It is a sad day for Mitt Romney when reactions his own words write the ads for Obama for America. So, OFA took to the streets to share Mitt Romney’s private fundraiser behind-closed-doors 47 percent comments with a few Americans and as you can imagine, the response was not good.
One woman shares, “I don’t think anybody’s ever looking for a handout. I think that..we all want are chances and opportunities.” Watch the confused looks on their faces as they listen to Romney’s contempt for half of America:
“I actually felt sick to my stomach.”
“It shows that he’s out of touch that if he thinks that half of the country is feeling like victims.”
“Victims? I wouldn’t say so. I don’t think that’s part of the American fabric.”
In case you’ve been cut off from society for the last 24 hours, here’s a recap of how Mitt Romney sees America: He told his audience of wealthy donors who were paying $50,000 for a plate that Obama supporters “believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing.” He also doubled down on the Fox lie that 47% of Americans don’t pay taxes, never realizing that the majority of folks who don’t pay taxes are his base, saying he won’t bother with the “47 percent who are with him (Obama), 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,”
It turns out that Americans don’t see themselves as victims, and they believe that living in this land of the free and brave, they are entitled to eat and they prefer if other Americans, including our Grandparents, our troops, and our college students can eat as well. Huh.
The Right likes to refer to the liberal “moocher” “parasites”, but of course, this is not accurate. The moochers, it turns out, are in the red states, and often the white poor (who vote Republican). Additionally, a large percentage of those who don’t pay taxes do so because they are retired (more Romney base). But these facts are irrelevant, because no matter their party affiliation, liberals believe that everyone in this country should have a safety net that provides for starving children and takes care of our grandparents and our veterans. We believe that Americans like hard work, and that most people are not lazy parasites.
Liberals see the world through a prism of personal responsibility buttressed with a strong social safety net for hard times. It worked for Mitt Romney’s father, and it works for many Americans.
Romney has left ideology at the shores of his bitter pandering, and he’s doubled down on the Randian cruelty evinced in his Vice Presidential pick, who ironically also benefited from government largesse. In actuality, Mitt Romney’s parents and Paul Ryan himself make the argument for how effective our social safety net is, and how it strengthens America.
Mitt Romney is waging a despicable class war. The fact that he holds half of America in contempt should automatically disqualify him from the office he seeks.
It appears as if that feeling is mutual now. Mitt Romney makes good Americans sick to their stomach.