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Mitt’s Mis-Education

March 3, 2010

Mahatma Ghandi truthfully said,

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

If I could take liberty with the venerable Mr. Ghandi’s words, I would revise them to say that “the weak can not ask forgiveness. To ask to be forgiven is the attribute of the strong.”  I believe the re-organization still offers the same weighted meaning.  That meaning of course being that man, whether he be singular or a civilization can never truly confess to be strong in character, if it cannot reconcile its fault and failings with its fellows.

Former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney would do well to grasp this fact.  Especially in the light of his new book release.  The book titled “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness” is a treatise against President Barack Obama’s form of foreign diplomacy  (Apparently, the President apologizes much to  much for Mr. Romney).  It is Mr. Romney’s contention that President Obama weakens the countries moral center and popularity when he apologizes or show’s deferrence to a foreign dignitary. Apparently, we have lost the dignaty of a single-minded American witness, and I quote:

The time has come for American schools to once again systematically teach our children about the heroes of the battles that won our freedom and about the heroes that fought in the wars that gained liberty for millions of people around the world,” he writes. “The multiculturalism movement must be unmasked for the fraud that it is. There are superior cultures, and ours is one of them.” – Politico

If I did not know better, I would think that Mr. Romney call to “systematically teach our children about the heroes of the battles that won our freedom” was his form of facscism. The notion of proposing that there “are superior cultures, and ours is one of them”, is nazi-esque. Was it not the practice of the Axis powers to indoctrinate their citizenry at as young an age as possible with its ideas in hope of dogmatic fealty to the superior nature of their culture? Or did I miss that lesson in history? This horrible similarity would be enough for me to raise an eye-brow at Romney’s ascertions, but their are better arguments. There is the tragically incomplete history of this nation as taught by our institutions of higher learning.  To this day, there is a glossing over of the racism of the “Founders” of the nation (as Thomas Jefferson’s unknown line of descendants), the perfunctory reflection of it’s near genocide of the Native American – sparkling example of American cultural superiority.

But the main issue I pose to Mr. Romney is that American culture is not it’s own. America, at best is an amalgamation of the cultures of its residence. Africans, Native Americans, Mexicans, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesians and Europeans. There is not one continent on this earth that is not reflected in the cultural make up of this society.  America at its root is multicultural, there has never been a single-minded cultural direction in it’s history.  Even the insidious and degrading attitudes of white supremecy could not distill the African of all his roots, or convert the Native American from their natural way.  Thank God.

It is my opinion that Mr. Romney as well as many other white conservatives crave a return to the era of anglo-saxon protestant domination of this nation’s cultural voice.  It is an appeal to the fringe  – to the disenfranchised white male, who sees himself aggrieved by the strides of the minority. It is the Southern strategy turned against the globe.

I wonder when Mitt is going to announce his “Tea Party” membership?  He sounds like them already.

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