Under a damning editorial entitled 'Too Many Mitts', the Salt Lake Tribune quite rightly came out against Romney for president and endorsed the sitting incumbent, President Obama. Given their allegiance to Republicanism and Mormonism, it cannot have been an easy decision for the paper to make. Yet here it was, nailing its colours to the mast of common sense and sanity, with a few choice words which described the current situation succinctly.
About Mitt Romney, the editorial had this damning indictment:
Mitt Romney has abandoned his beliefs to win the nation's highest office.
Sadly, it is not the only Romney, as his campaign for the White House has made abundantly clear, first in his servile courtship of the tea party in order to win the nomination, and now as the party’s shape-shifting nominee. From his embrace of the party’s radical right wing, to subsequent portrayals of himself as a moderate champion of the middle class, Romney has raised the most frequently asked question of the campaign: "Who is this guy, really, and what in the world does he truly believe?".....
Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience. Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear.
About President Obama, these were the main reasons for endorsement:
And what of the president Romney would replace? For four years, President Barack Obama has attempted, with varying degrees of success, to pull the nation out of its worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression, a deepening crisis he inherited the day he took office.
In the first months of his presidency, Obama acted decisively to stimulate the economy. His leadership was essential to passage of the badly needed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Though Republicans criticize the stimulus for failing to create jobs, it clearly helped stop the hemorrhaging of public sector jobs. The Utah Legislature used hundreds of millions in stimulus funds to plug holes in the state’s budget.
And final conclusion? A ringing endorsement that will surely reverberate for quite a while:
Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.
It doesn't get any clearer, more logical or more simple than that.
This is not a medium in thrall to the liberal or left wing agenda, so why should they endorse the President? Quite simply, as most sensible and rational American will do on November 6th, it is actually putting country above politics.
America is in a dire state and needs a strong leader to get on with it WITHOUT the obstruction of the party of NO ideas, NO compassion and NO care for the country. America needs a period where the president AND Congress can wok together to get things done without a group of people with a selfish, hidden agenda simply trying to get him out of office, with no thought of getting jobs for the people or improving the current situation.
The Salt Lake Tribune has seen the light and seen the danger and has had the courage of its convictions. In view of this, should anyone vote for Mitt Romney? What on earth does he have to offer a multicultural America at this difficult stage of its life?
Over to you.