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I have a rhetorical question for you, Mr. Romney:

What do these two things together say about you and your worldview?

1) Your life goal is to be President of the United States, a large part of which is being Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces.

2) You think of the rank and file men and women of the military as one unimportant item on a laundry list, and even said so on national television.

I'm sure you'd rather not discuss it, but yesterday you were interviewed on Fox News. During the conversation the interviewer mentioned how you were criticized for not addressing the troops in your convention speech. Your response was,

    "When you give a speech you don’t go through a laundry list, you talk about the things that you think are important."
Ouch. You let something inhumane, offensive and strategically damaging slip from your mouth. From the look on your face it seems that you knew it, too, but you pressed on, saying,
    "I described in my speech my commitment to a strong military unlike the president’s decision to cut our military. I didn't use the word 'troops'. I used the word 'military'. I think they refer to the same thing."
"Military" and "troops" refer to the same thing, Mr. Romney? Are you really that callous? Or clueless? Let me give you a lesson on regular Americans, our values and our vernacular, since these things seem to be so unfamiliar to you.
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{{{Reposting this from my blog

Written and published one day before a Suffolk Superior Court judge lifted the restraining order and two days after Mayor Menino gave Occupy protesters a midnight deadline to vacate camp. The specifics may have altered, but the overarching issues remain.}}}

December 6, 2011

Dear friends and partners in Occupy Boston:

Today marks the ten-week point since several hundred of us in Greater Boston, inspired by protests around the world and spurred into action by the police brutality in New York City, first met under the cloak of darkness at the Boston Common bandstand. That night Occupy Boston (OB) was born.

Since then we've seen our local branch of the global movement grow from an indignant cluster of strangers to what it is today: aninternationally recognized protest stubbornly resisting authority. Our tide has ebbed and flowed with both significant accomplishments and embarrassing mistakes, but through it all we've remained steadfast, strong and obstinate-like any good protest movement must.

To say we are a good protest movement, however, does nothing to deflect the great problems and uncertainties we face today. We obviously live with the uncertainty of not knowing what will happen to the Dewey Square encampment after December 15, but I think we have more important issues--ones that will mean the ultimate life or death of this entire movement--to address as a human community. I wish to address them below.

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