Romney: President or Moral Arbiter?
Mitt Romney stands amongst the "people" in his attempt to become president of the United States. He wants people who are struggling to believe he cares about them. The truth: Mitt Romney cares about himself and only himself.
He is without a doubt out-of-touch with millions and millions of Americans who aren't millionaires, but instead are struggling to provide for basic needs. And while he is "speaking" "with" the "people," "Americans" "now," if elected he will be speaking "to" them.
His "first day" goals, we will all learn as time passes, may not achievable. Change takes a long time and it must be understood that as with the perception that Obama was going to step in the Oval Office and our lives would be magically different wasn't going to happen, Romney's changes will also take time and we may not realize the ramifications of his changes for years - if ever. After all, he too has to work with the Congress and he may not be welcomed as warmly as his over inflated ego is leading him to believe.
If elected, Romney is not likely to be a president of the struggling American people. He doesn't even appear to know what that means. He seems out of touch, haven never lived a poor or even middle class life. And that is scary when he plans to propose a new program to replace Obamacare. With regard to the kinds of healthcare, their scope is wide and not easily understood. But will Romney's plan include psychiatric care for victims of bullying when he doesn't even recognize the behavior in his own actions at prep school? And will his healthcare plan include mental health care for those struggling with mistreatment for example, due to homosexuality? Will he in general be sensitive to the fact that mental illness is real,just like a physical illness and proper care can result in lives well lived?
Will he know that in being president, he must look past his faith and personal beliefs and see his decisions not in those lights, but in a fair and moral sense in light of all people in America. And unless someone is behaving in an immoral manner or breaking laws, he needs to stay out of people's personal business when they are doing what is legal. He needs to know that homosexuals are people, just as everyone else is and they are being true to themselves. They are not immoral. This is who they are - human beings with feelings. Romney needs to mind his business, stay out of people's homes and bedrooms and let them live the happy and fulfilling life they deserve as US citizens.
And Romney should stay out of a women's right to choose. For while abortion should never be used for "birth control," it can be used in making a well thought out decision that if implemented is legal.
We need a president, who like a judge must be impartial. Romney needs to leave his thoughts based on his own personal beliefs on many issues, including homosexuality on the other side of the door when he speaks to the American people and ultimately Congress. We have the freedom to choose and are all created equal - something Romney seems to be forgetting and perhaps on some fronts clueless.
Imagine if some of your most heartfelt (legal) beliefs were being portrayed as wrong or sinful. We, as American citizens, are only attempting to be who we are and live a life free of judgment and false accusations. We are only attempting to implement our legal rights to have a freedom to choose.
Romney's behavior as a presidential candidate is inexcusable in negatively portraying certain groups of people. May we be able to read between the lines and realize that now we are seeing a hopeful future president in Romney. But don't politicians in campaigning often not follow through with their promises? And how can we have a president who tells us even now he doesn't approve of certain groups of people and their behaviors? As Equal America citizens, who will be their president? And if he can select groups as somehow immoral, what other criteria will he use to separate other groups out of the much needed help they will depend on him to provide?
In the end, Romney as president will result in a whole lot of patronizing - with him telling us what we need. Shouldn't he listen to what we believe are our needs? He will not be a president for the people. He, plain and simple, lacks the knowledge - it is not inbred in him. He is "on the pulpit" looking down, over our heads. He will not be conversational, but rather he will "preach." It's important to ask if we truly know enough about "Romney - the Person" to promote him to "Romney - the President," since in the end they are inseperable.
Roberta M. Helming