Friday, May 18, 2012

Mitt’s memory


Adolescents make stupid mistakes. Teenagers drive too fast. They put themselves in danger. They say unkind things and embarrass their friends. Often, they are things others don't forget.

Try as we might, we can't forget acts of true meanness. Directed at others, these are the acts that put our souls in danger. If we are extremely lucky, we get through teen years without anyone's noticing the meanness we are capable of and the pain we can inflict on others.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has not been extremely lucky. People noticed. A candidate for president enjoys no privacy, and Romney was found to have physically bullied a kid, someone that he and a group of bullies chased down, tackled and, while the boy screamed, cut off his hair.

The incident happened a long, long time ago. What did not happen a long time ago was Romney's response. When asked about it, he didn't man up. He said he can't remember, can't remember anything about it, except that he was certain that adolescent boys did not gossip about who was gay and who was not.

Reading all if this leaves us with two questions about Romney. Is he having memory problems? Does he have a moral problem? Clearly he is blessed with a selective memory and that explains all the flip-flops.

A woman's right to choose? That had something to do with Massachusetts. Stem cell research? Well, yes and no. Saving General Motors? Oh, he did it—at least that's how he remembers it. But bullying? Not Romney.

But the kids who were themselves bullied, kids without selective memory, will remember. On Election Day, you can bet they will remember.




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