Leonardo"s Notebook by Mattheus Mei

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mitt Romney, What a load...

Yeah, I know what does the picture have to do with the title of the Post. What does Tsar Putin I have to do with Mitt Romney. Well Putin is his Anti-hero.

Just saw on CNN, that Mitt Romney told Glenn Beck that he was disgusted by TIME Magazine naming Tsar Putin I, as the Man of the Year in lieu of naming the Republican Party's Army Boy Toy General Petraeus.

"You know, he imprisoned his political opponents. There have been a number of highly suspicious murders," Romney said on Beck's radio show. "He has squelched public dissent and free press. And to suggest that someone like that is the Man of the Year is really disgusting. I'm just appalled."

"Clearly General Petraeus is the person, or one of a few people, who would certainly merit that designation," the former Massachusetts governor added.

It's obvious that the advisers to Robo-Governor didn't upload the pertinent data into his system before cutting him loose to make that asinine statement or that he even read the article.

NPR interviewed the editor of Time to discuss what goes into picking the 'person of the year' for their evening program All things considered. One of the main things the editor stressed was that the person of the year, far from being a purely objective contest, is yet by no means a popularity contest. IN FACT, had the Governor read the article he would have realized that Putin scares the crap out of the interviewer in the fact that he's so cold and calculating. But Time didn't miss the mark in naming the Tsar their person of the year:

TIME's Person of the Year is not and never has been an honor. It is not an endorsement. It is not a popularity contest. At its best, it is a clear-eyed recognition of the world as it is and of the most powerful individuals and forces shaping that world—for better or for worse. It is ultimately about leadership—bold, earth-changing leadership. Putin is not a boy scout. He is not a democrat in any way that the West would define it. He is not a paragon of free speech. He stands, above all, for stability—stability before freedom, stability before choice, stability in a country that has hardly seen it for a hundred years. Whether he becomes more like the man for whom his grandfather prepared blinis—who himself was twice TIME's Person of the Year—or like Peter the Great, the historical figure he most admires; whether he proves to be a reformer or an autocrat who takes Russia back to an era of repression—this we will know only over the next decade. At significant cost to the principles and ideas that free nations prize, he has performed an extraordinary feat of leadership in imposing stability on a nation that has rarely known it and brought Russia back to the table of world power. For that reason, Vladimir Putin is TIME's 2007 Person of the Year.

Putin has successfully done in Russia what Ben Franklin, the founders and the past two hundred years of patriots and American History have successfully defeated George Bush, the power-behind-the-throne and the cronies on the right from doing here: convincing people that security is more important than liberty.

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety

Of course Russian history has always looked to strong leaders with Absolute Control, so it's in their blood to be pushed around, but not so in America. So it's troubling when someone like Mr. Romney comes out and call's Mr. Putin disgusting when he and his party supports similar policies as enshrined by the Patriot Act, the Rhetoric on Immigration and the unending praise and support of military action that was based on misinformation. And let's not forget the current American regime's desire to keep even the most banal of activity secret, the destruction of spy tapes exhibiting 'vigorous interrogation' and its suspension of Habeas Corpus and condoned use of Torture all the while telling the rest of the world that it's not going on.

So I find it laughable that Mr. Romney would dare find Mr. Putin disgusting when someone in his own country is guilty of doing the same thing and he wants to carry on with those policies.

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