What Does Mitt Romney Want Us to Think?
By Y. (9/3/12)
Mitt Romney addressed delegates and party officials at the RNC In Tampa, Florida on Thursday, in hopes of convincing those who are indecisive to vote for him this November. Many have criticized Romney for not connecting with the public, and, in general, lacking personality. Funny, when Hillary Clinton was running these attributes of personality were unpopular, if not despised. It almost seems like Romney is targeting women by appealing to women’s softer side. The last thing women need is to feel that once again people talk to them differently because of their gender. Romney mentioned the love story of his parents, but it seemed like he was using romance and love to lure women based on a stereotype. He mentioned that he “chose a woman lieutenant governor, a woman chief of staff, half of [his] cabinet and senior officials were women.” He continued by adding that he has “ mentored and support[ed] great women leaders who went on to run great companies.” That is great, but what women is he targeting? Women across the nation are struggling and single mothers’ main priority is putting bread on the table. Speak to us as individuals, not based on our gender (it’s repulsive), second make it relatable; speak to women about our struggles. Or is that too much to ask?
Romney also mentioned that he would not raise taxes on the middle class. Well, that’s great, the problem is that there is no middle class! Increasingly it’s the rich, the poor, and the poorer. It gets better! Wednesday, Paul Ryan criticized Obama for repeatedly blaming his predecessors for the job and housing crisis. Paul Ryan alleged, “Obama, while campaigning for president, promised that a GM plant in Wisconsin would not shut down.” Except Obama didn’t promise that. And the plant closed in December 2008—while President George W. Bush was president. These, along with many other misleading statements, make up what some people are calling a great speech.
What are we asking our president and vice president to be like? Or, is it really the other way around, where the candidates want us to think a certain way, with blinders on, like horses?