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Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 05/29/2012

Is Mitt Romney morally bankrupt?


Is Mitt Romney morally bankrupt? Here’s why I ask.

Today Romney is appearing at a fundraiser in Las Vegas thrown in his honor by the supremely self-absorbed Donald Trump. Confronted with his association with the fear-mongering Trump who continues to trumpet widely discredited charges that the president was born in Kenya—and, hence, is a fake American—Romney told CNN, “You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me, and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe it. But I need to get 50.1 percent or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”

Talk about judgment based upon the absence of a moral center. The only thing Romney stands up for is what’s good for Mitt Romney.

The GOP presidential nominee’s actions stand in sharp relief to an experience I had in 1960, when then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey visited Howard University during his campaign in the D.C. Democratic presidential primary. A government major in my junior year, I asked Humphrey how he felt about the attacks being launched against John F. Kennedy’s Catholic faith in the upcoming West Virginia primary. Without missing a beat, Humphrey said that although he was seeking a victory in West Virginia, he didn’t want to win with anti-Catholic votes.

Humphrey, unlike Romney, did not behave cowardly.Humphrey based his decision on what was right and wrong; not what would do him the most good. Humphrey stood up for what was right.Romney cares not about the truth; he only cares about winning.

Is that not the definition of moral bankruptcy?

By  |  01:24 PM ET, 05/29/2012

 
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