“I don’t care how moral or immoral our President is.”
“I’m not voting for someone because he’s a saint…I want someone who can run the country.”
“It’s the economy that’s most important now.”
For many voters, having a sound moral code and being “decent” is not important when considering who should be our next president.
While the arguments that “a president’s personal behavior is not incredibly important” is somewhat valid in some cases, in other cases the arguments are simply not valid at all, but rather reflect character traits that should give us pause. After Bill Clinton’s affair and the Monica Lewinsky scandal that followed, many people undoubtedly lost respect for the president and rightly so. They saw him as dishonest and disloyal to his wife and family. But his dalliances with other women reflected poor personal judgment rather than a trait that suggests a fatally flawed presidential
Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, on the other hand, has shown time and time again that his morality is suspect, especially for a man running for a major political position.
He claims that as a boy in high school he “did lots of stupid things”, and while one may call what he did stupid, they were also cruel and hateful.
The bullying incident that’s been in the news recently, which he and a few of his friend held down a boy and cut of his hair because the boy was thought to be gay—is probably the best example of his intolerance of human differences.
While some people think everyone should get a free pass for behaviors in high school, this incident reveals a huge personality
In fact what Romney did to this teenage boy could be considered a hate crime. It also sends a message to all members of the LGBT community—that they can be targets for abuse, and that the abuser can be unpunished and, indeed, become a candidate for political office.
Gays and lesbians have higher rates of depression, suicidal thoughts and other emotional problems than their straight counterparts. More than 70 percent of lesbians and 60 percent of gays have sought or considered mental health counseling.
Discriminatory messages communicated through incidents like Romney’s reinforces prejudice and hatred that can hinder men and women from coming out, being accepted and feeling comfortable and confident in their own
Romney’s actions against a harmless high school student are not humorous in the least bit, but crude and cruel. Here, morality matters.
After the event had been publicized and Romney had been questioned, he conveniently “forgot” what had happened, saying that he did a lot of stupid things in high school. Others who participated in the bullying came forward and confessed shame for their actions. Romney, on the other hand, is entirely unapologetic.
According to studies on people’s personalities, by the time most people are in the first grade, their personalities are largely fixed. It follows across time and context.
Romney’s intolerant mindset in high school towards people he finds unworthy or threatening is who he is today. And who he is today is someone not worthy of the office of president of the United