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Tuesday Afternoon News Roundup – The Mitt Romney addition

I would like to go back to the gift that keeps on giving, Mitt Romney‘s secret video of one of his fundraisers. This was originally posted on the Mother Jones website about a month ago. In that video Mitt Romney said, “my dad, you know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company, but he was born in Mexico. And had he been born of Mexican parents I’d had a better shot at winning this, but he was unfortunately born of Americans living in Mexico.” Isn’t that just the knee slapper?

Although Mitt Romney would like to portray himself as a foreign-policy guru, he is not. Putting aside his foreign-policy speech that he made at VMI last week, he tells his $50,000 a plate buddies, “I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel…” Now, just for a second, let’s pretend that what he said at VMI completely goes against what he said at this private ritzy dinner. Basically, Mitt Romney is saying there is no possible two-state solution. So, is he calling for the elimination of the Palestinian people? This completely changes our foreign-policy stance towards Israel and Palestine over the last two decades. Even George W. Bush sought a two state solution.

Mitt Romney doesn’t get it. Mitt Romney has never really understood what it’s going to take to keep America safe and what Americans truly need. I’m not gonna sit here and try to stereotype Mitt Romney. Instead, if we look at his actions and listen to his words, he does a pretty good job of stereotyping himself. Joking with folks that it would be easier to be elected president if you’re a minority? That’s simply crazy. But, it does play into a well-known stereotype. There’s a segment of the population that watches Fox News who believe that Barack Obama only got elected president because of white guilt. They believe that he was not a better campaigner than Hillary Rodham Clinton. I do not believe that many Americans voted for him simply because he was black.

As far as Mitt Romney’s foreign policy, this is more of the macho policy of the Bush administration. The Bush administration, as far as I can recall, never talked about trashing the two-state solution. They did talk about isolating Yasser Arafat, yet they did this. Of course, it did not solve the peace process. As a matter of fact, it made the peace process drag to a halt. We’re not to be able to intimidate, threaten or bully the Palestinians into peace. At the same time, the Palestinians are going to have to want peace as much as the Israelis.

The complexity of this issue is fantastically illustrated in the siege of the Church of the Nativity which took place in 2002. Basically, Israeli defense forces were chasing down Palestinian militants. Approximately 200 militants took refuge in the church, one of the holiest sites in all of Christendom. According to George Tenet, in his book, At the Center of the Storm, the complexity of the relationship between the Palestinians and Israelis is difficult to fathom. Plus, you add these militant groups and everything gets even more complex and volatile. The CIA was called in to help negotiate the standoff. Both the Palestinians and the Israelis had come to trust the CIA over the previous several years, as the CIA served as an intermediary in several peace negotiations. An original agreement was negotiated in which the Palestinian militants would be exiled from both Palestine and Israel. In spite of the fact that the Israelis originally proposed this idea, they ended up trashing the agreement. Back to square one. Now, the Israelis, who originally invited the CIA into the negotiations, asked the CIA to back off and let European negotiators try to fix the situation. The CIA backed out, European negotiators stepped in and negotiations were started anew. Several weeks passed. The Israelis cut off food entering the building. Israeli snipers also took out several Palestinians and wounded several church workers who were mistaken to be terrorists. The CIA was invited back into negotiations after a three-week stalemate. The final agreement was reached, but one of the big sticking points was what to do with the militant weapons. (This illustrates the difficulty of negotiating between two peoples with a history of over 2000 years of hostilities.) Once one side decided they wanted the weapons thrown into the Dead Sea, the other side decided they wanted the weapons thrown into the Mediterranean. Seriously. They argued over this. Finally, it was decided that the United States would confiscate the weapons. After 39 days, the siege was over. I only mention this siege because it is but one small incident which clearly illustrates the complexity of the situation, the great emotion involved, and the fact that there are no easy solutions. If anyone tells you they have the magic bullet which is going to fix the situation between Israel and Palestine, you should understand that that’s a man that needs to be pitied.

By |2012-10-17T20:54:33-04:00October 16th, 2012|Elections, Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on Tuesday Afternoon News Roundup – The Mitt Romney addition

Wednesday Morning News Roundup

Wednesday Morning News Roundup

There are certain memes or themes that never seem to go away. One of the strongest seems to be that Democrats are soft on crime/terrorism. We can go back to Michael Dukakis being painted with Willie Horton. Currently, Republicans are using a variation on this theme by saying that President Barack Obama has skipped intelligence briefings. This is not true.

The number of uninsured Americans has declined in many states. This is good.

Housing market appears to be improving.

If, for some reason, you haven’t seen Mitt Romney’s “secret” video in which he is talking to fundraisers, the video can be found here.

Maxine Waters, Democrat from California, has been cleared of all ethics charges.

It looks like Paul Ryan is tryingto distance himself from Mitt Romney. I would take this with a grain of salt.

Historic slave records are being placed online. This is specific to records here in Western North Carolina.

North Carolina SAT scores continue to slide. This should be no surprise as we are investing less and less on education.

Newt decides to play the race card

When your campaign is in shambles, you’re desperate. You have to figure out a way to become relevant again. Newt Gingrich’s world, by all accounts, is falling apart. Newt hasn’t been a powerful player for more than a decade, yet he’s been able to convince conservative donors that he still relevant. He’s been able to start several political action committees and fill the coffers with millions of dollars. Now those funds have been drying up. So former House Speaker Newt Gingrich decides to run for president. His campaign gets off to a bumpy start when he denounces the Ryan tax plan, which is simply more giveaways to big business and the wealthy. Secondly, his top campaign officials resigned. Thirdly, his fundraisers resigned. If you are a Republican and your campaign begins to falter, you don’t admit defeat. You don’t admit your own mistakes and try to figure out a way forward. Instead, you double down. You increase the rhetoric. You play the race card. This is exactly what John McCain and Sarah Palin did when it was clear that they were losing the presidential race just three years ago.

From TPM:

He explained that “in May, we had 41% unemployment among black teenagers in America.” That means if Republicans can put on a brave face, they might be able to turn the African American vote their way.

Think of the social catastrophe of 41% of a community not being able to find a job. But we have to have the courage to walk into that neighborhood, to talk to that preacher, to visit that small business, to talk to that mother. And we have to have a convincing case that we actually know how to create jobs.

“The morning they believe that, you’re going to see margins in percents you never dreamed of decide there’s a better future,” Gingrich said. “It takes courage, it takes hard work, it takes discipline and it’s doable.”

Now, it is clear that the economy is failing minorities. The economy has been failing minorities for well over a decade. The last time the minority community saw significant employment and significant income growth, Bill Clinton was President. Yet, Newt Gingrich did not want to point out that the economy is failing everybody and has been for more than a decade. Instead, he wanted to point out that a black man was failing the Black community. The implication, of course, is that if he can fail the Black community then, of course, he is failing everybody. President Obama has done the best that he can with a recalcitrant Republican Party. They’ve wanted him to have no success. (Remember Rush Limbaugh’s statement) They have thwarted him on every occasion. Every additional stimulus has been voted down.

Black unemployment from 1980 - 2011

Just think for a moment how President Obama would have been roasted and toasted if he had proposed a targeted stimulus toward the Black community. I wonder what Newt Gingrich would’ve been saying that? The hypocrisy is overwhelming.

By |2011-06-24T10:09:16-04:00June 24th, 2011|Obama administration, Party Politics, Race|Comments Off on Newt decides to play the race card
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