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I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Romney's Inner Sociopath (Updated)

I think it's been obvious for some time that W. Mitt Romney is an out of touch sociopath but he certainly proved it at a May fundraiser.

"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax." Romney went on: "[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
This was too much for even David Brooks:
This comment suggests a few things. First, it suggests that he really doesn’t know much about the country he inhabits. Who are these freeloaders? Is it the Iraq war veteran who goes to the V.A.? Is it the student getting a loan to go to college? Is it the retiree on Social Security or Medicare?
It suggests that Romney doesn’t know much about the culture of America. Yes, the entitlement state has expanded, but America remains one of the hardest-working nations on earth. Americans work longer hours than just about anyone else. Americans believe in work more than almost any other people. Ninety-two percent say that hard work is the key to success, according to a 2009 Pew Research Survey.
It says that Romney doesn’t know much about the political culture. Americans haven’t become childlike worshipers of big government. On the contrary, trust in government has declined. The number of people who think government spending promotes social mobility has fallen.
The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers. They are Republicans. They are senior citizens. They are white men with high school degrees. As Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution has noted, the people who have benefited from the entitlements explosion are middle-class workers, more so than the dependent poor.
This comment by Romney could come from the pages of an Ayn Rand novel.  If nothing else this will eat up a few of the precious days left until the election which Romney can't afford.  At the worst he will lose the support of some of those who were going to vote for him.

Romney has even lost The Weekly Standard.


  1. Well I don't think the moderate independents he talks about wooing in the speech will be too impressed. His whole "those people are holding us back" narrative is not going to sit too well with them. But he has been shooting himself in the foot with independents for awhile now. Even his VP pick was a terrible one in that respect. It's almost as if he doesn't want to win, really.

    1. Well, you're right here. Does he just have some dim vision of Messianic Glory? As I posted elsewhere; Is there even one speech where Romney "nailed it"? None come to mind. He's gotten an extremely kind run from the media given his talking points failure rate. The fight for 2016 has just started.

  2. OK, so Romney screwed up here and we got lucky. But the next psycho they run will be smarter, folksier and deadlier.

    1. "But the next psycho they run will be smarter, folksier and deadlier."
      I'm not really seeing that - who is that going to be? Anyone who isn't crazy will be labeled a a RHINO.

  3. Montana12:11 AM

    In the end it will be Willard Milton Romney's own words that that will bring down his seven year run for the presidency. I thank you Romney for speaking your real mind, sure its ugly but it just confirms my feeling that you act more like a Corporation than a person with compassion who realizes that a majority of my country is suffering. Hey the empty chair was a great hit, thanks for the laughs.


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