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Romney and Libya: Why Masters of the Universe Shouldn’t be Stewards of the Nation

Gov. Romney exits the podium in Jacksonville, FL, smirking after discussing the tragic deaths of four diplomatic workers in Libya.

It was one of the most effective ads of the 2008 election cycle. The 3AM phone call… Who would you want to have answer the call about an unnamed international crisis occurring in some far-flung corner of the globe? Both Hillary Clinton and John McCain tried to make the case that Barack Obama wasn’t ready to answer the call.

In 2012, with the body of Osama bin Laden at the bottom of the ocean, and several of his confederates only identifiable by tiny pieces of their DNA, if sheer terrorist body count alone is the marker, then Barack Obama has done a remarkable job. The President must do more than wage war; he must also fight for peace through diplomacy. There again the President is doing his best in a complicated and dangerous world.

It is why folks like Chris Stevens and three consulate staffers who lost their lives were so invaluable to the United States, Libya and the world.

I understand, and I hope all of you do as well, that the responsibility of the President is extremely complex. As President, you are the steward of the nation. Like a shepherd, you must guide and encourage, but you are ultimately responsible for the well-being of the group, so you won’t sacrifice any of them of the sake of profit of your own vanity.

Yes, the President is the steward of the nation.

After September 11, 2001, we recognize the importance of having a wise, decisive steward of the nation who would act when told there is an imminent threat on American soil. But rehashing that aspect of American history is best left for another day. Today is about September 11, 2012, and the rash behavior of one man who wants to be President of the United States.

On September 11, 2012, as we remembered the fallen, and later as events unfolded in Libya and Egypt, another man displayed why he does have the temperament to continue to serve as the steward of our nation.

You see, Mitt Romney has been trying to hold up his experience as a “Master of the Universe” as the key reason he should be President. But a Master of the Universe doesn’t care about the well-being of everyone, he only cares about himself – the opposite of stewardship. He assesses every opportunity to determine whether he can advance his own agenda…to score points and appear larger to the markets, the press, the stockholders – and to his own ego.. The truth and consequences are usually the first victims in the vainglorious campaign of a Master of the Universe.

If I was a “Master of the Universe,” I would demand that Mitt Romney turn in his membership card, keys to the clubhouse, and banish him forever.  Romney is making high-powered business executives seems feckless, opportunistic, soulless, mean, dishonest, and shifty, which isn’t easy. We thought that kind of behavior of dominated by career politicians like Paul Ryan.

These men and women – Masters of the Universe – like to give off the appearance of talking first and thinking second, but they are very deliberate when it comes to money and the management of risk. It is with the human cost that things tends to fall apart. We saw it with Romney’s handling of the tragic events in Libya. He couldn’t keep politics out of it, even for a moment. Mr. Romney didn’t express respect for a career diplomat or concern for his family as a starting sentiment. No, instead, Mr. Romney tried to convince America that he understood foreign policy by displaying a lack of understanding of human interaction. Craven and opportunistic are words that keep coming to mind to describe Mr. Romney as a politician, especially after today.

The video that sparked all of this trouble is stupid and worthless. What all of the folks, and Harvard Law School graduate Mitt Romney, should remember is that the First Amendment doesn’t provide for unrestricted free speech rights. Hate speech isn’t protected, nor is the equivalent of shouting fire in a crowded theatre. Religious freedom is in the First Amendment, along with Freedom of Speech. So when some jerk makes a dumb, low-rent video that infringes on another group’s religious freedom, Romney displays he forgot the Bill of Rights, and that he isn’t ready to be the steward of the nation when he goes on and lies about the nonsense that the Obama Administration “apologized.”

The situation in Libya and Egypt is delicate and volatile . On September 11, Romney prematurely released a statement WITHOUT THE FACTS. If you are a Master of the Universe, that is perfectly fine. If you are the steward of the nation, lives can be lost because of your bad judgment and impetuousness. Whatever points Mr. Romney thought he would gain were lost because we all saw him for what he was and has been for some time, a Master of the Universe who was out of his depths.

It is disgusting to try to jump into a foreign affairs crisis for political gain. It is inexcusable to try to spin the loss of life from this crisis, which Romney doesn’t seem to understand, for political gain.

Mitt Romney has displayed how he would take the country back to the failed policies of the Bush Administration in foreign policy, but worse…The Romney Doctrine of foreign policy would be the Bush Doctrine on Meth. At least George W. Bush had an experienced father who could counsel caution and moderation on the world stage.

After over a decade of war, it is time for America to move away from guns and towards butter. Romney is an uninformed Master of the Universe who should go back to the realm where his attitude and approach can win the day – Wall Street and private equity. I would rather let Romney play in that murky pool where, although his haphazard ways have consequences, he wouldn’t get Americans killed.

Masters of the Universe operate from hubris and self-interest. A steward of the nation operates with determination and concern for the collective. We need a man who will worry about the collective.  Today Mr. Romney showed us that he isn’t that man. Let Romney have his universe. Give President Obama the nation.

Copyright 2012

Kimberly S. Jones

All Rights Reserved

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  1. September 13, 2012 at 12:51 am

    As always Kimberly, you are dead on point, correct, eloquent and amazing. You and I are defiinitely on the same political plane for sure! My stomach churns at the thought of this nefarious “man” has a chance at “leading” this country. We would truly all be doomed. That the Republican party made it their mission to have Obama fail, speaks volumes about who they truly represent.

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