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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Truth is the victim

It feels like screaming into Sandy's awesome winds, but the depth of the lies emerging from Republican campaigns is appalling.

Campaign ads from Mitt Romney and Scott Brown have fallen below even our diminished expectations as Election Day approaches. Fabrications and outright lies have replaced straight talk in a way I cannot recall after years of being a campaign junkie.

Let's start with Our Man Myth, who has long hard a hard time sticking to a set of core beliefs, is at his best (or worse) on the subject of the auto industry bailout. An original supporter of letting the industry fail,  Romney has wavered back and forth along the truth line as he has scraped for votes in Ohio, which appears to hold the key to next Tuesday's election.

Not content to obfuscate his position,  Romney has moved on to rumor-mongering and outright lies, implying with a straight face that Chrysler intends to pack up jobs and move its Jeep operations to China.

He one-upped it with a commercial stunning in its lies and cynicism:
“Barack Obama says he saved the auto industry, but for who, Ohio or China?” 
The lie was so enormous that executives of the industry in which Romney grew up called him out:
“The ad is cynical campaign politics at its worst,” Greg Martin, a spokesman for General Motors, said in an interview late Tuesday. “We think creating jobs in the U.S. and repatriating profits back in this country should be a source of bipartisan pride.”
But that has become standard operating procedure for a party and a candidate that has shunned the "reality-based community," and that proudly proclaimed "we're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."

The campaign of fellow GOP-er Brown hasn't been much better. Senator Barncoat has been on the air with as commercial in which supporters proclaim his women's rights cred because of his support for choice and equal pay.

All it takes is a simple search to discover Brown supported the Blunt Amendment to overturn established practice deny women birth control services through employee health care. Or that he actually voted with fellow Republicans to block paycheck fairness legislation while claiming he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Act that, conveniently, was passed before he was elected.

The onslaught of lies, coupled with the billions washing through the political system, have produced incredible cynicism and corruption. The consequences of this perversion of our system is far greater than the election of a pair of liars.

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Blogger W.J. McCabe said...

Mitt Romney will do an say anything to be president. That is not really the problem. The real problem is he is getting away with it and routinely being given a pass by uninformed and undecided Americans who don't care about doing their own research before they cast a vote. These Americans are dangerous to themselves because they are too ignorant to vote in their own interests and dangerous to the country because their ignorance can sway elections.


October 31, 2012 4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both sides are lying and the attention level of the average voter is anemic. We should be mad that journalists have abandoned their duty and some have even become shills for their respective views of the world. MSNBC and Fox are travesties. What's the answer though? I'm for giving voting tests that would at least cull out some of the party robots. What is a balanced budget? Why do we have a House and Senate? Who creates the budget? What's a veto?

November 01, 2012 4:44 AM  
Anonymous Ben Hillman said...

This startling new video seeks out the truth behind his dubious claim!

November 01, 2012 12:05 PM  

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