Thursday, September 29, 2011
Romney: More of the same...
Attempt to appear as “man of the people” falls flat
The corporate media’s declared GOP front runner Mitt Romney has been attempting to win over voters recently by painting himself up as a “man of the people”, arguing that Obama’s Ivy League education and elitism serves as a distinct disconnect.
However, the suggestion that Romney somehow represents the antithesis of such elitism or any kind of shift away from the status quo in Washington, crumbles with a cursory peek into his own background.
In several recent campaign speeches, Romney has, rather hilariously, targeted Obama’s foreign policy in such terms.
In a speech last month to Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in San Antonio, Romney said of the idea that if the United States recedes, its enemies will reciprocate, “That may be what they think in that Harvard faculty lounge…but it’s not what they know on the battlefield!”
Ignoring the ludicrous idea that Romney knows anything about being on a battlefield, his Harvard comments are meaningless given that he himself graduated from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School with, count them, two degrees. Romney received a JD and an MBA in 1975, graduating in the top 5% of his class.
In addition, one of Romney’s chief foreign policy advisers is former Bush aide Meghan O’Sullivan, a Harvard international relations professor – who could be more familiar with the inside of the dreaded Harvard faculty lounge?
Romney’s chief economic advisor, N. Gregory Mankiw, is a Harvard economics professor.
Three of Romney’s sons all graduated from Harvard Business School.
Romney notoriously awarded $50,000 to Harvard Business School in 2003 and has to date received more than $56,000 in donations from Harvard professors and the spouses of Harvard professors.
Yes Obama is undoubtedly a hand picked elitist Harvard educated president, yet Romney was formed in the exact same mold.
One candidate who certainly is a man of the people is Congressman Ron Paul. His grassroots support has propelled him to top tier candidacy. After raising over $1 million two weekends ago, Paul is approaching another $1 million in donations as part of an end of quarter fundraising push.
Unlike Romney, Paul also knows a thing or two about the battlefield, having served as a physician in the Air Force. Indeed, as well-known West Coast military publication The Ranger highlights, Paul has raised more than any other current presidential candidate in donations from members of the military.
Paul has so far raised $34,480 from people in the military, compared with $19,849 for President Barack Obama and $13,848 for the other GOP presidential candidates combined.
“Our fighting men and women take an oath to protect America, defend our Constitution and defend our borders,” said Jesse Benton, Paul’s campaign manager. “They look at Ron Paul and see a leader who takes their oath seriously, and who will fight to ensure that we don’t misrepresent that oath by sending them off to police the world, instead of defending our country.”