These were Mitt Romney’s exact words: “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich. They’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling…You can focus on the very poor, that’s not my focus.”
His glaring lack of understanding and compassion for the poor is only outdone by what can only be explained as one of four things: ignorance, stupidity, heartlessness, or, all of the above. His words imply that those who are poor are not struggling! As if somehow being poor, receiving food stamps and a rental subsidy is the easy life. False. Studies documenting links between stress-related illnesses linked to poverty abound. Anyone who implies that those who are poor are not struggling is, at best, socially and morally tone deaf. For someone who hopes to be president of my country to imply it is disgraceful, and, frankly, inexcusable.
One has to thank God for the likes of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show. Stewart points out that the reason the safety net is there for the very poor is because they’re not okay.
Mitt Romney has been accurately described as the poster boy for the one percent. It seems to me that the upcoming presidential election will pit all that is good about America against those members of the one percent who are saturated in greed and the simmering racism that is the underpinning for much of the hatred for the president.
If freedom and equality are to prevail, President Obama will be elected to a second term. If either Romney or Gingrich ascend to the presidency, God help us all.