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Truth will make you FREE! Romney's true attitude?!

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John Eyster
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

TRUTH will make you FREE - Romney's true attitude?!

YESTERDAY – 225th anniversary of the signing of our US CONSTITUTION which opens identifying WHO is empowering the CONSTITUTION. This declaration asserts that POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY would be the SOURCE of political power for the US CONSTITUTION once ratified. What a SHOCK to learn that the REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY had asserted that 47 percent of Americans are “dependent on government” and that they think “they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it." He added that his job “is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” What do YOU think?

Before readers comment, be sure to note that Romney hastily called a news conference last night to try to diffuse the controversy. He acknowledged having made the remarks and stood by them, although he conceded that they were “not elegantly stated” and that he had been “speaking off the cuff in response to a question.”

Did YOU read that carefully? ROMNEY acknowledged that he made the remarks and re-asserted that they articulated THE TRUTH. Romney did concede that they were “not elegantly stated” as he was “speaking off the cuff in response to a question.”

TRUTH BE TOLD - NOW we have the candid articulation of MITT ROMNEY’s real attitude toward WE THE PEOPLE of the US! What do YOU think?

NOW we know the TRUTH and the TRUTH will make us free!

I urge you to read the whole article by Philip Rucker, Dan Eggen, Rachel Winer and Feliciz Sonmez published by the Washington Post, “Leaked videos show Romney dismissing Obama supporters as feeling entitled to handouts.”

If you access the article using the link above, YOU will be able to view the Romney video online. See it for yourself! Remember: MITT ROMNEY affirmed that he did make the remarks!

It is VERY interesting to note that in that article, the journalists noted that Romney said his comments underscored the contrast between the two candidates’ divergent visions for the nation.

They quote Romney, “This is ultimately a question about direction for the country: Do you believe in a government-centered society that provides more and more benefits or do you believe instead in a free-enterprise society where people are able to pursue their dreams?”

They note that Romney added that his is a “free-people, free-enterprise, free-market, consumer-driven approach.”

And then the contradictory report asserting that Romney, trying to provide some context for the comments he made in the video, told reporters Monday night that he was talking to donors about campaign strategy, not his vision for the country. Which is it?! What do YOU think?

I read with more and more interest Romney’s clarification as to his statement, “It’s not elegantly stated. .?.?. I’m speaking off the cuff in response to a question.” Romney said that “people who are parting with their monies are very interested in knowing can you win or not and that’s what this was addressing.”

Romney continued, “Of course individuals are going to take responsibility for their lives. My campaign is about helping people take more responsibility and becoming employed again, particularly those who don’t have work. This whole campaign is based on getting people jobs again, putting people back to work.”

I agree with Obama campaign manager Jim Messina’s statement, “It’s shocking that a candidate for president of the United States would go behind closed doors and declare to a group of wealthy donors that half the American people view themselves as ‘victims,’ entitled to handouts, and are unwilling to take ‘personal responsibility’ for their lives. It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.” What do YOU think?

Complementing the Washington Post article is the New York Times' "The Caucus - the politics and government blog of The Times" post by Michael D. Shear and Michael Barbaro, "Romney Calls 47% of Voters Dependent in Leaked Video." You may want to read this report too.

This whole situation makes the upcoming – Wednesday, October 3, 2012 – first presidential debate the more significant.

I agree with Dan Balz’s OpEd column published in the Washington Post, “Mitt Romney’s real test: First presidential debate.”

I hope you will read Dan Balz’s column and then comment. What do YOU think?

I KNOW I am going to be watching for first presidential debate at the UW-Waukesha PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE WATCH w/DISCUSSION. Sponsored by our Political Science Department with Chair, Dr. Margaret Hankenson as moderator, the whole Waukesha community is invited to participate. Having participated in the on campus debate watches w/discussion during the 2008 presidential campaign, I am confident that there will be a healthy civil discussion of the debate between President Obama and Governor Romney.

Balz asserts, “The real test is how he responds. The history of campaigning suggests that, at such moments, much more depends on the candidate’s performance than that of his team. It is a leadership test in real time. What he says and does on the trail in the coming days and, far more important, how he conducts himself in the first presidential debate should answer that question.”

In his analysis, Balz notes, “Romney advisers note that the Gallup tracking poll that showed the president with a six-point lead last week now shows the rivals separated by three points. That’s better than things looked a week ago, but Obama’s three-point margin is still significant, given how stable the race was for so many months. And the president’s approval rating in the Gallup track has held at 50 percent since the Democratic convention.

“That’s why so much depends on Romney. In the estimation of allies and opponents, Romney still hasn’t found his voice as a candidate or a message compelling enough to win over persuadable voters. To these strategists, he hasn’t risen to the challenge of defining his presidency. In Devine’s words, Romney needs real substance, not ‘fluffy substance,’ in his message.”

Balz concludes, “Past candidates have used debates to change the race, even if temporarily. Amid doubts and criticism, can Romney do the same?” What do YOU think?

COUNTDOWN TO US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012 as of right now as I put this post online is: 48 days – 14 hours – 33 minutes – 22 seconds.

If you want to check the EXACT days – hours – minutes – seconds when you are reading this blog, check out, “Elections Countdown for Days till 2012 Presidential Election” on the mycountdown website. Take a look!

Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 10:32 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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