Don’t know if the rest of the world is getting the kind of “news” that is filling the empty spaces between commercials on the USA “Nitwork” TV; but over here we’re getting a load of “Romney Gaffs” stories.
To me they just look like propaganda trying to masquerade as news.
In every case, what Romney is accused of saying is, quite simply, The Truth.
Now I know that politicians are supposed to lie like a rug, never say anything of substance, and smile and slime everyone; but can’t we just for novelty sake have a guy who sees a problem and says “looks like a problem” and sees comparative success and says “those guys seem to be doing a better job of it”? Since when has it become the worst crime in politics to recognize reality when you see it?
Frankly, I’m ashamed of what my “ancestral home” has become. Here we have a guy who has run an Olympics, knows how to do it and what kind of problems are involved, and gets asked, basically, to critique the London operation. He says what amounts to ~”They had a couple of surprise problems that were notable, but looks like it’s working out.” and all hell breaks loose? When there WERE significant problems and EXACTLY the ones he mentioned? Would it really have been better if he’d said ~”Oh, everything is just wonderful. Great job!!” when the facts on the ground are clearly to the contrary?
Look, it was a great recovery to send out thousands of troops to play pretend security guards; but it was a screw up to have a security contractor have a ‘failure to deliver’ the contracted (and screened) staff. Somebody fell down on the job and didn’t do proper follow-up with the contractor to check performance to schedule. That Romney recognized that is a good thing. It said that he clearly knows how to do operations and could see the problems that need fixing. That the Brits had a hissy fit over it tells me they were pretty darned thin skinned about it all. Romney didn’t say “the whole thing is lousy and the Brits are screw-ups” but that’s how the Brits reacted. To look at an event like this and say “It has some minor issues that look like they are getting worked out” is simply the truth. It is substantially always that way. (Some more than others).
That doesn’t mean that the event was being ‘dissed’ or that the Brits were being insulted, it said, simply, ‘this is the reality and it’s OK’. Substantially what happens in every staff meeting of management looking at major projects. What are the issues, and are they being dealt with? Absolutely normal and something I would demand of any manager I was looking to hire. But I guess most folks would rather have a liar who tells them everything is Just Fine as their country decays into ruin…
So in Israel he looks around and says ~”Hmmm… Two people in the same place with the same native abilities. One being highly productive under intense outside pressure and adversity. the other being negative and attacking the first while sliding into squalor.” and observers that cultural difference have some remarkable differences in outcomes. Guess what? That happens to be The Truth. Palestinians have chosen to define themselves via attacking Israel and NOT via building a good economic life where they are. Israel has chosen to define themselves via success despite everyone in the neighborhood trying to kill them AND a lot of folks in the rest of the world too. And they have been successful.
Is it BAD to recognize that reality? Is it BAD to say “Congratulations on your success.” to the successful?
My Take On Things
To me it looks like a load of manufactured stuff and nonsense. An attempt to paint Romney as a rube for propaganda advantage.
With that said, I’m not the worlds best politician. Probably not even a good one. “Folks like me” are often faced with a culture around us that seems to lie openly as a matter of course. Some of the standard ‘social games’ are just so blatantly false that it grates. Yet it is the cultural norm. So perhaps our differences in Point Of View are related to that. The one POV says that it is Just Fine to lie through your teeth as long as it makes everyone feel good. That saying “No Problem, things are wonderful” and “How Unfortunate that others have caused your [failure or success] and not made everyone equal”; despite reality being 100% opposite of that and it being blindingly obvious that reality is the other way round… that that POV is Just Dandy. The other POV says “This is reality, what can we learn from it? How can we make it better?”. And that reality based POV is wrong?
So we have this spectacle of folks in Britain (many my relatives, no doubt) and folks in Palestine, and the folks on CNN and Al Jazeera all ranting about “gaffs” and being all outragey over a person seeing and speaking the truth. But THAT is the right POV? Really?
And folks wonder why I sometimes feel like I’m on the Wrong Planet…
It’s all just Sooo dumb and Sooo transparent and Sooo mindless.
But in my never ending efforts to learn to better “pass”; Notes To Self:
When an organizing committee has had a dramatic failure of contracts, failure of security planning, failure of staff to be made available, and must call out military forces at the last minute as a stop gap: That is not a ‘small problem with security that is being dealt with’ that is “Great job! Everything is Just Great!!”.
When one culture descends into hate, violence, being consumed by anger and loathing, and accomplishes very little but destruction; while a closely related group (both genetically and historically – including shared language roots and strong shared heritage) has astounding success by applying itself to education, work, and cooperative activity: That is isn’t due to cultural differences or a choice of those people. That is due to, to, er, eh… Well, I guess I’m a work in progress on that whole “lying about reality” thing. Maybe someone can provide to me the appropriate PC lie that is used here. Probably oppression or discrimination or maybe “unfairness” – those are all “the usual suspects” near as I can tell.
Oh, and Cokie Roberts is all convinced Romney went to Poland as a racist move to garner more White Votes? Really? Frankly, I doubt if most “Whites” in America even know he went to Poland. I didn’t until the news covered the Cokie rant. In the parking lot some Media Shill was hollering at Romney about how he felt about his “gaffs”. Romney was classy enough to just ignore him, but one of his aides told the guy to stuff it.
Hey, “stuff it” works for me. The guy is shouting that kind of emotional bait at a fairly solemn ceremony (don’t know what it was, but folks in uniforms were present and it looked like some kind of military / war shrine perhaps… Yeah, I ought to look up where it was, but I’ve got too much to do right now…). So this Rube is shouting that kind of crap and the most he gets is a buzz off or “stuf it”? He ought to be thankful he didn’t get time in a Polish Police Station for disturbance of the peace at a formal event.
So as far as I’m concerned, what Romney needs to do is roughly what he IS doing: Speak truth to lies. Show respect to the people and places he visits while being honest and true to truth. Ignore the carpers in the “press” and just keep on being classy. Nothing pisses off a low class clown like being ignored…
As for the Left Wing Media: They seem to be way too much “sucking their own exhaust” and way too much “creating a story” and not nearly enough in touch with the fact that the whole story is being covered by other folks. We can see what really happened and make our own decisions. For my vote, Romney needs to just keep on being Reagan like. Reagan was vilified by The Left for things like “Tear Down This Wall” and slimed in all sorts of ways. Just wore it as a badge of honor and moved on. “Teflon” I think they called him. So Mit, just ignore the rubes and speak the truth. Recognize problems when you see them, and note what will fix them. We need someone who is reality based and knows “you can’t fix it if you don’t know what’s broke.”
When someone has a Hissy at you, smile, and just say “Well, they do seem to be really having a bad day and are quite upset; I wish them a speedy recovery.” and go back to being yourself. Drives them nuts, makes you look classy, and gives me a nice smile 8-)
It is quite a treat to have a “Suit” that isn’t an “empty Suit” as a politician, at last…