Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dear Mitt Romney

In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa.

“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”.
Dear Mitt Romney,

You're running for President of the United States of America.  This would be a good time to put your best foot forward.  You're under a lot of scrutiny.  We're paying attention not only to what you say and do but who you surround yourself with.

The people speaking in that linked article seem to be members of your foreign policy advisory team.  Other countries, you know, are full of "foreigners" and, in many cases, people who aren't as white as you are.  Being advised on foreign policy by racist assholes might lead to racist foreign policy ideas and decisions.  That's not a good thing.

There are many, many foreign policy experts you could've brought onto your team.  You chose this one.  You let him (encouraged him) to speak to the press.  He's speaking for your campaign, speaking for you.

I want to suggest that you surround yourself with better people, because I believe that if you're around better people you might become a better person, too.  On the other hand, if you continue to surround yourself with douchebags, maybe voters will be disgusted and vote for Obama instead, which would be great.

Even if you're happy with their racism, you should replace your foreign policy advisers on the basis of their bad ideas.  Basing foreign policy decisions on shared ethnicity seems like a bad way to go.  Isn't that one of the reasons that the president must be a natural-born citizen?  So that President Schwarzenegger doesn't base foreign policy on what benefits Austria instead of what's best for the USA?  It seems as if foreign policy decisions are already fraught with all sorts of racism and other biases, and it's hard enough to make sound, rational decisions without adding in some wink-wink nudge-nudge you know I'm on your side because WASPs rule, right?

Do you remember how people were worried about voting for Kennedy because he was Catholic and might make decisions based on what the Vatican wanted?  Are you aware that people have similar concerns about your Mormonism?  Do you really want to make it so clear that you'll steer the nation according to your personal affiliations?

Please work on your racism and your boys' club tendencies.  You're running for POTUS.  This would be a good time to strive to be a fair, ethical person.

With love,
Frank Lee

P.S. He feels that the special relationship is special?

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