Mitt Romney held a series of fundraisers in the Hamptons this last weekend, culminating with a huge event at the home of billionaire David Koch. The LA Times was on the scene and reporter Maeve Reston caught up with a donor on her way into one of the events.
The woman, who wouldn’t reveal her name, said the following:“I don’t think the common person is getting it…my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who’s got the right to vote — they don’t understand what’s going on. I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact.”
The recommended contribution for the event she was attending was speculated at $25,000 to $75,000
This woman refused to be identified, but she embodies the secret, truthful sentiment of the One Percent and indeed, Mr. Romney himself: That the 99 Percent are simply too stupid to know what’s good for them.
You doubt Mitt, feels this way? He is promising every tax payer an 20% across-the-board tax cut, whilst boosting the defense budget by $5billion per annum, whilst balancing the budget. He is promising to repeal Obamacare and replace it with his super secret alternative program that he will not explain to the masses unless we elect him. By restoring pre-meltdown self-regulation to the markets and corporations he claims he will increase our kid’s health and our rights as workers. He thinks we’re fools.
The truth is, some of us are in fact too dumb (or more precisely, lack sufficient information), to cast an informed vote, but low-information votes count as much as the votes of any other more vested members of our Society. While some of us are factually ignorant, I hope (and believe) that a plurality of American voters are not.
Mr. Obama, you can cruise to a successful second term simply by appealing to the American sense of Intellect. While Willard talks down to us and dodges the details, you have the opportunity to speak to the American electorate truthfully, compellingly and in detail. You have the opportunity to communicate to voters as sentient adults.
I believe President Obama must appeal to our higher sense of self and trust our collective wisdom. If I am wrong, then American Exceptionalism really is a bullsh*t notion.