Have we just been given a rare glimpse of the real Mitt Romney? A man free of handlers, advisors and speech writers? A man who says what he really thinks?
I’m not even going to venture into the racial implications unleashed in his speech to Israeli supporters, leaving this to others to articulate. The whole topic is a minefield in which no lemming need tread.
I will only say this: Mitt Romney has unveiled a whole new manifesto of belief with regard to the importance of money to cultural success. A whole new theory of cultural financial superiority. A manifesto that would be part of his thinking as President.
And, it appears to me that his remarks were rather rushed and very poorly vetted.
So many questions.
Did he really wish to infer that those of the Jewish culture were more inclined to be monetarily successful than others? Could you imagine the reaction to this statement in reverse? Could you imagine why any of his advisors would ever allow this to be put out there? Does he not know of the old, silly and insulting Jewish stereotypes regarding money? One would think he must.
Other important questions include how a President Romney could ever be a credible broker in the Middle East after this, how a President Romney could ever be trusted by the Arab world. And believe me, this is no small matter.
Yes, they would have to deal with him and would certainly do so to further the peace process, but they would never trust him. And trust is exactly what is be needed to solve these complex issues, otherwise the process is doomed.
With so many important ramifications, it’s a good thing the US has a free press so we can sort it all out, right?
Remember, we know that a great number of people only read news from sources that align with their political views. This has been studied and proven. So, what did GOP supporters see on their two main online news sites the day this broke? How did the US conservative media respond?
Nothing about the “racist” comments at all.
That’s right. On the day candidate Romney espoused a superior Israeli culture (and an inferior Palestinian one), Fox News had lead stories about:
- “House Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers tells Fox News that leaks out of the Obama administration haven’t stopped despite controversy”
- “Following Obama’s support of same-sex unions, sources tell Fox News the issue is set to be on Dem platform”
- “McCain defends picking Palin as 2008 running mate - CNN apologizes for ‘Stupid Girls’ song ahead of Palin”
Two shots at Obama, one shot at CNN (to marginalize the credibility of a competitor for vital information and propaganda) and a rather oddly timed story about the last VP pick – who happens to be a woman. Hmmm… Are they getting this old story “resolved” so supporters won’t have any worries about Romney’s VP nominee? Very interesting.
Oh, and on Romney in Israel, Fox News had:
That’s right, the GOP top guy is in the UK, Israel and Poland to bolster his foreign policy credibility, and the main source of conservative news in the US doesn’t even have his name on the front page of their website. Thank goodness they are fair and balanced or one might be worried…
And over on Drudge the big splash headline is:
“Wall ST Bets On Romney Win”
That’s it. Well, except for the lovely picture of the candidate and his wife walking on a path holding hands. Sure Matt, that sums up his day. All is well in Fantasyland.
And boy, do I find that headline ironic.
On a day when Mitt Romey tells us what is really important in a culture, in a society, Matt Drudge offers us “Wall ST Bets On Romney Win”. Perfect irony.
Yes, those fine folks on Wall Street who brought you the global economic meltdown really think Mitt is their guy! When he gets elected, maybe they can get back to the good old days where, if you could sign your name correctly, you too could buy a $600,000.00 home! Or, if you made a spelling mistake when signing, you’d have to forego the $10,000.00 cash back at closing – but you still get the house!
Because Wall Street and Republicans really have our interests in mind, don’t they?
In Israel, Mitt Romney pretty much stated that per capita GDP is the real measure of a culture’s success. Sorry to all of you at The Metropilitan Opera or in Hollywood, but wealth accumulation is really is the measure of cultural and societal success. Mitt knows this because he has experience!
So while the US media either ignores Mitt altogether, or focuses on the racial undercurrent of his remarks, I want you to remember the real story here.
The presumptive Republican nominee for President in 2012 has stated, unequivocally, that the accumulation of wealth, by the state and by the individual, is the only important measure of success of a culture, the only important measure of success of a society. Be sure to tell your kids that as you tuck them in tonight.
Now you can envision four years with Romney at the wheel.
Despite complaints of changing beliefs and fair-weather ideology, I think we just saw the real Mitt Romney.
Feeling a bit beat up after London, he ignored his advisors and said exactly what he believes. I even think these were his own words. That’s why his remarks seemed rushed and unprepared. Heck, he even got the per-capita GDP numbers of Israel and Palestine horribly wrong – more proof it was rushed.
A smart move? No. Very poor judgment on his part while on the international stage. Said at home, the world press would have ignored it. Said abroad, he has drawn their ire, and that of political leaders with whom a President has to cooperate.
For all the GOP worry about Obama learning on the job, it is pretty clear that their guy is in far worse shape.
But at least his media outlets have him covered while he’s away.
Just found this quote from Ayn Rand:
“Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue.”
Wow. Now we see why Mitt picked Paul for VP.