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Be Skeptical of Romney’s Misleading Ads

August 14, 2012

Mitt Romney continues to air his ad blasting Obama for saying: “If you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own”. It has been pointed out to him over and over that it is misleading because he took it out of context, yet he is still airing it. Now he claims that he has taken a closer look at the context and it is worse than he thought. Granted, Obama could have said it a lot better, but he wasn’t saying that you didn’t build your business. He was trying to say that your business was built on the accomplishments of people who came before you. For example, if people before you hadn’t built roads, trucks, trains and airplanes, you’d have no way to get your goods to market. Keep that in mind as you read the following  excerpt from Obama’s poorly worded speech.

…Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.

So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together. That’s how we funded the G.I. Bill. That’s how we created the middle class. That’s how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam. That’s how we invented the Internet. That’s how we sent a man to the moon. We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people, and that’s the reason I’m running for President — because I still believe in that idea. You’re not on your own, we’re in this together.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. justicelowman permalink
    August 14, 2012 11:06 PM

    I honestly think Obama is a pretty good guy, and is one of the few who is actually doing “change.” Granted, the new healthcare plan ticked a lot of people off, but to be honest, something had to change, and healthcare has been one of the biggest costs of this country. Thank you for posting this and clearing things up about that misleading ad. 🙂

    • August 15, 2012 8:10 PM

      Obama is a good guy. He’s tried his best to make positive change but he’s been blocked every step of the way by the obstructionist republicans in congress. Obama gets the blame, though. People forget how bad things were when he took office and don’t realize that how far we’ve come and how much he’s accomplished in spite of the crabby appletons on the right. Thank you for caring enough to investigate the truth.

  2. August 15, 2012 10:57 AM

    You are certanly not alone in this. Many of us are troubled, angered, even, by the blatant disregard of truth in this campaign. The real problem isn’t that a few of us speak up about the unfair…no, criminality of it… the real issue is that the people who need to hear and understand won’t bother… their minds are already made up, and the truth would only confuse them.

    • August 15, 2012 8:28 PM

      I’m glad to know that I’m not alone. Sometimes I wonder. There is no truth in any of Romney’s ads and I don’t understand how he gets away with it. You’re so right that the ones who need to hear the truth don’t bother because it would just confuse them. But how about the media and the rest of us who pay attention and know Romney for the lying moron that he is? Are we not angry enough? Are our voices not loud enough? Are we not saying it right? I try, but I’m just a stranded alien with a little blog that few people read.

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