Doesn’t Matter Who Gets the Nomination


Mitt Romney rolls on, but Newt and Rick vow to roll on as well. It doesn’t really matter who gets the nomination for the neo-GOP they all just don’t get it. In fact, none of the Repubs seem to get it. They have spent the last several months trashing our president and his policies without actually offering anything concrete in rebuttal, save cutting taxes on the rich, extending the oil depletion allowance for big oil and blowificating on the old thrice failed ‘trickle down’ theory by way of creating jobs and putting people back to work again.

All the while our president has been going quietly about the business of this nation, infusing the economy and creating jobs, slowly but surely. The latest statistics show that his actions – bailing out the auto industry and the stimulus package – is actually having an effect on our economy. Nothing spectacular, but slow and steady progress. The auto industry is back and healthy again and has paid back every single dollar they were lent. The job market while not spectacular over the past 23 months has been steadily growing and now unemployment is down to 8.3 percent the lowest it has been since the meltdown begin (under Bush not Obama if you please).

Maybe he must be doing something right? You think? Not so you would know if you listen to Fox News and the neo-cons and the neo-Repubs who are running to displace Barack Obama in the White House. Newt, in fact, got rather testy about it when a reporter kept asking him if he didn’t think Obama deserved some credit for the growing number of jobs and the good economic news. Newt would have none of it. Like a little boy piqued because he didn’t get his way he snootily indicates the reporter could give Barack some credit if he chose to, but no not Newty!

And that’s the problem all over neo-con republican land. They are all miffed because everything they have been trying isn’t working and they are mad. Not at themselves but mad at the American economy for not doing what they wanted it to do. Which was to continue to tank!

Wake up America! These people are not patriots nor do they care about the poor. Listen to what they are saying! The poor don’t count! They want America and its citizens to fail! Listen to them! Listen to that demagogue Rush Limpbrain (sorry Limbaugh – lost my head there for a moment). Listen to John ‘Tan and Tone America’ Boehner, Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. They DO NOT HAVE THE BEST INTERESTS OF 99 percent of Americans in mind. They are shills for the Uber-Rich, for Mega-Giant Corporations and Big Oil. They hate America and all it stands for. And they hate Barack Obama!

Why do they hate America? We need to be asking them that! Why do they hate Barack Obama?

I think we all know the answer to that one; but we don’t really want to believe that we have politicians in America who are bigots, racists and shills for the 1 percent. It goes against the grain. Remember all those great old movies about how great this country was and how great our democracy was? Mr. Smith Goes To Washington; Meet John Doe! The Farmer’s Daughter! They were great studies in civics and citizenship. They helped teach a generation of citizens about what it meant to be an American.

John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, never saw those movies evidently or if they did they came away from them with a skewed sense of what is right and what is wrong. Their sense of fairness and compassion somewhere along their way to becoming American politicians was somehow lost, and they need to go back to their roots and find it. Because their view of America fits better with that of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Mattoon Scott from Seven Days in May than it does with Jimmy Stewart’s Mr. Smith or Loretta Young’s Katie Holstrom.

Those characters cared about the little people. The everyday ordinary people mattered to them. The poor and disadvantaged mattered. Every single citizen mattered. We have politicians today – Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich come to mind, who stand up in front of their supporters and tell the world the poor don’t matter. That they don’t care what happens to poor people.

What kind of American is that? Have we come to that in America? Have we reached a time when it is okay for politicians to tell us that those members of our society on the lower end of the economic scale don’t matter anymore? To paraphrase that great American Patriot Patrick Henry, I say, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me I intend to stand with the 99 percent! And not with those who believe in their hearts, minds and souls that we don’t matter anymore, because of 5 old men who decided that corporations deserved to be granted ‘personhood’ and made them superior to the rest of the 99 percent! I am the 99 percent and I and every single other does matter!” —– Bob Bearden

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