Never allow your wanton desires to interfere with the basic needs and interests of others and live simply so others may simply live
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
William Kristol on Romney
"Romney's comments are stupid and arrogant."
The following is what William Kristol said (from The Weekly Standard) about Mitt Romney's comments concerning the 47% who do not pay income tax:
It's worth recalling that a good chunk of the 47
percent who don't pay income taxes are Romney supporters—especially of
course seniors (who might well "believe they are entitled to heath
care," a position Romney agrees with), as well as many lower-income
Americans (including men and women serving in the military) who think
conservative policies are better for the country even if they're not
getting a tax cut under the Romney plan. So Romney seems to have
contempt not just for the Democrats who oppose him, but for tens of
millions who intend to vote for him.
It remains important for the country that Romney wins in November (unless he chooses to step down and we get the Ryan-Rubio ticket we deserve!). But that shouldn't blind us to the fact that Romney's comments, like those of Obama four years ago, are stupid and arrogant.
The progress of social justice is slow and measured. Its growth depends on an increasing number of us becoming aware of the truth and consequences of our actions.
I believe that it is morally wrong to allow our wanton desires to interfere with the basic needs and interests of other sentient beings.
I believe the physical and psychological abuse – confinement, social deprivation, mutilation, genetic and reproductive manipulation, and profit exploitation – imposed by us on other animals is morally wrong.
I believe the suggestion that the exploitation of other sentient beings by humans can be achieved without cruelty, violence, or injustice is false and misleading.
As an advocate for all life, committed to compassion and justice, I refuse to take part in the exploitation of other sentient beings or to collaborate with those caught up in such injustice.
I pledge to do my best to live a life that conveys a clear, sincere and uncompromised message that is free of resentment, fear, exploitation, anger, cynicism, and manipulation.
Furthermore, I pledge to continue to support a broad range of nonviolent initiatives and programs that will hopefully one day eliminate the needless pain and suffering we inflict upon all the many wonderful creatures with whom we share this planet.