Herbert Dyer, Jr.

Now that the full 50 minutes of the Mother Jones-released infamous videotape of Mitt Romney’s trashing of almost half the country has been published, its full scope and breadth is, well…breathtaking. He covered in more detail than he has ever shown in public a wide variety of subjects – from the lazy 47 percenters, his opinion of Jay Leno and David Letterman, "The View's" Whoopi Goldberg, his non-prescriptions for the country's ailing economy, Iran's elusive nuclear arsenal to the Palestine-Israel conflict -- and much, much more.

Most interesting, though, is that what has been revealed here is a rare fly-on-the-wall view of not just Romney’s politically, economically, culturally and socially driven myopic "worldview," but his personal disdain for anyone -- everyone -- not rich. We are all now eye and ear witnesess to precisely what Republicans as a group mean by their co-optation and constant use of the term “class warfare.” Whenever, and every time, a so-called “librul” points to the extreme and ever-upward push and disparity in wealth accumulation in this society, they are accused, hammered with the accusation of “class envy,” of creating social “division,” and, of course, of fomenting “class warfare.”

The videotape lays bare the inner thoughts and mindset of those few but financially dominant individuals who effortlessly fork over $50,000 for an intimate evening with a fellow traveler. Willard Mitt Romney is a to-the-manor-born aristocratic compatriot, who happens also to be in pesky contention for the high honor of “managing” all of their “affairs” (under their very close direction and supervision, of course). These are the people who really run this country -- not the political sycophants in Washington, including, yes, President Obama himself. These people see themselves as God’s great gift to us all, and for whom we should be grateful, thankful, and never, ever envious or even suspicious of their methods, motives or money.

What Romney said at that fundraiser was essentially a pep talk for and to the super-rich. He let them know that their wealth would be safe under his care, in his hands. He would hold back the peasants and their pitchforks. Indeed, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Eugene Robinson on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” tonight just about summed it all up. In paraphrase, Romney was stroking his real base, assuring them that they have been “coddling the servants” (the 47 percent) under Obama. And when Romney takes office, he will force them to stop seeking “free stuff” and get to work – for them, of course.

Recall that former “President” George W. Bush, who was, unlike Romney, safely ensconced in the White House, once told a similar gathering that he was appreciative of his audience, “the haves and the have mores.” Facing no imminent election, Bush could and did assure them in much the same way as Romney has prematurely done here: “Some people call you the ‘elite,’" he said. “I call you my base.”

The full 50-minute videotape of Romney is here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/18/mitt-romney-fundraiser-the-view_n_1894408.html?utm_hp_ref=media

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