By now, in these last remaining days before the election of 2012, we have learned enough about the beliefs of the Republican presidential candidate to see them as a worldview all its own -- a kind of creed that explains Mitt Romney. Those who say he has no principles are selling him short.
I respect what both men, with similarly fine intentions, ardor and conviction, and vast, purposeful focus, did at roughly the same ages, their early twenties, for nearly the same length of time, albeit fourteen years apart. Both dedicated themselves to service. Still, the contrast is enlightening.
The conservative media dug up a 1996 video purported to show that Obama was a socialist. Nothing. They tried to resurrect the controversy over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Nada. "We built that!" -- a waste of the convention banner budget.
Americans have a choice between a moderate Eisenhower-Republican-style president in Mr. Obama, or an entirely new creature: a man who believes in nothing, who seems to exist entirely in negative space.
There's mounting fall-out from reports, first broken by The Free Press, that a Mitt Romney-linked company owns the Hart Intercivic voting machines used in key counties in Colorado, Ohio and other states. The stories have stoked new fears about a "stolen" election.
Which presidential candidate can capture and nurture this latent sense of American community so that we are empowered, not embittered, by our differences and diversity? Who can best capture Americans' longing for collaboration and nurture that into the reality of working together?
At this moment, the U.S. economy is probably most properly described as a classic example of "crony capitalism." And if we are going anywhere new as an economy, we are in danger of heading to something even worse -- "vulture capitalism."
It's one thing to learn about a foreign country through spy movies, outdated Cold War propaganda and sound bites. It's a whole different education looking a foreigner in the eye and listening to what they really think.
With Election Day swiftly approaching, it's becoming more and more essential to make sure you're in-the-know about the candidates and their stances on different issues. Check out our cheat sheet to the election to ensure you're an informed voter when November 6th rolls around.
Richard Schiff's description of coronation as being defined by a death of sorts conjured up a lot of images in my head, and as we tilt ever closer to yet another decisive moment in history, it's valuable to ruminated on such things. In other words, it prompted me to draw this, hope you like.
It's time for everyone to insist on honesty in public whether it's from our elected officials, political candidates, businesses, interest groups or non-profits. Whether we're electing a president or buying a product, we want to be doing business with someone with integrity.