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A Path of Lies

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October 16, 2012

By Perry Redd


Any other time, I’d simply throw up, but in this case, I’ve got to speak out.  Now, I speak out as I watch the Presidential race. One candidate is blazing a path to the presidency, and it appears to be Mitt Romney. I don’t like what I’m seeing, not exclusively because I’m anti-Republican, but because I’m seeing a neck-and-neck race bolstered by lies.

I listen to commentators debate about who won the Presidential debate, but what I don’t hear are commentators debating how anyone could be considered credible when their lies are transparent. Romney not only lies in stump speeches but he lies to the American people—in front of 62 million Americans, no less! As this race has gone on from the time Mitt Romney won the nomination, his positions on everything from abortion to immigration rights have changed and he has yet to admit to changing his mind. There are bloggers who have chronicled Mitt Romney’s lies; the Internet is awash in evidence of these lies, but the American people seem to ignore this.

One of the more egregious lies that sticks in my craw is the Romney lie accusing President Obama of “apologizing for America around the world.” No statement is more patently false, yet it makes its way into every debate (including the VP debate) and into too many stump speeches. It is a boldface lie and the American people—especially Democrats—should be angry about that. If it is so true, then don’t you think Mitt Romney would’ve used it in a political ad by now? Maybe, he’s holding back until he and the President debate foreign policy.

Think about Romney’s claim that President Obama removed the work requirements from welfare legislation. According to Romney, the President “waived the work requirement in welfare.” Although, credible fact checkers and political columnists have confirmed that claim as false, Romney and his campaign continued to bulldoze over the truth.

How is it possible that this man remains competitive in this race? No way should the American electorate even allow him to be neck-and-neck in national polls.

The fabrications continued when Mitt Romney was asked about the President’s rescue of the auto industry.  He responded to Fox News, saying “Well, my view from the beginning was that the auto companies needed to go through a managed bankruptcy. And ultimately, that’s what the president did.”  It is insane for us to believe that his position was agreement with President Obama’s position.  But, it was. The irony is that not many could see Romney taking that position today! How is this man still in a virtual tie with the incumbent? That boggles my mind.

I am bitter as I angrily watch a liar work his way to the Presidency. Just think:  The serious contender for Chief Executive of the United States has the capacity (I guess everyone does) to lie. Moreover, he has the audacity to lie during this campaign. What are the chances that he would lie in office, where he has total control of this country?  How could we be so foolish?

When Romney makes statements about America borrowing $1 trillion from China and talking heads don’t challenge him on it, we are the ones who are insane. Just for the record: US debt is not financed by the Chinese; China only holds roughly 8% of the nation’s debt. No one—at least not the US— has borrowed a trillion dollars from China! Perhaps, say it enough times, people will believe it’s true.

In a speech in Lakeland, Florida, Romney said of the President, “He doubled the deficit.” I was pissed when I heard that. I’m not even an economist, and I know that’s not true! The deficit on Obama’s first day was $1.3 trillion. Last year, it was also $1.3 trillion. This year, it’s projected to be $1.1 trillion. That’s doesn’t add up to “double” anything! When he says the President “more than doubled” the deficit, as he has too many times, Romney’s lying to you, me and every ear that comes under his voice.

So now I hear that Mitt Romney is catching up, and even passing President Obama in some of the polls… including some taken in battleground states. How could that be if the man is a blatant liar? Is it that Americans like being lied to? If that’s the case, then maybe I’m not American! Some of these so-called polls also show that Mitt Romney’s favorability rating is increasing. This supposedly comes after the first debate. I don’t care if it was the first hell freezing over, this man should not be up in any poll!

One thing I know is that none of my friends—who, by the way, are in the 47%– have been polled by anyone. So when I hear CNN/ORC, Reuters, ABC News, Pew Research Center, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, I am highly skeptical…downright disbelieving. It is imperative that we get up off the apathy, the comfort zone, and the disillusionment to make sure each of us and everyone else who’ll listen does not vote for the least dishonest of the two candidates in this two-party system. And, maybe on November 7, we can start, in earnest, to build a new political system that assures we won’t be cornered by a stifling two-horse race next time, because I don’t want my horse trotting down this path of lies again.


2 Responses to “A Path of Lies”

  1. I’m with you, agree with what you’ve said here, and am saying some quiet prayers that God will be with President Obama tonight.

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