Paul Nevins

Paul Nevins
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Paul Nevins is the author of "The Politics of Selfishness: How John Locke’s Legacy Is Paralyzing America "(Greenwood /Praeger/ABC-CLIO). The central thesis of this important and unconventional work is that the United States has begun to experience a number of profound, interrelated problems that are caused, both directly and indirectly, by the country's dogmatic and often unconscious adherence, collectively as a political culture and individually as Americans, to the political philosophy of John Locke. That ideology, which is the bedrock upon which the American liberal democracy has been founded, asserts that human beings are by nature solitary, aggrandizing individuals. Hence, preoccupation with the self in all of its manifestations and attributes - as opposed to the whole, the public interest - has become the primary focus by which political, economic and societal decisions are made. Consequently, the preferred form of social and political relationships with others, including the state as the organized expression of political society, is solely contractual and is designed primarily to protect private property in all of its forms. "The Politics of Selfishness" provides compelling historic and contemporary evidence that U.S. institutions, at all levels, are failing because of the country's uncritical embrace of the anti-social individualism which is John Locke’s legacy. Paul Nevins has been a trial attorney in private practice since 1982. He concentrates in public and private sector employment law and litigation, related civil rights and constitutional law claims, and contract claims. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Paul Nevins taught in the Boston Public Schools. While teaching, Mr. Nevins served as a member of the Executive Board of the Boston Teachers Union, Local 66, AFT/AFL-CIO. Paul Nevins served as a conscript in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970. In 1969, he was a founder and the first chairman of GIs for Peace at Fort Bliss, Texas.This was the first organization of active duty soldiers who publicly opposed the Vietnam War. Mr. Nevins received an A.B. Degree from Suffolk University, a Master of Arts Degree from New York University, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Suffolk University Law School. He lives and works in Boston.

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NOVEMBER 4, 2012 7:42PM

The Myth of Romney's Bipartisanship

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                      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?

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     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.  

 

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"More than 70 percent of that time was spent on personal or political trips unrelated to his job"

I'd bet much of that time was spent coordinating with cronies at Bain, where he presumably no longer had any involvement -- and checking up on investments in his blind trust. One of the few times Romney ever told the truth was when he confessed a blind trust was a joke.

The only thing blind about such ruses is the rubes who are either ignorant or willfully blind to reality about them. That would be the sixty million or so people who come Wednesday will have voted for a pathological liar and a sociopath.
This is one of those facts that will seem so glaringly obvious in retrospect but has been ignored or suppressed while it mattered. This is just one example of why serious history differs so radically from the popular press. Twenty years from now, bringing it up will be labelled "revisionism." [r]
Good summary. It continues to amaze me that Romney thinks he gets extra points for working with Massachusetts Democrats to pass the long-sought for DEMOCRATIC agenda item of universal healthcare, which Romney is then forced to repudiate when he is among fellow Republicans. What I also remember is Massachusetts Republicans burning Romney in effigy for refusing to resign when he got Potomac Fever (the way Bill Weld and Paul Cellucci did) in order to give his GOP Lt. Governor Kerry Healey a head start for re-election, instead dooming her chances by saddling her and the Mass GOP with a defense of his progressively more right wing extreme positions.