Tag Archives: Mitt Romney

Some Words Are Very Unnecessary

I may agree with Dan Savage that Mitt Romney may not be the most exceptional candidate for president. I may agree with Dan as well that LGBT community organizations teaming up with Mitt Romney may not be a good thing for the community where they would be portrayed as house slaves.

I however disagree with Dan in the use of the f- word, that word used to describe homosexual people in a very derogatory matter. The f- word is just as infamous as its cousin the n-word. Even though we have the privilege of using the words as long as we are members of the respective demographic groups we need to strive for a higher standard and avoid using these words as weapons on each other even if people in groups such as Go Proud and Log Cabin may want to support Romney as their choice despite his retrograde viewpoints on the LGBT community.

Romney once said he would be even more friendly than Ted Kennedy on LGBT issues back in 1994, but it seemed it was a dog and pony show in order to attain power. Romney may have been somewhat consistent as governor, but to run for President he had to jump in bed with the National Organization of Marriage and buddy up with his friends in his church to donate money for Proposition 8 which angered many in the LGBT community.

Just as how our bullies when we were young used the f- word on us, we should aim higher and use better words instead of the pungent lexicon of the gutter. Dan Savage might have been similar to Howard Stern in his approach, but when you are one of the spokespeople for safe schools and end to harassment of young queer people, the f-word should be honestly avoided.

I do not know what Mitt Romney will pledge to Independents and other groups who might want to cross over for his campaign, but if Romney is going to go backwards for the LGBT community, it might be better to consider supporting other quality alternatives such as voting for Gary Johnson who values personal and economic liberty.

RNC Does Not Want Us, Time To PUMA Romney

It seems Mitt Romney and his best buddies at the Republican National Committee want to win the nomination at all costs and they could care less how they win. The behavior Romney and his supporters are advocating against the only remaining viable opponent to his nomination is only going to make it harder for Ron Paul supporters to go to the Romney campaign and even feel good voting for him this November.

The news media and party establishment are trying to lead the nation that what happens in the voting results during the primaries counts, but in most states it does not. In states like Michigan it is the state party conventions that help lead the distribution of delegates. When Ron Paul’s team decided to contest the state party conventions it led to the Romney team to fight harder in ways not as ethical.

Even though Romney is fairly winning the delegates in states such as Texas, it seems he and his friends want to make sure the coronation does not get any interference. Conventions were stopped, ballots were stuffed, and people were assaulted because they exercised their political preference for Ron Paul.

People are wanting a consistent conservative and that is why many have moved to the Ron Paul campaign. Since Romney changes his views just as much as Madonna makes costume changes, it is harder for Republican voters to trust Romney.

Since Romney wants to silence Ron Paul supporters from getting influence in their state parties, maybe we need to PUMA Romney like how many Hillary supporters PUMA’ed Obama in 2008. For those not aware of the lingo, PUMA stands for Party Unity My Ass.

The key to a proper PUMA campaign is to deprive your vote for Romney who has not openly told his supporters to behave and stop acting like jack booted thugs. The goal is to advocate voting for Gary Johnson if Ron Paul is officially eliminated in the RNC Convention.  I know there is a cult of personality where people will vote for Ron Paul even if it does not count in particular in California since Ron Paul will likely not be an official write in candidate. Voting for Gary would help measure the lost votes Romney could of received in such swing states as Nevada, New Mexico and New Hampshire.

Immature behavior in states like Oklahoma, Missouri and Louisiana should make long time Republicans very uncomfortable in associating with Mitt Romney.  Even if you are not a devotee of the ideas of Ron Paul the unethical tactics of the party establishment such as shutting the convention early in Oklahoma to make sure the Ron Paul delegates were not selected. Or the Louisiana State Central Committee leader being roughed up by security when they did not realize that the previous chairman was removed.

If Romney wants to win swing states such as Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and New Hampshire he will need to make some amends to the followers of Ron Paul if he wants his campaign to keep getting traction. Just as how Goldwater inspired the generations after him, Ron Paul is doing the same making sure that the Republican Party has a voice for the next generations today. We need to live within our means so we can actually practice fiscal conservatism and personal responsibility whenever possible so we can offer a better future for our nation.

Sorry for Being a Negative Nancy on Ron Paul

I guess I am not going to spend much of my limited resources on Ron Paul anymore. In Arkansas Ron Paul only got 13.2% of the vote and barely got second place behind Rick Santorum. I am worried that its going to be just as bad in California since Ron Paul and his campaign team decided to let us go on our own devices.

I have migrated to Gary Johnson. President Obama has a safe 27 point lead in California so a vote for Gary Johnson is a vote for principle. Fed up that President Obama and Mitt Romney want to arrest people for taking marijuana because you may have cancer or HIV/AIDS? Fed up that Mitt Romney could care less about Republicans who support LGBT equality?  Tired of the Republican establishment trying to deny that Libertarians are gaining influence and decide to stuff the ballots for Mitt Romney?

There are many reasons why we need to shock the system. We need to send a message that we do not need another Punch and Judy show, we do not need a President Obama clone in white face.

On June 6 move to Gary Johnson. You will feel better for your vote.

I am NOT Marching Down The Line

I originally was supporting Gary Johnson, but the media blackout decimated his campaign where he went to the Libertarian Party so I decided to support Ron Paul. I thought Ron Paul would be the right solution to improve the Republican Party. I was a bit uneasy supporting Ron Paul, but I got into the spirit of his campaign. I felt that Ron’s foreign policy views are refreshing compared to President Obama and Romney, I felt that we need to get our fiscal house back in order, I felt that Ron Paul would be the best choice to prevent the TSA and DEA from making the lives of Americans miserable.

However the voyage is about to end. Ron Paul was a victim of the media blackout just as with Gary Johnson. The media pretended that Ron Paul was non-existent, but he pulled rabbits out of a hat during various state conventions and party caucuses. Then the news media got puzzled and said “Romney is the one crowned”, perhaps the news media wants to get the weakest candidate against Obama nominated. Romney volunteers have behaved in such corrupt ways such as attempting to stuff ballots, threatening Ron Paul supporters and taking their ball and running away as in Oklahoma.

Sadly Ron or other higher ups in his campaign feel that his army is not behaving properly and violating the process. Ron’s supporters may be using Ron as symbol and they invested so much in him, but Ron stated that the journey is only beginning even if Ron might not make it further after the primaries. People ran to take over their state parties and even some of them are RNC committee members in states such as Maine and Nevada. The supporters of Ron Paul are running a spirited campaign based on ideas such as reducing spending, getting us out of Afghanistan, reforming the federal reserve. Romney may be closer to Obama’s views on many issues aside from social policy and that does not help much in uniting Ron’s supporters making it more like oil and vinegar.

Romney wants to solidify the base to make it where there will not be any partisan disasters as what happened with President George H.W Bush in the 1992 convention where Pat Buchanan ended up destroying the message of his campaign and it led to Clinton defeating him. However the maneuvers Romney have done during the state conventions in various states kills the dreams of unity.

Republican activists may say that, “If you do not vote for Romney, you will end up voting for Obama by default”, but honestly on various issues Paul supporters care about Romney is only Obama in white face. Romney is still going to keep us in Afghanistan until the sun does not shine, Romney is still going to sic the DEA on the dispensaries that offer the sick relief with marijuana, Romney is still going to promote the worst policies of President Obama with the drones invading American skies and indefinite detention of Americans. Perhaps leaving our ballots blank or voting for Gary Johnson may be the only rational idea. Continue reading I am NOT Marching Down The Line

There Should Be No Secrecy In Political Donations

For any successful campaign you need money. Money is the fuel for speech. However there are cases in businesses and individuals clouding their donations because people did not want their donations exposed to scrutiny. Recently a top Romney donor Frank VanderSloot had customers cancel their business relationships with him because they did not want to patronize a businessman who had views that were contrary to their principles because Frank harbors deep prejudices to the LGBT community.

President Obama’s campaign has showcased a few of the top donors to his campaign in the website “Keeping the GOP Honest”. Conservative blogs consider this as an “enemies list”, but knowing who candidates are getting funds from are a healthy indicator of what type of interest and policies candidates are getting their appeal from. However instead of crying to your compatriots about how Obama is hurting your business, scrutinize Obama’s contributors to his Super PAC and his regular campaign committees as well. I bet Obama has just as many shady characters just as much as Romney.

Individuals and businesses should be able to stand by their donations instead of hiding from them. If you did not like my donations to Ron Paul, then you should be free to patronize or not patronize me if I was a captain of industry. I think its responsible for consumers to pull out their business if business people have principles contrary to their values.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Just as how Fred Karger exposed the major players who helped to fund discrimination in California, people should have the choice not to patronize the San Diego storage business owner Terry Caster who spent over 693,000 in sponsoring Proposition 8. Even the National Organization for Marriage wants people to boycott Starbucks, but unfortunately for them their boycott targets usually get more business.

Target also received negative publicity for supporting an inequality loving candidate for Minnesota Governor as well, even though Target portrays themselves with a progressive ethos their corporate office sent money to help defeated candidate Tom Emmer which gave them negative press and even Lady Gaga dropped her deal to promote her new album with the chain. They said helping Tom Emmer was because of his economic policies, but maybe Target should of realized they need to raise a crop of legislators who may be pro-corporation, but makes sure not to treat LGBT people as second class citizens.

With the Citizens United decision, it has opened the floodgates for corporate political donations. Since corporations want their outsized influence, the American people deserve to know how our political candidates and causes are being sponsored. We should know who our political candidates are being beholden to or what they stand for. Unfortunately there is another roadblock to transparency.

Donors of a 501(c)4 should have their donations automatically disclosed, just as how it took 4 years to find out that Romney hid his donation for the Proposition 8 donations. Even though it was questionable about leaking the information, the information should be legalized in the future. If a group influences public policy, secrecy is not an option.

Even the Supreme Court stated that signatures for ballot measures are not confidential. Doe v. Reed states that disclosure of signatures on a ballot measure does not violate the first amendment.

If a political candidate wants to restrict your civil rights or ship your job to China, India or Mexico you should be aware of the implications of supporting that candidate for office.

Romney Could Care Less About LGBT People

I thought it was a great sign for former Governor Romney to invite someone of LGBT status to be a spokesman and advisor on foreign policy, but after a firestorm from the far left and far right Richard Grenell decided that it was not worth taking the opportunity.

Richard Grenell does have ties to the local area, he severed as spokesman for one of the developers from the Colonies Partners during the investigation and likely trial of the 102 million dollar settlement that was reached thru questionable means. Grenell did work for the state department in the Bush administration, but right now he was working for a communications firm in Los Angeles.

Richard had tweeted snarky comments about Democratic Party figures that caused him to be in the news recently, but Romney and his campaign leadership did not mind. However it shows that the main cause of him being let go is due to the rancor of the Paleo-Conservative sect from people of the American Family Association. Because they were telling Romney if you hire Grenell it’s the endorsement of the homo agenda because he personally does not feel comfortable with President Obama’s reluctance to support marriage equality and he attacked the Bush administration’s position where they were against the resolution speaking up on the issue of human rights abuses of LGBT people. Groups such as the American Family Association and the Family Research Council believe that religious liberty means we should discriminate against people based on their content on their character and behavior, but should we just beat up people and treat them as pariahs for who they are?

Continue reading Romney Could Care Less About LGBT People

Shameless Millionaire Presidential Candidates

Republicans have another problem child in 2012, Donald Trump. It seems that Donald Trump is trying to turn on a dime on his positions in order to seem acceptable to the base, but moderates and discerning conservatives might just toss him in the gutter instead.

I could understand a candidate’s views changing over a matter of time, but over months or days it would just seem as shameless political posturing. Just as how Donald Trump may divorce women like how Elizabeth Taylor divorces men, the Trump  may not support marriage equality. However if he can not even support the Employment Non Discrimination Act, then who else can I support. Then the Trump ten years ago says he is for abortion, and now today he is against it.

I know Trump would be a good man compared to Obama, but I would like to see a fiscal plan that would be different from what Obama is proposing and see if Trump can see in how he can snatch the young people’s votes from the president by having unique positions.

My neighbor told me I should oppose equality legislation when I ran for State Assembly in 2002, but that was against my core principles and I would rather be honest in my policy positions than to pander for public support then if I was elected and voted that way I would have been the precursor to Roy Ashburn.

People are looking for a principled moderate Republican for the 2012 election, but it seems that presidential candidates are throwing themselves and their principles so they would be acceptable to the Iowa caucus voters. However, in New Hampshire the primary is basically open where the independents and unaffiliated can join in the Republican Primary where someone like Donald Trump before he opened his mouth recently would have had potential.