Solutions, not assassinations

We've never needed more problems solved, but our politics seem incapable of it

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America’s leading liberal speechwriter doesn’t work for any candidate in particular. He writes for Hollywood.

Aaron Sorkin, now working on the far-left HBO political drama The Newsroom, also wrote the screenplay for the movie The American President, in which a liberal president says of a nasty Republican challenger: “Whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.”

It’s as if Sorkin is now writing the script for the Obama campaign and its compliant news media. The entirety of the president’s campaign is to “make you afraid of it and tell you who’s to blame for it.” In short, to demonize the opposition.

That compliant media is, indeed, complying. But as coordinated as they seem to be at times – often using the same obscure words to describe things – they’re a bit disconnected at this point: Within hours last Sunday, Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs called Republican presumptive nominee Mitt Romney a “prep school bully” – and Newsweek wrote about Romney’s “Wimp Factor.”

So which is it?

Meanwhile, the media had a field day with Romney’s undiplomatic equivocating on whether Great Britain was ready for the Olympics. While it was an unmitigated trip-up, the media couldn’t help continuing that narrative as Romney continued his trip to Israel and Poland:

“Mitt Romney outraged Palestinians on Monday,” the Associated Press wrote, explaining that he had pointed to cultural differences between Israel and the Palestinian areas as one reason Israel succeeds economically.

Really? It’s news that Palestinians are outraged? Can’t you pretty much accomplish that by ordering breakfast wrong?

Romney certainly could phrase things better. Even Republicans were putting their heads in their hands after his goofy Olympics diplomacy gaffe.

But the Obama campaign and its media minions are hoping that the U.S. election revolves around such silliness – they’re banking on smearing Mr. Romney in order to make Mr. Obama look good. At one point, an Obama campaign manager suggested Gov. Romney might actually be a felon for having his name on some Securities and Exchange Commission documents the Obama aide (but few others) found questionable.

CNN’s David Gergen, The New York Times and the Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” – liberal-leaning, all – debunked the disingenuous Obama campaign attacks on Romney’s business history – with the Post giving the Obama camp “four Pinocchios,” which translates into a “whopper” of a lie.

“I think the idea of trying to demonize Gov. Romney is going to backfire,” publishing magnate and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes told one reporter. “It’s the only thing he can do, given his miserable record on the economy. At the end of the day, it’s going to hurt the president more than it’s going to hurt Gov. Romney, cause they’re attacking people who try to get real things done. I think the idea of trying to demonize Gov. Romney is going to backfire.”

Whether the attempt at character assassination does backfire on the president is debatable. What isn’t debatable is the fact that such a campaign is corrosive to the American political process and injurious to the body politic.

It’s simply no way to elect a president.

We think it’s time Americans demanded that politicians and candidates – national, state and local – stop the politics of personal destruction and run solutions-oriented campaigns.

Don’t make us afraid of the opposition; make us understand what you would do if elected. Tell us how your policies or votes will make things better for America. Show us a plan and how it will play out.

Americans are tired of dirty politics and personal attacks. But it appears that’s going to be the chief avenue of the Obama campaign and its supporters.

There’s even a website called “DogsAgainstRomney.com” – making the case that he’s unfit to be commander-in-chief because he once put the family dog’s carrier on the car roof on vacation.

Good grief.

In fact, there appears to be a campaign to attack even Mr. Romney’s donors. The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel reported earlier this year that an Obama campaign website published the names of, and disparaged, eight Romney donors – and one of them, Idaho CEO Frank VanderSloot, had Democratic functionaries looking for dirt in divorce filings and other matters.

Really? This is what we should base our vote on?

This, from the campaign of hope and change.

Absolutely, let’s hope it changes.

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fedex227
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fedex227 08/05/12 - 08:05 am
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Condemning both candidates ...
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on the way their campaigns are currently run would have been a much better editorial. Perhaps ...

"What isn’t debatable is the fact that (campaigns such as those on both sides are) corrosive to the American political process and injurious to the body politic. It’s simply no way to elect a president."

Both sides are guilty of the same tactics. However, for some reason this editorial is an indictment of the tactics used by President Obama’s election campaign and complete absolution of those used by Governor Romney’s campaign.

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seenitB4 08/05/12 - 03:28 am
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This statement jumped out ...

Americans are tired of dirty politics and personal attacks. But it appears that’s going to be the chief avenue of the Obama campaign and its supporters.

Yep..they are tired....also in Augusta btw.....just ask some folks in South Augusta..

Are you saying go Rep. all the way in Nov.....hahah..will we see that on here .....yea baby..:)

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Riverman1 08/05/12 - 06:56 am
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How about attacks on the Romney horse???

The liberal press was even attacking Mrs. Romney's horse that's entered in the Olympics. This is absolutely funny stuff. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post actually wrote a column criticizing the Romney's because of the horse.

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Techfan 08/05/12 - 07:05 am
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Birth certificate, Muslim, Kenyan, death panels, "You lie!"

The right wing is pure as the driven snow when it comes to negative campaigning? Where was the outrage from the AC? Oh. that's right, they were agreeing and even taking part in the attacks. I guess that's what you have to do when you support a candidate like Romney who can't even seem to agree with himself on his positions. A fine example of your hypocrosy AC. I'm sure we'll see much more of it leading into November.

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Willow Bailey 08/05/12 - 08:11 am
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The Obama campaign will do or

The Obama campaign will do or say Anything to avoid discussing the real issues that are destroying our country. If he is reelected, God save us.

Techfan
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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:23 am
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“I believe that since Roe v.

“I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.”

Techfan
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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:24 am
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"Roe v. Wade has gone too

"Roe v. Wade has gone too far.”

Techfan
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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:24 am
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“I don’t line up with the

“I don’t line up with the NRA.”

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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:25 am
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“I’m a member of the [NRA].”

“I’m a member of the [NRA].”

Techfan
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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:25 am
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"I respect and will protect a

"I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.”

Techfan
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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:26 am
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“I never really called myself

“I never really called myself pro-choice.”

Techfan
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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:26 am
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“I supported the assault

“I supported the assault weapon ban.”

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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:27 am
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“I don’t support any gun

“I don’t support any gun control legislation.”

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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:27 am
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“I think the minimum wage

“I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.”

Techfan
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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:28 am
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"There’s no question raising

"There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.”

Techfan
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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:29 am
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“The TARP program… was

“The TARP program… was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures.”

Techfan
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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:29 am
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"When government is… bailing

"When government is… bailing out banks… we have every good reason to be alarmed.”

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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:30 am
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“Those… paying taxes and not

“Those… paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process toward application for citizenship.”

Techfan
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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:31 am
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“Amnesty only led to more

“Amnesty only led to more people coming into the country.”

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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:31 am
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"I will work and fight for

"I will work and fight for stem cell research.”

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Techfan 08/05/12 - 08:32 am
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"In the end, I became

"In the end, I became persuaded that the stem-cell debate was grounded in a false premise.”

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/05/12 - 09:21 am
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Have you ever changed jobs,

Have you ever changed jobs, relationships, views, beliefs, or opinion?
Additionally, you have taken singular remarks out of the entire conversation. Using the same tatic on anyone produces the desired result.

If your multiple comments stem from my comment, let me say it better.

This administration does not want American's to focus on the state of the economy, government spending or national security. It's class warfare all the way, for the purpose of stirring up hate and division .

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Riverman1 08/05/12 - 09:22 am
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"I'm a Muslim"

"I'm a Muslim."

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/05/12 - 09:21 am
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"I'm a Christian."

"I'm a Christian."

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SpiderLily 08/05/12 - 09:27 am
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+ 1

RM1

+ 1.

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soapy_725 08/05/12 - 10:19 am
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A one party system revealing itself
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to those who are not blind. Headline: A system of government with a great potential for good collapses under its own weight.

We were never great because of our government, we were great because of our people. People desiring to live free.

That generation of men and women has passed and God has left the building.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/05/12 - 11:17 am
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I will be transparent .

I will be transparent .

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/05/12 - 11:17 am
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Seal the records .

Seal the records .

carcraft
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carcraft 08/05/12 - 11:57 am
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You have the Senate Majority

You have the Senate Majority leader Harry Reid either, repeating gossip, committing libel, or committing what is a felony just to smear Romney. Shame on the head of the United States Senate for assassinating tcharactor of a good man! Then you have the President of the United States repeating lies about Romney. The truth of the matter is that Romney has a record of Exemplary service to the US. Romney served as Gov. of Massachusetts without salary and as head of the Utah Olympics without salary. Bain capital has created thousands up on thousands of jobs while helping a steel mill stay open, expanded companies such as Baskin Robbins and Staples. Now Obama has wasted billions of tax payer’s dollars on garbage. The choice comes down to a Staples or a Solyndra model of government. One vision is bankrupt , full of crony capitalism, funded with tax payers’ dollars on failed or failing enterprises and wasted billions with trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see. The other vision is founded in a sustainable economic reality. With Obama’s record the only thing he can running on is a campaign of smearing Romney!

carcraft
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carcraft 08/05/12 - 11:50 am
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One year from today GITMO

One year from today GITMO will be closed!

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