Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Jim Lehrer: Ask Romney if he "roof-racks" more than just his dog.


We like to have some fun here at Dogs Against Romney, but our message is serious. Mitt Romney strapped his family pet to the roof of his car for a 12-hour drive while his luggage rode inside. Worse, when the dog became sick, Romney just hosed him down and left him up there for hours more. 

Over 96,000 members of our “Super Pack” on Facebook and most of the 1 million+ readers of this blog believe it was animal abuse. It isn't just us who feel this way. A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling showed 68% of Americans think what Romney did is inhumane.

Despite this, Romney continues to defend what he did. He even implied to ABC News' Diane Sawyer the only reason he wouldn't do it again is because of "all the attention it received."

To be clear, I'm not suggesting the dog-on-roof incident rises to the level of a presidential debate question by itself. I'm suggesting the incident might serve as a sort of enacted parable that illustrates a much more disturbing narrative about Romney - that he views people outside the top 1% coldly - unworthy of concern or empathy. 

Does Romney not "roof-rack" the very poor when he says he isn't concerned about them because they have a "safety net?"

Does he not "roof-rack" ordinary workers when he says he "likes to be able to fire people" who provide services to him?

Did he not routinely "roof-rack" companies he purchased as CEO of Bain Capital, loading them with debt, directing them through bankruptcies, causing  closings and layoffs - all while extracting enormous profits for himself?

Does he not "roof-rack" 47% of Americans when he said he believes they "consider themselves victims" who will "never take responsibility for their lives" and, therefore, he believes it is "not his job to worry about those people?"

As a leader in the Mormon church, does Romney not subscribe to a belief system that "roof-racks" women, subjugating them to the authority of men based solely on gender? 

All these are questions that need to be asked of a man who, if elected, will be President for us all - not just for the .5% (men in the top 1%). Are you listening, Jim Lehrer?

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