The Presidential Election 2012: Looking Back

The 2016 election is on the horizon, but sometimes it is good to look back at previous years. During the 2012 campaign, I endeavored to take a break from political commentary because it never really does anyone any good, but I had to comment on the cheer-leading I read about Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Here is what I thought during the 2012 campaign:

During the last four years anyone who remotely supports Obama has been called an Obamabot, or how we revere Obama like Jesus, but I guess all these generalizations go out the window when it comes to Romney and company. Personally, I did not get the appeal of Romney's use of paternal language talking about how he has five sons and "knows" Obama is lying about his wanting to cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans, which those who have done their research all know he does plan on cutting corporate tax records. Flip-flopping will not get you out of this one. However, the weird defenses and cheer-leading for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan seem very surreal to me.

How Dare A Reporter Question Ryan

You know the real media is supposed to be watchdogs of the government, and Paul Ryan complaining about an unfair question thrown his way during the election is a bit disconcerting. Now we hear that Ryan thinks that interview questions should be scripted, and I find that to be censorship.

He does not want to address how he wants to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans but claims he is in support of after-school programs for kids. Ryan is in favor of cutting many domestic programs that help Americans because he is allegedly supposedly, all about prosperity for our people. This prosperity comes at a cost, and he will not be losing sleep at night if inner city kids have less funding for programs such as Head Start. Well, Ryan is in support of after school programs for kids that do not require our taxpayer dollars, and are religious based. The secular-minded people are out of luck if they want to send their kids to Head Start or Girls and Boys Club, which happen to receive some federal funding. Ryan would love to cut even more aid from federally funded programs like Head Start and Girls and Boys Club, but he is not worried about this. Of course, talk about starting a new war with Iran is definitely on the agenda, and Romney and Ryan have talked a lot about how they see war as inevitable. No camp David Accords or Clinton Peace talks on their watch.

Romney Talks Too Much About War

Not sure why the interventionist pro-Romney crowd think thus, but I guess they have never watched documentaries on refugees and displacements of populations. I suppose they have not read the studies or met the homeless veterans who are psychologically scarred by war. I even had a few pro-war people tell me how peachy it would be to increase our military expenditures, but how welfare recipients are draining our economy. Never mind that in a civilized international community we take care of our own people, and actually take into consideration the interests and rights of other countries. So many Americans are tired of military intervention everywhere, and talk about how they want to cut a teacher's salary here. You just cannot make those arguments anymore as we have caught you on it. There is this thing called YouTube, and a lot of us to do rely on the regular news to get our info.

I really do not even take these musings seriously as it seems all the Romney and Ryan supporters are over protective of their candidates, by will attack Obama at all angles. Some are talking about what a great Catholic Ryan is, and others are using swear words and derogatory put-downs for anyone who thinks a reporter should not just throw Ryan softballs.I hate to break it to you, but Ryan is not my priest or rabbi, and I do not care about his religion as it has no place in government. Actually, if you keep telling me what a good Catholic he is and knowing he was to cut family planning services for women, I am going to see him as mixing religion with politics, which is a no-no per our Constitution.

I pretty much ignored the Republican debates, but I heard some comments from Ron Paul made on the Jay Leno show about how Michelle Bachman does not like Muslim people. That was enough to make me not want to watch those debates, and even watching Romney flip flopping and interrupting at the debate with Obama was not my cup of tea. At that moment I had the urge to scrub my bathtub as I knew it would be much more stimulating, truly.

I really do not think brash people win debates, and I still found many articulate points Obama made during his contributions to the first presidential debate. However, I want to see Obama be harder on Romney next debate, and point on his outsourcing. Ryan and Romney do not have my best interests in mind, or most average Americans best interests for that manner, and many of us are not their groupies. Swear words and putting his detractors "in their place" will not win people over to your side. Usually the more surreal and emotional the verbiage, the more bonkers and unrealistic the presidential and vice presidential candidate. Ryan and Romney take the cake, as there were actually things I liked about John McCain. Sarah Palin was a bit over the top, but John McCain himself actually made a few good moderate points. That Republican party has gone farther to the right, and even though I was never a conservative, it was much easier to perhaps find common ground with them twenty years ago. Now it is all about playing by their rules. Obama needs to stop trying to find common ground with these people as they think they know everything.

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Woody Marx 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I was disappointed in Obama's 'performance' at the debate, but I put it down to his being distracted by missing the chance to celebrate his wedding anniversary (as Saturday Night Live illustrated on the weekend.) Romney was masterful and convincing in some ways and showed America that he's not the stuffed shirt they took him for.

But in the end I hope that he does not succeed in his bid, as he is too one-sided in his outlook by over-looking the needs of Americans who, without help by way of government, would fall through the cracks and be trampled under the feet of the rich who, let's face it, didn't get rich by being civic-minded and compassionate but rather through raw ambition, cut-throat tactics, and all the baggage that goes with 'getting to the top of the heap'. Nature has no scruples in it's will to survive at any cost and neither really do the wealthy who are nothing less than the predators in the jungle of human society.

Someone must stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves and people like Bill Clinton and Obama are those kind of souls we need in greater numbers in the U.S.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Actually having followed Mitt Romney's statements for the last two years I just found him to be flip flopping. I suppose some found it a great performance, but he is also brash and interrupting, which I suppose brought back memories of loud Republican men that would never let you get a word in edge wise.

It has come to the point now that a lot of Romney and Ryan fans are very protective of him. Romney used to be a moderate politician, but now he is morphed himself into a very conservative one to woo the Republican party. Romney probably never really cared much about working families, I mean when he worked with Bain his main job was outsourcing. Ryan is on a mission to cut everything and anything in our domestic budget, and he thinks going to war is really cool.

I actually read some Republicans saying how America should be involved in other countries militarily, and how that is a good thing. It seems with this new brand of Republicans under Ryan and Romney there are no need to look at facts, like how war drains the budget, or displaces and kills people. It is all about jingoism and thinking might is right.

I am probably even left of Obama on this one and bit more in line with Jill Stein. I am tired of the foreign wars that have no end, the drain to our economy, but how there is money for this, but no money for public schools or paying teachers a decent salary.

I remember having a pen pal from Norway in junior high that spoke English as good as most Americans, and wrote it better. She also spoke several languages, and her class wrote me a letter about how they wanted to learn more about English, and hoped their use of the language was up to par. It was just a bit embarrassing seeing the comparison in California how people wanted to eradicate Spanish completely in those days, and emphasis English only in schools. I just thought wow in other countries being multilingual and educated is valued, and here in the US they just talk about cutting public education.

A lot of that has changed in many circles here with people realizing Europeans are doing something right education wise, but there are still many people who hold on the the old narrow minded views.


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VioletSun 3 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Julia, Very well expressed hub. Thank you. I am not political at all, but... when I started to listen to Romney, he reminded me of Bush at his worst and it scared me! So, I have been supporting the Obama campaign with contributions. I also hope Obama is more forceful in the next debate.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Marie,

You are probably smart to stay away from politics for the most part. I try to ignore it, but I have to speak up when I see the outright flip flopping and censorship Romney and Ryan would impose. Right now they are still mocking a reporter who simply asked Ryan how he plans on subsidizing after-school programs in low income areas when he wants to make tax cuts for the wealthy, and cut domestic spending. It seems as if any reporter who asks Ryan a question is out of line, and now we have government officials telling us what we should think. It sounds very 1984 to me.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Well written hub. Romney is a flip flopper. How do we know what he says is true and what is not? Well, to be fair and true, both sides have bothered me. But, Paul Ryan bothers me the most. To be honest, I really don't like any of them very much. But, who is the worst liar? Mitt Romney is not a very good liar, but Paul Ryan, for some reason, he really bothers me.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I am not Republican, but the Romney of several years ago actually seemed more moderate and likable to me. He is a classic flip flopping politician, but I find it a bit freaky that he picked Ryan to placate people, and he seems like a loose cannon to me. Everyone thought Dick Cheney was had wander lust for war, well Ryan seems like him is even more so. Ryan also wants to make a lot of serious cuts to programs that Americans have paid into, calling these entitlements. The only plus out of their presidency would be the good comedy material. I have always had a penchant for political comedy, such as Not Necessarily The News.


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VioletSun 3 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I watched the debate tonight and didn't like the question on religion. It seemed out of place. Oh, well.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Marie,

I did not like that question either. It seems like people forget we live in a secular society. Joe Biden did not seem as comfortable talking about religion at a political debate, and that question was entirely out of place. I do not want to know about the religion of a politician, and the less we know the better.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

I watched it also and agree with both of you. We need a Separation of Church and State. It seems to me, that someone's religion should not affect legislation. Ryan even admitted it that is does. Because he is a Catholic, his religion is going to effect his choices if he becomes VP or ever becomes President. Of course they talked about abortion and Paul Ryan told us it was wrong, and why it was wrong. What I thought was interesting, was that Joe Biden did not say to Paul Ryan " Judge not lest ye be judged". Sorry couldn't help myself.

Paul Ryan was very judgemental towards women have to have abortion. Also Planned Parenthood is going to lose funding, but is abortion the only thing they ever even talk to people about? No, in actuality, they would save Romney money. Birth control, even if he does not want to fund it, would save him a lot of money.

Ok, I am going to shut up now.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Very good points Michele! I was getting a be Very irritated with the election a few days ago, so I had to take a few days off to bake and work on my writing. I just thought the whole religion question was out of place at a vp debate. Abortions are on 3% of what they do at Planned Parenthood, but it is beginning to feel like Ryan and a lot of his supporters are very old school, and think birth control is akin to abortion. That is just ridiculous.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

Wonderful hub. I have to agree with VioletSun, Romney reminded me of Bush at his worst. I am pleased with how the election turned out.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi KofeeKlatchGals,

I am glad with how the election turned out as well, but I must admit I got really burned out after the fact. So I have gone back to my art projects and writing about those for a bit. There was just a great release when Romney did not win.

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