Saturday, December 24, 2011

In Which We Examine Mitt Romney's Principles Concerning the Truth

You don't need me -- Mitt's better at making stuff up. Who knew?

A theme is emerging, at least on the liberal side of the media, that Mitt Romney's key weakness is not that he'll take any position on issues that he feels will currently advance his political chances, regardless of whether or not he actually believes in those positions.

No, Mitt Romney's key weakness is that he's a flat-out liar. Big-time serial liar. Liar, liar, pants-on-fire liar.

From my standpoint, as I've been paying attention to his campaign so far, this is 100% true. That Mitt Romney is a liar.

If you noticed on my blog, I've got my General Principles listed on the left sidebar. Here's no. 10:

If you consider making stuff up a viable tactic, you are disallowed from civil discourse.

Clearly there's a problem with that principle. Campaigning apparently is not considered a part of civil discourse, so, I guess you can lie. Should I rewrite my general principle?

I've thought about it and realized that my general principle above is fine for me. I will follow it as carefully as I can. I consider it unethical and immoral to do otherwise.

Okay, so what we've got to do is rewrite my general principle so that it can be one that Mitt Romney could follow What would Mitt Romney's General Principle no. 10 look like?

No. 10: If you consider making stuff up a viable tactic, you are disallowed from civil discourse, unless you're running for president, in which case any bullshit you come up with is fine.

So there you have it. I've got my principles, and Mitt Romney has his. Just so we're clear.

Okay. Now let's apply this lens to one of Mitt Romney's recent statements. He was talking at a campaign stop in New Hampshire when a 21-year-old asked him a question:
Kallie Durkit: Relatability has been a large issue for you on this campaign trail, and as a college student many people in my generation find it especially hard to relate to you as a candidate. Why should we mobilize for you as a candidate instead of Obama, which we did in 2008?
Mitt Romney: What I can promise you is this –- when you get out of college, if I’m president you’ll have a job. If President Obama is reelected, you will not be able to get a job. That’s the reason I will hopefully get young people who are in college is to say, You know what, I understand what it takes to get jobs in America.
(h/t ThinkProgress)

Now, go ahead, slice and dice that statement any way you want. What are you obliged to decide? Mitt Romney is a stranger to the truth. He wouldn't know how to tell the truth if they gave him truth serum.

It will be a regular feature of this blog to discredit Mitt Romney for as long as he's a candidate for president. It won't be very difficult because he's, you know, a liar. Where is my analysis flawed?

I know it's crap, but you gotta admit, it's red meat to my base!

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