Miz Ann Puts the "Help" in its Place
"You people." Is there any phrase that sounds quite as superior and condescending? Remember the flap when our governor told state Senator Nina Turner "We don't need your people"? It dismissively sweeps aside a swath of people as being inferior, unimportant and irrelevant, being "other."
And remember when breathless pundits proclaimed that Ann Romney was going to be her stiff, humorless, thin-skinned husband's "secret weapon," that she was going to "humanize" him? Unfortunately for them — and for Romney — Ann has turned out to be a sharp-focus amplification of her husband's own sense of superiority and entitlement, and his lack of any sense of obligation or responsibility to the people and country he thinks it's his "turn" to run. I'm working hard not to use the "b" word, but it's difficult when you are dealing with someone so condescending and mean-spirited, so assured that she deserves every bit of her wealth and privilege just for her brilliance of having been born into it.
As the conflagration over Romney's refusal to release any more than a scrap of his tax returns continues to blaze, Ann took over defending this indefensible position. On Good Morning America today she said,
“We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life.
As one online commenter said,
What I need to know? When someone ask if they can make choices for me that affects my way of life (President of the USA) my need to know is is number one, above and beyond anything else.
If Mitt Romney were not running for President, we wouldn't give a rat's ass about their financial situation or how they live. It would definitely be their own business. But her husband wants to be the most powerful and influential man on the planet, with the ability to impact the lives and livelihoods and economic stability of hundreds of millions of people.
And those people to Marie AnnToinette Romney, as some have taken to calling her, are "you people." Okay, some are saying she was technically talking about the media, but the media is the conduit for providing this information to the public. So by extension, she was saying the public doesn't deserve to know what kinds of financial choices the man who wants to make financial choices for the whole country made for himself.
This classic high-school prom queen mean girl put her utter lack of real-life comprehension on full display. She also said on Good Morning America,
You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he’s been financially. He’s a very generous person. We give 10 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person who is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary for four years.
Well, isn't that special? He could AFFORD to be so "generous" because the salary of the governor of Massachusetts (currently about $140,000) was pocket change compared to what he was most likely making from his investments.
Of course, Queen Ann would have no clue about that or about what normal people live on. Her father was a wealthy businessman and the mayor of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, one of the five wealthiest communities in the nation. She attended an exclusive girls school, the sister school of the boys school her husband attended.
And every word that drops from her royal mouth makes it clear that she has never tried to get outside that bubble of privilege to learn how regular people live. She talks about those regular people — us — like we were her subjects.
If you are not a multi-multi-millionaire and you are thinking even in passing of voting for Mitt Romney, think about that. The attitude that they are special and don't owe you squat is baked into this family. But they are avid to rule over you. Don't fall for it. I guarantee that less than a month into their reign, you will despite this woman more than you have despised any public figure in your life.