I'm bothered by many things about Mitt Romney. Like a lot of Americans, I read the Washington Post and caught the story about Mitt's bullying (or as my Republican family calls it: those silly hijinks that we all do in high school and college)...
I did a lot of things in high school, college, and adulthood that I'm not proud of. But I have never cut anyone's hair while they wept and begged me to stop and screamed out for help. I have never steered a blind person into a door and then giggled hysterically when they ran into it. I have never said, "Atta girl!" to a gay man when he commented in class. I've never done any college hazing. And as an adult, I have never counseled a woman who had a 50% chance of dying if she kept her baby to go through with her pregnancy.
I do realize that we are all sort of idiotic in high school but there is a difference between acting like a dumb ass and acting like a bully.
And I think that most of us are pretty much the people that we are going to be as adults when we are seniors in high school. Not fully formed, no. But...close. Most bullies that I knew in high school remained bullies as they went on in their lives.
Think back to yourself in high school. Have you changed that much? Ok. You are older, wiser. But, is your personality, are your morals much different? Mine aren't.
And I don't think Mitt's are either.
I think he's a bully. And anyone who says that they love firing people is just....someone to be avoided. I do not want this man to be president.
I'm so damn sick of defending Obama. The naysayers against him go glassy eyed when I remind them that it isn't like Dubya left him a spanking clean White House to move into. I compare it to buying a house, actually. Obama bought a house and, ok...was naive about how much fixing up it needed. But, how the hell was he supposed to get anything fixed when most of the plumbers, electricians, etc. (house of representatives, senate) refused to help him fix this house up because they were pouting that their choice of homeowner didn't land in that house?
Obama is not and has never been a failure, except in one area: I think he was too confident that he could right some wrongs and didn't realize how hard it would be to work with a house and senate who forced him to try with one hand tied behind his back. He could not have foreseen that happening. And really? Who could? Who would? Don't we elect our officials to work WITH each other? Isn't that the cornerstone of the Gettysburg address?
of the people, by the people, for the people....
People ask me (Republicans mostly): WHAT HAS OBAMA DONE FOR US?
He re-engaged talks on global warming.
He expanded the SCHIP program to cover health care for 4 billion more children.
He expanded vaccination programs.
He ended previous policy of offering tax benefits to corporations who outsource American jobs.
He instituted withdrawal of US troops in Iran.
He limited lobbyists access to the White House.
He removed restrictions on stem cell and bio medical research.
He ended the previous policy of awarding no-bid defense contracts.
He made more loans available to small businesses.
He attempted to reform the nation's health care system which is the priciest in the world yet leaves 50 million without insurance.
And let's see...
There was that small thing of implementing a US auto industry rescue plan....
And the US now has a no-torture policy and is FINALLY in compliance with Geneva Convention standards....
There is much more media access than in the previous administration...
And he quite possibly prevented a second Great Depression.
Plenty. And all with one arm tied behind his back. Imagine what he could have done if the pouty faces in the house and senate had worked with him instead of against him.
I tend to agree with James Carville when he was interviewed by Anderson Cooper. Mitt is either lying when he says he doesn't remember those incidents in high school or is a pretty shallow person to NOT remember them. I think that if I had my friends hold down a fellow student while I cut off his hair while he cried and screamed for help...I would REMEMBER IT and FEEL ASHAMED.
I would have had much more respect if he had simply said, "Yes, I do remember that and I feel terribly ashamed of myself. I am so very sorry for doing that."
I can forgive someone if they are sorry. But to have FIVE people remember the incident and not remember it at all? That is not someone I want for president. And lying about it? A lie is more forgivable if no one was hurt by it. Someone was hurt by Mitt's lie. Thus, the least he could do is make amends.
But, to pretty much say that it was such a small thing that he doesn't remember it and oh...well...he's sorry if he hurt anyone? What a small man.
Our country deserves a big man for president. Not a small bully.
And...I am good with debate on this one, but if it gets mean spirited, I won't publish your opinion either pro or con.
So...tell me. What do YOU think?