Now that Mitt Romney has dismissed 47% of the U.S. population as self-assessed “victims” … “who pay no income tax” at a $50,000 dollar a plate, private fundraiser thrown by a guy who hosts lavish sex parties when he’s not raising money for conservative candidates, it’ll take an electoral college/supreme court miracle not seen since Bush vs. Gore to see Romney capture the presidency in 2012. The point being, Mitt Romney is sincerely trying to lose the election.
Sincerity goes a long way in this world. It comforts and stabilizes in times of distress. And it can help to secure and maintain relationships with those around us. If you spend some time on YouTube watching a few MittVids (as I’ll call them) the lack of sincerity is clear. Some particular clips of note are the infamous “Who let the dogs out” MittVid, where the under-oiled, tin-man candidate tries to relate to a group of black people. It’s painful to watch. Really. There’s also a heartwarming MittVid where the cybernetic Mormon tries to buddy up to a veteran until the veteran starts asking tough questions about marriage equality, ultimately revealing that he himself is gay. As expected, Romney can’t robo-squirm away fast enough.
Merriam Webster’s verb definition for lie is “to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive.” So the question becomes, what was Mitt Romney’s intent? For example, in 1994, while seeking a senate seat, Romney claimed he was an ardent supporter of gay rights in a letter to the Log Cabin Republicans in Massachusetts, the software-driven manbot writes “I am more convinced than ever before that as we seek to establish full equality for America’s gay and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent.” What was his intent when in 2002, while running for governor of said state, he circulated a flyer during a pride event that read “All citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of their sexual preference.” Before securing office, that’s where he stood on equality. After he became the first robo-Mormon governor of that state, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that denying same sex couples the right to marry was unconstitutional. Mitt objected, attempting to compromise by allowing for civil unions, and reiterating the tired line of marriage, by tradition is defined by a man and a woman. You’d think for such an ardent supporter of gay rights, he’d have been pleased. Now that he’s updated to the latest firmware, Romney is calling for a CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, which would ultimately, permanently deny same sex couples the right to marry. Again, what was the intent?
Gay marriage is not all he lies about. While sincerely relating to voters in New Hampshire on the issue of gun rights, one MittVid has the man/machine hybrid stating he bought his first gun as a young man and is a hunter, and has been his whole life. Later however, his campaign disclosed he’s only been hunting twice; once when he was fifteen and then, at a republican fundraiser in 2006. The cyborg also said while running against Ted Kennedy, “I believe abortion should be safe and legal in this country.” Now that his new operating system has been installed, he wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade. During that campaign, he also demanded Ted Kennedy release his tax returns to see that Kennedy had “nothing to hide”. Meanwhile, he never has. Mitt claimed his father marched with Martin Luther King. Not true. Perhaps the most sincere statement Mitt Romney has ever made is “corporations are people, my friend.”
Now some may argue “people change.” “Views change.” It’s optimistic and good people should be afforded the right to be good people in the present, without having their past called into question while trying to attain absolution. However, in Mitt’s case(s), it’s clear, he’s a pander machine. He’ll say anything to get what he wants. He changes his view for political expedience, and does everything he can to deny firing illegal immigrants under his employ while simultaneously denouncing illegal immigration, demand tax returns without releasing any, be pro-choice and pro-life, be for gay rights and against gay marriage. He’s an insincere liar, who will say anything to get elected.
While there are many reasons to be unhappy with Obama and his failure to deliver on certain policies, A Romney/Ryan victory this November would be a major upset to women, the LGBT community, the working class, and income and civil equality. It’s likely to assume an executive order would attempt to deny openly gay soldiers the right to join the military. Vehemently anti-gay groups like the Family Research Council could begin chipping away at marriage equality. The religious right would leverage the executive branch to make abortion impossible, if not illegal. The loopholes in the tax code Romney currently benefits from would likely not be closed. He may even open better ones for all his wealthy friends. A manbot that insincere and disingenuous cannot possibly be good for this country. But maybe he knows that and that’s why he’s trying to lose the election.