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When ever I sit down to read a piece of “literature” that may or may not challenge my own philosophies, I always make an “attempt” to read and absorb with an objective mindset. But after the first dozen or so pages of Willard Mitt Romney’s No Apologies, I had to give myself a failing grade at that objective. I’m roughly a third of the way through this book and without question or “apology”, it is completely obvious that this a book written for a type of guy who is from Iowa or New Hampshire, who grows up in small town and never leaves, marries the first woman he copulates with, and then ultimately ends up coaching the same football team he was on, which failed to win the county championship. YES, the book is that fucking dumb! And here’s just a couple examples why:
Pg. 28, Last paragraph: “President Obama is far too gifted politician to say in plain words that America is merely one nation among many.”
Well, I don’t know about “merely”, but we are ONE nation. I don’t want to paraphrase Obama’s 2004 DNC keynote speech, but we’re not the Northern America, Southern America, Eastern America, or Western American, “We’re the United States of America”. What Romney is attempting to express (or imply) in this sentence is that somehow President Obama doesn’t believe that America isn’t different, grander, or more significant than other nations, when everyone knows that it is, always has been and always will be.
Pg.26, Last paragraph: “In the first nine months, President Obama has issued apologies and criticisms of America in speeches in France, England, Turkey, and Cairo; at the CIA headquarters in Langley, VA, the National Archives in DC and the United Nations in NYC.”
Yes, the President did in fact make speeches in his first nine months of office; a lot of Presidents make a lot of speeches; and yes, they were given in places such as Europe, CIA, National Archives, and even the United Nations, good job, Mitt!! But Romney fails to quote ANY of these speeches where such “apologies” or “criticisms” were made, not on pg. 26, 27, 28, 29, or anywhere else throughout the chapter, which ends on pg. 34, or even the entire book for that matter. So once again, this argument, which many other conservatives have made, that President Obama “apologizes” for America, is, as usual, just plain old BULLSHIT!!!!
Pg. 34, Last paragraph: “England is just a small island.”
I know I didn’t get an MBA from Harvard, like Romney “earned”, but I’m pretty sure England is a nation, with citizens, leaders, a government, a military; it even has a “private sector”, surely Mitt isn’t going to disagree that if you have a private sector, you more than “a small island”.
Pg.47, Third paragraph: “If academics, writers, and opinion leaders have never visited China or worked in the private sector, how can they knowledgably assess the implications of China’s developing industrial strategy?”
Blah Blah Blah. So if someone is a “writer”, who has “opinions” and works in a non-government/private sector job, like McDonalds, that person is fully qualified to exam the Chinese “industrial strategy”. Okay, here’s your Quarter-Pounder with cheese, medium fries, large coke, oh and by the way, CHINA’S GOAL IS TO MAKE MORE McMONEY THAN OTHER NATIONS, that will be $8.37, thank you!
Pg. 51, First sentence: “The best all world peace has ever known is a strong America.”
First: Even in this small-little sentence, Romney is implying that America is not always “strong”, personally I believe that to be quite an Anti-America idea to imply about us, but he is allowed to believe what he wants to believe in, so we’ll put that aside for now. Second: How can an idea or goal, such as “world peace” ever have an “ally”? World peace is not a nation, or even a group of citizens, it’s a potential status that all countries should aim for, but its not something that can have an “ally”.