Friday, September 21, 2012

The Juan Percent? Or the Forty-Seven Percent?

The namesake of The Juan Percent is still on his break, so TJ% IT staff feel that it is our responsibility to make note of the game-changing release of the video featuring Mitt Romney revealing his true colors making incendiary remarks about the segment of the American population he is calling The Forty-Seven Percent.

According to Romney, The Forty-Seven Percent comprises of people who
  1. cannot be persuaded to vote for him no matter what (probably true. But his remarks go downhill from here.)
  2. think they are victims;
  3. are dependent on government;
  4. think we are entitled to health care, food, and housing;
  5. pay no income tax;
  6. don't want to take personal responsibility for their lives;
  7. aren't thoughtful (as in, we're dumb and can't think critically).
If you must: 

This TJ% IT staffer doesn't even know where to begin with this, except wow. Wow. 

Luckily other pundits have stepped in to offer their critique, including the good people at Saturday Night Live:

So, episodes of The Daily Show are about 21 minutes. Jon Stewart went off for half of an entire episode. In fact, he had to go to commercial in his meticulous dissection of Romney's remarks:

And in 7:04 minutes on Colbert:
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Mitt Romney's Secret Video
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogVideo Archive

You know, so the US has not signed the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has always struck me as wrong. But then again, according to Mitt Romney, 53% of Americans disagree with the idea that America should be committed to ideals stated in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration:

Article 25. 
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
I am in the 47% who wasn't planning on voting for Mittbot (as he is affectionally referred to by the namesake of TJ%). But also, I am deeply disappointed in his remarks. I really can see how the person in that Mother Jones video was also the same person who strapped his dog to the top of his station wagon for a 12-hour car ride.

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