Mitt Romney, the Paranoia Candidate

Posted on September 19, 2012

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Conservative collectives like the Republican Party are often noted for their domination by White male paranoia, by White males, that is, so afraid of losing their priority and privileges that they’re half-convinced they’ve lost them already.  These are people with characteristically exaggerated notions of their own importance and superiority, and matching notions of the unimportance and inferiority of other less privileged groups.

A recent leaked video from a Mitt Romney fundraiser shows that the Mitt suffers from a bad case of paranoid White male syndrome (the clinical designation) with all the usual symptoms.

The most notorious statements in the video, of course, centre around what the Republican presidential candidate thinks of the “47%,” those people who, according to Mitt,

will vote for the President no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. And I mean, the President starts off with 48, 49, 48—he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people—I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

Thus, according to Mitt’s own words, 47% of the American people are unproductive, fishing for a free ride from the government, and it’s not his job to worry about them.  Unimportant.  Inferior.  Tax dodgers who think they have a right to food and shelter.  And they just want to mess with the rich folks’ tax cuts.

Yes, that’s paranoid.  That’s White.  That’s male, Mitt.

Mother Jones provides of break down of the real 47% here:  http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/charts-47-percent-romney-tax-data

And the 47% aren’t the only people the Republican champion thinks are inferior.  Mitt believes the same of immigrants:

we make it hard for people who get educated here or elsewhere to make this their home. Unless, of course, you have no skill or experience, in which case you’re welcome to cross the border and stay here for the rest of your life.

What are we to do, asks Mitt—his paranoia progressively gaining strength and volume—when lack of skill, education and experience is privileged over the opposite, like a kind of affirmative action program gone wacky?

In fact, now that I’ve brought it up, fear of affirmative action is perhaps the most certain symptom of White male paranoia in action.  Mitt shows that symptom too.

Mitt says,

my dad, you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company, but he was born in Mexico. And had he been born of Mexican parents I’d have a better shot at winning this, but he was unfortunately born of Americans living in Mexico. They’d lived there for a number of years, and, uh, I mean I say that jokingly, but it’d be helpful if they’d been Latino…

Yup.  Romney—after the USA elects one President in 236 years who is not, finally, a White male—now considers that the Presidency has become an affirmative action position.  He figures he would have a better chance of being elected if his father was Hispanic.  Instead of rich and White like every American president except Obama.  Instead of rich and White like he is.

Now, if that’s not White male paranoia bursting a blood vessel in Mitt Romney’s brain, then I’m the pope.

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For the full transcript of Mitt Romney’s leaked talk, see http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/full-transcript-mitt-romney-secret-video

Here’s where you can find the video itself:  http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/watch-full-secret-video-private-romney-fundraiser

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