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ELECTION: Romney can’t lead by example

Letter by Earl D. Erickson, Tacoma on Sep. 18, 2012 at 11:56 am with 34 Comments »
September 18, 2012 2:25 pm

Once upon a time a time in 1960, there was a senator from Massachusetts campaigning for president of the United States. John F. Kennedy was born into a very wealthy family. His father’s ambition was to raise his family with a characteristic trait of leading by example by contributing his family’s wealth by dedicating their lives to public service.

This was his father’s appreciation for his wealth. He insisted that all his sons lead by example. And the Kennedys did just that. Joe, John, Bobby, Teddy and their sisters served their country in many ways, including military service and politics.

They didn’t need to dedicate their lives to public service. They could have sat on a beach in Cape Cod or Florida, or sailed in their yacht on Nantucket Sound and did nothing. But that’s not what the Kennedys were all about.

Today we have another politician from Massachusetts campaigning for president. Mitt Romney was also born into a wealthy family. But he has no idea of leading by example. His ambition is greed. He has no compassion for the poor and middle-class ideals. His goal is to get wealthier on the backs of the poor and middle class.

Romney is incapable of leading by example. That is who he is. He needs to listen to the words: Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.

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  1. No salary as Gov or running the Olympics.


    The Kennedys? JFK treated women real well. Do we need to remind you about his intern? And Ted? Come on

  2. Mr. Erickson, so THAT explains President Clinton’s animal house conduct when he was president! Those Kennedy boys were such sweethearts, and I especially love the respect they showed towards women.

  3. So, by Joe Sr’s “example” the Kennedy’s should have been bigoted rum-runners instead of misogynistic libertines?

  4. menopaws says:

    The Special Olympics were started by the Kennedy family………Perspective is everything……Private life was messy,,,,,,,But John Kennedy served this country and was a war hero…….Romney and his FIVE sons never served…….I hear a lot about the $$$$ Romney gives to his church, but haven’t seen him with any non-profit doing anything for anyone……….I think it is a mixed bag……..If you want to get to the place where you judge private behavior or public deeds, I’ll take those who make a point of giving back to our society………..Everyone slams Jimmy Carter, but he has devoted his life to founding Habitat and the Carter Center which does GREAT work monitoring elections………and, he was scandal free when in office…..But, where is the line? I am truly not sure…Special Olympics is truly amazing and has done some truly great work….

  5. LeePHilI says:

    Those who are so quick to accuse the Kennedys and Clinton of their daliances with women (who participated as well), are the same people that turn their head when Newt Gingrich lays divorce papers on a wife fighting for her life with cancer, while diddling the hired help.

    Since we have estabished that both sides of the isle can play sexual games, how about sticking to the subject of leadership in the political and economic arenas, which is what the letter is about.

    To this day, there is no proof of Ted having an affair. He did have an auto accident and didn’t handle that well, but the lack of affair will not change the Right Wing’s continual accusation.

    Menopaws….don’t you know that a Democratic War Hero is never recognized by the Right Wing? I’m surprised that there isn’t a story about Kennedy sinking the PT 109 to get a medal because he was going to run for President.

    From what I’ve heard, Romney was pretty good at scre…..oh nevermind.

  6. “He [Teddy K]did have an auto accident and didn’t handle that well.”

    Ya think?

  7. Let’s not forget how charitable Biden is…

  8. menopaws says:

    Again, both of Biden’s sons served………Those FIVE Romney boys think serving is something you do on a tennis court!!!! Not one Republican in Congress has anyone in their family serving in the military…….I may be wrong, but I do remember reading that somewhere a few months ago……They sure know how to beat the war drum though.

  9. Rep Kline, McCain, others.

    Why is the military dispaportioninately republican?

  10. lylelaws says:


    I don’t have proof but I will be glad to bet you a picture of Ben Franklin on a green backgrount that some Repiblican members of Congress have family members serving in the military.

    Six members of my family of nine served in the U.S. military during time of war to give you the right to needlessly fault those who didn’t.

    If it is true that “We are what we eat,” you might want to cut back a little on the fruitcake.

  11. Joe Wilson

  12. And I believe it was only one of Biden’s sons. A lawyer…

  13. BlaineCGarver says:

    A: The original letter is like used oats falling from a horse.
    B: The typical Liberal Haters are in full regalia on this one.

  14. MyBandito says:

    BlaneCGarver- These comments are filled with Liberal Haters. Many of my good friends are Liberals. Hate is a wasted emotion.

  15. Who are the 47% that Mitt loathes as moochers and automatic Obama voters? Looks like most of them live in the “red” states of the South and Idaho:


  16. LeePHilI says:

    “Six members of my family of nine served in the U.S. military during time of war”

    yeah…and how many served in combat?

    George Bush served ‘during time of war’ – I think he served drinks in a bar in Alabama, while working on a political campaign.

    I’m so glad that sozo, the perfect Christian, doesn’t stand in judgment of Ted Kennedy. That would be so hypocritical….

  17. “Who are the 47% that Mitt loathes as moochers and automatic Obama voters?”

    There are 7,000 millionaire moochers who paid no taxes.

  18. “Rep Kline, McCain, others.

    Why is the military dispaportioninately (sp) republican?”

    Maybe you should ask Mitt Romney, any of his sons, former VP Dick Cheney, Minority leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, Jeb Bush, Karl Rove, or Newt Gingrich.

  19. 7,000 vs millions. Come on. And the bulk of those are limo libs.

  20. “7,000 vs millions. Come on. And the bulk of those are limo libs.”

    And you know who those 7,000 people are because…? Come on, yourself. Quit making things up.

  21. whitecap says:

    Mr. Erickson, I’m pretty sure a strong case could be made to show that your comparison of the Kennedy boys and Romney is not a good one. We could start with a review of Joe and his money-making techniques. While probably not all illegal many were certainly shady and a result of inside information and connections. As for the Kennedy boys, many of their “weaknesses” are well-documented. But this would get too lengthy. I’d like to focus on several of your unsubstantiated assertions. “His (Romney’s) ambition is greed”. So guy who is worth a ton of money (and by the way, unlike the Kennedy boys, he’s not a trust fund kid) and who does not need to work became governor of Massachusetts (wait a sec…isn’t that the home of the Kennedys…I believe it is), headed the winter Olympics, and now wants what has to be the most stressful job in the world because he’s greedy? Come on Earl. You can do better than that. “He has no compassion for the poor and middle-class ideals (not sure what that means). His goal is to get wealthier on the backs of the poor and middle class.” How do you measure compassion Earl? True compassion is a desire to see people on their own two feet, with a decent job, supporting themselves and their loved ones. It is not compassionate to create an entire class of people who are dependent. And believe me Earl, if his goal was to wealthier “…on the backs of the poor and middle-class”, the presidency is certainly a lousy place to try to do that. He would have a much better shot at achieving that goal outside of political office. “Romney is incapable of leading by example.” I’d say just the opposite Earl. He’s an example of hard work and success. He’s an example of a faithful and strong family man. He’s an example of leadership at the state level and of the Olympics. And for all of you responders who are critical of a lack of military service: to which branch of service did Pres. Obama belong and to what rank did he rise?

  22. averageJose says:

    Well written whitecap.

    “dedicate their lives to public service” LMAO… that’s what you’re calling it?

  23. He’s an example of hard work and success

    Success on a personal level – unarguable. Hard work….not so much.

  24. lylelaws says:


    In answer to your question about how many members of my family served in combat.

    My dad an two of my older brothers saw combat in the U.S. Marines, and while I served in a combat zone during the Korean War I never was involved in combat.

    Two of my sisters served during WWII, one as an Army nurse and one as a lady Marine and at that time women were not sent into combat.

    Now let me ask you about the military service of your family?

  25. Harvard? Oh yeah, that is not hard work. Making millions of dollars? Sure that was easy work, straight 9-5. Governor? Another cakewalk.

    Now community organizing and the Choom Gang, that’s hard work.

  26. Ehill wrote: There are 7,000 millionaire moochers who paid no taxes.

    There were also more than 7,000,000 moocher households in the 75K to 100K category that paid no taxes. Please explain how the tax code allowed ANYONE to pay NO TAXES. If it was legal, even you ehill, have no argument against ANYONE except those who fashioned the tax code. Is the US tax code Romney’s fault? He was never a part of the Federal government……but your hero was. Mayde your finger should be firmly lodged in your nose rather than pointing at ANYONE else.

  27. The meme that there are 47% (it was actually 46% last year) who didn’t pay taxes isn’t correct. They didn’t pay income taxes but did pay payroll taxes. 82% of households paid payroll taxes – which makes up 40% of the tax revenue collected.

  28. averageJose says:

    Yes, it’s 49%.

  29. According to the Tax Policy Center, 18,000 households with incomes over $500,000 – and 4,000 households bringing in over $1 million – paid no federal income taxes in 2011.

  30. Yet the vast majority of the people who owe no federal income taxes fall into one of three categories

    * Approximately 61 percent are working people who pay payroll taxes. As noted above, even the low-income households in this group pay substantial federal income taxes over time. The main options to force these people to pay federal income tax in years when their incomes are low include cutting the EITC or the Child Tax Credit, which would tend to reduce work incentives and increase child poverty and welfare use, and lowering the standard deduction or personal exemption, which could tax many low-income working families into, or deeper into, poverty.
    * An additional 22 percent of people who did not pay federal income taxes in 2009 are people aged 65 or older who have modest incomes (and do not have earnings). The main option to make these individuals pay federal income tax would be to subject their Social Security benefits to taxation despite their limited income.[25]
    * The remaining 17 percent includes students, people with disabilities or illnesses, the long-term unemployed, and other people with very low taxable incomes. To make these people pay federal income taxes, policymakers would have to tax disability, veterans’, and similar benefits or make full-time students and the long-term jobless individuals borrow (or draw from any available savings) to pay taxes on their meager incomes.

  31. The Urban Institute-Brookings Tax Policy Center estimates that 46 percent of households will owe no federal income tax for 2011

  32. Julia = the reason to NOT vote for Romney.

  33. averageJose says:

    The U.S. census, beers.

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