Mr. Romney's complacence and arrogance lead him to insist that he can surely be relied upon to make hard decisions well (as 'anyone' should), but his 'severe' renunciation of responsibility/controls (whether of/for costs and detriments put upon those least able to bear such or on/about careless excess and financial-ized glut) and.his shameless misrepresentations, mostly intended to appease whichever audience he speaks before, makes me suspicious of the "metal" of his principles or force of his resolve. Victorious engagements (Bin Laden defeated) and the best that can be done to reverse the awful damage done to Afghan civil society over decades (probably requiring an alliance/reconciliation between 'warlords' and civilian-armed services) might end our fears about their decent again into religious fanaticism. And, I assume that the Japanese and others will begin to foot some of the bill for Afghan stability (in the interest of international security, of course).


A turn away from "too big to fail", toward regulatory integrity, away from violations of lawful rights (civil and human), toward sureties and standards, away from shameless selfishness, toward transparency (however embarrassing), away from disengagement and disparity, toward the Obama re-election and away from retrogression.


Principled, deliberative and decisive action requires dedicated preparation and commitment. Committing ourselves to the educational preparation of our young to compete, insurance/surety preparing for worker's retirement, readying coverage and cutting costs for medical care, which the present Administration looks forward to accomplishing - in contrast to the 'Calvinist' predestination of markets on which Mr. Romney would rely.


However much self-reliance and toil will equip us for success, we must endure the reckless selfishness and dangerous disregard of the powerful (which contracts the economy and exploits the innocent). Mr. Romney's most solemn resolve has been only to disengage us from mutual concerns (which follow from rights and goods) and encourage parsimony (which follows from insensible individualism).


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