Thank you, Druid42… I appreciate your giving me the opportunity to debate with you on whether or not Mitt Romney is the man for the Oval Office in
I absolutely agree that we need a leader who gives direction, and my personal feeling on leadership has always been that there is no better form of
leadership than leading by example. That is, living your principles without hiding details, showing inconsistencies, or making excuses if and when
discrepancies become apparent. I think we all know that the President of the United States is not expected to be a super-hero nor is he or she
expected to be without flaw or room for personal growth…the same applies to all of us and I think we, as a nation, can accept the humanity of our
chosen leadership as long as that humanity is honestly dealt with when it reveals itself to be human and not guaranteed or even possibly
Socratic Question #1: Are there any scandals you can find regarding Romney, or is he an upstanding, solid, and ready POTUS?
There are are two shadows that I find hanging over Mr. Romney's Presidential hopes that do bear some relevance on his candidacy and potential future
The first, according to Mr. Romney, has been obscured by time, and supposedly his own failing memory, when asked about John Lauber.
Lauber was a schoolmate whom Romney, along with three friends, attacked as a group, sometime around 1965.
was allegedly instigated by Romney because Lauber's looks didn't fit in at the prep school all attended. Lauber was held
down by all four and forcibly submitted to a rough hair-cutting by Romney. 48 years is a long time, admittedly, and memories do fade.
However, Romney's cohorts all have clear memories…matching memories…of the incident. In fact, one of the group, David Seed, claims to have met up
with their victim, John Lauber, in an airport sometime in the mid 1990's. The two had an impromptu reunion of sorts. Mr. Seed took the opportunity to
apologize to Mr. Lauber for what had happened. Lauber
, who died in 2004, in turn told Seed
that he also vividly remembered the episode and that it had been traumatic and had troubled him over the years.
Mean spirited things do happen when we are young…before we have gained temperance and empathy with others. That is understandable. But when Romney
was confronted with the incident, he insisted he did not remember it and gave a sort of general and vague apology to 'anyone he might have hurt' back
in his school days.
Next, there are the events of the 2002 Olympic Committee that quite literally put the world in jeopardy of losing the Olympic games altogether, the
aftermath of which became Mitt Romney's opportunity to shine when he was offered the job of organizer…and a mess to clean up.
The details have been excavated by Wayne Barrett
, a journalist who
is known for decades of reporting accurate facts of the most sordid detail on people such as Rudy Giuliani and Edward I. Koch.
In-depth details can be had here
The 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City Utah were a boon to many business interests of Salt Lake City and the surrounding area and there were
unethical and criminal acts including over $1 million in 'favors' designed to woo the International Olympic Committee to choose Utah for that year's
games and many other things. There were investigations, a criminal trial, and testimony before a grand jury and various outcomes for those
It has never been suggested that Mitt Romney was involved in these things before he arrived to rescue the 2002 games.
However those involved were, and remain, close business associates, and have donated around $1.5 million to his past AND present political campaign
So far, Mr. Romney has evaded all questions presented about these campaign donations with dismissive statements.
Socratic Question #2: How important is the moral character of a potential POTUS to you? To flesh out the question, does a candidate's religion bear an
opinion on your vote?
No, I do not care what religion a candidate subscribes to or how devoted he may or may not be.
Morals, to me, govern actions in the sight of others but principles guide what one does when no one is around.
is what matters to me...as well as integrity and accountability...and a willingness to face the past, present, and future with
honesty...and without excuses.
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