Is good politics by necessity absent of logic?
Answer: I think “no” to that question and here are my reasons.
A syllogism (Greek: syllogismos – conclusion, inference) is a kind of logical argument in which one proposition (the conclusion) is inferred from two or more others (the premises) of a certain form.
Select any two premises and draw your own conclusion:(They are all true)
- Richard Nixon said that if the president does it, it is not illegal
- Ronald Reagan said that if the president does it and it is in the interest of national security, it is not illegal.
- Mitch McConnell is a master obstructionist in government. His record of refusing to negotiate and stopping the government from governing is without question. One of his most dogmatic stands is his refusal to tax even slightly, the most profitable businesses in the country. Even if that tax were only to be on the excessive net profits after expenses.
- In 2004-2005, the Department of Defense asked a single business consultant to make a study to determine if outsourcing would be practical for the support of troops in Iraq. That consultant reported that it would be practical. That sole consultant was Halliburton. Former VP Dick Cheney is former President of Halliburton.
- In 2005, the Department of Defense quietly awarded a contract to Halliburton to support the troops in Iraq. That contract amounted to more than $20 billion dollars for 2005 alone. Halliburton is a well-managed business. Their contracts amounted to over 52 percent of those awarded for that purpose.
- The war in Iraq was entered without a method of paying for the cost. It was a non-essential, non-budgeted war that provided profits to many smart businessmen.
- Vice President Dick Cheney initiated and created an energy policy. In doing so, he invited Exxon and other large oil companies to the White House to discuss that policy. The contents of that discussion are still not known. Of the eight largest businesses in the world, numbers 1,2,4,6,7 and 8 are oil companies.
- 17 of 24 close advisors to President George Bush are involved in and advising the Romney campaign. Vice President Dick Cheney is amongst those leading.
Our country cannot afford a “business” president nor a “business” party as leadership.
Governor Mitt Romney is a good man and without question a good businessman. I do not think that his business acumen qualifies him to manage the largest democratic government in the world. And if he were president and were to be more moderate than the tea party or Mitch McConnell want, they, the party, have shown they would shut down his government until they received what they want without compromise. (Not a government of and by all the people) I just don’t want the party represented by those mentioned above to be calling the shots for the next four years.
President Obama: My interest would be better served by a proven president of a large democracy who has demonstrated an interest in health, freedom, and equality for all people. My work will be for President Obama.