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Adamo: Conservatives Should Cheer Romney’s 47 Percent 'Gaffe'

By Christopher G. Adamo

Surprise surprise! Upon news of Mitt Romney’s dismissal of the forty seven percent of voters he expects to remain loyal to Obama “no matter what,” establishment Republicans are either cowering and hiding (their two preferred pastimes) or joining liberals in taking pot shots at the Republican presidential nominee. Considering how adamantly these people demand party unity whenever one of their favored RINOs joins the Democrats in a complete betrayal of conservative principle, it is altogether amazing that they will so quickly turn on any Republican who dares disparage the beneficent “nanny state” and its chronically dependent constituency. Or perhaps it is not really so amazing after all.

Clearly, an ominously large group of “moderates” are intent on moving the GOP to the left, in order to eliminate any real contrast between the two parties. By this they hope to escape ridicule from the liberal press, though historically they have never enjoyed equal status with the undiluted liberalism of Democrats (and they never will). Nevertheless, they seize any opportunity to fawn, and thereby show themselves superior to the crude and primeval principles undergirding real conservatism.

David Brooks, the token “conservative” in residence at the New York Times, likened Romney to Thursten Howell III of Gilligan’s Island. William Kristol of the Weekly Standard characterized his comment as “stupid and arrogant,” and further attempted to draw a moral equivalency with Barack Obama’s “bitter clingers” diatribe of 2008. Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan described the Romney campaign as “incompetent,” which she later upgraded to “a rolling calamity.” Not surprisingly, the liberal media has thoroughly relished what it perceives as infighting among “conservatives.”

Yet in spite of these profound and stirring platitudes, Governor Romney’s statement represents great news for the American people, or at least to those who believe in their country’s promise of opportunity and freedom. Of even greater significance is that Romney has refused to back away from the fundamental truth of his commentary. In short, he can never win the loyalty of that segment of the electorate which eagerly condones the disaster Obama has perpetrated, since he ostensibly represents their best hope of staying on the public dole. Nor should Romney consider making any appeal to them on such a basis. Unlike the politically hapless “strategizing” of those GOP “moderates,” Romney recognizes the futility of attempting to compete for votes by offering his own “giveaways.” In a contest of squandering the national treasury for the pursuit of political empowerment, Democrats will always win.

Responding in a manner that should greatly encourage his serious conservative supporters (Brooks, Noonan, Kristol and their kind notwithstanding), Romney seized the occasion of this manufactured “controversy” by digging in his heels. Despite all of the caterwauling and accusations, he has in no way dismissed that “forty seven percent” as Americans, but merely as an unreachable voting bloc, whose support would be futile to court. Such an endeavor would require the complete abandonment of the remainder of the American people who actually desire the preservation of a country in which they can aspire and labor to make their dreams become reality. It is they who are appalled by the degree to which the once transcendent “American spirit” has increasingly been supplanted by a presumption of “entitlement” to the wealth and earnings of others. And it is they who, in wholehearted agreement, will rally to Romney’s camp if he maintains his resolve.

Far from committing some unpardonable sin as his critics allege, Mitt Romney merely stated the obvious, reflecting such timeless truths as President John Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you” exhortation of his 1961 inaugural address. However, current liberal ideology represents a stark departure from President Kennedy’s vision. Indeed the segment of the population that considers itself perpetually needing government for its survival has mushroomed to monstrous proportions, and as is the case in those European nations that pursued this dark course, it threatens to cripple and collapse the economy under its enormous weight.

Romney warned of these people who “believe they are victims,” and who expect the government to provide everything from “health care to food to housing to you name it.” He is altogether correct in asserting that, as a candidate, he will “never convince them that they should take responsibility and care for their lives,” especially while his opponent continues offering empty utopian promises of a full and happy existence at “government” expense.

As a grim reality check, even a cursory glance at the condition of this nation in 2012 reveals a declining economy, and worse, a narrowing window of opportunity for motivated individuals to pursue their ambitions to the general betterment of themselves and their communities. The economic climate once enjoyed by America’s entrepreneurs and self-starters has been systematically undermined by a government that regards them as the enemy of its agenda, while it lauds those who, through their helplessness and subservience, would empower it beyond the founders’ worst nightmares.

The only element of Romney’s commentary that warrants debate it is that the segment of the population which exists in a perennially needy condition (and is contented to remain so) has actually risen to forty seven percent of the nation’s population. If Americans want to maintain a country to pass on to their posterity, they had better hope that the number of people suffering with a chronic addiction to the public trough has not yet risen to that level.

Amazingly, in Obama’s world, the downturn of economic activity in the Heartland, which has dragged on for four years, is perfectly acceptable, as evidenced recently by his callous and ludicrous assertion that “the private sector is doing fine.” Such an optimistic appraisal of the faltering business activity can only be concocted in a world where the average person’s lot is to exist between a soup line and a roadside work crew (complete with shovel, of course). Once the veneer is removed, this is the ugly and dangerous face of that “change” which the American people were so glowingly promised in 2008.

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Christopher G. Adamo is a resident of southeastern Wyoming and has been involved in state and local politics for many years. He writes for several prominent conservative websites, along with AMAC Advantage, the quarterly publication of the Association of Mature American Citizens. His contact information and article archives can be found at www.chrisadamo.com, and he can be followed on Twitter @CGAdamo.

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  1. cgretiredComment by cgretired
    September 27, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    Sorry, mr Adamo.. I don’t consider it a gaffe. He said what we all know already. And, I, for one, am happy, am proud, that he said it. And, I will be proud to vote for him in November.

    I hope he sticks by it. The truth needs to be told.. over and over again.

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    • crunchemComment by crunchem
      October 1, 2012 @ 12:25 am

      well, duh, he doesn’t think it’s a gaffe either; hence the apostrophes that set off the word in the headline.

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  3. scr1bblerComment by scr1bbler
    September 27, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    In political jargon, the voting populace may be divided into three groups: Saints, Sinners and Savables. Saints are those, like the Tea Party who don’t need a lot of courting, so long as the candidate publicly recognizes their major concerns. The Sinners are “the 47%”, only that group includes 15% or more who are retired Conservatives … they receive Social Security and MediCare … for which they paid through many of their working years. And the Savables are GOP Moderates, Independents and disaffected Democrats.

    Romney is wise to spend his resources, moderately on the Saints, and heavily on the Savables, while leaving the invitation open to the Sinners who choose conversion rather than condemnation.

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    • minnieComment by minnie
      September 27, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

      My choice is voting between Romney and a Marxist/socialist/muslim. My choice is voting between the socialist obamacare OR the H/C that I have, I will take mine any day of any week. I am retired/democrat, only because I have not change my registration. After the election it will be change to Republican or independent. There is nothing that the obama/clinton can say about Mr. Romney that will change my mind. I am tired of all the obama distractions to avoid talking about the economy. obama does NOT know what to do about the economy, and while we have a terriost atack we are left without a President. He is hiding behind hillary and hillary is hiding behind her assistant.

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    • pypypypyComment by pypypypy
      September 28, 2012 @ 7:14 am

      minnie, I am pleased to hear that you will not be voting BO. I hope many Dems will do the right thing, make the right change (not a false one that BO told them to) this time around.

      It is shameful and a disgrace for BO to be hiding behind Hilary’s skirt or trousers. Heck he is hiding behind everyone trousers/skirts and he said he got OBL? really?

      I can see AQ fearing him.

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    • crunchemComment by crunchem
      October 1, 2012 @ 12:26 am

      scr1bbler, an excellent analogy that explains the situation well

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  4. thereverendComment by thereverend
    September 27, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    I agree with the author and the previous posts. How said that people are no longer embarrassed to be sucking off the earnings of others! We live in a nation where too many folks no longer understand the concept of dignity and pride in doing well (as opposed to the kind of pride Obama exhibits – disgusting! What has HE ever EARNED?!)

    Many Americans (and I use that term loosely) no longer understand that without self-responsibility, the only option is dictatorship…if you cannot self-govern your life (or your community, etc.) someone else is going to do it for you – and treat you like a child or an imbecile in the process!

    Wake up, sheeple!

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  5. perfectlyagedComment by perfectlyaged
    September 27, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    I agree with Romney! We Americans knew what he meant and I am one of the 47%. I am on Security and the month Obama was threatening not to mail out the Social Security checks….I was dependent on the government getting me my check. So, those of who (Democrats) who are so critical of Romney..let me tell you what Obama said. He said the American people should not worry about the $16T Debt because the interest is so low! WHAT? Does Obama know we pay $1.2B on the debt daily and that has to be borrowed from China. We need a President with business experience that can at least balance the check book!

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  6. lokdnloadedComment by lokdnloaded
    September 27, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    Though the lamestream media pounce on Romney’s correct assessment of about 47% of Americans(that includes illegals that will illegally vote). I instead Admire Him for his willingness to speak the truth and honestly say that if America continues down this road of entitlement from foodstamps to expecting the government to forgive and pay college tuitions or give illegals free tuition. America as we know it will indeed cease to exist. I am a disabled Veteran, i would much prefer to be able bodied and working. I did my Service and am entitled to the benifit’s that were promised me upon my enlistment some 40 yr’s ago. I worked hard took jobs some would never think of doing. I went to college and paid back my tuition that was not covered by the GI bill and felt it was only proper that i do so. I tried many different things as means of work. I was a certified pipe,boiler and bridgework welder as i worked hard at my profession. There is no loss of dignity in getting dirt under your fingernaoils and skinned knckles or worse. That is called ‘part of the job. I hope and pray that Gov.Romney continues to speak the truth and not fall into the ‘party’ fallacy of trying to appease those that will not help themselves. This **** doomed the McCain,Palin ticket in 2008. Those in the high golden offices of the party need to come down to the streets and the trenches to see what life in america is when you try hard and when you don’t and instead sit on your *** and hold out your hand. My vote in 2008 was McCain Palin and will be Romney Ryan in 2012

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  7. johnnyonenoteComment by johnnyonenote
    September 27, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    It’s going to be RomneyRyan in a landslide!

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  8. mrsgunnut10Comment by mrsgunnut10
    September 27, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    What Gov. Romney said about the 47 % figure is not a Gaffe, it is the truth. It has been reported that the figure,according to the 2010 Census, is closer to 49 %. The Main Street Media (MSM) has just one Major Election Program. That is to do there best to get Obama re-elected at all possible cost’s an to hell with the people of these United States of America. Their reputation( the MSM ) has already shown thru by their previous actions of not reporting the truth about the deaths of our four Diplomatic Heros. They look at you thru the TV Lense, smile and hope you are stupid enough to believe their lies. It shows that the Major News Network Hosts, all four of them, can’t do the News on their own, they are the Puppet’s on the strings of their Liberal, Left Wing Bosses. Thank you for your time. TSgt., USAF Retired.

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    • way2coolComment by way2cool
      September 28, 2012 @ 9:34 am

      Thank you for your post – it saved me from posting the exact sentiment. I PRAY that Romney explains and goes at o double-barrel on this subject during the debate. IT NEEDS to be one of the ‘key’ components of the debate.

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  9. chrisadamoComment by chrisadamo
    September 27, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

    Hopefully, most readers noticed that I put quotes around the word “gaffe” in the title. This was intended to show that it didn’t really constitute a true gaffe, but has been characterized that way, particularly by the liberal media. I, for one, hope Romney boldly makes many more such “gaffes.”

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  10. wanchai_warriorComment by bundoker
    September 27, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    Two years ago we paid $8,600 on an additional 401K $25,000 withdrawal but weren’t required by IRS rules pay any income taxes for the other years since 2007 … which makes us two of the 47%.

    [The 2010 40% income add-on was needed to meet immigration
    expenses to legally import our son and three grand-kids,
    more outgo than income and expected taxes on added income.]

    Despite being part of the 47, we unequivocally back Romney.

    We are certain he and Ryan understand the myriad or reasons for the 47%
    including their circumstances and the allowable tax-code deductions.

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    • ClarkCComment by ClarkC
      September 27, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

      I am glad that you understand what Romney meant to say, and that he did not mean to include you in the group of Americans who are hopelessly dependent on government and therefore always vote Democratic. However, his words put you in that group. That makes his words a gaffe. All of the partisan writing by Mr. Adamo and others won’t change that. There is a group of Americans who are dependent on government and therefore vote Democratic, and there is a group of Americans who paid no personal income taxes last year, and the two groups are not identical, as your case testifies. Because we tolerate sloppy thinking and sloppy writing, we have obscured this distinction in conservative publications over the last decade, and then Romney repeated the sloppy thinking. Mr. Adamo’s column exhibits ZERO awareness of this distinction, or of cases such as yours. Lots of conservative retirees are in the 47%, as are many who are disabled, a college student who is about to graduate and hopes to start paying taxes next year, etc., and we should not lump them all in with lazy welfare cases.

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  11. Mary SComment by Mary S
    September 27, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

    Honest people heard the truth in the comment. The media spun it to mean something more sinister. I’m more disgusted with Republicans’ pathetic effort to get into
    the cool group by disparaging their candidate. Frankly, they all suck.

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  12. gnafuComment by gnafu
    September 27, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    So, Romney is telling the truth and he gets lambasted by his own party! It’s high time that these politicians forget about politically correctness and own up to what the hell is going on in this country. If they made the mess, let them get busy and correct their own errors. Thank You Mr. Romney for being honest! Of course those people who want to be on welfare and food stamps will vote for Obama. Why not? it’s been a free ride on tax payer’s money! There are people who really need some support but from what I’ve seen, Most are quite capable of working to earn their own way in life. A woman who sits back in government housing, doesn’t earn any money and has one child after another from various fathers gets paid for more mouths to feed. What! Go Romney Go! No apology necessary for telling it like it is!

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  13. jimnjoyComment by jimnjoy
    September 28, 2012 @ 4:25 am

    I wonder what percentage of us the Obama administration believes are going to vote for Romney, “no matter what”? I am a Bible-believing Christian who supports pro-life legislation, low taxes, secure borders, marriage being between one man and one woman, and the 2nd amendment, among other issues. The Obama administration has a pretty good idea of how many of us fall into those categories and I am sure they have decided to not waste time or energy wooing us. Romney was not my first choice but he is the nominee, and considering the alternative, I know, and the Obama administration knows, that I will be voting for him, “no matter what”. I’m sure this has been discussed by the Obama administration…just not with an open microphone.

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  14. biloak71Comment by biloak71
    September 28, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    You’re right. Conserv’s should cheer Romney’s remarks. But it’s shameful – and will be devastating to the Repubs – that the Conserv’s aren’t supporting R and R very strongly. And wait until the arrogant bigwig Repubs realize a loss is on the horizon,and THEY will be left with little to smile about. You Conservs. and Indep’s will be left with no party to latch on to. You”re not on any ballot, have no party, and aren’t supporting the person that would give you some credibility. The Romney supporters see what a defeat will bring, while your Rome burns- and you don’t even know it. Romney, the man, will not have lost the race, rather his phony hangers-on hopefully will get the scraps that will surely come with a Obama victory.

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  15. John T. LeeComment by John T. Lee
    September 28, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    Our congress and other notables are afraid of the existing executive branch and even the judicial. They know that if they create too much fuss that they will be cited for court action and even loosing their life. Too many that have disagreaments with our government have come up missing or dead. This was also the problem with the Clinton White House.

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  16. elixirmixerComment by elixirmixer
    September 30, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    Romney’s right. There is nothing wrong with what he said. And, you’re right, too, Mr. Adamo. Republicans in general, and especially beltway republicans, are spineless, gutless cowards. Their first inclination is to run and hide. They are afraid to fight this insidious disease called “democracy” – mob rule, if you will, as defined by liberal, socialist democRATs.

    We are a republic, governed by the rule of law and that’s why the electoral college was sheer brilliance on the part of our Founding Fathers. It eliminates mob rule and popularity contests that can be controlled by the majority.

    If I were Obama and part of my constituency were the obnoxiously loud, boorish, overweight food-stamp and welfare recipients of Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan, I’d be embarrassed!

    Oh, by the way, all of the parasites interviewed in Cleveland and Detroit were negroes. Does that tell you anything? When stupid, ignorant people vote, the democRAT always wins.

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  17. elixirmixerComment by elixirmixer
    September 30, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    Romney’s right. There is nothing wrong with what he said. And, you’re right, too, Mr. Adamo. Republicans in general, and especially beltway republicans, are spineless, gutless cowards. Their first inclination is to run and hide. They are afraid to fight this insidious disease called “democracy” – mob rule, if you will, as defined by liberal, socialist democRATs.

    We are a republic, governed by the rule of law and that’s why the electoral college was sheer brilliance on the part of our Founding Fathers. It eliminates mob rule and popularity contests that can be controlled by the majority.

    If I were Obama and part of my constituency were the obnoxiously loud, boorish, overweight food-stamp and welfare recipients of Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan, I’d be embarrassed!

    Oh, by the way, all of the parasites that were interviewed in Cleveland and Detroit were negroes. Does that tell you anything? When stupid, ignorant people vote, the democRAT always wins!

    We can’t afford another four years of Obama and his stupid constituency.

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