Discussing Truthful “Gaffes” at the Dinner Table

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Ronald Reagan once said, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”

Now, I have sat at plenty of dinner tables in my time, and plenty of these highlighted by passionate, often heated, multi-generational political discussions, so I understand full well President Reagan’s meaning.  I would also venture to guess that this trend has increased exponentially over the past four years or so, along with an increase in the decibel levels of those dinner conversations — the decibels rising even, as I have experienced, when everyone at the table agrees with each other.

This leads me, then, to wonder why such outrage over the newly released video of Mitt Romney’s comments last spring about 47 percent of people supposedly supporting Obama because they want the handouts?  Haven’t similar statements been made at dinner tables all across the country over these difficult “transformational” years of Obama’s reign?  Haven’t we who are concerned about the endurance of our great nation expressed repeatedly our concerns that we might fall victim to those who have exchanged America exceptionalism for government-issued TVs or cell phones?  I have certainly been involved in that dinner conversation in a variety of homes from east to west, and I  know mine were not isolated experiences.

So this video of Mitt stating the unforgivable goes viral, the left and the RINO establishment predictably pile on with their “how-dare-he!” caterwauling, and we are urged to run to daddy Obama for protection from the big, bad, mean republican who would snatch food from the mouth of a hungry child and just say NO! to an injured warrior returning from Iraq.  Never mind that two minutes of the video in question were apparently edited out, so who knows what Mitt really said and in what context, but it doesn’t matter.  He didn’t say anything that millions of Americans have not been saying themselves, at their own dinner tables, for years now.

Of course “you-didn’t-build-that” Obama has also certainly been gist for those tables himself, most recently thanks to his dismissal of the national debt as nothing to worry about; his choosing to hobnob with slobbering show-biz types rather than address (or even show concern over) the deaths by terrorists of Americans abroad; and his own recently released 1998 speech, where a then-senator Obama stated that government knows best and that we must “pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution.”  He doubled down on his allegiance to socialistic practice during his 2008 presidential bid, when he told the regular guy on the street who would become “Joe the Plumber” that “we need to spread the wealth around.”

And what of Obama’s comments in San Francisco back in 2008 when he evoked and chastised those “bitter” Americans who cling to their guns and their religion.  Well, as a proud bitter clinger myself, I would like to thank this president for providing such a rich supply of material for my own dinner conversations over the past few years — material that I am confident will lead to the “great change” to which President Reagan referred –you know, that great change of January 2013.


  1. hifive
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Wow. You’re just as bad as Romney. I know you’re not happy about it, but It’s good to know there are safety nets to take care of the 47 percent that you don’t care about. And I’m a conservative.

  2. sandyz
    Posted September 23, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Hey hifive, there is no way you’re a conservative. Nice try. Mitt Romney is more generous than you and all your other liberal pals will ever be!