“As people do better, they start voting like Republicans – unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing” – Karl Rove
No Karl, that proves how greed corrupts and education opens people’s minds broadening their worldview. There’s been an appalling decline in the quality and qualifications of Republican candidates over the past several decades. There’s no doubt in my mind the GOP is counting on – no – make that “BANKING” on voters being stupid and having amnesia, which pretty much describes “values voters” to a “T” – but more about them later…. Mitt Romney just ambushed himself with his own “off the cuff comments” released in a YouTube video brought to the nation’s attention by Mother Jones Magazine. Cutting to the chase, Mitt Romney neither likes nor respects Americans – or at least 47% of the population he considers to be “freeloaders” because those citizens currently pay no income taxes – nefarious scofflaws like your grandmother – the retired, the elderly, the destitute and struggling, betrayed by his own secretly recorded words at a posh Boca Raton fundraiser. If you aren’t rich, it’s your own fault and he has nothing but contempt for you. Mitt made no mention of the thousands of millionaires and billionaires who pay no taxes through the creative use of tax sheltering loopholes. In fact, Romney should avoid the subject of taxes altogether, since he has yet to fully disclose his own.
But before Mitt Romney’s most recent inhuman and disparaging comments were released, he blundered his way through embarrassingly comical stabs at fooling the nation into believing he has a 6th grader’s rudimentary grasp of world affairs and American foreign policy. Meanwhile, outside the scrutiny of most of the media, Romney’s vice presidential “pick”, Paul Ryan was addressing “The Values Voter Summit” in Washington, DC. The summit is an ultra-conservative event sponsored by the Family Research Council, a god-fearin’ coterie of folks who hate just about everybody. Paul Ryan’s introductory speaker was the head of the Council, Tony Perkins, who does in fact star in his own personal version of “Psycho” – only scarier. The term “values voter” is code for misguided individuals who are more invested in wedge issues than genuinely solving any of America’s real and pressing problems. “Values voters” are hung up on repealing women’s rights, blocking gay marriage and a host of other issues that have nothing whatsoever to do with them or finding solutions to our national challenges. Poking their noses in other people’s crotches appears to be the essential message of the “values voter’s” agenda.
While forty different cities in the Middle East were erupting into senseless violence, AND on the eve of the four year anniversary of the collapse of Leiman Brothers, vice presidential hopeful, Paul Ryan was addressing an auditorium full of true believers who think everything that goes wrong in this world can be traced back to the LGBT community and a woman’s right to choose. The room was illuminated with dim bulbs who ardently believe god is punishing America for electing an ostensibly liberal African-American president, when what god really wants is greed motivated leadership willing to gleefully march our nation into World War III. So what if war kills people? War is a money maker that largely snuffs the progeny of the poor…. Besides, as long as embryonic stem cells are safe, endowed with personhood, and the children of the wealthy aren’t sent to war, everything’s honky dory, because the “values voters” all give generously to their respective churches. If Christ were alive, no doubt he’d have his head between his knees breathing into a paper bag….
If there appears to be something eerily familiar about Paul Ryan, it’s because he essentially fills the same role in the Romney/Ryan ticket that Sarah Palin provided for McCain/Palin; appeasing the angry “religious” base by tossing red meat full of hatred to justify the right-wing’s sense of entitlement. Screw the people who payed into entitlement programs and can’t survive without them. Ryan wants to cut social safety net programs to the quick. The privileged religious right feels wealth is their due as a reward from god, and Paul Ryan is their hero. Truth to tell, they’d rather Ryan was the top of the ticket, and Romney was given a ticket back to one of his multiple lavish estates. The “Values Voter Summit” even boasted a “reformed” terrorist among the scheduled speakers: A man named Kamal Saleem, who by all journalistic research is a fraud. Saleem is an out of work actor who carved a career for himself pretending to be a former terrorist who found redemption in Christ. Kamal Saleem’s real name is Khodor Shami until further aliases are revealed, but he’s harmless enough, since even the CIA regards him as a fraud. Why would this circus summit be a priority for the Republican Party? Because these are the people foolish enough to dash-off enormous checks to the RNC in hopes their candidate will then be beholden to their bigoted self interests. These are the $50,000 a plate sponges who lapped-up every secretly recorded word Romney uttered at the now infamous Boca Raton fundraiser this past May. “Values voters” wouldn’t mind another holy war with Islam to insure first class priority seating during “rapture.” These people are Mitt Romney’s base and financiers, even though they don’t really like him. Their goal is to keep embryonic stem cells alive so they can at a later date execute the living who’ve been crushed by poverty and a lack of opportunity. By the way, shooting people while hiding behind “stand your ground” laws is also smiled-on by their god.
Considering all the back-sliding, flip-flopping, lying and gaffing Mitt Romney has coughed-up in recent days, even the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page is abandoning Romney as a looser, which leaves the mantle of character and intellectual rhetoric to fall on the bench-pressing shoulders of Paul Ryan, who’s most famous for a budget plan that doesn’t add up to squat. Bear in mind, that Mitt Romney doesn’t really need an attack dog, he’s perfectly capable of biting himself in the ass all on his own. He’s even offering terrorism tips to Hezbollah.
So with a month and a half left prior to the November elections, the base has turned to Paul Ryan to save them from themselves. When Ryan was recently questioned about his new boss’s breathtaking series of missteps, Ryan referred to Romney’s erroneous statements as being “inarticulate.” What a dynamic duo they make. To sum things up, once again the Republicans have an upside-down presidential ticket where the base prefers the vice presidential candidate to the man supposedly leading the charge. It’s small wonder the GOP is pushing so hard for the voter suppression laws (which are being struck-down one state at a time) because in poker terms, “they got nuthin’.”