Skip to comments.Romney’s denials about homophobic assault are despicable
Posted on 05/10/2012 12:10:38 PM PDT by presidio9
There may be a good reason voters cant get a good bead on Mitt Romney. And it may be because the real Romney has a troubled, sadistic history. High School classmates of Romney recall an incident thats disturbing to its core. Romney, then a popular senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School in Michigan, disapproved of classmate John Laubers long, blond locks, which Romney allegedly took as a clue that Lauber was a homosexual. So Romney assembled a posse of bullies and held the boy down and brutally chopped off his hair.
He cant look like that. Thats wrong. Just look at him! an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemanns recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Laubers look, Friedemann recalled.
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the schools collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Laubers hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.
The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another. Four of them Friedemann, now a dentist; Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer; Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor; and David Seed, a retired principal spoke on the record. Another former student who witnessed the incident asked not to be named. The men have differing political affiliations, although they mostly lean Democratic. Buford volunteered for Barack Obamas campaign in 2008. Seed, a registered independent, has served as a Republican county chairman in Michigan. All of them said that politics in no way colored their recollections.
Today, Romneys actions would be considered a hate crime. The assault itself is a felony.
So is Mitt Romney sorry for his actions 47 years ago? Nope, unlike five of his classmates, the Republican presidential candidate has no recollection of assaulting Lauber. His campaign team put out this statement:
the former Massachusetts governor has no recollection of the incident.
Why would Mitt Romney not remember straddling another boy and savagely cutting off his hair? Because the event meant nothing to Romney. Lauber was beneath his contempt. He wasnt human to the young Romney.
But wont voters find it disturbing is that five classmates vividly recall the event, but Romney doesnt? Uh oh, time for shake the Romney Etch-A-Sketch . Oh that brutal attack? It appears Mitt does remember assaulting Lauber, but
I certainly dont believe that I thought the fellow was homosexual. That was the furthest thing from our minds back in the 1960s.
And he still hasnt apologized.
Also Romney is trying to claim that rampant homophobia didnt exist in the 1960s? Perhaps thats why it was so easy for homosexual men to come out back then. You better try again Mitt, youre getting caught in yet another deep, disturbing lie.
Romneys actions may be decades old, but they highlight a current problem among the Republican Party: Bullying is an acceptable form of punishment to quell dissent and non-conformity. From Ray Kellys spying on Muslims and brutal treatment of peaceful Occupy Wall Street voters to Rush Limbaughs labeling of independent women as feminazis, sluts, and prostitutes, the GOP has bcome vile, mean, and intolerant at its core.
Lauber died in 2004, so it is too late for Mitt Romney to apologize to him, but it doesnt mean he shouldnt apologize to the public for his actions. As a bullied child myself, I find Romneys actions in 1965 to be beyond contempt. The emotional scars I bear from the bullying and assaults I had to endure during my teenage years still haunt me.I remember my attackers gleeful faces as they heckled and assaulted me. I remember the names they called me, I remember feeling the spit on my cheek, I remember the punches they threw, I remember the helplessness I felt. There are millions of people like me, we were the retards, the fags, the geeks, and the losers. You see, it doesnt matter to us whether Lauber was gay or not. It also doesnt matter that Romney didnt attack him for being gay. What matters is that Lauber was physically assaulted for being different, for being subhuman, to being on a lower social stratus than a scion of wealth and affluence.
I have never received an apologies from the bullies that made my life hell. Today, one of them even denies the events ever happened. To me, this only heightens my contempt for bullies; when caught, they feel its acceptable for them to dismiss the event. It either didnt occur or didnt matter. My contempt for bullying has only grown because of this. And now, I have a new-found contempt for Mitt Romney, Americas lead bully. And his denying the significance of such an event is just as despicable as the assault.
Thanks for the laugh.
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I don't have any problem defending Mitt Romney when he's right but I'll never vote for him. I'd even defend Obama on the few occasions that he is right, like ticking off the Turkish Muslims by calling for them to admit to the genocide of the Armenian Christians in WWI. The sad thing is that each of these two are right so infrequently that I fear for our nation in the next four years, regardless of who wins, and I seldom have to defend either.
Oh for God’s sake Romney, here’s what you need to say:
Back in the mid-sixties, there were two kinds of people; hippies...and people who cut hippies hair.
He was ‘Just kicking hippies asses and raising hell.’
It's a life illustration of how Romney's intrinsic arrogance assumes a right to control by force because the other guy isn't doing it the way Romney wants.
Witness his governing record in Massachusettes.
ABC news just made a “federal case” out of Mittens high school rough housing, Labeling him a “bully”.
He was a bully, a violent one.
A guy like him would have been shut down hard in my Texas high school.
Unfortunately, they became our College "professors" and "educators" as well as top level members of every government department or agency, federal, state and local.
No, I never did that. I just made up a disgusting story to make a point.
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This wouldn't rank a 1 out of 1 to 10, on the bully scale, 10 being an absolute beat down, requiring hospitalization and arrest.
I've had worse “bullying” by my brothers and friends just by horseplaying around.
When we got hurt and whined about it, we were told to "Stop being such a Pu@@y" and get over it. God help America if we ever get into another WW2.
We are all Frenchmen now....
It IS BULLYING. BY Romney who has
assaulted a few people on airplanes, too, recently.
Dude. HE WAS A KID.
Seriously, no one cares.
The “kid” would have been Army enlistment age.
At his age I was an anti-bully force, to have come on to a scene like that would have required action from me, I would have introduced Romney to a conservative sheepdog type.
Oh, believe me, Romney is somewhat preferable to Obama. I’d rather be stabbed once than shot at close range once. There is SOME chance of survival.
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