Politicians sometimes have a tendency to exaggerate. Yes, it is true. I remember that I sometimes used to get embarrassed at one of my favorites, Ronald Reagan, when he would “misspeak”. Mostly, as I recall he did a bit of exaggeration about his World War II service as well as his early childhood. Well, no harm done.
Things have been getting worse and worse, however. It is time to put a stop to a lot of the rhetoric that we have been hearing. Now, first of all, politicians, with the best of motives do promise things that they simply can’t deliver on, if congress is unwilling. It is hoped that we have an electorate that is wise enough to understand that even though a politician might promise to go to Mars next year, if congress is unwilling to provide the funding, it won’t happen.
We really need to go after the bald-faced lies that candidates or their representatives make. This past Sunday, one of the Romney advisers stated that the bailout of Chrysler and General Motors was Romney’s idea. Clearly, the bailout was a good idea. There are a lot of people who would be out of jobs of the bailout did not happen. Was it Romney’s idea? Well there was a November 2008 op-ed piece in the New York Times entitled, “Let Detroit go Bankrupt”. Who wrote it? Yes, it was Mitt Romney. People make mistakes but Romney (or maybe the Republican Party) should immediately disavow that statement by Romney’s advisor. Will they? This is an easy chance for the Republicans to show that they are not morally bankrupt. So far the silence has been deafening.
Representative Allen West, a darling of the Tea Party, said that he “heard” that up to 81 House Democrats are members of the Communist Party. So he “heard “ that, did he? He didn’t name names, can you believe that? Other Republicans should have called him on that. Did they? Not as yet. The silence is deafening.
“I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.” Who said that, none other than Mitt Romney – a man with a net worth of over $200 million. A Republican should have said SOMETHING about that. Did they? The silence is deafening.
I won’t go into some of the ignorant things that Bachmann, Gingrich, Cain, and Santorum have said because they are all out of the race, but it always surprised me when, every time a stupid thing was said, no Republican called them on it. It is sad to think that maybe, the average Republican didn’t have the smarts to catch them on it. The silence was deafening.