It’s sad that politics today means that you have to draw a line in the sand and take every opportunity to degrade, humiliate, lie about, and poke fun of any candidate within the ‘other’ party.
It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of Obama personally nor his policies on healthcare, immigration, economics, and foreign affairs. I think he has lied to the American people on several occasions and ultimately failed to bring the hope, change, and transparency he promised the American people four years ago. I have a logical basis to believe this. That said, I don’t think Obama has been 100% wrong 100% of the time. For example, he was right in setting a deadline to drawback and eventually withdraw our troops from Iraq. No war can go on forever. Again, I have a logical basis to believe this – We went, we helped, and now it’s time we leave our allies with the skills they need to do for themselves.
So, it’s sad that many liberals can’t, won’t do the same for the Republican candidates.
Mitt Romney decided to turn a scheduled political rally in the day after Hurricane Sandy into a relief effort. He asked for donated goods from those attending and put monitors up that urged people to make monetary donations to the Red Cross. He even donated a check for an undisclosed amount himself to the Red Cross.
Despite this effort to help and the tragic nature of Hurricane Sandy, liberal bloggers and media outlets immediately turned the political machines on to degrade Romney’s relief efforts. On Reddit, the posts were in mass about how Romney had detracted from the real relief efforts by collecting goods vs money and had put on a big show to boost his reputation. The comments on such posts called Romney a fame whore, greedy, stupid, self-absorbed, etc..
As a survivor of Hurricane Katrina, I could get into how disorganized the Red Cross is and how the extravagant salaries and inflated overhead doesn’t really fit my idea of a helpful charity, but that is for another article. The point here is that Romney was doing his part to bring relief to those that needed it.
It’s just a shame that we feel so engrossed with our chosen candidate that we feel the need to do such idiotic, hateful, spiteful, and un-American crap. If Democracy is to live, we need to examine this kill, kill, kill at all cost ideology that spurs us to believe, or at least pretend to believe, that the other side is 100% wrong 100% of time.
We need to be big enough, sane enough political advocates that we can give credit where credit is due and save our attacks for the issues we actually have logical basis to disagree. It’s simply ridiculous to attack Romney about his relief efforts and use the incident as some political gotcha moment, especially considering the millions of people suffering from the storm.