“That’s one piece about me that you may not know. The other is just about my heritage. My dad, you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company, but he was born in Mexico. And had he been born of Mexican parents I’d have a better shot at winning this, but he was unfortunately born of Americans living in Mexico. They’d lived there for a number of years, and, uh, I mean I say that jokingly, but it’d be helpful if they’d been Latino.”
That’s a small snippet of the transcript from the now infamous secretly recorded Mitt Romney fundraiser. Political pundits have spent a great deal of time since Mother Jones released the tapes discussing the 47% of the nation who have been written off by Romney as a bunch of parasitic dead beats who live off the system and pay no taxes. As time goes by I’m sure more attention will be paid to Mitt’s “kick the can” approach to foreign policy and the “Palestinian problem” but, for now, one aspect of Mitt’s arrogance seems largely ignored — and, though I’m a British-born dame, I wouldn’t deserve the ‘honourary Latina’ title my girlfriends gave me if I didn’t stick up for mi gente and express my disgust.
Just what is Mitt trying to say?
Is he really so out of touch that he believes he would have an advantage…as a member of a minority group?
bullshit nonsense. I didn’t think it was possible for him to be an even bigger arse than I thought he was. And I already thought he was a huge arse when he threw his support behind Arizona’s ‘show me your papers’ immigration law – though nobody knows what his current views are on that subject.
Mitt, the GOP and their supporters have been telling themselves a lie for so long that they now believe it. The age-old lie is that despite everything American history tells them about the treatment of people of colour, it is much more advantageous to be a minority. One would think that by now, someone…ANYONE…in that party would come to the realisation that without the same historical access to educational opportunities, capital and, at times, resources for basic survival the scale isn’t likely to be tipped in one’s favour.
Of course, that thought clearly hasn’t entered the orbit of Mr. ‘Entitlement’. It’s far easier to feed the lie so that he doesn’t have to see that the privileges he’s enjoyed his entire life are not and have not been open to everyone — and it has absolutley nothing to do with how hard he’s worked
at using his daddy’s contacts and inheriting his funds.
Let’s be clear: A person who has no boots cannot pull himself up by his bootstraps. And it’s even more difficult to pull oneself up when others are stepping on one’s throat.
Since the tape was released the spin doctors, including Mitt’s wife, have gone on to say that Mitt’s comments were taken out of context. Well how about this to add more context:
“Gosh, I’d love to bring in more legal immigrants that have skill and [unintelligible]. I’d like to staple a green card to every Ph.D. in the world and say, “Come to America, we want you here.” Instead, we make it hard for people who get educated here or elsewhere to make this their home. Unless, of course, you have no skill or experience, in which case you’re welcome to cross the border and stay here for the rest of your life.“
Yeah, that added more flavour to the heaping bowl of
shit stew he’s been feeding us since his campaign began.
Is there anything at all that can be said to Mitt to finally help him understand that he just doesn’t get it? AT ALL?
I don’t think so. Mitt still believes the best way to help the poor is
self-deportation for them to take their earnings and trickle them up to the wealthy.