More than any other time of year, election season is rife with embarrassing, insulting, and at times, downright scary faux pas. What’s worse is that these faux pas often go uncorrected. Politicians and pundits spew lie after lie, hoping that if they’re heard enough times people will start to believe them, no matter what the truth is. We’re here to out the absurdity, and hopefully set the record straight.
In his speech at the Republican National Convention last night, Mitt Romney bewildered audiences everywhere when he said that women need ‘a president who respects and understands what they do.’ He is, of course, completely right. Women do need a president who respects and understands that women deserve to make any decision they see fit regarding their lives, their bodies, their health, and their careers. Seeing that Mitt Romney wants to ‘get rid of’ funding for affordable women’s health resource Planned Parenthood, backed a bill to outlaw all abortions – even in cases of rape or incest, and won’t take a position on the Paycheck Fairness Act, he would not be that respectful and understanding president women need. The GOP’s new platform approved at the convention also wants to stop women in the military from serving in combat zones. It is clear that Mitt Romney and the Republican party do not see women as equal to men. So, thank you, Mitt Romney, for telling women exactly we need: Obama as our president.
One could quite easily say that Paul Ryan is a faux pas, but why bother when he’s already said it himself? Ryan’s address at the Republican National Convention was blatantly wrong, untruthful, and misleading. For example, Ryan blamed the closing of a Wisconsin GM plant on Obama, when in fact it was Bush who promised it wouldn’t close, but it did… under Bush’s reign. Ryan also failed to mention that Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the U.S. credit rating was because of Republican bickering.
S&P said, “We have changed our assumption on [revenue] because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues.”
Ryan also neglected a few facts about “Obamacare” and his own budget plan. Ryan blamed Obama for “funneling” $716 million from Medicare into “Obamacare,” and yet Ryan’s budget plan does the exact same thing. The best part is he’s sticking to his remarks.
‘He was nice to my parents but he was also really glad when they weren’t around.’ Ann Romney, RNC 2012
In the ongoing effort to convince Americans that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a warm and likable human being, the Republican National Convention enlisted the aid of one person who knows him intimately, his wife Ann Romney. This strategy is certainly nothing new, and campaigns from different parties in the past have utilised this type of spousal support in an effort to humanise and to remind us that the person you’ll continue to see on telly for the next few months is indeed a person just like all of us.
And so, Ann Romney painted us a picture of the man she fell in love with, a lovable goof, who was occasionally nervous, which she liked because it ‘shows a guy was a little intimidated.’ She went on to say, ‘He was nice to my parents but he was also really glad when they weren’t around.’ Actually, that does make sense to me. I could see that in Mitt Romney, who has already graced us with his nervous laugh on many an occasion. Ann Romney’s speech also implied Mitt’s bravery and dedication, because now that he’s officially the candidate for presidency, the parents in this new courtship are the Republican party, and boy will he be really glad when they’re not around.