When I saw the breaking news about “47% video” on Mother Jones that features U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney schmoozing wealthy donors and trashing nearly half of our citizenry, I was shocked and horrified. I had never heard such a bald-faced admission of what I’d often suspected might be the super rich’s opinion of the “lower classes.”
And there it was for all to see. This is what members of the elite class are concerned about and discuss over their $50K-A-Plate dinners with a U.S. presidential candidate.
In the video, Romney described 47% of Americans as people “who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it…”
Yes, I do feel entitled to those basic human needs. And I would put a living wage “job” at the top of the list of things I always thought I could count on as a hard-working American. How can Corporate Raider Romney consider people’s jobs, health care, homes, and food wasteful “entitlements” and then claim that “I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
Romney’s remarks sounded like the British aristocracy who stole Irish land, threw the Irish people into the streets and let them starve to death while claiming they were lazy swine. Examples of this kind of callous greed are easy enough to find throughout human history. And this video provides a perfect example!
As I was choking on this vile insult, the next thing that caught my attention was Romney commending the workers at a factory in China he’d visited for toiling long hours and living in crowded dormitories. He seemed to be comparing them to the 47% of Americans who he claims only want a handout from the government.
As president, what would Romney do for Americans who’ve lost their jobs and everything else? Would he profit from the prison industrial complex by simply imprisoning the destitute? Why not? It’s already a profitable corporate enterprise. Then Romney’s elite funders could have slave labor in America just like the factory workers in China Romney praised so highly.
I was glad to see this video go viral. I hope the repercussions will wake up and mobilize not only the 47% but the 99% of American people to demand our elected representatives provide a government that works for our benefit and not to enslave us for corporate profits.
Americans don’t want a government handout. We want to work and we want our president to work for all of us. Mitt Romney made it very clear whose interests he will serve if he somehow manages to obtain his goal after exposing himself to the world.