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It's not so much the words but the tone.

Now we know what he means by "you people". The ones not born with a silver spoon in their mouths. If you haven't made it in the land of limited opportunity then you must be pathetic, slothful and not worth a damn.

You expect to have health care, food on the table and education in the richest country on earth? Scrounger!

Speaking to his people about "you people" in the tone he adopted, one of sneering elitism, is one that I have unfortunately heard all my life, it comes from a sense of gross entitlement from people handed life on a silver platter. His speech was not off the cuff; it is engrained in every fiber of his being, you can here it at every society dinner. You can hear it parroted by so called conservatives who just want to believe that his society is the same as theirs, it is most certainly not, they would be sent around to the workman's entrance.

He thoroughly believes that the rich did indeed build America on their own. That idea the great society is merely a plot to take money away from the builders, it is how they think in their Ayn Rand bubble. It demeans their own sense of self worth, without them we would be nothing, and still scrabbling around in the dust. Just don't look too closely at the reasons for the Great Depression and the Great Recession and how "us folks" saved their collective bacon.

Great nations rarely fall from without, it is corruption within than brings them crashing down. When the wealth of a nation is sucked down the gaping maws of excess and self centered aggrandizement then the rot takes hold. When a handful of plutocrats believe that they can not only buy an election but that they have the inalienable right to do so the rot is very deep indeed.

Great nations are built by personal sacrifice and not by accumulation of power, great societies are built when all participate and believe that participation will not only enrich their own lives, but that of their neighbors as well.

When you offhandedly dismiss whole swathes of the population, the poor, immigrants, people of color and women as the right have been doing for all too long, you eat at the very foundations of the country that made you who you are.

I cannot join with you in this limited shelf life approach, I work too damned hard to let you get away with this heist. I regard paying taxes a duty just as Mitt Romney regards giving a tithe to his church a duty and I also believe they should be based on the ability to pay, and not by how much is paid.

If indeed he wanted our nation to succeed he would be trumpeting.

1] Look at America where no one goes hungry.

2] Look at America where everyone's health care is a priority.

3] Look at America where everyone has equal access to education.

4] Look at America where equality really matters, and is not based on race, gender or creed.

5] Look at America, we built it together.

Rather than the right wings vision for a corrupt and dying nation, one based on self and run for the profit of people like Mitt Romney.

There are two visions for America that the founding fathers believed in, founded in the Age of Enlightenment, and not the dark age it  brought tumbling down.

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  •  Tip Jar. I thought we had been through this before (21+ / 0-)

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 03:58:08 AM PDT

    •  Good work.... (0+ / 0-)

      I've been writing the same things about the class divisions in my weekly columns for almost 3 years.  You can read them at www.texasprogressivevoice.org or more recent articles in the Oklahoma Observer, okobserver.net.

      I'm not a genius by any means, but it is so patently obvious that what you say here is correct.  The arrogance and hubris exhibited by the Republican extremists is disgusting, anti-American, anti-social and embarrassing to working people around the world.

      "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

      by dolfin66 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 07:15:23 AM PDT

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  •  They can't see it (9+ / 0-)

    I once worked at a private school near the one where Romney attended--almost the same clientele and tuition rates, although ours moved very quickly to provide scholarships and diversify the student body for all of our sakes. I can assure you that sneer was part of his high school uniform.

    I argue with family all the time when they try to say he's bad. He simply doesn't have the experience--not a single neuron--to understand why the waitress in the coffee shop isn't a "stay at home mom" like Ann. He doesn't understand that if you borrowed money from your parents to go to college, many of them would be eating catfood. He's been listening to that "47 percent don't pay taxes" meme his whole life and has never had a best friend sit him down and tell him it was bull.

    You could just do the pronoun thing--I vs We--and decide how people wil vote.

    •  I went to private schools, I rejected that (8+ / 0-)

      part of the curriculum.

      "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

      by LaFeminista on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 04:20:30 AM PDT

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      •  Me too. But neither of us went on to ... (9+ / 0-)

        ... make billions (our take and others') exploiting structural weaknesses in the national business model.  Mitt's snobbery is a birthright, but his hatred -- revealingly projected onto the non-existant class of "moochers"-- comes direct from deep personal knowledge: he is, first and foremost, a "taker".  He has added nothing of value to the world, done nothing but moved the silver to another dinning room, helped no one but the piranhas he chums with.  His failure as a man and (afaik) as a Mormon is complete and total.

        I think there is a 50% chance that he'll stop campaigning before the election.  The Mitbot -- forged in the smithy of his 12-year-old soul -- has finally short-circuited.  What I saw in his presser yesterday was sheer desperation.

        Couldn't happen to a more deserving person.

        Vote rape. Vote torture. Vote War Crimes. Vote with the American top 1%.

        by Yellow Canary on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 04:51:49 AM PDT

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        •  agreed, but will he learn any lessons (3+ / 0-)
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          nope, it will be the fault of his minions.

          "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

          by LaFeminista on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 04:54:19 AM PDT

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          •  The form we know as "tragedy" comes from ... (2+ / 0-)
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            ... a truth about humans.  I think we are watching someone grow up.  The pressure has cracked him.  Someone less ignorant -- I'd said "wiser", but had to modify that -- just might emerge.  

            Vote rape. Vote torture. Vote War Crimes. Vote with the American top 1%.

            by Yellow Canary on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 05:06:58 AM PDT

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        •  Here is a piece I wrote recently. (0+ / 0-)

          What do you think?

               In 1955 Robert Ruark wrote his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Something of Value.  A movie by the same name starring Rock Hudson disturbed many, as did the book, because it addressed the Mau Mau uprisings in Kenya in the early 1950s.  But on the first page Ruark included a Basuto proverb:  “If a man does away with his traditional way of living and throws away his good customs, he had better first make certain that he has something of value to replace them.”  Last week I wrote a column about Mitt Romney’s corporate vulturism and how the Bain Capitals of our country stripped away traditional ways of living and threw away good customs without replacing them with anything of value.

              After the Democratic Convention in Charlotte it is clearer than ever within whom the values of this country lie, at least among those who would presume to govern our great nation.  It wasn’t so much the passionate speeches by politicians, but more those by the regular citizens from whom values and customs have been stripped and who want something of value to replace them.  More clear indication of this thesis came to mind when I read and heard so-called conservative pundits and the Republican candidates continue to attack Barack Obama about anything and everything that THEY were responsible for.  

              They handed a nation to him on the brink of collapse, complain about him not fixing their mistakes fast enough and now want to replace him with someone who advocates repeating the behaviors that caused our problems in the first place.  That illogic boggles the mind until you realize who and what are promoting these lines.  A leading conservative pundit, Charles Krauthammer, thinks President Obama is insincere when he says he loves his country and the people in it.  How does he know?  The Tea Party pokes fun at how the delegates looked at the Democratic convention.  Did they ever see how stupid they look in their 3-corner hats with dangling tea bags?  

              The Republicans have no strategy except to attack Barack Obama.  They have thwarted everything suggested including their own ideas.  They have no justification for their obstructionism except that they are not in power to continue the dismantling of not only the middle class, but anyone else’s bones they can pick.

                  It is a disgrace to those who fought and died for our freedoms that veterans were never mentioned by the Republican candidate for President.  It is a disgrace to everyone in this country that their people stood there and lied through their teeth about almost everything and blamed the President for their own irresponsibility.  It is a disgrace to the process of electing representation that these people have such little regard for those who made them rich and indeed spit at them by telling them that it’s their fault they are poor.  

                 These people have to attack women’s rights by forcing government intervention upon them while saying they are against government interference in peoples’ lives.  One is forced to ask if the only Republican value is self-interest, or just hypocrisy by itself.

                If the way to govern a nation is to ignore the needs of the majority of its citizens and fill the pockets of the wealthiest to overflowing while giving nothing of value back to that nation, then the oppressed of that nation will revolt just as the people of East Africa revolted to end the mindless and heedless exploitation by the colonists.

              The people of the United States deserve something of value from those who would govern them, not the denial of opportunity.

          "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

          by dolfin66 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 07:21:31 AM PDT

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      •  Yep, me too. I have to agree that there's a decent (2+ / 0-)
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        percentage of private school attendees who just plain think they're better than everyone else. Why admit that you were lucky if you can tell yourself you deserved it? It's delusional, and Mitt is going to pay the price for having shared his delusions with the reality-based community. It's not even just that he's an asshole. He lives in a la la land where 53% of unicorns frolic.

        •  It's not private school! (0+ / 0-)

          Please don't let this be about private schools. Many folks choose them for sound academic, cultural or psychological reasons. While I firmly believe in public schools, that's not the discussion.

          Within a couple miles of Romney's high school are at least four others with similar tuitions. None is as exclusive--still! His smirk was his uniform. The analogous uniform for the girls, btw, was a characteristic eye roll. Instead of doing "mission" in this country--maybe even in a city--he goes to France and stays for at least part of the time in a literal castle. (He had a poor time, though, when he stayed in a typical French hotel where you shared the bath!)

          You just can't get over that. When you get a certain attitude in your formative years, it is almost impossible to shake.

          •  Well, actually it is about private schools. (1+ / 0-)
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            Private schools aren't the whole story, but they are part of a toxic pattern of self-segregation by the elite. I don't think anyone said they are the whole story, or that good people can't graduate from private schools.

  •  Beautiful writing (4+ / 0-)
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    This is particularly poetic as well as being so very true.

    Great nations rarely fall from without, it is corruption within than brings them crashing down. When the wealth of a nation is sucked down the gaping maws of excess and self centered aggrandizement then the rot takes hold. When a handful of plutocrats believe that they can not only buy an election but that they have the inalienable right to do so the rot is very deep indeed.

    Great nations are built by personal sacrifice and not by accumulation of power, great societies are built when all participate and believe that participation will not only enrich their own lives, but that of their neighbors as well.

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 05:09:49 AM PDT

    •  People .... (1+ / 0-)
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      since Jefferson have been saying this in one form or another because they knew it was right.  I guess we'll just have to keep after it for a couple more centuries, because the elites don't get it .... yet.

      "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

      by dolfin66 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 07:23:34 AM PDT

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  •  We are in this together. (3+ / 0-)
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    Ah yes, the social compact.

  •  I was just in Northern Europe... (6+ / 0-)

    and I heard everywhere, from the locals, that Yes, they paid higher taxes; but that got them FREE healthcare, FREE education (including college), FREE pension, and FREE support from the government when they needed it.  Not ONE person said that it wasn't worth it.  And, everyone looked healthy and happy.  And, there was building and renovation going on everywhere.  I can't remember which city, but unemployment was only 3% in the city and 7% in the suburbs. Wake up US of A!!!

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    by annrose on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 05:16:38 AM PDT

    •  And I'll bet they paid.... (1+ / 0-)
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      their highly unionized teachers competitive wages with the business workers.  I'll bet they recruited those teachers from the TOP end of college graduates and paid for their teacher education too.  

      There must be something to this method of success.  

      "Have a beginner's mind at all times, for a beginner knows nothing and learns all while a sophisticate knows all and learns nothing." - Suzuki

      by dolfin66 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 07:25:17 AM PDT

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  •  Thank you for this LaFeminista....... (0+ / 0-)

      Well-said, as usual!

    Best, HH99

    Compost for a greener planet.............got piles?

    by Hoghead99 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 05:53:36 AM PDT

  •  Rise of the New Aristocrats (0+ / 0-)

    The is just the typical rise of a new aristocracy in a society.  It happens at different speeds depending on the nature of the society and the foresightedness of that society's founders.  Sometimes it just happens.  In America, we had a shock eighty years ago which prompted changes that forestalled it.  In the Soviet Union, they did not and experienced the rise of their infamous nomenklatura in pretty short order.  In any event, it sees the rise of group of cronies who protect one another and sneer at those outside their own charmed circle.  Perhaps we are all learning that society is nothing more than high school writ large - with guns.

    "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

    by PrahaPartizan on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 06:04:21 AM PDT

  •  It it, isn't it (0+ / 0-)

    You've got it. It's not even the words so much as the tone.

    Nasty, narrow-minded, not-very-bright, overly-entitled, condescending and with social development firmly fixed in the 10th grade.

    "We don't think the government can solve all of our problems, but we don't think the government is the source of our problems." -- Barack Obama

    by Mnemosyne on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 08:24:47 AM PDT

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