cross-posted at politicsofselfishness.com
Throughout this presidential campaign, Mitt Romney has claimed that if he is elected President, he will reach out across the aisle and be bi-partisan, unlike President Obama. Romney says that this was his greatest success as Governor of Massachusetts, and it is one of the major reasons why U.S. voters should vote for him - to end the partisan gridlock.
Aside from the indisputable fact that the partisan gridlock about which Romney complains has been entirely caused by GOP legislators and the Obama-hating core of supporters to whom they pander, a more basic question needs to be answered: Is Romney telling us the truth about his ability to work with Democrats during his one term as governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts?
When Mitt Romney was Governor of Massachusetts -- my state - he vetoed 800 bills - each of which was promptly overridden by a Democratically-controlled legislature, as PBS's Frontline reminds us.
During Mr. Romney’s one four-year term as governor of Massachusetts, he was absent from the state, cumulatively, for more than a year — part or all of 417 days — out of the state, based upon a review of his schedule and other records. More than 70 percent of that time was spent on personal or political trips unrelated to his job, a New York Times analysis reported.
Hence during the 1409 days of his governorship, Mitt Romney vetoed at least one bill for every 1.1 days that he spent within the Commonwealth at work as our governor. How's that for record of bi-partisanship?
Romney's claim about bi-partisanship ranks as one of his most egregious lies. This claim, in particular, should not be allowed to go unchallenged because its insults the intelligence of voters and unmasks his candidacy as one that has been constructed, almost entirely, upon constantly repeated fabrications.
It painfully clear that Mitt Romney is a serial liar whose prevarications are legion. His appalling lack of a moral center and utter disregard for the truth should disqualify him among voters as a presidential candidate.
In his seminal book 1984, George Orwell warned us of the dangers of the big lies in world where words no longer had any meaning and where, because of their inability to distinguish fact from fantasy and propaganda, an entire population was reduced to the status of servile, uncom-prehending, easily-manipulated supplicants. A democracy cannot survive when its citizens permit truth and accountability to become the first casualties in an election.