"My job is not to worry about those people." – Mitt Romney
By Dennis Loo (9/19/12)
Romney says, and there's some truth to this, that he was speaking in this context about how he thought he was going to win the election, by focusing on the small percentage of Independents who haven’t made up their mind. Although in the very next sentence he said, "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
It’s revealing, in other words, of his general attitude about those who are not wealthy. "My job is not to worry about those people."
It’s not “inelegant” to put it this way. It’s actually the epitome of the neoliberal attitude toward the non-elect.
I thought, by the way, that Romney believed in not paying taxes? Maybe if he releases his taxes that he’s refusing to release he can prove to everyone that he isn’t a tax evader and doesn’t belong among the 47% of those tax scofflaws?
Obama, for his part, has made his career in saying that “it’s not white America, it’s not black America, it’s the United States of America.” So he has a ready response to Romney’s spontaneous elitism and country club/boardroom mentality.
But the truth is, Obama has done nothing except rhetorically referred to the disadvantaged and those who have been royally screwed by this system. In terms of his policies, he has engaged in the same practices that Bush did and that the Republicans advocate – protecting the big banks and corporations, including the HMOs. This is Obama’s MO: say the right things, but do the wrong things. Make people think he’s doing something other than what he’s really doing. Keep the people roped in and not spinning out of the control of the system. "My job is to make it sound like I worry about those people."
So your wonderful choice in November, should you choose to exercise it, is to decide between the upfront, unapologetically racist, sexist, xenophobic elitist and imperialist mouthpiece or the Janus-faced imperialist who can say “As-Salamu Alaykum” (peace be upon you) and then unleash more drones on your head.
Or, you can embark on a different path of calling out this “good cop/bad cop” game and helping to unleash the independent actions of the people not chained in by the electoral game.
It’s our choice.