Mitt's statement was made at a private fundraiser, where he was trying to explain that his message of reducing taxes would obviously not resonate with the 47 percent of Americans who are not paying income taxes. It's purely logical; you aren't going to entice those who aren't paying taxes with promises of lower taxes.
The statement was hardly shocking or unique. For years, we've heard the axiom that once the body politic of any nation freely votes itself money from the public trough, the nation's days are numbered. In fact, the adage is so common we don't know for sure where it originated. I've heard it attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville, Thomas Jefferson and others.
All of which is to recognize that it is simply common sense that once a majority uses the coercive power of government to enrich itself at the expense of the minority, freedom is on life support.
Many believe that this is precisely the direction we're headed as the welfare state metastasizes. They feel impotent and are horrified as they watch the most reckless and selfish generation of politicians in history spend our children and grandchildren into bankruptcy.
Obama and his fellow liberal co-conspirators timed the release of the video to counter Obama's week from hell in foreign policy and his abysmal jobs numbers from the week before. Their intention was to distract from Obama's failures but also to validate their malicious premise that Romney and conservatives are out-of-touch elitists who lack compassion and support only the rich.
Now they're also using it to deflect attention from having been caught in a lie about another video, which they are still deceitfully claiming caused spontaneous riots in Libya and Egypt that we now know were preplanned, coordinated terrorist attacks. It is this administration's despicable practice to place Obama's own political fortunes above our national security interests.
This liberal meme that conservatives don't care -- because they oppose a leviathan state that confiscates and redistributes wealth and destroys equal opportunity and the American dream -- is getting old. America itself and its freedom tradition are a testament to conservative principles, especially the commitment to freedom. America has been the most prosperous nation ever in large part because it was established in liberty, free enterprise, entrepreneurship, equal opportunity and equal protection under the laws -- not in socialism.