Mitt Romney owes all US Olympics athletes an apology.
“You Olympians, however, know you didn’t get here solely on your own power,” Romney said after congratulating the athletes. “For most of you, loving parents, sisters or brothers, encouraged your hopes, coaches guided, communities built venues in order to organize competitions. All Olympians stand on the shoulders of those who lifted them.”
Oh, so it takes a village, Mitt?
Mitt Romney probably thinks our Olympic athletes bought their way into the Olympics the way he did.
Actually AP’s overall story is about how Romney is now outright lying about things the President never said, and AP, to their credit, call Romney out for his lies – here’s AP:
“Romney continues to hammer Obama over comments taken wildly out of context.”
But that doesn’t stop the Romney campaign, or the Republican party, from making the lie their number one talking point. And, of course, what Romney is lying about is almost the exact same quote that President Obama said. But when Obama said it, it’s a sign that he’s a communist or something. But when Romney said it, then what was it a sign of?
It’s really scary. We have an entire political party that believes that lying to the American people in order to win a campaign, or any political issue, is not only fair game, but it’s the preferable game.
And while AP is to be credited for calling Romney out on this, the media should be asking the Romney campaign, incessantly, on camera, at every campaign stop: “Governor Romney, why are you knowingly repeating a lie about the President?” That’s how the media is supposed to do it’s job. You don’t write one piece and say “okay we covered it” when the other guy is making a lie the entire basis of his campaign. You get in his face and keep asking him why he’s lying, as it is a sign of his character.
And in Romney’s case, it’s also a strategy sanctioned by the Mormons themselves, called Lying for the Lord. From MormonWiki:
Lying for the Lord refers to the practice of lying to protect the image of and belief in the Mormon religion, a practice which Mormonism itself fosters in various ways. From Joseph Smith’s denial of having more than one wife, to polygamous Mormon missionaries telling European investigators that reports about polygamy in Utah were lies put out by “anti-Mormons” and disgruntled ex-members, to Gordon B. Hinckley’s dishonest equivocation on national television over Mormon doctrine, Mormonism’s history seems replete with examples of lying. Common members see such examples as situations where lying is justified.