An open letter to presidential candidate Willard "Mitt" Romney:
I am writing to you, Mitt Romney, as an American citizen who has to make a decision on November 6th as to whom to vote for to be the next President of the United States.
I have looked at the issue of your wealth and have determined that I do not have a problem with the fact that you are worth an estimated quarter of a billion dollars. Your wealth does not show me reason why you would not make a fine President.
I have looked at your Mormon faith. I personally come from a very diverse family, whose members sought out their own chosen paths in life. There are Mormons in my family, as well as Catholics and Protestants, Buddhists and Freethinkers, Agnostics and Atheists. It’s not what church you attend or don’t attend that matters to me, it’s what’s in your heart. I know people of every faith and some with no faith at all who are good people at heart. I find them in all persuasions. I believe you are good in your heart, which is an admirable trait in being a President.
I’ve looked at your tax issue. Again, I imagine the pressure of being asked to open up a world of secrets as to how you achieved your astronomical wealth must be received as more than just a little slap in the face: it is an out and out assault on your brilliant brinkmanship as a solid wealth earner. I can see and understand that, as well as how the current officeholder and his team will try to use all the confusing tax forms, easily manipulated and taken out of context, to try and influence the electorate. You are an eccentric human being who has found a way of creating extraordinary personal wealth. It does not disqualify you from being the President. It may even enhance your ability to negotiate with other countries.
But where I see a trend in your campaign thus far, Governor Romney, is in the area of leadership. You repeatedly seem to lack all ability to lead because you give the recurring appearance of being not a leader but a follower, and in my opinion, followers do not make good presidents.
While a leader may consult and gain the facts and opinions of other intelligent and seasoned individuals before coming to a conclusion, leaders do not simply wait until told what to do, which is what you appear to do. As far back as your college days, where you are said to have forcibly cut another student's hair against his will. A good leader would stop such an incident, not incite one. An insightful leader sees the inherent right to be respected as a living being; not placed in a carrier on the roof of one's car. This is a pattern you have shown us over and over again, over the past number of days, months and years. You displayed this once again in the Sarah Fluke incident with Rush Limbaugh; you did not lead, you waited to be told what the "right" thing to do was. You are as tone deaf to social form as you are to music.
Rush Limbaugh leads you. Mitch McConnell leads you. Paul Ryan leads you. John Boehner leads you. Bryan Fischer leads you. And now, in 2012, the Tea Party leads you. Who can even know what bankers and business leaders and billionaires lead you; people hidden behind the Citizen's United decision made by the Supreme Court; wealthy people who remain constitutionally hidden from us.
When does Mitt Romney stand up and make a good, solid obvious decision one way or another that doesn’t just lead you to more trouble? When do you forcefully and deliberately take a stand for something and stick to that stand? You don’t. Apparently you can’t. You do not appear to have the ability to lead any more than to represent the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. But in both instances, Mitt, it appears as if your deluded self-image somehow believes that you can. That being said, being unqualified to sing in the Choir would not necessarily proclude you from leading it; but you might agree that a greater number of individuals might be better qualified and more suited to doing the job well.
“Sarah Palin was the better candidate” said John McCain recently in response to the question of why you were not selected to run with McCain as his VP choice in the 2008 presidential race. Losing to Sarah Palin for VP should have been your first sign, Mitt. Love her or hate her, Sarah Palin is a leader. She speaks her mind and does so forcefully, even if to her detriment. But no one can doubt her ability to lead, even if it is only a crowd. While at the same time, you battle with the crowds; you don’t instill confidence, instead you tend to evoke an urge among many people to have you just sit down and be quiet.
“A fool and his money” may account for your ability to create wealth; “A fool and his country” will not be as easy; we are no fools, Mitt, just as surely as you are no leader.
That’s why I share with you today, Mitt, that there will never be a former President Willard Mitt Romney if my words and opinions mean anything at all in 2012.