Mitt Romney is no JFK, RFK or Ted Kennedy
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Last week Mitt Romney compared himself to John F. Kennedy. He wasn't talking about Kennedy's life or achievements though, he was talking about his bank balance.
It was an unfortunate comparison though, because if Romney was looking for a legacy he should have known to shy away from the Kennedy's.
History shows, the Kennedy's worked tirelessly to promote social justice and equal opportunity every day of their political lives.
As one of his first presidential acts Jack Kennedy created the Peace Cops, in which young Americans volunteered to help underdeveloped nations in areas such as education, farming, health care and construction.
As one of his first presidential acts Mitt Romney has pledged to repeal Obamacare and introduce massive tax cuts for billionaires. So there's a major difference in the audience he's playing to and the people who will benefit.
Romney couldn't compare himself to Robert Kennedy either. Robert Kennedy promoted racial equality, championing the Civil Rights Movement in the years when Mitt Romney was giving involuntary haircuts to gay guys and walking blind teachers into glass doors. Kennedy battled organized crime and was largely successful in prosecuting several key crime figures. As Attorney General under President Lyndon Johnson he resigned after splitting with him over several issues including the Vietnam War.
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And Ted Kennedy was instrumental in the following laws: The Head Start program, The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, Meals on Wheels Act of 1972, Title 9 prohibits discrimination against women and provides equality for women in schools, Americans with Disabilities Act 1990, The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act 1990, The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and many others.
Ted Kennedy stood with the gay community during the darkest years of the Aids crisis in the 1980's, when conservatives like Ronald Reagan justified public bigotry against them by citing the Bible and far right leaders like Jesse Helms suggested they be thrown into concentration camps.
In contrast for most of his adult life Mitt Romney has worked tirelessly to enrich a small number of fat cat shareholders. As president he will work to present massive tax cuts to fat cat millionaires.
It's disgraceful that even dare to compare himself to the lives and legacies of these men.