Barbara Ehrenreich once said: “America is addicted to wars of distraction.” Never has that been more relevant than during the 2012 presidential election.
You can always tell when someone is losing an argument; they begin to stray from the main issue at hand and latch on to minor non-issues. By blowing up a minor issue, a person is often able to confuse their opponent, and the audience as well. In addition, by making mountains out of molehills, a person consumes time that could be far better spent answering legitimate questions, and dealing with substantive issues.
I’m sure you know exactly where this is going. After the first debate, at which Barack Obama lost miserably, what did the Democrats do? They latched onto a comment made by Mitt Romney in regards to his planned defunding of PBS. One blip out of an entire night; one insignificant comment in the grand scheme of a debate that covered real, substantive issues was blown up as if it was a national tragedy. This type of behavior is typical of the Democrats and their accomplices in the media. It’s so typical, in fact, that’s it’s become completely unsurprising. However, the fact that it’s unsurprising doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be talked about.
Following the first presidential debate, the Democrats even put out a commercial featuring Big Bird, mocking Romney’s comment about PBS. They were so desperate to distract from Obama’s poor performance that they resorted to using Big Bird. The Obama campaign makes so many claims about Mitt Romney, that you’d think they wouldn’t have to resort to such a peculiar attack. But the fact is, Obama’s record is so abysmal, he needs this distraction.
Now it’s happening again; except this time, it’s even more ridiculous. Following the second presidential debate on Tuesday, the major concern wasn’t Obama’s $5.4 trillion deficit, or the fact that Obamacare has increased the cost of healthcare premiums by a substantial amount, but Romney’s “binders full of women.” That’s right.
And lest you think I’m being facetious, here’s a link to an article by Michael Musto, of The Village Voice, where he voices his deep concern over Romney’s comment.
Now that you’ve read that article, let’s take a look at what Romney actually said:
And — and so we — we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet.
I went to a number of women’s groups and said, “Can you help us find folks,” and they brought us whole binders full of women.
I was proud of the fact that after I staffed my Cabinet and my senior staff, that the University of New York in Albany did a survey of all 50 states, and concluded that mine had more women in senior leadership positions than any other state in America.
…We’re going to have to have employers in the new economy, in the economy I’m going to bring to play, that are going to be so anxious to get good workers they’re going to be anxious to hire women. In the — in the last women have lost 580,000 jobs. That’s the net of what’s happened in the last four years. We’re still down 580,000 jobs. I mentioned 31/2 million women, more now in poverty than four years ago.
What we can do to help young women and women of all ages is to have a strong economy, so strong that employers that are looking to find good employees and bringing them into their workforce and adapting to a flexible work schedule that gives women opportunities that they would otherwise not be able to afford.
Wow, how awful. How out of touch. What a horrible misogynist. What a–oh, sorry. I was briefly trapped in an alternate reality. THIS is what passes for a “controversy” now?
As far as the democrats and the main stream media are concerned, you betchya.
When a politician has no record on which to run, he will try make himself look better by muddying his opponent. If his opponent has a record of achievement that makes his own record look like a blank page, he will cause a distraction by contriving a controversy. If this fails and his opponent continues to rise in the polls, the more contrived and desperate the “controversies” become. In the end, the level of “controversy” is proportionate to the level of desperation.
This administration is desperate to keep all eyes off the record. They need to keep people from thinking about the situation in Libya; from thinking about the $5.4 trillion addition to the deficit; from thinking about higher healthcare premiums, higher taxes on the middle class, fast and furious, and every other Obama policy that has burdened and ultimately harmed this country.
In order to accomplish this, they create false controversies, like Big Bird, “Binders full of women”, a “War on Women”, and a “War on Planned Parenthood.” It’s a psychological game being played with the American people. However, I think that Americans may be starting to see through the smoke.
My point is this: the more Romney rises in the polls, the higher the manufactured mountains will also rise. Look out for the attacks to become even more ridiculous in the coming weeks. The game is on.