Grassroots Commentary

Mitt Sees the Emperor Without His Clothes

Will the Rest of America Listen?

By Joan Fischer · Sep. 18, 2012

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what … there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that, that they are victims, who believe that government has the responsibility to care for them. Who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing …” –Mitt Romney

In our relatively short 200+ year history, America has experienced a handful of watershed events. The Civil War was probably chief among them, with the fate of the union standing in the balance, and brothers fighting against brothers. Yet the 2012 presidential election may prove to be even more monumental than that tragic war. In large part, the 2012 election will determine whether the hard-working, taxpaying, law-abiding American citizen any longer has a voice, or whether those who have lost sight of the Founders' vision have seized ultimate control at the ballot box.

If the latter proves to be the case, the American experiment has failed, and not only our beloved republic, but the entire globe, will begin to feel the effects of the declaration, by the American electorate, that the sanctity of God-given individual liberty has been replaced by the belief that a powerful few have the right to dictate where the world's resources – both natural and financial – are spent, and who will benefit from them.

The Obama administration has had two main goals at the forefront of its policymaking: (1) to begin to bring America into parity with the rest of the world (since Obama himself is repulsed by our super-power status, and believes that we achieved it through colonization and oppression of the 'downtrodden') by destroying our economy and making us energy-dependent, and (2) to increase government power over our lives by making more people dependent on government for everything from food on the table to healthcare. 

As regards the first goal, all one has to do is recall the fact that the president sat in a pew for twenty years in Jeremiah Wright's 'God d*mn America!' Black Liberation Theology Church, learning (or, better, justifying his own beliefs) that America is not a prosperous country as a result of the inventiveness of its people and their willingness to work hard for their own personal rewards, but rather as a result of her oppressive colonization of downtrodden people. Followers of Black Liberation Theology, and most other leftist ideologies, believe that it is time for America to 'give back', to 'do penance' for her perceived sins. They are incapable of recognizing that, despite her faults, America has proved to be the most moral country in the history of mankind, having shared her wealth and her knowledge with others, and having sacrificed more than a million of her sons and daughters on the fields of war, most of which involved fighting so that other people might enjoy the blessings of liberty that formed the foundation of the American republic.

Add to the president's church affiliation his list of chosen mentors, many of whom are card-carrying Marxists (Frank Marshall Davis, first and chief among them), and it isn't difficult to comprehend why this president is presiding over a government that seems intent on bringing America's economy, and energy-dependence, down to the level of most of the rest of the world. To him, and to his lifelong mentors, it is all a matter of 'chickens coming home to roost'.

From 'Dreams of my Father':

To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structured feminists and punk-rock performance poets. We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets. At night in the dorms, we discussed neocolonialism, Franz Fanon, Eurocentrism and patriarchy. When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpets or set our stereos so loud the walls began to shake, we were resisting bourgeois society's stifling conventions. We weren't indifferent, or careless, or insecure. We were alienated.
>But this strategy alone couldn't provide the distance I wanted, from Joyce or my past. After all, there were thousands of so called campus radicals, most of them white and tenured and happily tolerant. No, it remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.

Obama is still that anti-American 'rebel', only instead of being in the minority, he has most of the media, and many of the legislators on Capitol Hill, in his corner.

People who believe that America only achieved her greatness on the backs of others formulate that belief on the core idea that success is somehow a zero sum game. A nation cannot achieve prosperity unless it is somehow unfairly 'using' the people of other nations in order to do so.

This philosophy is evident in every corner of the president's re-election campaign, not only as regards America's rise to power, but also, domestically, in his view of 'the wealthy'. Successful businesses, and successful individuals, can only have achieved their success on the backs of more unfortunate, often brutally oppressed, 'others'. The 'You didn't build that' comment was not a simple slip of the tongue, but an actual indication of a deeply-held belief that has shaped much of this president's policymaking.

As for the president's dependence for his re-election on the Americans who are receiving government money, anyone who has paid attention to his 'leadership' over the past nearly four years cannot harbor any doubt about the fact that he believes that the proponents of entitlement – both those who receive government entitlement payments, and those who believe that such payments are an important part of government's purpose – represent a large part, if not the majority, of his base.

As a result of the president's (mostly unconstitutional, and achieved by circumventing congress) policies, record numbers of Americans are moving from the unemployment rolls onto the Social Security 'disability' rolls, the number of food stamp recipients has increased seventy percent since 2008 with more than 46 million Americans (the equivalent of the entire populations of the states of Texas and New York) now on the rolls, and the requirement for welfare recipients to seek meaningful work has been gutted. The government is helping people with their mortgages, and will soon be helping them with their student loans. This administration has created an all-powerful nanny state because, by doing so, the sitting president has increased his voting base exponentially. The crusade to do so is all being done on purpose and for the purpose of insuring his re-election, and the election of nanny-state politicians from this point on.

Illegal immigrants are feeding at the through in record numbers as well, with their children receiving educations at the expense of the American taxpayer, and entire families enjoying access to free medical care, and more, with the American taxpayer footing the bill. And any attempts, even by sovereign American states, to effectively curtail the influx of illegals, have been met by lawsuits on the part of the American Department of Justice, the bill for which, once again, is paid for by the hard-working American taxpayer.

In an effort to increase the voting power of those who receive government entitlement payments, and those who are in this country illegally, this administration has also attempted to roadblock, at every turn, voter identification laws, by portraying laws that require photo I.D. as 'racially biased'. Once again, lawsuits have been filed, at the American taxpayers' expense, to declare such requirements somehow illegal and oppressive.

Connecting the dots in all of this maneuvering does not require anything more than a rational mind. This president is not relying on the average hard-working, taxpaying, law-abiding American's vote in order to win re-election. He is relying on a self-fabricated voting base consisting of people who want their entitlements to continue to flow unabated, and people who bear no allegiance to this country other than seeing it as a source of financial support, a cash cow. 

Mitt Romney sees the emperor without his clothes and, although he may not have wanted his comment to become headline news, it's about time the American electorate at least has access to the truth contained in it. They certainly aren't going to obtain that truth from the mainstream media. 

Romney may have killed his election chances, if the media have any say about it, but he shot from the hip. He wasn't talking about Social Security retirement recipients, or Medicare recipients, or hard workers like you and me. He was talking about those who have embraced the entitlement/victim mentality, and those who are seeking to reap the benefits of American's working class without having legally contributed to that benefit pool. This administration has created, and nurtured, a slick PR campaign selling such a mindset as a part of the American dream, and those who have swallowed that PR will crawl to the polls, if they have to, just to see to it that the entitlement mentality continues to be rewarded. 

Alexis de Tocqueville foresaw exactly this more than 150 years ago:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.


Don Rosen in Upland, CA said:

Once again, you distilled down to its essence, the importance of the upcoming election.

Lately I've been thinking about two disparate elections, separated by a generation. In 1936, after four years of failed New Deal policies, the country sent Franklin Roosevelt back to the White House with a mandate to do more of what didn't work. Could be people were just resigned to the 1930s version of "The New Normal." Could be they just liked how FDR sounded on the radio. Whatever the reason, they re-elected him, and by a landslide. One wonders, what would have become of the country, if WWII had not come along to deliver the U.S. economy from the clutches of Keynesian economics.

In 1980, the country was filled with a palpable sense of rage against the failed policies of Jimmy Carter. I remember that summer, and the hatred against Carter was something savage. And in November, the people spoke loud and clear, sending the failed chief executive packing in favor of Ronald Reagan.

I just can't get a handle on what this electorate will do. But my sense is they will opt for exactly what Alexis de Tocqueville wrote of in the conclusion of your commentary -- to vote for the candidate that promises the most goodies. No matter that government handouts are slavery by another name, we now live in a society with a strong sense of cradle to grave entitlements. Consider it a rerun of the 1936 FDR mandate. Barack Obama is the perfect candidate to give the people what they want, or at least promise it.

Empires die. They have throughout the course of history. And we're witnessing the death throes of a once-great republic. It's ugly and sad, and what will come in the wake of that demise will be sinister and cruel. We're looking at a major paradigm shift, and better get used to an entirely new way of looking at the world.

Good work, Joanie, once again.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

joanie-f in PA replied:

A sad 'Amen' to every word, Don. I share both your view of how past policies are affecting today's republic, and your belief that de Tocqueville was indeed prescient. Thanks for checking in. Your opinions are always well-grounded and eloquently presented.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 7:26 PM

demsarerats in Oregon replied:

It is much more than an empire dying, it is the death of Western civilization playing out before your eyes. Empires do rise and fall, their life spans are commonly measured in terms of centuries. Every single European empire crumbled within a few decades after making the suicide pact of universal suffrage; a unique and inevitable result of the feminization of the West.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

We've got our own Nanny state Senators, in Schumer & Gillebrand. These two progressives, are backing the takers---100%. I write to them every other day, now. Local regulations have increased, dramatically, for small businesses, since Ovomit was elected, in 2008. Gillebrand writes back, but Scumer is a lost liberal enabler!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Barry up the road in Stevens said:

Another wonderful piece Joanie. Thanks for all you do.

While reading the comments from Don and demsarerats I experienced a feeling of hopelessness coming at me from the computer screen. Perhaps I am not seeing the writing on the wall, but I get a much different feeling from the many conversations I have about the upcoming election. I talk to Rs and Ds and all have the same reaction to Obama; disgust!

I think Romney can and will overcome the release of the tape because most people understand that he was telling the truth.

The thing that bothers me most about the current state of affairs is seeing old line democrats who are struggling to defend the policies of the Marxist in the White House for the sake of party loyalty and personal power. Many of them must be aware of the destructiveness of the path we have been set on but they choose to ensure their own place at the public trough rather than working to ensure liberty and freedom for all.

Still, I remain optimistic. All is not yet lost. It will be if I'm wrong but we're not there yet........................

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:35 AM

joanie-f in PA said:

Barry, demsarerats, Tod and Mac,

In spite of the optimism some of you harbor, I do not believe Obama can be defeated in November, nor will we ever have another conservative president (if we have another election at all).

The media will pull out all the big guns between now and November and the idiots who put this amateur in office (in addition to all of the brainwashed 18-21 year olds who now have the vote but didn't four years ago) will swallow whatever barrages of propaganda CNN/NBC/MSNBC/ABC/CBS spew.

And, since absolutely nothing is being done to diminish the propaganda being taught in our public schools and institutions of 'higher education', and nothing is being done to root out the blatant corruption in all three branches of government -- as a matter of fact, all of the above are worsening by the day -- how will the American electorate ever be expected to somehow magically transform itself from a majority of useful idiots to something more palatable (and more effective in the cause of liberty)?

Combining the absolute ignorance of a large majority of the populace, with the no longer even covert bias of the media, with the unprecedented voter fraud about to occur, I do not believe Romney/Ryan stand a chance.

I pray (sincerely) every single day that I am wrong. If so, it will be the most tasty crow I have ever eaten (and I've eaten my share). :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Please slap yourself for your doubts, Romney and Ryan are clearly going to win, despite the propoganda and lies of the media. Read Burt Prelutsky's piece today. With all the anti American ideology coming out from Obamao, I am too great an optimist to see him winning. I can't envision the end of America the party of Marx envisions. I have hope that America will see the corruption and evil that is the Democrats and Obamao, and will vote accordingly. Don't believe the polls, they are also just lies manipulated to further their marxist agenda. They are going to lose.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM