View From The Middle
Last week I said I was undecided about whom I would vote for in the Presidential election. Now I’m undecided about just how undecided I am (If this sounds confusing to you, think about MY confusion!).
At first — harking back a few months to the time when Mitt Romney wrested the appointment as the candidate from the likes of Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry and…well, you know, the whole bunch of contenders — I had a feeling the Republican choice was pretty well right-on. Here was (is) a boss-type; a businessperson who might be able to lead us out of any definite or even supposed economic swamp. I thought — still do — he would show a high degree of competence when it comes to the money problems before the American people and perhaps show us, if not directly, then indirectly, by his handling of domestic affairs, a path to possible recovery.
It was just a “feeling,” but, still, I was undecided. I felt that, with the Republican convention, I would pay more attention and perhaps come to a better conclusion as to where I’d stand voting-wise (notwithstanding the appearance of Clint Eastwood — ugh!). After the convention I felt pretty good about Romney. After all, that’s what the convention was for: to rally the party’s own forces and, after he accepted the candidacy, to hear what he had to say without interruption or contention. Of course, it should be noted that in an interview on “Good Morning America” last week, Romney defined the American middle income as “$200,000 to $250,000 or less.” Talk about being out of touch with the working class!
I was still undecided.
We have all put up with President Obama for the past three and a half years and, well, like it or not, at least we know approximately where we stand. And where we stand is not necessarily in a good place. Domestically, he has an uphill battle ahead and is not mincing words with the American people about what he has to do from this point to help solve those problems. He says he’s on a good course and that he just needs more time….while Romney says the President has already had enough time and that he could do the job — faster and better.
Maybe so (just maybe). But here’s where the indecision starts to wind down as far as who shall hold the office of Commander in Chief for the next four years: international affairs.
Romney just doesn’t cut it.
First of all, he did not mention Afghanistan or even connote any other reference to our troops overseas. This was a gaffe of omission that must not be ignored. I mean, the man is running for President, and this mistake is a big one. It was said that his original acceptance speech did reference these topics but, in later re-writes, they were omitted. It’s time to get rid of a few speech writers and advisers.
We all know of the horrendous events in the Muslim world that happened last week and how the Mideast is once again a tinderbox. Four Americans were killed in Libya, including the ambassador, and there are anti-American riots throughout more than 20 countries around the world because of a film denigrating Mohammed recently produced here.
While Obama has conducted himself in a Presidential manner and handled the situation both delicately and with diplomatic firmness, Romney has already tried to politicize the situation. Worse yet, he mischaracterized the President’s early remarks (later softening his words) and right away handled his part, to put it mildly, disgracefully. He should have, well (pardon my frankness), kept his mouth shut until he knew what was going on. His lack of experience showed miserably, especially when he said the President was being “apologetic.”
In the middle of an international crisis, no matter what your personal stakes are, your first move must be to support your President — whether he’s your political adversary or not. Listen to what’s being said — then come out with your conjectures.
Romney has taken flak for his remarks, even from fellow Republicans, but the damage has been done. This type of personality trait was not shown in that GOP convention, but we now see a side of this contender that, while making him a mogul in the world of economics, business and industry, might not be the right personality to have in the international diplomacy business.
I’m not sure, at this point, but I think I’m getting’ close to a decision…..