BREAKING: Politician refreshingly honest on a topic – media, pundits rush to condemn

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Sigh. Via The Politico:

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Mitt Romney held a hastily arranged press conference here to engage in damage control hours after a video surfaced that showed him at a private May fundraiser describing 47 percent of the country as “dependent upon the government.”

The GOP nominee for president defended his remarks — first printed in the liberal magazine Mother Jones — while conceding they were not “elegantly stated.”

I am sure I can state it more clearly and effectively than I did in a setting like that,” he told reporters assembled quickly at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts before attending a fundraiser.

Romney said the video didn’t fully capture his views or his entire comments about personal responsibility and the role of government in society.

“I am talking about a political process of drawing people in my campaign. … My campaign is about helping people take more responsibility,” Romney said.

“This is ultimately a question about the direction of the country. Do you believe in a government-centered society that provides more and more benefits? Or do you believe instead in a free-enterprise society where people are able to pursue their dreams?”

Romney was responding to the furor surrounding the release of a surreptitiously taped video of him speaking at a closed-door, $50,000-a-person fundraiser describing 47 percent of voters as non-taxpayers so dependent on government services that they’re bound to vote for President Barack Obama in November.
“There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the 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,” Romney appears to be saying in the video.

On a related note, Mother Jones has released “more” video on Romney’s thoughts on the Palestinian/Israel issue, which Politico correctly points out doesn’t stray much from previous remarks he’s made in public.

Not surprisingly, Romney’s blunt honesty about the disturbing level of victimhood in America and increasing dependency on the state had elite pundits and our mainstream media rushing to ….. condemn.

It is a sad day for America when politicians, who we can’t rely on to tell the full truth the vast majority of the time, actually get real for a change and instead of being praised for it are instead vilified. This is the country we now live in. Railing against the cycle of dependency and being candid about what voters you can try to appeal to provokes this nonsensical lynch mob anti-candidness bull sh*t. This is a backlash we would NOT have seen pre-1960s, before the era in which liberals went full steam ahead with their plans to act in the permanent role of nanny to Americans who they falsely defined as perpetual “victims of society” and therefore “helpless.”

The welfare system as redefined by liberals in the 60s has had a disastrous impact on the black community in particular, which any honest politico (liberal or conservative) will tell you, but has also had a negative impact on other families as well. I’ve seen it in my extended family, and once I matured politically and moved beyond thinking Uncle Sam “owed” me or anyone else anything, I saw first hand the effects generational dependency can have on a family.

This is not me taking a cheap shot at lower income citizens. This is not me saying most people don’t want to work. This is me talking the dire reality of the situation, and it’s time more politicians and other public figures in positions of power and/or importance STOOD UP AND DID THE SAME. Or the cycle will continue to get worse and there will be no turning back. The political correctness on welfare has simply GOT TO STOP.

Perhaps nothing exemplified the mainstream media’s predictable reaction to Romney’s remarks than ABC Nightline’s Terry Moran, who I had a spirited exchange with on the issue last night on Twitter:







Here’s the real story on his claim that about GOP states and welfare (hat tip). Highly misleading, to say the least.

And then my patriotism was questioned:













Any questions as to how the rest of the mainstream media (and their allies in the pundit class and the prominent liberal blogs) will frame this issue as it pertains to Romney from here on out? There shouldn’t be.

Update – 8:14 PM: I was so honored to have my back and forth with Moran documented by Twitchy Media. :)

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