Tribune Endorsement: Too Many Mitts

Posted on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at 8:39 pm by Diamond Jim


I read with amusement your paper’s endorsement of our socialist president, Barack Hussein Obama.  The generalized slant you use against Mitt, combined with your lack of economic savvy, and your naïve acceptance of Obama’s rhetoric, make your article less than worthless.  Your one-sided, back-handed, and downright foolish generalizations of Mitt Romney are only evidence of the liberal-progressive bias that casts its deadly shadow over American politics. I am offended by your obvious distaste of the Tea Party folks.  If you knew anything about the group, you would know that the Tea Party happens to be the ONLY alternative to returning this great country to its Constitutional values, freedoms, and capitalism.  I happen to take great pride in belonging to the Tea Party. ">   


You folks are supposed to report the news.  You are not.  In addition you are, en masse, using your freedom of the press to promote biased and ignorant editorials on what you think is a devastating blow to “the other side”… all the while attempting to undermine and silence all intellect outside of your narrow and twisted ideas of corrupted socialism.  You are fighting against common sense most of the time, as this pro-Obama editorial proves.  Whatever happened to an open forum to explore all ideas?  Liberal professors, liberal colleges and universities, and liberal intellectualization of our students over the past 40 years have created an environment of non-thinking Americans, a class of liberal elite, basically led like rats by the media.  And all of this liberal media is led and controlled like puppets by other non-thinking liberal rats IN the media!  You feed off of yourselves.  All of you simply repeat the same liberal-line-of-the-day that is given to you daily.  The liberal intelligentsia tells you, and you tell the uninformed what to think without being able to figure it out yourselves!  You don’t even possess a majority… however, you and your ilk act as though might makes right simply because you control the media.  Your improper “editorializing”, intolerance, and unfair treatment of anyone without a liberal background will be your own undoing.  The liberal press will be begging Tea Partiers to help them retain, or maybe regain, their Constitutional rights if it continues to allow the left to control what it thinks will always be free speech.  It was “Tea Partiers” who created this country and fought to give you your rights.  The Salt Lake Tribune and its editorial staff (unnamed in this piece I see) should be ashamed of yourselves for the gross abuse of this privilege. 


I’d like to paraphrase the idea of  a very wise man from the early 1900s, George Santayana… “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it!”  What is wrong with you folks?  How can your thought processes be so corrupted?  You MUST wake up!  Continue on your biased, uninformed, and naïve course, gentlemen… and we will all suffer the consequences together.


I want to direct all of my friends, family, and patriots to your editorial so they might see what is going on out there in your state…  It is no wonder that there are so many of us who want the Great Republic of Texas to secede.  YOU are the essence of the reason.  I’m making sure I send a copy to my political representatives as well as Bill O’Reilly, Michael Berry, Marc Levin, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Senator John Cornyn, Congressman Ted Poe, etc.  They need to know what YOU think… AND what I think.


NOW… read the Houston Chronicle’s endorsement..


“Republican presidential candidate, former
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walks to his car to attend a fundraising event
on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 in Nantucket, Mass. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

The Chronicle's backing of Barack Obama in 2008 broke a 44-year string of endorsing Republican candidates for president. Like so many others, we were captivated by the Illinois senator's soaring rhetoric and energized by his promise to move American politics beyond partisan gridlock and into an era of hope and change.


It hasn't happened. Four years later, President Obama's deeds have failed to match his words, much less his specific vows to cut the national debt by half and bring the nation's unemployment rate to 6 percent. As Texans, it is a particular vexation that this president's attitude toward the interests of our state has occasionally bordered on contempt, particularly in decisions relating to the NASA budget and the energy sector. The hurtful symbol of this attitude of insensitivity to Texans' feelings was the administration's choice to deny Space City's bid to become home to one of the retired space shuttles.

We do not believe four more years on the same plodding course toward economic recovery is the best path forward for Texas or the nation. And so we endorse the Republican team, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, in the belief that they can do better by Texas and the nation. Starting with energy and continuing with NASA.

Concerns about the economy consistently register at the top for most voters, and for obvious reasons: Nearly 23 million Americans are unemployed, underemployed or have given up the job search. And national unemployment rates remain stubbornly high, especially among African-Americans and Hispanics.

There is a launching pad to reignite the national economy: It is the abundance of affordable domestic energy that has revealed itself so dramatically over the past several years. We refer primarily to the resources of natural gas and oil from shale rock that have become available through the technologies of horizontal drilling and fracturing.

These resources offer us a clear path to prosperity and energy security. This is a Texas story, to be sure. The state has huge shale resources, and they've been unlocked in large part due to the pioneering work of Houstonian George P. Mitchell.

But it is a national energy story, as well. Shale resources extend from Texas through Oklahoma and Kansas, east to Mississippi and north through West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York state. The picture of abundance is further enhanced by the riches in North Dakota's Bakken oil formation that has transformed that state into a major energy center and given it the nation's lowest unemployment rate. Add to this the upward revisions of reserves in the Gulf of Mexico and the potential for East and West coast offshore development, as well as in the Arctic.

Such a gift.

President Obama's failure to identify the economic opportunities these resources offer is mystifying. In our 2008 endorsement we cautioned the president against demonizing the energy sector - good advice that he has never heeded (see Keystone XL Pipeline). By contrast, Gov. Romney has listed energy atop his five-point plan to rejuvenate the economy.

It can. Let us count the ways:

Jobs: The abundance of clean-burning domestic natural gas has raised the prospect of a manufacturing renaissance across the Rust Belt in the Midwest.

National security: Increased reliance on domestic fuels will lessen our dependence on oil and gas from unstable, unfriendly countries. With each passing day, the volatility across oil-producing areas in the Middle East becomes more apparent.

Balance of payments: Producing our own energy at home will stanch the flow of dollars to nations such as Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, while expanding the revenue base for governments at every level in this country through job generation.

Transportation: Conversion of fleet vehicles to natural gas is already well under way, but much broader use can be made as infrastructure is expanded for refueling automobiles and long-haul 18-wheeler trucks.

Cleaner air: Natural gas burns 50 percent cleaner than coal, the fuel traditionally used by electric utilities and heavy industry.

In the development and expanded use of these resources, utmost care must be exercised to protect air and water resources. We join many other Texans in insisting on that. We also view this windfall as the logical bridge to a sustainable energy future for the country.

The other launch pad ignored by President Obama is the literal one - NASA, and specifically the Johnson Space Center.


It has been an insult to the memory of American heroes like Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride to allow manned spaceflight to languish in the country that put men on the moon. The notion of paying $50 million a seat to Russia for commercial taxi service to the International Space Station is galling. Obama has failed to articulate a bold vision of his own for the agency. That failure forsakes a legacy of scientific achievement that has showered benefits on the nation. This approach to NASA has abandoned the American imperative of lighting out for the territory and exploring new worlds. NASA's legacy must be reclaimed. In recent days we have seen a welcome return of popular enthusiasm for space exploration, thanks to the success of the Mars rover Curiosity. When NASA stuck the landing in a tour de force of technical precision, the international excitement was palpable. Let's seize upon it. That will require more effective presidential leadership.


Our endorsement of Mitt Romney is not unqualified. He must address the perception that he tailors his message to suit any given audience. And his economic plans lack specificity. There's a lot of concern that his tax and budget proposals won't add up without gutting our social safety net. "Trust me" is not good enough. Between now and Nov. 6, Romney needs to go to the blackboard and show us the math.

Let us stipulate: The Mitt Romney we are endorsing is the Massachusetts moderate who worked successfully alongside an 88 percent Democratic majority in the state Legislature to produce what the Obama administration says became its model for national health care reform.

Romney's ability to negotiate successfully across party lines in the Bay State stands in contrast to the president's baffling disengagement from the national health care debate. Obama's decision to leave essential details to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, together with his failure to step in and insist that the Republicans' version of health care reform have a fair hearing in the House of Representatives, needlessly polarized the process. Reports from his own staff that Obama is uninterested in process are troubling. Should Romney be elected, we expect him to make good on his promise to negotiate in good faith with congressional Democrats on two major issues:


Health care: Chief Justice John Roberts' Supreme Court opinion on the Affordable Care Act clearly left room for a political solution beyond the act. That solution is self-evident: It should combine the best elements of the Democratic plan signed into the law - coverage of pre-existing conditions, mandatory participation by all, coverage of children up to age 26 - with strengths in the Republican plan that were not included, such as freedom to purchase health insurance across state lines. There is room for debate over whether the tailoring of health care reform should be left to individual states. Texas is not Massachusetts.

The deficit, debt and spending: Forging a solution will require both cuts in government spending and additional sources of revenue. The opportunity for meaningful tax reform is within reach if the two sides will take it. As president, Romney would have specific responsibility for bringing true believers in the tea party wing of the GOP toward workable compromise. The challenges of the next four years leave no room for partisan triumphalism.

Gov. Romney impresses us as a focused, task-oriented problem solver, both by inclination and by experience - a "fix-it" guy.

A lot needs fixing in America, from a broken economy to a broken-down political system. Mitt Romney offers the leadership we require from the White House.”

The Chronicle gives us a bit of detail that is seriously lacking in your “editorialized opinion”. I’ve always said that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion…regardless of how arrogant, stupid, contrived, biased, and ridiculous it may be. We all defend your right to say what you want. But it does not qualify you, or enable you, even through your position in the media, to wield your freedom of the press to FORCE your nonsense on the rest of us. We can actually think for ourselves… and your actions and words bring out the best in us. Now you’ve had YOUR say from your liberal bully pulpit. But I’ve also had mine. NOW HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT? I have sent this to hundreds of persons, who will, in turn, send it to hundreds more. I can only hope it travels at the speed of light and undoes you many times over!!! Now THIS is FREEDOM OF SPEECH!


“Diamond Jim” Mills

President, Pineforest Jewelry (and it was built by me and my wife without government help!!!)

1141 Uvalde Road

Houston, TX 77015