It is official: Mitt Romney—the former Governor of Massachusetts and current Treasurer of the Cayman Islands—has proven himself victorious in Tuesday’s Republican Primary in Florida.
Am I jealous?
I am jealous that Governor Romney has chosen to take unfair advantage of his inheritance. He was born the son of a presidential contender. He has been conditioned since boyhood to take this path. And along the way, he has never wanted for a thing in his life.
I am jealous of these things because I, like Mr. Romney, was born into a position of privilege. Yet I never took anything that I didn’t earn, nor did I ever lose touch with what the common American—with a singularly uncommon spirit—has yearned for and aspired to.
The common American is now under attack from both sides of the aisle. Democrats blunder and flounder, hobbling the onward march of commerce and industry as much as conscientiously curtailing it. And my own former party, the GOP, accuses all who demand that the rich pay their fair share of taxes to be, categorically, jealous.
The American people are not a jealous breed. We demand only justice. Fairness. Equality.
Governor Romney has never gone hungry. Or homeless. Or hopeless. He has never had to rub two bits together, trying to figure out how to stretch them to the last penny.
To be fair, neither have I. But unlike him, I don’t look down on those who demand justice, fairness, and equality—and see only jealousy. I see an engine of American hope and vitality, just idling, waiting to roar to life again.
But you have to pay into that engine, or else it will not run. As your president, I will pay. And I will ensure that all Americans do so—no more, and no less, than their fair share.
Unlike Two-Bit Mitt.