Scoundrel Time: with all the focus on the horse race, it does not seem that many people actually listened to Governor Romney’s victory speech. It’s enlightening to read: along with the usually antigovernment dogma, Romney basically accuses President Obama of being un-American.
Romney starts by trying to pin the blame for the economy on the President. He then attacks Republicans for having the temerity to bring up Bain: “President Obama wants to put free enterprise on trial. In the last few days, we have seen some desperate Republicans join forces with him. This is such a mistake for our Party and for our nation. This country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy.”
Apparently pointing out that a tiny fraction of Americans have gamed the system amounts to the “bitter politics of envey.”
Romney says that he is after something much more than being President (his waking and sleeping dream for decades): “Our campaign is about more than replacing a President; it is about saving the soul of America.”
The big problem with Obama, according to Romney is that he’s crypto-European: “He wants to turn America into a European-style entitlement society….This President takes his inspiration from the capitals of Europe; we look to the cities and small towns of America.”
What the &%#@ is that supposed to mean? Is he afraid that Obama wants to introduce a single currency to the United States? Oh, wait we already have that. Or is the problem that he want to enact a Romney style health plan? Don’t worry, “He passed Obamacare; I’ll repeal it.”
Such rank hypocrisy, however, is the least of Governor Romney’s sins. He’s ready to sink much lower with the following slur: “Internationally, President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy. He believes America’s role as leader in the world is a thing of the past.” After promising a stronger military (because Democrats by definition have to be weak even if a Democrat got Osama bin Laden,” he trots out yet another slur: “He apologizes for America; I will never apologize for the greatest nation in the history of the Earth.”
The beauty part for Romney—he gets away with it! He must be thinking: I can say anything I want. Some questions: Why do Republicans think it is acceptable to sit in a room and cheer any candidate who accuses the President of the United States of appeasement and of apologizing for the United States? Why do pundits think this should go without mention? Why do Republicans get a free pass to accuse Democrats of being unpatriotic? Why should anyone who makes these scurrilous allegations be seen as fit by anyone to become President of the United States?
And as long as Romney wants to go all patriotic someone should mention the obvious: if a Republican President had ordered the successful raid to get Osama bin Laden we would see 50 million vehicles with bumper stickers and a patriotic campaign to name sites in all 50 states after President Obama. But because President Obama is a Democrat, it turns out he is actually an apologizing-for-America appeaser.
For the speech: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71302_Page2.html