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  •  I was born into a family whose wealth... (15+ / 0-)

    was largely inherited.  We weren't Romney or Kennedy rich, but I never lacked for anything, and never had to ask what anything cost.  That much, Mr. Romney and I have in common.

    I didn't have to work.  I chose to work.  Mr. Romney could have chosen to work as well.  He preferred exploitation to labor.

    I also was taught that with privilege came responsibility, and I worked at looking beyond my family's peers, and how I could contribute to individuals and to society as a whole.  Mr. Romney has shown no evidence of having any interest in making a contribution to anyone but himself, his own family, and his wealthy cohorts.

    I took seriously the mandate of my Faith to serve those in need.  It led me to lifetime vows, including poverty by choice.  The sole purpose of Mr. Romney's "mission" was to gain converts to his religion, and to enforce its rigors.

    I relate the foregoing not for self aggrandizement, nor to judge Mr. Romney's soul.  God knows I have lived a far from perfect life, and determining the condition of anyone else's soul is way above my pay grade (although I will admit to indulging in an opinion about a soul or two from time to time).

    No, I state it only because I think it speaks to Mr. Romney's qualifications to be the President of the United States, serving all its citizens, rich, poor, and everything in-between.

    And, yes, to make a point that I think one is not forever doomed by the circumstances of one's birth.  If anything, being born rich provides one with more choices, not less.  And it seems to me, Mr. Romney has almost always made the ones that benefit the few over the many.

    •  And I don't think you're out of touch (7+ / 0-)

      That's why I said in the diary that it's not his wealth or that he was born into it, it's that he assumes that is what is normal.

      You were born into privilege and now, with the benefit of hindsight, you know that was privilege. Romney doesn't get that. He doesn't understand that his life is one of privilege.

      You do. That's why I think he's out of touch and you're not. It's not about degrees of wealth, it's about degrees of understanding and knowing what the rest of us live day to day.

      P.S. I am not a crackpot.

      by BoiseBlue on Mon Jun 18, 2012 at 07:33:32 PM PDT

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      •  I'll accept that. But perhaps you can accept... (1+ / 0-)
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        that this bit of your text can be read that way:

        I wasn't born into this, and I still feel the sting of poverty when we're talking economics. I can eat whatever the hell I want whenever the fuck I want. That is awesome. However, it's not some academic exercise for me to understand what it's like to NOT do that.

        And you ask me if it's fair to say Romney is out of touch because he's been wealthy his entire life? Yeah, I think it is.

        I believe you when you say you do not intend it as such, but it does very much sound like an indictment of those who have been born into wealth, and thus never felt that sting of poverty.

        Which is precisely how I read it, until you just now informed me otherwise.

      •  There's being 1% in wealth (5+ / 0-)

        and being 1% in attitude.

        Being 1% in attitude means thinking that you're entitled to everything you've gotten, ignoring the fact that other people had to bust their asses to put you where you are.

        You can be 1% in wealth without being 1% in attitude. Look at folks like Keith Olbermann, who spent his money taking care of his dying father or writing checks for the free health clinics. Or people like Warren Buffett who openly says that he and those in his bracket should be taxed more. Or look back at folks like Andrew Carnegie, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard who started foundations with their wealth.

        And you can be 1% in attitude and be nowhere near the 1% in wealth -- just take a look at your average Tea Party member or FAUX News devotee.

        Mitt Romney: the Etch-A-Sketch candidate in the era of YouTube

        by Cali Scribe on Mon Jun 18, 2012 at 11:14:25 PM PDT

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    •  If asked, Mitt Romney could not give a good (2+ / 0-)
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      Reason why he wants to be president.

      He just wants it. It's cool. His friends will be impressed.

      If I felt for a minute that Romney really wanted to make the world a better place -- and bless his shrunken little heart, I do believe Rick Santorum really did -- I would not despise Romney so much. But unlike Santorum, Paul or Bachmann, Romney doesn't care about being president.

      He just wants it because it's something that other men want. Around 2000 people have summitted Mt Everest. But only 44 have been president of the United States. And you never have to carry your gear if you're president!

      I'm convinced he just wants it because he thinks he deserves it.

      And that is about as immature, selfish and/or checked out of reality as an adult can be.  

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 01:32:01 AM PDT

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      •  I do think he believes he can accomplish... (0+ / 0-)

        some things as President he can't as a private citizen.  Unfortunately, they are all things which would be bad for this country, and create even more suffering for the majority of her citizens.

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