Some Republican friends of mine have been posting and reposting this video from WeAreChange.org. It’s a great idea for a video, really. They go out and find Obama supporters and ask them about Romney policy issues – well, they say they’re Romney policy issues, but the issues are all things Obama has done or supported since he took office.
Obama supporters talk about how crazy the policies are, how they’re an overreach of government, and then they are told the truth. That’s when we get to see the look of shock on their faces, hear the disbelief in their voices, and watch as they try to find words to explain why all of those bad policies are really ok after all as they try to find words to backup their Chosen One.
But there’s an important piece here that these Republican friends should be careful not to miss: Mitt Romney also supports those horrible policies.
The PATRIOT Act
“With respect to national security surveillance and investigations, I strongly support both FISA as amended and the PATRIOT Act, and I will ensure that we use the full range of lawful authority to obtain useful intelligence about current or future threats to our country.” – Mitt Romney
Indefinite Detention under NDAA
“The Constitution, U.S. statutes, and the laws of war permit detention of enemy combatants — including U.S. citizens — until the end of hostilities, as has been recognized by the Supreme Court.” – Mitt Romney
Presidential “Kill List” (Abuse of Executive Power)
“All U.S. citizens enjoy due process and habeas corpus rights under the Constitution. Due process permits the use of deadly force against all enemy combatants, including citizens, who engage in acts of war against the United States on behalf of an enemy of the United States.” – Mitt Romney
“I believe we should use any and all means necessary to take out people who pose a threat to us and our friends around the world, and it’s widely reported that drones are being used in drone strikes, and I support that and entirely, and feel the president [Obama] was right to up the usage of that technology, and believe that we should continue to use it, to continue to go after the people that represent a threat to this nation and to our friends.” – Mitt Romney
If you want to vote for Romney, go for it. I understand the lesser-of-the-evils argument you’re using. So pick the lesser of the evils, and vote for Romney if that’s what you want to do. But don’t let yourself be fooled into believing he’s something that he’s not.