When he opens his mouth wide like that, I’m sure that the Mullahs can hear him loud and clear in Iran, and have no doubt (lack of faith) that he really means business…
Haven’t heard the expression “compassionate conservatism” for a very long time. Perhaps the expression will soon turn up in the forthcoming discussions about the plight of America which is NOT in recession with something like a current 1.7 % growth rate. Which means the US is doing better than France and Germany.
Should the expression “Compassionate Conservatism” eventually pop up, one thing is already clear, whether the Republican’s conservatism is compassionate to the rich and poor or not, at this stage Romney has at least made it clear (and to my satisfaction) that there will be no compassion for the Mullahs and their genocidal ambition.
Someday, someone will kindly tell us where the similarities that the Republicans share with Sweden’s Conservative Party begin or end and what the Social Democrats of Sweden have in common with the Democratic Party of the United States. Suffice it to say that our Fredrik (the Great) supported Brother Barack Obama in the US presidential elections in 2008.
Still irritated with both Romney and his mate Ryan’s distortions.
In the words of Jim Messina ( Brother Obama’s campaign manager, What Paul Ryan said
“If you’ve seen any coverage of Paul Ryan’s speech in Tampa, you know that the consensus among journalists and independent observers is that it was … factually challenged.
He lied about Medicare. He lied about the Recovery Act. He lied about the deficit and debt. He even dishonestly attacked Barack Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin — a plant that closed in December 2008 under George W. Bush. He also failed to offer one constructive idea about what he would do to move the country forward.”
Romney & Crew did not get whip-lashed by Hurricane Isaac, in Tampa, Florida. Isaac had mercy, headed West. Isaac’s ferocity was even downgraded to that of a tropical storm, and so spared the GOP convention a lashing. What a pity. But Tampa in particular and Florida in general is a special place for me – my Professor of American Literature – my favourite Professor, Jack B. Moore lives there and once upon a time, in 1969 it looked like I was heading for that place (everybody loves the sunshine) when fate intervened. My one and only sister lives there as do some of my first cousins (everybody loves the sunshine.
Now, of course after M. Romney’s performance of a lifetime, everybody’s talking
As The Guardian’s Ewen MacAskill reporting from Tampa, puts it,
“In a largely pedestrian speech, Romney won some of the loudest applause of the night when he said: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet.” After a long pause to milk the raucous laughter of the crowd he delivered his own pledge: “My promise … is to help you and your family.”
But overall he failed to rise to the occasion, his flat delivery contrasting badly with the man who introduced him, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who showed rhetorical flair in an assured speech.”
Not being such a great fan of his, can’t say that I stayed up all night to listen to Mitt Romney’s Acceptance Speech at the GOP , but there it is and in this life, he has certainly made his most important speech so far. Different style from Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Liberation theology, different syle from the Southern Baptist preacher’s (the difference between country and soul, between jazz and pop, between gospel and distorting the truth ) but it seems like on this occasion he and his Mormon soul & tongue were specially on fire for the presidency of the American people. Having been runner up to to Senator John McCain for the GOP’s ticket in 2007 – since when he must have been patiently counting his money and quietly biding his time for his next attempt at occupying the oval office at White House, this time with a message of hope and prosperity that he hopes with resonate not necessarily with the souls but with the hearts, minds and pockets of the American people and the spectacular promise that he’s gonna create 12 million new jobs…(heck that’s more than the population of Sweden and West Virginia combined
12 million is the equivalent of the entire populations of some ten US states combined!
All he could do last night was to decry all the efforts and achievements of President Obama to date – as if the financial meltdown didn’t begin during Bush’s watch. As if, if he Romney had beaten McCain for the GOP ticket in 2008, he would not have had to start on page one, with bailing out the banks, for trillions of dollars.
If it is indeed, as some of the conspiracy theorists say, that it is the rich who decide who is crowned King in America, then they set the stage – stage one : the bank bailouts by president Obama and now we’re waiting for stage two : if the Romney-Ryan vision prevails, back to more rigorous cut-throat capitalism in a much more competitive world, where the winner/killer takes all….
Meanwhile, serious food for thought about American ascendancy: China, Egypt commit to raising their bilateral Strategic Partnership to an unprecedented High