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Romney and Responsibility

Mitt Romney is right in his views on Americans’ personal responsibility for their lives, but unfortunate in inferring he does not care about those who are dependent upon others for their welfare.

The controversial revelation, within the past few hours, of words he spoke at a private function some months ago will cause him some political damage but also will, for those who care to explore them more deeply, bring to the fore an important issue which may be the most important one in America today – taking responsibility, or not. The situation is complex in the extreme, and the fact that so many Americans are jobless, homeless and reliant on state handouts for survival is more to do with a failed economy and a growing sense of powerlessness in the face of state control than in being self-inflicted. It is so endemic now that many people feel hopeless of change and resigned to the belief that this reliance is a necessary and continuing way of life.

Romney’s words reminded me of the situation here in the UK, where an inter-generational dependency culture has been encouraged and which now is out of control, besides being unaffordable, and the present government is striving to rebalance the situation with increasing public support, particularly from taxpayers. What could not be spoken of ten years ago for fear of offending liberal thinkers is now widely accepted: men and women on welfare must be encouraged to take responsibility for their own lives, and it must not be more advantageous to be on benefits than to be in work.

In the US, as in the UK and elsewhere, it will not be easy to provide the conditions needed to enable more independency, and it may be that outside events will precipitate a change. Meanwhile, all political leaders confronting this serious economic and social situation have their duty to help their people to understand, strive for and practise personal responsibility as far as possible, whether they are wealthy or impoverished. This was Mitt Romney’s error – to imply he did not care. A President, above all, must care.



One thought on “Romney and Responsibility

  1. What also needs to be kept in mind is that Mitt Romney has a very narcissistic personality, in the sense intended by mental health professionals. He hates gays and basically anyone who doesn’t think the way he does. The very fact that a very materially wealthy man made such comments not only points to this very narcissistic nature but also has poured salt on a wound for so many people who are hurting both financially and emotionally. Those comments are being perceived as insensitive to so many who are having to do without by someone who has so much, and those comments will help to sink his campaign come November.

    Additionally, those comments that Mitt Romney made are indicative of the same kind of conservative rhetoric that has been poisoning American political discourse for at least 30 years (since Ronald Reagan was elected President in 1980). Such rhetoric has not been used for the common good but, rather, for selfish politically partisan gain. This, too, is coming to a head in the United States, and it’s some pretty nasty karma, in my opinion.

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