“I don’t think the common person is getting it. Nobody understands why Obama is hurting them. We’ve got the message. But 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.”
– Wealthy Romney donor
Let’s say that comment is true, and to be fair for most people uneducated, or how about under educated, or not it is true. Yes people have no idea how the political system works or understand the impact it truly has. One reason is because they aren’t that concerned with how the system works and another is people feel the system is rigged to keep a certain group be it race, religion, sex or class status in a certain place. These comments made by some “richer” proves that Romney is in a no man’s zone, the same people this comment shitted on is the same people Romney needs to convince he is the better man between he and Obama. Yes it’s a fundraiser and that lady’s comment is hers and hers alone but it is at a fundraiser which means that is the vibe going on there. There are a group of people who are too stupid uneducated to understand just what is going on around them. This means in some way this is how Romney feels, you’re associated with the company you keep.
The bigger issue is people are talking offense to the comment and rightfully so but that comment opens a door of discussion. Now you’re hearing a wealthy person say those who aren’t educated don’t get the system. Why? Why aren’t people educated? That is the issue here, and it is one that the Republicans never really want to focus on and to a larger extent Americans don’t want to focus. The door has been opened, if the lower class, by this woman’s view, can’t understand what is taking place because they are NOT educated then let’s start there. Let’s fix a broken system. Between the facts that there are jobs out there people just aren’t qualified for to the fact we as Americans know that education is now a class status issue and the poor will most likely be the ones getting a poor education, why not work on this issue. If you don’t fix the education system there will always be this divide economically and to blame outsourcing and a political party will no longer due. Her comment should not be debated upon without first addressing the education system she indirectly blames.
This is less about the lady being out of touch with the real world because if you’re a republican and you’re lower class you’re still not going to take offense to what she said because you will feel that since you’ve claimed a party, The GOP, that makes you an exception to the rule. This is about how easy the lower class can be summed up as dumb. The fact many middle class and upper middle class people come from blue collar lower income homes was a fact that missed this lady. Hell I know a great deal of well to do people who are Paris Hilton dumb. I’m sure Paris went to a good school and she couldn’t begin to explain the how the three branches of government work. She also doesn’t have to worry how things will pan out in the next four years no matter who is President. Hell those in Washington hope the average American has no idea how things work, it’s what keeps them in Washington. Between these news networks giving bias views on things to politicians bringing up non issues as issues it’s hard to figure out how the system works. Sometimes I personally wonder the structure of how Government works changed sometime after Bush took office. Since the two terms of former President Bush the way government should work and the way it does are totally different. Again politicians aren’t going to tell us as Americans how things work, they now just pick certain lines from the constitution and use them out of context as they choose to, and being fair that is what Lincoln did to free the slaves. Again even with all this going on if lower class people did take the time to educate themselves about what is going on there would still be issues somewhere. No one knows how the system works unless their invested in it and can change things from the inside to suit them when they feel like it, that’s what the millions of dollars spent on lobbyists are for. Lower income people will never understand the system because they will never be big campaign donors at a fundraiser at the Chairman of Revlon’s estate in the Hamptons which in turn means the concerns of those there are valued much more than some low income person using their one vote taking care of their family with a low income wage being a good citizen.