Behind Romney's sweet-sounding words is an ugly, ugly threat: elect me or we'll paralyze the government and shatter the economy. "You know that if the president is reelected," Romney said, "he will still be unable to work with the people in Congress."
He forgot to mention why.
Romney continued: "The debt ceiling will come up again, and shutdown and default will be threatened, chilling the economy."
Translation: "Nice little economy ya got here. I'd hate to see something ... happen to it."
"You can choose your future," Romney said. But if there's one thing American people are less able to do with each passing year, it's "choose their own future." Social mobility is its lowest in modern history, and wealth inequity is at its highest. Romney's plans will make things much, much worse.
"You can choose real change," said Romney. But all he's really promising is more of the same oligarchical greed we've seen for decades -- and on steroids this time.
"I'm not just going to take office on January 20th," Romney said, "I'm going to take responsibility." That would presumably distinguish him from the 47 percent of Americans who, according to what he told rich backers, will never "take responsibility for their own lives."
But it's Romney, not the people, who hasn't taken responsibility. He won't take responsibility for his business record. He won't take responsibility for his record as Governor. He won't take responsibility for the actions of his own campaign, or for his own words. And he won't take responsibility for the opportunities this country has given him by paying his fair share of taxes.
Mitt Romney is apparently hoping that the citizens of this country won't take their voting responsibility seriously, either -- at least, not seriously enough to look up his record. Next Tuesday we'll find out whether he's right.