The past few days have been a little loopy for me — driving loops (Buffalo, Olean) and mental loops and an emotional loop or two. So, I’ll ask those who read this to be forgiving if the terse remarks I’m about to make sound loopy.
On TV a day or three ago, I caught a glimpse of Mitt Romney, and of a piece of his legislative legacy.¹ This man scares me. Rather, I should say that the prospect of having this man as president scares me. I know so very little about him, but his affiliation with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is reason enough to write him off. Anyone who would swallow the hogwash that is at the core of Mormon doctrine cannot be mentally fit. Romney has had more than enough time to repudiate LDS doctrine yet apparently is still aligned with it.
But more to the current point: what I heard the other day amounted to the disavowal of President Obama’s health care plan in the same breath as he stuck to his guns viz. his own Massachusetts health care plan from a few years back. Both plans mandate health insurance for all citizens. Now I know that there are infinite complications. (I’ve read that “Obamacare” left legislators with thousands of pages to sift through.) But in this universal aspect, Mr. Romney, the difference is only a matter of degree. The naivete that has you trying to distance yourself from Obama — steering clear of his plan while you’re affirming your own past efforts — should give the public reason not to trust your intellect too far.
Now, the news media could well have omitted important add-ons that would have explained Romney’s apparent inconsistency. But mandating health care is as silly as mandating safety (seatbelt laws, cell phone laws, etc.) … and all this approaches the ludicrousness of the LDS Church.
¹ I am, by conscience, not politically active. This admittedly odd circumstance ought to earn me one of two things: 1) the right to speak as a non-invested, perhaps objective party, or 2) the status of a clanging cymbal (I Cor. 13:1) without a musical texture into which to fit.