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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Not Eloquently Stated

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/romney-conservatism-of-the-heartless/
Romney’s Conservatism Of The Heartless
Rusty Reno is ticked at Romney over the "47 percent thing", mostly because it shows how out of touch Romney is with actual Americans.

" MITT HAS ALL THE COMPASSION OF A CHARGING RHINO.....", says Maine Writer blog follower Joe in Bangor, Maine.

Governor Romney excused his "off the cuff" 47 percent speech at a private Republican Fund Raiser, hosted last May and secretly video taped, as "not eloquently stated". 

This is what Romney told contributors:
"Well, 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-- that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they're entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. But that's-- it's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what."

My question is this. What happened to "Compassionate Conservatism", the Republican social mantra just a few years ago?  Therein is the problem with word creep. "Compassionate Conservatism" morphed to "Compassionate Victimization".....in other words, "Gee, we're sorry you need help...., maybe you deserve your plight; meanwhile, here's temporary help..". Reminiscent, tragically, of Marie Antoinette who said French peasants should eat cake because they were unable to afford bread. She lost her social compass and her lovely head.  

Compassionate Conservatism quickly became an anachronism- a word relic of the past.  Instead,  political "righties"are falling into lock step behind a concept that 47 percent of Americans are "victims"- even though economic pundits say many of these "victims" are Republicans, themselves.  

Romney's "not eloquently stated" comments rip the scab off a  veiled contempt for people who happen to benefit from government assistance, like Social Security, Veterans benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Pell Grants, student loans, public health assistance....  Yes, it's true, these programs are subsidized by the government, but every one of them is an investment in people who, in turn, build and protect our nation.

Theoretically, "Compassionate Conservatism" has morphed into creating victims of those who benefit from government subsidized programs. This mutation could morph again, to include public servants, paid by tax money, especially the US military, police, fire, rescue and the National Guard, to name a few.

Perhaps Romney's campaign will get over the latest in a litany of communications management problems, but excuses are quickly wearing thin and time is running out to turn things around.

Romney Tries to Get Back on Track After Video:  
"Mitt Romney sought to get his campaign back on track Tuesday after the revelation of a video in which he said nearly half of Americans 'believe they are victims', are dependent on the government..."

In my mind, "not eloquently stated" is an excuse worse than the "victim" comments, made off the cuff, because it demonstrates Romney's lack of conviction to improve the human condition. Instead of showing statesmanship, he shows ambition. Rather than compassion, he demeans 47 percent of all Americans who believe we are our brother's keeper.  

Governor Romney should be ashamed of his "not eloquently stated" 47 percent remarks made "off the cuff" to his Republican right wing colleagues.  But, Americans will be very eloquent when we vote for President Barack Obama to lead 100 percent of all Americans for another term.

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