A Cold, Unfeeling, Elitist One-Percenter

 

Watch this, and tremble in terror for your country at the thought that this callous and greedy plutocrat might become president.

 

On the other hand, Barack Obama plainly loves the poor.  If he didn’t, he wouldn’t have made so many of them.

 

 

 

 

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  • Stephen Smoot

    I actually know Ted and Pat Oparowski. As a missionary two years ago in Vermont I served for six months in the same ward/area they currently reside in. They’re a lovely couple, and they told me and my companion about their son. I don’t recall, however, them ever telling us about Mitt Romney’s involvement, so this is entirely new to me.

    One thing I’ve come to see in both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama is how they’re actually both decent, nice, sincere individuals. I hate the media’s demonizing of both of them. I have plenty of disagreements with both Romney and Obama on political policies, but I don’t doubt that they both sincerely believe in their goals and ideas and are, at the root, decent fellows. I totally reject the caricature that Romney is an unfeeling aristocrat who only cares about the rich, just like I reject the caricature that Obama is a closeted Muslim extremist who wants to destroy America.

  • http://limaperutemple.blogspot.com george fisher

    Professor — No one questions the charity and compassion of Mitt in his role as a bishop or stake president. Those qualities however do not guarantee, more than any other compassionate caregiving LDS Bishop would, his ability to be commander in chief and President of the USA. Any of us who have served in one of those capacities could make equally touching and tender promotional ads though we likely would not. We seek not public fame for things we have done privately in the service of others. I am not ashamed, neither embarrassed in anyway for the 5 and 1/2 years I served as a bishop. I wish most of all that Brother Romney was in harmony with the Brethren with respect to our undocumented brothers and sisters. Sorry, but for this reason and others including Osama being dead and GM alive, I therefore support the president as 85% of the Latinos in this country who are voting.

    • danpeterson

      Actually, from what I’ve heard about him over many years (long before he served as governor or headed the Olympics), Mitt Romney is an exceptionally caring and giving man. He can’t be dismissed as merely run-of-the-mill, not even as merely run-of-the-mill good.

      And, yes, people have questioned his charity and compassion.

      I didn’t say, incidentally, that his compassion and caring prove that he would be a good president. I do think that they disprove — spectacularly — some of the most serious claims made against his character.

      Your insinuation that he has sought public fame for his charitable acts is badly, badly misplaced. Others have begged him to talk about them for years. And, for years and years, he’s refused. Even now, others are telling the stories; he’s not.

      I get something of a kick out of your virtually simultaneous suggestions that, while any LDS bishop would do, and has done, all the charitable things Mitt Romney has done, President Obama’s order to kill ‘Usama b. Ladin is somehow something unique to Mr. Obama. Seriously? Can you really imagine any American president declining to kill or arrest Bin Ladin if given the opportunity to do so?

      Perhaps I share some of your reservations about Governor Romney’s policy proposals on immigration; I find it a very difficult issue, with a definite clash between compassion and the rule of law, between national security and goodwill toward our brothers and sisters in the dysfunctional economies to our south. But my reservations on these matters don’t compensate for my fears of the permanent damage that Mr. Obama is inflicting on this country: Illegal immigration, for instance, has declined under Mr. Obama for the simple reason that our economy is so bad that the incentives have been reduced.

      As for GM being alive, why, yes it is. But at enormous cost to American taxpayers and to the rule of law. And it would still have been alive had it gone through the changes proposed by Governor Romney. Without the costs.

  • http://atlantarofters.blogspot.com The Sanity Inspector

    I never got a job from a social worker.

  • Karen

    Most of us treasure an idea of ourselves as compassionate people. When we know someone, personally, who is suffering, we bring casseroles, we send cards, we give money. We don’t kick homeless people in the street, because then we’d feel like we were bad people. But really, what does that tell us about how compassionate we really are?

    A president needs to have compassion for millions, indeed billions, that he never sees and will never know. I’m not really interested in these little stories with their background violin music.

    Say what you will about Billy Carter as a president, but that is a man who lived simply his whole life, and spent hours — hours and hours, working with Habitat for Humanity. He could have cashed in — former presidents can sit on the boards of major companies and give speeches that reap millions for their personal fortunes. This video means very little — other than the fact that this is a man who is willing to use a private good deed to get to the presidency. What was it Jesus said about making public your giving? I don’t recall a clause which said, “unless you can use it in your presidential campaign.

    • danpeterson

      Your judgment against Mitt Romney as seeking to make political capital out of his good deeds is, from everything I know about Mr. Romney and what I know about his campaign, wildly misguided and unjust.

      As for your reference to the presidency of Billy Carter: He probably would have made a better president than his brother Jimmy did.

    • Mark B.

      That’s a wonderful slip–referring to Pres. Carter as “Billy”–who was in fact the President’s good ol’ boy drunken brother. Now, Billy Carter as president? That would have been a total disaster–hilarious, perhaps, but a disaster.

      • Karen

        Somehow, this note was attributed to “Karen.” It’s actually my response to Karen, into which some quotes from her have been mingled. I distinguish my (correct) remarks from her (sadly misguided) remarks by putting my remarks in bold, commencing NOW:

        Governor Romney has resisted telling these stories for years, and has a long history of private kindness and private charity. Even now, others are coming forward to tell the stories; he’s not. And they’re being told in order to combat the demonizing caricature of him that, for quite a few months, was being constructed of him by the Obama campaign and its allies — as a man who enjoys firing people, greedily laid off thousands of blue color workers, gave cancer to a woman, mistreated his dog, and etc., and etc., and etc.

        You’re really not in a position to pronounce Jesus’s judgment upon him, and I suggest that you refrain from doing so.

        As for hating Mr. Carter, I don’t, and I don’t know anybody who does. I think he was an ineffectual president, and I’ve heard (from people who know him) that he holds very long grudges, but I don’t know about that, and I certainly honor him as a humanitarian. I met him a couple of years ago at the Carter Center when I was involved in a program there, and I have absolutely no personal hostility to him. Where on earth do you come up with the idea that I “fail to see him as a good and decent person”? Where have I said anything of the sort?

        “I wonder where your information is coming from — about this ‘exceptionally caring and giving’ Mitt Romney? Its sure not from his tax returns.”

        Are you kidding me? He gives millions of dollars to charity.

        “Did he serve on the boards of non-profits I’m not aware of?”

        Probably.

        “Organize charity programs I missed?”

        Probably.

        “Was this just one of hundreds of good deeds — if so, why aren’t we hearing about them, other than at campaign rallies.”

        I’ve been hearing about them for many years, from mutual friends.

        I find it very odd that you fault him for allowing his charitable deeds and kindnesses to be made public, and then fault him because you’re unaware of a high enough number of his charitable deeds and kindnesses.

        In your eyes, he seems to be damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

        • Karen

          Not sure how the above was just written under my name — perhaps another Karen?
          Still, I’ll make it a brief reply. He gave millions of dollars to Mormon charities, which he is required to do. At least that’s what we know from the couple of years of tax returns he’s released. If he’s been giving money to other charities — I’ve not read about them. If he serves on the board of others, I don’t know about them. I’ve looked in vain for these nice-guy stories by anyone other than his fellow Mormons. Not finding them.

          And I wonder if you’re being intentionally obtuse. When someone speaks well of you and it is recorded on film and shown at your political convention — can we agree that isn’t the same thing as gaining a reputation for your humanitarian work, a reputation that is covered by journalists and described in what might be the rather long vita if you’ve lived this long and had this much money to throw around.

          Where is the biography, the long-form journalism essay that would bring all this to light?

          And oh, I don’t believe he’s ever countered the “dog on the roof of the car” story, except to say it wasn’t so bad for the dog.

          • danpeterson

            It’s possible that more than one Karen is out there. I seem to know at least two.

            I’m aware of quite a few stories from non-Mormons about Governor Romney’s kindness and charity. (I think that the first one I ever heard was from a Sephardic Jew in Manhattan.) Some are online. That you aren’t aware of them doesn’t necessarily reflect badly on Mitt Romney.

            And, anyway, and while I certainly appreciate your very kind suggestion that I’m being obtuse, deliberately or not, I’m not sure that being personally kind and charitable is so plainly inferior to “serving on the boards of charitable organizations.”

          • danpeterson

            Ah. I see. My response somehow got mingled with your post. I’ll go through and identify who’s who.

  • Joan Dawson

    Let’s all stop this bickering.
    Mitt Romney will be the president and 1-20-13 will be Obama’s last day.
    We gave Obama 4 years and he has failed.
    It’s Mitt’s turn. If he fails as obviously as Obama has…he will be replaced in 2016.
    I will be the first to vote for the new guy/woman!
    Now let’s just all vote and then pray.

    • danpeterson

      Let us pray!

    • Karen

      Confidence is a nice thing I guess. I have no idea who will win, and I can’t imagine how you could know for sure.

      I’ll try a little fortune telling of my own. If Romney is elected, in 4 years we’ll be hearing that 4 years was not enough to turn things around, and (rather than the slow but steady improvement we’ve actually seen these 4 years) we’ll be hearing about how things had to get worse before they could get better. Sure, we may have 12 million more jobs, but that number has been projected as likely no matter who wins — the demographics are simply right for it.

      But finally, we’ll be one step closer to having the right people on the Supreme Court who will assure there will never be another Democrat in the president’s office, no matter how bad things get.

  • Rick

    Karen and George, If you listen all the way to the end of the ad, it is not brought to you by Mitt Romney. It was paid for by the super PAC, Crossroads GPS. THEY are responsible for the content of the ad, not Gov. Romney.

    • Karen

      Gotcha. I just have to say that while these PACS are forbidden to coordinate their efforts with the campaigns, these are people who are connected up the wazoo to people within the campaigns. Both sides. I can’t imagine how I, as a candidate, could say, “hands off that story about the Smiths” and find, low and behold, ithat t showed up in the ad paid for by a PAC that supported me. I just don’t find that credible.

      • danpeterson

        That’s not really my point. Perhaps you’re just obtuse. (Whether deliberately, or not.) Failure to grasp and agree with my point, is, quite plainly, evidence of personal defect. (How’m I doing, so far?)

        My point is that Governor Romney has, from everything I’ve heard, resisted using such stories in the campaign. Notoriously so. People on his side were openly complaining about it, while the Obama campaign was spending scores of millions of dollars painting him as an uncaring, heartless, calculating monster.

        I have a very rich friend (a Muslim immigrant from a country in the Middle East) who made his fortune providing an important service in a very unpopular area of the American economy. He is extremely charitable, and personally very kind. But for entirely unfair reasons, he came to be viewed publicly as a bad man. I and others tried to convince him that he ought to make some of his charitable deeds public, but he resisted for years, saying that his mother had taught him to do such things privately. Finally, though, he’s begun to “come out” as the decent, kind man he’s always been. And I don’t fault him for it a bit.

        You’re entirely free to fault Governor Romney for his supporters’ efforts to overcome negative Obama advertising, but I’m entirely free to consider your accusations and complaints unjust.


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