Every week it seems, I hear some insane new statement coming out of the GOP field that leaves me
reeling with outrage spitting fire. This week, the prize goes to Mitt Romney, fresh from his Florida Primary victory, he told Soledad O’Brien that he was “… not concerned about the very poor…”
They are adding up my friends.
1. The first Black president has now been affectionately dubbed the Food Stamp president.
2. Newt Gingrich thinks poor kids should be janitors and has more passion for creating lunar colonies than for helping the disenfranchised.
3. Rick Santorum doesn’t want to give Black people handouts. Excuse me, Blah people.
4. Ron Paul thinks “fleet-footed Negroes” are a threat to Whites and supports arming yourselves, illegally of course, for protection. So fleet footed are the Negroes that they can apparently only be stopped by bullets.
And on and on.
Mitt’s statement has reverberated through the airwaves and cyberspace like a virus. It’s easy to see why, there are approx. 46.2 million Americansliving in poverty now and that number increased by 2.6 million from 2010.
It did not surprise me that Mitt thinks of the poor as irrelevant to his ends. His career, say Bain Capital, offshore accounts, and economic proposals make it obvious that his primary concern is the über rich. What surprised me was that he had the absolute gall to make such a bald statement when he is running for President of the United States. It just boggles my mind that he could possibly be so stupid. So much for his Harvard education. Let me say for the record that it was not a gaffe, it was his unedited belief. Or, as Freud would say, his subconscious unleashed.
It is a polarizing and divisive statement sure to incite rage in the masses who are currently obsessed with income inequality and rightly so. The leader of the United States is elected to lead ALL Americans, not just the ones with the biggest checkbooks, “normal” sexual orientation, “correct” religion, pale complexions, or his Ivy league, English speaking, upper class contemporaries. It wouldn’t take a rocket scientist, or senior political analyst, to determine that his statements, and even the clarification, were not even a teensy bit politically savvy.
Then, you can move onto your justifiable outrage at the immorality of that statement. It is the poor of our society who need the most help. This is a basic tenet of every major religion known to man. I didn’t think the Mormons were different, please correct me if I am wrong. The poor need access to quality education, affordable housing, food, and viable employment opportunities, all of which are at an all time low. All of which, are being attacked daily by the Republican party and their minions. To hear Mitt Romney tell it, only the Democrats are concerned about that and the “safety net” which the government is gracious enough to provide. That’s a joke. in and of itself. Do we not ALL pay taxes? Aren’t taxes supposed to ensure your right to assistance when you need it? And are not so many of us in need? Right.
What we do not need is anyone even remotely resembling Willard Mitt Romney.
Some politicians do a marvelous job at fooling people. They are great actors, no pun intended. They spin rhetoric so floriferous and fine that you would give them the shirt off your back. Not Mitt, he is a poor player on the political stage who seemingly has a very difficult time speaking unscripted, which underscores just how inauthentic he is.
I have long opined that I could not possibly vote for any of the GOP candidates because none of them know what it’s like to walk in the shoes of an average American. Lacking this very salient experience, they simply can not relate to the aspirations and struggles of their constituents. Some wealthy people are an exception to this rule, like John F. Kennedy. Some people are simply more compassionate and empathetic. Others, are driven to embrace the diversity of humanity by their moral and/or religious beliefs. Sadly, not one of GOP candidates, Mittens in particular, displays these characteristics, or any real moral fiber. If we judge their behavior in the light of morality, every single one of them comes up short. Like Napolean lol.
There are many characteristics that make a good leader but moral character is one of the most important. It is the thing that connects them to the individual, not just the body politic, helps to bolster them in times of duress, and minimizes the very corruptible influence of politics, wealth, fame and power.
It is obvious that Mitt and many other GOP candidates play to a particular mindset and class because poor people don’t vote. Historically, it is the middle and upper class who vote because the system works for them and so they believe in it and uphold it. That needs to change. It began to change under Obama. It is under attack this year with voter suppression laws just to minimize that very possible reoccurrence.
My bet is that Mitt will have completely exhausted his supply of political currency by November, if he hasn’t already done so. I hope that he and the mighty GOP have succeeded in putting a fire in the belly of those cynics who dismiss the importance of politics in general. I hope the poor are so pissed off that they flood the ballot boxes in defiance of a system that continues, inexorably, to attempt to crush the lives out of them by dismissing their very existence and stacking the odds against them. It would be a wonderful way to show Mitt and his cronies just how very much the poor matter and what solidarity means. But that’s just me. I’m paying attention and I can tell you I am very pissed off.
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