On The Road to Perdition: Mitt, Misfits and Other Miscreants

So now we are going to nitpick Mitt to death because he is the consummate example of successful casino-cum-cowboy (the devil take all) hyper-capitalism.  He will continue to show a profit even as he tightens the noose of inverted totalitarian hierarchy on the enslaved citizenry of empire.  He learned how to play the game as well, if not better, than any of them.  And they are all so jealous now; except Lucifer, of course.  Listen, from my perspective, Mitt is no more of a misfit than O-drama.  And both together are no worse than the Dubya show, or any of the other miscreants who have sat in the big director’s chair!

So, Mitt had a real big show last Wednesday night, and everybody is jumping down his throat now.  Quite frankly, if you are among the brave, the young and the restless, just waiting for this dog (our spectacular culture) to die, then Mitt is your man.  He is the friendly Fuller Brush salesman that comes a’calling on Monday mornings. He is like the young boy selling Christmas cards  who lives just down the block… you know, in that really BIG expensive house.  He is your favorite high school quarterback; the guy that makes things happen. For god’s sake, he brought us Domino’s Pizza, Bright Horizon’s Daycare, Staples Office Supply, and the Sports Authority, to name just a few of his sweet deals.  And don’t forget the big sweet, scorcher – the Russian cigarette deal.

Bain’s Russian business wasn’t about family-friendly products. Those deals were about cigarettes. And that work sent Bain into the shadows of the post-Soviet economy -– including helping to orchestrate anonymous, convoluted cash transactions to keep major deals hidden from regulators and competitors. It was part of a free-for-all that involved wholesale looting of major industries, as Western technocrats helped facilitate the transfer of Russia’s wealth into the hands of a few oligarchs. That set in motion a populist backlash that helped sweep Vladimir Putin into power, giving the Kremlin dominance over a country Romney has lately called our “number one geopolitical enemy.”

And what, for god’s sake, are ‘family friendly’ products?  Domino’s Pizza?  Staples?  Why, Mitt is just your homegrown, hometown, good ole’ American pitcher!  Or is that pitchman? Bless his sweet heart.  And look, no one ever said that capitalism had to be ethical… it just needs to produce a profit.  And Mitt played it by the book; and he played it to the hilt: increasing sales, profit margins, and gross revenues for himself and his investors.  He was simply doing the best for his clients and the firm.  So let us not nitpick Mitt about the health hazards of smoking; it is not in his wheelhouse.  In fact, given his more recently articulated view of Russia (above), what better way to depopulate your number one geopolitical enemy than killing their citizens slowly with tobacco?

This same article complains that since 1992, the year the Iron Curtain fell, the rate of women smoking in Russia has more than tripled. Yet, this is truly a bullshit, red herring argument. The Russians did not need Romney, Bain Capital or any other specific players to choose their path on the road to perdition.  When the Curtain came down, they wanted a lot more than just blue jeans and jellybeans.  They already had plenty of cigarettes available; they were just looking to exercise their newfound ‘freedom’ — exchanging the chains of their totalitarian State for those of Capitalism.  They wanted it all.  And they have been busy taking it, all of it; along with the debt, the living large, the appearance of affluence, and all the toys they can get their hands on, accompanied by the greedy, self-serving attitude that one sees most clearly demonstrated in Mitt and Bain’s capitalist esprit.  The Russians are beginning to act just like US, slaves to the corporate State; but with much less experience and in many cases with a lot less class.  But, remember, they are only novices; we are the experts, the models, the trainers.

Be that as it may, the Russians have become quite proficient at killing themselves now with their newly minted driving licenses (many obtained the good old way… through bribery).  And they had been practicing self-destruction previously for decades with a bit too much vodka consumption.  But, you also would have been drinking as much if you had lived here; why, with all the icy-cold nights, Stalin’s frozen iron fist, and the mini-nuclear winters accompanying the Cold War testing.  So, perhaps Mitt had a real strategy here; he had what the Americans like to call “the long view” of things.  He was working his way up to be POTUS, and wanted to make the downfall of his global nemesis that much easier after he bought his place in the BIG house.  Yeah, that’s the ticket.  Mitt is the man to bring it on; so let’s bring him in.

Who else is so well qualified to steer this puppy straight off the fucking cliff?  So, I say, let us have Mitt, and let him have at it.  We are done with that HOPEY stuff… We now know it was all smoke up our ass anyway.  So let us move on to the happy-ending (how every massage should end)… LOL.  After all, what were we really hoping for anyway back then… a continuation of this clusterfuck, or driving it into a brick wall? Most likely, we were still under the influence of that Kool-Aid.  OK; I know!  You want to keep this parade going just long enough until you can die, or until your kids die, or until what?  Well maybe just until the end of America’s far flung military campaigns.

Paul Rayn asked, “what kind of a country are we going to be?” One only needs to reflect on the vicious debate last night to know that we are war mongers on that road to perdition.  It is constant war waged now against those abroad as well as those in the homeland.  And just wait until Mitt gets his mitts on those new toys, the latest strategic and operational capabilities of the US armed forces, including USSTRATCOM, USCYBERCOM, The Joint Special Operations Command, along with a now heavily militarized CIA.  But, as Tom Engelhardt points out, even with these large expenditures of our obsessive-compulsive demonizing and demonic imperialist behavior, the USA does not see increasing global success, but only increasing global frustration.  But, as Tom Dispatch concludes, we are now on military autopilot, and Mitt is a better fit than anyone to keep that pilot light burning bright and hot.

But do not forget this, no matter where we currently stand on this road to perdition, or who among the elect is leading our souls through the valley of death, you can be sure we are proceeding further down into the deepest levels of Dante’s Inferno.  And you can also be assured, that our’s is not a journey to God or to some Muslim Paradise.  And while Nietzsche tells us that Dante was just “a hyena writing verses in the catacombs.”  Perhaps we can now say of Mitt and his Misfit, they are simply disc-jockeys calling out psalms from the hymnal of a now darkened land.  At the very least, Mitt and the Miscreant will be a breath of fresh air; err… rather, should I say, like a good updraft after someone’s poured a can of accelerant on the flames.  Amerika… RIP!

86 Responses to On The Road to Perdition: Mitt, Misfits and Other Miscreants

  1. xraymike79 says:

    I missed the debate, both of them. I’ve read Mitt was the better bullshit artist that night though, stuffing more lies and half trues into his performance than the other corporate brand, fool-me-twice Obama. When I see either one speak these days, It all appears to me like one big ShamWow! infomercial. Most of the citizenry, or at least enough of them, like the souped-up drama of the whole thing; they actually believe there is a point in this corporate-spun spectacle, thinking that a few bread crumbs will be thrown their way. Climate change, the big reset event for the human race, has become just an empty campaign slogan to appeal to some people’s subconscious angst over industrial civilization’s self-defeating purpose. Crumbs truly will be what’s left for humanity to fight over. Fossil fuels were the drug that modern civilization OD’d on.

    • Disaffected says:

      I think maybe we’ve been misjudging this grand charade all along. Maybe, since we now know that this is just all some sort of grand political theater and that’s all it was ever meant to be in the first place, we should instead be awarding points for best whopper, which could be further subdivided into relevant categories – economics, foreign policy, social policy, etc. Other categories would only be limited by our imagination. Best performance in support of an outright fabrication, best mixture of truth and lies in support of an obfuscation, best fabricated personal history and/or personal anecdotes, etc. I think with just a little imagination and good old fashioned American ingenuity, we could turn these political theater events into entertainment that we could all rightly and jointly be both proud and ashamed of together. What better way to bring the country together in the spirit of our one true and abiding national attribute: mutual bipartisan self-deception as to our “exceptionalism.”

      • kulturcritic says:

        Are you kidding me, DA. I thought this was theatre; Reality TV mini dramas!! I was mistaken? This shit is for real Real!!! OMG

        • Disaffected says:

          I know, I know. I’m slow on the uptake. I actually imagined that the shit was real for awhile there. Silly wabbit, Trix are for kids! I think Romney/Munster have truly embraced the new reality. All fabrication all of the time. It’s what’s for dinner!

    • kulturcritic says:

      ShamWow – great analogy Xray!!

  2. feelitoff says:

    the signs of apocalypse were not so obvious as they are now

  3. Ivy Mike says:

    That iCrack painting is great!

    All their faces glowing
    green from the screen,
    the new Illuminati;
    Apple, the bringer of light!

    Bain? Borg? What’s the difference?
    Now the lesson is over and the killin’s begun.

  4. derekthered says:

    i saw about the last five minutes, that was more than enough.
    biden yammered on about the level playing field, blah, blah, blah,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,it’s just code for the latest favored groupon.
    they’ve been leveling that field since FDR was elected, before the New Frontier, the Great Society, the War on Poverty, etc etc.
    and ryan, ryan had his own bunch of bullshit, the “free market”, that old hidden hand, right in your pocket. oh yes, he’s going to unleash the dynamo all right, not sure what he has in mind for Guantanamo.
    neither one can handle the truth.
    once again, “The Hunger Games” seems apropos, every group, sub-group, sect, clan, and/or association vowing that they are indeed ready to be model citizens; why they just want to “get back to work”, yeah right, work harder, produce more, buy more, be happy. bullshit, we all want to go to Disneyland, hit the lottery, move to Beverly Hills, swimming pools, movie stars.
    truth is it’s the same old class struggle, the same old economy. use value, surplus value, commodity value, speculative value, heavy on the speculation.

    Baudrillard was right, the world founders in hyper-realism. vague generalities, pointless euphemisms, and code words, this is our political diet; nothing about topsoil depletion, oil depletion, or the price of copper.

    • kulturcritic says:

      Hey, Red — you are beginning to sound like my good friend Troutsky!

      • Ivy Mike says:

        Who does Romney look like more? His supposed father, or this guy? Son of a Romney! I want to see the birth certificate hidden in Troutsky’s magic underwear!

      • derekthered says:

        the democrats are too lily-livered to actually use the words “class conflict”, hence we get euphemisms such as “level playing field”, or “square deal”. or they say things like “i got nothing against people being rich, that’s what america is all about”, they just need to pay their “fair share”, well, what’s a fair share? and what is government going to do with this fair share? build more aircraft carriers? which goes along with your call for the US to get the hell out of MENA. isn’t that a town in Arkanasa?
        now, of course i disagree with the ayatollah, that goes w/o saying, but why is it our job? and what gives us the right? look at our own checkered history.
        i won’t even get into how things like affirmative action violate socialist principles, i just won’t, 90% of what i would say would violate the carefully crafted house of cards of what passes for socialist thought in our country.
        see, i didn’t learn my politics out of a book, though i have read a little, i learned it on the street; and one thing i have learned is you can’t put a price on human suffering, you can’t really measure it, therefore correcting societies injustices must be accomplished evenhandedly.
        this is way too deep in the weeds, let me just say that both of these gentlemen’s views smack of the Augustinian city of god concept, the perfectibility of man project, good luck with that one. let me know how it works out, meanwhile i have greater concerns, such as food and shelter, than to think these guys are going to solve our problems.

  5. Disaffected says:

    I tuned in late only after someone told me it was on. Biden’s demeanor was in a word, hostile throughout. I don’t know who was coaching this guy up or whether ol’ Joe merely decided to vamp (as he is wont to do), but I can’t believe that this was part of any preconceived and coordinated strategy. It was a “debate” best watched with the volume on mute, as neither was saying anything of substance, and Ryan – like Romney before him – was just making shit up as he went. All the better to focus on body language and true intent. Young master Eddie (Munster) was playing to the camera with his “puppy dog eyes schtick” the whole night long, and to reasonably good effect I might add. All the thirty something darlings watching must have been truly overwhelmed. While Biden had the unmistakable demeanor of an angry old man who time has passed by and is not gonna take it any more. I can’t imagine that’s what the Obama strategists had in mind. This race could still go either way depending on whether the conservative base can get over all their fundamentalist Christian shit and rally around a heretical Mormon as one of their own, but for the first time yet, I’d say Obama has got some legitimate concerns. And the thing is, I honestly don’t think he gives a shit either way. Not a surprising attitude for a potted plant. Both sides should just agree to a best two out of three computer simulation and accept the results. What a complete waste of time.

    • kulturcritic says:

      O-drama… the potted plant!! Love it, DA

    • Brutus says:

      Disaffected sez: What a complete waste of time.

      True, that. So why do you keep tuning in? Why do you keep turning out comments? Why does Sandy keep railing against the machine? It’s high political season, to be sure, but that’s the case now 24/7/365 uninterrupted. And yet some of us continue to award our attention to idiots.

      Most of the people I know think primarily in terms of utility and secondarily in terms of brand marketing: either something makes money or it polishes some turd (including the total asswipes many people have willingly become). But they don’t really know anything worth knowing. That comes from other realms, though as a culture we’ve shown remarkable inability to look beyond surface appeal or lack thereof.

      • kulturcritic says:

        Good one Brutus!! Ass wipes!! LOL Just for clarification, I was not railing against the machine; I was endorsing Misfit Mitt and the Misanthrope for the top jobs!

      • Disaffected says:

        Call it a habit. And pretty good entertainment as well. As for the election itself, it truly is a waste of time. Rest assured I won’t be wasting any time actually voting for any of these bozos. The system’s broken and needs a giant reset/self-destruct button to be wired into it.

        • Brutus says:

          I couldn’t find where I pulled it from, but this Joe Bageant quote says it all:

          “We have embraced the machinery of our undoing as recreation.”

          • Disaffected says:

            Ol’ Joe really had a way of seeing through the bullshit. I was very sympathetic to his views on the working class as well; I’m really torn about how to feel about the vast blue-collar, albeit red state, America. On the one hand, they’ve really taken it in the shorts with all the financialization, militarization, and globalization of the past thirty years. On the other hand, it was largely they themselves who were the key to getting this radical agenda enacted. And on the third hand, they for the most part don’t want any sympathy or help in their plight whatsoever. So they’re perfectly willing to support austerity policies that will no doubt lead to their ultimate demise. What can you say? A very proud but stubborn people who are still wed to overly romantic notions of God, country, patriotism, eternal salvation, and the Protestant work ethic. A very unfortunate combination, especially when their predators, the major political parties, have all this figured out to the nth degree, and are more than willing to capitalize on all of them.

            • kulturcritic says:

              An accurate assessment of this cohort, for certain, DA. They jump hook, line, sinker.

            • Brutus says:

              This point, the willingness of people to participate in their own undoing and the willingness of others to exploit that fact, is not limited to the working class. Bageant covered this pretty well, and I saw a documentary film called What’s the Problem with Kansas? that examined the same point with respect to the nuclear family and family farm in the Great Plains. I suspect even these astute analyses don’t look deep enough, though. It will take some remove to form the complete picture, but a few even now sense that these are expressions of a death impulse that for most of the 20th century was directed at others but that we have now turned against ourselves. Many of us know we’re headed for collapse but unaccountably hit the accelerator instead of the brakes. Isn’t that why Sandy just endorsed Romney?

              • kulturcritic says:

                With O-drama it will be more shucking and jiving; with Romney the problems will be glaringly clear. That is what may be needed.

                • Brutus says:

                  Right …. “”‘It became necessary to destroy the town [country] to save it.” Because it worked so well with Dubya (and Reagan and others). And since I’m on a roll making use of pithy quotes, let me add this one from Gore Vidal: “Americans never learn. It’s part of our charm.” Draw your own conclusions.

                  • Disaffected says:

                    I would only quickly add since we’re rapidly running out of right margin (at least on my browser), like Obama’s gonna do us any better? The illusion that Obama is a genuine “alternative” to the policies of the hard right should have been MORE THAN exposed over the course of the past 4 years. Potted plant/big house nigger, PERIOD!

              • Hasdrubal Barca says:

                Matt Taibbi’s old partner, Mark Ames (mentioned by someone in the last post) wrote up his assessment of the issue…


                • Ivy MIke says:

                  By golly, I’m starting a “’Vienna Ball’ protest movement” chapter in my area!

                • derekthered says:

                  oh yes, the “low information rural voter” a phrase i heard on Washington Journal the other morning, can’t remember if it was David Corn or not………………
                  yes, Ames may be onto something there, but then again, Mark is all the way over in Russia, he may not have experienced seeing some old farmer in overalls pulling out his I-phone to Google commodity prices in order to settle a point of contention over breakfast.

                  really, it’s a clever piece, very insightful, but i would propose an alternate scenario, more of an overlay actually; could working people have figured out that it is they who are footing the bill? could the formerly working poor have figured out that neither party is going to rein in monopoly capitalism? and that therefore they don’t really give a damn? that the party who promises to rein in spending may be better for their individual pocketbook? once again, the Hunger Games!!!!!

                  maybe it is the liberals who are mistaken. not saying the right wingers are correct in their views, just that the liberals resemble the proverbial christmas turkey.

                  • Ivy Mike says:

                    “low information rural voter”

                    “When they get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, they will become corrupt as in Europe.” ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787

    • Ivy Mike says:

      “All the thirty something darlings watching…” I’m callin’ you out as an angry old man yourself, Disaffected! (Well, maybe it takes one to know one. What really pisses off this ol’ curmudgeon is that the last time I got carded was four years ago. LOL!)

      • Disaffected says:

        Embrace your inner Curmudgeon I say!!! In the end, it’s likely to be the last thing you can truly call your own. By the way, I’m not angry or jealous of young Eddie in the least. He’s actually got quite a little “dreamy eyes” schtick going on there. I’d play that up for all it was worth too if I were in his shoes. I thought the little fucker was actually gonna tear up for the camera for a few moments while he was in his heightened “I’m sympathetic to the plight of the working class and the old too” mode. He’s good!

  6. xraymike79 says:

    Actually I do listen to marginalized candidates who will never get elected. I’m not saying they have all the answers, but they are a hell of a lot more relevant and interesting to me.

    American Empire and imperialism? – throw it in the trash…

  7. cpop says:

    He never sleeps, he says. He says he’ll never die. He bows to the fiddlers and sashays backwards and throws back his head and laughs deep in his throat and he is a great favorite…he swings about and takes possession of one of the fiddles and he pirouettes and makes a pass, two passes, dancing and fiddling at once. His feet are light and nimble. He never sleeps. He says that he will never die. He dances in light and in shadow and he is a great favorite. He never sleeps…He is dancing, dancing. He says that he will never die.

    (Name that quote haha!)

    • Hasdrubal Barca says:

      Judge Holden lives.

    • kulturcritic says:

      I like it… but don’t know… maybe fiddler on the roof… Ha Ha Ha

      • Hasdrubal Barca says:

        Here is a reading from the same book…’Blood Meridian’ by Cormac McCarthy. Not your father’s western…

        Judge Holden is one of the most frightening characters in all of literature. But we now know he can be refuted.

        • kulturcritic says:

          Sorry HB… I don’t buy it!!

          • Hasdrubal Barca says:

            If you mean you don’t buy the Judge’s argument, I’m with you, Sandy. But many people gulp it down–hook, line, and sinker. Then again, I’d be hard-pressed to articulate a sensible counter argument. Sometimes the only response I have for the door-to-door salesman with a too-good-to-refuse deal to slam the the door in his face.

        • Disaffected says:

          This is as an EXCELLENT distillation of the “Art of War” (which is to say, the “Art of Humanity”) that I’ve heard yet, and I’m quite ashamed that I haven’t heard of it yet. Very nice! Gonna take me awhile to digest this fully. THANKS HB!

          I can only add, “frightening” in the sense (and ALL TRULY frightening characters are such) that he’s a truly frightening insight into OURSELVES. In the end, that’s the ONLY thing that can EVER TRULY frighten us.

          GOOD STUFF!

        • derekthered says:

          ok, so i read the book. yup, the judge is very much a randall flagg type of character. i’ve read some essays all about the gnostics, don’t know what to think. i would hazard a comment that the judge’s basic philosophy approaches the amorality inherent in some socialist arguments.

          now, i am reading the book again, but contrary to some of the critics i like “no country for old man” better, it flows much more smoothly, though the critics say the herky-jerky pace of “blood meridian was intentional.

          yessirree, that old judge, he’s my kind of guy. 🙂

  8. feelitoff says:

    How can you choose when you don’t have a choice?
    How can you choose when you don’t have a voice?

    • kulturcritic says:

      Choice may be an illusion in most cases.

    • Disaffected says:

      My only caution is that blaming in on Bush – aka “the Shrub” – is no longer an option; literally, figuratively, or otherwise. And blaming it on “conservatives” and “Republicans,” ain’t gonna cut it anymore either, as “Democrats,” especially “Obama Democrats,” have revealed themselves to be nothing more than shameless “whores for the vote,” just as their equally shameless Republican brethren before them led them to be (Democrats, always the shameless followers!).

      When it comes to “The Vote,” the simplest option remains the best. Just “Say No” and simply refuse to participate. JUST ANOTHER illustration of that when it comes to major life choices in general, the SIMPLEST option is most often the best!

      • Ivy Mike says:

        I enjoy voting. It’s at the local church in a little village, takes little time, I know everybody volunteering as poll workers, and if there’s a line (2008 I had to wait 5 minutes, wow!) I know half the people in line. It’s like a painless quarter hour family reunion, and then you get to leave. In other words, I’d go even if I couldn’t vote.

        Yet, I get immense pleasure from pulling the lever for the most obscure protest party, whomever manages to get themselves on the ballot, such as the Greens or Reds or even the batshitcrazy LoLbertarian sturmtruppen. It’s just fun, and it’s fun thinking about how the ladies counting the votes, or anybody who cares to look at the actual results, are trying to figure out who voted that way.

        Does that make me sort of a voting troll, one who anonymously votes inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic choices in a polling booth with the primary intent of provoking citizens into an emotional response? LOL!

        Plus, I can always say I didn’t vote for that damn loser in office. Don’t blame me!

        • Disaffected says:

          Sounds like you’re living the life I should be Ivy Mike. Good on you. I’ve gotta find a better way to live, no doubt about it. Talk about a shameless whore. Doing mind-numbing corporate work for the man for a wee bit of silver to support an actual life on the side. But of course that’s the corporate allure in a nutshell, isn’t it? Sell us your soul and we’ll let you live comfortably, even if some/most times miserably as well. Sigh…

        • Disaffected says:

          Or you can just say I didn’t vote. By the way, vote or no vote, you’re not personally responsible either way. And that ignorant old saw about “if you didn’t vote you can’t complain?” WHO said and by what logic? That’s just some more ignorant fucking bullshit perpetuated by TPB to keep “the little people” preoccupied and distracted. HORSESHIT!

  9. kenuck says:

    Then we die and won’t remember any of this.

  10. Bor says:

    One is asking the other:
    “Why do we, actually, put sugar in a tea cup?”.
    And the other answers:
    “To know when to stop stirring.”

  11. Frank Kling says:

    The disenchantment by some with Obama is a reflexion of our modern society in which we demand instantaneous results custom-tailored to assuage each persons particular concerns. If Obama is re-elected I have no doubt that he will be much more forceful in his second term. I would never vote Republican nor do I choose to indirectly elect Romney by voting for a third party.

    I punch just one hole-Straight Democratic. Far less effort and the desired result.

      • Frank Kling says:

        And a million thanks for your great work. Every week I eagerly anticipate reading your thoughtful and insightful commentary. I guess the Arctic tundra hones a persons perceptions.

        • kulturcritic says:

          Thanks Frank – glad you read me each week; sometimes it is more difficult then others. There are many things here that focus my perceptions, the bitter winter cold definitely among them. A daily dose of vodka, and a weekly banya does not hurt either; and mushroom hunting in the forest breathes life into my soul. best, sandy

    • “If Obama is re-elected I have no doubt that he will be much more forceful in his second term.”
      Frank, is your lack of doubt being substituted with wishful thinking, or are you in possession of something stronger that could potentially influence my observations that Obama serves splendidly as a hand puppet in the oligarchy club puppet show.

      • Frank Kling says:

        We exist in the real world where change in the abscence of a looming catastrophe is a near impossible undertaking. Too many citizens are invested in the status quo for Obama to enact the radical change you are implying or are you suggesting that Romney is the answer because he would refuse to “serve splendidly as a hand puppet in the oligarchy club puppet show?”

        • kulturcritic says:

          Frank – I am always cynical, and sometimes tongue in cheek. I think if Romney were in, the speed of collapse would be doubled at least. Maybe I am wishing for the final hour, against my own best interests mind you. But, in this environment one never knows.

          • Greg Knepp says:

            Perhaps not; Romney has proven that he can change lanes at the drop of a hat. He seems more of a pragmatist than anything else, and uses ideology as a tool to be discarded at whim.
            Remember Clinton on Welfare reform. And remember Nixon on China (not to mention such liberal causes as environmentalism and Native American rights). A President always has more operating room on the opposite side of the isle.
            No, I doubt that the collapse can be reversed, but it’s worst effects can be mitigated. President Obama has no chance of doing this because of the political atmosphere. But a President perceived to be ‘conservative’ -whatever the hell that means – might have enough wiggle room to make a real difference.
            Who knows what Romney really thinks…what he really knows? Not me.

            • Disaffected says:

              He seems more of a pragmatist than anything else, and uses ideology as a tool to be discarded at whim.

              True that, although I would suggest the term “politician” in place of “pragmatist,” or as the Repubes are wont to say, he’s a “flip-flopper.”

              A couple of (actually three) points in that regard.

              First, I’m surprised Obama hasn’t hammered that phrase a little more aggressively than he has (actually, I’m surprised he hasn’t done a lot of things!), although I heard a lot of words to that effect in the latest debate’s transcripts.

              Two, that same “pragmatism” is surely going to haunt him with his base in the final election. He better hope he can convince enough centrist Obamacrats that he’s a better alternative because of it. Rest assured, I imagine that he will benefit GREATLY from the great number of genuine liberals like myself who will withdraw their vote rather than expend it on a whore like the Big House Nigger Obama.

              Three, ALL politicians are relatively centrist after they’re elected, regardless of what they say while they’re whoring for the vote. One, that’s where the the consensus is, and two, and INFINITELY more importantly, THAT’S WHERE THE MONEY IS!

            • kulturcritic says:

              Interesting analysis, Greg. You may be right. But, I doubt it. Would be more interesting either way, than another bout of O-drama!!

    • Disaffected says:


      You are INDEED a fine, upstanding American. I salute you! By the way, have you ever seen Revolutionary Road? It’s a must see!

  12. Ivy Mike says:

    Meanwhile in Texas.

    • derekthered says:

      deep, really deep, and i am being quite serious. there are so many societal assumptions at play here this 10 minute clip could be discussed for hours.
      modern society as a closed set, you are part of the “circulation of events” or you are suspect, treatment of the outsider as a threat.
      the man seemed quite lucid, but never mind, the authorities have probably already packed him off to an institution, not drug free anymore.
      so the guy is a hermit, not allowed, not in the USA.

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