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Bloggings: Is Mitt Romney Another Barry Goldwater? Or Would He Be Worse? By Roger Algase

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I concluded my July 12 post by warning that Mitt Romney would be an even more dangerous president than Barry Goldwater promised to be with regard to liberal or "centrist" values, including the rights of racial minorities, which is what the immigration issue is all about.


Immigration was not a particularly important issue in the 1964 election, even though it would become so the following year, when, as I mentioned in my previous comment, President Lyndon Johnson signed the greatest immigration reform law in America's history to date, abolishing racial "national origins" quota restrictions which had been in effect since 1924.


But what was important in the 1964 election was ending racial segregation against African-Americans. On this issue, Goldwater was on the wrong side of history. This is one of the main reasons why he carried only six states that year (not ten, as I mistakenly wrote in my previous comment). All of these states were in the deep South, except for his own state of Arizona.


As I also pointed out last time, it is no accident that the six states which Goldwater carried in 1964 included those which sought to impose the most racially oppressive immigration laws in the nation now (before the Supreme Court intervened, much as it did in the case of the segregation laws then). 


Yet, in my last comment, I concluded by stating that Mitt Romney was an even less attractive candidate than Barry Goldwater, at least for everyone who is not on the extreme right of the spectrum. How could this be true, especially since Goldwater, as we all know, openly embraced the idea of extremism in his famous comment, wanted to abolish the New Deal, supported the Southern segregation laws, did not seem to shrink back from the prospect to touching off a nuclear war, and had the support of every right wing "kook" (as the nut cases were called back then) in America?


So how could Mitt Romney, who is distrusted by his own right wing which has to keep whipping him back into line through Rupert Murdoch's tweets, and Wall Street Journal editorials; and who was at least willing to let himself be booed at the NAACP (or perhaps deliberately seeking to be booed), be worse than Goldwater?


The answer is in one word - character. Goldwater believed what he said and said what he believed. Some of it may have been, or seemed, crazy, but at least it was real. He did not change positions from day to day, or moment to moment, in order to pander to whatever group he was facing at the time. 


Barry Goldwater, for all his shortcomings, all his potential dangers to the causes of racial equality, social justice, world peace and even democracy itself, did not have a "reset" button. What you saw was what you would get.


What a contrast with Romney, who has no shame about changing his positions every five minutes and then misstating his previous views and his entire record, who hides his investments and his tax returns, who claimed to be in charge of Bain Capital between 1999 and 2002 in an official SEC filing and then denied it in his public statements, and, more to the point, promises immigration "reform", while holding up Arizona's immigration law as a model for the nation and urging Hispanics to "self-deport"? 


Even in those rare times when Romney may veer over to a "moderate" position, as he did when he called the health care mandate a "mandate", or a "penalty", rather than a "tax", which both the Supreme Court and the Republican right wing have seized on (for very different reasos), he was immediately yanked back into line by Fox News, William Kristol and the rest of the far right wing elite which controls and finances the Republican party.


Even if Romney had any principles, he would have no freedom to put them into practice if elected president. The real rulers of America would be the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Karl Rove's bundlers and the Republican state politicians who do not want to let African-American or Hispanic US citizens vote, and whose immigration policies can be summed up in the single word "attrition" (as contained in the preamble to Arizona's immigration law).


Romney and his fellow right wing Republicans would also increase the divisions of wealth, power and class which are already tearing America apart. Many more middle and working class Americans would sink below the poverty line, even as the social safety net is ripped apart. As happened in Europe and America during the Great Depression, the search for scapegoats would intensify. 


We are already seeing this in America. Obama is already deporting record numbers of brown people every year, using police-state tactics such as "Secure Communities". But this is not enough for the Kris Kobachs, Jan Brewers and Justice Antonin Scalias of America, or the rest of the Republican party, who are shouting that the federal government is deliberately refusing to enforce the immigration laws.


If Romney becomes president, the calls for punishing and expelling scapegoats will become even louder. Any idea who these scapegoats might be?

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  1. Dave Francis (@lostintaxes)'s Avatar
    TWO TEA PARTY LAWS THAT WOULD PROVIDE JOBS FOR AMERICANS

    E-Verify 'The Legal Workforce Act' (H.R. 2885) although just voluntary at this time, is an electronic program operated by the Social Security Administration and Customs and Immigration Enforcement. --The last entity I would listen too is the Liberal Press, who have transferred their loyalty to hard core radical people like socialist George Soros? The mainstream media Editorial reeks of deceit and rhetoric, when it comes to illegal immigration. The progressives in the news media are especially dangerous. The liberals will lie and cheat, no matter the consequences to America. So it is with E-Verify, which they have demonized because, it actually flags illegal immigrants in the workplace and opens up jobs for U.S. citizens and residents. The liberals have been very predominant in using the influence of the press, to erect a barrier against Mandatory E-Verify, except they didn't reckon on the growing masses of the TEA PARTY. Unlike the two main political parties the TEA PARTY will enforce all laws and statutes pertaining to illegal immigration, whereas the Dem's and GOP tend to intentionally overlook such state ordinances as Sanctuary Cities and states like California?

    I THINK DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS ARE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT THE TEA PARTY WILL HAVE NO REAL INFLUENCE IN THE OUTCOME OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION? BOTH PARTIES WILL BE PROVED WRONG?

    REMEMBER THE TEA PARTY WILL ENFORCE 'THE PEOPLE'S' LAWS. THERE WILL BE NO PLEADINGS FOR ANY CRIMINAL ILLEGAL ALIEN, NO OBAMA BACKDOOR AMNESTIES, NO DREAM ACTS, NO SANCTUARY CITIES, NO CHAIN MIGRATION. E-VERIFICATION WOULD ALSO BE FULLY ENFORCED WITH STRINGENT PUNISHMENT, FOR THOSE WHO DON'T COMPLY? POTENTIAL PRESIDENT MITT ROMNEY BETTER STAY AWARE OF THE 'TEA PARTY' EMPOWERMENT, AS IF HE THINKS OF PLAYING ALONG IN THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ISSUE, HE WILL BE RECOGNISED AS A FLIP-FLOPPER.

    Even the House Speaker John Boehner has refused to bring up compulsory E-Verify for a House vote. Obviously he and his entrenched colleagues will not allow it anywhere near the Congress, as he and his fellow conspirators are subject to the corporate donations, to keep the old school corrupting our system of government. E-Verify is just one bill that must be passed to save the jobs of millions of low income Americans mainly.

    The Independents, and uncountable numbers of delusional Democrats, Republicans are recognizing that the Lib-Democrats are out to win the grand price in November, but now millions of TEA PARTY people will not fall into their political trap. This is the same with photo ID to vote, who have ruthless personages as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Kings court caterwauling 'voter Suppression', when all the TEA PARTY requests is a fair and equitable election. Surf the internet under 'Voter Fraud' and you will discover the hundreds of cases of this diabolical use of our most trusted right of American citizens, being compromised by NON CITIZENS, felons and illegal aliens. This began with inception of canvassing provided by ACORN organization, which signed up just about anybody and were eventually caught and 11 states are resolving this criminal issue.

    Another law that remains quietly concealed from the public is the Rep. Steve Kings THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP ACT (H.R.140). An astronomical amount of money is being extracted from every taxpaying American that supports the annual arrival of an estimated 400.000 smuggled babies into the United States. They are concealed in their Mother's womb and once here becomes the taxpayers charge. These females although illegal that once they set foot on American soil, their offspring receive a free delivery, free heath care and a free education, thanks to unfunded mandates handed down by the courts. The only salvation from this misjudged law is to amend the 14th amendment, which an only child with one citizen parent qualifies for instant citizenship. Illegal alien parents are well aware that if they smuggle the unborn child through an international airport terminal or past the U.S. Border Patrol, they are free and clear as the misguided law stands today. In addition the Secure Communities (287G) should stay in place, not rescinded by the Liberal amassing of voices in the department of Justice.

    With only four months to go before D-Day us the voter only has that one slender chance of changing the direction of our country. With the democrats cocooned with the Liberals, the only promise is uncontrolled 'Tax and Spend' so elevating the 16 Trillion dollar deficit we owe the rest of the worlds investors. Then under the Republicans, a lesser of the evils, but even so they must be controlled by the TEA PARTY LEADERSHIP.

    Anybody who contradicts the writings in the U.S. Constitution, who is adverse to a real border fence, who is unconcerned about the 20 million plus illegal aliens already here or the harbinger of a further invasion from Central and South America needs to be relieved of their seats in Washington, not excluding the majority of legislators in Congress, state governors as Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Jerry Brown of California, and Mayors as Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles--all must be replaced by TEA PARTY MEMBERS. All the pro-illegal immigrant law makers are destroying this sovereign country, as they are well aware that illegal aliens vote. That is why Americans, Hispanic, Latin, Black, White Asian and others should join one of the thousands of local chapters of the TEA PARTY. Incidentally there are hundreds of thousands of TEA PARTY women members, with some great leaders amongst them. They should be ready to oversee the elections, including the rampant fraud in the absentee ballot. Around the country the election rolls are crowded with the names of the deceased, others who have moved to a different state. There are many ways our most sacred of rights have been compromised and only the citizen voter can change it.

    Remember under Obama Imperial court we will be paying not only for any person who illegally ventures here, but for millions of Americans who have found it easy, to just live of the taxpayer. Beneath our feet is abundance of wealth in oil, natural gas and coal for energy that President Obama denies us. Those trillions of dollars in excess gallons of crude oil could clearly go to replenish state treasuries and the remainder could be sold to our friends in other countries. Under Obama and decades of environmental zealots, we have not been cut off from our own resources, relying on governments abroad that hate us. Even the abundance of oil from Canada is better than dealing with foreign potentates.

    Attention: Investigation of President Obama's background history is due to be released by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on July 17, 2012 and could stun everybody. The upcoming press conference is set to be held at 2:30 p.m. local time at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Phoenix, Arizona, with World Net Daily again providing live streaming video coverage.
  2. Roger Algase's Avatar
    As I mentioned in this post, Barry Goldwater was supported by an assortment of right wing "kooks". These included the John Birch Society and many other groups and individuals with their own alternative versions of reality. The Tea Party is their successor and is firmly in their tradition. If there is any doubt about that, one need only read Dave Francis' comment.
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