I am sitting on my couch listening to Mitt Romney give his acceptance speech as the Republican nominee for President the United States. What strikes me (as it has with other speeches I have listened to from the Republican National Convention) is that unlike scientific creationists who at least believe that the universe is a scant 6000 years old, Mitt Romney and the Republicans believe the universe is four years old. Four years old.
Nothing in the universe existed before 2008 (shouldn’t that be year 0004?) in the GOP cosmos. No universe, no galaxy, no solar system, no earth, no America. It all spontaneously came into existence the moment President Barack Obama took office.
In the Republican cosmos according to Mitt Romney, nothing came into existence until Barack Obama became President of the United States. Four years ago.
That’s it. In their cosmology all the ills America is facing are the directly the result of four short years. Since nothing existed before that time, the Republicans and Mitt Romney believe there is nothing for which they have to take responsibility.
There is only one conclusion I can draw from Mitt Romney’s speech: The GOP is only four years old, therefore Mitt Romney is only four years old.
As a progressive and a Democrat I have news for them. We live in a universe that is nearly thirteen billion years old, the solar system is four and a half billion years old, America is 236 years old, and four years ago when Barack Obama took office, the economy he inherited had been worn threadbare and emaciated by years of Republican living high on the hog, passing bills and conducting wars with unfunded mandates. They are the ones who drove our economy into the ground, not President Obama.
And don’t the Democrats bear responsibility for their version of bad legislation in the past? Of course they do. What they don’t claim, however, is that the universe began with George W. Bush. FDR, maybe, but not Dubya. (For the satire-challenged, that was it.)
Mr. Romney, since you are only four years old, you do not meet the Constitutional minimum age of 35 to be President of the United States. Neither are your Republican toddler companions. That goes for your running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan–a disciple of Ayn Rand, an atheist objectivist–along with Rep. John Boehner, so-called Speaker of the House who has raised obstructionist political shenanigans to the highest levels ever seen in the history of the Republic, and finally Mitch McConnell, minority leader of the Senate, who for the past four years–again that toddler age–has not one day done his job as a senator to govern but has dedicated is every breath to the defeat of the President.
America needs a mature adult in the White House. That adult is Barack Obama. He lives in the real world with a clear sense of history, both the good and bad. And without a clear sense of history, there can be no clear sense of the future. That is America–true Americans have never wavered from that clarity!