Three Days of Mendacity, The DNC
- 9 September 2012 by Author 3 Comments
Three Days of Mendacity, The DNC
By Richard Larsen
Published – Idaho State Journal, 09/09/12
“I’m convinced that Americans on the right and left differ not so much in what they believe, as in what they believe the others believe,” was the comment by a friend of mine this past week. I responded that there’s much truth to that, and that was even before I watched as much of the Democrat National Convention as I could physically handle.
After watching the DNC, I knew my friend was more perspicacious than perhaps even he was aware of. The mischaracterization of conservatives, or specifically, Republicans, by the whole bevy of speakers and entertainers at the Convention prove they either don’t know what Republicans believe, or they just assume all of us watching were idiots and would believe their inaccuracies, misrepresentations, and outright lies.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro claimed that Romney would raise taxes on the middle class. This is a false statement, for there is nothing in any of Romney’s fiscal policy proposals that even hints at a tax increase, for anyone. If he had been honest, he should’ve said that his own candidate has raised taxes on the middle class since most of the 21 new taxes imposed through Obamacare hits the middle class directly.
Castro and others, including Joe Biden, also claimed, “The president has created 4.5 million new jobs.” Not only does the president not “create” jobs, but according to Factcheck.org, the economy has recovered only 4 million of the 4.3 million jobs lost during the Obama administration. More significantly, the participation rate, or the percentage of the population either employed or looking for work, has dropped to a 38 year low at 63.5%, according to the Dept. of Labor, which also reports that over 3.5 million Americans have simply quit looking for work the past four years.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick claimed that Mitt Romney, “left his state 47th out of 50 in job growth.” According to Factcheck.org, under Romney, Massachusetts moved from 50th in job creation during the governor‘s first year at the helm to 28th when it came to Romney’s final year. Another outright prevarication.
Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy made the claim that the Republican platform would “take away a woman’s right to choose even if she is a rape victim.” There is no such wording in the Republican platform. Another outright lie.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards advanced the ludicrous notion that Romney and V.P. Candidate Paul Ryan are committed “to ending insurance coverage for birth control.” To the contrary, both maintain that employers should not be mandated to cover contraceptives at no cost to employees, especially for religious groups like the Catholic Church, thereby supporting the First Amendment “freedom to exercise” clause.
Several speakers claimed that a Romney administration would be slashing all domestic spending across the board by 20%. There is no such quantified proposed reduction. Another oft-repeated lie.
Bill Clinton, Rep. Chris Van Hollen from Maryland, and Obama himself made the falsified claim that Obama’s “plan” would cut the deficit by $4 trillion. The Washington Post fact checkers have totally debunked that “plan” as phony number juggling. The President’s Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction commission made its recommendations in November, of 2010. If Obama was serious about deficit reduction, why didn’t he start two years ago?
Obama, in his acceptance speech, said that the money not spent on war will be spent on domestic programs. All that money is being borrowed! What he essentially admitted was that he would not be reducing the deficit, but continuing to spend borrowed money, for currently we’re borrowing $41 out of every $100 being spent.
There were some other doozies as well. Kerry Washington, claimed Republicans would “take away our right to vote, getting educated, and health care.” Kathleen Sibelius asserted that with the Republican plan, “everyone’s on their own. Nancy Pelosi claimed Republicans, “want to suppress our right to vote.” Another speaker claimed, “when it comes to middle class jobs, Mitt Romney says no, and when it comes to respecting women’s rights, Mitt Romney says no.” DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, claimed Romney would deprive breast cancer survivors of insurance coverage. All these are fallacious, factually incorrect, and were clearly attempts at demonization.
And we can’t forget California Democrat Chairman John Burton comparing Republicans to Nazi Joseph Goebbels, and South Carolina Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian comparing his governor, Nikki Haley to Hitler’s mistress. These examples barely scratch the surface, for the full three days of the DNC was replete with character assassination, fraudulent opposition-party misrepresentation, and outright falsehoods.
No wonder that former Clinton advisor, James Carville, said what he did a couple years ago. “The Democratic constituency is just like a herd of cows. All you have to do is lay out enough silage and they come running. That’s why I became an operative working with Democrats. With Democrats all you have to do is make a lot of noise, lay out the hay, and be ready to use the ole cattle prod in case a few want to bolt the herd. Eighty percent of the people who call themselves Democrats don’t have a clue as to political reality,” he said.
If there is a post-election “bounce” for Obama in the polls, it will prove nothing more than that there are still too many Americans who are just as uninformed, gullible, and ignorant as they were four years ago when they fell for “Hope and Change.”
AP award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at email@example.com.