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Mitt Romney unplugged…from #47percent of Americans

Often times, politicians say they were misquoted, taken “out of context” or my favorite is the “gotcha questions” from the “lame stream media.” The Republican Party used that one countless times during the 2008 campaign to defend Sarah Palin’s inability to answer questions. The clip below shows why she needed some bailouts after interviews…

When a person is running for the highest office in the United States of America or a position one breath away from that office, they should expect the unexpected, be able to answer questions that are concerning voters across the U.S. and yes, be prepared to make an “off the cuff” comment that doesn’t offend nearly half of all Americans.

Clearly, our candidates should be able to represent all of the Americans they are campaigning to lead, whether they are speaking to a crowd of potential voters or among their own supporting donors behind locked doors.

(View Parts 1 and 2 of the recently leaked videos via MotherJones.com and see the full transcript here.)

Who is Mitt Romney when he believes he is only speaking to his supporters? How does he answer the serious questions concerning foreign policy, U.S. Jobs and the Israel/Palestinian Peace Process and more?

How true are his statements on the size of of our Navy and Air Force and claims of the Fed’s purchase of our Nation’s debt?

About his reference to the #47percent of Americanswho are with him [re: President Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that 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.”

He then goes on to say more (although his speaking and grammar could use some work).

These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll [still talking about Obama here] be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years.”

–>” And so my job is not to worry about those people—I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what it looks like. I mean, when you ask those people…we do all these polls—I find it amazing—we poll all these people, see where you stand on the polls, but 45 percent of the people will go with a Republican…”

Something about that #47percent he didn’t mention… He didn’t talk about the  “lucky-duckies” making over $233,000 and not paying federal income tax due to capital gains, municipal bonds and the ability to exploit the tax laws.)

You know what the Republican Party or Mitt Romney hasn’t brought up? What about all the automatic votes from those simply voting for Romney to get President Obama out of office? On the ballot, come election day, that box for the Republican Candidate could say Bugs Bunny, Honey Boo Boo, or “Not Obama” and it wouldn’t matter. Especially right now, Romney should be thankful for those voters who really aren’t even paying attention to what he is saying. Some people don’t realize he just included them in his #47percent put down of irresponsible mooching Americans statements.

For example, maybe the veteran that goes to the VA hospital and/or collecting disability payments, they are part of the #47percent Mitt was talking about. What about the single Mom that has been waiting for this election because she has felt so lead that our country is headed in the wrong direction under our current administration but wait, is she using a Pell Grant to put herself through college for a better career? #47percent!

There are also a great number of senior citizens which have been at these rallies for Romney and all of that Social Security and Medicare? #47percent  That’s right!! They aren’t paying federal income tax on that.  And, anyone collecting SSI for some type of disability whether it be due to a tragic accident, side effect from cancer, blindness, neurologic disorders, mental illness,  or a host of other conditions, Mitt was referring to them as well.

In his view, those are entitlements. He isn’t looking at the people he is speaking to or about. The fact is, he is drawing a line, dividing America into portions and for someone running to lead the United States of America, a very diverse country in many ways, that was not only a large political mistake but morally shows a lack of character when it comes to having the ability to be the leader of this Nation.

At this time though, the Republican party isn’t running on morals, values and what is best for the average American, remember their #1 priority has been to make Obama a one-term president.  They are going to stand behind their nominee no matter how bad he slips up, what he may say or how many times he flip flops. They just hope when election day rolls around, the voter will forget about Romney’s slip ups, not so elegantly said insults and give their vote for the candidate that is not Obama. It may be to his benefit to campaign on a completely different note.

Maybe … #NotObama2012

Freedom – What is it worth?

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More often it seems people are concerned about what is happening to their freedoms or one person’s freedom is standing in the way of another person’s freedom.

One person’s freedom of speech can become bullying or harassment to another which has been making headlines recently across the nation even inspiring the “It Gets Better” campaign.

Freedoms have been fought for throughout America’s history but when one person’s freedom has become a source of disrespect, intolerance, hate or the cause of a crime, this is no longer just someone exercising their freedoms but instead it is an act against someone else’s rights.

What exactly is a freedom and what is a right? Where should the line be drawn and who should draw the line?

A freedom is very difficult to just flat out define but it is being free willed, making one’s own choices, having liberty, not being physically bound or confined or not having one’s future pre-determined. Freedom is being able to have something that is yours and know you will be able to hold on to it.

A right is the freedom to do something or the justifiable claim or entitlement to something. Some may say a right is something you are born with and die with like the rights spelled out in the U.S. Constitution. However, this has been something that is argued that these are more a privilege because they can be taken away from you. For example, prisoners lose many of their rights. However, we are looking at this primarily as freedoms.

Can a person have too much freedom? Is it possible for freedom to be taken too far or to be misinterpreted?

If a person had 100% freedom to do absolutely anything he/she wanted this could and most likely would begin to infringe on those around them. Each person having their own freedoms would expect to have the same apply to them, 100% freedom for themselves. This couldn’t work.

It’s very easy to come up with a quick example that is not extreme but more or less a day to day example. Imagine a busy supermarket, long lines at the register and everyone is on their cell phones, talking loudly and in no hurry to get off. That includes the cashier, the person ahead of you and the person ahead of them. Everyone is just freely talking. It may seem rude but is it breaking the law?

Putting one’s freedoms aside to respect another person and/or their freedoms has made life not only tolerable but has made America a place where people feel safe enough to speak up, be religious or choose not to practice religion, pick and represent political parties, vote, chase their dreams or follow in the footsteps of previous generations.

But, is this America being pushed aside as more individuals are consumed by personal freedoms instead of overall respect, safety and equality?

Not too long ago, in the top of the news was the Islamic Center in NYC. The issue originally stated that people were concerned with it being so close to Ground Zero.

However, once the media became more involved, the issue became more against Islam and the NYC Islamic Center wasn’t the only one having issues with people not wanting to see it built.

Another proposed Islamic Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee ran into extreme debates even though they had been in the community for two decades. Their plans were for a larger center than their already existing one. However, opponents went to court to try to put a halt to their plans.

This past week, Chancellor Robert Corlew III denied the opponents of the Mosque an emergency injunction that would block construction so for now, it looks like plans can move forward.

What happened to freedom of religion? Who decides where the line of freedom is drawn? Then, is it really freedom?

Remember the Florida Pastor, Terry Jones? He was willing to go against top brass in the military, Lt. Gen. William Caldwell and General David Petraeus, as well as multiple religious and community leaders who urged him to reconsider his plans to burn the Holy Book of Islam, the Qu’ran, on September 11th of this year.

Why would he do such an act? Because he felt Islam was of the devil and he wanted to express how he felt.

Once his story reached the news and the news spread worldwide what he was planning to do, safety for American troops in the Middle East was a great concern as well as the safety for Americans abroad due to retaliation for what Terry Jones was planning to do. However, with these details, Terry Jones did not want to back down.

Was he breaking the law or was he just exercising his right to free speech and to share how he felt about Islam?

Terry Jones changed his mind at the last minute after all of the attention and after a great deal of fear had set in due to riots in the Middle East. This was going on at the same time as the issue over the Islamic Center in NYC and the one in Tennessee was going on. Tensions were already high. In the U.S., many people were debating different views and politicians had become involved as the 2010 mid-term elections were approaching.

When does one person’s freedom hinder another person’s freedom?

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas have gone to military funerals across the country but not to pay respects to the families or say goodbye to a friend or loved one. They are armed with signs that say, “God Hates You” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers”. They feel America’s war casualties are God’s wrath for tolerating homosexuality. Is this really the time or place for a protest or picketing? Again, are they breaking a law? Do they have the right to do this? Do these families have the right to peacefully say goodbye to their loved ones?

Freedom is something that has set the U.S. apart from many other countries around the world. Many countries do not allow near as many freedoms as the U.S. allows and although this sets us apart, this can also be a wedge that drives a great divide through the nation. The more one person’s freedom takes away from another person’s freedom, the nation loses its freedom and therefore what separates the U.S. from many countries around the world.

Freedoms lost today may not affect you, as it happens to one person or a group of people today it can happen to another tomorrow and then more people over time.

Americans must understand that every freedom we have today has come to us through someone’s great effort, fight and even death. Freedoms that have been gained over time can also be lost. They’re never to be taken lightly or for granted; not your own freedoms or someone else’s.

To be truly free requires the respect of the freedom of others and to know the limits of our freedoms. Then we, and those around us, can have a more meaningful and lasting freedom.