Kathy LeBlanc: Gotta’ have a heart
Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 11:10 a.m.
As a Democrat observing the Republican field of presidential candidates, I’ve been attempting to understand their personalities and their values. I hope not, but one of them might actually become our nation’s leader.
What I have found truly interesting is that Gov. Rick Perry, who many feel lacks the intellectual acumen to handle the enormity of our nation’s issues and problems, comes across as more humane and more compassionate than any of the other Republican candidates, especially more than former Gov. Mitt Romney, who reflects a seemingly heartless and cold approach to most of humanity’s needs and problems. I am reminded of Perry’s comments related to the education of the children of illegal immigrants in his state and his recent take on the situation with Marines who desecrated the dead bodies of Afghans. Surely I can see how people can take a disapproving view in each of these cases, but Perry saw the humanity in both situations.
Having served in the military and being aware of the enormous stresses our young soldiers endure in battle, he could understand how these young men could have given in to their behaviors, however wrong they may have been. He also saw the value of working toward eradicating illiteracy in all members of the population of his state because the costs to his state would increase resoundingly in the long run if it was not addressed. Encouraging the continued development of skills and strengths through education these young people can ultimately use to contribute to the state is a far better deal than having to subsidize their existence later in their lives.
I see Romney as a total opposite in his cold, overly “rational” and self-serving, self-centered and profit-motivated approach to issues as a person whose privileged upbringing appears void of the kind of understanding of the lives of most American citizens. He should never be in a leadership position. The one without a heart is ultimately the more dangerous choice for all of us. Perry also seems able to poke fun at his own human shortcomings, while Romney only points blame at others. If you cannot acknowledge your own imperfections, how can you accept that universal human condition in others?
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