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.
While it's bad enough that candidates like Mitt Romney and Tommy Thompson are dismissing half of the American population, they are doing so while spreading false information. Nearly all Americans pay taxes.
Mitt, you want to be president, but you have chosen to wage class war on America's voiceless and most vulnerable. Your behavior is shameless and disgraceful and in no way worthy of a great nation.
The problem goes far deeper than a few gaffs and a secretly taped video. The Republican Party failed to rebuild its governing philosophy after its foreign policy was rejected in 2006 and the global economy tanked in 2008.
As Romney more or less put it, the dependent think the government owes them food stamps, public housing and Obamacare. In fact, those entitlements benefit two classes. The poor. And the sick. So here's my confession, Mitt. I'm with them. Call me dependent.
Presently, it's Mitt Romney's turn. After a trouncing in headlines such as the New York Daily News' "Mitt Hits the Fan," over his tacit dismissal of 47 percent of the electorate as freeloaders, he's making the damage control rounds.
When you're the boss, be it the CEO, the president, the VP of Sales, you're always being watched. Or recorded. Or videoed. They don't say things to small groups of people unless they're prepared to say them to their entire community. They do the reverse of what Governor Romney did.
If you follow Republican dogma all the way through to its logical conclusion, Republicans are supposed to be working hard every day to reduce taxes on everybody, all of the time. So the ultimate in reduction is complete elimination, right?
You ever work yard crew at a paper mill? Mama did. But that was just one job. None of her jobs offered a pension, so she's retired on Social Security, which means she pays no income tax. And, because she pays no income tax, Mitt Romney says she feels entitled to free stuff from the government.
I believe in an American Dream predicated on a system where everyone plays by the same rules, where the game isn't rigged to benefit the elite at the expense of the rest of us, and where a convenience store clerk can run for state office -- and win.
The Obama campaign must be sorely tempted to keep quiet and let the self-inflicted distractions of the Romney campaign accumulate. It could be a good way to get re-elected, but it's not a good way to govern.
Romney was clearly telling his funders a fantasy story that they love to hear. But that story is a lie, and we shouldn't accept it from someone who could become a president representing 100 percent of the American people.
Sure, this is politics, where spin runs rampant, mud-slinging is justified and strategy trumps truth, but when approached with a lesson of faith that should guide our whole life, aren't we compelled to speak outside of this style and tone?
Tens of millions of Americans who work hard for modest pay -- unseen and unheard by the Mitt Romneys of the world -- and, as Jesse Jackson once said in his memorable speech to the 1988 Democratic Conventions, "take the early bus."
Does this mean in Mitt Romney's eyes, at least 47 percent of Americans are quite possibly worthless degenerates who will never take personal responsibility and care for their own lives, no matter what encouragement Mitt may try to give to them?
What terrible offense against Republicans have Americans who support the Democratic Party committed that is has cast them so far beyond the pale that they are no longer fit to be represented by their president?