In case you just awoke from a coma, yesterday Mitt Romney addressed the NAACP. During that address he vowed to "repeal Obamacare". Needless to say this was met with boos from the crowd.
After a day of explaining it away and trying to twist around what happened, last night Romney offered this:
ROMNEY: Remind them of this, if they want more free stuff from the government tell them to go vote for the other guy -- more free stuff. But don't forget nothing is really free.
Now Romney has stated this before in his campaign speeches, but last night he was directly referring to the booing he got from the NAACP when vowing to "repeal Obamacare". Sure there are government subsidies for people making less than 400% of the Federal Poverty Level, but there are tons of other benefits in the bill that have nothing to do with government handouts.
So now we are left with the impression that Romney views the members of the NAACP as a bunch of freeloaders just waiting for government handouts. That's a very serious problem and one that will resonate with voters. This won't hurt Romney with many of the base GOP voters, but it will help energize the African-American community to go out and vote against him.
And if what Romney did wasn't enough, you have the mouth-piece of the right making this comment yesterday:
Rush Limbaugh said Mitt Romney’s speech Wednesday to the NAACP fell flat because it was “over these people’s heads” and that the group booed the Republican candidate, who “sounded like Snow White with testicles,” simply because he’s white.
Is Rush implying that the African-American community isn't capable of identifying legislation they might like or dislike, and only base reaction upon the color of one's skin? It sure sounds like that.
But this is a problem we have seen with the GOP time and time again; their own defenses prove their intolerance of others. A bunch of white guys tell blacks that what they say isn't racist and they shouldn't be upset. A bunch of men in the GOP tell women that what they say isn't sexist and they shouldn't be upset.
This isn't a defense, but rather the right telling these people how they should and shouldn't feel. Who in the world appointed them emotion police? If I feel insulted by something you say, then I feel insulted. Don't you sit there and tell me who I can and can't feel.
But again, this is the GOP. If you aren't white and male then you are subservient to them. You are incapable of forming sound opinions and expressing feelings. In fact, you are the lesser human.
Maybe it's time for more people to recognize this and either change or get rid of the party that still wants to live in the 19th century.