Romney’s Blind Trust in Collective Amnesia (VIDEO)

Willard Mitt Romney has all the right ingredients to be a President; good hair, nice smile, proper education, a fine family and lots and lots of money. He flaunts self-confidence, business savvy, political clout and some very wealthy donors.

Unfortunately, in addition to this impressive package he also has a slight problem with the truth and an excessive trust in  the absentmindedness of the average American.  It’s as if he doesn’t know that we live in the age of the World Wide Web. If you are a public figure, most of your statements, letters and speeches are recorded, shared and preserved.

Artfully dodging difficult questions is a nifty political skill but doing a one-eighty on the issues for the purpose of expediency is downright cunning. As the reaction to Newt Gingrich’s new found repentance shows Americans prefer to forgive a sinner than a Judas kiss.

Here is a short list of Mr. Romney’s changing positions, untruths and the opposing facts:

  1. In 1994 Mr. Romney believed “abortions should be safe and legal” and later in 2005 wrote an op-ed to the Boston Globe explaining why he was now pro-life and why he vetoed, as governor of Massachusetts, a widely supported bill that would have made the morning-after pill available over the counter and would have required hospitals to offer emergency contraception to rape victims.
  2. In 1994 he said “he would do more to promote gay rights than Senator Kennedy,” but in 2012 his campaign disavowed his own Pro-Gay Rights flyer from 2002. He supported Bill Clinton’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and continued to do so until 2007.
  3. His job creation claims as the co-founder, then the CEO, of Bain Capital or Bain & Company have been debunked by many reliable journalists and media.
  4. He recently said “I have always voted for a Republican any time there was a Republican on the ballot”, but in 1992 Massachusetts primary he voted for a Democrat presidential contender Paul Tsongas, a former US senator from Massachusetts.
  5. In the latest Florida GOP primary Mr. Romney claimed his Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac investments were in a ‘blind trust’ while in fact as his financial disclosure form he filed with Federal Election commission in August 2011 shows, these investments were not included in his ‘blind trust’ but in his IRA.
  6. In the same debate he said because his investments were in a ‘blind trust’ he had no control over where they were invested while later explaining how much taxes he paid on them, contradicting his own statement about his lack of knowledge regarding his own investments. During his 1994 campaign against Ted Kennedy, Mr. Romney stated that “blind trust is an age-old ruse. You can always tell the blind trust what it can and cannot do”.
  7. Romney also denied knowing anything about the attack advertisements against Newt Gingrich while his voice and his approval message appear on them.

This politician’s lack of discretion regarding the truth is nothing new in the world of US politics, hence the general apathy Americans have towards their congress reflected by its record-breaking low approval rating of 13 %.

From the Occupy movement to the Tea Party, despite their vast differences in political ideology, Americans demanded transparency and truth from their elected officials. Why the message did not get through is another subject of discussion, but appealing to ignorance as a campaign strategy has its pitfalls, especially in the age of digital information, instant communication and social media. And as once Governor Huckabee said: “If a man’s dishonest to get a job, he’ll be dishonest on the job.”