Oh Mitt, this wasn’t the way it was supposed to end. I watched the entire videotape from that now infamous May Florida fundraiser the other night and to be honest, it was the first time I felt you were an actual human being. You were comfortable, cracking jokes, answering questions from the guests, you were truly in your element. The problem is that your element is a room full of self-satisfied, egotistic, tone deaf, out of touch narcissists like yourself.
For the first time in your long history of running for elected office, the country finally saw a glimpse of the real you and it scared us. There were actually several emotions that raced through my mind as I listened to 45 minutes of the inside of your brain. Fear, disgust, horror, amazement, embarrassment, and an overall sense that you are completely unaware of any other life except the one you grew up in. Yes, the one with the Silver Spoon you first deny having, then 5 minutes later admit to sucking on at birth.
Oh Mitt, do you really believe that the barbed wire surrounding the Chinese factory is to keep people from storming the doors to get IN? Did you really believe that nonsense you were told by the factory owners? Or do you choose to believe that story because the hard truth makes you a tad uncomfortable. The hard truth of 12 young women sleeping in small rooms, a hallway of rooms with dozens of girls sharing one bathroom, working “long hours” as you say (which probably means 12+ a day), barbed wire to keep them from running away. The pennies an hour they earn to bring back to their impoverished families makes their jobs the lifeline for food and shelter for the family members living in their village.
But it seems that when the truth doesn’t fit your personal narrative, you simply change it. This brings us to the now famous 47% quote. The 47% is the new 99%. I simply love your tone of voice when you state, quite elegantly I think:
There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47% 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. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax…[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
It wasn’t simply the blundering words you chose; it was the condescension in your voice. The fact that 47% have the gall, the nerve to sit around their homes (if they have one) and wait for that fat government check to land in their lap while changing the channel from Maury to Dr. Phil and waiting for that 7th welfare baby to be born.
The blowback from the Democrats and Republicans caused by that statement was of epic proportions and rightly so. As we all know, those 47% include parents who are retired having worked all their lives and paid into the system. They now receive their Social Security checks and receive Medicare. The 47% include my brother who is fighting in Afghanistan right now and doesn’t have to pay income tax while in a COMBAT zone trying to stay alive. That 47% are the people in my neighborhood in East Harlem who work every single day yet are barely making it on the $7.50./hour they get paid. The 47% are teachers, educating the next generation and hopefully creating more empathetic adults than the private school Romney attended. The 47% are the cops that will protect you if one of those lazy welfare queens tries to come near you at one of your fundraisers. And the 47% is me. I work, pay taxes, all taxes, and yet am not rich! Gasp! You are correct; I am a Democrat and will not be voting for you in November. But now I am beneath contempt and now understand that you will not be governing me, just those who voted for you. The rest of us can go piss off. I see now, OK, at least you were being honest, if only in front of a select few.
Then Ann had to chime in. This is a woman who has never had to worry about money. Ever. We have all heard about their college apartment and their tacky furniture. But she left out the fact that Mitt’s dad was paying for his son’s college and they were living off stock he sold that had been given to him on his birthdays. So Ann, there was no need for you to receive financial aid, Pell or TAP grants. You and Mitt did not have to work outside of school simply to pay for books. There were no federally backed student loans to re-pay. So screw the 47% who did need those “entitlement” programs to get an education.
On Wednesday, Ann came out in support of her husband with these well chosen words. “And if you listen to the whole context of what Mitt talks about, he is talking about what’s happening right now in America and how more and more people are falling into poverty.” “He wants to make sure to bring better opportunities for everyone,” she continued. “I know the guy, I know him really well, I know he cares. That’s why he’s running. It’s unfortunate when something gets misinterpreted like this, when it gets taken out of context.”
Misinterpreted, out of context, no Ann, this was not an out of context moment. I watched the whole tape and trust me, he said as plainly as possible that my entire family does not take personal responsibility; we do not care for our lives. My parents are moochers living off the re-distributed wealth of those in that $50,000 a plate dinner. He was not talking about poverty or better opportunities. He actually dismissed with contempt half the population simply because they are not going for vote for him. How’s that for context?
No Ann, you do not get to spin this into a cheery moment on The View. You know, the show your husband characterized as hosted by “sharp-tongued women?” I bet he wanted to say shrewish.
No Ann, there was no out of context when he said that since there is no end in sight to the Israel Palestine problem,”You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem, and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it,” Romney said. This man, who wants so desperately to be President, thinks that the solution to this most dangerous and difficult political situation is to wait for something to happen to resolve it? Like magic?
There is something to be said for Mitt standing by his words. At least he isn’t flip flopping on his amoral stance. This is the real Mitt, the Silver Spoon fed, dad funded college, million dollar loan from dad to start his “small” business, wishing he was Mexican, the guy that believes anyone not voting for him is not worth his time or empathy. Now I have no illusions as to your true self, so Thanks Mitt!
I suggest everyone listen to the full speech so you fully understand the context. http://www.motherjones.com/