Romney thinks “gifts” won Obama the election
Ah, the 47% remark comes back once again to bite Romney, even after losing to Obama. Here is my open letter to ol’ Mittens.
On a call with your campaign donors, you alleged that President Obama was re-elected because of “gifts” (read ‘charity’) he had given to target groups: blacks, Hispanics, low-income earners, young people, and women. The gifts in question include:
- Free health care “in perpetuity,” which Romney said was highly motivational to black and Hispanic voters as well as for voters making $25,000 to $35,000 a year.
- Obama’s promise to offer what Romney called “amnesty” to the children of illegal immigrants.
- The administration’s plan for partial forgiveness of college loan interest and allowing young people to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans.
- Free contraception coverage for women under the president’s health care plan.
“I’m very sorry that we didn’t win,” you told donors. “I know that you expected to win. We expected to win. We were disappointed; we hadn’t anticipated it.”
Here are three points of frustration I wish to express about this.
First, that you are simply being a sore loser. That means you didn’t believe the guff you yourself were spewing about bringing the country together or trying to move us all forward. I thought that no one booing at Obama’s name when you conceded was a sign that there may be hope of working together. But no, it was just more evidence that they were never that thrilled with you as their nominee–they see you for what everyone else sees you to be; rich, white, privileged, and more than a little out of touch. The difference is that they actually hate you less than they hate Obama (reasons for which I won’t bother to speculate).
The fact that you lost, Mitt, has *nothing* to do with your own actions, positions, or comments that alienate most of America–right? In case you’re wondering, the targeted groups that received such generous gifts from the president represent most of America. Way to not see any fault in your own actions, to cast blame on others, and to not even own up to your mistakes. You would’ve been the model of good leadership, clearly. For an example of how to be a classy loser, see John McCain’s 2008 concession speech (“Today, I was a candidate for the highest office in the country I love so much. And tonight, I remain her servant.” I get teary-eyed just reading this). While you’re reading about McCain, Mittens, I suggest reading more about the long-time Senator’s lifetime of public service and learn how special it is to represent fellow citizens in our government. Maybe you’ll take the hint and GET A JOB or do something that proves you care about other people! If you don’t, then sit down and shut up.
Second, that you had no intention of working for the entire country. For you to come out and suggest that helping these groups is a gift shows this to be the case. You can’t help the whole country if you don’t help these groups, who–again–represent most of the population now. All you were interested in, Mitt, was that you and those like you are able to keep getting richer. You can’t lead a country if you think half the people are charity cases who are taking advantage of the government. I pay taxes to have government services, and I like that children all over this country can have an education, and that the elderly can get care when their working years are behind them; I like taking care of my fellow American–what’s your problem with it, Mitt?
After your concession speech, my mom asked me what you’d be doing from now on. I said, “Probably go back to being a millionaire and not doing anything to help anyone else.” I would really love for you to prove me wrong, but I have an inkling you won’t bother–why would you care about my opinion? I’m only a first-generation American, making under $30,000 a year, taxed at a higher rate than you, 24-year-old woman who pays for her insurance and her contraception (at least until next year) that is helping her avoid cancer.
Third, that you and all the people like you are pissed off that you no longer hold the key to the Oval Office and to the direction of this country. After all, who would think that blacks, Hispanics, low-income earners, young people, and women would be players in presidential elections? I’m happy to represent 3/5 of these categories, and to tell talking-heads like you–someone who got rich by sending jobs overseas and who has spent the last decade doing nothing for the American people but campaigning to be relevant–that we will not be silenced no matter how ridiculous your banter gets. Good luck trying to ‘take your country back.’ History is against you, Mittens.
Proud to be an American.