Lord of the Flies. Mitt Romney and Lord of the Flies.
I remember reading that book in high school for the first time. I remember how disturbed I was when those young boys stranded on the island bullied, tormented, and turned on one other.
The antagonist of the novel was a boy named Jack, who had a lust for power and became violent and bloodthirsty as the days raged on. He learned how to use fear to his advantage. I hated him.
I wept for Piggy, the bespectacled thinker of the group, who was killed by a rolling boulder.
In short, the story stands the test of time because of its universal theme of civilization versus savagery. It contemplates this idea of the struggle between wanting what is good for all as opposed to what is good for the greedy, selfish desires of the individual.
Although I was never really bullied in school, I certainly had more than a few moments of fear of kids who wielded their power for evil, not good. I saw many kids who were pathetic victims of bullies.
I have taught Lord of the Flies, and as a teacher, I am extremely sensitive to bullying. I will never tolerate it, and in New Jersey we have very strict guidelines and protocols when we come across it.
The reason for my book and bullying talk stems from today’s revelations about one Mitt Willard Romney and a disturbing episode that has come to light when he was 18 years old and in a fancy, shmancy boarding school.
You can read the Washington Post article here detailing, by all accounts, the disturbing assault on John Lauber, a classmate who evidently had the gall to have long, blond hair over his eyes and may have been a little too “swishy” for Mr. Conservative. It “enraged” Romney who ranted about it for days. Romney, according to numerous, on-the-record witnesses, tackled this kid (with a classmates help), and snipped away until the boy’s hair was just to Willard’s liking. According to the now deceased Lauber’s ex-classmate, it haunted the victim.
According to a classmate who was there, and is now a lawyer, it was “an assault.” This man, unlike Romney, is ashamed of his role in the episode, as are almost all who have come forward all of these years later.
Now, if you discount the misdeeds of youth, and say that he is a different person today, blah,blah, blah–you may have an argument.
However, I tend to believe that behavior like that displayed from an 18 year-old Romney (certainly old enough to know right from wrong) gives insight into his character. I believe Romney is the type of man who was used to getting his way. He was used to getting whatever he wanted. He was used to being the boss. His way or the highway.
But really, I am placing a lot more emphasis about his character–or lack of it–by examining his flip-flopping and hemming and hawing about the incident.
First he doesn’t even remember it, which is interesting since everyone else who was closely involved in the incident is mortified and each have clear and distinctly unhappy memories of the attack.
One former classmate and old friend of Romney’s – who refused to be identified by name – said there are “a lot of guys” who went to Cranbrook who have “really negative memories” of Romney’s behavior in the dorms, behavior this classmate describes as “evil” and “like Lord of the Flies.”
The classmate believes Romney is lying when he claims to not remember it. This from the Daily Kos:
Romney claims that he was simply a “prankster” who did a lot of “dumb” stuff as a kid. It was all “hijinks.” Riiiight.
Hijinks. Like the time he puposely closed the door on a legally blind teacher at the school so that the man rammed into it? Ahahahaha. I can hardly stop laughing. What a scamp!
Oh, and here’s the kicker. Romney doesn’t remember the assault, but he just knows he didn’t knock the kid down and shear his head because he was gay. Huh?
When I saw this former classmate of Romney use the Lord of the Flies reference it resonated completely with me. Of course. Mitt is all about power, privilege, and wealth and using whatever means he has to acquire it and keep it. It is after all, Mitt’s world. We just all live in it. We are all here to serve his (and his comrades) needs. Jack and Piggy. Mitt and John. Of course.
This is the man who loves to be able to fire people and strap dogs to the hood of his car. Means to an end…whatever end Mitt desires.
This is the man who got a deferment to avoid going to war and then protested the protesters who were protesting the war he conveniently got out of fighting. Oh, but Mitt had to serve some hard time in France instead… strolling the Champs-Elysees doing his missionary work.
He’s so moral.
Hey Mitt, one question. Just how many more shakes you think that Etch-a-sketch has left in it? For your sake, I hope a lot.