Question from woman in Peoria, Illinois: “So you’re all for like, ‘yay, freedom,’ and all this stuff. And ‘yay, like pursuit of happiness.’ You know what would make me happy? Free birth control.”
Romney: “You know, let me tell you, no no, look, look let me tell you something. If you’re looking for free stuff you don’t have to pay for, vote for the other guy. That’s what he’s all about, okay? That’s not, that’s not what I’m about.”
What he should have told this woman is there is no such thing as free stuff. It may be free to her, but someone is paying for it, so he should have asked her, “Point to who in this audience you want to pay for your birth control because nothing is free and these taxpayers will have to pay for it.” It’s time to make the people who demand free stuff acknowledge that they want others to pay their way. If he said that, the audience would have booed her out of the crowd.
Romney would do himself a world of good if he stopped slamming the other Republican candidates, just ignored them completely and took on Obama hard. Most Republicans want to see a candidate who isn’t afraid to take on all of Obama’s lies. Romney is just spinning his wheels fighting with Santorum. If he starts showing us the ammo he will use against Obama and does it well without the fear McCain showed in his campaign, the others will fall away.
If Governor Romney had said this:
I’m sure you would like free birth control. I mean, who wouldn’t love it if they could just get stuff handed out for free? My wife loves horses – they make her very happy. Should the government buy her a horse? We all want a nice new car. Should the government buy us each one? What about houses? You need a home far more than you need birth control. By your logic don’t we all have the right to demand a free house that some other sucker will pay for because it would make us happy.
The problem with your question is in the premise. You got a key point very wrong. The Declaration of Independence promises the right to PURSUE happiness; it says nothing about promising happiness handed to you on a silver platter, the fruit of other people’s labor.
When you demand that someone else work for your happiness, not their own, you are committing a great sin, by depriving other’s of their right to pursue their own happiness and not be enslaved to your many wants. My party did away with full time slavery in the civil war because we have always understood the fundamental, god given right to pursue your own happiness, not be enslaved to someone else’s.
Shame on you for ever thinking for one minute that any of these other hard working folks in this crowd owe you free anything. Which of them would you enslave to work to produce your birth control? Whose time, energy and religious beliefs should be subjugated to the whims of what you want? (Pick out a few people in the crowd and ask the crowd if he/she owes the questioner their hard earned tax dollars.)
Obama thinks you have the right to find one of them and make them pay for it, but I, and ever Republican, will stand to defend them from your outrageous selfishness.
Obama is on your side. He will try to pick the winners and loser. I stand with this crowd against you. That is the battle line, and it is for the very sould of America.
(Turn to the crowd – are you with me, or are you with them (pointing at woman)? If you would have your freedom, if you would have your rights, the promise that made America the greatest nation in the history of the world, if you hold your right to pursue your own happiness, not be enslaved to hers, I beg you vote for me now and help us take the fight to Obama in November!
Every generation or two some new morons wistfully think socialism will work to their advantage and they take over a country here or there. And every single friggin’ time, the exact same thing happens! They all become much poorer than they were under the evil Capitalist system and slowly figure out their idiotic selfishness was just that. Eventually Capitalism comes back – after a decade or two of immiseration for all.
Then, after just enough years have passed for the next wave of idiotic youth to grow up with no idea what the pure evil nature of socialism is, some other con artist sells the same empty hope again. And again the youth swoons and….