Elect Romney to uphold the Constitution

2012-09-29T07:00:00Z Elect Romney to uphold the Constitution pantagraph.com
September 29, 2012 7:00 am

Our Constitution provides that presidents must promise, on oath, to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution”; that they must “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”; and that no elected official has complete authority. Its Bill of Rights recognizes individual freedoms. And the Declaration of Independence states that all are “created equal ... endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”   

Washington warned against avoiding procedures for amending the Constitution which are in the Constitution itself. He said, “let there be no [Constitutional] change by usurpation; ... (such usurpation, even if for good,) is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.” Madison and others warned against interpretations inconsistent with how the Constitution was understood when ratified. Presidents appoint Supreme Court justices who interpret the Constitution. Considering candidates’ words and actions overall, Romney is much more inclined to appoint those who will uphold our Constitution.

Roger David


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  1. Jose
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    Jose - October 03, 2012 4:46 am
    Why is it that, rather than counter the points made, you ignore them?

    Could it be that comforting blindness to the truth is MUCH better in your opinion? Or is it that your ideas of "balanced, fair, unbiased" articles containing no "trigger-words, nor inciting, misleading or out and out false rhetoric" come strictly out of FAUXSpews bullet points?
  2. yosemite sam
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    yosemite sam - October 01, 2012 3:25 pm
    Chub, I agree with you about Shepard Smith bu unfortunately his is the only one with any integrity at FOX,
  3. 12for10cents
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    12for10cents - October 01, 2012 8:57 am
    Ouick web search of text in letter turns up plenty of hits. Seems many newspapers published this same or very similar letter to editor recently. Not going to name the common link between these newspapers. Pure propagada.
  4. 12for10cents
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    12for10cents - October 01, 2012 8:53 am
    Writer: Have any proof to uphold these claims? Any personal examples? Inside knowledge? Or just hopes and dreams that this eel is less slippery than the other one?
  5. ChubbyAlaskaGriz
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    ChubbyAlaskaGriz - September 30, 2012 5:19 pm
    You're unfamiliar w/ Fox News. The News is exactly the same as one finds elsewhere. The commentary is a far different story. Just as the commentary on all stations exhibits bias and leans either left or right. But the NEWS on Fox is the same as you'd find on any network. Shep Smith just told of an earthquake in Columbia. And a possible abuse case in a NYC hotel involving Lindsay Lohan. And of rumors of increasing bacon prices this winter due to a pork shortage. Surely you don't accuse Fox of an extremist far-right motive there, do you? As I said- the News at Fox is the exact same as News anywhere.

    You can always tell folks who don't watch Fox but still pretend to know- because it's common- indeed epidemic- for them to claim as you do. But of course that's not accurate. And if accuracy is key- then what you offer needs to pretty much be disregarded, right?
  6. Larry Fine
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    Larry Fine - September 30, 2012 4:43 pm
    No, it is isn't unbiased. Rolling Stone is a far left leaning magazine. However, the strict facts presented are true. RS is just doing (from an opposite side) what Fox News does. Both appeal to the already converted. No one from the right is going to read a RS article and suddenly have an epiphany and change political affiliations. Same for watchers of FOX News from the left. Both sides just want to rile up their "true believers"
  7. ChubbyAlaskaGriz
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    ChubbyAlaskaGriz - September 30, 2012 2:34 pm
    Mousy259 is it your belief that this verbose piece you've offered is balanced, fair, unbiased and contains no trigger-words, nor inciting, misleading or out and out false rhetoric? Just curious.
  8. clg4899
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    clg4899 - September 30, 2012 2:07 pm
    Mormons on Romney's Mormonism:

    Mormon author Gregory A. Prince, a former Romney supporter, wrote in a blog post for the Huffington Post last week that the GOP nominee’s comments angered him.

    “When the news of Mitt Romney's Florida video broke on Monday evening, I was incensed -- but not for its political implications,” Prince wrote. “His arrogant and out-of-hand dismissal of half the population of this country struck me at a visceral level, for it sullied the religion that he and I share -- the religion for which five generations of my ancestry have lived and sacrificed, the religion whose official mantra is to 'take care of the poor and needy throughout the world.’”

    Prince added that his initial impulse was to “rent an airplane towing a banner that reads ‘Mitt Romney is Not the Face of Mormonism!’”

    But Prince’s disdain for the nominee wasn’t always the case. In fact, he was a Romney supporter in late 2007, before he, in Prince’s opinion, changed his politics.
  9. clg4899
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    clg4899 - September 30, 2012 2:06 pm
    You said it all and very well. Unfortunately, the conservatives won't believe it.
  10. Euler 314
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    Euler 314 - September 30, 2012 10:55 am
    From Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone

    "...A look at the bills that Republicans have passed since they took control of the House in 2010 offers a clear blueprint of the agenda that a Romney administration would be primed to establish:

    Fewer Jobs

    Republicans in Congress have repeatedly put ideology before creating jobs. For more than a year, they've refused to put President Obama's jobs bill up for a vote, even though projections show it would create nearly 2 million jobs without adding a penny to the deficit. The reason? The $447 billion bill would be entirely paid for through a surtax on millionaires.

    In addition, the Republicans' signature initiative last year - the debt-ceiling standoff - was a jobs-killer, applying the brakes to the economic recovery. From February through April 2011, the economy had been adding 200,000 jobs a month. But during the uncertainty created by the congressional impasse, job creation was cut in half for every month the standoffcontinued. And according to the Economic Policy Institute, the immediate spending cuts required by the debt-ceiling compromise are likely to shrink the economy by $43 billion this year, killing nearly 323,000 jobs.

    What Ryan markets as his "Path to Prosperity" would make things even worse: The draconian cuts in his latest budget, according to the EPI, would put an additional drag on the economy, destroying another 4.1 million jobs by 2014.

    God, Guns and Gays

    The retrograde social agenda laid out in recent GOP legislation represents a full-scale assault on fundamental American rights. Last year, the House passed a bill that would broadly prohibit women from purchasing insurance plans that cover abortion. The so-called Protect Life Act would also allow hospitals to refuse a dying woman an abortion that would save her life. Ryan himself co-sponsored legislation that would have made it impossible for impoverished victims of rape and incest to receive abortions unless their assault met a narrow definition of "forcible rape." Under the bill's language, for instance, federal abortion coverage would be denied to a 12-year-old girl impregnated by a 40-year-old man, unless she could prove she fought back.

    When they weren't trying to force women to birth babies for rapists, the GOP House was voting to make it easier for would-be criminals to carry concealed firearms. In the first major gun legislation passed after their colleague Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head, the House sided with her attempted murderer, passing an NRA-backed measure that would have undercut state limits on concealed-carry permits. Under the legislation, authorities in a state that prohibits drunk people from carrying a hidden weapon, for instance, would be barred from arresting an armed inebriate if he had a permit from another state without such a restriction. The bill, said Dennis Henigan of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, would "make it easier for the Jared Loughners of the world to pack heat on our streets and in our communities."

    The GOP's love of guns is rivaled only by its contempt for gay Americans - even those who take up arms in defense of their country. Unable to block the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Republicans in the House approved riders in the Defense appropriations bill to undermine the rights of gays in the armed forces. An amendment introduced by Rep. Todd Akin - Ryan's co-sponsor on "forcible rape" - sought to prohibit military facilities from being used to hold gay weddings, and to bar military chaplains from presiding over such ceremonies. Another House rider banned the military from offering medical, pension and death benefits to the spouses of gay soldiers.

    In thrall to dirty-energy interests, House Republicans have held more than 300 votes to hamstring the EPA, roll back environmental protections and open up sensitive public land to drilling - offering polluters a virtual license to kill. "This is, without doubt, the most anti-environmental Congress in history," said Rep. Henry Waxman, the ranking Democrat on the House Energy Committee.

    Under the Republicans, the House has voted to ban the EPA from placing limits on climate-warming pollution, to reverse new fuel standards projected to slash dependence on foreign oil and save Americans $1.7 trillion at the pump, and to end standards signed into law by President Bush that would phase out wasteful, high-wattage incandescent light bulbs. Even more reckless, the House voted to block limits on deadly mercury emissions - a move that federal scientists calculate would result in 20,000 premature deaths - and drop safeguards on cement manufacturing that would kill another 12,500 Americans and lead to thousands of avoidable heart attacks.

    The Federal Bailout That Saved Mitt Romney

    In February, over the objections of the State Department, the House voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport toxic tar sands from Canada across the Midwest's largest and most vulnerable supply of drinking water. In that same vote, the House returned to the great dream of the Bush era, voting to permit the oil industry to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In an even more sweeping move, the House passed a bill to block all new major regulations until the nation's unemployment rate falls to six percent - a measure that would choke off not only new environmental safeguards, but also the new limits on Wall Street recklessness required under Dodd-Frank.

    Bash Immigrants

    In June, the house approved a raft of amendments blocking Obama's executive directives on immigration reform. The legislation would prevent the administration from prioritizing the deportation of violent criminals over law-abiding immigrants, and put Homeland Security back in the business of deporting the undocumented spouses of American citizens. The House even found a way to merge its dirty-energy agenda with its anti-immigrant stance, passing a "border bill" that bars enforcement of 16 key environmental laws - including the Endangered Species Act - on federal land within 100 miles of the Mexican border. The bill is a sop to the Minuteman crowd, who don't want to contend with environmental rules as they erect electrified fences to keep out immigrants. But the measure is so broadly written that it also applies to the Canadian border, opening up places like Glacier National Park in Montana to bulldozers. Rep. Denny Rehberg, a Republican from Montana, calls the bill "absolutely necessary" to secure his state from "drug dealers, human traffickers and terrorists."

    In perhaps its most absurd gesture, the House GOP managed to weave together its hatred of immigrants and abortions, passing a rider that bans the government from providing abortions to immigrants in detention. The move is a brave solution in search of an actual problem: Federal agencies have never paid for such a procedure.

    Enrich Billionaires

    House Republicans have voted three times to extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts - a move that would blow a $3.8 trillion hole in the budget over the next decade. In fact, the Ryan budget - twice approved by the House - goes even further, doling out another $2.5 trillion to the wealthiest Americans by reducing the tax rate on top earners from 35 to just 25 percent, lowering the corporate rate to 25 percent, and ending the alternative minimum tax, a safeguard against tax cheats.

    Romney, in fact, wants to give away even more to the rich than Republicans in the House by permanently eliminating the estate tax - a proposal that alarmsr veterans of the first Bush administration. "Given the vast amounts of wealth that have accumulated at the very, very, very top, it's an odd time to be eliminating this most progressive element of the tax system," says Michael Graetz, a former deputy assistant Treasury secretary under Bush. Over a decade, Romney's gift to the nation's most fortunate families would allow their heirs to pocket at least $1 trillion (including up to $50 million for Mitt's own heirs).

    How the GOP Became the Party of the Rich Those without family fortunes, meanwhile, would see their taxes soar. Independent tax groups have concluded that the only way to replace the tax revenue lost by the proposed Ryan and Romney tax cuts would be to end tax breaks - like the one for home-mortgage interest - that directly benefit the middle class. And the poor would get the shaft: The Ryan budget slashes the Child Tax Credit, meaning that a single mother of two earning the minimum wage would watch her annual tax bill rise by more than $1,500.

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    Under the Ryan blueprint approved by the House and voted for by 40 GOP senators, government spending on everything that's not Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – NASA, highways, education, you name it – would be cut in half by 2022 and nearly in half again by 2050, until it stands at just 3.5 percent of the economy. As the Congressional Budget Service notes, such spending levels would be unprecedented in modern times: Since World War II, the government's discretionary spending has never fallen below eight percent of GDP.

    If signed into law by President Romney, the Ryan budget would slash spending on college tuition grants by 42 percent next year and kick 1 million students out of the program. It would also gut funding for public schools, food and drug safety, basic science research, law enforcement and low-income housing. The cuts to food stamps alone would total $134 billion over the next decade. Ripping Ryan for trying to cloak his budget in Catholic doctrine, priests and faculty from Georgetown University wrote, "Your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the gospel of Jesus Christ." There is one place, however, where Republicans want to increase spending: Under the most recent Ryan budget, the Pentagon would receive an extra $29 billion a year, reversing Obama's modest efforts to slow the growth of defense spending. Where would the extra cash come from? In May, the House approved a Ryan bill to replace automatic cuts to the Pentagon under the debt-ceiling agreement with $261 billion in cuts to the federal safety net. The measure would deny food stamps to 1.8 million Americans, leave 280,000 kids without school lunches and cut off health care to 300,000 poor children.

    Destroy Health Care

    Republicans in the House have voted more than 30 times to repeal Obamacare – a move that would deplete the Medicare trust fund eight years early, kick 6.6 million young adults off their parents' health insurance, cost seniors $700 more on average for prescription drugs, and make it legal once again for insurance companies to charge women more than men and to rescind policies when people get sick. At the same time, repealing Obamacare would provide a massive giveback to the rich, handing over nearly $400 billion in tax revenues to those who earn above $250,000 a year.

    To further boost the profits of insurance companies, the House passed a Ryan plan to voucherize Medicare, subjecting seniors to the whims of the private market. In the first year alone, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the cost to seniors would more than double, to $12,500 – and taxpayers would not save a dime, as private insurers pocketed the money. By 2050, as inflation took its toll, buying a policy as good as present-day Medicare would cost an 85-year-old more than $50,000. The Ryan plan would also eviscerate Medicaid by turning federal contributions to the program into lump-sum "block grants" that states can administer as they see fit. The trouble is that the grants, like Medicare vouchers, won't keep pace with soaring health care costs. In the first decade alone, the plan would bilk states out of $810 billion and deny health care to 30 million poor children, disabled Americans and seniors.

    The last time a Republican presidential candidate touted an agenda to cut spending, lower taxes, boost defense and balance the budget was Ronald Reagan in 1980. Like Romney and Ryan, Reagan didn't have an actual plan for his spending cuts – they were an accounting fantasy, openly joked about as the "magic asterisk." In the end, as promised, Reagan's tax cuts went through, and the Pentagon's budget soared. But the spending cuts never materialized – so Reagan wound up tripling the debt.

    If it didn't work for Reagan, says his former budget director, it would be foolish to assume Romney and Ryan can do better. "The Republican record on spending control is so abysmally bad," Stockman says, "that at this point they don't have a leg to stand on." Indeed, the last GOP administration turned $5 trillion in projected surplus into $5 trillion of new debt.

    No one doubts Ryan's determination to slash the social safety net: Of the $5.3 trillion in cuts he has proposed, nearly two-thirds come from programs for the poor. But when it comes time to eviscerate the rest of the federal budget, Stockman says – funding for things like drug enforcement and public schools – Congress will "never cut those programs that deeply." In short, the rich will get their tax cuts. The poor will be left destitute. But America will be driven even deeper into debt.

    That, at heart, is the twisted beauty of the plan being championed by Ryan and Romney: The higher Republicans manage to drive up the debt, the more ammunition they have in their fight to slash federal spending for the needy. And the more time they waste trumpeting their "fiscal discipline," the more the nation's infrastructure will continue to crumble around them. Squandering two full workweeks of the congressional calendar on votes to repeal Obamacare has cost taxpayers $48 million. That's nearly the same amount of money now needed to repair cracks in the Capitol itself – spending the House GOP has refused to authorize, out of anti-governmental spite. "If the House wants the dome to fall in," said Senate Appropriations chair Ben Nelson, "I hope it falls on their side." If the Republicans experience a crushing blow as a result of their hard-right agenda, of course, it won't be caused by the laws of physics – it will be delivered by the voters on Election Day."
  11. Euler 314
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    Euler 314 - September 30, 2012 10:53 am
    No, thanks, Roger.

    I'd rather nail Jell-O to my ceiling...it'd be less messy, and FAR less expensive.
  12. Grandpa Sam
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    Grandpa Sam - September 30, 2012 9:56 am
    We couldn't even bet on which way the "flip-flopper" would go from week to week! He is constantly having to "reboot" his campaign! When are we going to realize we need our diversity of ethnicity, not racism as injected by Romney and the birthers like D.Trump!
  13. Grandpa Sam
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    Grandpa Sam - September 30, 2012 9:56 am
    We couldn't even bet on which way the "flip-flopper" would go from week to week! He is constantly having to "reboot" his campaign! When are we going to realize we need our diversity of ethnicity, not racism as injected by Romney and the birthers like D.Trump!
  14. Machrophobic
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    Machrophobic - September 30, 2012 7:54 am
    Well said!
  15. moderndaycowboy
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    moderndaycowboy - September 29, 2012 10:24 pm
    They can't cite examples, because they get their information from Fox News, which is well, not exactly what one would call "accurate."
  16. clg4899
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    clg4899 - September 29, 2012 9:00 pm
  17. yosemite sam
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    yosemite sam - September 29, 2012 7:38 pm
    Maybe he should be called the Gumby candidate.
  18. OriginalMJ
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    OriginalMJ - September 29, 2012 5:20 pm
    Whereas Reagan was the Teflon president, Romney is the Tofu candidate, taking on the flavor of whatever is around him. No one knows WHAT he really believes because he won't tell us. His story changes depending on the audience.
  19. Gumbo Stew
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    Gumbo Stew - September 29, 2012 5:05 pm
    Mr. David:

    Fox News is the propoganda arm of the Republican party. They're lying to you.
    So is Rush Limbaugh. Turn them off and watch your I.Q. increase.
  20. yosemite sam
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    yosemite sam - September 29, 2012 4:01 pm
  21. Havelock
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    Havelock - September 29, 2012 2:36 pm
    Remember fiction? This assertion is utterly and patently false.

    Per the American Presidency Project, Obama has signed 128 Executive Orders during this 4-year term. This places him behind every president that served after Grover Cleveland's first term with exception of GHW Bush's first term and Nixon's half second term.

    Feel free to drink the Kool Aid but please try not to peddle that garbage.
  22. yosemite sam
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    yosemite sam - September 29, 2012 2:30 pm
    GW Bush had approximately 300 executive orders while Obama has issued 73. Who's the King of executive orders? Did you complain about them when W was in office? Mr. David, do your research before making yourself vulnerable to the truth.
  23. thoughts a million
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    thoughts a million - September 29, 2012 1:48 pm
    Once again, a letter bashing President Obama on the Constitution without any specifics. It's gotten old....
  24. Jim Killian Gibson City
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    Jim Killian Gibson City - September 29, 2012 12:56 pm
    Would you please cite a few of these executive orders that somehow make him an admiral? And some comparisons to any/all other recent presidents? Just so we know....
  25. Responsibleone
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    Responsibleone - September 29, 2012 11:07 am
    Just remember folks....Obama is the executive order admiral......more than any/all recent presidents!
  26. catlbyer16
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    catlbyer16 - September 29, 2012 10:10 am
    I hate to say this, I mean I REALLY do not want to say this. Romney is making ole Newt look better and better every day. Darn that hurts.
  27. clg4899
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    clg4899 - September 29, 2012 9:54 am
    Mr. Romney walks a fine line between his beliefs and thoughts, and the words that come out of his mouth. He often says things that are threatening, disparaging and offensive to many of his listeners because of his struggle to not say what he is actually thinking. If he were to reveal his true thoughts, many would find them and him to be unacceptable as both a candidate for president and as a citizen of our country.
  28. crunch-o-matic
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    crunch-o-matic - September 29, 2012 8:22 am
    ol' mittens religious ancestors have a rich history of settling an area with the sole purpose of ignoring by force and or out voting the local population so they can then pass their own law and then subject others to it.

    you want a white taliban? do people even READ anymore?
  29. 110100100
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    110100100 - September 29, 2012 7:47 am
    Indeed, the entire letter is a preamble for one generic sentence: Considering candidates’ words and actions overall, Romney is much more inclined to appoint those who will uphold our Constitution.

    Considering how Mr. Romney helped to invent mandated health insurance, and has vowed to issue a slew of Executive Orders on day one, and has more or less promised Israel we will go to war if they command us to... yea, you're going to need to embellish a little bit Mr. David.
  30. catlbyer16
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    catlbyer16 - September 29, 2012 7:26 am
    I'll ask you the same question I would ask Mr Romney. Could or would you mind being more specific, please, so we may make our own judgement on this?
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