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It was a remarkable week as North Carolinians voted on Tuesday to ban same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships, President Obama on Wednesday historically stated that he supports gay marriage, and then, less than 24 hours later, Willard Romney’s campaign was rocked by the story that, during high school, Romney led an assault on a fellow student who had longer hair and was thought to be gay. Obama’s use of the presidential “bully pulpit” only made it that much clearer that Romney and the Republicans have a “bullying pulpit” problem.

The Romney bullying story, and Romney’s incredulous answers about it (saying he doesn’t recall the incident but somehow recalls that he didn’t know the sexuality of the victim at the time), are bad enough by themselves. But they are much worse when viewed as part of the larger narrative against Romney and the Republican Party as mean-spirited bullies in virtually all areas.

First and foremost, Romney and the Republicans are economic bullies, going after seniors by supporting the Ryan budget that would end Medicare as we know it. The Republicans are also bullying young people, by blocking legislation that would prevent student loan interest rates from doubling overnight. Republicans are bullying female Americans with their War On Women, which even includes attempted state-sponsored rape. Republicans are bullying the ever-increasing Hispanic population in the U.S., by enacting "show me your papers" laws, opposing immigration reform, and suggesting that some 12 million “illegals” in the U.S. be deported, or, in Romney’s view, that they should “self-deport.” The Republican Party is bullying working Americans with pathological union-busting legislation and tactics. And the Republicans are bullying blacks, seniors, poor people, Hispanic residents, and students (many of whom, surprise surprise, are likely Democratic voters) by slapping them with unnecessary voter i.d. requirements that are impossible for many Americans to meet.

What we have, increasingly, is a Democratic Party, led by President Obama, that wants to help people by giving them more rights and more opportunities, and a Republican Party, with Willard Romney as their standard bearer, that wants to take away rights, sell fear, and sow division. As the November elections approach, the contrast is becoming crystal clear.

[Originally posted at Messaging Matters]

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  •  Republicans should be made to pay for how they're (0+ / 0-)

    dealing with this story: "It's just a distraction!" Teen suicides due to bullying is a very important issue. They should not get away with trying to write this Romney bullying story off.

  •  Mitt Romney, Patronizing Yahoo (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    Mitt Romney said the protesters rallying against Bank of America in Charlotte this week are too young "to really understand how the economy works."

    “Unfortunately, a lot of young folks haven’t had the opportunity to really understand how the economy works, and what it takes to put people to work in real jobs, and why we have banks, and what banks do," Romney told WBTV in Charlotte, according to National Journal. "It's a very understandable sentiment if you don't find a job, and you can’t see rising incomes. You're going to be angry and looking at someone to blame."

    Romney said the protesters' blame should be targeted at "the president and the old school liberals that have not gotten this economy turned around." He made a not-so-subtle 2012 push, insisting he's the one who "understands how to get the economy going again."

    The protesters -- which included Occupy Wall Street activists, environmentalists, pro-union advocates and victims of home foreclosures -- held massive demonstrations outside of Bank of America's shareholder meeting in Charlotte on Wednesday. Occupiers saw the event as a trial run ahead of September's Democratic National Convention, which will have an increased police presence thanks to a City Council ordinance from earlier this year.

    Giggles when he gets caught off guard....

    Senility or Alzheimer's mebe

    Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

    by JML9999 on Sat May 12, 2012 at 06:23:30 PM PDT

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