Secret Confessions from the GOP Nominee: A Response

Yesterday, the twitter-sphere blew up with articles and videos of Mitt Romney’s secret confession about the #47percent. As he described,

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 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.

Imagine: I watch Romney’s video and I’m furious honestly. He clearly is dismissing an entire population of people and attempting to justify his falling poll numbers in a conclusion that 47% of Americans wouldn’t vote for him any way because they are dependents of the state.  Instantly, I think to myself what is the role of our government if it is not to take care of those citizens who are in need. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with our government helping the poor and suffering. If our government ignores those individuals who are unable to afford housing, food and clothing – the necessities – then what is the point of our government. Who are they taking care of? Maybe Romney thinks our government’s job isn’t to take care of anyone and let the poor and downtrodden struggle until they… well I don’t know… disappear?

The role of government got me thinking about the bible verse “For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required” (Luke 12:48). Conservative Christian and Evangelicals and liberal Christian can all agree that God has blessed the United States. We are the one of the most powerful nations in the world with an immense amount of wealth. I’m not saying the USA is perfect; we definitely have our problems. But because we have experienced so much success and wealth, we are in a position where our country has the ability to take care of those who do need help. As John the Baptist says in Luke 3:11, “Let the man with two tunics share with him who has none, and let him who has food do likewise.”

A couple hours later on twitter in the mist of all this #47percent brouhaha, @catholicdems posted a verse from Proverbs 31: 8-9, “Open your mouth in behalf of mute, & for the rights of destitute; Open your mouth, judge justly, defend needy & poor!” I thought to myself, “Yo, that’s it.” That’s our politicians role, that our government’s role, that’s our society’s role – to speak up on behalf of those who are marginalized and need our help.

Romney says it is not his job to worry about these people. But it is. It’s all of our job.

 

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  • Brenda

    They Just DO NOT GET IT. FDR Started Social Security BECAUSE of Senior Citizens starving. How quickly they forget. Absolutely NONE of these entitlement babies have know poverty, other than something to laugh at .

  • Frank

    Ok and as we move on from twisting Romenys words for political reasons another Obama will be disastrous for this country. Sadly we only have one choice… Romney.

  • Alex

    I think the key word in the verse from Luke is “required.” I expect Conservative like Romney would find that word objectionable; IIRC (and I may not, I’m by no means an expert on the Bible) there some translations that say “asked” instead, which would allow right-wingers to use that verse in support of their insane fantasy that if the government would just “get out of the way,” private (religious) charities would provide all the food, housing, and medical care the poor need to keep their children from dying by the tens of thousands from starvation and easily preventable/treatable diseases, just like private charity has always done never come within an order of magnitude of doing in all the history of mankind.

    “For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required.” Not “asked;” not “humbly begged;” “required,” as an absolute, inescable moral obligation which, humans being what they are, any civilized society must codify into it laws.

    • Frank

      Which of course would also mean that abortion should be illegal, marriage should always remain as one man and one woman and everyone in the world should be told that Jesus is the only way. Glad you agree!

      • Alex

        No, no, and no. I’d try to parse how you even manage to connect any of those ideas to “For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required,” but it’s pretty clear from your comments that you’re too willfully ignorant to be worth arguing with.

        • Frank

          If you are going to use scripture to show who we are required to vote for then we clearly should not vote for anyone who:

          Supports abortion
          Supports gay marriage
          Says anything but Jesus is the only way

          Otherwise you are simply a hypocrite and partisan.

  • Alex

    That’s annoying; when I use the “strikethrough” tags on Slacktivist, as I did around the phrase “always done” in that previous post, it works. And if something doesn’t work, I can edit the comment. It would be nice if Patheos was consistent about things like that.


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