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Kathleen Parker's column from the Orlando Sentinel was also published in my local paper today.  Parker attacks the Obama campaign for what she charges are "over the top politics" for, as she claims, "recent attempts to paint Mitt Romney as a felon."

Link to the Orlando Sentinel Column:

Here's my letter to the editor of my local paper below the fold.  If anyone else is inclined to use any part of it for their own letters responding to the Parker column, feel free.  It's important for us to respond, and keep the heat on Romney.  Obama needs us to counteract the spending and media advantage Romney has.


Kathleen Parker claims the Obama campaign crossed the line "with recent attempts to paint Mitt Romney as a felon."  But the Obama campaign is actually suggesting just the opposite, using Romney’s signed statements to box Romney in.  

Obama’s campaign built a clever box for Romney that all the feigned outrage by Romney surrogates and partisan columnists cannot evade.

Here’s the box:

 Lying on SEC filings is a felony.

 Lying to the American public by a politician running for office is [unfortunately] not felonious.

Therefore, we must assume Romney was telling the truth when he had to -- in the SEC filings -- because lying then would have been committing a felony.  

If he was telling the truth on the SEC filings (when he signed as CEO, President, etc.), then Romney is lying NOW, when he claims to have had “nothing to do” with Bain  after 1999.

Obama’s campaign is not attempting to “paint Mitt Romney as a felon.”  It is suggesting that he told the truth when he had to in SEC filings, but has changed his tune now, to avoid the consequences of Bain’s post-1999 business decisions.  This is a box Romney cannot etch-a-sketch his way out of.


Is Obama Suggesting Romney is a Felon or a Liar?

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  •  It's a positive message that (0+ / 0-)

    is in this diary.  Yet, it is just a bit complicated for most, and for others (the repugs) far too complicated.

    I think that this is something that can be done in the debates, where I would think that Obama, somehow using this along with his ease of rhetoric, can win over enough of the remaining few to keep his presidency.  

    And personally, I do believe that Rmoney has committed a felony...... somewhere, somehow, something is there......

    •  I would have preferred (2+ / 0-)
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      had the campaign made it a little clearer in the Cutter remark -- she should have just said -- "we assume that Romney signed the SEC statements truthfully, since to do otherwise would have been a felony" and since we assume he is not a felon  . . . etc.  

      I wrote the letter because my local area is very conservative, and too many people believe the conservative columnists line.  If they publish my letter, at least the opposite viewpoint is out there.

      I appreciate your concern that it may be too complicated, but it's as simple as I could make it.

      Would love to have others improve on it in their own letters rebutting this attack.

      •  The last thing that I wanted to do is (0+ / 0-)

        in any way disparage your letter.  I think that the letter is very well done, and if somehow my implication is that it's not, my apologies.

        The point that I did want to make though (and not very well, I see) is that seriously, I think that you can agree with me here, is that there are a lot of people out there who either are unaware of this, or are simply into the politics of it, in which case the politics will remain as they are.

        But this is an important message (Rmoney and his lying) and needs to get out to the voting public...... and in some way, (personally, I think that the debates would be best here) what Rmoney is doing here needs to be spotlighted for as many to see.  

        And please know that I, as I'm sure many people here do, appreciated your letter.  And in my thinking, it is the opposition of Rmoney's actions/boldface lying (and that message) here and explaining it to most as complicated, not your letter, which is fantastic.


        •  For Ardyess -- no apologies needed (1+ / 0-)
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          I didn't at all take your comment as being disparaging or inappropriate.  Very much appreciate all the comments and agree that it is difficult to get people to understand concepts that don't lend themselves to simple soundbites.

          Thanks for taking the time to respond.  
            (Here is where, if we had "emoticons" on DK, I would include a little heart! )

  •  She was on "Meet the GOP Jerks" yesterday (1+ / 0-)
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    with the same smug pronouncement. I was screaming at the TeeVee. Why do I even watch that show?
    Chuck Todd called the Rmoney singing America the Beautiful ad (can't remember the name) "Really Nasty". What a putz.

    America is a COUNTRY, not a CORPORATION. She doesn't need a CEO. Vote Obama.

    by manneckdesign on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 12:52:51 PM PDT

  •  great good work (0+ / 0-)

    thanks for helping push back!

  •  "Liar Romney". He owns the term. (0+ / 0-)

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 01:41:09 PM PDT

  •  Actually, as I understand it (2+ / 0-)
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    Mitt made two sworn filings, one with the Federal Election Commission (claiming he had nothing to do with Bain), and another with the SEC (showing him as president, ceo, sole owner and controlling person).

    Both can't be true. He's made a false filing to one federal agency, either the FEC or the SEC.

    •  Didn't know about the FEC one (1+ / 0-)
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      All we can do, this time around, is make sure we don't stay silent while the media or the pundits allow these lies to go unchallenged, and allow the Romney campaign to frame the issues.

      I think that's where both Obama and us (his constituents) went wrong in 2008.  After the election he tried to do it by himself, and we also allowed the Republicans  to frame the issues.  It feels to me that Obama has learned that he can't do it alone, or from Washington only.  We have to make sure our voices are heard.  

  •  Great letter, but Parker won't give a damn (1+ / 0-)
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    Kathleen Parker knows very well that Cutter did not call Mitt a felon.  Cutter said that lying on SEC douments is a felony.  If Romney lied on the filings, he could be charged and prosecuted.  Who wants any CEO of a major corporation lying to the SEC?

    In fact, Romney said he ended his time at Bain in Feb. 1999.  We have all seen the SEC filings from Nov. 1999 with Romney listed as CEO, Director, President etc. of Bain -- under his signature.  It should be up to a court and jury to decide if Romney committed the felony of lying on SEC documents.  

    I hope this gets to a court.  Meantime, Parker doesn't give a damn.  

    •  True, she doesn't care what we think (0+ / 0-)

      But we have to make sure the public knows the other side of the issue.  That's why I posted my letter here -- not to educate  Kossacks (most of whom are more up to speed on this stuff than I am) but to make it easier for others who may usually not have the time to write to be able to just use some language from here and there, if it is helpful.  Or to suggest better language which we can all use to rebut these statements when we hear them from our neighbors.!!

    •  Shame the local paper (0+ / 0-)

      for carrying such BS. That is what an avalanche of LTE's should do...

      --Mr. President, you have to earn my vote every day. Not take it for granted. --

      by chipoliwog on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 05:09:21 PM PDT

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