To Tell the Truth - Mr. Johnny-Come-Lately Romney
Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?
-by Scott Rohter, October 2011
In the 1960s there used to be a popular television game show called To Tell The Truth, in which three different contestants would all claim to be the same individual, and it was the job of a panel of three judges to ask them each questions, and try to guess which person was telling the truth, and which of the contestants were lying. The way it worked was that each of the contestants would walk out on the stage, one at a time, and introduce themself to the audience as Mr. or Mrs. So-and-So, and then take their seat behind a big podium. When they were all seated, an anonymous voice would read a short biography about the person that they were all claiming to be. While this was being read, the camera would pan from one contestant to another, and everybody in the audience would try to guess from the expressions on their faces who was actually telling the truth about their real identity, and who was lying. Then all of the judges would get a certain amount of time to ask each of the three contestants questions, in order to try to determine which of the contestants was actually telling the truth, and which ones were lying.
After the time for questioning was over, the judges would have to decide who was the person on stage whose biography had been read at the beginning of the show. Was it candidate #1, candidate #2, or candidate #3? Then the actual moment of truth came, when the host of the show would announce, “The time is up… Will the real Mr. or Mrs. So-and-So please stand up.” There was always a moment of suspense while each candidate looked back and forth at each other, and jockeyed in their chairs, and looked like they were going to be the one to stand up. But more often than not, when someone finally did stand up, the panel of judges had guessed wrong. They were usually fooled by the well-crafted lies, and the nice sounding stories of the two imposters. (That’s why politicians running for office hire high-priced political consultants, and Madison Avenue marketing teams to select and promote their individual stories and their public images!)
On To Tell The Truth there was only a one in three chance that the judges would ever guess right. So the odds were always against them. And the odds are always against us too, as we conservatives try to pick the very best conservative in this race for the Republican Party Presidential nomination! That’s what comes to my mind as I watch Mitt Romney try to fool Republican voters, and win our Party’s nomination for President. Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up? Is it Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts who was Pro-Choice, or is it Mitt Romney who was a candidate for the Republican Party nomination for President in 2008, who was Pro-Life? Is it Governor Mitt Romney who signed into law, government run healthcare in Massachusetts, and supported individual mandates to force people to buy health insurance, or is it Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney in 2011, who now claims that he sees healthcare only as a States Rights issue, but as President he would never force people to buy health insurance? It’s really very hard to decide which Mitt Romney is telling the truth, and exactly what his principles are, if he even has any!
But I will tell you this. I am less inclined to believe the words of a candidate running for political office, then the actions of a politician who has already been elected to office! And I am less likely to believe Mr. Romney now, because he is right in the middle of a very tough election campaign. I believe he would say just about anything to get elected, and his past maneuvering on the issues shows that! For all of Mitt Romney’s constantly changing positions on the issues, please visit MittRomneyFlipFlops.com. As his poll numbers sink, or as one of his competitors does well, Mitt Romney’s positions on the issues seem to change right before our very eyes, and get more conservative all the time. “Tack to the right in the Republican Primary, and move to the center in the general election.” This is a very well-known Republican strategy, and Mitt Romney certainly knows it well! I am sick and tired of all of the phoniness and hypocrisy! Who knows what the hell he actually believes? By the way, this isn’t a game show!
Now Governor Romney, or candidate Romney (I can’t tell which), is saying that we have to get rid of ObamaCare, and he would repeal it. However up until recently, he has only said that he would grant waivers to every State, which would not have repealed ObamaCare! This is a new and different position of candidate Romney, but can we believe him? His positions are constantly evolving and changing! He is a Johnny-Come-Lately to the idea of repealing ObamaCare. Maybe his nickname should be Romney-Come-Lately! But is his conversion based upon principles, or just political expediency, or is political expediency his only principle? That's what I would like to know. And just what are his principles anyway? It seems like he doesn’t have any!
As hard as it is going to be to repeal ObamaCare. (We have to get a veto proof majority in both houses of Congress, and a Republican President who will actually sign the legislation to repeal it, if the Supreme Court doesn’t throw it out.) I want a President in the WhiteHouse who is 100% committed to repealing ObamaCare, and not wishy-washy on the issue, or keeping me wondering whether he is actually serious or not!
Michele Bachmann owns this issue! Last year with the help of Congressman Steve King of Iowa, Michele Bachmann almost single handedly organized a mass protest on Capitol Hill, before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was even passed, to demonstrate to Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the entire Democratic Party, America’s outrage and opposition to the idea that the Federal Government could order Americans to purchase a health insurance policy. SHE DID MORE THAN JUST VOTE NO! SHE ACTUALLY TRIED TO STOP THE PASSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT’S HEALTHCARE BILL! This is her issue. She owns it more than anyone else, and certainly more than Mr. Johnny-Come-Lately Romney!
"A journalist has no better friend than the truth." - Scott Rohter