I knew sooner or later something negative would come out about Mitt Romney. All along he has seemed a little too squeaky clean for my taste. Way too perfect. Slick hair, handsome (if you like that look) and wealthy. Married to Mrs. Clean with all those kids and grandkids. Just too perfect for me. I was waiting for just one thing to blow that image. I wait no longer.
The Washington Post has uncovered the fact that while in high school, Mr. Romney was a bully. Not even the mild kind if there is such a thing. The outright, beat a poor soul to the ground and cut the guy’s hair off kind of bully. The hold a door closed so a sight impaired teacher would walk into it kind.
This morning in an attempt to keep his campaign untarnished, Romney rushed to extend an apology to those he may have hurt. Where was this remorse back then? He also referred to his actions as “hijinks”. His response to the whole incident: “There’s going to be some that want to talk about high school. Well, if you really think that’s important, be my guest.”
Well yes it is important. It’s VERY important because now, if we had not before we certainly do question his character. He apparently believes he has a right to dismiss what he did as a youth as immature and claim he has changed. What he has not given thought to is how the lives of those he bullied were affected. How the trauma of his actions changed their lives.
As a former victim of bullying which I wrote about last fall, my life was permanently scarred. There are no words to describe what it feels like to be ridiculed, humiliated and tortured on a regular basis. Bullies may claim to change as they grow older but the fact that they were that hateful, that intolerant of anything that did not fit into their world begs a question. How could we as a country ever consider electing a man who despite the time lapse, was resposible for this:
“Romney, incensed by the dyed blond locks of a fellow student, led what the Post described as a “posse” of students in a charge against the boy, threw him to the ground and hacked off his hair. “He can’t look like that,” Romney told a close friend at the time. “That’s wrong. Just look at him!”
We cannot discount this. Bullying has become one of the biggest problems facing our society. Young people are committing suicide as a result of it. Just yesterday, 13 year old Rachel Emke of Minnesota killed herself after months of bullying. Do you think her parents will forget as time passes?
The most glaringly obvious issue here is that there were no apologies to the young man, no “I’m sorry’s” until today when forced to do so how many years later? And only to save his campaign. That young man with the blonde dyed locks passed away in 2004. He remembered what happened in high school up until his death. Sorry Mr. Romney that your character doesn’t allow you to think that such insignificant things need to be brought to the light now.
I’d like to personally thank the Washington Post for reporting this. It’s critical that the American people know what they’re dealing with. Remember the saying that “leopards don’t change their spots”. Bullies don’t either.