Romney Reversed Roles on Obama
By Jay Thomas Willis
Senior Columnist and Political Analyst
Mid-South Tribune and Black Information Highway
I’m not sure how to classify Governor Romney’s behavior toward President Obama: does he use reverse psychology, reversal of roles, or simply projection—he clearly attributes some of his own actions and behavior to President Obama.
In the beginning of the campaign, part of President Obama’s problem was he failed to get down and dirty with Governor Romney. Obama was accused of not being aggressive. No matter how much Romney attacked him he remained poised and dignified. This was at first seen as Obama’s style—a part of his training, upbringing, and education. But Romney was like a bully, the more Obama refused to attack, the more Romney came after him. Finally, I think he realized it was necessary to go on the attack.
When Obama finally went on the attack, he hit Romney where it hurts, and Romney squealed like a stuck pig. This whole process began with Romney lying on Obama in regard to his policies, and then reversing the situation, by saying Obama was telling lies on him about his policies. Then he began to launch negative attack ads on Obama, and saying Obama was merciless in his attack ads, and they were untrue. Romney knew his ads were set up to attack Obama, and they were vicious and untrue. In too many cases Romney has accused Obama of doing the same things he was doing. Romney somehow thinks he can get away with such foolishness. He makes his statements with impunity.
A similar process continued throughout the debates. In the first debate pundits accused Obama of not being aggressive and lackadaisical. In the second and third debate Obama was accused of going on the attack to make up for his poor performance on the first debate. He was accused of being too aggressive. It seems he couldn’t win for losing.
According to Republicans, Romney, Republican super PACs, and Republican pundits, no matter what Obama does there is something wrong with it. Apparently, Obama can’t go to the bathroom correctly. Of course, they have vowed to remove Obama from the White House at all cost, and said they can’t let this happen again—whatever was supposed to have happened.
It should be flattering for Romney that Obama would use a similar Health Care Plan as a model for the nation, which Romney used in Massachusetts, but Romney instead vows to revoke the plan. If it was good for the State of Massachusetts, why isn’t it good for the nation? It’s because Romney doesn’t wish to identify with anything that sounds like something Obama would propose. If Romney gets in office he will probably accept more of the plan than he is willing to admit at this time. Besides, some say it will take billions of taxpayer’s dollars just to repeal the plan, and it will probably take a long time to complete the process.
In fact he doesn’t specify, but admits he would continue to do some of the same things Obama has done. He agrees with Obama on a lot of issues but fails to openly admit it. For example, Governor Romney says he agrees with President Obama about his sanctions on Iran, and would do virtually the same things. He only says he would offer tougher sanctions. Obama campaigned on hope and change in 2008. Romney is apparently only about continuing to change his position on policies. Romney is going to do nothing but make promises, and when he gets in office he will look for guidance to the traditional Republican Party and Tea Party, having few original policies of his own.
We listen to the lies politicians tell about themselves and others, and allow ourselves to be taken in by what they say. It seems strange that year after year we allow ourselves to be duped by the lies political candidates tell us, all the while trying to get our vote. Many make promises and never keep them. Once they get in office it’s difficult to hold them accountable.
Can you remember George H. W. Bush’s promise not to raise taxes, and almost immediately did so? Robert Dole promised to cut taxes by 15% while balancing the budget. It would have been an impossible task to do so. When politicians get elected they seem to feel the public will forget their promises. Since George Washington, many presidents and other elected officials have made numerous promises they didn’t keep.
Romney will say anything that he thinks will please the public, and he will also say whatever it takes. He reminds me of the advice David Crockett (Congressman 1828) gave to people running for office: “Promise all that is asked for, more if you can think of anything, offer anything. Promises cost nothing. Say no to nobody. Once elected, it is absolutely necessary to forget all promises before being a thoroughgoing politician and patriot,” as stated by Ryland Merkey on WYCC Channel 20 in the “American Adventure Series (The Jacksonian Persuasion).”
Generations of politicians have faithfully followed this practice. It worked in 1828 and it continues to work today. Many politicians still feel as David Crocket did, and will lie if necessary to achieve their objectives. Usually it’s a matter of whose promises we’re going to believe, and voting is one way to influence the political process in one’s community and the nation.
My parents never once voted during their whole lifetimes. I feel it is my duty to get out and vote, if only in their memory. Don’t stay away from the poles. Make a deliberate choice. Our forefathers died for this right to vote. Don’t squander an opportunity.
Whatever you do don’t sit on your posterior on Election Day. Get out and vote for somebody!
*The above is on the Black Paper lane on the Black Information Highway and The Mid-South Tribune ONLINE. Mr. Willis is the author of twenty-three books, fifteen professional journal articles, a number of magazine articles, and over 300 newspaper articles. His books can be reviewed at www.jaythomaswillis.com . Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or MSTnews@prodigy.net or BlackInfoHwy@prodigy.net .