blood money. Not so fast.

    The death squad connections were thoroughly examined in 1994 by the Boston Globe, and again in 1999 by the Salt Lake Tribune. The Tribune reports, “By 1984, the media had thoroughly exposed connections between the death squads and the Salvadoran oligarchy, including the families that invested with Romney. The sitting U.S. ambassador to El Salvador charged that several families, including at least one that invested with Bain, were living in Miami and directly funding death squads. Even by 1981, El Salvador’s elite, largely relocated to Miami, were so angered by the public perception that they were financing death squads that they reached out to the media to make their case. The two men put forward to represent the oligarchs were both from families that would invest in Bain three years later. The most cursory review of their backgrounds would have turned up the ties.”

    El Salvador’s civil war torturous death squad mass murders racked up 75,000 fatalities between 1979 and 1992 (including the assassination of Catholic priests). Human rights publications began condemning their activities as early as 1982 and by the early 90s, 85% of these had been attributed to right-wing political parties with whom these families had documented ties. In 1984, US ambassador Robert White testified in a congressional hearing about his knowledge of two Salaverria family members involvement with death squad activities that dated back to 1981 while resisting land reforms. The de Solas and Pomas were heavy contributors to the winger ARENA death squad party. Virtually all Bain “family ties” to the atrocities have been confirmed, leaving us all to wonder just how much of Bain’s other “outside investors” funneled blood money into the coffers, not to mention why they continue to maintain such a low bar of ethical standards set by its founder back in the day.

    For those eager to attack the veracity of the claims and portray them as a phoney lib outrage that’s “no biggie,” end comments sections from one article I read elicited nearly 26,000 entries in 10 hours. On the other hand, no one is expecting Bain to be anymore forthcoming with exposing its entrepreneurial exsanguintors than its former CEO has been with his tax return disclosures, once again leaving this field of factual inquiry open to wild voter speculation and imaginations running amok.

  • Clav

    No attribution, Igor? Did you make it up yourself?

  • Igor

    I lost the original attribution, somehow, but this has been widely reported on. For example:

    KWCH TV

    CommonDreams

    Salon

  • Anne Frank

    Your take on McCain and Romney is on the money, but your suggestion that Obomber has any respect for the rights of the Palestinian people is merely silly, and totally at variance with the facts, even as he now sends billions to the Israeli military, subsidizes terrorists to destroy all governments friendly to the Palestinian people, imposes economic sanctions on Iran, and embargos Hezbollah as a “terrorist” organization. Obomber is to the Muslims and Christians of Palestine as Hitler was to the Jews of Poland.