Wednesday, November 7, 2012

DNRonline : They (Liberal Media) Never Let Up

It's always interesting to read the response from the loyal opposition after an election has been lost. I contrast Mr. Romney, a moderate Republican, and the Editor a "scary" radical Republican.  The tone and style contrast is, to me, the biggest takeaway from this election.  The mandate is for moderation.  The electorate rebuked radicalism. Mr. Romney's success in fighting back to within a whisker of being elected was BECAUSE he turned to the center and away from his radical base.  My favorite pundit comment from last night came after Mr. Romney's concession speech and was something like, "If THAT Mitt Romney had been allowed to run for President, he would have won."

Mr. Editor, liberalism is not a movement, it is the acceptance and recognition of widely divergent points of view.  You sir, are a member of the liberal media. You simply represent a point of view within that liberal media that is racist, bigoted, and regressive.  Your views are far to the right of anything that sounds like conservatism or moderation.  Radicalism is 'scary.'  Radicals don't compromise.  Radicals believe that they are oppressed. Radicals are in the minority and can't understand why they don't get the respect that they see other minorities achieve.  The tone of your response to this election confirms all of the above.

In a city that has a remarkably different viewpoint, your regressive and radical opinionating is less and less reflective of a city and country that is leaving you behind. Come to the center.  Become relevant.  Our country needs moderation and true conservative thinkers now. 

More work to do...

DNRonline : They Never Let Up

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mr. Romney will lead us Back to the Future : UPDATED

I had an interesting conversation with a friend concerning the election tomorrow, specifically the Presidential election. The blockquotes are my friend and the replies follow. 
"Those of us who depend on our investments for our retirement would like to see the economy doing a little better and I think Gov. Romney can get us moving in the right direction. That is just one of many things I belive that he will do for our country. He certainly has a lot more experience for being a president and has proven himself than the current president had when he took office."

And yet... no person on earth ever enters the White House with any experience at being President of the United States. I would think that a Harvard educated, constitutional law professor with a background in public service just might be able to figure it out. (and a Harvard educated, well-bred venture capitalist and holder of a law degree might be able to figure it out too...)

And yet.... corporate profits are at the highest level in decades, the stock market is back to where it was before the meltdown, the corporate and private tax burden is the lowest in 60 years, all the jobs that were lost at the end of the last administration's term have been added back, millions of jobs were saved in the auto industry, education reforms put in place... and this was our President!  All of these things sound more like moderate Republican accomplishments and I haven't mentioned the Republican health care reform first proposed in 1992 as a response to President Clinton's plan that was finally passed and is just now being implemented.

My biggest fear is not Mr. Romney, it is the folks from Bush administration he has installed in finance, foreign policy and national security positions.  They are currently only advisors, but indicate the direction that a Romney administration might turn. Here we go back to the future.  Tax Cuts, ballooning federal spending, expansion of Defense spending, and a belligerent foreign policy that might lead to yet another unnecessary war. Goodbye social safety net, goodbye public service, goodbye unions... goodby living wages, goodbye gender equality Hello to some very, very lucky corporate CEO's who will stand to profit HUGELY when all of these functions are privatized and profit-ized. 

Mr. Romney is a moderate Republican locked in a policy jail with the Right Wing of the party that will lead him ever rightward towards a domestic policy that will look a lot like Austerity.  It will lead him towards that aggressive foreign policy that is dangerous for the world and for us both in terms of national security and financially.  It will lock him into a strong support position to corporate interests over the interests of citizenry.  It's 'trickle down' on steroids.

The conversation continues after the jump: