I think the San Francisco Chronicle reported it best (only a few hours ago, no less) when Associated Press writer Connie Cass wrote, “When it comes to portraying the Republican nominee as an uncaring, out-of-touch rich guy, he’s his own worst enemy ...”
I’d give you two guesses as to who exactly this is referring to, but somehow I doubt you’ll need more than one.
The person in question, of course, is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, whose most recent insert-foot-in-mouth gaffe alleged that approximately 50 percent of Americans believe they are “victims” who feel that (it only gets better), “government has a responsibility to care for them.”
Well, Mitt-old-boy, I’ve got news for you.
You see, I’m one of those I believe you were referring to, one who will vote for President Obama once again, thank you kindly. And no, I don’t feel I’ve been victimized by his policies or actions ... or the government’s while on his watch. And no, I don’t feel our government has a responsibility to care for me. I do, however, pay taxes, work hard for what I’ve got and receive zero in the form of assistance ... of any kind.
Is that the case the country (or even county) over? Of course not. Do people take advantage of the system? Certainly. Are they the majority? I have no idea, but somehow I doubt it.
Where are those tax records again, Mitt?
You see, unfortunately for those who loathe our current commander in chief and wouldn’t vote for him even if you payed them, Mr. Romney lacks so many of the qualities an American president should absolutely possess: compassion (you know, for those women who’ve been raped and have every right to an abortion); humility (maybe try walking a mile in the shoes of your everyday, hard-working American); tact (enough with the finger pointing and name calling, please); and magnanimity (generous in forgiving an insult or injury ... free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness, according to dictionary.com).
That’s not to say Romney doesn’t display some of the less attractive traits that make it so easy to paint politicians in an unsavory light, of course, namely hubris, arrogance, disdain and highhandedness.
No offense, folks, I simply call it as I see it.
President Obama has his faults as well, obviously, and I certainly haven’t agreed with every decision he’s made. And I’ll be the first to admit he’s not perfect, yet I’d also be willing to bet there’s no such thing as a perfect president.
Clinton, in my opinion, was pretty darn close, but we all know good ol’ Bill made a mistake or two while in the Oval Office.
And that’s putting it mildly.
Obviously, I have serious doubts that anything I say – in any way – will change any minds in the weeks leading up to the November presidential election, but that shouldn’t come as any kind of surprise considering we still have people out there who think President Obama was ... a) born outside the U.S. (wrong) ... is b) a Muslim (wrong) ... and apparently c) invented welfare (also wrong).
Of course, Romney did admit he was not – how did he put it – speaking “elegantly” at the time, when he stated there are “47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” and there are “47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”
Romney’s job, of course, is “not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
If you’re not offended, you should be. Then again, Romney did say, in 2011, “I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.”
In May of 2012?
“I’m not familiar precisely with what I said, but I’ll stand by what I said, whatever it was.”
And then, of course, there’s my all-time favorite ... “I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.”
Didn’t we already have one George W. Bush?
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