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jeudi, juillet 19, 2012
Counting down with the crazies
Have I tipped over the line into fogeydom?
Am I the real life equivalent of that brown station wagon with the white trim doing 35 miles ahead of you in a 45-miles-an-hour zone?
I thought I might be -- until I spoke to a professor at a well-known university in another part of the country, and shared my opinion of the behavior of the two men aspiring to be President of the United States.
He told me that some of the rhetoric reminded him of that of the rise of fascism.
That got my attention.
Appalled. Disgusted. Amazed.
I can't quite find the words to describe my emotions.
Mainly, incredibly frustrated -- because, mostly, you aren't talking about the things that matter to me.
When Obama's surrogate describes his opponent, Romney, as a potential "felon" that seems a bridge too far.
And this is still July.
Out of the playground, guys.
In fact, the whole controversy over outsourcing seems to have been ginned up as a distraction from the main issues dogging us as a country.
That said, there's no reason why Romney's record at Bain shouldn't be subject to scrutiny.
But it didn't take long before one of Romney's surrogates suggested that, in fact, Obama was a cocaine-sniffing foreigner.
Notice how Romney savors the word "foreign"?
I have multiple reasons to be disappointed with Obama -- the potential abuse of Presidential power being just one of them. In my opinion, he hasn't made the case for the kind of change that is needed to help us step back from the environmental cliff, if that's possible.
I also have no clue as to what his immigration policy is -- or isn't. Mostly, it seems impurely pragmatic.
But there is something about Mitt Romney that I find disturbing.
And if I had to put my finger on it, I would say that it's his secrecy -- coupled with a hint of arrogance.
Just today, Ann Romney, the candidate's wife, was quoted in Politico saying: “We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life."