1) Bain Capital. He made much of his fortune from this company and he claims his business experience as a major reason to vote for him, and yet, when the full scope of this outsourcing & destroying of jobs by Bain began to be revealed, he tried to distance himself from the company. The latest thing is a spokesman for the company saying he “retroactively resigned” ! How arrogant do you have to be to believe anyone is stupid enough to accept that? His business experience is fair game, as he brought it up. Based on everything I have read and seen on that experience, it is either irrelevant to running a government agency OR it shows a callous disregard for the results to anyone other than the stockholders. Do we really want a CEO president who ignores everyone except the uber-rich?
2) The incident where he made a cross-country trip with his dog strapped to the top of his car shows a blatant disregard for anyone’s feelings other than his own. Dogs should NEVER be treated this way and anyone who would do this has shown that they are self-centered &/or arrogant. How you treat those with less power than you says tons about your character. Romney’s treatment of his dog says he is unfit for public service, let alone high public office.
3) He was a bully in high school (the incident with harassing a class mate who looked gay) and you just don’t grow out of being a bully. Once a bully, always a bully. Unless he can show that he underwent some therapy and/or had a personal come-to-Jesus moment/experience that changed his character, we should not trust a man who has this sort of background. High school is not childhood and what you do there tends to show who you are becoming.
4) He is a Republican. Everything I have read and seen over the past several years has shown the GOP is too busy fighting to keep their own social extremists happy and too busy fighting to undermine Obama’s Presidency to do anything positive for America. The GOP has shown over and over that they are doing exactly what they said they would do — making it their top priority to keep Obama from winning a 2nd term. They are NOT helping America, they are NOT helping women and children, they are NOT helping the middle class or the working poor which together make up the 99% — they are helping their uber-rich patrons and pandering to their religious-right base, while keeping ANY of the real issues from being addressed. As much as I believe the Dems are part of the problem (and they ARE), the GOP has repeatedly given me reason to stop even considering voting for their nominees.
5) He has been called a flip-flopper for more years than I care to count and the charge definitely sticks. He has no principles that he won’t abandon for political expediency. Putting such a man in the highest political office seems like a Very Bad Idea.
6) He is a Mormon or member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As much as I respect the freedom of religion in America and the right of anyone to believe as they see fit, it has to be acknowledged that this particular religion makes many fact claims which are demonstrably untrue. What does that say about him ? Also, it is downright nauseating to see how they have treated historians who publish truth that does not agree with their in-house version of events, how they have broken up families by excommunicating any members who happen to be gay, and how they have used their vast resources to involve themselves in political ballot initiatives in states where they have only a small presence. While Romney can not be held accountable for all the misdeeds of his Church, the fact that he is a member of it does make you wonder about him. I consider this the least important of the reasons to vote for a hamster over Romney, but it IS a reason because it goes hand-in-hand with the other reasons that touch upon his character and his lack of adherence to principles. I have a great deal of respect for the work of the LDS Church in regards to genealogy and I have known some very upstanding, nice & decent members of that Church. Unfortunately, Romney seems to be more in the mold of the early FBI, which used to recruit heavily from the Mormon Church — smugly arrogant & often-clueless, yet still somehow in charge over those who actually know what is going on.
Please understand that this is not about Obama. As far as I am concerned, he has been a big disappointment and I am, like so many others, still waiting for the Change I Can Believe In. I knew he was a Chicago politician when I voted for Obama in 2008 and I know he is still that now. So, please don’t mistake this list as any sort of “I love Obama” thing. It is not about Obama. It is about why I can not support Romney.