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Romney Comments Reveal Republican Party – Business Insider

September 19, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

I have a lot of sympathy for people who commit gaffes. I’ve committed plenty of gaffes myself. And if someone shoved a microphone in front of my face 24 hours a day, I’d be a veritable gaffe machine.

But the problem with Romney’s gaffe about 47% of Americans believing they’re “victims” who  deserve handouts is that they appear to reflect the prevailing ideology of today’s Republican Party.

I’ve lamented in the past about how frustrating it is that, thanks to the increasing social extremism of one of our two mainstream parties, I can’t vote for a fiscal conservative without also supporting Religious Aggressives. Conservatives are supposed to advocate limited government and freedom, not a government so pervasive that it strips away choice and legislates a particular view of morality (e.g., eliminating choice, limiting “marriage” to a man and a woman). But today’s Republican party has become anti-freedom and pro-big-government in some important respects. And that’s frustrating.

And now Romney’s remarks have revealed another frustrating problem with today’s Republican ideology, one that further marginalizes the party and makes it less likely that a reasonable Republican candidate will ever win the Presidency.

In a brutal New York Times column entitled “Thurston Howell Romney,” the conservative columnist David Brooks calls out this issue:

In 1987, during Ronald Reagan’s second term, 62 percent of Republicans believed that the government has a responsibility to help those who can’t help themselves. Now, according to the Pew Research Center, only 40 percent of Republicans believe that.

It’s easy to be frustrated by (and worried about) the rise in the number of Americans who receive benefits from the government (here are 18 charts showing this trend). For one thing, it’s depressing that so many Americans need benefits. Also, given the depth of our budget problems, if we can’t figure out how to solve that problem, we’re going to bankrupt ourselves. So Romney is right that this is a major issue and concern.

But there’s a big difference between trying to solve a major economic problem and demonizing those who are on the poorer end of the income scale, which is what Romney did in his remarks. Whether inadvertently or not, Romney blamed Americans who are poor or old for being poor or old. Worse, he framed their financial status as the result of their personal character:

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