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LIBERAL; The 21st Century “N” Word

To those of you who base your entire political agenda on anger and hate, I would like to ask you once and for all just what your definition of Liberalism is.  You post your little Facebook entries and you carry your little misspelled signs proudly at the Tea Party’s hate rallies by which you decry the very existence of Liberalism but really… do you even know what a Liberal is?  Same thing for Socialism.  If you were to have to define Socialism right now, without grabbing for the Google and coming back with the dictionary definition, what would your answer be?  One friend of mine, when pressed, defined Socialism as a system wherein all the wealth and power is concentrated in the hands of a very few at the top while the rest of the people got nothing.

Well alrighty then.  Yeah, I admit to kind of chuckling at him insofar as you can chuckle in an email and jokingly referred him to a couple of online dictionaries and told him I’d wait while he schooled himself on the actual definitions of Socialism and Liberalism.  He of course got all incensed and  informed me that he didn’t need any schooling and didn’t care what the dictionaries or encyclopedias said.  All he knew was that basically Liberals and Socialists were bad and therefore he didn’t like Liberals or Socialists.   The fact that I was not chuckling at his ignorance of the dictionary definition of the word but at the fact that he himself had just provided a classic illustration of American Capitalism and the entire unregulated free market philosophy went right over his head.  It did set me to wondering though… why would this guy hate Liberals when he couldn’t even explain what a Liberal was?

We’ve had a few other political discussions since then in which he tosses the Tea Party definition of this or that “ism” out there and usually those definitions have as little basis in reality as his own definition of Socialism did but the dictionary definitions of this political philosophy or that one are not the point anyway.  All those artificially constructed names do is provide labels by which the underinformed can categorize those they don’t like without having to admit that they don’t like them simply because they’re different.  Liberalism and Liberal are simply the labels most commonly used by intellectually lazy and information disadvantaged because hey… EVERYBODY hates Liberals, am I right?  Yeah, right..

And of course it’s this dislike or distrust of anyone different that the Plutocrats have been able to stir… almost said “whip” there but actually it hasn’t really taken that much effort since this kind of thing thrives on ignorance… managed to stir into outright hate for the man that the majority of the people in this country chose to be their president.  Why?  Do I really need to say why?  Because it’s easy.

The low information rank and file right wingers have long used scapegoats to avoid any sense of responsibility for their own failures and inadequacies.  Indeed their very existence revolves around a few vary basic factors, ones that require the barest minimum of thought:  One of these is the conviction that a) shit rolls downhill and b) as long as there’s someone underneath you to roll it on down on, there’s nothing wrong with that.  In order for this one to work, you have to have at least some form of superficial reasoning by which you can convince yourself and your peers that those “beneath” you are indeed beneath you and are inferior beings that somehow deserve to be the ones the shit ultimately rolls down on and sticks to. For the wantonly ignorant, that usually involves simply dehumanizing them entirely, turning them into something less that ordinary human beings who just happen to look different or simply have opinions, beliefs or situations that differ from your own and the easiest cheap shot they can take usually involves the word “Liberal” or in an increasing number of cases these days, “Socialist”.

In the beginning, this kind of reasoning was used to “justify” the waging of genocide on the aboriginal peoples whose land was being taken.  Anything and everything done to the natives could be and at the time was justified by the contention that they weren’t “real” people, indeed were nothing but a pack of “subhuman savages”.  And then of course, came a couple hundred years during which this country, as a matter of policy, engaged in one of the filthiest practices ever known to man, the trafficking of human beings.  And again there was nothing wrong with it because Africans were after all, something less than people and besides, they had a “better life as slaves in America than they would have had as a free people in their own homeland, right?”.  The white man has always found ways to justify his loutishness and decide what’s better for the “lesser” races.

While slavery itself was finally abolished in the mid 19th century it was another hundred years before any real attempt was made to do something about the second or third class citizenship status that had been conferred on African Americans, eventually resulting, a hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation… in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  It’s shameful that after two hundred years we had to actually pass laws ending the “official” discrimination against non whites when in reality it was something that any truly moral or ethical person should have sought for him/herself but if I’ve learned one thing in the last 12 years it’s that fair play, ethics and moral considerations don’t exist when it comes to modern day Capitalism

Far from solving the problem, we saw whites… especially whites in the southern states that had formed the Confederacy… who were still seething over the Civil War a hundred years after it ended simply add any white people who actually believed that ALL men are created equal and not just all WHITE men, to the same bag they had the blacks in.  Of course they couldn’t really  call these white people “n*****s” (although more than a few of them used the term “n****r lovers” back in my younger days) since they could no longer openly refer to black people as such and eventually the word “liberal” came into common use both as a catch all replacement and to specifically denote (along with “communist” and “socialist” just about anyone who championed or otherwise displayed support for ideas that conflicted with the agenda of the White Christian Male Power Structure* which was of course to make sure that White Christian Males continued to be the power structure in America.

Think about that… an entire political party and mainstream media structure dedicated to maintaining power for white male Christians… and a black man living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Somehow I have this feeling that we haven’t even begun to plumb the depths of hate that we’ll be looking at for the next four years and after and that compared to it the past four years have been a high school civics debate, but maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, next time one of your right wing friends posts or says something about ALL Liberals being welfare queens or Liberals hating America and wanting the “Mooslins” to win or whatever the official sound bite bitch about Liberals happens to be that day, remember they aren’t speaking out of hate,malice or mean mindedness (or at least they’ll claim they aren’t).  Of course that only leaves ignorance and stupidity, otherwise the statement would never have had to have been made in the first place but hey… if that’s what floats their little boat I guess I’m OK with it.   Just pardon me if I kinda chuckle now and then.

*I didn’t make that White Christian Male Power Structure thing up. I first saw the phrase used by none other than Bill O’Reilly in full roar while decrying “attacks” on it.  If you have issues in regard to its existence, go talk to him,

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Television Journalism_A True Oxymoron

Progressives often seem to miss the entire point of having a multi-party system or even the reasons behind the desire of the people to have at least two clear choices to choose from.  They don’t seem to understand that this turn the other cheek thing only gets both sides of your ass kicked.  They instead try to forge “compromises” or come to “mutually agreeable” conclusions when conducting the people’s business when the truth is that their compromises often consist of giving away the farm to the conservatives in return for a handful of empty promises that will either never be kept or else broken at the first moment it becomes expedient to do so.  One of the areas in which Progressives have toted up a pretty fair sized number of failures is in their dealings with what we’ve come to call the “Mainstream Media” or, for the purposes of this post, “electronic journalism” (radio TV news for you Tea Party folks). 

Progressives… or maybe it’s just Democrats in general… seem to be somehow unable to say “bad” things about their opponents in a public venue even as they themselves are being openly demonized and often marginalized.  This overwhelming urge by Progressives to be seen as just a little “nicer”, a little more “civilized” than the ravening jackals verbally eating their asses for lunch is OK in it’s place I suppose but I’ll be damned if I’ve been able to figure out where its place is yet and I’ll always believe it’s part of what got PBO a virtual ass kicking in the first debate.   

Mainstream media is a term which I suppose can, like most of them, have different meanings to different people.  For example, to me it’s simply the corporate media while to the average Tea Party Republican, mainstream media automatically means the “liberal” media which supports liberal and even “socialist” agendas to the exclusion of the noble crusades being waged by conservative heroes daily.  Of course, this definition is readily dismissed by anyone willing to put a little time and effort into informing themselves as to what’s actually going on in the world today but unfortunately that sounds too much like work to a huge segment of the voting public so they tend to limit their participation in the search for facts to 3-4 hours of right wing talk radio during the day and another few hours of Fox News at night and let that be the limit of any effort they’re willing to make.  These folks just flat out don’t like doing the arithmetic themselves, probably because it makes their heads hurt.  So they simply assume that anything not “confirmed” by Limbaugh or some other paragon of right wing verbal flatulence is unworthy of any attention. 

Indeed, the truth lies almost 180 degrees south of that assumption.  There’s almost as much right wing propaganda coming from supposed bastions of liberalism such as MSNBC as there is from Fox News.  It’s just done better.  Virtually the entire system of information in this country today is owned and therefore controlled by four or five of the same massive corporations that have been bankrolling and directing the Corporate takeover of the United States through their gobbling up of virtually every form of communications between the members of the masses as well as the outright purchase of the huge majority of the right wingers in our congress, most of whom are Republicans although for the last few cycles conservative Democrats (read quislings) have been doing their part for the Plutocracy right along with their brothers and sisters across the aisle.

The number one problem for those of us who would like to see things a tad more fair and balanced…. yeh, I hate the term to but it fits right now… is the lack of willingness on the part of the few Liberals and Progressives… or maybe moderates is the better term… that still have some access to the public airwaves to take the right wing hate merchants openly to task for their failure to force the industry maintain the integrity of the press and maintain the institution that which up until the last couple of decades had served as the people’s final system of checks and balances and was indeed referred to as our “Fourth Estate”. 

Instead we get from most Progressives or moderates what is at best a lukewarm reference to “inaccuracies”, “failures” or probably worse, some almost comical declaration of “outrage” at first and crickets after and even these are more readily found on Twitter than on any TV screen, network or cable.  Anything to avoid pointing them out as plain old slop bucket lies and for what?  Fear you won’t get another interview or be  invited to appear on the show again so some tool of Wall Street can make himself look like a big dog by talking over you again?  Once and for all, these media darlings are NOT making mistakes, or being inaccurate, they are deliberately distorting the truth and they are outright flipping LYING and their rudeness and outright boorishness is part of the act and it’s damned well time someone stated calling them out on it.

For example… in regard to the latest steaming pile left by Darrell Issa that that has had me seething with anger since yesterday…  various outlets had articles in regard to Senator Durbin’s outrage over Issa’s potentially lethal document dump, none of which contained a single word about the legal ramifications or what he would propose be done about it which, according to my Twitter TL, a lot of people were wanting to know.  I didn’t expect him to come right and out say Issa is an asshole or even a criminal… That WOULD be over the line and besides, I consider at least the naming of assholes part of that my job.  But it did call for a hell of a lot stronger condemnation of Issa’s actions than was offered up, at least in those articles I saw.

Yes, there are a few exceptions, Rachel Maddow coming quickest to mind, but for very one like her there are a half dozen or so Limbaugh or O’Reilly types not to mention the fence straddlers  like Chris Matthews, of whom it was once said that “Nobody ever knows which leg, left or right, he’ll be humping on any given day.”. 

But for the most part there are a few things you can count on to the point of them being truisms,  One such is that… no matter if it’s Tweety doing the humping or someone else…on that given day a number of right wing hate peddlers will GET their legs humped by the overhyped and overpaid rock stars of TV “journalism” and that any Democrat/Progressive guests that do mange to get on the air will be shouted over and or cut off the second they start to challenge the host’s agenda (on Sundays the number doubles or triples). 

Another is that Chuck Todd will use his position to force his face in front of the cameras on one or more of the shows on NBC/MSNBC.  In addition to the daily tripe from Fox News you can just about bet the farm that once or twice a week Ann Coulter will make some totally offensive ad hominem attack on some particular person she doesn’t even know, especially if she’s got a book to sell that week and that Michelle Malkin will throw a screaming, foaming at the mouth fit about something that some “liberal” said or did that pricked her vastly (and falsely) oversensitive sense of outrage. As for CNN, they still have Wolf Blitzer as their #1 front man and that’s really all you need to know about them.  Run away fast.

And that’s it.  That’s all the hell there is.  Like the Rush Limbaugh hatefest in which he hasn’t done or said anything original for at least ten years now, It’s the same damned thing over and over again with nothing but a different shade of lipstick on the same old pig’s ass every day.  We’re not watching news, we’re watching a dog and pony show, the SAME dog and pony show every damned day.

The one thing I personally have to be thankful for is that they’re no longer trying to pass it off as journalism or themselves as journalists.  That used to piss me off royal when they did that and at my age and in the shape I’m in these days I can no longer afford the blood pressure spikes.  While they’re not admitting to being little more than high paid RW shills, neither are they denying it and insulting the memories of real journalists like Murrow and Cronkite.

Now I can either ignore them or… in the case of something particularly egregious… just look at them with the same contempt and disdain Mitt Romney uses toward people like me (although in the case of several of them I will admit to a certain nasty desire to ask them who they had to blow to get their cushy jobs).  But I do often find myself wishing that some Democrat appearing on some right wing television show would look Billo or Morning Joe right in the eye and say, “You know, that’s the biggest load of bullshit I’ve ever heard.”.  I haven’t seen anything like that since Lee Camp managed to sneak himself onto a Fox News panel show way back before anyone… including me… had heard of him.  I’ve been a fan ever since.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Same Crap, Different Century

I’ve been a science fiction nut for over 60 years now, ever since an aunt gave me a box containing 40-50 of her old SF paperbacks and pulp magazines. Science fiction has been my crutch for all those decades, propping up my relief that things were going to be a whole lot better in my future than they were in my past and that the 21st century was going to be when it all came together and we actually became the nation and the society that the founding fathers and the godfathers of capitalism claimed they were building for us. The dawning of not only a new century but a new millennium was going to be the time when we were finally going to come together as a people and reap the benefits of all the knowledge and enlightenment that we had worked so hard to bring to all of us through capitalism and the allegedly automatic rewards that would automatically befall anyone who was willing to work hard and do their share,.

Yeah right! What a fracking pantload that turned out to be, eh? Instead of a society in which an individual is rewarded according to his contribution to society and the nation as a whole we find ourselves in exactly the same boat our ancestors who fled the old world in huge numbers came here to escape. We face exactly the same future that those people were faced with 300-400 years ago and the ultimate irony is that those countries from which they fled have far outstripped us in terms of societal evolution. Today, we are the only “developed” nation that is actively trying to restore outright Feudalism as a foundation on which to build a society, probably because we are the only one not old enough to have taken a shot… or several shots… it over the past few thousand years

The fact that our founding fathers were one percenters from the get go was completely hidden for two and a half centuries beneath the mumbo-jumbo of our so called Bill of Rights and our constitution itself. Hell, even the people who got together wrote the constitution couldn’t tell an ordinary working stiff what they meant by what they wrote and one of the first things they did was put together a team… they’d be called consultants today… to write a series of essays explaining what it was that they and their peers hoped to bring about through the framing of the language in the constitution and other documents by which the republic was being established.  These were called the Federalist Papers and were authored by a group consisting of Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison writing under the pseudonym Publius.

Like the constitution itself, these essays are open to interpretation based on the agenda and intent of the person doing the interpreting but one thing starts to emerge in even the most cursory glance, that being that the current arguments over Federalism versus State Sovereignty is nothing new and indeed has been ongoing since prior to the ratification of the Constitution itself.  What also becomes readily apparent is that even at the time of the founding there were already those whose sole aim was to suborn the forcible takeover of the new world and the virtual genocide perpetrated on its native peoples to their own private agendas, agendas that were often in direct conflict with the commonly accepted… or at least commonly proffered… interpretations of the language in which the essays were written and that those same people have played a major part in every societal ill that has befallen this country since and some of those attempting to establish a system of corporate feudalism today are directly descended from those that would have reinstituted or maintained a system of European style feudalism then.

If the current attempts by the one percent are successful, the very best we’re going to be able to hope for in this country is a return to the basic societal structure of the Victorian Era England, which ran roughly from the late 1830s, during the latter stages of what has been termed the industrial revolution, to the turn of the twentieth century.  It was a period in which the differences between the haves and the have nots grew ever more stark, differences that were exposed in some detail by Charles Dickens, who along with a handful of other writers of the mid portion of the era, attempted, to depict the reality of life in an urban/industrial feudal society which, in terms of the plight of the poor and otherwise unconnected, wasn’t a whole lot different from the rural forms of small fiefdoms and agrarian feudalism that had preceded it.

No, we won’t all become Tiny Tim or even Bob Cratchit overnight.  We’ll still have our consumer products and our entertainments and all of the necessary distractions from those often more important things that we’ll be giving up in order to have them… at least for as long as we are willing to give those more important things up.  They may cost more every year but they’ll still be there and the sheep that make up most of the population will continue to indulge themselves in them.

Those of us who do decide to drop out of the whole consumerist thing in order to provide the basic necessities such as food, housing, health care,education for our kids, etc., will find those basic requirements have also been turned into “industries” which is a polite euphemism for cash cows for Wall Street.   One way or another, everything you make is going to be channeled upward into the pockets of those who occupy the highest levels of the food chain and those among the one percent willing to sell out the other 99% to get it there.  We are a country that has long been based on extreme consumption… consumption of anything and everything that wasn’t nailed down, whether it belonged to us or not.  You don’t whoa that up in a day or two but the signs and symptoms of a paradigm shift are definitely there if care to look for them as we’re attacked on several fronts.  The emphasis has been shifting steadily from control of what might have been termed discretionary spending to that of the basic necessities of life such as food, water, shelter and health care.  Once that happens… and of course in the case of health care and housing it already HAS happened… having the smartest phone on the block won’t accomplish diddly squat except tell them where they can collect you when they decide they don’t like you anymore.

So far from the turn of the 21st century being the dawning of a new age of enlightenment or whatever the hell those old time SF authors thought it was going to be, it turns out that the “darksiders” like Orwell were perhaps a tad more accurate in their extrapolations and that far from being on a path to some kind of world in which we accept that all human beings are truly equal and that we all live on the same planet and have a responsibility to each other to make it the best planet we can… the United States at least is hell bent on returning it’s people to the hardscrabble day to day existence that has been the lot of peasants and serfs since the down of recorded history and probably beyond.   Call it capitalism or anything else you want to call it… the division of a population into the very few who have it all and the very many who have nothing at all is just another dose of the same old same old and we’re supposed to be farther up the evolutionary ladder than that by now.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Whiny Little Crybabies

Just got done reading a teaser for a book by Thomas Frank Called “Billionaires Are The Victims” in which he chronicles the Republican strategy of “victimhood”.   This is their ultimate fallback position, their Plan B, wherein if they can’t make a cogent point in support of their position and/or are asked for any kind of corroboration of whatever outrageous claim they have been trying to make, they launch into this weird little self pity drone state wherein they whine incessantly and “sorrowfully about how this nation of moochers and looters persists in making snippy remarks about the successful”.  While he refers mainly to the rich themselves, those of us who don’t have direct access to those types still deal with this “cult of victimhood” any time we let ourselves be conned into any kind of  conversation with their lesser turdminions at any level.

I know that anyone of you who has ever attempted to engage a far right wingnut in anything resembling a meaningful debate on the issues know that without fail, issues will go out the window and it will eventually come down to them playing the victim, usually claiming that you’re stifling their right dissent by refusing to give credence (or space as the case may be) to their ideas and opinions or some such folderol but until now, none of the mainstream pundits and surprisingly few bloggers have taken the time to look at this aspect of their agenda.  The simple fact is that Marie Antoinette Ann Romney isn’t unique in her belief that she and others like her are being victimized or persecuted by the hordes of unwashed commoners.

If you’ve been long time readers at They Gave Us A Republic then you might remember a couple of us quoting from various satirical posts by Jim Hightower bout how tough the filthy rich have had it during these trying times but even those, while wholly accurate, have been more in the humorous vein than attempts at serious discourse about the the fact that the victim card along with the calculated failure to observe any of the niceties and amenities of formalized or even mildly civilized debate… much like Mr. Romney failed to do last night… is an integral part of any conservative’s portfolio of debate or discussion tactics and will invariably be brought out any time they feel that they are falling behind on “points” or otherwise are losing control of the proceedings.  Remember Pat Nixon’s cloth coat?  As Mr. Frank puts it:

I admit that I was impressed at first by the unconflicted way in which these proud voices of the strong—these hymners of Darwinian struggle, of the freedom to fail, of competition to the death—advanced their war on the world by means of tearful weepy-woo. But then I started to get it: self-pity is central in the consciousness of the resurgent right. Depicting themselves as victimized in any and every situation is not merely a fun game of upside-down; it is essential to their self-understanding.

Indeed, there are few political or cultural situations in which the right doesn’t instinctively reach for the mantle of the wronged, holler about bias, or protest about how unfairly they’ve been treated. It goes on even in the most improbable precincts. Army generals must be consoled. And former majority leaders of the House of Representatives need your sympathy.

And it carries right on down to the most lowly little Twitter or Facebook political trolls.  As long as they’re allowed to run rampant, saying anything that pops into their pointy little heads no matter how far from factual it might be, they’re happier than pigs in mud.  But just challenge on of them on the sources of their material or ask for some real verifiable numbers that support whatever hyperbolic generalization they’ve just hacked up and spit out or just simply disagree with something they’ve said and all of a sudden the entire tenor of the exchange changes and now you’re bullying them, the usual accusation being that you’re somehow “not allowing them to state their opinions” or at best refusing to take them seriously.

I don’t do it anymore.  I refuse to allow these type of people access to my Twitter timeline and I’ve pretty much hidden or blocked most of those on Facebook who regularly post at worst, outright lies and at best, unsupported claims and or innuendo with little or no basis in fact mainly because at my age, life’s too damned short to be playing fifth grade he said/she said games. If I’m going to engage, then I want to see facts, numbers, and links to raw data unfiltered through someone else’s idea of context and the LAST damned thing I want to hear about is how mistreated and picked on you are because I had the flipping gall to challenge some bullshit statement you made on MY dime.

 

 

 

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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Givers & Takers

I find myself bugged by several things this week not least among them the attitude of a lot of right wing types toward people who, for whatever reason, didn’t have an opportunity to become wealthy or even financially independent during their working lives.  These RW folks need to simply face the freaking fact that there are 330 million people in this goddamned country and obviously, not all of them can be millionaires.  The few that can, can only do so through the efforts of the rest of us and for every new millionaire, there are literally thousands of people who had to work their asses off for less than a living wage to make it possible for him or her to reach that status.

The simple fact is that very few of the real movers and shakers in this country today got to where they are on their own.  Anyone who was born with the proverbial silver spoon up their gazoo probably has the least right to talk about the 47% and their so called “entitlements”.  These are the so called “privileged” few who have adopted the stance that they are entitled to all of the country’s wealth simply because a tiny little of number of them already control most of it.  They have no other rationale.  Virtually anyone else who manages to reach the millionaire rung on their little ladder does so mostly on their coattails by providing various financial “services” to the real barons and earls and moving various piles of their money around for them in some manner or other.  In short, capitalism has become just another industry, one of which depends on our output for its existence and that we are required to pay into but which we are not allowed to take from.

And of course we have the common garden variety slugs and thugs who somehow seem to find ways to become millionaires by holding elective office or occupying various slots in the bureaucracy that enable them to funnel more of the country’s wealth to the big dogs by outright manipulation of the economy in return for for a few crumbs from the master’s table.  Like the popular concept of Judas, they count their thirty pieces of silver as a major accomplishment of their own and take great pride in their status as running dogs for the elite but one only has to look at people like Darrell Issa and Joe Walsh to know the true depth of their character.

The rich are indeed different than you or I and truly, it can be no other way.  For each taker, there must be thousands of givers… or at least people to be taken from… and of course it’s our basic mindset  that is the main factor in determining which we are.  Most of us (barely… that opinion may be subject to change on November 6) are still givers.  We understand the need to do just that tad more than the law requires in order to have a decent country for us all to live in.  The takers,,, not so much.

The problem for the rest of us is that the number of takers is growing due to the fact that like other predatory animals, they tend to breed… a lot… and each succeeding generation has to have more than the last simply not only because that’s the nature of the people involved but simply because their numbers have increased.  In other words, the rich are the only ones left who can actually hand off a better world to their larvae than the rest of us lowborns can to our own kids for blatantly obvious reasons.

A case in point of course, would be Willard Mitt Romney and his five sons, all of whom might as well have been cloned from skin scrapings from his right ass cheek.  The Romney family epitomizes the attitudes toward the rest of us that was so ably caricatured by Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III so many years ago while the excesses of the one percent were still a joking matter and before they had become literally a matter of life and death.  They have been brought up to think that the measure of a human being is not taken by weight of his or her contributions to society as a whole  but solely by the amount of wealth and power they they contribute to the Romney dynasty and far from resenting the fact that they have reached the point of virtually stealing the food from our children’s plates in order to satisfy their lust for more and more, the rest of us are actually supposed to admire them for it.
That’s why they apply high sounding titles to themselves like “Maker” or “Producer” or the latest example, “Job Creator” (in spite of the fact that they actually make or produce nothing tangible and there is no evidence that the deregulation of American corporations has produced anything but a net LOSS of jobs in the US over the past 30 years) and that’s why Mitt can utter… with a straight face… statements to the effect that anything his boys do that furthers the fortune of the Romney family is equivalent to say… fighting and dying in one of the never ending wars that are a major part of the agenda by which they make their money… or that “corporations are people too, my friend”.

This is the man… and the mindset… that the ultra right feels is not only an acceptable choice to lead this country but actually worthy of anything they have to resort to in order to get him into office up to and including not only everything we’ve seen so far… the lies, half truths, innuendo, gridlock and outright race baiting… but even deliberately and methodically openly depriving millions of those most likely to vote for the other side of their very right to vote.  This is the man and the mindset that has become their line in the sand… their final stand at the Alamo.  The sorriest candidate in history, running the sorriest campaign in history and if they have their way, he just may be running the sorriest failed country in history as the US becomes the first nation to openly capitulate to the Fascist/Corporatist oligarchy without even a bang or a whimper.

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2012 in Uncategorized