Saturday, September 22, 2012

Perry Glasser's Voice

A rare political rant because I detest argument by slogan:
Romney's gaff will be rationalized away as a political error, but then the privileged will grumble in private that Romney was nevertheless correct. They need to believe that half of all Americans are moochers because the privileged need to preserve a mythology of self-creation, no matter how false, self-serving, or unsupported by facts.
These are the brutes who chanted into silence an Hispanic speaker at their own convention for not being American, and whose platform about freedom and self-determination does not extend to women's reproductive rights nor extend the right to marry to homosexual couples, all in defense of "family" -- as we all know from divorce rates how well that has been working out for a generation.
But the core issue is whether any candidate for the presidency should have one set of utterances for public consumption and another set for listeners at a private $50,000 per plate dinners in Boca Raton.
Every plate of chicken consumed at that fund-raiser could have sent a kid to college for 4 years at a state institution. Let's hope the meal was done to a turn.
It's not that Romney "spoke in error," it is that he spoke at all.

Perry Glasser, 2012 fellow of the Massachusetts Cultural Council  in Creative Nonfiction, is the author of Dangerous Places, a collection of short stories , as well as the forthcoming prize-winning novel, Riverton Noir, coming from Gival Press.