Hypocrisy Running Rampant

I was going to wait until closer to the election to savage the Republican presidential ticket, but it seemed more appropriate to do so in the middle of their post-convention “bounce.” These guys are making me really cranky, and I just can’t keep quiet any longer. I am going to try not to be harp on these guys too often, but they really frost me.

The other reason for discussing this sooner rather than later is that I’ve been seeing a lot of other writers tackling the same issues as they relate to the ticket. I don’t want to be seen as parroting a lot of other people. I want to be a leader in digging my beak into these bozos, whom I call Mitt the ‘Crite and Lyin’ Ryan.

And I say this having once been the kind of Republican who would have fawned over Mitt Romney. He’s changed. I’ve changed.

I registered Republican the day I turned 18 (breaking the heart of my mother, who’d grown up in Albany, New York, when Franklin Roosevelt was governor). I worked on campaigns for liberal Republicans like Mitt Romney. I voted for conservative Republicans like Mitt Romney. I can’t tell which one he is today, since expedience in getting elected, rather than principles, seem to be his guiding light. I once believed in the concept that if you put your mind to it and worked hard enough, you could get an education and a job and stay off the government dole. I still believe that, but I’ve come to realize that, as Nick Carraway’s father said in The Great Gatsby, “All the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” I left the party in Bush’s second term.

Mitt the ‘Crite is a reference to the recent headlines in England that described “Mitt The Twit.” He may have been a twit in London, but to me, he’s a rank hypocrite. He won’t release his tax returns, but he’s said that he’s paid at least 13 percent of his income in taxes. 13 percent? And he wants people as rich as him to pay less, because then they’ll invest it and put people to work (I believe this is the crux of supply-side economics). If so, I’d like to know what employment-driving businesses Romney has invested in with his hundreds of millions of dollars. Oh, wait – he didn’t. He’s sheltering his money in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland. That’s hypocrisy.

And he wants to decrease corporate tax rates as well, even though companies are sitting on billions in cash … instead of hiring more people. And he blames Obama for high unemployment. That’s hypocrisy too.

And it’s endemic throughout the Republican party. Take this whole “we built it” mantra at the Republican National Convention, where the Republicans congratulate themselves for building their own businesses without help from the government. How do these people think their goods got shipped to market from where they built them? How do their employees get to work? I’m almost positive that was on roads and bridges and waterways built and maintained by the government. That’s what Obama meant when he said, “You didn’t build that.”

I loved how Chris Christie talked about how his dad put himself through college “on the GI Bill.” Who does he think funded the GI Bill? That’s as hilarious as the guy with the sign saying “Keep government hands off my Medicare.”

Then there’s lyin’ Ryan, Romney’s vice-presidential candidate, who apparently fired all of his fact-checkers before his acceptance speech. Paul Ryan seems to adhere to Mark Twain’s dictum that a lie can be halfway around the world before the truth has its shoes on. Even Fox News, the darling of the right wing, called his speech “deceiving” and “distracting.” (Note: this flagrant disregard of the truth also applies to the Obama campaign’s commercial claiming that Bain Capital caused some guy’s wife to die of cancer; come on, Mr. President, take the high road.)

Frankly, I do not understand this “I’ve got mine, screw you if you can’t get yours” philosophy of government the Republicans are espousing. Why do we give pedestrians the right of way in crosswalks? Why do we have 25 mile-per-hour limits near schools? Why do we set aside parking spaces for the handicapped? Why did we enact programs such as Social Security and Medicare? Because, Americans as a society, as a culture, have made a solemn commitment to protecting the most vulnerable among us. Thus, this attitude of “every man for himself” is as anti-American a sentiment as I’ve heard in my lifetime.

And now a word about Obama. Yes, he’s disappointed me. If he were half as good a president as he was a campaigner, I would be happier. However, while he hasn’t waved his magic presidential wand and solved our oil dependency issues, or global warming, or infrastructure issues, and no one from Wall Street has been indicted lately, there are a few other changes in the world that can be traced to him, including:

● Osama bin Laden is still dead.
● U.S. troops are no longer in Iraq.
● Detroit is no longer on life support.
● No wackos have been appointed to the Supreme Court.
● We’re no longer enforcing the Defense of Marriage Act.

That’s good enough for me. And I trust that Barack Obama has the best interests of all Americans at heart, not just those who were lucky enough to have rich parents, or were born to people with good parenting skills. Inherent in the concept of a commonwealth is the idea that we make certain sacrifices in order to help others.

Sure, I’d love to have lower taxes, and I’d love it if government was even marginally more efficient than it is. But I also like having parks and police and public transportation, because not everyone lives like I do – or Mitt Romney does – in a safe neighborhood with a big yard and more cars than he knows what to do with.

America became strong not by making it harder for people to succeed, but by making it easier. It became strong because it accepts new people and new ideas and new cultures. This strength manifests itself in accomplishments as personal as my Hispanic nephew-in-law making killer sushi, to accomplishments as grand as Bobby Jindal governing the same Deep South state that Huey Long once did.

Whatever happened to honoring the melting pot? Since when are intolerance and insularity the tools for building a great country? They’re not, but that’s what the Republicans have come to believe. And if that’s the kind of country you want to live in, then please do vote for Romney. But do it not because you think it’s time for a change for change’s sake, but because you believe in Mitt Romney and what he stands for. And if you figure out what that is, besides himself and his rich friends, please let me know.



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The Middle-Age Cranky blog is written by baby boomer Howard Baldwin, who finds the world, while occasionally wondrous, increasingly aggravating.
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12 Responses to Hypocrisy Running Rampant

  1. Robin 2 says:

    You are a genius. Well said!

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Virginia says:

    Of course I’m disappointed in Obama. Given the hype that surrounded his election in 2008, he’d have to combine all the best qualities of Jesus, Santa Claus, and Einstein not to be a disappointment (and even then he’d need Dumbledore’s wand to get anything done). I really wish there were room in this election for a serious conversation about the things the Obama administration needs to do better. Unfortunately, the specter of a Romney-Ryan presidency is so horrifying that I can’t even summon the mental energy to think about Obama’s failings, much less discuss them with anybody.

  3. Cinderella says:

    So you started this blog to rant against the Republican Ticket because you wanted to be first out of the gate. Hmmmm, sounds like a smart idea. Romney according to you is a bad man because he only pays 13% taxes on is income. BTW Howard, that is waaaaay more than you and I, Virginia and Robin put together. So saying” only “doesn’t convince me yet that I should change my vote to Obama and believe that the Republican Ticket is hypocritical. I understand that Bush during his second term was a big problem and we needed a change. I did not vote for Obama, however, I did want him him to succeed with the Hope and change once he was elected. When you say Mitt didn’t invest, give me a break, no one has invested in that last 4 years, they are afraid to. Harry Reid and his Cronies haven’t passed a budget in three years. No one knows what the mess called Obamacare is going to do. We have a National Debt that should have sunk or will sink this nation. Obama’s green programs have ruined an industry and provided unemployment for hundreds of thousands of people. He vetoed the Keystone pipeline that could have put thousands to work. Right now he is raising the minimum wage. The Big Bad CEO’s don’t know what to do, so they aren’t doing anything and won’t until this mess is figured out. I will not address the You didn’t build that issue, that’s idiotic on Obama’s part. Remember, with the GI bill, a veteran has to give in order to get, you sound a little to smug when you talk about the use of the GI bill. My husband went to Vietnam for 4 years. What about you Howard???? Did you serve our Country???? My husband did and used the GI bill to attend Junior college. Since you called out Obama along with Ryan about their fact checkers, I will leave that alone. Okay, your bullet points are somewhat on target, I feel that Detroit is still ready to pull the plug, and it cost us bundles. Mr. Obama just plain scares me. What do you actually know about him? I am NOT a birther, I believe he was born in the United states, however there are many things that he has sealed that have no reason to be sealed. Why would a President seal his college transcripts? Why would Mr. Obama take Executive Privilege for Eric Holder in the Fast and Furious debacle? Brian Terry lost his life in this DEA campaign. Nothing Mitt Romney has done has caused anyone to die. Why is Obama doing an end around Congress and issuing executive orders without approval from Congress. He studied Constitutional law at Harvard and is fully aware that is illegal. Why has Obama issued orders for the Military to pay more for their own Medical benefits? What has he got against the military? As you don’t trust the Romney/Ryan Ticket, I am fearful of the Obama/Biden ticket. I mean, come on, Joe Biden is around for comedic relief only. From my side of the table Michelle Obama is completely disrespected. I have no feelings about her one way or the other, however the Republicans think she is abusive of her status and spends way too much money on vacations. So, to finish up, the America that you and I grew up in, is no longer. We are fast becoming a weakling in the global society. We are not respected anymore the way we used too be. We need to rebuild our strength, our pride and our loyalty to our country. We need to stop bowing to other leaders and stand up with PRIDE. We can’t do that with Obama/Biden. We must elect Romney/Ryan.

  4. SR Newman says:

    Well said! I sent this to several friends. Thanks, Howard.

  5. George Newman says:

    Superb! This is vintage Howard at its best.


  6. Ann May says:

    Great article ,Howard. You mentioned the gay issues. What about womens issues that the Republicans ignore or decimate? Louise would be proud of this article.

  7. Collin says:

    Well said. What has happened to the party of Abraham Lincoln? Why do we have such a lousy choice this November? I don’t see the country being restored in the next few years no matter who is elected, but Romney/Ryan scare me — not so much for myself as for those who will be hit hard by the disastrous policies R&R are advocating. And yes, those guys make me cranky too.

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