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In Case You Were Wondering (7)

In the first 6 versions of “In Case You Were Wondering” I detailed reasons why I and many other Independents and Democrats could not support any Republicans in this election cycle.  The reasons given were all related to specific attitudes and policies of Republicans.  At this point I want to go in a different direction.  Now I want to talk about the Republican Nominee for President, Mitt Romney.

Reason 7 – Romney’s statements over the years make it completely impossible to have any legitimate understanding of where he stands on the issues.

In the Republican Presidential Debate on November 9, 2011 Mitt Romney made the following statement: “I think people understand that I’m a man of steadiness and constancy.”  Actually Mitt, we understand just the opposite.  You have proven to be a man with an unsteady and ever-swaying doctrine about so many issues that the only thing that is constant is your unsteadiness.   In other words, you have proven to be a man we can not trust because you hit both sides of almost every issue and therefore we have no idea what you really stand for.  Romney is, steadily unsteady and constantly changing.

John Huntsman, fellow Republican Mormon, and one of the early dropouts in the Republican nomination process has summed up what others (regardless of political affiliation) think of Mitt Romney.  He pointed out that Romney was “A perfectly lubricated weathervane.”   There is more truth in that statement than one could possibly imagine.  First of all, by their nature and design, weather vanes are designed to spin and twirl and point to whatever direction the wind is blowing.  What a perfect metaphor for Mitt Romney.  You see, Romney’s statements are entirely dependant upon which way the political winds are blowing at any given time.

Wind is an amazing phenomenon.   Unless we are schooled in the science of climate and weather we probably don’t have a clue as to why it is blowing in any direction at any given time.  Never mind that we can’t figure out why it is blowing so hard.  All we care about is getting away from its effects.  If you live in Las Vegas like I do, you would be constantly faced with winds blowing in all sorts of directions with all sorts of velocity.  So it is in the political realm.  On any given day you never know what direction political wind will come from and rarely be able to determine its velocity ahead of time.

I suggest the following reality about the nature of political windstorms.  The force and direction of political wind is often related to its source and the environment you are in at the time the wind hits you.  If you are trying to gain the adulation of a group from the Republican political base you had better understand the political winds they are driving your way.  In that regard, Mitt Romney is the absolute perfect political weathervane.  When trying to get people in the Republican base to get excited about your candidacy, you will have one set of responses to their inquiries.  If they ask about gays in the military, you better come out strongly against it.  If they ask about abortion, you better come out strongly against it.  If they ask about climate change you had better spout the company line that the science is not certain and because of that we shouldn’t do anything about it.

If you are trying to garner the nomination, you better pander to the base.  However, when you sense the wind blowing in a different direction, like maybe in a Presidential debate where Independents and Democrats are paying attention, you better deny all that you said during all of your debates against fellow Republicans and come out strongly in favor of things that might attract the independent vote.  Hence, Romney’s performances during the Presidential debates were no surprise to anyone who was paying attention.  The weathervane was well-lubricated and spun around and basically denied all of his previous statements.   Hence, John Hunstman’s description is dead on the money.

To give you an idea of the seriousness of Romney’s lack of conviction, even the political commentators on Fox News have made disparaging comments about Romney’s inability to stand consistently for anything.  “You are only allowed a certain number of flips before people begin to doubt your character” – Britt Hume – Fox News, October 30th, 2011.  While I don’t usually agree with much that comes from Fox News, my point here is that even those who support him, realize that his flips and flops generate beliefs about him that indicate he has character problem.

The problem that many Independents and most Democrats have with Mitt Romney is that his ever-changing political stances on a host of issues make him appear to have no political soul. To put it in biological terms, he is a vertebrate without vertebrae.  I prefer to use that term instead of the one I hear more often, that he is spineless.  In other words, he doesn’t believe strongly in much, and because of that we don’t trust him.  Should we vote for him because he is going to reduce the taxes of the very rich, or should we vote for him because he is not going to reduce the taxes of the very rich.   Should we vote for him because he was completely supportive of the Bush doctrine on Iraq, or should we vote for him because he was completely against the Bush doctrine on Iraq.   Should we vote for him because be believes in his primary legislative accomplishment while Governor of Massachusetts (health care), or should we vote for him because he is against the same basic health care legislation that is President Obama’s primary legislative accomplishment.

You see, no matter which Mitt Romney we vote for, we are voting against the other Mitt Romney.  Do we put Mitt Romney in the White House or do we put Mitt Romney in the White House?  Either way, we can be sure that he will proclaim victory while he is forced to proclaim his political demise.  We don’t trust him, because he is untrustable.  We don’t believe in him, because he is not believable.  As such, he is not fit for the office of the Presidency of the United States.

I have put together a chart illustrating Mitt Romney’s flip-flops.  It doesn’t include all of them, there isn’t enough room to list them all.  If you believe what I am saying, it will support my position.  If you don’t believe what I am saying, it will support my position and you may not want to discover that what I am saying is the truth.  At least my position on this doesn’t change when the wind blows.

Romney Flip Flop

3 Responses to “In Case You Were Wondering (7)”

  1. You have a typo in your chart. Under item 2, the flip, you gave the date as Dec-12. It’s probably Dec-11. I didn’t do the research and check. Just giving you a head’s up. 🙂

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