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Sunday, September 23, 2012
An Open Letter to the First Lady nominee of the United States:
Dear Ann Romney,
Campaigning is tough work, and I admire your sacrifice to undertake such a
massive challenge.I cannot imagine
putting myself or my family through what you are enduring.The long days, the endless rope lines, and
the constant spotlight has to take a terrible toll on a person.Take solace that it will be over soon and
you’ll be able to fade back into relative wealth and obscurity.
I admire your fortitude, but must point out when I believe you could use
some rest.When I heard you confusing
the definition of the word ‘context’ this week, I knew that I needed to
encourage you to take a few days off.Fatigue is the only rationale for your confusion.
On Tuesday, you told an interviewer in Denver
that your husband’s “47 percent” comments were “taken out of context”.Actually, as I am sure you are aware, his
comments were presented to the public in full context, so I can only assume
that you are suffering from exhaustion.
You were quoted as saying, “It’s unfortunate when something gets misinterpreted
like this or it’s taken out of context because if you really do listen to
everything that he does say, he’s talking about what we’re facing in America right
now. We’re facing some really difficult situations. If we don’t take corrective
measures soon, more and more people will be dependent on government, and that’s
not what he wants. He wants to have more economic opportunity for people. He
wants to have better jobs for people.”
When the reporter followed up by asking you, “So he wasn’t expressing any
disdain for people who are poor or who are on entitlement programs at this
point?”, and you responded, “Absolutely not. Absolutely not. That’s totally not so”, you could not have
been deliberately misrepresenting yourself.You should skip a day on the trail to recharge.
Of course Mitt was taken in context, and he said at the May fundraiser in
response to a question:
"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 words and the context are clear and unambiguous.Perhaps with all the travel you confused
“recorded without his knowledge” and “out of context”.Honest mistake, but as you know, these are
not the same thing.
An example of something “out of context” would involve taking words or parts
of sentences and paragraphs and only presenting them to the public without the
benefit of knowing the audience, hearing the full question and full response,
and in some cases, understanding the forum of the discussion.
When the GOP spent an entire day dedicated to the theme of “You didn’t build
that”, this would be something taken out of context.In its full context, President Obama telling
business leaders and entrepreneurs that they did not build the roads that allow
customers to reach them, or the public service security forces that protect
their investments, that’s correct and politically benign.Out of context, it can be ginned up to sound
like Obama thinks business people do not “take personal responsibility and care
for their lives” and think that “the government should give it (success) to
See what I did there?Obama’s
statement was not presented in full context; your husband’s disdain for 47% of
the population was.
It can be confusing, I know, especially with all the travel.It is especially tough when your husband’s
campaign tries to pivot the conversation away from his in context remarks to
another out of context remark from Obama recorded in 1998.The Romney campaign points to a video clip of
Obama saying he believes in "redistribution, at least at a certain level,
to make sure that everybody has got a shot."Out of context, that’s sounds like Chairman
In context, it is much more free market friendly.Here’s the full text:
“I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems
that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually
believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that
everybody's got a shot. How do we pool resources at the same time as we
decentralize delivery systems in ways that both foster competition, can work in
the marketplace, and can foster innovation at the local level and can be
tailored to particular communities."
Pooling resources to foster competition and innovation at a local level is
not too controversial, so the limited quote is needed to remove context.I realize that out of context has more
political clout than in context, so your misstatement about Mitt’s 47% video is
Heck, even Paul Ryan is confusing the concept of context, so it’s no wonder
you’re confused!The VP nominee tried
defending your husband by pretending that what he said wasn’t what he said."I think the point that Mitt is trying
to make is that he cares not only about the middle class, he wants to grow the
middle class."If that was the
point he was trying to make, he forgot to make it at all.
In summary, it’s OK that Mitt said what he said, and you shouldn’t fight a
context battle that is unwinnable on the facts.It will only tire you more.Embrace the language, like Republican state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe did when
discussing the Republican-imposed, PA state-ID law that facts say
disenfranchises eligible voters:
"I don't believe any legitimate voter that actually wants to exercise
that right and takes on the according responsibility that goes with that right
to secure their photo ID will be disenfranchised.As Mitt Romney said, 47% of the people that
are living off the public dole, living off their neighbors' hard work, and we
have a lot of people out there that are too lazy to get up and get out there
and get the ID they need. If individuals are too lazy, the state can't fix
Rep. Metcalfe understands your husband.The elderly, disabled, students, and the working poor are “too lazy to
get up and get out there and get the ID they need.”The state can’t fix lazy, and your husband
can’t fix those who can’t take “personal responsibility and care for their
Get some well-deserved rest, and we’ll talk more about context soon.
Marvin Disgruntled Loyal Supporter - Effective Federal Income Tax Rate: 0.00%