My fellow Americans, I write today to express my views on our choice for the highest office in the land. Let me say from the outset that I am as much an independent as anyone can be. An independent, is someone who cannot find a home in either of our current political parties – for a myriad of reasons. The choice that we have between Romney and Obama could not be starker. My choice, at this moment would be, none of the above. Unfortunately, that option is not available and I’ve made that choice for too many elections. I’m writing this post in the hopes that it will give some insight into who should be the next president and why. I’ll start by saying that neither candidate, in my opinion, has the necessary experience to hold this position. There is one candidate that has a more “rounded” level of experience but, like the other candidate does not have the “total” background I’d like to see. In my opinion, Governor Romney is the harder candidate to get a good feeling about. I try to imagine how I am going to feel after punching that card for either of these men and Romney is the one that I really feel uncomfortable voting for. This man is a chameleon. He is or becomes whatever he’s in front of. Running for governor of Massachusetts he sells voters of that state that he is left of Reagan and Bush (Jr.), is committed pro-choice candidate, gives that state, essentially universal healthcare, passes legislation banning certain guns and ammunition and proclaims that he is not in line with the NRA, promotes diversity in the work place, pro-education and science, goes so far as stating that humans do in fact have something to do with global warming and supports science that the earth is warming…..sounds moderate to left to me. Now, the other side of Romney. Having left the statehouse to run for the presidency, Mr. Romney is now; pro-life, pro-gun, pro-NRA, disavows himself from global warming science and work place diversity and begins to attack his own healthcare initiative and the biggie – has always been a severe conservative. Now, most of us will have changes in our views over our lifetime. Some major changes but most minor shifts, measured in small degrees of change. Romney’s views have not been of that type. These changes came within days or weeks of him running for the presidency. These were political changes, changes of expediency. Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up? On the economy, which will ultimately decide the next president, Romney has a less stellar record than does Obama. When Romney took office as Governor, his state ranked 49th in job creation. When he left, four years later, the state was still 49th. For a man that says he has a record of creating jobs, he fails here. If he was talking about job creation in the private sector, that has no bearing on the public sector and should not have any consideration. I’ve been in politics for years and worked on several campaigns. The message that “I’m a businessman and have a successful business background and I’ll bring that to government” sounds great but it does not work. Government is government and business is business. They are two separate animals. If that notion worked, we would have had major changes in the way government operated decades ago. So, Romney has no successful job creation in government and his social views change faster than a three dollar hooker. What about his foreign policy credentials? It’s difficult for most candidates to have any foreign policy experience other than those that served in congress on certain committees or worked for the state department. That he has no experience should not necessarily discount his candidacy but again it’s Romney’s penchant for changing his stance again and again that should concern those considering to vote for this man. The US is the world’s leader. We are the economic engine of the world. Nations look to us to provide leadership and to set examples for acceptable behavior; internally and externally. The man that holds the oval office is the man that sets the agenda for much of what happens in the world. To this degree, words and statements matter greatly. Our friends and our foes are watching and listening to everything that our leader(s) say. Wars can be started over the smallest miscalculation or misunderstanding of what is said from our president. We get back to Romney’s seemingly strong desire to be all things to all people. Like the chameleon, he is prone to make statements to please those that he’s in front of. While in Michigan, “I love it here, the trees are the right height”…who says things like that?! Only someone who wants so desperately to be accepted from the group he’s trying to win support. In foreign policy that is not only dangerous but it can be deadly. This is a man that went to our strongest ally in one of their shinier moments, the Olympics, and ended up insulting them – questioning if they were ready and prepared. This was a simple and oh so easy appearance in front of a friendly crowd. Romney only had to say “yes” and “no” and “good luck with the games” and it would have been hailed a successful overseas, foreign affairs engagement. But no. Romney had to show the Brits and the world that he once commanded a successful Olympics and that he was not ready to put his stamp of approval on their preparedness-just yet. Not so bright. This position will require you to be able and capable of making statements that will not endear you to the audience at hand. Romney seems completely incapable of doing this. Can you see the governor giving an address in the Middle East? “Your pyramids are just the right height and your camel eyes are the perfect hue”. The problem with Romney is that he cannot go off script and be ok. If he stays on script, I think he comes across the television a fairly good candidate. But in the real world, the office he seeks rarely stays scripted and that’s the problem. Romney screws it up when off script. In this position, dealing with foreign and often hostile audiences, the US and the world cannot afford another “not-so-ready-for-prime time-player”. This is not a position where things turn out “OK” with on the job training. Like, we have a tendency of wrongfully invading other countries.
Let’s sum it up. Seems to be incapable of working without a script, is way too eager to please the ones he with, has no track record of successful job creation in public sector and has a well documented history of lying to the public (was asked whether his residency was Massachusetts or Utah – he said Utah to avoid paying more in taxes, when caught, he blamed it on a staffer).
The key point against Romney being our next president is his flipping and flopping. This guy makes Gumby blush with envy. If he were running for acrobat-in-chief then yes definitely gets my vote. But no one and I mean no one really knows who or what this guy stands for. He’s refused to open up a few years of his tax returns, like every other candidate has. This is the only way the public gets to see the “other” side of our political choices. How they make their money and do they pay their fair share. It shows a glimpse of their character. When you add all these things together, Romney is a guy that does not want the public to see beyond the public persona, wants to be in agreement with everyone and I’m not sure if even Romney knows who he is. Not a lot of good choices, again. But this guy should have never made it out of the primaries. Thanks Republicans. You’ve given us the potential for President Gumbney.