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Romney proves his weakness

Published: Tue, September 18, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Romney proves his weakness

Mitt Romney has shown the world that he is not qualified to serve as president of the United States. He did it by sticking his nose – very noisily – into events surrounding the savage murder of four American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, violating two well-tested rules for political leaders: don’t sound off until you know the facts; and in times of crisis, we’re all Americans who pull together. Romney’s views on domestic affairs could have bad economic consequences, but his rookie status in foreign affairs could lead to another war or two that we really don’t need.

Last Tuesday was Sept. 11, a date with emotional impact for both Americans and Arabs. Its power this year has been greatly affected by the wide Internet distribution of an execrable low-budget film (made in California) that attacks Muslims and their religion in ways that we would all find most offensive. As reactions to that film turned ugly in Cairo, the American embassy there, seeking to build bridges rather than walls, put out a statement that said, in part, “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.” It was released several hours before the violence in Benghazi in which the American diplomats were slain. Shamefully, the Romney camp has consistently ignored the truth and nurtured the whopper that the Obama administration and other Democrats are apologizing for mob violence in Libya and the exercise of harmless free speech in California.

Once the facts were clear, the Republican group had a choice. They could either retract their obvious misstatements or they could double down, hoping that a majority of voters would accept falsehood as truth if it was proclaimed often and forcefully enough. To their shame, they chose the latter route. For instance, a segment on the PBS NewsHour last week featured a short debate between an enthusiastic, articulate Republican and a scholarly Democrat. More than once the moderator reminded the former that the “apology” had been issued hours before the violence in Benghazi, but he skillfully tiptoed around that fact. At the end of the segment he wore a big grin on his face that clearly said, “I outtalked this guy, so our side wins.”

America badly needs a strong, grown-up conservative national party with wise, focused leaders. Sad to say, today’s GOP has become the refuge of those who only know how to say “no” or “tax cuts” or “duh” with great enthusiasm. Ronald Reagan must be turning over in his grave.

Robert D. Gillette, Poland


1Photoman(1055 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

I feel certain Mr. Gillette would be willing to surrender his first amendment rights in order to attempt placation of these radical Islamists. Unfortunately, his attempt would only indicate more weakness from the United States citizenry as such attempts, whether by government or citizens, results only in more ridiculous demands by the radicals.

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2Boar7734(66 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Mr. Gillette theme that we are all Americans strikes the correct tone. We are Amercians first then divided into mainstream political persuasions of Democrat and Republican. It appears the Republican party has had a coup between traditional conservative Republicans and the so called Tea Party extremist; rendering them ineffective in chosing true national candiate leaders in 2008 (due to Palin) and now 2012. In these last days of the campaign I will continue to look for a conservative and compasinate solution and then settle on the one least a burden that will keep America safe and hightens prosperity. So far none of the above does not appear on the ballot.

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3redvert(2158 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

And we are comparing Romney to that one term Senator that was elected to his first real job and has done nothing but put this country into more debt than we have ever known. Typical valley (armpit of Ohio) mentality

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4Politico(28 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Romney's comments were dead on. A nitwit minion in the Embassy in Cairo launched a stupid Twitter message. Since when does the US Government announce official policy by twitter? Since when does a 10th tier worker put out public information during a crisis? This administration is incompetent and it's been amateur hour in the White House for the last three years. As for experience to be President. What planet did Gillette just pop in from? Is he saying that a ghetto community agitator who never had a real job, got elected to the Illinois legislature by the population of a couple black churches in his district, virtually never voted for anything while there, did less than two years actually in the US Senate was better qualified in 2008 than Romney is now. That's the joke of the year. And..by the way...name ANY other President in history who KNOWINGLY appointed Communists, Marxists, and Maoists to the cabinet or high Administration positions. The answer is NONE, except the Obamunist.

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5300(573 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

^ Honestly, you took a twitter message as an unveiling of US foreign policy?

I have to question your knowledge of how our government functions, since you appear to know so little about it.

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6chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Even a flawed Mitt Romney and an imperfect national GOP is beter than another Obama term.

Mr. Gillette makes a strong argument for this since "America badly needs a strong, grown-up conservative national party with wise, focused leaders." Obama and the dems ares the antithesis of this.

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7greene(167 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Hlecter, the Vindy does not employ editors, only Dem stenographers.

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8jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Hey 300, go back and read Politico's post then revise your post.

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9jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Sorry 300. With the phone ringing & neighbors at the front door, my age was showing. Your post, above, was great.

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10Jerry(589 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago


Do you know any other insults besides "idiots"?

Try changing up once in a while. Hurl out something link "morons", "mindless twits", or "ignorant fools". It will make you seem less repetitive.

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11jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

gdod is a great debater. One of the best on this message board.

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12AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

Romney proves his weakness to me every time I see him speak.

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