Friday, September 14, 2012

Romney's Success vs. Romney's Greed vs. Romney's Over Ambition

Lawrence  commenting on the above facebook picture, wrote:  Since when is ambition a bad thing? Do you think Obama ran for President because he was not ambitious?
My reply to him was: Oh yes, ambition seems like a good thing to those who believe that success is all about one’s accumulation of THINGS like $$$$. Success to a Thinking person has many aspects, the least of which is amassing material wealth.(which actually falls into a catagory more like GREED.) thinkingblue
overambitious adj Excessively ambitious; the aims were overambitious, therefore few were achieved…

Excerpt: The Mitt Romney campaign, defending his smirk-a-thon:

Questions & Answers:
Don’t you think it was appropriate for the embassy to condemn the controversial movie in question? Are you standing up for movies like this?
– Governor Romney rejects the reported message of the movie. There is no room for religious hatred or intolerance.
Hmm. "No room for religious hatred or intolerance." Gee, why does that sound so familiar? Oh yeah. Because that's what the U.S. Embassy in Egypt said yesterday.
Keeping in mind that the embassy's statement was not about the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi—and that for Romney to characterize it as such is false—note that it says basically the same thing that the Romney campaign is now saying. "Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy," the statement read. "We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others."
So if Mitt Romney "rejects" the movie ... and the U.S. Embassy statement "rejects" the movie ... then what the hell was this whole episode about?
The only answer that I can come up with that makes any sense is that it was about Mitt Romney's unbridled ambition—and his complete lack of judgment. In other words, yes, Mitt Romney is unhinged. And perhaps part of the explanation for that can be found in this fact: Gallup's latest tracking poll has Mitt Romney down by seven full points. MORE HERE:

The Difference Between Greed and Success
The general perception in the US, thanks to the media largely, is that success and greed are one and the same. But the difference is huge. Both might result in wealth for those striving for their goals, but the intentions are what make a big difference.
Greedy people look for power and any means to achieve that power is fair game, to them. History is replete with many examples ranging from Hitler to Saddam. Some people would say that Bill Gates is also greedy and indeed he has great power and wealth.
The difference is that Bill Gates obtained his wealth by providing a service or product to people that they voluntarily wanted. Competitors might not agree as to his benevolence and indeed he was a hard charging business man. But he became successful because he offered a product that people wanted.
Greed is defined by Wikopedia as “an excessive desire to possess wealth or goods.” That is interesting but not too helpful in that who is to decide that something is excessive. I would go further and say that a greedy person has the desire to possess wealth or goods and that person is willing to subjugate others to obtain that wealth.

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