Is Mitt Romney the new Nostradamus?

Romney: Boca Raton debate

Romney in Boca Raton: “Mali has been taken over, the northern part of Mali, by al-Qaida-type individuals.”

The last two weeks should go down as a period of vindication for former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and earn him the nickname, “soothsayer of the Western World” — a modern-age Nostradamus.

On Jan. 14, Chrysler’s CEO acknowledged that Jeeps would be built in China, confirming a statement that unfairly earned Romney the moniker “liar of the year.”

Score one.

Then, when forces linked to al-Qaida captured the government-held town of Konna, Mali, on Jan. 10, they drove home a statement Romney made during the second presidential debate in Boca Raton, nearly three months earlier.

“With the Arab Spring came a great deal of hope that there would be a change towards more moderation and opportunity for greater participation on the part of women and — and public life and in economic life in the Middle East,” he said then. “But instead we’ve seen in nation after nation a number of disturbing events.”

Describing violence in Syria and Libya, he added this kicker: “Mali has been taken over, the northern part of Mali, by al-Qaida-type individuals.”

This prompted, according to, a Bill Maher tweet: “Mitt, you do know that most of America thinks Mali is one of Obama’s daughters, right?” What far-left loon Maher doesn’t seem to understand is that it doesn’t matter if he knows what Mali is, so long as our president does.

Score two.

This week saw another Romney prediction come to pass — that a re-elected Obama would infringe on our Second Amendment rights.

“In a second term, he would be unrestrained by the demands of re-election,” Romney said at an April 2012 National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “As he told the Russian president last month when he thought no one else was listening, after a re-election he’ll have a lot more, quote, ‘flexibility’ to do what he wants. I’m not exactly sure what he meant by that, but looking at his first three years, I have a very good idea.”

Referring to the right to bear arms, Romney told convention-goers, “If we are going to safeguard our Second Amendment, it is time to elect a president who will defend the rights President Obama ignores or minimizes. I will.”

The president’s signature on 23 executive actions on gun control this week, as well as his acknowledged support for a ban on certain weapons and magazines, show how right Romney was.

Score three.

Finally, Romney was ridiculed for using “binders of women” to describe what a Romney Cabinet would look like. Instead of mocking the poorly worded phrase, we should have listened to the words themselves.

The president’s announcement of his second-term Cabinet prompted ABC’s George Stephanopoulos to ask on Jan. 10, “Where are the women?” Apparently, they’re all still in Romney’s binders.

Score four.

In retrospect, this should come as no surprise to anyone. Romney is, after all, a businessman — a very successful businessman. What separates success from failure in the business world is an ability to assess a situation and to predict what will happen next.

This is called reality. Obama’s hallmark is “hope.” See the difference?

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502 thoughts on “Is Mitt Romney the new Nostradamus?

  1. Mr T says:

    Everything Romney ever said in politics or in business was scripted toward the audience that he pandered to.

  2. Julie says:

    As someone else already said, too bad Romney couldn't predict his own future. He could have saved the GOP a lot of time, money, and embarrassment. And these comments make me want to get the hell out of this country even more so. Ridiculous, gun-crazy citizens running amok…what a joke my country has become. Waaaay too violent/hateful society. I'm getting out…can't wait for that door to hit me in the backside. See you guys later…continue having fun berating/insulting/shooting each other. This woman is getting OFF this ride.

  3. Erin says:

    Poor Man,

    Thank you for being a voice of reason. I too, consider myself conservative, and generally vote Republican in National elections. But all the extreme rhetoric I've heard and read lately makes all of us look like crazy people! I don't want the right to bear arms to be taken away either, but let's discuss this issue logically–instead of knee-jerk re-actively. The reality is that EVERYONE believes in some form of "gun control" (children? convicted criminals? mental patients?) but the phrase itself gets people all defensive and angry.

    In addition:

    I, too mourn a little that Romney was defeated–I think we had a chance of getting our economy moving with someone whose expertise is in business and economics. 🙁

  4. Steven says:

    The only similarity that Mitt Romney has to Nostradamus is that crackpots believe the crazy things some people say about them. This article is littered with inaccuracies.

    Romney was named "liar of the year" for suggesting that Chrysler was moving Jeep production to China. That is still a lie: Chrysler is moving no jobs to China, only resuming operations where they had previously ceased due to financial hardship.

    You consider Romney's prediction of "disturbing events" to be a prediction of the future? Like with Nostradamus, you can read confirmation into any ambiguous statement after the fact. Nobody thought the transition from the Arab Spring protests to a more stable government would be easy. Furthermore, Mali did not experience any kind of Arab Spring-style protests (having already a fairly democratic government), and the Islamist coup d'état was unrelated to the Arab Spring movements.

    Romney was right about Obama's stance on gun control, but Obama never denied that this would be the case, and the Sandy Hook shooting created a climate that forced political response in a way Romney could never have predicted and that he could not have ignored had he been president.

    The fourth point is a valid criticism of the Obama administration, but not any reason to praise Romney, as we simply don't know what his cabinet would've looked like. It also doesn't excuse the fact that some people were offended by the way he phrased it.

  5. Bonnie says:

    To "but he lost", You like all who voted for this corrupt and unAmerican administration are ignorant bigots. Your comment shows your lack of intelligence as well as insight. That he lost doesn't have nearly as much to do with Romney or his campaign as it does with the fact that the people who are blessed to be Americans have become lazy and ignorant. They do not research their candadites but lazily listen to and obey the "Sirens song" of the media and of Obama himself… are obviousely one of those. Do you think that you can laziyly sit back while our way of life is being raped and slowly destroyed by those who wish only for power and greed????! This article is NOT a cry over spilled milk as you so immaturely see it as. It is a cry for our country to WAKE UP, and prepare to fight for our freedoms and our way of life, even if it means we have to fight the heads of our own government and people who support them like you!

    "…And now behold, we desire to know the cause of this exceedingly great neglect; yea, we desire to know the cause of your thoughtless state. Can you think to sit upon your thrones in a state of thoughtless stupor, while your enemies are spreading the work of death around you?

    Yea, even they who have looked up to you for protection, yea, have placed you in a situation that ye might have succored them, yea, ye might have… strengthened them, and have saved thousands of them from falling….

    And now…ye ought to have stirred yourselves more diligently for the welfare and the freedom of this people; but behold, ye have neglected them insomuch that the blood of thousands shall come upon your heads for vengeance; yea, for known unto God were all their cries, and all their sufferings—

    Behold, could ye suppose that ye could sit upon your thrones, and because of the exceeding goodness of God ye could do nothing and he would deliver you? Behold, if ye have supposed this ye have supposed in vain….

    For the Lord suffereth the righteous to be slain that his justice and judgment may come upon the wicked; therefore ye need not suppose that the righteous are lost because they are slain; but behold, they do enter into the rest of the Lord their God.

    And now behold, I say unto you, I fear exceedingly that the judgments of God will come upon this people, because of their exceeding slothfulness, yea, even the slothfulness of our government, and their exceedingly great neglect…

    For were it not for the wickedness which first commenced at our head, we acould have withstood our enemies that they could have gained no power over us.

    …if we had united our strength as we hitherto have done; yea, had it not been for the desire of power and authority which those…men had over us; had they been true to the cause of our freedom, and united with us,…we should have dispersed our enemies, for it would have been done, according to the fulfilling of his word.

    …and this because of the great wickedness of those who are seeking for power and authority,…

    But why should I say much concerning this matter? For we know not but what ye yourselves are seeking for authority. We know not but what ye are also traitors to your country.

    Or do ye suppose that the Lord will still deliver us, while we sit upon our thrones and do not make use of the means which the Lord has provided for us?

    Yea, will ye sit in idleness…?

    Do ye suppose that God will look upon you as guiltless while ye sit still and behold these things? Behold I say unto you, Nay. Now I would that ye should remember that God has said that the inward vessel shall be cleansed first, and then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also.

    And now, except ye do repent of that which ye have done, and begin to be up and doing,…behold it will be expedient that we first cleansed our inward vessel, yea, even the great head of our government.

    And I will come unto you, and if there be any among you that has a desire for freedom, yea, if there be even a spark of freedom remaining, behold I will stir up insurrections among you, even until those who have desires to usurp power and authority shall become extinct.

    Yea, behold I do not fear your power nor your authority, but it is my God whom I fear; and it is according to his commandments that I do take my sword to defend the cause of my country, and it is because of your iniquity that we have suffered so much loss.

    Behold it is time, yea, the time is now at hand, that except ye do bestir yourselves in the defence of your country and your little ones, the sword of justice doth hang over you; yea, and it shall fall upon you and visit you even to your utter destruction.

    Behold,…I come unto you,…and smite you with the sword, insomuch that ye can have no more power to impede the progress of this people in the cause of our freedom.

    For behold, the Lord will not suffer that ye shall live and wax strong in your iniquities to destroy his righteous people.

    Behold, can you suppose that the Lord will spare you …while your iniquity is for the cause of your love of glory and the vain things of the world?

    Ye know that ye do transgress the laws of God, and ye do know that ye do trample them under your feet. Behold, the Lord saith unto me: If those whom ye have appointed your governors do not repent of their sins and ainiquities, ye shall go up to battle against them.

    And behold, if ye will not do this I come unto you speedily; for behold, God will not suffer that we should perish…Now see that ye fulfil the word of God. Behold, I…seek not for power, but to pull it down. I seek not for honor of the world, but for the glory of my God, and the freedom and welfare of my country."

    A man with a gun is a citizen, a man without a gun is a subject. Our forefathers knew this to be true….. Why do so many of us question their wisdom? -D. Michael Wiechman, May 14, 1996

    "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

    -Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution, 1776, Jefferson Papers 344

    "Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." — Mahatma Gandhi

    "Gun bans don't disarm criminals, gun bans attract them." — Walter Mondale, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, 4/20/94

    "I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people…To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." -George Mason, during Virginia's ratification convention, 1788

    "The usual road to slavery is that first they take away your guns, then they take away your property, then last of all they tell you to shut up and say you are enjoying it." — James A. Donald

    "25 States allow anyone to buy a gun, strap it on, and walk down the street with no permit of any kind: some say it's crazy. However, 4 out of 5 US murders are committed in the other half of the country: so who is crazy?" — Andrew Ford

    "Liberalizing concealed carry laws won't lead to a return to the Wild West. … in 19th Century cattle towns, homicide was confined to transient males who shot each other in saloon disturbances. The per capital robbery rate was 7% of modern New York City's. The burglary rate was 1%. Rape was unknown." David Kopel – quoted in the WSJ 28 Feb 1994

    `Firearms have been around for over 400 years, yet it is only in the last 20 years that people have begun shouting "gun control". Why then, only recently, has this become such an issue? Moreover, why are there more mass-murderers than at any other time in our known history? It is not because weapons are more powerful — 200-year-old muzzleloaders have a much greater force-per-round than today's "assault rifles". It is not because weapons are semi- or fully-automatic — rapid-fire weapons have been available for most of the last century. It is not due to a lack of laws — we have more "gun control" laws

    than ever. It IS, however, because we have chosen to focus on "gun control" instead of crime control or "thug control." It IS because only recently has the public become complacent enough to accept, by inaction, the violence present in our society.' – Kevin Langston, Tuesday, 29 October, 1991

    "A government that intended to protect the liberty of the people would not disarm them. A government planning the opposite most certainly and logically would disarm them. And so it has been in this century. Check out the history of Germany, the Soviet Union, Cuba, China and Cambodia." –Charlie Reese, syndicated columnist

    "Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. … The right of citizens to bear arms is just one guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against the tyranny which now appears remote in America but which historically has proven to be possible." – Senator Hubert H. Humphrey (1960)

    "The said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms…" Samuel Adams

    After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military. — William Burroughs

    Prohibiting law-abiding people from owning guns because they might be stolen by criminals is like prohibiting women from going out at night because they might be raped. – Unknown

    Lt. Lowell Duckett: "Gun control has not worked in D.C. The only people who have guns are criminals. We have the strictest gun laws in the nation and one of the highest murder rates. It's quicker to pull your Smith & Wesson than to dial 911 if you're being robbed." Special Assistant to DC Police Chief; President, Black Police Caucus, The Washington Post, March 22, 1996.

    "I sympathize with people who want to ban guns, but I can't agree with them. We have to be careful in our zeal to abolish guns that we don't wind up with counter-productive legislation that will leave armed only the people most likely to do harm with them." — Hugh Downs, veteran ABC newsman

    If the Government doesn't trust us with our guns, why should we trust them with theirs? – Unknown

    Digest this….

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