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Friday, August 31, 2012

"Romney Hope" speech fails to impress

Photo by Gage Skidmore
As the Republican Convention winds to a close in Tampa, Fla., the fact checkers are out, combing through speeches. I watched Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's lackluster performance with a sense of boredom instead of intrigue, channel surfing between his remarks and the "Impractical Jokers" TV show which was more entertaining, even with commercial interludes.

What was most surprising to me about Romney's speech was how he could be so patriotic, in love with his country and countrymen, but have such a high disregard and disloyalty for our Commander-in-Chief. Like many of the other speakers, he said Obama is a nice guy but attacked everything he has done during his first term as President.

The only good thing he gave Obama credit for was sending in the Navy Seals to kill Osama bin Laden. Interesting, coming from a Christian who purports to be governed by the 6th commandment.

Here are some things Romney said about our President:

Romney Hope: "I wish President Obama had succeeded, because I want America to succeed."

Finger pointing: "In the richest country in the history of the world, this Obama economy has crushed the middle class....President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans. And to heal the planet."

Crystal ball theory: "To the majority of Americans who now believe the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this -- if Barack Obama is reelected, you will be right."

Unfettered promises: "Unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class of America...My promise is to help you and your family. I will begin my presidency with the jobs tour."

Foreign policy threats:  "President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus even as he has relaxed sanctions on Castor's Cuba. He abandoned our friends in Poland by walking away from missile defense commitments.  But he's eager to give Russia's president Putin the flexibility he desires after the election. Under my presidency our friends will see more loyalty and Mr. Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone."

In my opinion, Romney is a strong, millionaire businessman turned weak, applause and power seeking politician backed by emotional pseudo-patriots trying to retrieve past glories reached in the Ronald Reagan age. Things weren't so hot for the country under Reaganomics, and it's my conclusion that "Romney Hope" will be no different if allowed to see the light of day.

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