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I’m a married man with 2 young sons, aged 6 and 8.  My belief is that my kids are just now opening their minds and are able to grasp bigger concepts than just self.  I feel like I’m fighting an uphill battle every day in order to get them to grasp issues of responsibility, empathy, community, etc.

One issue in particular is harder than others and it’s an issue that Mitt Romney could stand to learn as well.

Like others, I was shocked and horrified by what I saw when Romney finally told the truth during that fundraiser.  The first passage is the one that everyone has been talking about…

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. ... My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
The other quote that caught my eye concerns his plans for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…

 

And I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say there's just no way. And so what you do is you say you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that it's going to remain an unsolved problem. I mean, we look at that in China and Taiwan. All right, we have a potentially volatile situation, but we sort of live with it. And we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve. We don't go to war to try and resolve it.
Follow me below the delicious orange croissant for what ties these 2 quotes together and what that means with regards to my children…

My job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
 
And we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve.
 

What these both say to me is “It’s too hard, so I’m not going to try.”

I hear this all the time from my kids and I always tell them it’s worth it to try.  You never know what you can accomplish if you put some effort into it.  But I know one thing for sure - if you never try, you’ll fail. 

It’s one of the hardest lessons to teach my kids and I’m amazed to see their attitude echoed by someone who has aspirations to be President of the United States. 

If he’s not willing to even reach out to half of the country or put forth any plan for peace in the Middle East, what else is too hard for Romney to put some effort into?  What else will he “kick down the field”?  What emergency will come up during his term that would be too hard to even try to solve?

As scary as a Romney presidency would be for the things that we already know, how scary is it too have a President who wouldn’t even try?

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  •  This doesn't make any sense: (0+ / 0-)
    But I know one thing for sure - if you never try, you’ll fail.
    I never tried brick laying. Does that mean I have (or would) fail at it?

    Re the Middle East "Peace Process", I'm reminded of the saying: "There's no education in the second kick of a mule." I have no problem with him not giving undue priority to a fruitless enterprise that has eluded at least the last six presidents because of the intransigence of the principals.

    •  it's true... some problems are intractable.. (0+ / 0-)

      however,I don't know...from a candidate, it just seems defeatist and lazy. On the other hand, you don't want to feel like either candidate thinks no rathole's too small to throw our time and money in.

      "...annoyingly ethical,"

      by chicating on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 10:04:36 AM PDT

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    •  It means... (0+ / 0-)

      that you shouldn't shy away from doing something just because you think it wouldn't work.

      I'm guessing you are good at something.  Were you good at it the first time you tried?  Congratulations, you are a savant.  If you weren't, you probably had to practice.  You probably had to do it again and again in order to become competent.  

      When my boys learned to swim or ride a bike, they didn't do it perfectly the first time.  But I know this, had they never tried, they wouldn't know how to do it today.

      Obviously, being President is a different level.  But the principle remains the same.  If there's no effort for mid-East peace, then you've failed even before you began.  If you think that it won't work, therefore you won't try, then you are 100% right.  It won't work.

      •  I'm really not trying to be contrary for the sake (0+ / 0-)

        of it.

        Perhaps my experience will be illustrative. I was a Navy carrier pilot with over 800 carrier landings. There was a long training period, but the first, and every, time I tried, I had to be "good at it". There are other analogous endeavors (not including swimming and bike-riding). And yes, you should shy away from such if you think it won't work for you.

        Similarly, Presidents since Carter have tried to reconcile the principals, without enduring success. Indeed, Carter's signature success is unraveling. Because of US interests, it will never be a non-priority, but in current domestic circumstances it would amaze and astound me if a newly elected President, irrespective of party, would announce his focus of attention was invigorating a moribund Mid-east peace process. And again, for one to explicitly state it would not be is fine with me.

    •  It means... (0+ / 0-)

      that you shouldn't shy away from doing something just because you think it wouldn't work.

      I'm guessing you are good at something.  Were you good at it the first time you tried?  Congratulations, you are a savant.  If you weren't, you probably had to practice.  You probably had to do it again and again in order to become competent.  

      When my boys learned to swim or ride a bike, they didn't do it perfectly the first time.  But I know this, had they never tried, they wouldn't know how to do it today.

      Obviously, being President is a different level.  But the principle remains the same.  If there's no effort for mid-East peace, then you've failed even before you began.  If you think that it won't work, therefore you won't try, then you are 100% right.  It won't work.

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