To BOO or Not to BOO? The Romney Effect

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Presumptive GOP Nominee Mitt Romney boldly visits the NAACP ( National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) 103rd convention in Houston Texas today….to address thousands of men and women who work, organize and lead passionately in the pursuit of civil rights–fighting for social justices for all Americans–all the time.

His political platform has remained somewhat consistent and he continues to make his case so there were no surprises in his speech, which is why I am shocked that he was Booed
 
“Booing” someone should be an off the cuff, embarrassing knee jerk reaction.  This usually happens if you are suddenly blindsided, shocked and/or betrayed…but even then it’s not acceptable–we knew what he was going to say!!
 
There is so much that can be debated about this issue… actually too many layers to peel back in one blog posting, but here’s my take…
 
Mitt Romney didn’t come to the NAACP expecting a standing ovation and he knew his message was not going to be well received.  He failed to use this opportunity to “really speak” to the African-American community.  He could have delivered a powerful message and widened his appeal on “the issues”…the economy, health care, unemployment, the war..whatever without “bashing” President Obama and a plan that would offer 7 million African-Americans access to health care, really? 
 
Up to this point, we don’t see the Romney campaign demonstrating a “real” interest in the African-American or Latino base, so the way I see it Mitt Romney used this opportunity to grand stand, and his message today was intended to further widen his base and assure his “conservative” constituents that he doesn’t lean left under any circumstances.   
 
If we were going to boo it should have been at his offer to speak at the convention.  In my opinion, to invite a guest to speak, publicly ridicule him and then defend it is wrong!  The issue now becomes your actions rather than his words.
 
Do you believe the members of the convention were right in booing Romney? 
 
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Is Obama is the next FDR?

Amazingly enough, history continues to repeat! The precedents of our past have a way of coming full circle…take a close look at Chief Justice John Roberts and then take a closer look back at Chief Justice Charles Evan Hughes. Now let’s look at the most obvious commonalities of the two–they are both conservative Republicans who nonetheless sided with liberal justices during a Democratic administration in very controversial and historic cases. Hughes ruling over the constitutionality of Social Security under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Roberts ruling in the health care reform act; Obama Care under President Barack Obama.
 
 
During “The Great Depression of the 1930’s” when poverty among senior citizens was at its’ highest, President Franklin D Roosevelt enacted the Social Security Program to limit and prevent poverty and unemployment which was plaguing the old aged, widows and fatherless children. The constitutionality of Social Security was challenged, debated and resisted…Many opposed this program and labeled it “socialism” to create hysteria and rally support against this so-called “social insurance.”
 
 
Over the past 80 years past US Presidents’ have enacted legislation in attempts to reform Health Care in our country– Medicare, COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) and SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program). In response to the increasingly amount of millions of Americans without health care and the plea for reform, President Obama enacted The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This act mandates health insurance and is designed to reform our insurance, health care systems and provide quality accessible care for all Americans.
 
 
Just as before, the opponents are armed and ready to point and click — they have a bus load of tea bags ready to deploy and destroy! The rants of “socialism” are at the forefront and the downstream effects on the economy and businesses are being projected—And again, Health Care Reform is being attacked and The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality has been questioned–
 
 
Well, the SCOTUS has spoken AGAIN– The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act IS CONSTITUTIONAL– end of story!
 
Quite frankly, none of us have all of the facts, figures and knowledge to reconcile our nation’s debit to make an intelligent assertion as to whether or not “Obama Care” is fiscally prudent yet alone prove our national debt will suffer or increase as a result of health care reform.
 
Did it make sense to ensure the elderly, widows and fatherless children with a “social insurance” program in 1935? Yes it did— Yes it does— YES WE CAN!!!
 

Does is make sense to have access to quality care for all Americans without life time limitations and barriers due to pre-existing conditions– as it is defined by insurance companies? Yes it does—YES WE CAN!!!

YES WE CAN–YES WE WILL!

What commonalities do you see between Presidents FDR and Obama?

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Elephant Stomp in Iowa!

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Discussing politics can be a slippery slope, but I can’t resist today— As I watch the Iowa caucuses, I began to reflect on the campaigning leading up to the Republican primaries and boy oh boy it’s been one interesting ride and it’s not over yet.  There has been more mud slinging and dirty draws airing than I care to have witnessed..mistresses, money and mannheim!

Quite frankly, I am embarrassed and ashamed!  Imagine the conversations of our neighboring countries?  I can hear the conversations at the dinner tables regarding the likes of Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich?  Here we have these men…. self-declared as the best and the brightest to hold the highest office in our land… to lead our country…really?

What is really going on? No disrespect to the Republican party, but how is it that one week everyone is loving the Herman Cain train .i.e Rev Low Down– (that’s my opinion, not necessarily a fact..) until it gets too hard to overlook the bones falling out of his closet then it’s flip over to Mitt Romney..seems like a nice enough man, but really?  He is not the right candidate for the same reason he was not in 2008…not much has changed there.

And Newt, between his messy personal life to his hot headed temperament and politically incorrect comments…he will eventually self destruct.  Ron Paul..gotta love him… he makes a few great points, but he’ll never get the nomination…and what about the one too many “senior moments” that Rick Perry is constantly trying to explain away– of course I know the legal voting age…do you really?

Yeah, ok and here comes Rick Santorum sneaking up from behind last place?  As far as I am concerned they all spent a lot of time in Iowa blowing where the wind blows for the sake of a vote; pun intended.  So now you have an election hanging on 14 votes…really? Iowa is the first stop, not the last one.. None of them will be conservative enough for Evangelicals/Tea Party’ers and some will be too conservative for others, so from what I can see, we should have (4) parties:

  1. Conservative -Righties
  2. Liberal- Lefties
  3. Very Conservative- Hard Righters
  4. Very Liberal- Hard Lefters

A lefty will never be able to satisfy the hard lefties; he will always fall short and same with the rightie , he will never satisfy the hard righties!  So why try to do it all, pick one and own it instead of trying to be a little of both!

Bottom line, none of these men can hold a candle stick to the heated, highly competitive, contested race in 2008 between three REALLY qualified candidates for the office of President!

But you know, in the meantime just keep it coming!  Close call elections, dirty politics and affairs make good news and interesting history, it will help keep news ratings up and help to put reality TV out of business!

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