Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Trust & Decency Focus Of U.S. Presidential Election

U.S. Politics & The Republican National Convention

When Ann Romney, the wife of Mitt Romney, stepped up to the podium last night in defense of her man, her long-time husband, her words were no doubt aimed at women voters with families. Emotion is as important as policy in such things as appealing to the electorate. Few voters today only consider policy issues, though of course that is what's essential. In modern politics, however, voters have to like and trust the person they cast their ballot for, and Ann Romney's speech reflected that that thinking, that reality.

An AP report in Bloomberg Business Week says:
Her pitch was aimed squarely at women who are raising families. "If you listen carefully, you'll hear the women sighing a little bit more than the men. It's how it is, isn't it?" she said. "It's the moms who always have to work a little harder, to make everything right."
And Mrs. Romney defended her husband's wild success in business, offering a character testimonial to counter Democratic attack ads that have worked to paint her husband as wealthy and out-of-touch.
"Mitt doesn't like to talk about how he has helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point," she said. "And we're no different than the millions of Americans who quietly help their neighbors, their churches and their communities. They don't do it so that others will think more of them. They do it because there is no greater joy."
Such a sentiment might be more important than some people realize; successful people helping others achieve success is part of the great American narrative. or used to be. It's true that the idea of the self-made businessman is a fallacy; it is also true that there is a deep satisfaction in helping others achieve success, and in doing so, not to make a big deal of it. Essentially, it's what men have to do as a men, as human beings. It's also a necessary and key character trait for someone who wants to hold high office.

That Ann Romney has to make Mitt the man and his core values more known to Americans says how far the nation has lately undervalued such core values as hard work, decency, honesty and success.  The nation has strayed, focusing on identity politics, fueling further resentments and grievances, and has thus become poorer as a result. Ann Romney's nationally televised speech has helped start the process of return.

You can read the rest of the article at [Bloomberg Business News]

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