By Lora Hendrickson
“Romney is the front man and apostle of an economic revolution, in which transactions are manufactured instead of products, wealth is generated without accompanying prosperity, and Cayman Islands partnerships are lovingly erected and nurtured while American communities fall apart.”
Matt Taibbi; Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital; Rolling Stone (New York); Aug 29, 2012.
In the city of existence, we sculpture tomorrow.
How will Mitt Romney sculpture an America that is better tomorrow than today? He speaks of an America with no clean energy, no PBS, no regulation, no “whatever the topic-du-jour” is, and because of these no’s, he’ll make America a better place. The United States does not need a leader that recycles his morals to his audience-of-the-day. We do not need someone who thinks that the root of our problem is public broadcasting. We do not need a Commander-in-Chief that mirrors his foreign policy ideas from the State Department’s published policy and wants to bully other nations into complying with our principles.
If you did not hear the message, America is for sale. American elections are no longer for the people, by the people. With the advent of Political Action Committees (PAC), corporations can make tremendous donations to the campaigns of political candidates. American leadership supports the needs of its corporations not its constituents. Our Presidency goes to the man with the most amount of financial backing. Karl Rove, Sheldon Adelson and private and corporate citizens have made tremendous donations to Mitt Romney’s campaign to ensure their agenda is adhered to if Mitt Romney enters office.
Romneyhood, a clever political cartoon depicts “Rove, Adelson, and Texas” as the RAT PAC. They are the cohorts delivering for Mitt Romney the negative attack ads that will influence voters. Mitch McConnell, better known as “The Turtle”, plays Romney’s advisor and devil’s advocate. He explains that the Warren-Buffet tax might be enacted which would mean that the top financial earners in the country would have to pay an equitable tax on their earnings. Paul Ryan is present agreeing to all that Romneyhood says.
Mitt Romney’s speeches are a mask for his inflated ego. Sure, he’s a smooth talker. His track record shows that he has not delivered. Of course, he takes credit for improving the school system of Massachusetts when it was his predecessor who did the legwork. He hasn’t done anything innovative in his lifetime. He’s a puppet for corporate interests and is ill-equipped to govern the United States because he cannot relate to have the populace. The Romneyhood cartoon ends with a song to the tune of Disney’s Robinhood depicting a smug Mitt Romney walking through his Kingdom oblivious to the plight of his people as he sings about self-preservation, tax exemptions and repealing Dodd-Frank.
It’s a bit frightening that Karl Rove and his cronies will tell you anything to make you vote for Mitt Romney. Let us not forget that Karl Rove was the brainchild behind George W. Bush’s presidency. The trillions of dollars that we spent on Iraqi freedom is okay. We call free healthcare for Iraq citizen’s a cornerstone of democracy, but to Americans we package healthcare reform and label it as socialism. Republicans seem to want to distance themselves from Mr. Bush but aren’t their ideologies and views on policy closely connected? Will the inexperienced Mitt Romney send thousands more of our young people off to an unfunded war of our generation? The Romneyhood cartoon presents the idea.
America is built on community. On a hand reaching out to hand from the ground up. We are the country of innovation. We will not evolve by allowing a leader into the White House that is not willing to embrace any type of forward thinking for the 21st Century. Brazil is not dependent upon foreign oil, so why are we? We say that we are the best nation in the world, then lets act like it. Let’s clean up our negative campaigning and let us together rebuild our communities – hand reaching out to hand. We need to work together to solve our nation’s problems. If only corporations pledged as much money to the communities in which they reside as to their self-serving interests, then America would truly be a better place.
Let us learn what innovations are propelling other nations forward. Germany recently announced that over half of their energy is generated from solar technologies.
The world that we desire for our children does not have coal-fired burning plants and nuclear disasters. It’s real, it’s possible, it’s ours for the making, but we must have our President pushing the nation forward through innovation, as creative thinking coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit is the cornerstone of our economy and our democracy.