Monday, October 01, 2012

Mitt Romney's Likability and The Women's Vote

I recently came across this post on BlogHer entitled, What Women Should Know About Our Old Boss, Mitt Romney, and felt inspired to see this on a popular site directed at women. I originally posted this on my Election 2012 site, then decided to share it here and elaborate more on why women voters, and anyone undecided, needs to give Mitt Romney another look.

The BlogHer article shares how women and past co-workers of Mitt Romney intend to speak up and speak out about their experiences working with Mitt Romney and his commitment to restoring America. 

Here is an excerpt of the BlogHer post:

Frankly, we were completely, totally, absolutely fed up.  That’s what we told a reporter from the Milwaukee Sentinel today who asked us why a group of female executives are traveling the country telling women about our former boss Mitt Romney....

....Amazingly, most women don’t know that Mitt had women at his side helping him turn around the Olympics in Salt Lake and fix the economy in Massachusetts. It doesn’t surprise me because I know how Mitt puts together his team. He hires the strongest talent he can find, so naturally he ends up with a lot of women. Mitt says he hires people who will “go through walls” to get the job done; the women who have worked with him over the years definitely fit that description. I worked with him for nine years and can tell you that my colleagues in Salt Lake and Massachusetts are as talented and incredible as any group of women in America.

Mitt was recognized every year he was Governor for having more women in Cabinet and senior positions than any other Governor in the country. Women made up half Mitt’s cabinet. Women were at the heart of the economic team he put together to create jobs, cut red-tape and streamline regulations and permitting. He personally chose and campaigned for his Lt. Governor – Kerry Healey – a hard-working, gracious, accomplished woman. His Chief of Staff, Beth Myers, was at the table with him giving advice and counsel throughout his administration – and she has continued to do that in the years since, as campaign manager for his 2008 campaign and as senior strategist in the campaign this time.

 My response is below:
It is great to see this post on the popular blogging site for women, Blogher. I hope that these posts will influence women voters to think wisely before they vote in November. So far the media, the Obama administration and campaign has focused on a faux war on women created by the GOP. However, the real war on women is coming from Obama's policies. More women are unemployed or in poverty than they have been in 17 years! Too many are single women, or single moms who do not have a husband to support them and tend to seek welfare to get by. Sadly, they often become govt dependents rather than achieve self-reliance and independence once they become part of the welfare system. 
Romney is determined and capable of turning things around, giving women, men and all people in America the chance to become self sufficient and pursue happiness, if they are willing to work hard. Nobody achieves success by depending on the govt to support your needs, whether it is contraception, health care or otherwise....most often the more dependent you become, the less free you become and less capable you become of achieving success. Poverty then becomes a vicious cycle. People living on Indian reservations can attest to this...the govt subsidizes them and gives them land to live on, yet they are unable to come out of poverty and only about 5% own land. 
These women will share their experiences and knowledge of Mitt Romney from a personal, professional and political view. They are women from all political parties including Republican, Democrat and Independents. They believe in America and believe Romney is capable of leading this country out of this economic recession/depression because they have experienced how he leads, makes decisions and how he treats women and cares for others.

It is my hope more women will become involved politically and become more aware of what is really going on in our political system. I used to think politics and the news were boring, until I became more involved and learned more and more about Obama when he was running in 2008. Since then, I have become actively involved and engaged in what is going on in the world, especially nationally and how it will affect my future and that of my children's and their children's future. As women, we must stand up for our children's future, because they can't speak for themselves and can't vote. We have to make wise choices and vote for those who will help Americans prosper by giving them a hand up, not a handout!
Then I came across this article by a 'reluctant Romneyite', entitled "Learning to Like Mitt" 
Now that he’s officially the Republican nominee for president and has an excellent chance of becoming the most powerful man in the world, I feel free to admit, in the full knowledge that nobody cares, that I never liked Mitt Romney.
...I assumed I was missing something and resolved to dive into the Romney literature.

...By my count the literature includes one good book, The Real Romney, by two reporters from the Boston Globe. That’s the same Globe with the leftward tilt to its axis and a legendary anti-Romney animus—which lends authority to their largely favorable portrait. The flattering details of Romney’s life were so numerous and unavoidable that the authors, dammit, had no choice but to include them.

Romney once famously called himself “severely” conservative. Other adverbs fit better: culturally, personally, instinctively. He seems to have missed out on The Sixties altogether, and wanted to. As a freshman at Stanford he protested the protesters, appearing in the quad carrying signs of his own: SPEAK OUT, DON’T SIT IN! In 1968 the May riots stranded him in Paris. “The disorder appalled him,” the authors write. He left Stanford for BYU, where long hair, rock bands, and peace symbols were banned. As a young go-getter he liked to give friends copies of Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill—a Stephen Covey for the Coolidge era, sodden with moral uplift. (Even his anachronisms are anachronistic.) “There was nothing jaded about him,” a school friend tells the authors, “nothing skeptical, nothing ironic.”

At his wedding, he declined when the photographer asked him to kiss the bride: “Not for cameras,” he said. Since that day, Ann says, they haven’t had an argument; friends believe her. And their kids—we’ve all seen their kids. The authors tick off a typical week for the young family. Sunday: “church, reflection, volunteer work, family dinners.” Monday: “family night,” when the family gathered for Bible stories and skits about animals. Tuesday was for family basketball games and cookouts. Friday was date night for Mitt and Ann. Saturday was for doing chores, and so on, in a pinwheel of wholesomeness that a -post-60s ironist can only gape at, disbelieving. The Romneys present a picture of an American family that popular culture has been trying to undo since—well, since An American Family, the 1973 PBS documentary that exposed the typical household as a cauldron of resentment and infidelity.
And now, here, 40 years later, it’s as though it all never happened: a happy American family, led by a baby boomer with no sense of irony! Romney is the sophisticate’s nightmare.

Almost every personal detail about Romney I found endearing. But my slowly softening opinion went instantly to goo when The Real Romney unfolded an account of his endless kindnesses—unbidden, unsung, and utterly gratuitous. “It seems that everyone who has known him has a tale of his altruism,” the authors write.

...In the 1990s a car wreck rendered two of their boys quadriplegics. Drained financially from extraordinary expenses, Mr. Nixon got a call from Romney, whom he barely knew, asking if he could stop by on Christmas Eve. When the day came, all the Romneys arrived bearing presents, including a VCR and a new sound system the Romney boys set up. Later Romney told Nixon that he could take care of the children’s college tuition, which in the end proved unnecessary. “I knew how busy he was,” Nixon told the authors. “He was actually teaching his boys, saying, ‘This is what we do. We do this as a family.’ ”

Romney’s oldest son Tagg once made the same point to the radio host Hugh Hewitt. “He was constantly doing things like that and never telling anyone about them,” Tagg said. “He doesn’t want to tell people about them, but he wanted us to see him. He would let the kids see it because he wanted it to rub off on us.”
To learn more about Mitt Romney, without the media spin and bias, consider the following links to educate yourself and compare his record and character to that of Obama. I believe you will find there is not a better choice in this election for President. The choice is VERY clear when you consider who has the economic, business and leadership experience and who doesn't. 

In addition, you will find that Obama's rhetoric doesn't match up with his actions when it comes to 'being his brothers keeper' or helping the poor and representing ALL Americans. He has also failed to lead on domestic and foreign policy, making us more vulnerable economically and internationally.  He has created a divisiveness this country hasn't seen/felt in over 30 years, since the Democratic party voted to keep segregation laws in place and ignored the Civil Rights of Black Americans. Democrats have long been the party of racism, slavery, and oppression. Thankfully Republicans put an end to the Jim Crow laws, segregation and slavery, while the majority of Democrats voted against repealing them!  Planned Parenthood stands today as the legacy of racist eugenicist Margaret Sanger.

Then there are Obama's continual attacks on those who are successful, like Romney, and have created their own wealth through hard work, innovation and the free market. Obama would rather put American against American and create class warfare&race warfare in America we have never seen before. His continual attacks on the wealthy emboldened the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement in the past year, which has thankfully started fizzling out

During the peak of the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement, there were numerous sit-ins in cities across the country, which attracted hundreds of homeless, unemployed, mostly college students who squatted in parks, blocked traffic, protested and vandalized public and private property, raped and committed other crimes throughout the country. Large cities like New York, Oakland and Seattle had some of the worst reports of violence, including a couple murders and unexplained deaths, likely due to drug/alcohol abuse. The current total number of Occupy Wall Street arrests last reported is: 7,622 documented arrests in 120 cities as of Sept 17, 2012 since Sept 24, 2011

At the same time, members of the conservative Tea Party movement have been criticized, condemned and labeled as terrorists by the Obama administration, while none have caused violence, destruction of private property or have been arrested in relation to their pro free market and freedom movement events. Obama himself referred to members in the movement as 'teabaggers', a derogatory and sexual term used to describe a homosexual act. What kind of mature, professional and quality person, let alone President of the greatest nation, stoops so low to personally attack citizens who disagree with him??

I could go on and on about comparisons between Romney and Obama and who has the experience and character to lead this country out of an economic disaster and back towards prosperity, but the main point of this post is that while the media tells us what they want us to hear about Mitt Romney, the truth has been hidden and distorted. Once you begin to do your own research and think for yourself, Romney becomes more likable and more qualified the more you learn about him. 

So take the time to put your party affiliation, personal opinions and any other bias aside and consider getting to know the man behind Mitt Romney and the women who support him. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised at the person he is, admire his generosity and begin to see him as a leader and great role model and feel safe with him leading our country, despite the personal attacks the media or Obama try to throw at  him. As Obama has admitted himself, "if you don't have a record to run paint your opponent as someone they should run from."

Bottom line, if you love life, God and your country and believe in pursuing happiness and the opportunity for everyone to succeed based on your own hard work and innovation than vote for the party of life, liberty and happiness....Romney is your man!


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