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"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of 'liberalism', they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened" - Norman Thomas, U.S. Socialist presidential candidate
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship" - Alexander Tytler
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them" - Thomas Jefferson
"What good fortune for governments that the people do not think" - Adolf Hitler
"We have to pass the Healthcare bill so that you can find out what is in it" - Nancy Pelosi
In case you haven't heard, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said something terribly "controversial" and cruel back in May. This story was broke by the commies over at Mother Jones. Here's Mitt:
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…
“And I mean the president starts off with 48, 49 … he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to convince the five to ten percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not."
When I said Romney's comments were "controversial" before, what I should have said was, they are controversial to Democrats, liberals, etc. To me, Romney was merely speaking the truth, describing the voters Obama has in the bag. People who are dependent on the government, people who don't pay taxes, and people who want the wealth of others "redistributed" in their direction, are going to vote for Obama. Romney will never reach those people. That's not exactly a revelation, but Democrats reacted like Romney just killed their cat. Here's failed Ohio governor Ted Strickalnd to tell us what Romney really meant:
"Romney apparently feels that if you don't have his economic status, that somehow you're a parasite. He spoke from his heart and that's what troubles me. If you listen to that tape, you understand that this man is speaking in the most casual, relaxed way with rich fat cats about a large portion of the American population that he has zero respect for."
I don't know what Strickand's all twisted up about here, because Democrats WANT people to see themselves as victims (engage in class warfare). Democrats WANT people to be be supported by the government at every turn (become parasites). I hear such sentiment expresssed by Democrats and liberals constantly. It shouldn't be offensive for Romney to acknowledge it.
As soon as Romney started taking heat for stating the blindingly obvious, the (cough, cough) iron-willed Romney started backtracking, saying his comments were made "off the cuff" and "not elegantly stated". This only makes Romney look worse, like he's been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. It's time for Romney to stand up for his convictions, assuming he has any. As of now, Romney is losing the election, and he's not going to get any help from our mainstream media, because they want the worst President in American history to be re-elected for some reason (could the reason be that 90% of the mainstream media are Democrats ??? Gasp !!!).
There's a much bigger issue in play here. It's about what kind of country we want. As Romney said yesterday:
"Frankly we have two different views about America. The president's view is one of a larger government. There is a tape that came out where is the president is saying he likes redistribution. I disagree. I think a society based upon a government centered nation where government plays a larger role and redistributes money, [that's the] wrong course for America."
Obama has long been in favor of redistribution. He is a true believer in the government holding your hand throughout life. We know the kind of big government, high tax, high spend nanny state he wants.
While "to redistribute or not to redistribute" is not an absolute on either side of the aisle, this election really is about the level of government involvement we want in our lives. I think I've been pretty clear about my position on that over the years, but people have to decide for themselves if they want to live in a free country or a socialist country. The choice seems apparent to me, but like Romney said, dependency seems to be the choice of many.
And as of today, dependency is leading by 3 points.