Romneyism: Decline of the American Middle Class

At a time when universal deceit overshadows the truth as a radical idea and self-indulgence and greed serve as God to many people, is Romneyism the new political religion of the conservative right? Romneyism is the belief system that was embraced with the rise of Mitt Romney as the presidential candidate of the Republican Party. The main thrust of Romneyism is simply the belief system that value and virtue is void of a moral compass or core values. Any lie will do!

Romneyism gave rise in the election of 2012 where candidate Mitt Romney easily swayed from opinion to opinion, boldly portrayed with six major issue changes where he swayed from one opposed position to another with no remorse or regret. He has been for and against more issues than can be easily explained and the basis of this immoral lack of values appeared wildly popular and effective with the conservative faithful. If Romney felt uneasy by his contradictory views, he showed no evidence of being so. His [flip flop] views were simply explained away as that his views have evolved. Voter’s opinion to this lack of a moral compass was disturbingly seen as unimportant.

It took a secretly filmed video of Romney and a quote for voters’ to get a glimpse of the real Mitt Romney, a glimpse they did not like. The Quote: “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the 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. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. … [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

The coldness of his comment speaks volumes about the real disturbing facts in regards to his immoral beliefs [Romneyism]. His swaying on issues did not mean he has no core values at all. He is simply not concerned with the policy issues [values] that are on the table (or should be) in a Presidential campaign with middle class people. Any lie will do!

Mitt Romney’s [Romneyism] values [or lack thereof] are really frightening. A first core value is his understanding of [his God] capitalism and the importance of making a profit; this is his number one value. If doing so means sending American business [jobs] overseas, that is a side benefit. If doing cost jobs, well that’s just too bad for the persons who lost theirs in this process, just as long as he makes a profit in the process. If doing so means killing the American car industry – so be it.

A second core value for Romneyism, as he referenced without regret in the GOP primaries, is that “corporations are people” (to which he added “my friend,” even though most corporations are not very friendly). That position has many scary meanings and far reaching implications for the structure and function of the U.S. economy, which he believes, can be bought and sold with dark [Citizens United] money. When he toured a foreign sweat shop and was impressed with the oppression and fear of the beleaguered workers – this was the real Romney.

A third core value for Romneyism, is that if the profit-makers [job creators] for American capitalism can’t make their profits the traditional ways, then creative ventures like investing in and/or organizing the bankruptcies of other businesses, or replacing public education with a private profit based version, or taking a significant chunk of operating funds out of the health care system to support profit-making by the private insurance industry is simply good business, the benefits for the rich outweigh the benefits of the masses [middle class and poor]. This new form of trickle-down economics explains the decline of the American middle class as corporate America drains the middle class of resources.

Fourth, is his kingly belief that “his kind of people” is the people who should rule, for their own benefit and for the welfare of everyone else [the peasants]. And they [he] are, by nature of their positions [wealth], entitled to a wide variety of benefits that the majorities are not. Yes indeed, he does believe in certain “entitlements.” They are just not the entitlements that benefit the majority of Americans. He supports corporate welfare.

The growing popularity of greed and growing emphasis on self-indulgence is a dangerous phenomenon and important basis for the principles of Romneyism. Societal structure will not survive when its people loose compassion for others. Romneyism feeds off society when its people’s concerns turns from the welfare of all to the welfare of “self”. Many of the progressive causes, which benefit all in society, require a loyalty to [the whole] society and devotion to community by its people.

When the focus of people turn inward, unions die, wages drop, benefits are slashed and Romneyism flourishes. It is much easier to slash education, walk by a homeless person, support cuts in social safety nets when you care about no one but yourself. This behavior is the foundation of the current conservative movement in America. Recently, before Romney officially redrew from the 2016 race, it was shocking to see Mr. Romney talk about running a 2016 race for president based on a focus on the poor and an anti-poverty crusade.

But wait a minute, what about the interview that aired the day after he clinched the Republican nomination, in 2012, when he remarked, “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” Or the week after the election, when Mr. Romney blamed the loss on “gifts” Obama promised to minorities if they voted for him. And in early 2016, he briefly flirted with the idea of running on an anti-poverty campaign – blasting President Obama for widening the gap between the rich and the poor.

One must remember, Romney’s embrace of the poor is just the most recent example of the Romney [flip flop] doctrine. The truth does not matter because deception is the seed that sows/reaps the conservative harvest. The Golden Rule of Romneyism – Any lie will do!

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