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Romney’s Gaffe Porn

September 18, 2012 - Author: newscoma - Comments are closed

Comments made by presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the past week have baffled me. I think it goes back to that a person, especially if they are running for the privilege to serve in elected office, makes the communication mistakes that he has made in the past week, there is something very wrong.

Romney is creating more gaffe porn than I’ve ever seen in a national race for office. I mean, really?

And the things that trouble me the most is that he seems sincere in his misguided belief that the average middle class income is $200,000-$250,000. He has proven repeatedly in London earlier this summer and then last week that his knowledge of foreign policy and diplomacy is lacking. He has written off 47 percent of the American population and when he is called out on it replies that he didn’t “elegantly state” what he was trying to say but by golly, he stands by what he said.

And it is troubling.

Political campaigns are tedious. They are for the candidates and they honestly are for voters. These campaign gaffes tend to make headlines while basic and important policy matters don’t bring on the “sexy” so much gets ignored.  And it is Romney’s policies that I find disturbing. It is that he appears not to understand the diverse, socio-economic culture of the nation which is not all wealthy. I know a lot of people that work more than one job.

And it presents a deeper issue that the politics of our past (such as the Southern Strategy) are still in play.  There is a divide and conquer approach now in national and state politics. Women are still paid 77 cents on the dollar, voter suppression is happening with new photo ID laws and tuition for colleges rise yearly. A very real push to privatize public education is happening in this state and across the country.

The chasm keeps getting wider and wider and what we are losing due to policy is opportunities for the next generation.

So I will return to the word privilege. It is a privilege to be elected to office as a public servant. The public is not your servant, it’s the other way around. Government is for the people and it is not the other way around where it only serves the few.

And that the candidate doesn’t get that is the most troubling thing of all.

 

 

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