Dennis Romboy's news report is a perfect example of why I have largely given up the reading of the mainstream press on political issues ("Politicos opine on whether Mitt Romney's overseas gaffes will hurt campaign," Aug. 3). Romboy states, "By most accounts, the gaffe filled foreign tour didn't do much to enhance the Republican presidential nominee's image." Whose account's are we relying upon — the judgment of the left-wing press who can do nothing but find fault with Mitt Romney? And by what standard is speaking the truth considered a gaffe?
The left wing press seized upon three statements to justify its dismissal of the tour: 1) the observation that aspects of Olympic security were disconcerting, 2) referring to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and 3) the observation that culture can have a tremendous effect upon the accomplishments of a people and a nation.
Perhaps Romboy was unaware of the numerous reports in the U.K. and our press expressing dismay over the failure of the security firm to hire and train an adequate number of security guards. That failure led to a Parliamentary hearing that led to the government's calling up of troops to handle security needs. Add to that the threat of the transportation labor unions to strike on the very eve of the games and you indeed have a disconcerting situation.
Why is Romney's reference to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel a gaffe when President Obama made the same statement in June of 2008? In that speech to a Jewish political group, Obama said that "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and must remain undivided."
Finally, it is inconceivable that any rational person would dispute the effects of culture upon society. As uncomfortable as that truth may be to some, it is and will remain true. It's interesting to note that Romney's three supposed gaffes have one thing in common. They are all true.
In an administration where telling the truth seems to be an endangered virtue, I find it comforting and reassuring that Romney is willing to treat us like adults who are capable of dealing with the truth.
John B. Stohlton
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