Friday, May 11, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has taken being antigay to a level not seen since George W. Bush ran for president in 2000. Romney, like Bush, advocates for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Romney even opposes civil unions for gay couples.
But according to a shocking report in the Washington Post, the depth of Romney’s disdain for people he sees different from him, i.e. gay, can be traced back to his high schools days at the prestigious preparatory Cranbrook School in leafy Bloomfield Hills, MI, where Romney attended as a young man.
Romney spotted someone he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Romney wasn’t having it.
An incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection:
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!”
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.
The harrowing incident was recalled similarly by five students at Cranbrook, who gave their accounts to the Post independently of one another.
Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor, and Cranbrook’s wrestling champion, said he joined Romney in restraining the terrified Lauber:
“It happened very quickly, and to this day it troubles me. What a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do.”
Another former classmate and old friend of Romney’s at Cranbrook who refused to be identified by name told ABC News there are “a lot of guys” who went to Cranbrook who have “really negative memories” of Romney’s behavior in the dorms, behavior he describes as “evil” and “like Lord of the Flies.”
What I find particularly disturbing is, while five former Cranbrook students could vividly recall the incident, one student went on to be a dentist; one a lawyer; one is a retired prosecutor; one is a retired principal; and one who asked to not be identified, but it is Mitt Romney – the Republican presidential nominee, who claims he has no recollection of the event or his pivotal role in terrorizing John Lauber.
Mitt Romney’s inability to remember the Cranbrook event, suggests he is a sociopath in nature. Little wonder he could later strap a dog to the roof of his car and drive 800 miles without a shred of remorse.