Hope and change is sinking to new lows every day...
On the Obama-Biden campaign website, this week's "Letter of the Week" is from a woman named Brittany. She writes:
Hello! My name is Brittany and I live in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. I am 25 years old (but I will be 26 on October 3rd!). I am a registered Democrat and I have been voting since I was 18. I am one of the 47% of Americans who fall under Mitt Romney’s definition of “entitled” and “unable to take responsibility for my life.” I have Down syndrome.
The intended message here is that Mitt Romney doesn't care about people with special needs. Seriously?
Are we really supposed to believe that Romney considers the elderly and disabled "entitled"? I think most all Americans agree that these groups should be protected and helped. But it's deplorable for the Obama campaign to insinuate that Romney views someone like Brittany as akin to those dependent on government by choice. It's the future of entitlements for these people -- who rely on the government by habit or design -- where the political divide in America occurs.
NRO's Charlie Cooke also took note of Brittany's letter:
It really is one thing to look at old or poor people and say “you cannot look after yourself,” and quite another to say it to an entire country — especially a republic founded on the principles of the Declaration of Independence and operating under a constitution that begins, “We the People.” Likewise, I would venture that it is one thing to look at Brittany and to agree that she needs some assistance, and quite another to extrapolate this principle out to the country at large. Judging by its rhetoric, the Obama campaign lives in a heady twilight zone, in which the president is a moderate who advocates for limited government while the Republican ticket is a champion for anarchy. That the campaign could so casually imply that Romney-Ryan’s definition of the self-reliant would include those such as Brittany is not just intellectually dishonest but sufficiently deranged to demonstrate a worrying lack of understanding.
What's worse, the last line of Brittany's letter to President Obama makes my stomach churn:
P.S. My mom and her friend helped me write this.