While giving a speech at a Chicago fundraiser yesterday, Mitt Romney told a story about how his father had a card that entitled him to a lifetime of a free hamburger, fries and soda at McDonald's. Perhaps the story was meant to show that his father was held in special regard by Ray Kroc (who signed the card). Or perhaps it was meant to show that Romney and his family are just "regular people" who eat at fast food restaurants, too. Whatever his intent was, I came away from the story with an entirely different view of Mitt Romney - as a sneaky little thief who rifled through his father's personal items looking for money to steal. When explaining how he found out his father had the McDonald's card, this is how he began his story:
“You know how boys liked to go through their dad’s top drawer, just to sort of see what he has in there, maybe find an old coin he might not miss or whatever."
You can read the story in its entirety at the link below:
In my family, we didn't rifle through our parents' drawers; we knew there were boundaries - and our parents' dresser drawers were off-limits to us. However, even if parents don't mind their children rifling through their personal items, Romney stated he was looking for coins that his father "wouldn't miss" - he didn't want his father to know that he'd taken the coins. In my family, that would have been called stealing, plain and simple. Never would we have thought to steal money in any amount from our parents.
The more I learn about Romney, the more fatal character flaw I find in his actions: bullying and assaulting people, throwing rocks at girls, flinging insults at hosts, and now, apparently, stealing.