So, Mitt Romney was secretly taped saying that he thinks people need to take responsibility for their lives, and that the government's purpose is not to take care of us.
Oh, the horror.
I'm not a fan of Romney (not capitalist enough, and generally wishy-washy), and I will agree that on some counts he seems to be out of touch with the populace in general, but this is not one of them.
The fact that his statement is regarded as a smutty secret to be "revealed" in order to destroy his reputation is about as strong an indictment of our country's political and moral state as I can think of.
Why moral? Because the purpose of morality is to tell us how to live, and life is not served by using others as beasts of burden so we may avoid the responsibility of living. And please don't make the mistake of confusing "helping" others with forcing others to help. It's not even remotely the same thing.
What I fear is that Romney will backpedal on this, and grant his opponents the moral high ground, which they don't deserve. Coercion is not moral.