Theatrics

Harvard Law School graduate Mitt Romney remembered this from his legal training:

If you have the facts: argue the facts.

If you don’t have the facts: argue the law.

If you don’t have the facts or the law: jump up and down, interrupt, and shout a lot.

That is what he did last night. He figuratively jumped up and down, he interrupted the President and the moderator, he gesticulated, and he pontificated.  The one thing he didn’t do was to tell us anymore about what his policies will be if he gets elected president or what specific things he will do in the Oval Office.  It was all trust me.  Like a used car salesman.

My personal takeaway?  We learned nothing new about Mitt Romney’s proposed policies (other than he admitted that he will change Medicare into a voucher program) to, amongst other things, pay for his seven trillion dollar saddle on the Middle Class.  Mitt did tell us one other thing.  He will even go after Big Bird.

The President, on the other hand, calmly laid out what he has done to try to dig out of the economic cesspool that the last Republican president left us with.  You remember him, George W. Bush.  Political parties since time started have always celebrated their senior statesmen.  Where is George?  Could it be that they do not want you to compare Bush economics and its disastrous effect on the Middle Class with Romney’s attempts to finish George’s effort to get rid of the Middle Class?

What do you want? To be entertained or informed?  You decide.

Finally, another politician once used the above law school maxim very effectively for maximum theatrics.

One final thing that Romney will probably get rid of.  If you look at his lapel pin, the American flag – you know the one that hundreds of thousands of our Nation’s bravest men and women have died to defend – is apparently not good enough for him.  His lapel pin has an embellishment contrary to the laws of our land, but in Amerika under Romney will we all be differentiated by different embellishments to distinguish one from another.  So what will the 47 percenters have to wear under the Romney/Ryan administration?

Will you have to declare your religion on your lapel pin, your gender identification, your nationality, your political party, your race?  I am sure that Republicans will dismiss this out of hand as a silly rant, but throughout history this is how it begins — one small symbol.  Remember the little symbol from eastern mythology that meant “to be good” that was adopted by a political party in Bavaria in the 1930s?  It was just a symbol after all, so what’s the beef?

What Is Up With All These Apologies?

Apologies for past crimes, injury, or discrimination against people seem to be the rage.  However an apology without a sensible plan of redress is worse than no apology at all.  The latest “apology” is from the German firm that made Thalidomide, the drug that was prescribed to pregnant woman in the late fifties and early sixties.  Thalidomide had the unfortunate side effect of leavi8ng the children of those pregnancies with severe disabilities; flipper babies.
So now the apology is made, the corporate executives feel awfully good for themselves, memorials are erect, and they swear that they will never do it again.  Right.  Meanwhile the victims of their companies’ malevolence remain uncompensated.