My ability to affiliate with a political party has always been constrained. My grandfather, who served two term as a county commissioner when I was young, was a Democrat in a predominately Republican area. He was a farmer, and while he was staunchly Democrat at the local level, he never voted Democrat for president. He said, “They always mess up the agriculture policy.”
Well I am not a farmer, and I have struggled, until recently with the idea of being politically affiliated. I don’t struggle any longer because I have embraced being an Independent. Some may say that I can’t make up my mind, but that is not the case. I am a moderate who like to choose each election who I think is the best candidate.
So 2012 – I have tried to keep an open mind and evaluate the candidates based on their wisdom, advisors and when possible, their policies. I believe that if the “new guy” can’t improve upon the “old guy” in office, then leave the “old guy” in to finish his job. (Luckily we do have term limits on the office of the president).
So while, many things have bothered me about Mitt Romney over the election cycle, none have disqualified him until the convention this week. The sum of his faults tipped the scales during his convention speech, specifically when his Cold War rhetoric resonated as he spoke of foreign policy, and when he projected the idea that only ‘for-profit’ business experience was of value.
So here is my two cents worth for the record.
I am beginning to really think all Romney knows is money and money friends. None of his political and certainly none of his Foreign Policy decisions seem to be coming from a well thought out position. He seems to be cutting and pasting pieces of past presidential ideas and creating a Frankenstein. Now if he is so good at making money, why doesn’t he A) tell us how he plans to create 12 million jobs, and B) higher some younger, more modern advisers. (Also, why didn’t he make more jobs with all his money, while in the private sector?)
He projects the idea that only expensive old guys are worth the investment and as advisors. This seems to be completely ill conceived when it is the ideas of the old that keep us in this economic state. The economics of the 50’s and even the 80’s can’t possibly work for the world today. Have they all forgotten that A) the baby boomers all had kids, exponentially increasing our population, B) the baby boomers are not retiring fast enough to open at least some of the jobs needed to decrease the unemployment, C) that the world has changed tremendously in the last 20 years, and D) the economies of the past were bolstered by military buildup. On that note, the military buildup created jobs, and during the Cold War we were a major exporter of military tech/machine. While the Cyber Technology growth helped offset the decrease in military sales, it could not replace all the jobs.
No one argues that the economy is in a less than happy state, but just as I don’t think Cold Warriors should be deciding Foreign Policy, I don’t think that “old” thinkers should be steering the nation’s economic or legal courses.
Oh, and I seriously question his judgment when he surrounds himself with press advisers who can’t keep their mouths clean and respectful, especially in public. Especially since I am rather familiar with the standards of his faith.
Wisdom is for advising, but youth is for innovation. Romney seems stuck in the old – not wisdom, just old.
So this is my two cents, I appreciate the courage Romney has shown in his decision to run for office. I value his desire to serve, but if he wins, I anticipate more war and less peace. For while the economy is struggling, and innovation is required, he does not seem to understand that we cannot return to the 80’s where strong rhetoric was backed by huge military development, constant fear, and little sense of security. The world is filled with conflict, but the policies of the Cold War do not work for the world we live in today. He should ask President G.W. Bush about this, because right or wrong, his administration proved war had changed, and the ability to bolster our economy through war has changed as well. We cannot go back and Romney does not seem to know how to go forward.