Tuesday, September 18, 2012


I saw the headline, "Romney comments rock campaign," and I braced for the worst.  But then I read the comments:    
"There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what.  There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing."
Everyone is angry about these comments, but we should all take a moment and reconsider our anger.  Are we angry because Mr. Romney is wrong?  No.  We are angry because he is describing us and he is right.  Like an alcoholic, we have a dependency that we do not wish to acknowledge, and we certainly do not want to confront.  We feel the same anger towards Mr. Romney, therefore, that an alcoholic feels towards a family member who confronts him on his excessive drinking.  Let's not be indignant with Mr. Romney.  Rather let's be a little indignant with ourselves for once.       

1 comment:

  1. Excellent point. The uproar over Romney's observation paints the choice we face in this election in stark terms. On the one hand, Romney is giving Americans the chance to kick the habit, while Obama and his Democrats are acting as the enablers of the self-destructive dependency you point out.