When Barack Obama ran for president he got caught unknowingly on tape talking about many Americans in small towns being “bitter” and “clinging to guns and religion.”
When Mitt Romney ran for president he got unknowingly caught on tape talking about “47%” being “dependent on the Government” and how he’d never earn their votes.
And that’s kind of where the two camps have ended up… are you bitter and closed minded or lazy and dependent?
Both positions are extreme ones and, as such, neither are 100% correct but this is the state of our Republic.
And, of course, the media largely gave Obama a pass on his insult to the religious and firearm owners while Romney’s “bombshell” is said to be what will cost him the presidential race.
To his credit, Romney has said his comments were inelegantly phrased but he stood by them.
Obama slimed his way out of his comments four years ago and only one major outlethas it been brought up again on the major networks by way of a comparison:
[CBS’] Crawford remarked that Obama “spurred similar controversy” with the 2008 comment, but neither ABC’s Good Morning America nor NBC’s Today mentioned it in their coverage of the Romney video recordings, which were released by the left-wing magazine Mother Jones.
Aside from the fact that Obama and Romney turned some people off and lost votes, such off-the-cuff remarks say a lot about each man.
Obama obviously views religion as something a helpless, lost person holds onto while those who own firearms do so out of a defect in their personality while Romney thinks if you’re not actively contributing to society you’re a leach on some level.
Romney’s remarks sum up every good – and bad – thing about the Republican Party.
To those who “charge forth” in their life it is the tough love people need to strive for success through hard work and personal drive. But for those bogged down by larger problems in their life (medical, family, etc…) it shows a lack of compassion.
But if nobody is “allowed” by the media to say anything about those leeching off the Government (and, by extension, the taxpayer) then how are we as a society to have a discussion about them? Democrats do not want to discuss the leeches because they are, historically-speaking, the party of Big Government.
Here’s Mitt Romney back in March of 2012:
What he said was:
If you’re looking for free stuff you don’t have to pay for, vote for the other guy that’s what he’s all about.
Nothing wrong with that… Romney never made a secret of his views and, I think, most people would probably agree with him.
The “leeches” Democrats do want to discuss are the ones who create jobs, provide low cost products and services, and allow us to live our “modern lives.” We call them corporations.
And that is where we are… Democrats think corporations are leeches while Republicans think it’s those who don’t pay tax.
The ground in between, it seems, is non-existent.
And, by the way, here’s a picture I snapped on Tuesday at a public housing complex (this is what Romney is talking about):