We have to tackle our deficit. We've got to get this country moving again. We face critical choices this next election, and we can't afford to get sidetracked. The media are definitely in the tank for Obama, and they spend all their time harping on every little misstatement Romney makes.
Did Mitt Romney say something callous at a fundraiser? Yes. Does he sometimes put his foot in his mouth? Of course. Does he seem like the kind of guy who might have his own private island, where he sets people loose so he can track and kill them? Possibly. But as citizens we need to look past all that and ask ourselves who can handle the big issues, the important issues.
Romney doesn't seem to run a very disciplined campaign, but the Democrats have attacked him repeatedly on stupid, personal matters. I want him to release his tax returns too - I get it. I understand the concern that he exists in some kind of shadowy legal no-man's-land, where his extreme wealth exempts him from all transparency and accountability, where he might have unknown holdings in any part of the world... maybe even a mercenary army, ready to liquidate people who get in his way. But doesn't America have bigger problems to worry about?
The guy has a proven track record of job creation. Sure he sometimes seems a little cold, and yeah, some of his statements indicate he might have one of those neurological disorders that makes him unable to distinguish human beings from inanimate objects. Can Mitt Romney get the media to love him? Could he pass a Turing test to differentiate his personality from that of a sophisticated computer program? Maybe not. But we need to decrease unemployment numbers in this country.
Barack Obama has increased our deficits to an alarming degree. Romney's team have dedicated themselves to finding a way to get spending under control. Will it require painful cuts and difficult decisions? You bet. Will this mean Romney's team might decrease benefits in this country, while maintaining low tax rates for the wealthy? Probably. Will Mitt Romney turn this nation into a dystopian nightmare where the rich live in fortified castle-cities and subhuman poor scavenge the blasted landscape looking for scrap metal and eating each other to stay alive? It's possible. But right now, we can't lose focus.
Stop paying attention to this nonsense about what Romney's saying or doing, or whether he might be some kind of hideous Manchurian candidate for the Illuminati... and just vote for the guy. You know it's the right thing to do.
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