As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said, it might not have been “elegantly stated”, but he doesn’t deny the thrust of his comments to donors. He said 47% of Americans who don’t pay taxes consider themselves “victims” and they will vote for Barack Obama, and not for Mitt Romney. He said the President’s approach is “attractive to people who are not paying taxes”.
I don’t care for the word “victims” because I believe too many Americans think of themselves as victims. If your income is so low that you don’t pay federal taxes, chances are you view your economic situation as quite negative. But are there not wealthy Americans who view themselves as victims of taxes that are too high and a government with too many rules?
The man elected president will represent all Americans … including those who consider themselves victims of one stripe or another. The challenge is to break the culture of victim-hood and remind us that we are all Americans … not “we” and “them”.
Our thought for today is from Marilyn Manson:
“We live in a society of victimization, where people are much more comfortable being victimized than actually standing up for themselves.”