Remembering Seamus – Ron Fisher

 

Republished from the Ashville, NC Citizen-Times

 

The story about the Romney family dog Seamus and his placement on the roof of their car during a family outing is more than just an amusing tale about a poor dog’s predicament while traveling to Canada with his owners. Actually, it tells us a great deal about how Mr. Romney looks upon the weaker, frailer and “less important.” It shows us very clearly that he treats those he believes are inferior to his closest associates in a manner most would agree is not equal. He has been quoted as stating that the unfortunate dog’s situation was not a big deal. In fact it was his opinion that Seamus enjoyed it. The frightening part of that explanation is that Mr. Romney really believes that. At his core, Mr. Romney feels that by allowing Seamus to come along with him for the trip, even though he was placed in a cage on the roof, the dog should somehow be grateful and appreciative. Seamus shouldn’t expect to be allowed directly in the vehicle with the closer and more important family members. After all, he’s just a dog.

 

I believe this is how Mr. Romney views his policies on the treatment of others who are not part of his close circle of friends. The poor have their food stamps and housing assistance. The elderly and disabled have their Social Security and Medicare. Women have their husbands. Students have their parents. And Mr. Romney is helping pay for all of this. They should be happy for what they have and should be thanking him. If they’ll just vote for him to be in power so that the wealthy elite can pay fewer taxes and get much richer, he promises to allow for some of that to trickle down. He’ll bring us all along with him on his ride. We just might have to ride on the roof in a cage. What most people don’t realize is how the story about Seamus ends. Seamus ran away at the end of that trip.

 

http://politicker.com/2012/01/did-mitt-romneys-dog-seek-asylum-in-canada/

 

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–Seamus Brigade Action Alert:The Hamptons, Long Island, NY 7/8/12

Mitt is Mean SuperPAC Seamus Brigade Action Alert

Eric Cantor (R-Tea Party) Hosts Romney Fundraiser In The Hamptons

“Don’t Let Romney Treat America Like His Poor Dog Seamus!”
  • What: Grassroots Rally for Seamus
  • When: Sunday, July 8 Noon to 3 p.m.
  • For more info, or if you want to volunteer or plan to attend, please email us info@mittismean.org
  • If you aren’t able to make, please consider a donation to support our effort to reach the  8 Million pet owning swing voters in 10 battleground states who will provide the 3% firewall in the battleground states.

The anti-Mitt Romney Super Political Action Committee, Mitt Is Mean (www.mittismean.org), urges action on Sunday, July 8, from Noon to 3 p.m. outside the “The Creeks”, a private, gated community on The Hamptons, site of a fundraiser being held for Romney by Tea Party favorite Eric Cantor and Oil Super Lobbyist Wayne Berman.

The lobbyist hosted fundraiser, which includes a private, $25,000 per person reception, will fund the Romney campaign and GOP Mean Machine’s Corporations Are People agenda.

Formed to bring attention to the presumptive Republican presidential candidate’s history of cruelty and nefarious behavior, the Mitt Is Mean Super PAC was launched this spring and has been embraced by pet lovers around the country who find the infamous story of Romney’s treatment of his dog, Seamus, intolerable and unforgettable.

In 1983, the Romney family took a 12-hour drive from their home in Massachusetts to a vacation spot in Canada with their late Irish setter contained in a crate strapped to the roof of the family car. As the story goes, Seamus experienced a bout with diarrhea during the voyage and was subsequently hosed down by Romney at a gas station.

Of the many groups supporting the Mitt Is Mean Super PAC is the online group Dogs Against Romney, whose founder, Scott Crider, offered a ringing endorsement. “Dogs against Romney is a pack, not a PAC” Crider says. “Our members are eager to do more and need a PAC they can support. I decided to get behind Mitt is Mean because the group has been working around the clock to focus attention on Romney’s cruel indifference to people and pets. If he treated his family dog that way how do you think he’ll treat people he doesn’t know.”

Mitt Is Mean will continue to bring attention to the cruelty of Romney, and the GOP Mean Machine’s Corporations Are People agenda throughout the 2012 election cycle by mobilizing the 8 million pet owning swing voters in 10 battleground states. Stay tuned by visiting http://www.mittismean.org.

Coming Next Week – We can’t wait! Seamus Inspires New Tale

WASHINGTON — The tale has inspired ample political commentary, and more than a few columns for the New York TimesGail Collins. Now, the story of Mitt Romney’s former dog Seamus could start becoming a profit-maker.

A new book, “Dog on the Roof! On the Road with Mitt and the Mutt,” is being released next month by the reputable publisher Simon and Schuster.

The book depicts the Romney family — using early photos of Mitt, his wife, Ann, and their five boys — crammed into a station wagon with a dog atop it. The family is shown driving to cities around the country as the authors use sing-song verse to lampoon Romney’s positions on immigration, gay rights, his ties to Wall Street — and the fact that he once drove to Canada with his dog in a container on top of the car.

via Mitt Romney’s dog Seamus inspires new tale – Political Intelligence – A national political and campaign blog from The Boston Globe – Boston.com.

Dogs Against Romney Founder Endorses Mitt Is Mean Super PAC

DOGS AGAINST ROMNEY FOUNDER ENDORSES MITT IS MEAN 


Boston, MA-  Today, the founder of Dogs against Romney, Scott Crider endorsed the SuperPAC, Mitt Is Mean.  Crider will also serve as a volunteer adviser to the SuperPac. Dogs Against Romney is a national group of pet lovers who believe that Mitt Romney’s abuse of his dog Seamus is a window into the GOP nominee’s soul.

You may have heard the story. In 1983, the Romney family took a vacation and drove 12 hours to Canada from the Romney mansion in Massachusetts.  During the entire trip, the family’s Irish setter, Seamus was exiled to a crate strapped on top of the station wagon. When Seamus answered the call of nature and rained on the Romney parade, mean Mitt hosed the car and poor Seamus down.


“Dogs against Romney is a pack, not a PAC” said Crider. “Our members are eager to do more and need a PAC they can support.  I decided to get behind Mitt is Mean because the group has been working around the clock to focus attention on Romney’s cruel indifference to people and pets.  If he treated his family dog that way how do you think he’ll treat people he doesn’t know.”

Marty Dunleavy, a senior adviser to Mitt is Mean stated that he was “happy to have Scott Crider and Dogs against Romney on board because we both want to expose Mitt Romney for the mean spirited guy he really is. The GOP presidential candidate has already made it clear that he doesn’t care about the problems of poor people, homeowners and working families.”

Brad Bannon, spokesman for Mitt is Mean pointed out that “Romney is the guy who put his dog in a crate on top of a car for 12 hours, likes to fire people, bullied a prep school classmate and supports the GOP Mean Machine budget which cuts federal aid for prenatal care.”


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We Can’t Wait for the Book – Remember Poor Seamus…..

Did you think that the Mitt Romney dog on roof story would go away? If so, think again.

The story, which has become a thorn in the side of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, is once again being unearthed despite his efforts to put the issue to rest. Thanks to a new book being put out by Simon & Schuster next month, Romney will likely have to brace himself for yet another wave of animal rights activism and unwelcome negative press.

The book, aptly titled “Dog on the Roof”, is a 64-page satire of the story of Seamus, the Romney family dog who rode in an overhead kennel on a 12-hour trip to Canada in the 1980

via New Book, “Dog on the Roof”, Satirizes the Mitt Romney Dog on Roof Story | Petside.

Mitt is Mean Goes National on CNN

Mitt Romney Steve Pearce event 057

Mitt Romney Steve Pearce event 057 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It would be easy to dismiss all of this as political silliness were it not for one troubling fact: Sometimes the way a president connects with critters can affect the way voters relate to him.

For all the headaches on the campaign trail, you would not think a candidate would be hounded by his own dog.

That, however, has been the relentless fate of Republican contender Mitt Romney. A trip to Canada 30 years ago with the family pooch in a car top carrier, has been the gift that just keeps giving to Democrats. They’ve lampooned him as cruel at worst, foolish at best, with bumper stickers and T-shirts that say “Dogs aren’t luggage!” and “Mitt is Mean!”

Republicans have counterattacked by pointing out that President Obama wrote in his own book about eating dog as a child, helping the dog fight become a theme at this year’s White House Correspondents Association dinner.

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel nipped at both of them. “If Mitt Romney offers you a ride, call shotgun. And if President Obama starts buttering you, run!”

It would be easy to dismiss all of this as political silliness were it not for one troubling fact: Sometimes the way a president connects with critters can affect the way voters relate to him.

via White House pets have long pedigree in political squalls – CNN.com.

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Mean to Pets, Mean to People and “Severely Conservative”

Mitt Romney Steve Pearce event 057

Mitt Romney Steve Pearce event 057 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mitt Romney’s Empathy Problem 

from The New Yorker

If it were just this incident, things might be different. Then we could dismiss it as a youthful indiscretion, just another of the standard outrage-baiting campaign moments we’ll all forget soon enough. But there’s a small string of these kinds of things now. We know that when he’s on the trail, Romney has a real problem connecting with ordinary people—or even just talking to them. We know about Seamus the dog, how Romney put him in a crate and strapped it to the roof of the family station wagon for hours of driving. We know that he’s said he likes being able to fire people.

via Mitt Romney’s Empathy Problem : The New Yorker.

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