The Mundugumor of Papua New Guinea, studied by Margaret Mead, had dual morality. Lying, cheating, stealing, even murder, banned within the tribe, were admired when perpetrated on outsiders. The tribe was feared and loathed by outsiders but that didn’t concern them. .
Dual morality is commonplace, the “not-in-my- back-yard” syndrome. Paul Ryan sells his cut in Social Security saying it won’t touch 55s and older, hoping dual morality, “I don’t care about my children or grandchildren,” will keep theIr elders quiet. The Good Samaritan, (Luke 10. 29-37), willing to succor strangers, has always been the rare exception. But dual personality can metastasize into Multiple Personality Disorder, or MPD. Barack Obama dubbed Romney’s case,“Romnesia.”
Among Teapublicans, Romney is a Radical Rightist. Before the general population, he’s a Centrist.
A model of virtue in his church community, he’s a wily trickster in the business community.
In debates, he talks tough about China. As a businessman, his Bain Capital buys an auto parts factory, Sensata Technologies, in Freeport, Illinois, gets temporary visas for Chinese workers, sends them to the factory to be trained by the American staff, fires the Americans, ships the factory and American-trained Chinese workers to China, and gets a business tax deduction for expenses. This actually happened (see photo above).
The American factory had been profitable while paying its workers $17 an hour. Now they’re unemployed, no longer steady consumers, and the entire American economy is weaker. The Chinese workers get 99 cents an hour, and there are plenty more where they came from. To Mitt Romney, businessman and wily trickster, it was a no-brainer. That he and Bain Capital are loathed and feared in Freeport, Illinois is of no concern.
This is the guy who “knows how the economy works,” and he’s running for President of the U.S.A. Which personality will he wear if he gets the job, and with it, responsibility for every American?
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