The U.S. election campaign is a laughing stock for those of us observing it from outside the United States. While the protests continue across North Africa, the Middle East, into Asia and some Western countries, including Australia and Belgium, the campaigns have turned to pithy issues.
The latest pre-occupation is a commentmade during a fundraiser, where coincidentally a video clip was released, out of context, which had the GOP candidate make a comment that 47% of Americans don't pay taxes and that is the base for the incumbent president. To Romney's credit, he answered more press questions of a hostile press during a press conference last night than President Obama answered to a friendly press in months.
According to Romney, who stood by his statement, he was asked by his donors if he could win the election. His answer was that 47% who paid no taxes were in the bank for Obama. This created a fury of press stories to try and discredit Mitt Romney. This demonization has been going on for months now and the press is not even hiding their bias. One CNN reporter even send out a tweet with a donor sheet attachment for Obama. Yes, that is the objective American media.
Attack on the US consulate in Benghazi
In an attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Ambassador Christopher Stevens and four other were killed. The Obama Administration, particularly U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, have been peddling the story that this was a spontaneous attack.
The fact that the attack occurred on the 11th anniversary of 9/11/01 and the fact that the attack took approximately 30 minutes from start to finish, supported by direct and indirect fire, with mortars, machinge guns and RPGs, indicates to anyone with a little military knowledge that the attack was planned and well-executed. Yet the Obama Administration continues to flock its story of a spontaneous attack. The press, which should be questioning what happened to the ambassador during the eight hours he was missing, continues to be preoccupied with worthless comments by Mitt Romney.
The crisis in the Middle East indicates a major foreign policy failure for President Obama, who changed course in the Middle East with the start of his Cairo speech in 2009. The Arab Spring has turned into an Arab Winter. The Muslim Brotherhood is now in control of Egypt.
In Iraq, the Shiaa government has established ties with Iran and has allowed the rogue state to fly over its territory and deliver arms and munitions to Syria.
The so called democracy in Libya is also at odds with the administration, with its interim leader categorically stating that the attack on the embassy was conducted by outsiders, well-planned and executed. Intelligence sources on the ground also decry Rice's Sunday talk show comments.
Is the mainstream media trying to cover up for the Obama Administration, or do they lack the depth to report on the Middle East crisis? One can only assume that their priorities are misguided.
What does President Obama have to offer?
With less than 50 days to go to the Nov. 6 election, the president is basically offering more of the same. With over 40 months of unemployment above 8 percent, 23 million unemployed and fewer jobs now available than when the president took office, Obama's Hope and Change campaign has been a failure.
The president is now asking voters to give him four more years, while offering the same policies that have proven to be a failure. The national debt has risen above $16 trillion. Billions have been spend on failing green energy companies, including Solyndra.
Small and medium sized businesses are holding on to trillions because of uncertainty in the tax situation and overregulation. Yet the president persists with his policies.
The Washington Post, not exactly GOP-friendly, published an article on Sept. 8 based on Bob Woodwards newest book, "A President Sidelined," where it shows how Obama ignored the advice of his own party members and senior advisers and single-handedly stopped a resolution to the debt ceiling crisis, since he did not want it revisited during the election campaign.
Boehner said he believed that he and the others — Senate Minority Leader, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid and House Minority Leader — had a plan. He told Obama: We think we can work this out. Give us a little more time. We’ll come back to you. We are not going to negotiate this with you.
Obama objected, saying that he couldn’t be left out of the process. “I’ve got to sign this bill,” he reminded the leaders as they sat in the Cabinet Room off the Oval Office.
“Mr. President,” Boehner challenged, “as I read the Constitution, the Congress writes the laws. You get to decide if you want to sign them.”
Reid, the most powerful Democrat on Capitol Hill, spoke up. The congressional leaders want to speak privately, he said. Give us some time.
The list of policy gaffes of the Obama Administration go on and on, yet the mainstream media, including the(CBC), focus on a lot of issues that have been settled 20 years ago and are not part of the Romney platform.
The United States, in my opinion, is a divided country. It has allowed politicians to divide it by race, gender, social class, sexual orientation and gender. No one is focusing on the bread-and-butter issues or even reinstating self-esteem.
Polls are like a football game, giving you a clipse of a particular time frame. Depending who took the poll and the sampling of candidates, either the president is in the lead, or most of the results are either in a statistical tie or the president has a slight advantage. Keep in mind that President Carter led in polls at this stage. So what do polls really represent?
Yesterday's Rasmussen poll, which was the most accurate during the 2008 election, had Mitt Romney with an advantage over President Obama, but again it was almost a statistical tie.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 47% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns 45% of the vote. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided. See daily tracking history.
Eighty-five percent (85%) of conservatives support Romney, and 91% of liberals plan to vote for Obama. As they have throughout the campaign, voters under 40 tend to prefer the president, while their elders favor Romney.
When “leaners” are included, the race is tied with both Obama and Romney at 48%. Leaners are those who are initially uncommitted to the two leading candidates but lean towards one of them when asked a follow-up question.
A recent poll by Fox News Latino indicates that the gap between President Obama and Mitt Romney is closing, although the president still has a 2-1 ratio of the Latino vote. Based on the poll, the economy is the most important issue at 48%. Immigration came in fifth with only 6%, health care came in at 14%, education at 11%, while social issues came in at 8%. Full FOX poll here.
The world is a dangerous place, particularly in the Middle East. Afghanistan is going to the dogs, with the U.S. military having suspended all combined operations with the Afghan National Army, which it is to train.
While the U.S. will have a decade of commitment and is responsible for providing half of the $4.2 billion, granted to the Karzai government under the Strategic Partnership Agreement, it seems that Afghanistan will revert to where it was prior to the U.S. and NATO invasion. Yes the Administration will give you the slogan "GM is alive and Osama is dead." The green-on-blue killings of NATO, mostly U.S. soldiers, is the answer. In the Middle East protesters are yelling "Obama, Obama, We're all Osama." Al Qaida is, according to the Libyan interim leader, reponsible for the attack on the U.S. embassy. That doesn't hardly look like it is defeated.
The media has a role in reporting the truth objectively. To be in the bag for one candidate or the other is unacceptable and doesn't serve the American public. It really doesn't matter who a journalist personally supports, but they can stick to the truth in their reports. There are enough spin artists around, including on Allvoices, without the mainstream media taking part.
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