Fact checkers don't scare the Grand Old Party
Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 02:09
Lies. They come in all shapes and sizes. We learn to lie when we are kids, and we only get better at it with age. Lying is a fact of life. But if you are a member of the Republican party, lying is a way of life.
Take the Republican ticket for instance. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are working as hard as ever to get themselves elected into the White House, but from policy to personal life, these two candidates have made the decision to mislead and misinform the American public for their own political gain.
But what happens when those lies take on a life of their own? Like most things that are done with a vindictive purpose, lies can snowball out of control in the blink of an eye. Romney’s lies did exactly that.
Mr. Romney’s flirtation with misleading America began during the primaries at a campaign rally in Feb. he said, “Today there are more men and women out of work in America than there are people working in Canada.” That would have been a tough blow had it been true.
There were not more unemployed Americans than working Canadians and in fact, Romney was off by 3.3 million. But hey, a simple math error is okay, especially when your claim to the Presidency is your business experience—right?
You can’t expect a lie like this, said on a national stage, to be swept under the rug, especially when you are running for president. At least not in this day and age where fact checkers are listening to your every word.
When called out on the lie, the Romney campaign responded with an explanation on how they calculated the number. The only problem with that was that their calculation method made the numbers even more contradictory.
Romney also claimed that, “Obamacare adds trillions to our deficits and to our national debt.” Absolutely false.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the new healthcare law could lower the deficit by $124 billion over the next 10 years. But when the Romney campaign was asked for evidence that proves Obamacare would add trillions to the national deficit they refused to respond. Maybe they learned their lesson about calculations.
When confronted about his stance on issues such as immigration, or women’s rights, Romney refuses to take a clear stand. Instead he would rather skirt around the issue while pointing fingers at the opposition.
His failure to stand up and defend his positions—whatever they may be—reinforces the notion that he is nothing but a coward.
If Romney had even the tiniest sliver of a backbone, he would state his position on the issues. He would come clean of all the lies he has told us. And he would fledge forward with one consistent message.
If honesty was his platform, he wouldn’t have to worry about tripping over something he said in the past. He would only have to defend his own position because it would actually be his position.
But as most of us probably learned as children, once you start a lie it has to run its course. You know in the end you are going to get an ass-whooping, but there is nothing you can do about that now.
Maybe Mitt Romney is just waiting for that whooping. And if he is, then I commend him, but from the looks of it he has done exactly what most despicable liars have done for all eternity, he has found himself an apprentice, one that will help lessen the blow when shit hits the fan and the lynch mob comes to attack. The scapegoat that will take all the heat while he runs off into the horizon, Mitt Romney found Paul Ryan. And judging from the lies he has started to spew on the stump already–oh what an apprentice he will be.