Obtuseness as a Noun is defined as the quality or state of lacking intelligence or quickness of mind. In other words - bone headedness, denseness, dim-wittedness, doltishness, dopiness, dullness dumbness, fatuity, foolishness, mindlessness, oafishness, senselessness, slowness, stupidness, witlessness.
Ever since ObamaCare was passed a year ago, the nation’s political pundits have been having an on-going debate regarding the role Mitt Romney and the health care reform plan he enacted in 2006, while he was Governor of Massachusetts. Critics of Romney cite the plan’s use of an individual mandate requiring residents to purchase and maintain health insurance coverage, as one of the main reason’s Romney will face trouble in a possible 2012 presidential run.
In battling critics on this issue, one can’t help but feel like The Shawshank Redemption's Andy Dufresne. Wrongly convicted, speaking to the warden, who inhibits his chance of proving himself innocent, sparks Andy to ask, "How can you be so obtuse."
This debate has become tiresome and will no doubt cause the issue to lose whatever political punch it may have had. The anti-Romneyites problem is, the criticism rings hollow, since Romney is not advocating a
style solution for the nation. In fact, quite the opposite. Massachusetts
Needless to say Romney critics spin his continued steadfast Federalism defense of his plan, in any number of negative ways, depending on the prevailing political narrative. First he was a RINO for looking at a Government solution, which ceded popularity to the “It’s breaking the
budget” line pedaled for many months. Now detractors are trying to hang the inclusion and use of a “Socialist” mandate around Romney’s neck. They also say he is running away from his plan, despite Romney’s recent statement about his pride in enacting the law. After being tarred and feathered for some time as a “Big Government, Big Spending and Liberty Stealing Socialist RINO” – one can’t be to sure what is left to attack Romney on in regards to health care. Perhaps it will come down to the brand of pen he used when signing the bill into law. Massachusetts
Damn that Scheaffer!
So much has been written about this issue; one just feels like throwing their hands in the air, saying - "Enough already!" Besides, there is no need to re-hash the points again in this post. Much information about this debate can be found here, here and here.
Despite these discussions and postings, there still remain folks out there who can’t seem to get their collective heads around Romney’s role iin health care reform and his big picture view.
So for those folks who suffer from “RomneyCare Obtuseness” – a condition prevalent among those citizens reliant solely on Talk Radio talking points to form their opinions – please read – in its entirety – the Newsweek interview with Governor Romney from April 2010. In it, you’ll find much information regarding his intent and how he views health care reform.
Hopefully this prescription helps alleviate some of the suffering.