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‘The context is worse than the quote’

Governor Romney is right on the money.

“Well, just read the whole speech. I found the speech even more disconcerting than just that particular line. The context is worse than the quote. The context, he says, you know, you think you’ve been successful because you’re smart, but he says a lot of people are smart. You think you’ve been successful because you work hard, a lot of people work hard. This is an ideology which says hey, we’re all the same here, we ought to take from all and give to one another and that achievement, individual initiative and risk-taking and success are not to be rewarded as they have in the past. It’s a very strange and in some respects foreign to the American experience type of philosophy. We have always been a nation that has celebrated success of various kinds. The kid that gets the honor roll, the individual worker that gets a promotion, the person that gets a better job. And in fact, the person that builds a business. And by the way, if you have a business and you started it, you did build it. And you deserve credit for that. It was not built for you by government. And by the way, we pay for government. Government doesn’t come free. The people who begin enterprises, the people who work in enterprises, they’re the ones paying for government. So his whole philosophy is an upside-down philosophy that does not comport with the American experience. And if we want to get people working again–and that’s my priority–if we want to get people working again, we have to celebrate success and achievement and not demonize it and denigrate the people who have worked hard, who are smart, who have made the kinds of investments to build a brighter future.”

(H/T Stop the ACLU)

4 comments to ‘The context is worse than the quote’

  • Honey

    I have to admit candidate Romney is pleasantly surprising. He is better than I ever believed he would be. I hope if he wins, he is this kind of president.

  • asombra

    Yes, he's better than he looked, but not as good as he should be, given what the stakes are. He's still too much Mr. Nice Guy, clearly afraid to offend by simply stating the bare, unvarnished truth. I know the media game is rigged, and that this society has deteriorated considerably, but he needs to hit harder--at least as hard as the Obama people have and will.

  • FreedomForCuba

    Fully agreed asombra, Romney needs to take the gloves off and back Obama and his liberal minions against the wall and call them for what they're. Mr. Nice won't cut it in this election circle, otherwise Romney will end up like John McCain.

    Seems to be that the only one in the Republican Party capable of accomplishing this feat is Senator Marco Rubio. The Senator is bright and very articulate while possessing the strong conservative values needed to deliver a very strong message against Obama and the liberals in such fashion as Ronald Wilson Reagan.

    Senator Marco Rubio is the only one possessing the oratory and the values needed to defeat the liberal BS in America and Romney should start taking cues in this regard from the senator.

  • asombra

    Note to Mitt: It's not the 1950's, so stop acting like it--it's counterproductive and embarrassing.