I am tired of bashing.
I am tired of Republicans who lead with paranoia about any change to better our society and deem it a Socialist/Communist plot.
I am tired of Democrats who are incapable of looking at Obama objectively and keep on rationalizing all of his actions, even those where the rights of the individual are marginalized, such as the signing of the NDAA martial law (where the wording is so broad that it may be interpreted to include US citizens).
But mostly I’m tired of ignorance, narrow-mindedness; the inability to follow information accurately, and self-righteousness.
Take Mitt Romney for example.
No, I am not going to vote for Romney. I’m not a Republican, although I am not against people changing party affiliation. I won’t vote for any candidate who is “Pro Life”- a term including some people who are willing to kill physicians who perform abortions (but no, I am not cynical…). Nor does he appeal to me, because he seems robotic sometimes, but mostly, I dislike how inconsistent he is; like almost all politicians, he changes his tune to fit the party line, like an well-oiled weathervane.
You see, I would have so much more respect for him if he were to adhere to the belief that those who are governed and who pay taxes, deserve health care whether they have a pre-existing condition or not just like he managed to do for his state. After all, he had done it in MA! And yet, to be elected by the Republicans he has to come up with measly excuses, stating the difference between the rights of the state versus the country as an explanation for his opposition to Obama’s health care bill. So, how can I trust someone who successfully got through a State universal health-care system, and is now an opponent of Obama’s health plan?
Fine…! Be that as it may …! He’s a politician just like the rest of them.
But to my point – I am so impatient with people who bash him for being rich.
Matt Taibbi of the Rolling Stone magazine calls him a “gazillionaire nitwit”, Facebook friennds who put him down for being too rich and articles galore on the same subject matter. Since when is being rich a crime? Since when is lack of compassion a pre-requisite for wealth? Since when is financial success a presidential disqualifier?
Is opposition to his wealth just unconscious envy and bitterness masquerading as a ‘logical position’?
Romney was extremely successful in all the financial endeavors he took on. He managed to take on difficult projects and turn them around magnificently.
Whether it’s his work at Bain, where he made a lot of money for himself and the company; or the rescuing of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics; or his success as Governor of Massachusetts, where there was a staggering deficit and he managed to reduce a 3 billion deficit. And yes, where he signed into law a health care reform program to provide nearly universal health care for Massachusetts residents.
To me he seems like a very smart and savvy businessman who knows how to manage big enterprises and big problems – and to do so where others have failed.
Also, his degrees (MBA and JD!) from Harvard are not to be scoffed at. Note that Democrats love the fact that Obama is a Harvard graduate. (Personally, I’m not all that impressed by degrees, but I know most people are.)
So I don’t care if he’s rich. He made most of the money himself, and that allowed him the freedom to go after what he wanted, which is to be the President of the United States of America.
I don’t believe that he is different from Obama in wanting it, both are ambitious.
I think that Obama is a more convincing orator, and he is the incumbent. I don’t see Romney winning, but if you have something against him, don’t hold his wealth against him. He worked hard for it, he was very smart, he was entrepreneurial and he persevered. All are qualities that should be respected and appreciated.
If I had five lifetimes to live I wouldn’t have the slightest chance (or skill) to make the money that Romney has. However, I am not proud of the fact that I don’t have his skills, nor am I ashamed. I am who I am. He is who he is, and for what we need right now…
he might actually be the politician who can get us out of our financial mess.