I have a Facebook friend who remains convinced Saddam Hussein was involved in 9.11. She, quite literally, told me this the other day; how while, no, there was no literal proof, surely American intelligence knew something it couldn’t share.
My point is, people can be dumb. And naive. And uninformed. They come to conclusions based upon the repetition of a statement. Meaning, if Fox News utters: “Saddam-9.11” enough times, “Saddam-9.11” becomes fact in the minds and worlds of many. It speaks to the sheep-like state many of us live in—and that’s far from a compliment.
Which leads me to Mitt Romney.
I don’t like Mitt Romney. I don’t hate him or loathe him—I just don’t like or trust him. I think he’s a professional candidate; a wealthy, sheltered, out-of-touch man who believes in the arrogant trickle-down theories of Ronald Reagan. Were he managing the local deli, I’m sure he’d do quite well. But, as the CEO of a nation, he’s simply not what I want. To me, this nation shouldn’t be about greed and selfishness and bashing those in need. It just shouldn’t.
During last Wednesday’s debate, when Romney waxed Barack Obama up and down the stage, the former governor made a statement that absolutely floored me. Namely, he said that, under his health care policy, patients with pre-exisiting conditions could not be denied coverage.
This is, by nearly all accounts, a lie.
Not a fabrication.
Not a fib.
Not a mistake.
A fat, false, deliberate lie.
But more than the mere words of a falsehood, what irks me is the depth behind it. Literally, Romney’s plan leaves many suffering people without health insurance. I hear his supporters talk about compassion and heart, but where is that compassion and heart? How can a candidate feel OK treating sick people with such disdain?
I just don’t get it.