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Sat Oct 6, 2012, 09:59 AM

Romney: Slave To His Own Mendacious Appeal

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The way the lie about 'cooked' job numbers has been spread and adopted by Romney's surrogates and supporters is disturbing and alarming.

Listening to some of his supporters today on c-span and news accounts of the reaction to yesterday's 7.8% unemployment rate, I was struck by the way that even the ridiculousness of this lie about the Labor Dept. manipulating job numbers hasn't stopped his supporters from repeating it like it was gospel.

It's clear that there is no floor to the campaign of lies against Barack Obama. It's also clear that Mitt Romney is singularly the person most responsible for the proliferation of a blatant and demonstrably false accusation against a bipartisan department of career Labor Dept. employees. His supporters are simply following his lead in using outright lies as campaign rhetoric and attacks; even after they have been proven false beyond any reasonable doubt.

Romney certainly didn't invent campaign lies, but, he's made the practice of deliberate and repeated prevarication (even after being directly called on his distortions by an objective press) a standard in republican presidential politics.

Romney is pushing forward with his campaign of deliberate and encouraged distortions and lies -- with no apparent intention to even try and hew his rhetoric and campaign claims to the truth and facts. His advertising campaign has been an amazingly corrupt challenge to the press and others who normally seek to provide accountability to these election-season claims and attacks.

So far, the press has been remarkably responsive in pointing out the lies and distortions, but, there's really no mechanism of restitution or reprieve for the deliberate bull which has proven effective at confronting the candidate, penalizing him, and rehabilitating the reputation of his opponent. What we have now is a shameful dialog from the republican candidate and his right-wing supporters which is so personal -- so demeaning toward his Democratic rival -- that the standard of discourse among the supporting public threatens to descend into a free-for-all of character assassination and deliberate obfuscation. Heck, we have that right now.

I'm not a fan of Ayn Rand, but she made an interesting and relevant quote that, perhaps, Romney's partner Ryan's admiration for the writer might cause him to reflect on with a personal interest of his own:

“People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim," Rand wrote in her book, 'Atlas Shrugged.'

"What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked…The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all,” Rand wrote.

In the unlikely event that Romney actually managed to assume the presidency, after a campaign of deliberate and encouraged lies and distortions, he'd be resigned to a political landscape without the accountability that a well and properly informed electorate would provide to measure his own actions and conduct in office. That Labor Dept. he's allowing to be demeaned and slandered today would be his own; presenting job numbers in a Romney administration that would be marred and mostly ignored by a cynical public encouraged to distrust and reject the very product of the very government he propounds to lead.

For most of McCain's campaign against Barack Obama, the republican and his running-mate took great relish in distorting the record and character of their Democratic opponent. Their campaign also benefited from a deliberate campaign to characterize Barack Obama as someone who's values and intentions were, somehow, un-American and dangerous.

Much of that sentiment, deliberately proffered up from the actual republican campaign and candidates, still hangs around President Obama's neck today. Indeed, the Romney campaign has done what they could to capitalize on that sentiment among supporters, like one of their major promoters, Donald 'Birther' Trump.

Yet, one of the most edifying, and redeeming moments in the McCain campaign came from the candidate, himself, in a town hall appearance. A lady stood up and tried to insist that President Obama was an 'Arab' that she 'couldn't trust,' and was interrupted, corrected, and rebuked by John McCain in a profile in courage which I still appreciate greatly today.

At the risk of alienating a sizable number of his base supporters who had invested their opposition in many of the lurid and bigoted characterizations swirling around about Barack Obama, John McCain checked himself and told the woman (against a chorus of boos from the conservative audience), point blank:

"He is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared about as President of the United States. If I didn't think I would be one heck of a better president I wouldn't be running."

Older Woman: "I have read about him. He's an Arab".

"No, ma'am. No, ma'am. He's a decent, family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign is all about."

John McCain's campaign had already benefited from the deliberate character assassination of Barack Obama by his surrogates and supporters; yet, he couldn't continue to countenance a following which insisted on such divisive, false, and demeaning rhetoric that the lady had demonstrated in her opposition to his Democratic rival. McCain had an inner limit to the degradation of our public discourse which he refused to ignore or put aside to further his political ambition.

There is no apparent limit to Mitt Romney's ambition for the presidency. He sees no need to temper or reject the more extreme factions of his republican party in their character assassination of the president; or repudiate their deliberate lies and distortions about this Democratic president and the government Barack Obama oversees and manages.

Mitt Romney is short-sightedly 'condemning' himself (as Ayn Rand wrote) to 'faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked.' The government and country he would inherit, if elected, would certainly reflect that cynicism and prevarication that he bred into his supporters with his own unapologetic distortions and acquiescence to the deliberate lies from surrogates and supporters. He's surrendering to the 'blackest of destruction;' he's auguring to become a hapless 'slave' to his own mendacious appeal.

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bigtree Oct 2012 OP
WCGreen Oct 2012 #1
bigtree Oct 2012 #2
lunatica Oct 2012 #3
bigtree Oct 2012 #4
Tippy Oct 2012 #5
bigtree Oct 2012 #6
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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 10:20 AM

1. But followers actually believe the lies...

They have been conditioned for decades to disregard anything that comes out of the government and pointy headed liberals in New York City.

They have their own set of "facts" and will never waver from these notions.

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 10:32 AM

2. when I consider this, WC

I think all the way back to the institutionalized racism of the past and the year that schools were desegregated. In a story of one such school, folks recall that virtually ALL the parents pulled their kids out of the schools where the black students were allowed to attend, leaving these huge schools to just the handful of them. Despite the new laws and the federal government's enforcement, few minds were apparently changed.

Yet, instructively, the next year, the majority of those same white families returned their children to the desegregated schools and went on with their lives; ushering in succeeding generations who took the government's lead and accepted that their racism just wasn't the standard for America anymore.

All that effort took to succeed was leadership from the top. That's the type of leadership history demands from Romney and his ilk.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 11:00 AM

3. It makes me wonder if he has anything he holds too sacred to beshmirch

And yes, he is a slave to something that is vile. His own ambition for whatever it is drives him to have no limits to what he'll do.

I know he wants to be President, but I have no idea why, because his entire life has been about destroying things so he can gain whatever it is he wants. Maybe his ambition is to have more power than anyone else on the planet. What I don't understand is why. He certainly has no vision of a better planet. He thinks of the world and of people as being something to plunder. There doesn't seem to be even a modicum of self-sacrifice or of servitude towards humanity in him and he certainly doesn't seem to have an ounce of desire to leave a better world behind him when he dies.

And of late, when he's had to backtrack from his own statements he also shows no signs of embarrassment or contrition. There is no chagrin in him. None.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #3)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 11:35 AM

4. you're so right, lunatica

. . . there is NO recognition or remorse from Romney for ANY of the outrageous events and statements he and his campaign have orchestrated, encouraged, or are otherwise responsible for. Romney is a type who believes that his own ambitious end justifies ANY means.

Not 'even a modicum of self-sacrifice or of servitude towards humanity in him.'

Very well said!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 11:41 AM

5. He is a rich man with a forked tung

He has lied all his life, probably started when he entered school...I say that because his lies are so ovious...

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Response to Tippy (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 12:07 PM

6. I think you're right, Tippy. Romney's what we call an 'accomplished' liar

There's such an insular and oblivious nature to his lies, that I question his intellect and actual pursuit of knowledge outside of his fraternity; outside of his narrow, bigoted circle.

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Sat Oct 6, 2012, 12:52 PM

7. NBCFirstRead: Suspicion of polls, jobs numbers takes hold on right

Mike O'Brien ‏@mpoindc

Your weekender at @NBCFirstRead: Suspicion of polls, jobs numbers takes hold on right http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/06/14261841-suspicion-of-poll-jobs-numbers-takes-hold-on-right?lite

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Sat Oct 6, 2012, 02:54 PM

8. kick

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Sat Oct 6, 2012, 07:33 PM

9. kick

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