I have often stated my view that in 2008 John McCain purposely threw the election to Obama. Rather than articulate the common sense of the overwhelming majority of Americans, McCain went merrily along with the TARP bank bailout. Many voters resented and opposed the idea that the American people should be put them on the hook to foot the bill for risks others had profited from taking. Many also understood, and reacted against the fact that the TARP legislation sharply tilted America’s future toward socialism, i.e., the form of government in which a dictatorial elite uses the promise to do everything for “the people” as an excuse to take control of everything for themselves.
The TARP legislation was part of a “Pearl Harbor” style assault on the material basis of America’s liberty . This assault continues in the form of the insane frenzy of stimulus spending and skyrocketing debt that has characterized the Obama era. However, Obama’s attempt to bum rush the nation to socialism isn’t some anomalous artifact of his upbringing as a hard-left groupie. Obama was plucked from obscurity by the elitist faction powers-that-be precisely because his personal formation suited him to play the role of storm trooper in the elitist faction’s socialist strategy for denaturing, and then discarding, America’s government of, by and for the people.
During Obama’s locust eaten years, the leaders of the GOP wing of the elitist faction muttered occasionally for political effect (especially in the early stages of co-opting the Tea Party movement,) but time after time they meekly tagged along as their counterparts in the Obama wing gang raped the good faith and credit of the American people. Now, of course, the script for the 2012 general election calls for the elitist GOP leaders to heap hot coals of blame for the nation’s economic landslide onto the head of the Obama scapegoat. This adds credibility to the notion that they are truly determined to defeat Obama this time around.
Even a thoroughly scripted electoral process must allow for a little suspense about the outcome, a little mystery so as to build dramatic tension. It contributes to the electorate’s suspension of disbelief. Without that the false catharsis the electoral drama produces will not produce people spent and tractable enough to stand still for the scene in which their exceptional liberty finally meets its mortal fate.
The question that may represent, as it were , the depressed spring that produces this dramatic tension is this: Does the script for the 2012 election call for a repeat performance in which Mitt Romney, like John McCain, throws the election to Obama? Romney’s candidacy is rife with the sort of self-contradictions that would lend plausibility to such a result. There is the overplayed but understated problem of the Mormon candidate seeking to build victory with the support of mercenary forces purchased from a largely Christian conservative base. Then there’s the falsetto passage requiring that a deed convicted liberal/leftist/socialist stampede a herd of most sincere conservative voters to the polls, despite that conviction, with no provocation but a wolfish scarecrow (dutifully provided by the Obama production company) and Romney’s perilously unreliable imitation of a conservative mating call. Finally, there’s the awkwardly counterproductive need to downplay the wolfish appearance of the scarecrow, for fear that too many of the herd will notice its striking family resemblance to the Romney steer whose lead they’re being prodded to follow.
The mixed metaphors of this description of its neuroses are not nearly so mixed-up as the Romney campaign itself has been over the post two weeks, as it has apparently fallen prey to them. Now word comes of a blunt verbal assault on what Romney himself characterizes as close to half the voting electorate. Coming in the context of a full, frank and secret exchange of views with some of his rich donors, the assault appears to a) provide evidence that the term “elitist” hardly captures the arrogant contempt toward “regular folks” that characterizes Romney and his peers; and b) confirm that Romney’s persona is thoroughly saturated with “limousine liberal” schizophrenia, the kind that leads them very self-consciously to see themselves itself having to “stoop” to reach the level at which it can obligingly shower “compassion” on the unworthy masses.
Mitt Romney’s secret and frank exposure of his contempt for “people who pay no income tax” smears every hard working American who ever benefited from this or that provision of our mercilessly convoluted tax laws to keep control of as much of their own hard earned money as the (unconstitutionally implemented) tax laws allow. I guess we’re supposed to believe that the “billionaire breakfast club” types rainmaker Karl Rove relies on for big money haven’t hired expensive law firms to do the same thing. A lot of people in the conservative grassroots base of the GOP are hard working souls, hard hit by the economic shenanigans that allowed the hedge-fund hogs to help themselves to the spin-off effects of the fungible tax dollars used to shore up the system they shrewdly exploit. These middle class earners watched helplessly as their nest eggs disappeared, their kids’ college funds shrunk, their hope to leave a little real estate for their posterity went back to the bank. What fair minded person blames them for doing whatever they legally can do to keep the remainder of their earnings out of the hands of the politicians who have looted their modest wealth?
Mitt Romney’s pathetically purblind apologists will try to pretend that he was only referring to those dependency minded welfare cheats who voted for Obama. But people who derive their income mainly from welfare benefits don’t have to pay taxes on that income. People get social security benefits; others take advantage of deductions for education expenses; others subtract the cost of some purchase or behavior the government wants to encourage from their tax bill. All of them are just doing what politicians like Romney (especially RINOs like Romney) told them they could do. And for this Romney casts them into the class of people of whom he says “My job is not to worry about those people.”
If Romney were any kind of a conservative he would have realized long ago that many of these people conscientiously seek to keep their money out of the government’s hands precisely because they deeply believe it’s their own business to worry about themselves; and it’s their right to insist that no politician claim to do that job for them.
I’m sure the Obama faction will try to pretend that Romney’s attack on the working middle class reflects some kind of hardhearted conservatism. On the contrary, it offers further proof that the “deep structure” of Romney’s personality is thoroughly liberal, right down to the “they stoop to conquer” arrogance that leads liberals to believe their quest for totalitarian control of the economy is a generous mission to help the defective but imploring masses.
Romney and his elitist faction fellow travelers still unrepentantly seek Todd Akin’s political demise because Akin unintentionally made a remark that offended people who believe its right to murder innocent children because on of their parents committed rape. Romney may soon discover that he’s looking down his nose at way more then the 47% his self-defeated election analysis surrenders to Barack Obama. If Akin’s unintentional offense against a minor fraction of Missouri’s electorate somehow warranted Romney’s call for his resignation as a candidate, what should Romney be called upon to do on account of his purposeful expression of contempt for working people who, even while enduring the income tax system’s violation of their Constitutional right, do nothing more than follow it’s dictates. Tarring all these people with the brush of his contempt, he even shows himself blind to the decency of those among them he could have counted on to vote for him. I was never among them, and I suspect that the sting of his insulting slur may lead not a few of them to take a hard look at the “Platform Republican” approach to the 2012 election. It’s long past time to send an unmistakable message to the arrogant elitists who think the people of this country have no choice but to accept the twin peaks of elitist arrogance and domineering socialist contempt that in fact offers them no choice at all.
Why is Romney so willing to insult the working people in his grassroots base? Is he willfully seeking to commit electoral suicide? Or does he seriously believe the grassroots conservatives he insults are too stupid to figure out that he was talking about them,too. More on this in my next posting.
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