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Top Romney Advisor Calls Obama ‘Lazy.’ Racists Defend Statement as NOT Racist!

You’d have to be an asshole to defend Mitt Romney’s John Sununu’s statement calling our first Black President ‘lazy,’ as anything more than pure racism in its ugliest form.

Mitt Romney ratcheted his racist campaign up to a new level on October 4th, in an interview with veteran journalist Andrea Mitchell.   Romney’s top advisor, former racist governor of New Hampshire, John Sununu was Romney’s top pick to all but call Barack Obama ‘Nigger.’

 

You are a racist IF these ideas are lurking your head right now:

Hey! He didn’t actually use the word “Nigger.”  Besides, even some White people are lazy. All I have to do is defend the “lazy” word. Hmmm. EASY!

‘Wait no! Bush was lazy. All I have to do is find where someone called Bush “lazy” and I’m golden. Even better; if I can find where a Black man called Bush lazy, I can call REVERSE RACISM! …Shit, too much work.

I know, Sununu proved Obama is lazy because he didn’t want to pick up the pizza. Anyone could feel like not getting the pizza, even ME! I AM LAZY TOO AND I AM WHITE!  Hell, I know a Black guy and never gets ME pizza.’

If these or any similar thoughts are running through your head, your are a racist. And yes, even if you thought about dating a Black chick (or guy) once, you are still a racist.

It might help to consider other clues. This racist (John Sununu) wasn’t your average Joe Blow racist shootin’ the shit in some parking lot in Nashua. Mr. Sununu is no dumb ass racist. He is a smart bitchy racist…just like Romney.

Romney and Sununu planned HOW to call Obama ‘lazy’ and on which day and on which national TV station. They knew they would be accused of being racist. That is why they did it. They knew you would get that tingling feeling on the back of your neck when you got inspired enough to defend them. And they know how important the tingles are in your decision making process.

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What Romney’s “I enjoy firing people” Gaffe Really Reveals About Him

Courtesy of Paul Krugman from Digby’s Hullabaloo:

. . . Romney’s sense of privilege, and a relationship to the world around him that is alien to most Americans and reinforces everything that is wrong with the 1% in America.

The key part of what’s off-putting about the gaffe isn’t the first part about liking to fire people, so much as the second part about “who provide services to me.” Liking to fire people is bad enough, but this is the real kicker.

When it comes to basic services like healthcare, almost no one in America sees the relationship that way. Most of us wouldn’t speak of “firing” our health insurance company. No matter how much we might detest our insurance company, we probably wouldn’t describe the experience of removing ourselves from their rolls an enjoyable one.

Mitt Romney isn’t at fault for having been privileged, he’s at fault for having no sense that other people aren’t:

Romney talks about paying for health insurance as if it were the same as getting a pedicure, hiring an escort or getting the fancy wax at a car wash. It’s a luxury service being provided to him, and he doesn’t like it, he can take his business elsewhere. Romney’s is the language of a man who has never wanted for anything, never worried about where his next paycheck would come from, never worried about going bankrupt if he got sick.

It is the language of an entitled empowerment utterly alien to the experience of most Americans, who feel victimized and bled dry without recourse by these rentier corporations. Romney sees himself as in charge of the relationship between himself and these entities. Most Americans don’t. That’s why the statement rankles and feels so off-putting to us. The mention of enjoying the act of “firing” them is just icing on the cake.

 The divide between Romney’s experience and the experiences of most Americans is vast.  Most of us can’t imagine firing our insurance company because – as sucktacular as they are – we can’t risk being without their half-assed, unreasonably priced sevices.

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