“..It’s not that hard to be good to your family and friends.
If true morality is evidenced by how one treats strangers – Romney’s reputation as a moral actor should be under water.
In the psychic make-up of any politician the phenomenon of compartmentalization is common -
- but rare is the politician who proudly makes an art of it -
- as has Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Even as he publicly celebrates his squeaky-clean personal life – Romney lauds his own brutal record as a leveraged buyout specialist -
- and lies with impunity on the stump – often in terms laden with race-baiting code.
To Romney, it seems, personal morality amounts to a roster of good personal habits -
- (no smoking or drinking – a faithful marriage – generosity and compassion for ailing members of his faith community) –
- that add up to a kind of personal exceptionalism that trumps whatever havoc his business behavior or political policies may wreak on the life of any poor schlub who should should cross his path.
Romney’s sense of morality seems to be based on a kind of fierce individualism – in which he apparently believes himself to be morally superior by dint of his own personal habits -
- and assumes no responsibility for the fate of those less rigorous in their personal code -
- should they find an appeal to their baser instincts in the words and actions of the beyond-reproach church leader – dutiful husband – and father of five…”
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