Note from Dan: Our Post of the Day begin with a comment from John Wilburn, the small business-owning gun advocate and frequent poster on this blog. He was addressing undecided voter (and frequent poster) J.M. White. Wilburn wrote a short rant criticizing President Obama. And that was answered by White, whose much long response follows.
From John Wilburn:” J.M. White, for whatever it’s worth, there are plenty of ridiculous literal beliefs in virtually ALL of the religions. Christians are supposed to profess that the story of Noah’s Ark literally happened. I wouldn’t hold Romney’s religious nuttery against him any more than another candidate who claims to be a Christian. The debt is unforgivable. The two Supreme Court appointments were unfogivable. Yes, Romney sucks and was my close to my last pick of the 2012 Republican slate, but the prospect of $20,000,000,000,000 of still growing debt, a promised forecast of more gun control, and chancing the makeup of the Supreme Court to Obama is not a smart vote, IMO.
Of course, your mileage may vary and you’ll get ten tons more unsolicited input that makes another argument. But, November 6th is coming up quickly and it’s no one’s vote but yours….. Choose WISELY.”
From J.M. White: “John W, I know about the many religious nutteries out there and I did say that that shouldn’t necessarily preclude him from high office. I do have a problem with Christians acceptance of his religion, however, as it’s purely and simply a bastardization of Protestant Christianity. As such, it should be considered blasphemy by them. One hundred years earlier and Joseph Smith would’ve been considered a heretic and likely executed. Yet here they are, endorsing a man who only three hundred years ago they would’ve been considered an agent of Satan and burned him at the stake. That’s neither here nor there when it comes to how he’d conduct himself in office, of course.
You’re absolutely right, the debt is unforgivable. In my opinion, it was also unavoidable. Several trillion of that debt was deferred from the items that were kept off the books by the previous administration. Another several trillion were needed to pull our economy out of a death spiral. None of that would change under Romney. Deep down, do you honestly think that it would? BOTH sides of the aisle have become addicted to money they don’t have and isn’t theirs to take. And the greed is the problem.
Here are the problems I have with Romney:
• He’s shown a blatant disregard for rules and customs on countless occasions. The debates are one instance (though they were both guilty of it). His tax returns are another. The list is extensive.
• He’s shown that the truth is relative in his world. The things he has distorted and outright lied about during this campaign are outrageous. He doesn’t give apologies when he’s exposed, either; he gives excuses and tries to spin and contort things until the questioner gives up.
To be fair, Obama has exhibited those same traits on occasion. His performance has been more than lacking in many areas. But there are two more things on my list that are frightening in the context of a man who’ll be running this nation:
• He’s shown that he has the spine of a jellyfish. He’s twisted and turned and flipped and flopped so many times and in so many different directions that I don’t know if I’m watching a campaign or a game of Twister. Watch his eyes when he talks. He’s got the look of man who wants you to believe what he’s saying no matter what it is and even if it’s in direct contradiction to something he said previously.
• He’s shown that greed and pride still consume him. Almost all of his plans are geared toward his rich buddies, not the average American citizen. He brags about his wealth, wealth accumulated on the backs of those beneath him, as if it qualifies him to be responsible for the governing of over 330 million people. Not once during this campaign has he thanked or even acknowledged the people who got him to where he is. “I did this” and “I did that” and “I’ll do this” are all I hear. That tells me that he sees us as nothing more than a means to an end. It also tells me that he won’t hesitate to burden us peasants with the real costs of his ambitions.
If I make a list of the pros and cons of each candidate, the “pros” columns are about the same, but the “cons” column is much longer for Romney than it is for Obama.
That doesn’t mean that Romney can’t still get my vote; it just means that he’s going to have to really work for it and zero hour is almost here. I don’t trust the real Obama, but I don’t know the real Romney. Mitt’s made damned sure that none of us do.”