It seems that in politics misleading is okay. At least according to Romney pollster Neil Newhouse, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” Paul Ryan the newly crowned Republican Vice-Presidential nominee added to that by claiming that Obama allowed a GM Plant in Wisconsin to be shut down after promising to save it. Except the plant was shut down in December 2008 while George W. Bush was still in charge and Obama never made any promise to prevent the plant from shutting down.
What he did when he spoke at the very same plant in February 2008,was to suggest that a government partnership with automakers could keep the plant open, but made no promises as Ryan suggested he had. Had Bush the lessor approved an auto bailout the like that was put in place by President Obama after he was elected the plant might yet be in operation.
But, misspeaking is rampant in the Romney campaign so Paul Ryan is just following the Romney game plan which may actually work for them since it would seem a lot of the American electorate seems to have short-term memory problems, especially when it comes to keeping up with Romney’s pronouncements. And that too can be a little understandable since Mitt is all over the place with what he says he believes and what he actually says from day to day. He is misspeaks so often that it is almost mindboggling.
All political ads can and sometimes are misleading, but when Obama and the Democrats get called out on the misleading ads they try to correct them. Romney, Ryan and company just stonewall and offer up another ad that is just as wrong and misleading. They never correct they just stonewall and press on. Hoping that the American public and the voters will soon forget. And sadly a good portion do.
It is too bad that the election may well hinge on things that are not true rather than who has the best ideas to fix the country and put people back to work. On one side they are focused on one thing denying Barack Obama a second term. They try their best to paint all of his accomplishments as negatives while offering absolutely nothing realistic nor concrete to counter what he has done and tried to do, which has been try and put people back to work, repair our educational system and fix and repair our infrastructure.
He saved the auto industry that Mitt and the Republicans wanted to let go bankrupt. Of course Mitt is now trying to take credit for that too! Lair, Lair! Pants on Fire!
They try to paint themselves as fiscal conservatives who will save Social Security and Medicare two well-run government programs they hate and want to destroy. They offer themselves as saviors of a nation that they have done much over the past four years to destroy. You can’t rebuild something and make it better after destroying it in the first place.
Hopefully, enough people will wake up, quit overdosing on the lies and falsehoods spewed forth from Fox News and the like of Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Michelle Bachman, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin and their ilk and see what is happening to them and go to the polls and say to them stop! Stop lying and stop misleading us! Whether or not that will happen is anybody’s guess. We have a group of cranky old white guys who don’t want to see that happen and they are willing to spend whatever it takes to prevent it.
This election more than any other election in our history hinges upon whether or not money can buy an election. The Koch Brothers and a number of other shadowy old white guys are betting tons of their own money that they can fool enough of the people just long enough to buy the election. Whatever our beliefs are we should all be sore afraid of that coming to fruition. If it does it will spell the beginning of the end of our grand experiment these past 236 years with becoming a Democratic Republic.
If it does come to past then we can thank the likes of Mussolini, Stalin and Hitler, for it was their visions that brought about the idea that corporations and states of government should be more powerful than the common citizens of any nation, state or country. That control of a nation and its people should be about control through the power of a leader who has melded themselves with corporate power and who has the divine right to tell all of the other citizens in that nation or any nation so disposed what they can and can’t do and what they can and can’t think and ultimately what they can and can’t say! Even though it is abjectly wrong!” —– Bob Bearden