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Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried…

My MO at the Lefty Boomer blog is to feature the lyrics of a classic boomer song that leads to a meditation on politics or social issues. More than that, I would like to help my generation  remember the ideals that they once held so dearly. The music of the sixties and seventies communicated those ideals creating shared experiences for millions of young people. That half of America is ready to vote for Mitt Romney at this point in time shows that the ideals have truly been forgotten. While many of us spoke up against the Vietnam War, Romney was one of the knee-jerk conservatives (or just jerk, come to think of it) that shouted down protesters, cut the hair of hippies, and blindly supported bad government policies. Some things never change. That leads us to:

Reason to Believe

If I listened long enough to you
I’d find a way to believe that it’s all true
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe

If I gave you time to change my mind
I’d find a way just to leave the past behind
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe

If I listened long enough to you
I’d find a way to believe that it’s all true
Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
Still I look to find a reason to believe

Someone like you makes it hard to live without
somebody else
Someone like you makes it easy to give
never think about myself

Written by Tim Hardin (1965) recorded by Rod Stewart (1971)

Tim Hardin was a folk singer born in the Pacific Northwest who struggled with drugs, alcohol, and recovery for his whole life, dying at the age of 39 of a heroin overdose. He was a talented musician, singer, and composer whose career was derailed by cycles of addiction.  He also wrote If I Were a Carpenter, an oft-covered and enduring song. Rod Stewart’s raspy vocals served Hardin’s Reason to Believe very well, and early in his career Stewart was performing folk music himself. His early solo albums featured mandolin and the English/Irish folk influences suggested bluegrass to the point that songs have been covered by bluegrass groups.

Rod Stewart is an artist who fell into a near parody of himself as he became more and more stridently flamboyant, but his early music has a kind of intimate warmth that reflects a sense of modesty and sincerity. I recommend that anyone trying to remember his best days listen to Jeff Beck’s Truth album or Every Picture Tells a Story.

The song’s line “Someone like you makes it hard to live without somebody else” needs a little parsing to digest. It’s an acknowledgement that the subject is not worth living with because they “lied, straight-faced, while I cried.” And thus I segue to Mitt Romney.

Considering that bearing false witness is one of the Big 10 (sure it’s only #9 with only ox-coveting following but it’s still top 10!) then I wonder what a religious guy like Romney tells himself when he lies so profusely in public, as he did in the debates. There’s been plenty of fact-checking so I won’t recap that, but there’s a good short list here: http://www.thenation.com/blog/170623/romneys-seven-biggest-debate-lies#

Not everyone acknowledges Romney’s religiosity. In fact, some say he WORSHIPS SATAN. Like this site:

Vote Early and Vote Often

Of course, trying to score political points with the Benghazi tragedy is pretty despicable for a spiritual man. Does Romney really think that someone in the administration would have ignored the consul’s cries for help? It really doesn’t make sense, particularly in the light of heightened sensitivities in campaign season. The claims that the White House was monitoring the situation via drone video is pushed by the right-wing “press” without any proof. Fox News manufactures a false story and then whines that the “Lame Stream Media” doesn’t pick it up. They just don’t sink as low as you do, Mr. Ailes.

As I write this the East Coast is feeling the effects of Frankenstorm Sandy. We wish all those affected the very best. The pundits will  argue about which candidate benefits from the storm. One thing is certain, a major storm can cause $50 to $100 billion in damages. This brings to mind an Abraham Lincoln quote:

“The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but can not do at all, or can not so well do, for themselves.”

And thus the Federal Government’s involvement in disaster relief. Most people would acknowledge this as a practical fact, but Romney and Ryan are not most people.

At least three times, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have publicly demanded that the federal government only disburse disaster relief funding if Congress agreed to offsetting budget cuts elsewhere. Budget cuts are extremely difficult in the best of circumstances.  What is the likelihood of successful negotiations to restructure spending while an area of the country has been devastated?

GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is the main public face of disaster-relief-held-hostage although Ryan and Romney have both publicly endorsed the position. Last year, after a major tornado and flood struck the U.S., Romney was asked about federal disaster relief funding in one of the GOP primary debates. He suggests that the responsibility should be pushed back to the states, or ideally, to the private sector? Say what? Wouldn’t the private sector be devastated as well? Is he speaking of insurers? Or of federal monies doled directly to profit-centered corporate interests. Watch that special moment here:

Many of us are deeply troubled about the way that the Republican strategy, concocted on Inauguration night in 2009 by a Frank Luntz led group at Washington D.C.’s Caucus Club, appears to be paying off. That most Americans don’t know or don’t care that the GOP slowed recovery, used lies to sabotage Obamacare, voted against jobs bills, refused to act on frozen credit, and turned so far right so as to discuss banning contraception, bombing Iran, eliminating the minimum wage, privatizing Social Security, and throwing future Medicare recipients under the bus is mind-boggling.

Those who have turned to Romney because he sincerely said that the President was failing at home and abroad (when all indicators suggest this is false) and because he looked like a President (from central casting) are apparently unaware that Romney has said many unsavory things since the primary campaigns started last year and adjusted his image from ultra-conservative to moderate for the debates just like, say, hitting a reset button or shaking an Etch-a-Sketch.  Romney’s core values are fluid, like rainwater finding its way to the sewer.


So in the worst case scenario don’t move to Canada, consider this: the President simply doesn’t have the power that we think he does. He can’t spend money, he can’t make laws, he can’t repeal Obamacare, or sanction China, or change the tax rates. This is all done by Congress, and the Democrat’s position in Congress is likely to improve. Even if it doesn’t, the Dems have been taught by example in the past four years exactly how the minority can subvert the will of the majority and the GOP strategy will return to bite the obstructionists right in the ass.

And it will be most amusing.

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