Last night in a phone call with my brother's girlfriend in Kansas, this subject came up. She is a thoughtful person, but one under the spell of FOX
News. Kansas is very right wing and people there are also subject to the herd mentality, sort of like people in OK or much of TX. So she asked me why
I seemed to loathe Romney.
To answer this question I decided to leave all my policy reasons aside, all his tax evasiveness, all his pandering and flip flopping, even his Bain
experience. I thought it simplest to just deal with the man and his character. Here are my reasons why I think him a basically just a thoughtless jerk
1. Anecdotes from him or his own children:
a. He has 18 grandkids, which is wonderful, but Tag told FOX that in family gatherings, Mitt thinks the kids take too long in the food line, so he
cuts in front of everyone and then is usually finished with his dinner before most even start eating. Who does that except for a rude, selfish
b. Another son reported than on another family gathering they were having races. In one foot race, it was down to Mitt and a daughter-in-law. Mitt
tripped his daughter-in-law so he could come in first. Funny, haha, but again, what kind of person even thinks like this?
c. He told the Seamus dog story in his own book, like it was a funny story. I am not a huge dog person, but we have a dog. I'd never do that and don't
know anyone who would, much less anyone who'd think it funny.
2. The draft and his dodging:
Many people dodged the draft. Clinton did, but at least Clinton was on record against the war then. Others made hard moral decisions and left the
country. I'm a veteran. I would not have left and would have went, but at least those people were morally consistent. Mitt Romney protested FOR the
war in college. In fact, he actually protested FOR the draft (there are photos). But what does HE then do? He uses a special Mormon exclusion and runs
off to France for "mission work." Apparently he was for the draft for lesser people. And even when in France, he did not live in humble circumstances
like his fellow Mormons. No, he lived in a chateau for two years.
Further, the man has 5 strapping boys. None have served. His father did not serve. One does not need a divining rod to ascertain that this family
feels no obligation to serve its nation. That, is apparently, something only the middle class and poor should do. Contrast that to British
aristocracy, no man there of honor would EVER shirk that duty.
3. He does not stand with his wife:
We all know the Romney's have horses and they had a horse competing in the dressage competition. We all know this is a write off for Romney ($77k)
that we pay and that he calls this Ann's hobby. Aside from the elitist jokes we might make; hey, they are rich people so whatever. BUT, when it was
time for her horse to compete, this horse who supposedly played such an important role in Ann's life as a distraction from muscular dystrophy, Romney
bails and does not go to the event for fear the electorate will think him a snobby elitist. What I do expect is for him to be man enough to support
his wife and have the balls to tell his critics to shove it and say, "This is important to Ann, so it is important to me." No one would have begrudged
him that and, in fact, would have thought that an honorable thing for him to do. My mother always said, "Support your wife first and always, even
4. He cares more for appearances than people:
This is a well-reported story of Romney during his time as a Mormon bishop, a role all senior Mormon men in good standing with the church seem to have
at some point (I don't know the particulars). There was a young woman who had just given birth. She was not married. Mitt, as her bishop, visited her
bedside in the hospital, demanding she give the baby up for adoption because that was apparently what the church wanted as it did not believe unwed
women should be mothers. She did not want to. He threatened ex-communication from the church if she did not comply with its wishes. So here's a man
more concerned with the image of his church than with the bond of a woman and her child. I'm sorry. That's another no go for
me.Mitt as Bishop
5. His default instinct is to just be an asshat (to borrow a term from a moderator):
a. He makes the now famous visit to sit with older ladies from a community. They brought cookies from the town's legendary bakery; something they were
proud to show off. What does Mitt do? He laughingly asks them if they got "these awful cookies" from 7-Eleven. Who the hell says that? I mean, what
prevents him from just shutting his damned mouth instead of reflexively being a jerk?
b. Same deal at a NASCAR event. Fans where in the bleachers during the rain, as loyal fans will do. They were wearing those inexpensive ponchos. Mitt
sits down to have a nice little chat with potential voters. What does he do? He laughingly comments about their cheap ponchos. Just another dick move
that seems to show Mitt has some inbuilt need to tear others down to lift up himself.
6. General jerkness:
a. Here's a story you may not know, so here's a link: Romney cuts off a
. (Some of you will assail the messenger as a liberal source, but that does not make it untrue.) It happened recently in Colorado during
a forum of people the Romney team had assembled. The attendees assumed the meeting would be an opportunity to offer their perspectives and insights.
At some point during the meeting, Romney mentions that he heard on of the attendees was a teacher. This teacher assumed she was going to be asked her
opinion, so she had spent considerable time thinking before the forum. Instead, Romney went off on a tirade about how bad public schools are (he never
attended one, neither have any of his kids), blaming unions and saying there needed to be choice and more charter schools. The teacher, with some
perspective started to speak, saying she might have what she thought was a solution. What did Romney do? He turned to her and said, "I did not ask you
a question." Wow.
b. Leading the gang hair-cutting thing when he was in his prep school. I don't think I need to belabor this point or re-hash it. It is what it as, and
to me, it is more than just "youthful hijinks." How many of you were that kind of bully in high school?
7. The now famous 47% video:
I don't care whether he believed what he was saying or not (though he was speaking perfectly fluid and with confidence). I even accept (unlike most
left of the Right) that he was speaking within the context of trying to attract people to vote for him and that that group would not. I do not think
he meant that he did not care about them in general. But, he still said, “I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care
for their lives” and that he said they all believed themselves entitled victims. Either this confirms him as one of the most vile panderers in
history or it confirms he has great disdain for 1/2 the country. Either way, it makes his a low life not fit to lead this nation.
So these are just a few incidents, each highly reflecting the sort of man Romney is. I place a very high premium on honor and basic human decency.
What all these illustrate is a man without completely honor (and I dare say a coward) and I refuse to give any such person my vote. I'd love to hear
how his supporters he reconcile with these provable incidents and what THEY think it reveals in the man himself.
Final note: don't turn this into an anti-Obama thread. This is all about Mitt, not about Obama or any other person. Speak to the issue or don't speak
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