We don’t get a lot of what we want for Christmas, and yet it is a time for wishing, for declaring what we would like. So in that spirit, I have a question for each of the two candidates likely to be our choice next November.
First, Mitt Romney. Mitt, given that defense spending has continued to rise each year of the Obama presidency, and given that you reflexively repeat over and over that when you are president you will reverse Obama’s massive cuts in defense spending–given that, what in the world are you talking about? And that is just one specific example. More broadly, why do you continue to just make stuff up and lie? Are you that bereft of original ideas, questions, or integrity?
Second, to President Obama. Mr. President, given that you ran your first campaign calling for more government transparency and openness, why have you cracked down so hard on whistleblowers, to the point where you have arrested and jailed more than George W. Bush, who we thought ran an oppressive regime that would take a long time to surpass in government secrecy and cracking down on those who call out lies and corruption. Why have you abandoned that campaign promise, and in doing so abandoned what is really needed in America? Only with openness and embracing those who dare to tell and expose the truth at their own peril will the people ever begin to trust the government again.
There, that’s my Christmas wish. I have no illusions about getting answers, and no illusions that any who pass as journalists and have access to Obama or Romney would ever ask these questions (for it would be the end of their access). And yet, for the good of the country, they are questions that must be asked and answered.
Merry Christmas! I’ll be back before the new year.