By Dennis Lowery
It’s amazing… that people I know:
- who are hardworking,
- who did not come from a family of privilege,
- who did not come from wealth and never had life handed to them on a silver platter,
- who have faced challenges in life and not just the rare bad luck or inopportune circumstances that happen from time to time… I’m talking about the daily ones that make it a supreme act of courage to get up each morning. The really hard ones – like paycheck-to-paycheck making enough money to pay the bills and keep your family fed – like going without to give or provide to others – like being scared about what happens to your family if you get sick and can’t earn a living – or what does the future hold for your children and theirs. So many things that those whose wealth comes from wealth will never know or understand.
It's sad… that some I know; people like who I outlined above… intend to vote for Mitt Romney and believe he cares about them and doing what is right for Americans of all social and income classes.
Don’t they get it that:
- He’s a man who has never known the troubles and almost impossible to bear worries that most Americans have faced. How can he discuss how to fix something he can’t even relate to?
- It’s certain he has no concerns about being able to take care of his family and has never had any. If he hasn’t what makes you think he can empathize with you about taking care of yours?
- It’s certain he doesn't lose sleep at night about what tomorrow, next week or next year will bring for him and his family. How can he feel what normal Americans feel when he’s so insulated from the real world--and has been for his entire life?
- It’s certain that no matter what… he has and will make more money than most people will ever make in 100 years of soulbreaking labor. How is that possible? Because he was born into it. How can that make him the best person to lead our country?
- Purported leaders from that mold are not what we need today. Those are not leaders at all… they are the culmination of the family wealth and privileged environment that created them and don’t have a clue what real life is about for the vast majority of people. How in the world can you expect them (or him) to have the best interests of the average American in mind?
It deeply bothers me that people I know, and care for, despite our political differences, don't see the truth of things.
I don't think that Mitt Romney and other people on the Right are necessarily bad people -- I just believe they are the wrong people. (Don't get me wrong though -- there are self-serving people in both parties that are plain evil and don't give a damn about anyone but themselves or their own agenda -- and I'd like to kick the crap out of them.)