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Mitt Romney and Abraham Lincoln A Contrast in Historically Profound Words

September 19, 2012

It was November 19, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania when President Abraham Lincoln spoke to the nation and with passion and conviction delivered one of the country’s most memorable speeches, The Gettysburg Address.   The speech was one of perspective, reflection and encouragement.  It was a speech of appreciation for the brave men who had served and sacrificed.  It was a speech of promise intended to unite a nation still in its infancy.  It was s speech that spoke of Lady America bursting with the promise of freedom and a dream of a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

It was in May 17, 2012 in Boca Raton Florida at the regal estate of private equity Manager Marc Leder where Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney also spoke some infamous words.  The words he spoke will be written on the black and white pages of American and World History books and discussed in internet blogs and on Facebook and Twitter for years to come.  His words were spoken with comfort and passion they were divisive, egotistical, and reflective of an arrogant and insensitive man.  With each word he spoke he teased America revealing pieces of himself until at the night’s end the Real Mitt Romney stood naked and yelled to America, “Here I am this is what I really think of you!”

He showed the core of America, its middle class that he believes that Lincoln was wrong.  He believes that we are not created equal and that there will be no more births of freedom, or government assistance to provide nutrition, housing, medical care, unemployment assistance or education to us. He shouted loudly to seniors that he does not care of their life-long hard work to cushion the sunset of their lives.   His words imply that unlike Lincoln he devalues the sacrifice of those that fought and died for equality for us all. His failure to even acknowledge them during his speech at the RNC supports that premise.

He told us we lack motivation, perseverance and are therefore of little value to his political aspirations or of consequence to his plans for America.  For those that were unsure of what he looked like all there should be no more doubt.

During the $50,000 per plate fundraising event attended by Romney’s financial peers one of those attending asked Romney the following question:  “For the last three years, all everybody’s been told is, “Don’t worry, we’ll take care of you.” How are you going to do it, in two months before the elections, to convince everybody you’ve got to take care of yourself?”

Romney answered in a voice and tone that was missing in his speech at the Republican Convention and in most speeches he has given.  He said, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that 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. And I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49, 48—he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people—I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what it looks like. I mean, when you ask those people…we do all these polls—I find it amazing—we poll all these people, see where you stand on the polls, but 45 percent of the people will go with a Republican, and 48 or 4…”.

This writer has never believed that Mitt Romney cared about me, my family or the rest of Middle Class America.  I believed that he is only running for president because it is the one thing in this country that he cannot buy.  I challenge you to look at the naked Mitt Romney, really listen to his words and tell him on November 6, 2012 that the American Presidency is not for sale and that the government of the people by the people and for the people will prevail.

Did Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood) Still Mitt Romney’s Dream?

September 1, 2012

On Thursday night, Mitt Romney accepted the GOP nomination for president.  It was the night Romney had anticipated most of his adult life and it had finally arrived.  His perfectly aligned teeth showed the world how pleased he was to be one step closer to the second part of his political dream.   Media hype about the night was high.  Speculation about the messages of scheduled speakers and the mystery surrounding a surprise one, dominated many social media websites.   Political analysts predicted historical consequences, network bosses hoped for high ratings.

My television was programmed to turn to MSNBC at 10:00 sharp.  I focused my eyes on the 52-in screen and had expected to see Mr. Romney standing on the platform.  Instead, I saw an aging actor who portrayed one of America’s most famous fictional cowboys. The mystery guest had been unveiled; it was actor and director Clint Eastwood.  My first impression of Eastwood was that he was old and thin.   Each strand of his thinning white hair was going in a different direction.  He looked tired and a bit nervous.  His voice was weak and wavering. As I listened and watched I realized Eastwood was talking to an empty chair, a chair in which an invisible President Obama was seated.  My thoughts reflected on another night on which a similar vision of Eastwood was clear.  It was during the Kennedy Honors Awards in December 2008.  Eastwood  rambled and talked overtime that evening while there to honor  his close friend and fellow actor, the Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman.  (Freeman is a supporter of President Obama and in  July 2012 he donated a million dollars to his presidential campaign).

What does the choice of Eastwood as a speaker and the order of his appearance on the program of his political prom say about Romney?  How can a man who could neither manage, strategize nor consult with a campaign team to present himself in a strong authoritative light manage, strategize, plan, consult or lead a country?  Why should we entrust him with our destiny that is economically precarious (because of years of political posturing on both sides) when he could not master the fate of his own political destiny so long in the making?

Why did he think that the mere celebrity of Clint Eastwood did not call for a conversation with the actor about the content or duration of his message?  Why did he not question the content of material from speakers Rubio, Christi and others who boasted more of their own political achievement than of his attributes and measurable accomplishments?

How did he not imagine that the video created by his campaign team to show America his compassionate, emotional and loving side would impact Americans with the compelling effect it was intended to do?   The video was the perfect way for Mitt Romney to say “So America who want to know the real Mitt Romney, well here I am”!  Imagine the impact if after Rubio’s speech the Romney video had been shown and then the man; the Romney in the video had simply walked out on stage; that would have been creative genius.

Consequences of decisions made for the Republican National Convention  2012’s big night remain to be seen and may not be revealed until Election Day 2012.   Conversations of Eastwood’s ramblings will transition and go from loud laughter to silent unspoken thoughts.   Like the invincible character Josey Wales, Eastwood is still standing unscathed.  Unlike the character Josey Wales who fought for the underdog, the abused and tortured, Mitt Romney stands only for his ego, and his foreign bank accounts. There were many significant issues missing in action in Romney’s speech.   Absent was expression of gratitude for the sacrifices our troops have and are making for our country.  Romney did not mention the current war but even a forgetful Eastwood did.

This writer’s impression of Romney has been reaffirmed; the only thing that Romney can control is his hairbrush and the marching of his millions of dollars into foreign bank accounts.  I predict that one of America’s most favorite fictional characters, Josey Wales may have cost Mitt Romney his dream. No Clint you may not have made Romney’s day on Thursday evening, but you sure did make mine.