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A Circus of Lies and Hypocrisy that Could Sweep our Government if we don't Vote
6 Big Lies By Republican National Convention Speakers, Day One
The entire program of the convention's opening night was based on a deception wrapped up in falsehoods.
August 29, 2012 |
TAMPA, FLA. -- On the opening day of its national convention, the Republican Party refrained from putting its full crazy on display in favor of unleashing a mere torrent of mendacity. Not that there wasn't a heavy quotient of weirdness.
A white man sang a full complement of R&B songs to a nearly all-white audience of delegates. (Thank you, G.E. Smith Band.) Old people danced comically to the strains of 3 Doors Down.
The Ron Paul people accused the G.O.P. of "detaining" the Virginia delegation in order to keep one of its leaders, Morton Blackwell, from participating in a rules committee meeting that ultimately stripped Paul of many of his delegates on the heels of a rules change that conferred a kingly sort of power on the party's nominee.
Following Ann Romney's speech, which she said was "about love," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yelled at Republicans that respect was more important than love, and they seemed to love him for it.
Former U.S. senator Rick Santorum, presidential nominee Romney's closest rival during the primary season, admired the hands of his grandfather's corpse, and then shook hands with the American dream, finding it to have a strong grip.
But another bit hand-dancing was more than strange: a bevvy of lies and deceptions that defined the evening were epitomized in a set of videos called "These Hands," which featured deceptively edited audio of President Barack Obama's ineloquent attempt to explain the role of government in paving the way for successful businesses, and cinematic depictions of noble small-business owners who were mighty mad at the president.
The theme was reinforced by speakers throughout the program, including Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, as well as Governors Nikki Haley, S.C.; Brian Sandoval, Nev., and Mary Fallin, Okla.
The videos dramatized the evening's theme: "We Built It." But wait, there's more. Here are the top six lies or deceptions fed to the American voter on Day One of the 2012 Republican National Convention.
- The "You didn't build that" deception. By now, Obama's rhetorical trip-up on the campaign trail is the stuff of legend, because in the construction of a series of sentences, Obama left an opening for Romney and his allies to suggest that the president meant something entirely different from what he said. At a campaign stop in Roanoke, Va., Obama said that a business owner's success requires government investment in infrastructure such as roads and bridges. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that," he said -- meaning, quite clearly, the roads and bridges. Republicans, however, pulled the quote from its context and ran with it. And Romney is determined to carry that ball to the finish line.
Never mind that even mainstream media have repeatedly refuted the meaning falsely imparted to the president by Romney and company. As of Tuesday night, the Obama quote was altered even further in the "Hands" videos to make it seem that he was shaking his brown finger in the face of lighter-skinned business owners: the audio track takes the words, "Let me tell you" from earlier in the speech, and sets them just ahead of the out-of-context quote to make it sound like this:
"Let me tell you, if you've got a business, you didn't build that."
Here's the actual quote in its entirety, with the Romney edit in bold: "There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me, because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t -- look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something – there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business. you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.
II. The welfare lie. The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that it would consider providing waivers to states from the implementation of welfare-to-work requirement in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program if the states could demonstrate that they had a more effective means of helping welfare recipients find work. Romney has seized upon this announcement to claim that Obama is "gutting welfare reform" and eliminating the TANF work requirement -- a blatant lie that has been reported as such by many news outlets. MORE: http://www.alternet.org/election-2012/6-big-lies-republican-national-convention-speakers-day-one?paging=off
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