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The Conservative Mindset: Mittwit III, Romney pulls the Trump Card
I offer apologies to my friends and followers as I have dropped from the face of the earth recently becoming semi-retired when once fully retired. I have missed reading many of your articles and commenting on their content. To ease the expense burden for my wife of relatively poor health, I have taken a part time gig with rather screwy work hours. I guess that ‘for better or for worse’ or in ‘sickness and in health’ are more than just idle words to me. I am going to creep back into the fray that I have missed so much. Thanks in advance for your forbearance. We are doing fine, and may your way be as pleasant. (June 2, 2012)
Now, back to the war….
I have thought much of this through, but is Donald Trump deliberately sabotaging the Mitt Romney campaign for president? Could it be that Trump is still ‘sore’ about Romney backing out of his sponsored debates last December? Is Mitt Romney, who I affectionately refer to as the Mitt-wit, so naïve as to not see the danger? The association with the ego maniac, racist (and he is a racist despite what he says), ‘shoot from the lip’ tongueslinger is not seen by Romney as a liability to his campaign? What is it that I and other members of minority groups see in this man? Romney is not in a position to write off votes from anyone. I would not look kindly at a Romney affiliation with David Duke or a resurrected George Wallace, for example. It is acceptable that the GOP stay on message within its ideological framework, but to antagonize is only going to drive people away where you otherwise might get through to a few with the GOP message. Not me, of course, but possibly many others. In that vast vacuum between Romney’s ears is there a chance that one brain cell could actually collide with another?
Trump has recently taken credit for all the favorable press that Mitt Romney has received lately. I had no idea that he was so ‘formidable’..
We minorities, particularly blacks, consider Trump’s obsession about President Obama’s birth certificate and educational background as racist code words. That does not reflect well upon Romney for either us or Anglos that want the campaign to be about the issues, not distracted by racist nonsense. How is that a man vetted at the highest levels of Government on so fundamental a constitutional requirement as being eligible for the office fools everyone, while Trump enlightens us all with the answers? When Trump was informed as to how this Birther stance was received by many, he replied, “how could I be racist, Arsenio Hall, a black contestant on my Celebrity Apprentice show, won the competition.” Racism has been a part of his past in regard to resistance to fair housing laws and other examples throughout his background since the 1970’s.Is this all to be ameliorated because of some ridiculous television program?
Does he really think that everyone is so naïve, not to see through his so called subterfuge? He says that he has no problems with ‘the blacks’, well I am not so sure. I was not born yesterday, and I am trained from birth as part of a healthy paranoia blacks have as a defense within a system that has been hostile toward them for so long, to quickly sort the wheat from the chaff at the point of harvest. The fact that Romney is not man enough to call Trump on his antics showing his potential voters that he is his own man, has to be a matter of concern. Even John McCain had the courage and honor to call on erroneous information regarding his then opponent, Barack Obama, by one of his supporters. When it comes to ‘shoes to fill’, Romney could climb into one of McCain’s shoes with room to spare. McCain represents a dying group of politicians that put courage and honor above campaign contributors that contradict those ideals. In a different reality, I could have supported him at one time.
Not only is Mitt Romney unengaging with the masses of people from whom he will need support, but he is letting a clown derail his campaign. Wouldn’t you say that it appears that his eyes are “ wide shut’ in the face of all this? He is giving the President and the Democrats plenty of ammunition and I can’t wait to hear Mitt defend all this in the upcoming debates next fall. The ‘left’ is going to roast him alive! It sounds a great deal like he would be a president in the model of Calvin Coolidge rather than that of Ronald Reagan.
What is it with conservatives and tokens? Do you really think that you are going to address the concerns of millions of Hispanic American citizens across the country merely by making Representative Rubio of Florida the second half of a Romney ticket? We are all rational human beings, camouflage and subterfuge is not going replace substantive support of positions that the vast majority of affected groups are concerned about.
In response to the GOP fear of the ‘war on women” which they declared by cavalierly dismissing female reproductive and contraceptive options, you offer Sarah Palin as a spokeswoman. Her only affinity to the issue is just the fact that she is female? Here is a statistic or two for you to ponder excerpted from a pertinent article….
Republican Women Are Some Of The Biggest Enemies In The War On Women
May 22, 2012
Three women into my series, Woman Against Women, an exploration of GOP women and their backgrounds and voting records, it became patently obvious that 98% of elected GOP women were anti-choice and voted a straight ALEC platform. Suddenly GOP women are in the news and acting like they care about women and the issues women face. This is no doubt a result of “Women Up!” the women’s initiative founded by the Young Guns to go after the women’s vote.
On 5/15/12, fourteen GOP women wrote, “The GOP is the Real Party of American Women.”
The article denies the war against women and claims, that “Republican women — like us — would never be part of a party that didn’t believe in women’s rights, equal pay for equal work, and strong laws against sexual violence. The Republican Party believes in all of those things.” This of course is total bullsh*t as evidenced by the statistics from today’s Think Progress article concerning the voting records of the newly formed GOP Women’s Policy Committee.
• Violence Against Women: Of the 24 women, 22 voted to rollback the Violence Against Women Act, backing a version of the bill that could violate the confidentiality of victims and that excluded protections for immigrants, LGBT people, and Native Americans.
• Access to contraception: 21 of the 24 co-sponsored the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act” to take away regulations enacted under Obamacare, requiring most employers to cover birth control in their health insurance plans, without additional cost-sharing.
• Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: Of the 15 Republican Congresswomen who were in the House at the time, all 15 voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, a law that helps women hold accountable employers who discriminate in the pay practices based on gender.
• Paycheck Fairness Act: 13 of those 15 also voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would update the 1963 Equal Pay Act by closing many of its loopholes and strengthening incentives to prevent pay discrimination.
• Reproductive health: According to Planned Parenthood, 20 of the 24 GOP women earned a zero score, voting against reproductive health at every opportunity. The average score for the women was under 6 percent.
Sounds a bit like the wolf in sheep’s clothing to me. These issues are important to the vast majority of women, not just the “Feminazis’ as Rush Limbaugh coins it. It is pretty easy for me as well as most women to see the difference between what the GOP professes and what it actually does. And for that, they will be held accountable at the polls.
Let’s not forget the time whenever a civil rights issue was under debate the GOP trotted out J.C. Watts, formerly a member of the House of Representatives - Oklahoma.(1990’s). I suppose as an African-American I was to be impressed that out of 535 legislators and 2 political parties the GOP had only one black representative, that they brought ‘out of the woodpile’ on the appropriate occasion. . This was a most curious situation, indeed. I guess that I was obligated to give the GOP the same credibility that I gave the Democrats that were more ethnically and culturally diverse, which while uncomfortable for the GOP base, I found representative and reassuring..
The Right-winger believes that he is the emperor sporting a new suit of clothes, while in reality he is quite naked. Believe me, that is not a pleasant sight to behold. The Republicans ignore legitimate concerns of fast growing demographic groups, the sheer power of the woman’s vote and the concerns of most minorities to their own peril. So, its not just me…The GOP has got a lot of work to do or risk a fate similar to that of the Whig Party in the US during the middle 19th century.