by AP News
June 18, 2012
Mitt Romney in an interview aired Sunday repeatedly refused to say that he would overturn President Barack Obama's new policy allowing some young illegal immigrants to stay in the United States. He claimed Obama's decision was political, while senior White House adviser David Plouffe said the move wasn't motivated by politics.
The Republican presidential candidate was asked several times in an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation" whether he would overturn the executive order issued Friday if he's elected in the fall. He refused to directly answer.
"It would be overtaken by events," Romney said when pressed for the second time by moderator Bob Schieffer during the interview taped Saturday while the former Massachusetts governor's bus tour stopped in Pennsylvania.
He explained the order would become irrelevant "by virtue of my putting in place a long-term solution, with legislation which creates law that relates to these individuals such that they know what their setting is going to be, not just for the term of a president but on a permanent basis."
Romney's Rust Belt tour swept through Ohio on Sunday, where he appeared with House Speaker John Boehner in the speaker's home district in Troy. Protesters shouted throughout his abbreviated campaign speech there, yelling "Romney go home!" as Romney campaign staff moved speakers into the group of protesters in attempt to drown them out in return.
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Obama the Reactionary
by James Lewis
June 18, 2012
In a perverse way this is the most Utopian administration in American history. That's after all what Marxism comes down to, a stubborn fantasy that the world will flip into Utopian perfection as soon as all the evil capitalists are in Siberian labor camps. The Soviet Union spent seven decades trying to eradicate capitalism at home and abroad, along with religion, family values and individualism. As a natural consequence, they ended up destroying hard work and agriculture, and every five years the Kremlin kept wondering what could have gone wrong with their "scientific" policies this time around.
Today Vladimir Putin kneels down with the Patriarch of Moscow in the Kremlin Chapel, surrounded by magnificent bling going back to the Byzantine Empire.
So much for eradicating human nature.
But Obama hasn't given up. That's the only reason I can imagine for some of the wildest policies of this deeply irrational administration. Deep down Obama is a reactionary, in rebellion against western civilization, who really believes in going back to some world of Noble Savages, when all the Andalusian Muslims were devout and civilized, the Jews were kept in their place (which is not Israel), the Brits had not colonized the Falklands, and all the native peoples of the world were singing rap songs and smoking dope. True, the Mayans were sacrificing children on top of Chichen Itsu to make the sun come up the next morning, but on the whole it was paradise on earth.
This is not a "progressive" vision, if by "progress" you mean marching toward some cleverly engineered Brave New World. Obama's romantic utopia is old, old, old. It's the world of tribal peoples whose happy lives we see among headhunters in New Guinea, the fierce and murderous Yanamamo in Chile, and the Pashtun badlands of Afghanistan. What a dream to admire and emulate.
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