I agree with Mitt Romney, we all do wacky, experimental and flat out dumb things in high school. Our behavior, heavily influenced by peer pressure, has not fully matured.
This is where Mitt and I veer off on different roads:
His treatment of a vulnerable schoolmate was not just a foolish prank -- it was a life scarring trauma. It was cruel, sadistic and extreme behavior on so many levels.
Furthermore, when trying to obtain a read on Romney's cold, methodical and ruthless business/political practices, it provides insight to the core of his psyche. Mitt is an entitled bully who has little or no empathy for those beings outside of his social group -- including household pets.
But on the other hand, he has a strange -- albeit predictable -- tendency to humanize corporations. His revealing declaration that corporations are people is indicative of Romney's values. If corporations are people, workers, by extension, are simply carbon based units that feed corporations.
One last note: A bully is a public face for the coward. Bullies live to pick on the perceived weak.
Today, it would certainly be bullying — perhaps even worse.
But 45 years ago, nothing happened to Mitt Romney when he used scissors to cut off the long blond hair of a fellow student who was widely thought to be gay while that student was pinned down by other classmates at Cranbrook school in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Romney initially told The Washington Post that he didn't recall the incident. But in a Fox News radio interview Thursday, he said: "Back in high school, I did some dumb things. And if anybody was hurt by that or offended by that, I apologize. There is no question I became a very different person since then."
And how did it affect the victim:
"I truly believe that John Lauber, by wearing his hair real long, it was his statement of difference. At that time in the fairly conformist environment of Cranbrook, it marked him as out of the mainstream," said David Seed, a junior at Cranbrook at the time and now a retired educator living in North Carolina.
Seed was drawn to the incident by the sound of Lauber begging the other teens to stop tormenting him. Seed said he didn't think much of it at the time and didn't connect it to bullying until much later when he was a school principal having to deal with hazing incidents that were sometimes vicious.
"The incident had been on my mind and in my heart for years," Seed said. So when he ran into Lauber at an airport years later, he came clean.
"I said I'm sorry about that. And that I can't believe I didn't do anything to step in and stop it," Seed said. "He told me it was a horrible experience. It really frightened him and impacted his life. But I felt like it was a cleansing of my soul about the whole thing. source
|Unwed/teen has advice for prez|
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Not only are we blessed by the intellectual musing of one lady Palin, we now have Sarah Palin's daughter -- Bristol -- in tow, dispensing
While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads. In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.Bristol has a son with her ex-boyfriend Levi Johnston, but the two were never married and Bristol says that Levi is not part of the child's life. source
What is it about Palin women: they hurl the biggest, hardest rocks from their glass igloo and become utterly shocked when -- boomerang style -- their glass igloo is shattered into a thousand pieces. Then they blame the Main Street Media for their woes.
The parting words on the Palin mensa family taken from one commenter:
You would think that after having the entire country judge her for being a teenager having a child out of wedlock, she would be less judgmental of others. Guess she is a Palin after all... source