Walesa endorses Romney

posted at 9:21 am on July 31, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Mitt Romney created a little fuss in London with his mild criticisms of the UK’s security preparations for the Olympics, but he’s finishing his trip abroad with a bang — literally.  Nobel Prize winner and near-legendary freedom fighter Lech Walesa, who got snubbed by his Nobel peer Barack Obama earlier this year for being “too political,” banged his fist on the desk for emphasis when he endorsed Mitt Romney’s “success,” and wished him much more of it in the presidential election:

Mitt Romney came to this iconic port city Monday for a prized photo opportunity with former Polish President Lech Walesa that would link him to the hero of Solidarity and perhaps catch the eye of the many Polish-Americans clustered in swing states.

Romney got that and then some.

Walesa, in a clearly prepared move, effectively endorsed the presumptive GOP nominee once reporters were let into their meeting here.

“I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe and the rest of the world, too,” Walesa said through a translator.

Then, with a bang of his fist on a wooden table, the Nobel Prize winner urged the Republican to claim victory: “Gov. Romney, get your success — be successful!”

Romney focused on Poland’s fight for political and economic freedom, hailing them as a leading light for NATO and the West:

“Rather than heeding the false promise of a government-dominated economy, Poland sought to stimulate innovation, attract investment, expand trade, and live within its means,” the Republican presidential candidate said. “Your success today is a reminder that the principles of free enterprise can propel an economy and transform a society.”

Romney traced Poland’s recent history, and found it offered hope for other nations.

“Unfortunately, there are parts of the world today where the desire to be free is met with brutal oppression: Just to the east of here, the people of Belarus suffer under the oppressive weight of dictatorship,” Romney was to tell an audience of about 400 people at the University of Warsaw Library.

Poles returned the affection, although you have to get to page 2 of the Bloomberg report on the trip to find that out:

Hundreds of cheering Poles greeted Romney when he arrived at the old town hall in Gdansk, a port town that was the birthplace of the Polish Solidarity movement.

“This is like a rally in the U.S.,” said Romney’s wife, Ann, as she waved to the crowd.

Media reports on Romney’s visit to Poland have focused on his remarks about the difference between Israeli and Palestinian economies.  Romney asserted that the difference was due to culture, which is certainly true to some degree, but there are other factors in play.  Thanks to the illegal arms trade conducted by Fatah and Hamas (as well as less-well-known terrorist factions), Israel keeps a tight lid on foreign trade in the West Bank and Gaza.  As the Bloomberg report also points out, though, the decline in the per-capita income in the Palestinian Authority has more to do with decreased foreign aid over the last few years, thanks to both the economic instability in the West and declining interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which remains as deadlocked as it has been since 1948.  If the Palestinian leadership wants to achieve economic parity with Israel, they need to get serious about a real, permanent two-state solution rather than play games while promising their people that they will eventually annihilate Israel.


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No mention of the Obama betrayal of Poland re. missile defense, Ed?

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Not really an endorsement to win in Nov 6. Just to be “successful” in his life.

Paul-Cincy on July 31, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Romney gave a great speech in Poland. In its entirety:

Mitt Romney Foreign Policy Speech in Warsaw, Poland – July 31 2012

Flora Duh on July 31, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Awful lot of Poles in Chicago. . .

I expect Dear Liar to win Chicago & Illinois, but make him spend resources defending his home turf.

rbj on July 31, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Walesa spent enough years fighting anti-Catholics. He doesn’t need Obama too.

RBMN on July 31, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Romney asserted that the difference was due to culture, which is certainly true to some degree, but there are other factors in play.

As we in the U.S. know well, freedom is key to economic success. I can’t think of any examples of where freedom is a part of Arab or Islamic culture anywhere in the world. Is that “racist” to say? Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.

Paul-Cincy on July 31, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Flora Duh on July 31, 2012 at 9:25 AM
I read that this morning and it brought a tear to my eye. Very good speech.

txmomof6 on July 31, 2012 at 9:30 AM

…MSM…something’s wrong!

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Romney will split the Catholic Vote…perhaps not straight down the middle but he’ll peel off enough to make the difference I think.

workingclass artist on July 31, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Lech Walesa is a RACIST!!!!

Just figured I’d get that out there ahead of Eugene Robinson.

ToddPA on July 31, 2012 at 9:32 AM

“He’s just a Polack.”

- Dear Liar

Ward Cleaver on July 31, 2012 at 9:35 AM

The trolls will be by to proclaim Walesa is an insignificant old man like they did when Robert Duvall threw his support to and a fundraiser for Romney.

I think the Fall is going to be a major wakeup for the Donks.

We all need to keep working hard. No let-up.

hawkdriver on July 31, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Not really an endorsement to win in Nov 6. Just to be “successful” in his life.

Paul-Cincy on July 31, 2012 at 9:25 AM

For the obvious reasons, candidates do not seek explicit from foreign leaders and public officials. You didn’t think that Obama was out there seeking that endorsement from Hugo Chavez, did you?

Bottom line, Walesa made it as clear as you can without it becoming unseemly that he (Walesa) thinks the United States needs a new leader.

Happy Nomad on July 31, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Romney will split the Catholic Vote…perhaps not straight down the middle but he’ll peel off enough to make the difference I think.

workingclass artist on July 31, 2012 at 9:32 AM

A Catholic not voting for Beelzebub himself against Obama should be either deaf and blind, or completely insane. Case in point: Nancy Pelosi.

Archivarix on July 31, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Ol’ Lech hates him some Commies.

vinceautmorire on July 31, 2012 at 9:46 AM

No mention of the Obama betrayal of Poland re. missile defense, Ed?

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Why, when the Polish public supported Obama on the withdrawal? Poles did not want the missile defense.

AngusMc on July 31, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Could it be that Isreal has one of the most far left governments in the world including a single payer health system that Romney has praised in his speeches? Is it also the fact that Isreal’s military (which employs all citizens at some point) is subsidized by the U.S. Yeah, those Isreali’s succeeding through welfare and socialist policies. Why does Romney oppose Obama again?

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 9:48 AM

who cares? mittens still sux big time!

Pragmatic on July 31, 2012 at 9:50 AM

No mention of the Obama betrayal of Poland re. missile defense, Ed?

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Why, when the Polish public supported Obama on the withdrawal? Poles did not want the missile defense.

AngusMc on July 31, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Sorry, but that’s unbelievable.
The Poles want to be vulnerable to Russian and/or Islamo-fascist missiles?
Got any links?

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Reagan had quite a strong affinity for Lech Walesa. I don’t remember much about the whole back story, but I believe Lech is a great guy who stood up against the communists, IIRC.

ted c on July 31, 2012 at 9:50 AM

who cares? mittens still sux big time!

Pragmatic on July 31, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Better write Obama another check. He’ll need it.

RBMN on July 31, 2012 at 9:53 AM

“I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe and the rest of the world, too,” Walesa said through a translator.
Then, with a bang of his fist on a wooden table, the Nobel Prize winner urged the Republican to claim victory: “Gov. Romney, get your success — be successful!”

Sounds like Walesa has been listening to Romney’s speeches, particularly the one in which Romney said we have less success in this country because Obama punishes success.

Remember back in 2008, when electing Obama was all we needed to do to make the whole world love and respect us again? Now all the world wants (and needs) is for us to get rid of Obama!

AZCoyote on July 31, 2012 at 9:55 AM

It was a very good speech. and i learned some history. Mitt mentioned Condi Rice right about in the middle of it. i didn’t think so before but i do now: he’s gonna choose her as VP. he needs her and she would know what to do as VP andas P.

gracie on July 31, 2012 at 9:57 AM

who cares? mittens still sux big time!

Pragmatic on July 31, 2012 at 9:50 AM

You need a hobby. Big time.

changer1701 on July 31, 2012 at 9:57 AM

who cares? mittens still sux big time!

Pragmatic on July 31, 2012 at 9:50 AM

A man as beloved as Reagan, and much more knowledgeable than you, disagrees.

Once again, not pragmatic, or even intelligent.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Could it be that Isreal has one of the most far left governments in the world including a single payer health system that Romney has praised in his speeches? Is it also the fact that Isreal’s military (which employs all citizens at some point) is subsidized by the U.S. Yeah, those Isreali’s succeeding through welfare and socialist policies. Why does Romney oppose Obama again?

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 9:48 AM

You came out of retirement to post this drivel? Let me, as an Israeli, debunk this load of manure, point by point.

1) Israel’s health care system was stricken a tremendous blow when single-payer system was legislated by the socialist left in 1994. I can personally attest to rise in costs and near-immediate deterioration of services.

2) The above-mentioned socialist left of Israel betrayed their own nation by importing Yassir Arafat and his bloodthirsty gang from Tunisia, giving them guns and essentially a free hand in using them against Israelis.

3) Israel receives money from the US due to Camp David Accords. There isn’t a day, I’m sure, that Israel wouldn’t gladly trade that money for half the Sinai Peninsula that they were forced by their “best ally” to gave up in exchange. Moreover, Egyptian military is also financed due to the same treaty.

4) Israel’s welfare and socialist policies are heavy shackles on the country’s legs. They hail from the earlier 70-ies when the union-socialists ran the country without any meaningful opposition and believed the Soviet Union’s regime to be their golden goal.

You are allowed to post here, to everyone’s endless amusement, but you are not entitled to your own facts.

Archivarix on July 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Walesa’s supporting Romney is a no-brainer. He knows full well what Putin is up to and capable of and, of course, of Obama’s remarks about being “more flexible” after he’s re-elected. Poland, as indeed the West, cannot afford 4 more years of the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers.

TXUS on July 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Could it be that Isreal has one of the most far left governments in the world including a single payer health system that Romney has praised in his speeches? Is it also the fact that Isreal’s military (which employs all citizens at some point) is subsidized by the U.S. Yeah, those Isreali’s succeeding through welfare and socialist policies. Why does Romney oppose Obama again?

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 9:48 AM

What or where is this Isreal you keep yammering on about?

Trafalgar on July 31, 2012 at 10:02 AM

The Romney campaign hopes Walesa’s backing will influence Catholics and labor union members in the U.S. But Rep. Marcy Kaptur, an Ohio Democrat, told reporters Monday that the Polish visit “is nothing more than a superficial diversion and a desperate attempt to pander to Polish Americans and Catholics across our country.” Source

Yeah, how dare he, right Congresswoman? Superficial diversion and pandering’s supposed to be something only Obama is permitted to do.

Flora Duh on July 31, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Flora Duh on July 31, 2012 at 9:25 AM
I read that this morning and it brought a tear to my eye. Very good speech.

txmomof6 on July 31, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I’m watching the video, of Romney paying tribute to the greatness of Poland and its revolt against Nazism and how it fought for its freedom from Communism. It’s touching.

Obama’s version of the same speech:

“Your freedom, you didn’t win that. The free country you have today, you didn’t build that. You had a lot of help. I’m always struck by countries who think, it must be the greatness of our people, the lives lost in the fight. There are a lot of great people out there. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of people who have given up their lives. If you’re free, someone along the line gave you help. Somebody else made this happen.”

Paul-Cincy on July 31, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Romney gave a great speech in Poland. In its entirety:

Mitt Romney Foreign Policy Speech in Warsaw, Poland – July 31 2012

Flora Duh on July 31, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Romney didn’t mention missile defense, but he did mention the Russian threat to Poland’s freedom, and all that Poland has suffered and endured for its freedom, and the inspiration of Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Lech Walesa.

He also praised the Polish people for their strength in fighting oppression, and their industriousness in rebuilding their economy after they had won their freedom. Hopefully the people of Poland will see Romney as a great improvement over a President seeking “flexibility” with Komrade Vlad.

Steve Z on July 31, 2012 at 10:03 AM

1) Israel’s health care system was stricken a tremendous blow when single-payer system was legislated by the socialist left in 1994. I can personally attest to rise in costs and near-immediate deterioration of services.

Mitt Romney disagrees:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/07/30/romney-praises-health-care-in-israel-where-strong-government-influence-has-driven-down-costs/

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Not really an endorsement to win in Nov 6. Just to be “successful” in his life.

This could not be more incorrect. Walesa is no fool, and observed proper diplomatic protocol in not outright FORMALLY endorsing a foreign Presidential candidate. But he stage-managed that particular statement extremely carefully, as the media has noted in their stories (see the linked Politico one), calling the press after a private meeting for the precise purpose of hearing that statement, which was notably forceful.

Also, context is everything: Walesa is the reason Romney is in Poland, as he is the one who personally invited him to visit (you don’t usually extend invitations to foreign presidential candidates whom you don’t support), and he pointedly refused to meet with Obama when he was recently in America.

Honestly, the value of these sorts of endorsements is limited, but on a moral and psychological level this one is pretty awesome. Now that Vaclac Havel has left us, Walesa is the last living giant of the European anti-Communist movement, an authentic hero in the struggle for liberty, respected by everyone. Getting an endorsement from him feels damn near like getting an endorsement from Gandhi or the Dalai Lama.

Then again, I know you’re just a concern troll, so why do I bother? I bother because THE TRUTH.

Esoteric on July 31, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Yeah, how dare he, right Congresswoman? Superficial diversion and pandering’s supposed to be something only Obama is permitted to do.

Flora Duh on July 31, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I’d be interested inb the Congresswoman’s take on Obama’s July, 2008 speech in Berlin. I’m sure she thought that was a superficial diversion and desperate pandering too. What?

Trafalgar on July 31, 2012 at 10:07 AM

4) Israel’s welfare and socialist policies are heavy shackles on the country’s legs. They hail from the earlier 70-ies when the union-socialists ran the country without any meaningful opposition and believed the Soviet Union’s regime to be their golden goal.

Your debate is with Mitt Romney, not me. According to him Israel is responsible for its economic success, success that as you concede, has come about with over 40 years of far left welfare and socialist policies. If those policies killed capitalist growth, as American conservatives claim, what explains Israel’s “providential” economic success?

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:09 AM

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Why don’t you ever stay on topic?

Is the butthurt of a real union leader, real man, and real leader of men not supporting a socialist that bad?

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Mitt Romney on single payer in Isreal

When our health care costs are completely out of control. Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? 8 percent. You spend 8 percent of GDP on health care. And you’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18 percent of our GDP on health care. 10 percentage points more. That gap, that 10 percent cost, let me compare that with the size of our military. Our military budget is 4 percent. Our gap with Israel is 10 points of GDP. We have to find ways, not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to finally manage our health care costs.

Perhaps he’ll replace Obamacare with Israeli-care!

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Just so y’all know, Mitt’s not the only one with fans in Poland.

Vote Kongres Nowej Prawicy!!

JohnGalt23 on July 31, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Why don’t you ever stay on topic?
cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 10:11 AM

From Ed’s post.

Media reports on Romney’s visit to Poland have focused on his remarks about the difference between Israeli and Palestinian economies. Romney asserted that the difference was due to culture, which is certainly true to some degree, but there are other factors in play.

Perhaps you should read the blog posts all the way to the end.

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Perhaps you should read the blog posts all the way to the end.

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:14 AM

So you leap at minutiae and ignore the meat?

Need some Gold Bond?

The most famous union leader in the world chooses a republican over a socialist. And the goofiest socialist here ignores it to make stuff up.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 10:20 AM

The most famous union leader in the world chooses a republican over a socialist.

Not surprising considering Romney’s support of single payer systems as the key to cutting down costs.

And the goofiest socialist here ignores it to make stuff up.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Copying and pasting Mitt Romney quotes is making stuff up…OK….

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Your debate is with Mitt Romney, not me. According to him Israel is responsible for its economic success, success that as you concede, has come about with over 40 years of far left welfare and socialist policies. If those policies killed capitalist growth, as American conservatives claim, what explains Israel’s “providential” economic success?

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:09 AM

There was no “40 years of far left welfare and socialist policies” in Israel. In mid-seventies, a powerful flow of business-minded and highly religious Jewish immigrants from Maghreb put an end to the rule of socialists and carried Likud Party to victory. That’s when a true economic boom had begun. Unfortunately, Prime Minister Menahem Begin had plenty of good ideas but lacked a solid pair of gonads to dismantle the socialist regime, leaving that task to Shamir and them Netaniahu. There’s still plenty, thanks to Israeli socialists and their Saudi financiers.

Archivarix on July 31, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Sorry, but that’s unbelievable.
The Poles want to be vulnerable to Russian and/or Islamo-fascist missiles?
Got any links?

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2012 at 9:50 AM

According to a September 18 poll, 56 percent of Poles supported Obama’s decision and only 30 percent were against it.
http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/features/obamas-missile-defense-rethink-the-polish-reaction


More people in Poland oppose their country’s participation in a United States defence plan, according to a poll by CBOS. 60 per cent of respondents reject the deployment of an American anti-missile shield on Polish soil, up five points since February.

http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/1521/rejection_to_us_missile_plans_grows_in_poland/

AngusMc on July 31, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Cokie Roberts says Romney’s Poland trip meant to excite ‘ethnic white voters’

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Yeah, I’ll take the opinion of the lady named after her favorite chemical as Gospel. Where can I send her my letter of appreciation?

Archivarix on July 31, 2012 at 10:30 AM

This is going to be front page news in all the Polish-American newspapers, it’s going to energize Polish-Americans to vote for Romney, which is going to help him win Pennsylvania and Ohio. A very smart play by the Romney campaign.

No wonder Obama trolls are out already trying to change the subject back to Israel.

rockmom on July 31, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Copying and pasting Mitt Romney quotes is making stuff up…OK….

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:26 AM

No this fantasy:

Perhaps he’ll replace Obamacare with Israeli-care!

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Lech Walesa lived your utopian socialist dream and knows it for the horror it is. You fantasize about Romney keeping the albatross around our economy’s neck. and ignore how bad your dream of socialism is.

You and pragmatic have much in common…don’t procreate.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Yeah sorry Cokie….I can’t co-sign that. The race-baiting was definitely part of Romney’s claim that Isreal succeeds over Palestine based on “cultural” differences. But the Poland trip is clearly about his neo-con credentials. Get it together Ms. Roberts.

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:33 AM

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 10:31 AM

That was obviously a joke. I don’t think Romney is going to introduce an Israeli style healthcare bill. But his praise of a single payer system as “driving down costs” while criticizing the U.S. healthcare bill which is to the right of single payer makes me laugh. And if I were a conservative, it would concern me. But something tells me you’re just a partisan person, no principles.

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Yeah sorry Cokie….I can’t co-sign that.

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Man, when the NYT a libiot won’t cover a lib’s back…

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 10:34 AM

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Cokie Roberts says Romney’s Poland trip meant to excite ‘ethnic white voters’

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2012 at 10:24 AM

This is going to be front page news in all the Polish-American newspapers, it’s going to energize Polish-Americans to vote for Romney, which is going to help him win Pennsylvania and Ohio. A very smart play by the Romney campaign.

No wonder Obama trolls are out already trying to change the subject back to Israel.

rockmom on July 31, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Cokie Roberts and rockmom in agreement? Maybe the Mayans were right…..

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Racist white dude doesn’t realize that communism works if you do it the right way. Fore 2012!!

/

CorporatePiggy on July 31, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Then again, I know you’re just a concern troll, so why do I bother? I bother because THE TRUTH.

Esoteric on July 31, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Good post … except for that paragraph! :|

I was reacting to the inaccuracy of the headline. People say Palin hasn’t endorsed Romney but, vis a vis Obama, she’s made crystal clear who she prefers and why. So the meaning of the term “endorsement” has been bandied about on HotGas recently.

I do take your point of Walesa being a star in the fight to take down the USSR. In my mind the 3 stars in the fight were Reagan, Thatcher, and John Paul 2. But maybe Walesa deserves a spot among those 3.

Speaking of the Dalai Lama, he really loved GW Bush, though he’d be more aligned with Obama’s policies. Personal relations in politics can be tricky. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and educating me on some of the Walesa background and the origin of the Romney visit.

Paul-Cincy on July 31, 2012 at 10:37 AM

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Man, when the NYT a libiot won’t cover a lib’s her own back…

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 10:34 AM

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 10:38 AM

This is going to be front page news in all the Polish-American newspapers, it’s going to energize Polish-Americans to vote for Romney, which is going to help him win Pennsylvania and Ohio. A very smart play by the Romney campaign.

No wonder Obama trolls are out already trying to change the subject back to Israel.

rockmom on July 31, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I’m sorry but Polish Americans who still read ethnic newspapers are in age and demographic brackets that are already voting Romney.

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Mitt Romney on single payer in Isreal (sic)

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Apropos of this thread topic, what’s the price of tea in China these days?

Paul-Cincy on July 31, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Apropos of this thread topic, what’s the price of tea in China these days?

Paul-Cincy on July 31, 2012 at 10:43 AM

You may also want to refer to the final paragraph of Ed’s original post.

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I’m sorry but Polish Americans who still read ethnic newspapers are in age and demographic brackets that are already voting Romney.

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Shame on you dude. Don’t you support multiculturalism and ethnic self-identification and traditions? Or, perhaps, you imply that you’re only willing to support non-white multiculturalism?..

Archivarix on July 31, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Archivarix on July 31, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Let that one slide, it will come back to bite her.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Shame on you dude. Don’t you support multiculturalism and ethnic self-identification and traditions?

Archivarix on July 31, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Absolutely. But the question is do you support literacy? All I said was that Polish Americans who still read ethnic newspaper were older…how is that anti multiculturalism and ethnic self-identification?

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Archivarix on July 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Well stated. Thanks! ; ) As to the troll it has no options, marching orders and what. It can’t even adhere to its own self imposed rules. It can’t help itself. Weak.

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 11:34 AM

With the trifecta trip of England, Poland and Israel, Mitt Romney has officially become POTUS in my eyes (and in the eyes of many others). THIS is how a real President acts. Nov. 6th is just a formality.

Mutnodjmet on July 31, 2012 at 11:46 AM

American Labor Unions & Catholic-Democrats hardest hit.
.
God bless you, Lech.

listens2glenn on July 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM

You may also want to refer to the final paragraph of Ed’s original post.

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Ed referenced the West Bank economy, not the Israeli Health System. Try reading the article next time.

As Archivarix has pointed out, Israel is successful despite the suicidal, Socialist, pro-”peace” left. Actually, Israel has largely ridden out the latest crises thanks to the leadership of Stanley Fischer, now president of the Bank of Israel.

Know where he used to work, before taking the helm of your new favorite socialist paradise? Citibank. He’s an eeeeviiiil, Jooooooo capitalist, who is using his business experience to be successful in government. Who else can you think of who has a strong business background that might make a good leader? Anyone?

If you want to see the across-the-board spending cuts (and tax increases, just for you!) that Netanyahu has prepared to ride out the next worldwide dip, try this article. Worth the quick read.

ChicagoJewishGuy on July 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I endorse Walesa but will be voting Gary Johnson.

FloatingRock on July 31, 2012 at 1:05 PM

If you can’t get Pope John Paul II’s endorsement and you can’t get Ronald Reagan’s endorsement, this would be the one to get. Lech helped bring down the Wall and this would be his contribution to getting the Communists out of the White House. Hey, in some sections of Chicago this may get some votes. Is Mitt this smart?

curved space on July 31, 2012 at 1:31 PM

No mention of the Polish Death Camps. /

Buttercup on July 31, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Why, when the Polish public supported Obama on the withdrawal? Poles did not want the missile defense.

AngusMc on July 31, 2012 at 9:47 AM

That is nonsense…you obviously don’t know or understand the Polish history and the country’s ‘relation ‘ to Russia…

jimver on July 31, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Gary Johnstein 2012!

Buttercup on July 31, 2012 at 2:58 PM

This is going to be front page news in all the Polish-American newspapers, it’s going to energize Polish-Americans to vote for Romney, which is going to help him win Pennsylvania and Ohio. A very smart play by the Romney campaign.

No wonder Obama trolls are out already trying to change the subject back to Israel.

rockmom on July 31, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I’m sorry but Polish Americans who still read ethnic newspapers are in age and demographic brackets that are already voting Romney.

libfreeordie on July 31, 2012 at 10:38 AM

You really are the dumbest person here.. Do you ever talk about stuff that you actually know anything about?? It’s rhetorical btw…..The Poles preserves their language and their tes to fhe motherlland no matter what, try to go in the Polish neighborhood in Greenpointin NY (well, it’s Brooklyn) and let me kow if you encounter a single Polish person working in the stores or restaurants there who doesn’t speak English with an accent, or who doesn’t speak in Polish to the other Poles around, also check the press that they read, yes, it’s in Polish mainly, includings autochtonous newspapers like Rzeczpospolita and Gazeta Wyborcza, same goes for Chicago.. POlish immigration didn’t finish 2 centureis ago, dumbass, it’s been ungoing….I have many young Polish friends, most are in my age, all their parents speak only in POlish to each other, shop mostly at POlish markets, read POlish newspapers and watch POlish TV.. and all the kids/youngsters from Polish families I know speak Polish too, besides English, and they are exposed to the same kind of Polish cultural influences like their parents, on a daily basis..also, take a random young Polish American on FB, and look at theor profile, you will see most of their friends have Polish names and they comment in Polish, including on events from the motherland….so, yeah, eir ties to Polamd are very strong still…your idiocy really kows no bounds…it woild be really, really nice if for once you limit your inane comments to topics that yiu actually know something about…but no, I know you will speak out of your azz from now into eternity…

jimver on July 31, 2012 at 3:04 PM

‘presedve’ not preserves…
And ties …
Ongoi g…

Etc…

jimver on July 31, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Not really an endorsement to win in Nov 6. Just to be “successful” in his life.

This could not be more incorrect. Walesa is no fool, and observed proper diplomatic protocol in not outright FORMALLY endorsing a foreign Presidential candidate. But he stage-managed that particular statement extremely carefully, as the media has noted in their stories (see the linked Politico one), calling the press after a private meeting for the precise purpose of hearing that statement, which was notably forceful.

Also, context is everything: Walesa is the reason Romney is in Poland, as he is the one who personally invited him to visit (you don’t usually extend invitations to foreign presidential candidates whom you don’t support), and he pointedly refused to meet with Obama when he was recently in America.

Honestly, the value of these sorts of endorsements is limited, but on a moral and psychological level this one is pretty awesome. Now that Vaclac Havel has left us, Walesa is the last living giant of the European anti-Communist movement, an authentic hero in the struggle for liberty, respected by everyone. Getting an endorsement from him feels damn near like getting an endorsement from Gandhi or the Dalai Lama.

Then again, I know you’re just a concern troll, so why do I bother? I bother because THE TRUTH.

Esoteric on July 31, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Most pertinent and insightful comment on this thread, really impressed with your understanding of what Walesa symbolizes, especially now that Havel is gone…The man is an institution in Europe in general, not just in Poland…I don’t think a lot of people understand the symbolism of having the most ardent anti-communist fighter and an iconic figure for a whole continent endorsing you….

jimver on July 31, 2012 at 3:23 PM

AngusMc on July 31, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Thank you.

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers.

TXUS on July 31, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Heh.

the_souse on July 31, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Why, when the Polish public supported Obama on the withdrawal? Poles did not want the missile defense

Assuming those poll results are valid I suspect in the early euphoria of the One’s election the Poles were hoping against hope that he would transform the age old hostility of their natural enemy Russia. That clearly has not happened and if anything Russian aggressiveness on the missle defence issue, bullying the Ukraine and treating Belyorussia as a client state have given more than a few of them pause about the “new” Russia and Obama. Putin’s fraudulent election and subsequent crackdown has shown the only way to avoid war is to prepare for war…

ironmarshal on July 31, 2012 at 11:07 PM