Romney defends his remarks about culture, says media trying to distract to help Obama

When asked about offending the Palestinians with his remarks at a fundraiser about culture and prosperous societies, Romney says he didn’t address Palestinian culture or decisions they’ve made in their economy, but rather simply pointed out that “the choices a society makes have a profound impact on the economy and vitality of that society.” Of course that hasn’t stopped the media from rushing to label it a gaffe and he addressed that as well (h/t: The Hill):

“I realize that there will be some in the fourth estate or in whichever estate who are far more interested in finding something to write about that is unrelated to the economy, to geo-politics, to the threat of war, to the reality of conflict in Afghanistan today, to a nuclearization of Iran. They’ll instead try to find anything else to divert from the fact that these last four years have been tough years for our country.”

I’ll admit I had to look up “fourth estate” and that’s simply a reference to the news media. But I love the fact that he is calling them out.

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Be sure and read this fantastic article at the New York Post on why Romney’s comments about culture are on the money. It’s a great read and not something you’ll get from the MSM.

Also, this from me:

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51 thoughts on “Romney defends his remarks about culture, says media trying to distract to help Obama

  1. Mitt, you need to hit a bit harder. Instead of “divert from the fact that these last four years have been tough years for our country”. You need to loudly exclaim the MSM is like Pravda and feeds the lies and misdirects the focus from the worst four years in our Americas history. Further you need explain that they work their con like pick pockets always misdirecting as they rob you of your freedoms and enslave you.

  2. Even the left and their cheerleaders in the media have to know that the Muslim “culture of death” is very detrimental to success and prosperity. They like to pretend otherwise so they can criticize Romney. But when a Muslim woman tells the media it is her greatest hope that her remaining six sons are martyred for Allah just like her previous sons, it tells you something about the culture. While an Israeli woman hopes her sons will become educated and successful and provide her with grandchildren, a Palestinian woman hopes her sons will die for the cause. When death is your goal, what incentive is there to plan for the future? That has to have a major effect on the prosperity and well-being of a society. There is no honest way for Democrats to deny it.

    1. When death is your goal, what incentive is there to plan for the future? That has to have a major effect on the prosperity and well-being of a society. There is no honest way for Democrats to deny it.

      Bullseye, well said Sir, well said indeed.

    2. Seen this, PapaLouie?

      Winston Churchill on Islam in 1899.

      “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men….the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.”

      1. No, I hadn’t seen that quote. But it should be required reading for every Democrat. The left has allied itself with Islam simply because they share a common Christian enemy. Their hatred for all things Christian has blinded them to the true agenda of their new best friends. They’re in for a rude awakening.

  3. Is it just me, or in this interview is there a steelier glint in Romney’s eyes? Less of that wide-eyed look? No hesitations either.

    I wonder if it’s because he got a full briefing on the global terror scene from Israel, that shocked him by filling him in on 0zero’s deals with the MB, jihadists and so on.

  4. Romney’s comment about culture is not based on racism or ignorance. Come one, MSM, we’re smarter than that.

    If culture doesn’t make a difference, why do the Japanese kick everyone’s ass here? Why does the white culture struggle with video games overtaking education in priority? Why do black communities fail to support businesses? Why do people from India come here and successfully run many many businesses such as taxi services or convenient stores? Go to the inner cities run by liberals and tell me that their culture doesn’t destroy their ability to succeed.

    My intent is not to insult anyone’s culture…except the muslims, lol. But….culture means a lot, and that’s an understatement.

    1. Yes, I’ve always wondered why the folks from India make the best slurpees 🙂

      Thanks for the enlightenment!

  5. WILLARD RINO is behind the curve, yet again. He should suggest the one state solution.

    Or, at least, a return to original borders, as according to the Bible. I don’t put stock in mormon books, but God gave the Jews a lot more land, than they have now, that’s for sure.

  6. Do not back down if you keep it up you will win the minute you backdown or apologize you will lose.

  7. Romney is right, which makes Obama’s desire to transform us into one of the failed European-style social welfare states so hateful. Why are we following an economic model that clearly fails? It can only be because Obama WANTS to transform us into a European-style social welfare state. And American’s are not falling for it. In November we will tell Obama what he can do with his socialist “transformation.”

  8. McCain is now telling the media that culture has nothing to do with the difference in prosperity between Israel and the Palestinians. He says it’s all due to differences in government. Are we to believe that differences in culture don’t drive differences in government? I guess it was just just random chance that the Palestinians voted to elect a Hamas run government and Israel didn’t. Culture had nothing to do with it.

    McCain’s comment is very telling in another way. By saying government is to blame for all the differences in prosperity between the two societies, isn’t he indirectly agreeing with Obama? It’s like McCain is saying, “Israel, you didn’t build that, your government did!” He may not be a Democrat, but he’s certainly a Progressive Republican like his daughter.

    1. Totally agree. I didn’t see that Mcain said that but in response to that I would say that it takes a certain culture of people that would vote for Hizzbalah and Hamas to run their government. They go hand and hand.

    2. I am so done with Mc Cain.

      Thank you for your service, now PLEASE I beg you retire. ( and take your daughter with you)

  9. Give NASA a few more years to turn their culture around. Of course I don’t expect Obama’s directive to stand in January so I guess the Palestinians will have to continue wallowing as an uncivilized people for a while.

    1. If I had the capitol I would start my own media empire.

      I guess I will stick to posting here at the RScoop.

  10. You know, if it offends the Fakestinians to point out that the choices a society makes will effect their economy, etc. than that doesn’t say much about the Fakestinians.

    The Fakestinians have chosen death over life. They could be quite prosperous if they chose to live their lives the way the Jews have chosen to live their lives, but the Fakestinians have chosen the jihad over freedom and jihad over life.

    I don’t give a rat’s tiny hiney if that offends the Fakestinians.

  11. Hey! I respect the isalmic culture for what it is – a pre-Feudal, barbarian theocracy, honed to a fine edge, that has evolved a survivability unmatched even by cockroaches.

    1. You forgot to mention that has survived with the help of the black stuff oozing out of the ground. Without that they would have comsumed themselves. I say that and I can tell you unequivicably that I am not anti-muslim not by a long shot. Since they fight among themselves over differences in the muslim faith (Sunni vs Shite) and have never come to peaceful terms like Jews & Christians (methodists, baptists, catholics, etc.) they will always be consumers of themselves.

  12. Phooey on the lame-brained media…they’re in Nobama’s corner and there’s nothing Romney or any conservative can do to change that. It’s just the way it is. It shouldn’t be, but it is. That’s way the credibility of the media is just about zero (kinda like obama’s).

  13. I cringed at the end of the video when Cameron referred to Romney as a conservative. They are going to poison what that word means and we’ll end up with anything that is not pro government being an extremist position (more than it already is).

    1. Ya when Cameron called him a conservative I had a similar thought. My hope is that he really governs like a conservative. I’m happy to see that now that the primaries are over that Romney hasn’t really shifted on his positions that he held during the primaries. I hope he will do same as president.

    2. Well then, how about we turn it around and slap ’em with a new phrase: Proud Conservative. Think it’d take? We gotta take back the language! 🙂

    3. What you have to realize is that to the Brits, Romney is remarkably conservative because their so-called conservative party is even more liberal than our RINOs! They have a couple of truly conservative voices, like Daniel Hannan, but very few and they are looked upon as being very odd indeed! American Conservatives are unique in the world, and that is because we were born of a unique experiment birthing the most exceptional nation in human history. What makes our nation so exceptional is that it is the only nation on earth that recognizes that our rights come from God and not from government and they are inalienable! When Ruth Bader Ginsberg said on Egyptian TV that they should not emulate the US Constitution (you know, the one she took an oath to uphold?) saying it was outdated… clearly she has no appreciation of the very concept that makes our Constitution unique, and guarantees our liberty!!!

      The left will never understand American conservatives!

  14. Now romney needs to come out and get Sarah Palins support, he needs to stop alienating the conservatives and ron paul supporters if he wants to win.

    1. In one single bold move he could energize the entire nation and lock in the votes and contributions of a few million voters.

      I am now flooded with all manner of calls and letters from his campaign and the RNC for money because after giving us McCain and then what they did to Palin, I give them nada.

      I return the envelopes with “ALLEN WEST = $$$” in red marker. Not that my bucks will make that much difference but that and my time could, if he would consider that I am not alone.

  15. Anyone who reads Romney’s book will appreciate that he is vastly better educated and knowledgeable on foreign relations, culture and the economics of those countries than what the media portrays. I don’t agree with his platform 100%, but he is one sharp businessman.

    1. I think it is easier to understand islam by un-educated ourselves of the multicultural indoctrination that our universities and media spew. They are just facist thugs and bullies.

      Hell, Bill Clinton is a Rhodes scholar and and he’s an isalmic appeaser and opportunist among the worst of them.

  16. I don’t think the palestinians are smart enough to realize they’ve been insulted. They only know what someone explains to them.

  17. Scoop has it about right.
    If you’re not pissing off a liberal, or the media, you’re not saying it right! LOL

  18. I’m glad to see he is not letting the media cower him. Romney is correct about the culture in Palestine and any other country’s economics. We in America categorize it as behavioral economics. Stick to your guns Mitt!

  19. Bullseye Tweet TRS!

    That comment by Romney was the first real spark I have seen so far. It is good that he did not back down or apologize, and even deflected the media attack. The elephants are learning.

    1. We are reading the Fifth Estate! The Fourth Estate has evolved into the ultimate 20th Century propaganda machine.

      1. Yuup. When’s the last time a people, like regular folks like you and me and scoop, were right there, steeped in the magic at the birth of an “estate?” 868 AD? 1436 AD?

        Kinda neat, don’t you think?

      2. How about that Scoop? sDee, WordsFailMe and I all see your part in the beginning of the Fifth Estate as something like Thomas Jefferson.


    2. Hmmm. Well, the origins of those “estates” would have put “the people” as one of the three originals. “Commoners,” more like.

      Commoners, Royalty, and The Church were the original three. Since it was based on a presumed hierarchy of those serving God, the Church was the “First Estate” and the Royals were second (being all “anointed” and stuff). The Media (the Press, really) was seen as a sort of “shadow” estate, sometimes called the fourth estate.

      I’m just rattling this off for my own thinking. Don’t mind me. (I’m not doing it to be a pedant, honest! This is real-time thinkin’ here, this is.)

      So let’s see… with the New Media, we have the commonersPeople rising to the fore, taking back the information space from the propagandists who took over the fourth estate.

      Meanwhile, to muddy the metaphor, the Press has become a “Fifth Column,” working against the people, and with the leftists to undermine the Constitution.

      So it’s Three versus Four, to destroy the Fifth.

      I got nothin’ there. Seems like someone could make something out of that.

      On the other claw, this Press has lost its position as the only medium for transmitting information. That’s because of the electronic information universe created by internet-connected file and message systems. We can call it whatever; a dataverse, infosphere, infoweb, The Internet,… whatever. But conceptually it’s a place, not an estate of the realm (although Turing-level AI’s could establish one there). It’s where the information battle happens.

      As Terry Pratchett might put it, “the dataverse isn’t big. It’s a place to be big in.” And the Press has grown smaller and smaller relative to the army of citizen-reporters who have made a place for themselves there.

      I guess those citizen reporters do constitute another sort of shadow “estate.” One that is less solid perhaps than the old model of a money-making “Press” with paid reporters. But then so have the Press become less solid themselves, since the infosphere/whatsit has rendered their controlled medium (paper and ink—and analog broadcasting) obsolete.

      What we see with this end-stage obsolescence is the last grasping attempt to retain control over the realm of information. A sense of anger at being “highly trained professionals” (meaning, they know what “leading,” “slug,” and “byline” mean) who now know only a little more than the average kid typing on their parents’ computer.

      So as they die off, or lose control, they also lose their “estate” status, I would think.

      Can we have a fifth estate if there is no longer a fourth?

      These are important issues, and I urge you all to put off work, as I have done, and address them now.

      I gotta go.

      1. As per your direction K-Bob, I’m dropping everything I should be doing and addressing your post right now. Three thoughts come to mind initially, though there will be more to follow I’m sure, anyway:

        -Just the fact that you used the word pedant makes you one. It’s self describing.
        -I suggest the term ‘Internetwork’.
        -You can have a fifth of Bourbon without a fourth.

        Back to work.

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