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Romney’s Small Acts of Service

Next week, the Democrats will spend three full days sinking their incisors into Mitt Romney, depicting him as a cold blooded rich guy who would like to plunder the checking accounts of middle class and put poor people out on a raft in the Atlantic.

Meanwhile, they’ll proclaim that only they and President Obama care enough to create a world where everyone goes to college, gets a job, and dies happy. Or, through the miracle of Obamacare, doesn’t die at all.

One thing I’ve noticed again and again about people who want to save to world is how awful some of them can be to the actual real people in their lives, and how angry they can be in general.

Romney, as he put it in his address to the convention, is not trying to move oceans. He does think he can make them easier to swim in, though.

A defining feature of Romney’s life, no doubt driven by his religion, is his eagerness to provide small services to everyone from close friends to individuals he hardly knows.

I don’t think this means he will be a great president. Jimmy Carter also believed in small kindnesses.

I do think it means that, though divided from most Americans by class, Romney cares about them nevertheless.

A reader sent me these videos that showcase what I think is the real Romney. I thought you might want to have a look.

What galls me as a journalist is to see reality stood on its head. With little to say about the achievements of their own candidate, Democrats will viciously rip apart a man who is basically good.

I think the reason the Republican convention was a success was that Romney finally started putting out an alternative story. He’d do well not be too modest about his modesty.

78 Responses to Romney’s Small Acts of Service

  1. “Meanwhile, they’ll proclaim that only they and President Obama care enough to create a world where everyone goes to college, gets a job, and dies happy. Or, through the miracle of Obamacare, doesn’t die at all.”

    What kind of people would want to enslave Americans under government tyranny while they live in luxury feeding off the hard work of those same Americans? They know Obamacare, and all their other utopian statist policies, are a crock of you know what. These are the kinds of people we’re having to deal with in the democrat party, and they’re not very nice at all, from Obama on down. It’s no surprise to hear that they treat their families awful.

    Accumulating power is a miserable godless task.

      • Langley, it’s been the worst four years of my life. I wake up every day feeling and knowing that something is terribly wrong with the direction that my country is going, and this feeling of powerlessness to do anything about it.

        The American people have been beaten down, used and abused, by Obama and his administration. I’m so sick of the constant lies, demagoguery, and sneering insults from these temporary Marxist politicians who I wouldn’t even hire to carry my golf bag.

        • I don’t always get into the Marxist thing, but this has been the worst time of my pretty long life so far. I have lost people I thought were friends forever over not voting for this man. And I didn’t vote for him because I could not find out who he was–who was behind him–what the deal was–and I still can’t. I have a cold feeling of dread inside all the time, like a kernel in my heart. My medicine cabinet is stuffed with antacids and things for other ills. My kid has not worked in 5 yrs. I cannot get work in. AZ is half-wrecked, these people are suing us instead of helping us all the time. This whole thing is a total mess! And I think with a new team–what choice does the country have–it will bootstrap and improve!!

          • I’m sorry to hear Star; I understand completely.

            I live in Massachusetts and I feel like the original missing link. I’ve lost friends and I’ve been frozen out by family members.

            I can hear Obama right now on Fox news claiming how he’s standing up for the middle when he’s actually destroying it. Just lie after lie after lie.

            I was outraged at what has happened to AZ. Obama sucks up to Arabs and Muslims and turns around and sues his own people.

            You have some great Americans in your state who are fighting to make things better, Jan Brewer and Sheriff Joe and so many others. Hang in there and keep fighting. I think in November the sleeping giant is going to rise up and crush the “democrats” just like in 2010.

          • I, too, have lost friends over my political choices. I’m surprised by your experiences, I thought I was the only one.
            A casual conversation about our national affairs turned into something weird as my long-time friends turned into zealots who would not hear any opposition to MrObama.

            Star is right about the damage done to our state by the Obama administration. Being sued, investigated, demeaned, boycotted and insulted by one’s own government because we wanted a secure border with Mexico is frightening. Of the 10million or so illegal aliens who now reside in our country, 9 million of them passed through our state.
            IPeople who live along our southern border armed themselves to protect their lives and property. Rumors that never go away are that thousands of illegals were killed in these border wars and buried in our desolute deserts.
            Imagine, living in the USA and having to arm your family to protect them from criminal foreigners because your own government ignores you.
            If MrObama wins a re-election and finds a way to make these illegals citizens without securing our borders, we will be overrun with those who think America is their utopia.

          • srdem65, there’s nothing I can add you don’t already know, just that I’m sorry.

            BTW, I’ve enjoyed reading your posts. You have a great head on your shoulders.

            As Andrew Wilcow likes to say, “you’re right and they’re wrong”.

          • I was born in AZ and our children and grandchildren were born here too. It’s frustrating that the MSM portrays us as racists. The hispanics we know are not like the La Raza folks – they’re conservatives, pro-life and are voting for Romney, just as are the legal immigrants we know. Illegal aliens have been a huge burden to our state. We pay millions out of our pockets for their care while some of our own citizens go without. It angers me that many of our national parks and desert areas have restricted or no access due to illegal aliens and human smugglers. Our niece lived in Scottsdale (far from the border) and her truck was stolen by coyotes. They transported illegals and then completely destroyed the truck. One of our kids was laid off and while grateful for a new job but it came with a big pay cut. We have family members that support Obama. How can they not see the damage he’s done? I too, have a sense of dread every day and feel powerless to change anything. I have never prayed so hard in all my life.

          • Well, working that prayer is one good side. What galls me about the friend-losing deal (yes, and family, my only sister) is that they don’t know any more about this than bumpersticker slogans–Obama is for the little man, Romney hates women… They never listen to the other side or read or go to sites. The other day I got an email–completely out of the blue–from an old BF cursing Romney and Ryan up one side and down the other–did I ask you? Do I respect the research that went into that opinion, laced as it was with profanities? And it showed no respect for me. Sooo…delete me from your address book. More profanities…Oh, and have a nice life.But I do not need this and nothing like this ever happened with any other president.

  2. I’m a person of means and was raised with money as well. We are a family that gives back, not only in money, but by raising shovels and hammers or whatever. The cardinal rule in our household, and for our children as well, you do good things because it comes from your heart. NOT because you think you’ll get credit or your name on a plaque or a photo in the paper. Most true benefactors, like I suspect Romney is, would be embarrassed that people bring attention to all he has done to help others. Obama doesn’t understand this mentality – for him, it’s ONLY and EVER about him and the attention anything he does brings to HIM. Take George Bush #43. He’s out there every day, doing great things for veterans, for kids overseas. So too Laura. They understand about humility.

    I completely understand and can relate to why all of Romney’s good deeds are going unreported. It’s because Romney doesn’t feel they are anything extraordinary – they are merely part of how this honest man lives his life.

    • Dear 65andcounting,
      Thank you for your trenchant observation. Gov. Romney appears to be one of the rare breed who practices without preaching about it. It would be a welcome change to have a man, and I do mean man, who leads by example at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
      I suspect Mr. Ryan is a kindred spirit. What a welcome change.

  3. Watching these videos I am reminded of what Jesus taught his followers:

    Matthew 6:1-8 (NIV)
    1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
    2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
    5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

    President Romney (presumptuous, I know) has demonstrated through out his personal life the precepts of what Jesus taught. While many, myself included, do not know that much about Mormonism, I do know that when I look at the man’s deeds, and how he acts when the camera is not rolling, I see in Romney a man who lives his faith daily.

    Unlike Chairman Obama, Slick Willie Clinton, and Jar Jar Joe, Romney appears to be a man who holds to his faith closely, and does not parade it out when a photo op is needed. Nor does he appear to be a man who is full of puffery and self indulgents at the cost of others.

    • After the debacle of Jimmy Carter we got Reagan. I hope and pray that after the debacle of Obama we will get Romney. The right man for the right time for the right reasons, God is looking out for us.

      • What about the debacle of George Dubya? Anyone here remember that?

        Just a refresher on where the country was when the hated O took the throne: Let”s see, New York’s skyline had been rearranged by flying wrecking balls, New Orleans had sunk beneath the waves, two wars were being fought, one based on a straight-up lie, with the cost fobbed off onto the next generation (oops! Guess George was off by a generation), torture was authorized for the first time in history by the Chief Executive, deficits didn’t matter (thanks, Dick!), and for the republican’ president’s final act, the nation was plunged into a depression.

        And now you are rushing into the arms of a pair of money changers whose stated, unambiguous ambition is to unwind Medicare and Social Security.

        • Ah Hahahahahahahhahah…Oh that’s so rich! We are attacked, and in your teeny weenie world view, it’s Bush’s fault. Economic collapse because Bwarney Fwank forced (despite Bush’s letters protesting the move) FHA to make mortgages to people who had no chance to repay them, and it Bush’s fault. Muslim terrorists attack NYC and it is Bush’s fault. A hurricane hits NO, Bush tries to provide aid within hours, but the DEMOCRAT mayor and governor refuse until they realize (late, as most Democrats) that they are in WAY over their little itsy bitsy heads – and it’s Bush’s fault. Torture was a given during FDR’s administration for use against Nazis (you remember FDR, don’t you – you know, the second socialist destroyer after Wilson), and the “depression” you cite was caused by lack of oversight by Democrats in Congress (remember Dodd and his “special” relationship with Countrywide?) In all my years, the one thing I have learned more than any other is that Democrats and Leftists only listen to the drivel they want to hear. “Liberals can only survive with the money and efforts of conservatives; whereas conservatives would do quite well without liberals.”

          • Thank you for wandering into my web, Elvis. Here’s a hunka hunka burnin’ responses:

            1) Regardless of whether or not you want to chastise George for the colossal and unprecedented attack on US soil that it was his primary obligation to protect us against, the fact remains that it happened on his watch. Needless to say, had it been Obama asleep at the switch on 9/11, you’d have called for his impeachment (well, that is, if you could drop the Birther hoax for that long).

            2) The sub-prime mortgage fraud has been conclusively shown to have been concocted by banks as a way to attract foreign investment cash after they ran out of safe, legitimate loans to securitize. These were the so-called “liar’s loans”. That’s the tower of toothpicks that the banking industry built their portfolios on. Like a couple other famous towers, it came crumbling down too.

            3 )If Bush performed so admirably during Katrina, how come no one sang his praises at the GOP convention this year? Come on, there was even a hurricane to prompt the sweet recollection! Nope. Tight lipped on that subject.

            4) The Nazis were protected under the Geneva Convention, same as our boys.

            5) The Great Recession That Is Actually A Depression was caused, among other things, by the repeal of Glass-Steagal at the behest of the banking industry. Dems and Gops can share the blame for that.

            Byt hey, if you hate the left enough to kiss Social Security and Medicare goodbye, well, I guess that’s Alzheimers for ya.

    • I know a lot about Mormonism. I have lived in highly populated Mormon areas. I do not agree with some of their teachings. They just don’t match with some of my evangelical beliefs. But they do believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. That works for me.

  4. “What galls me as a journalist is to see reality stood on its head. ”

    It’s not the journalist in you that’s galls you – it’s the humanitiy.

  5. [sarc]
    No! Can you blind fools not SEE how calculating and e-e-evil this demon is?

    He took time during what was a failed campaign to SHOW up at this individual’s house without the media to do charitable work WITH THE CLEAR INTENT of having it released to youtube five years IN THE FUTURE just DAYS AFTER a successful convention!


  6. The Romneys are true good neighbours. No doubt the Obama campaign is scared, they should be. I believe Obama will be a one term and done POTUS.

  7. “He’d do well not be too modest about his modesty.”

    The irony is that his strongest point is his weakest.

    “Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.”

    • It’s a sad commentary on America when we demonize a man for his humility in helping others and glorify a would-be-man who’s favorite word when making a speech is “I”.

  8. So, BO was stating today that Romney would just continue the policies that damaged the middle class.

    Well, you know what . . . I am a member of the middle class. I am a small business owner.

    No one has hurt me more than BO. Gas has doubled without any relief since he took office. Obamacare will take money out of my pocket. And his attack on Christian values really is upsetting.

    Please . . . give me Romney and the values that he represents. I did better under those values.

    • (sarc on)
      Of course he’s taking money out of your pocket! This is not the time for profits!

      (sarc off)

      Of course, most businesses translated that as “Now is not the time for hiring people”, or “Now is not the time to start/expand a business”, or even “Now IS the time to move the company somewhere where it IS time for profits”, but hey, at least Obama spoke up for everyone he’s put out of and kept out of jobs! I’m sure everyone feels good about such a fair Prezzy while they stand in the unemployment line!

      Maybe he meant “Now is not the time for GM to make a profit”? He’s done pretty well with that…

      (sarc on)
      So, since a small business owner like yourself won’t turn his pockets inside out and forego profits to hire more people he doesn’t need to make the President look good and willingly pony up more for a cleaner environment and health care for eveyone regardless of effort or immigration status, that must mean you’re a racist, pollution loving, un-American, greedy capitalist who probably causes cancer in ex employee’s wives!
      (sarc off)

  9. Shofar, 65andcounting. Nice work on your posts. I too think the lesson we are to learn is humility. To be humble in life and open to God’s grace. I also think God is a humorist for if you master humility who can you tell?

      • Goofy ass looking thing and made of sand no less, gotta be some symbolism in there somewhere for a skilled scribe to muse on. I am bothered by the sand coming from my state, why couldn’t they have used sand from Hyannis Port or Martha’s Vineyard instead? I’m sure Mooch and Barry would prefer their sand from the tonier enclaves than pedestrian Myrtle Beach.

      • “Let his days be few; and let another take his office” – Psalm 109:8

        Or, maybe this one for our anti-religion statist freinds;

        By Percy Bysshe Shelley

        I met a traveller from an antique land,
        Who said–“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
        Stand in the desart….Near them, on the sand,
        Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
        And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
        Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
        Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
        The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
        And on the pedestal, these words appear:
        My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
        Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
        Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
        Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
        The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

        • Thanks, but all I did was see the relevance, PB Shelley wrote the poem. Of course, he was thinking “Napoleon” and not “Obama”, but it was still about a pumped up little Caesar with way too much hubris getting a celestial smack down.

          Of course, it’s totally possible that Shelley was ahead of his time, since his wife wrote a book about the “Affordable” Healthcare Act. Her name was Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. The book was about a madman attempting to circumvent God, only to produce a vile creation of pure evil from decaying flesh that would best have been left buried. It didn’t end well. Sound familiar?

          The book, completed in 1818, is named “Frankenstein”, after the name of the man who creates the monster. The monster gets named for its narcissistic creator as simply “Frankenstein’s monster”.

          Do you suppose this is how we ended up calling that ugly, economy destoying thing built from the scraps of previously failed piles of liberal ideology “Obamacare”? Do you think the Shelleys were actually seeing two centuries into the future? Hmmm…

    • You’re close, but I think its actually more messed up than that for our Prezzy. He doesn’t think of love as an emotion, he thinks of love as a tool, to be used or cast aside at will as the situation demands. He demands love from his followers and expects it as his right, but has none for anyone but himself.

      He lived in an echo chamber of ersatz affection in protected liberal enclaves for much of his adult life, being nutured by cynical men with an agenda of their own that they planned to use him to promote, and anyone speaking ill of him was swiftly and painlessly removed. Is it any wonder, then, that he becomes so angry when publicly deprived of the outpouring of love he considers his due?

      He is driven only by his own rage, considers all men as beneath him, and answers to no God but himself. This makes him very dangerous. Love? He could well echo the words of Tina Turner, “whats love got to do with it?”.

  10. Romney v. Obama is clearly a choice between ‘good’ v. ‘evil’. Obama has no redeeming qualities. None. Everything he has he owes to the taxpayers. He went into politics to become rich and powerful. Admittedly, he went to Harvard to learn how to ‘acquire power’ after his failure as a C/O.. He acquired that power on the backs of the impoverished blacks…and so did his wife.

    Romney, OTOH, never flaunts his wealth, or the fact that he has given away a small fortune. Ann Romney confirmed the fact that after he lost the nomination to McCain, he was offered $30M to run a hedge fund. He declined. Can you imagine Obama turning something like that down? Heck, Obama looks for every opportunity to tell us that he is one of the one-percenters! His two favorite words are ‘millionaire’ and billionaire’.

    If Obama wins this election it will be because he stole $5T from We, the Taxpayers, to buy himself a second term. That, and the fact that he passed the Dream Act with the stroke of a pen, should get him a long prison term. But it won’t. He’ll get away with it – unless good triumphs over evil!

  11. I like Romney even more since he picked Ryan but I never put much hope into politicians. Romney is a nice man and he has shown a toughness which is admirable. I just want him to win.

    Everything I’ve read about Obama today is frightening….the giant, freaky obama sandcastle….his saying if he wins he’ll stay in campaign mode (when wasn’t he?)…and his mistake in thinking that he could compromise with Republicans during his first term. He is insane.

    I’m so glad I made my little parody video today as it turns lemons into lemonade. I talk funny, though:

    ♪ I’m Just a Chair ♪ by Obama’s Empty Chair

    • Granny Jan, great video. Nice to hear you singing too. Clint Eastwoods empty chair number may perhaps win the election for R&R. It´s irresistible, funny and elegant. Anyone can see how the pompous little Emperor is undressed. What is it with these old American guys ? I mean Eastwood, sheriff Arpaio, more than 80 years old but oh so real, tough , American men who speak their mind. Wonderful.

      • Dear Swedishlady,

        It is not just “old American guys” that are having the courage to speak up. There are many who are just plain tired of how things are going, and are having the courage of their convictions to speak out on the many problems we are facing as a country.

        Men like Eastwood and Arpaio have a platform from which to speak and be heard. But there are countless others who, without thought of the harm they may come to, be it financial, legal, personal, or even physical, are finally saying enough.

        Take “Mark Owen” author of “No Easy Day.” Here is a man who is one of the best of the best, and wrote about the mission to capture/kill bin Laden. He wrote about what happened, and how the true story contradicts President Obama’s recounting of the mission. Owen may well face civil and criminal actions against him for writing the book. Owen is just one person who has been propelled into the public limelight for stating the truth when the truth is unpopular.

        There are countless others who quietly go about their day standing up to the bullies, thugs and other malcontents who want to force their will on others for their own selfish reasons. Be it standing up to a group of thugs harassing the older couple at the market; the left wing air bag indoctrinating children at school rather than teaching them the materials of the course; or the political leaders wishing to destroy our republic.

        In 1775, when Patrick Henry borrowed from the prophet Jeremiah (6:14) the words, “Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace but there is no peace,” and concluded his oration with the famed words, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” he set the tone not only for a revolution, but also for what should be a guiding principle for all people. My hope and prayer today is that every man and woman will stand for what is right, and work tirelessly to back down the bullies and thugs that have taken over our society.

        The battle will not be won just at the ballot box, but on the very streets where we live. We, as a nation and people, need to realize that we are not black or white. We are not Anglo or Latino. We are not separated by thousands of years of ethnic or regional animosity, but are united as Americans. This country, the United States of America, is the only country in the world that truly is “E pluribus unum,” “out of many, one.” If and when we remember that motto, and are willing to do the work to make it true, we may yet still save the Republic.

        It will mean shared sacrifice. It will mean being willing to stand up to those that wish to tear us down. It will mean having courage in the small things as well as the large. It will mean honoring and agreeing with the final words of the Declaration of Independence, “[W]e mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” A pledge fifty-six men made to each other 236 years ago, and one that is as important today as it was then.

        • Dear Shofar,
          a wonderful reply, so well said. I can also sense that this election is of unusual importance.
          I realize that there are countless everyday heroes and I have read about several that has had to pay a price in various manners. Oh, may their day come soon…… I wrote about the older guys as I find it so refreshing that they are still around in their eighties+ being heard and seen. And they are allowed to be around, not made to retire when their time is up, society appreciates also the more mature voices. I think it is more usual in the US compared to over here and I wonder why .I guess it has some historic explanation. Anyhow, hooray for all the courageous people, whether they are young or old !

  12. LOL @ re: because of obamacare-doesn’t die at all!

    “care enough to create a world where everyone goes to college, gets a job, and dies happy”

    hmmm that is funded by who? duh us saps that’s who

    I really looks like this administration is going down especially after the convention-thank goodness! what do you all think?

  13. I thank you for posting these videos, Keith. They confirm my picture of Romney as a man with genuine values, a sense of duty and a man of action. His reluctancy to “sell himself” is so positive and tells a lot about his integrity but I can see the problem when mainstreammedia is ObamaPravda.

  14. I was crying my eyes out by the two stories of Mitt’s kindness to fellow church members, told during the Republican Convention.

    A decent man in the White House — Mitt Romney, 2012.

    obama won’t even help his own brother in a hut in Africa and squalor and poverty!!!

  15. Don’t forget Aunt Zeituni and Uncle Omar. She attended both his Inaugurations (Senate and Presidency) but we have been supporting her and the Uncle for years!
    Mitt really IS his ‘brother’s keeper’; Obama is a welfare cheat!

    Two Part Interview with Aunt Zeituni: “It is your obligation to make me a citizen”!

    ***Note the family resemblance – uncanny!

  16. Obama’s acts of service consists of parties with the rich and famous and letting them donate $40,000 a plate to do it a really charitable foundation of

  17. Wouldn’t it be prophetic if at this convention, delegates voted for someone other than Obama? Wouldn’t it be remarkable if they had that internal fortitude?

    • It would be wonderful and magical, but I am reminded of what happened in June-July 1934 in Germany. It is remembered as Nacht der langen messer (Night of the long knives).

      I would not be surprised by anything this administration would do to hold to power, just as any other rising dictatorship. Accidents, muggings gone bad, sudden heart attacks of health people, etc.

      It has been my experience that any group that thinks it should have the power, will do anything to keep that power.

      God save the Republic!

      • Topping tonight’s headlines: A prolific blog commenter was found long-knifed in his home tonight. Police speculate that he “knew too much” and had realized that something, perhaps a conspiracy, went “all the way to the White House”. Off the record, some neighbors, stated that this commenter may have been a bit “touched in his fool haid”, possibly owing to overexposure to printer’s ink from the stacks of newspapers that were piled eight feet high in very room of his house.

        The commenter is survived by 58 cats, who were nice and did not eat him.

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