Sunday, November 04, 2012

When Presidents' Parents Rule their Policy

Thinking lately about how George W. Bush was personally motivated to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein because Saddam allegedly tried to assassinate his father.  And how Barack Obama emphasized passing health care "reform", largely ignoring jobs issues, doubtless because his mother had so much trouble paying for her health care as she was dying. 

And now we have Mitt Romney, possibly the next president. What about his parents might most motivate him? I remember his father George Romney as a pretty cool outspoken guy and gave him the thumbs up when he said in a 1967 interview: "When I came back from Viet Nam [in November 1965], I'd just had the greatest brainwashing that anybody can get," and "I no longer believe that it was necessary for us to get involved in South Vietnam to stop Communist aggression in Southeast Asia."That statement pretty much killed his 1968 presidential campaign.  

Last night I watched the CNN special on Mitt Romney's life and that was the one big issue regarding his father that came up.  CNN and some pundits believe Mitt controls himself so he doesn't make such big bloopers (unless he's talking about the 47% in front of private groups - hmmm, does the 47% include government employees and pensioneers and all the people with fat government contracts or fat government subsidies or fat government laws restricting competion with their firms?)

Does this mean he has to prove he's not a wimpy peacenik who claims to be a dupe of militarists? To the point that he becomes a dupe of militarists?

All I know is that if he gets elected I'll be out there at the first protest with this sign...

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