The Washington Post and others have set out to distract the electorate once again, posting an 11-page story about Mitt Romney allegedly bullying a man who years later came out as gay. The alleged incident happened...in 1965. That's right, when my mother was 10. I wouldn't be born for another eight years. Romney was a teenager. Yet the Washington Post wants to turn this into an election issue. In. Sane.
When the alleged incident took place, Romney was 18. I remember when I was 18. I was a Far-Right religious conservative. I didn't know what pad thai was. I had been outside of New England once in my life. Yet somehow the Washington Post and Democrats want us to brand Romney a bully because of what he did at the same age I was pumping out peanut buster parfaits at a Dairy Queen.
GLSEN, whose efforts I generally support, released a politically charged statement somehow linking Romney's presidential run to what he did...47 years ago:
Far from being 'hijinks' or a 'prank,' Romney's behavior toward his high school classmate amounted to harassment and assault.
Stop it. Stop. It. Bullying has only entered the public conscience in the last few years. To take our standards today and apply them to a teenager in 1965...when this kind of thing was widely accepted as "hijinks"...is intellectually completely dishonest.
By the way, Romney has admitted he made mistakes as a child and apologized unequivocally for those mistakes.
Just as dishonest is the branding of President Obama because he admits to bullying a girl and eating a dog as a child. Again, HE WAS A CHILD!!! He and Romney have both grown considerably since they were in grade school and high school. Does anyone think Romney would condone a young man being held down and physically tortured for his sexual orientation today? Does anyone think Obama would eat a dog today or push a girl? If you do, you're part of the Far Right or Far Left, because both assertions are in. sane.
Whom these men did or did not tease, or what they ate when they were teenagers, has absolutely nothing to do with the national debt, unemployment, Iran's race for a nuclear weapon or the impending energy crisis in this country. Anyone who puts a second thought into any of these accusations or admissions should have their head examined.