By now, everyone who matters has heard about the videos of Mitt Romney that were shot (illegally, but that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms) during a fund-raiser in Florida1. Most people have either heard or read a transcript of the video, or already been told what to think about it.
Let’s take the quote most often bandied about:
[They] 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 healthcare, 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.
Ooooh, foul stuff! According to the original Mother Jones article, Romney “apparently felt free to utter what he really believes and would never dare say out in the open. He displayed a high degree of disgust for nearly half of his fellow citizens, lumping all Obama voters into a mass of shiftless moochers who don’t contribute much, if anything, to society, and he indicated that he viewed the election as a battle between strivers (such as himself and the donors before him) and parasitic free-riders who lack character, fortitude, and initiative. Yet Romney explained to his patrons that he could not speak such harsh words about Obama in public, lest he insult those independent voters who sided with Obama in 2008 and whom he desperately needs in this election. These were sentiments not to be shared with the voters; it was inside information, available only to the select few who had paid for the privilege of experiencing the real Romney.” And that “real Romney”? He’s a “bad person” who’s “100% unsuitable to be President” because of the “meanness and divisiveness in (his) personal character that is disturbing—even disqualifying for the nation’s highest office.”2
Read more at Canada Free Press. By Dr. Bill Chitwood.
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