Posted by TRB on Friday November 16, 2012 - 11:42 am (10 years ago)
By columnist TRB - This past election was almost like round two of one of three Presidential boxing matches - the most recent being Obama v. Romney, which was called for Obama earlier than expected on election night, when Romney and his vastly over-rated campaign team discovered their "arithmetic" was all wrong, particularly their understanding of addition. The second and more antique Presidential match occured in 2000 in which the hapless, but mean-spirited John McCain got his butt kicked by George Bush II during the primary. Eight years later and McCain was still licking his wounds and playing the class bully, when Obama sucker punched him in the 2008 Presidential match. Four years later Obama wins again, even though McCain campaigned exentsively for Romney. Here's a hint regarding McCain's present frame of mind: In private, he is often referred to as "McNasty" by those who know him.
In this month's Republican loss we have loser Romney telling his financial backers on a conference call that Obama won by distributing "free gifts" to his supporters. These "gifts," which Republicans are constantly trying to take back, are veterans benefits, breakfast programs for children, food stamps for the very poor, health care for the poor, for women, for the elderly, Social Security, loan programs for college students, virtually any form of federal government assistance for those in need. It makes you wonder how much Federal disaster relief Romney would have extended to the states of New York and New Jersey if he'd been President during hurricane Sandy.
Someone forgot to tell people like Romney that the Federal goverment did not create the States; the original States created the Federal government. One of the jobs they gave it was to take care of problems they could not solve by themselves, problems that over the years have become the "gifts" to which the American History-challenged Romney refers. The obvious retort to Romney's complaint is another question: What gifts did Romney promise, and to whom, for the hundreds of millions of theirs he wasted during his losing campaign?
More tax cuts for the obscenely wealthy?
A reduction of expensive safety and health regulations for contributing corporations?
Defense contracts for various corporate contributors?
Romney and his followers refer to Americans as either "Givers" or "Takers." The Givers are the very wealthy, the Takers are everyone else, including soldiers, teachers, firemen, nurses, doctors, veterans and police officers - anyone whose livlihoood is enhanced by as much as a dime of Federal funding.
This set of political beliefs casts Romney in a more accurate and proper light. He is a right-wing radical. He is not merely on the "fringe;" he is in the bucket. In his own words, he has guaranteed that he will not hold political office again. He is the man who could not shut up.
On the other hand McCain is the man who believes he can get away with anything. Years ago he was one of the Keating Five, a scandal that rocked the savings and loan world and put many in the poor house. But McCain got through it, despite many obvious ethical questions, and he carried on in a career that seems dedicated to ruining the reputations of others.
His latest target is Susan Rice, the current Ambassador to the United Nations. It is known that Obama would like to appoint her Secretary of State. Recently, following the terrrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, resulting in the deaths of the U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans, Rice was quoted (on a TV talk show) as saying she believed the attack was a spontaneous demonstation by Lybians protesting an internet film said to be anti-Islam. That was what the CIA had told her. All she had done was repeat it.
Now, weeks later, the U.S. believes the attack was planned by a terrorist group, who might have used the demonstation as "cover" for their activities. Susan Rice did not know that when she appeared on television, repeating what she thought was the whole truth. And yet, with no proof, Mccain has called for special Congressional hearings and has branded Susan Rice, the Democrat, a liar.
This is the same John McCain who patted Bush's Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice on the back after she lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. She even said Iraq was in possession of a nuclear weapon. That was also a lie. The U.S. waged war against Iraq based on the lies of C. Rice and others. Thousands of Americans and Iraqis were slaughterd. And McCain never said a word.
So McNasty is a hypocrite. Romney too. No surprises here.
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