Well, this could be it.
Today, the 225th anniversary of the Constitution may go down as the day Romney lost the election. Mother Jones comes forth now with a surrepticiously recorded video in which Mitt Romney tells the truth that no president—indeed, no politician at all, it seems—is willing to tell: That there is a constituency in this Nation that is so dependent on government that it is lost to those who would dare stand on the principles of self-determination and individualism. From the governor:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what…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. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax…And so 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 most damning part of this quote? It’s true. We can all parse whether or not this was felicitously delivered, but the bottom line is that it’s absolutely accurate.
Want proof? Fewer people are working than when the president took office. More people are claiming disability than are finding new jobs. The entire workforce itself has shrunk to a degree that would otherwise yield an 11+% unemployment rate. There is no way in Hell an incumbent should have even a snowball’s chance of re-election. Yet here we sit with the polls basically tied (and likely, thanks to this recording, to head south for Romney). Just check out the president’s approval rating and his standing in any of the recent polls.
The only explanation can be that Mitt Romney is correct. But just as has been the case recently, I fear, this will be yet another example of the governor coming out timidly in the shadow of having spoken the truth that nobody is willing to hear, let alone speak.
God, I pray I’m wrong. Imagine what it would say about a Nation to elect a man who sees so clearly the cultural problems that are plaguing our Nation and taking their toll on our economy.
I had been saying all along that re-electing Obama would speak volumes about our Nation: That it would mean we’ve become Greece-like in our rapture over state-sourced validity. That the man who so incredibly symbolizes—nay, personifies—the Leviathan State actually won election after the scales had fallen from the eyes of his HopeAndChange worshipers and they actually knew what he was all about…
But I never really saw his election as having the same gravity in a supposed contrapositive as I do now: If Mitt Romney, despite the inevitable upcoming onslaught of character assassination for having been bold enough to tell the truth, can be elected in the Nation he correctly described, then there truly is hope for this great Idea of America.
I have supported Romney all the way through the primaries because I have believed that he was the man who had the turn-around mentality and the clear vision based on his business experience to help this Nation at this time. Inasmuch, my support was mostly mechanical.
But I will vote for Mitt Romney now with a renewed hope and faith in America. His comments, as clumsily as they were delivered, ring so incredibly true. If American voters can see that, then there really is hope. And the real kind this time.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HHQ)