There is this myth of rugged individualism that comes from our nation's founding, except when our nation was founded it was made up of 99 percent poor, illiterate, desperate peasants, and one percent Founding Fathers.
The 47 percent is a myth. Due to arbitrary sanctions, agency errors, onerous application requirements, long waits to apply, failed communication systems, arduous work requirements and punishment within the system, low-income people do not receive much needed services.
I have been wondering lately whether it is reasonable to question a candidate's readiness for the presidency if her or his vision of the human family has not transcended all notions of separateness.
Some things are actually worth paying for....
This is what Americans depend on.
This week's biggest stories involved public figures being secretly captured by an unseen camera, exposing to the world what they are really like underneath. We saw that Kate Middleton, like many of us, enjoys getting a little sun on holiday. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, showed that he doesn't like many of us, believing we are victims and entitled moochers. Of course, anything can change -- but after Romney's Campaign Week From Hell, it's looking more and more likely that Obama will be reelected. So as well as focusing on the Obama vs. Romney race, it becomes increasingly important to focus on the Obama vs. Obama race -- Campaigning Obama vs. Governing Obama. And if the president really believes, as he told Univision, that he can't change Washington from the inside, and intends to outsource his leadership role to us, we are all (pardon the expression, Kate) royally screwed.
While watching and listening to Governor Romney's remarks, I thought to myself, "Wow, this would make a great horror film."
When Mitt is releasing tax returns to change the subject, you just know he's in a bad place politically. It may still be way too early to confidently predict the outcome of the election, but it isn't too early to call Romney's campaign (so far) an unmitigated disaster.
People like Romney and Metcalfe aren't concerned about us. Their attitude seems to be that we are young and can easily bounce back and that we can depend on our parent's if need be. That attitude is not only flippant, but it is untrue.
Romney has made no secret of his contempt for the men and women who sacrifice for all Americans. It is the same contempt he feels for every American who relies on government to help when there is a need for a helping hand.
Forty-seven percent of this country doesn't pay income tax? Man, their lives must be awesome. Just imagine the amazing vacations and fabulous houses they're able to afford with all that money they save from being below the limit of qualifying for income tax.
When a rich, white guy wants to be a Mexican, even for a little while, then you know that this is truly no country for old, white men.
I am just one of the overwhelming majority of Americans who is responsible and hard-working, and at one point in their life benefited greatly from government programs such as student loans, Medicare and Social Security.
Since poverty and "those people" are associated with this problem of dependency, it allows people who do not want to be associated with "those people" to disregard Romney's critique -- one that he aimed squarely at them.
Mitt Romney and Marie Antoinette stand for the adoration of the privileged few who prosper from great nations and a condescension toward the many who make great nations, whom Romney should salute and not insult.
I simply refuse to believe that Mitt Romney's cold, selfish, self-satisfied vision represents the views of most Americans, and not simply because so many of our brother and sisters, friends and neighbors today are looking to government for just a little help.