Stewart Acuff

Oct 23

The Final Debate

The debate was summed up in one exchange. When Romney complained that the U.S. has fewer ships now than in 1916, the President responded with yes, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets. Our Navy and military have changed. We have ships called aircraft carriers that planes can land on, and ships that go under water called nuclear submarines. It is not the hardware, but the capability that matters.

Over and over President Obama schooled Romney as a neophyte in foreign policy, unsteady, unsure, with no deep understanding of the President’s or nation’s role in the world.

It was the President’s second strong and sure performance in a row. The race is tightening and President Obama needed a strong and compelling performance to arrest or reverse Romney’s gains. The President did and got what he needed.

Over and over ROMNEY CONCEDED THE PRESIDENT’S WISDOM AND WORK reversing positions he has taken as late as a week ago and as early as four years ago.

Although Romney wrote a news column four years ago calling for the government to “to let Detroit go bankrupt,” last night, Romney lied and swore he wanted to help American automakers. It was a breathtaking lie.

No matter any voter’s politics, all of us, including the most rightwing Republican should be afraid to vote for and elect Mitt Romney because he is so erratic that he almost seems unstable. Romney changes positions as much as most change underwear, then lies about his changes or previous opinions.

The only ways to know what Romney would do as President is to look at that party, their policies, and VP candidate Ryan’s budgetary policies. They would dismantle Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The foreign policy neo-con chickenhawks would take over their foreign policy leading us into a massive Mideast war, and they would do all they could to destroy the American labor movement.

We gotta play big on the ground and in the streets to bring a huge victory home.


Stewart Acuff is America’s best-known and foremost labor organizer. He is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work, coauthored by Dr. Richard Levins.

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