Do they really believe this stuff?

Watching the pat-ourselves-on-the-back session called the Republican Convention last night, I wondered about honesty. I think Ann Romney is sincere. She was trying to talk with other women, especially housewives of other successful men. Sincerely, the worst example of difficulty in real world parenting was stuck in the house on a rainy day with screaming children. She said, “You know what I mean, ladies!” Alright, she’s telling it like she sees it, a supremely wealthy conservative lady (who looks like Amy Poehler).

I think it was Nikki Haley who said, our theme is three words, “We built it!” This is more alternative reality therapy to Obama’s reminder to us all that no man is an island, and the protection of government rules, infrastructure, and security are part of our successful free enterprise system. Nikki’s not dumb; she knows this. She’s a governor, for Chrissake! The convention center was built with public funds. The roads they used to get there are public. Their convention itself is partly funded by public funds (and so with the Democratic one). And every business, large or small accepts help from the government in some fashion.

And all the bogus labels other speakers launched, boxing the democrats in a corner, to make accusations that are false; what is with that? Obama really has shrunk the government. He is vastly slowing the growth of the deficit. He’s cracked down on illegal immigration and on terrorists. Obama governs from very close to the center, and is hardly a socialist. The Republican Party has transformed itself into something perhaps Reagan or Goldwater would not recognize.

Do these people really believe what they are saying? Smart people who say what energizes, enrages and assuages the far right surely are torn up inside. How can they be sincere in such behavior?

Mitt Romney has clearly sold whatever soul he had. He may be sincere as a Mormon (ever check out specifics of their doctrine? Man! And of course, it was based on polygamy, and then dealt that premise away in exchange for statehood.) Look up his public stances as Governor of Massachusetts. Compare that with things he said in the primary and subsequent campaigning. The best we can say about him is the guy is shrewd; the more accurate thing would be that he is silly putty, etch-a-sketch. Who do you want me to be? Okay, let me go get that costume.

And then they have the unmitigated audacity to say they have integrity to speak truth to the public. How pathetically shameful.


About Jim

I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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