I often get Paul Krugman and Thomas Friedman confused, so I can’t remember who addressed the now infamous 47 percent first, but it is clear that the statements weren’t as much gaffes per se, but Freudian slips. The statement most telling wasn’t made by Mitt Romney himself, but in a tweet by Eric Cantor. Through his twitter feed, he managed to thank and honor all of the business owners and entrepreneurs on Labor Day.
“It’s not the way that you say it when you do those things to me, it’s more the way that you mean it when you tell me what will be.” –Heyward
That may not seem like a huge deal, but let’s remember what Labor Day represents. It represents the worker. It is a day where we honor all of those who work. I suppose if they had their way they would have a holiday for all of those who own and run their own business. They would have a day for the CEOs, CFOs, and COOs. The thing is that for most of us, it seems like that day comes 364 times a year.
Conservatives often accuse progressives of playing class warfare. The bottom 47 percent comments from Mitt Romney crystallize that progressives aren’t the ones playing that game. To be sure, there are those that have a hand out. They have tried nothing and they are at their wit’s end. However, to suggest that the number is anywhere close to 47 percent is beyond insulting. It demonstrates the thoughts of someone that has absolutely no clue what is going on in America and honestly doesn’t really care.
Moreover, it sets a bad example for those that happen to be of means. There are a number of wealthy people that don’t feel that way. There are a number of wealthy people that feel they could pay more. There are a number of people that give of their time, talent, and excess to help those in need. Romney’s comments were insulting to them as well because it insinuated that we do have a divide in this country.
There is a divide and there is a very definite choice in this election. It doesn’t necessarily have to come on financial lines, but it looks like it will for the most part. It is a battle for the soul of this country. What do we envision when we envision the very best of what this country has to offer? Is it those that used their blood, sweat, tears, and inheritance to build a successful business and become a part of the affluent? Or, is it those that work the 40 hour work week and maybe a little bit more to provide a comfortable living for themselves and their family?
The sad thing is that there shouldn’t have to be a choice. There is nothing wrong with the first person or the second person. Both are a huge part of the American tapestry. One party wants to preserve both dreams for Americans. One party wants to give one a little more help and doesn’t really care about the other. They are lazy they say. There is nothing they can do that is going to convince them that they need to take personal responsibility.
Well, most of the 47 percent would like to knock you on your prissy little ass Mitt. How is that for personal responsibility? Of course, we can’t do that literally with enough secret service to play an NFL football game, but we can do it symbolically on election day by giving them the beat down of their nightmares. Americans should not be forced to choose between hard work and entrepreneurship. When you force us to make a choice you usually won’t like where that ends up.