Groucho Marx once quipped, "Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?" he also said. "No, I don't mind lying if it gets me somewhere."
I'm a filmmaker and one thing I will tell you. The camera never lies.
Something has been gnawing at me since Mitt Romney's "47 percent" tape. I had never seen that Mitt, before... or since. He was completely at ease, authentic, cool, almost human in a ruthless, confident CEO who "likes to fire people" kind of way, because... he wasn't lying.
A word of advice, "You should always tell the truth it's easier to remember what you said."
We are now, 11 (or 13, if you live in Colorado) days away from the most important election of my lifetime and it's getting to be déjà vu all over again. We are one hanging chad away from Bush vs. Gore, Diebold voting machine snafus, ballots thrown into dumpsters and whoever is playing Katherine Harris this time around, but now the stakes for we women are the highest in history.
So when the October Surprise, Richard Mourdock, the only candidate Mitt Romney has endorsed in this election comes out yesterday saying if a woman is raped and becomes pregnant, it's "God's will", which Mitt should we believe? Shall we believe the one in the television ad that started running Monday and has not been taken down as of this writing, saying we must elect Richard Mourdock ensuring his deciding vote to end Obamacare? Or the Mitt Romney, picking as his running mate the most extreme ideologue who redefined rape as "forcible" and thus it stands in the 2012 GOP platform as does personhood, giving 14th Amendment property rights to fertilized eggs, hence making abortion murder?
Or, is it the Mitt who approves of abortion in the case of incest and rape, or the one who would defund Planned Parenthood the first day in office? Or the one who is for the Blunt amendment giving employers discretion over birth control, or against the Blunt amendment when asked in the debates?
Rape is rape. Which Mitt is it?
You know Todd Akin, Mitt Romney and Richard Mourdock are all the same guy, right? They are ideologically the same, aligning perfectly with their GOP platform... which they can't run away from fast enough. There have been 30 votes in this congress to defund Planned Parenthood, ban abortion and criminalize birth control and nine votes for personhood amendments. If Mitt Romney is elected president, Roe vs. Wade will be, as promised, overturned with the new first Supreme Court appointment. His words, not mine.
Which Mitt is it?
How can it be that the election board in Arizona and Colorado printed thousands of election notices with the wrong date, Nov. 8... two days after the election? How is it possible that Mitt Romney's passive aggressive son Tagg invested in electronic voting machines, coincidentally in swing states of Colorado and Ohio? No Republican has ever taken the White House without Ohio.
Is it some kind of Men In Black collective amnesia, or is it because we have been so brainwashed we have lost our moral compass? The Bernie Madoffing of the country, the Little Murders by the Wall Street bandits? Or the white lies that turn into big fat, yellowcake uranium lies taking us into immoral and illegal wars for profit?
Who are we to believe? Which Mitt is it?
When I heard a busload of Bain Sensata workers, whose jobs had been outsourced to China were coming to New York City, I decided to find out for myself.
The story sounded so preposterous! A company in which Mitt Romney owns a 51 percent interest, Bain/Sensata Technologies in Freeport, Ill., who make sensors for GM cars, was shutting down and 170 jobs were being outsourced to China, but not before they trained their Chinese replacements before the entire factory was put on a slow boat to China this December -- just in time for Christmas! Unbelievably, this company made a $500-million profit that year.
But when I met Mary Jo Kerr, when I heard her draconian tale of having to train Chinese workers to replace her, using sign language because there was only one interpreter, taking down the American flag, there was no longer any doubt, this was the man on the 47 percent tape. This is the real Mitt Romney.
Sandi: "Is it true that they brought the Chinese workers in and you had to train them?"
Freeport Sensata employee: "We were told they were going to bring Chinese workers over so we had to train them to take our jobs [...] I don't even have words to describe it [...] this is our country and you're taking down our American flag for Chinese workers? It's just not right. This is just the start of what's going to happen when Romney is in office. I mean I guarantee you, you won't see an American flag... anywhere."