Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Blinders Vs Binders

I didn't watch last night's debate.

I could be disingenuous and fake it by, in Romney-style, retroactively watching video, read the summaries in the media, on Twitter and elsewhere and pretend I was there the whole time as if I was an NBC sportscaster doing canned commentary during the Olympics. But I've tried to be honest with my readers even if it embarrasses me. After all, with no journalistic credentials, my word and my reader's sense of trust in me is all I have. So I'll just start this post right now with an admission that I wasn't interested in last night's debate and didn't watch it, not even on video.

So what was this otherwise politically-engaged wonk doing while Obama was doing the Hulk-Against-Loki thing in Hempstead, NY, my old stomping grounds? On Youtube watching videos of Bob Dean, former Command Master Sergeant, talk about a world that we don't even know exists, a world in which each year a trillion and a half dollars of our treasure is going into a black budget to fund reverse-engineered extraterrestrial technologies, programs and organizations that Obama's government won't even hint at, they despise our opinion, and us, so much.

But that's grist for another mill.

I didn't watch the debate last night because #1 a blind man could see that Romney was going to come prepared with another pack of lies and #2, Obama, knowing he'd fucked up the first time, was going to come out swinging against Romney and make it personal.

In other words, it promised a long time ago to be a stereotypical political debate complete with the mud-slinging and dead-catting that Ambrose Bierce wrote about a century ago in The Devil's Dictionary. And, as with so many other people, I'm sick and tired of it.

But today I've been getting a slight bulge in traffic from people from all over the world looking for information on Romney and Google and other search engines are sending them here. And all they have to read are now non-topical posts I'd previously written. Plus, I'm sure a few of my readers, maybe more, are curious about what my take is on last night's debate. So here they are.

My choice for President, the person I'll still likely vote for, Dr. Jill Stein, got arrested along with her running mate last night in Hempstead for having the temerity for trying to crash the party and the Powers That Be just couldn't have that. So, my pick for President was sitting in a jail cell last night while the two assholes going at each like the two rats in Winston Smith's face cage deserved to be in prison.

Because Romney's a tax dodger who took full advantage of that tax amnesty from three years ago and Obama is a war criminal. That's all there is to know. That's all there is to see. You can talk until your face is a right proper shade of Democrat blue about Obama's endless tepid reforms and it still doesn't justify murdering scores, if not hundreds, of innocent women and children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and God knows where else. If you vote for Obama, you're doing so with blinders on. You'll be supporting a current war criminal over a future war criminal. Blinders vs binders.

However, it's important enough to know, and one needn't have seen the Pier 6 brawl in Hempstead last night in real time to know that Mitt Romney is a lying piece of shit who'd actually referred to women being in binders. If there's a corporate gene in the human genome that makes carbon-based humanoid life forms heartlessly corporate and with all the sociopathy that goes with it, then Willard Romney is a guy who'd gotten a double dose. I've been saying for four years now that if Romney ever gets elected, he'll be the first chief executive to deliver his inaugural address as a Powerpoint presentation and fax his State of the Union Addresses to Congress.

He lied about his tax plan, he lied about the president's remarks on Libya on September 12th (after he himself had fucked up everything in his bumbling attempt to capitalize on the deaths of four Americans), and, with the sense of emperious entitlement that, from his birth, has been part and parcel to what passes for his character, he interrupted the moderator Candy Crowley on many, many occasions because no one who's worth less than a quarter of a billion dollars should interrupt someone who is.

Obama had every right to attack Romney for his vulture capital past and for shipping jobs to China. But Obama was merely telling us things we either know or should know about Romney. And he dead-catted Romney without once mentioning Bainport or the Sensata workers who are even as I write this getting arrested by the Freeport police just as Jill Stein got arrested last night in Hempstead. Sensata is a third rail for both parties and both candidates and, as usual, the working man gets the shaft.

I didn't watch the debate last night and opted for truth, forbidden fruit that either man would deny us, forbidden knowledge that even a temporary leader in office for 4-8 years would be denied by captains of industry and the Joint Chiefs. I'm tired of this election cycle, tired of how they've extended it so that the incumbent has to spend the last two years of his first term running for office again, tired of the endless debates, pushed-up primaries and caucuses of the challenging party and tired of listening to corporately-owned MSM talking heads telling us about body language and what Romney had for dinner before each debate.

The important takeaway from this is that Bainport is radioactive and neither man has the stomach nor the heart to fight for these people because the populist surge they'd get even just for mentioning them isn't worth enough to risk going after.


At October 17, 2012 at 5:49 PM, Blogger Stan B. said...

Did I feel like Ace Hypocrite #1 for cheering when Obama zinged Romney for standing in front of a coal plant and decrying it as a "killer?"
Oh, yes. A thousand times, yes!

Then again, I voted for Nader instead of Gore and got two wars from Bush (at least one of which would never have happened with the latter). This time I'll vote for war criminal Obama cause lying Romney will fuck up everything that Obama doesn't...

Mandatory voting would be a step in the right direction towards more responsible candidates, and more viable third party options. And good luck with that in this country. In the meantime, it's bouncing between voting with my heart, or for practicality's sake (unfortunately, the latter can not to be taken lightly when lives are at stake).

At October 17, 2012 at 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to emphasize your point, Obama one upped Romney on Bainport and Sensata. He told those workers, tough shit! The jobs are gone and not comein' back. Retrain yourselves. Stein it is.

At October 18, 2012 at 8:15 AM, Blogger Mithras61 said...

Two things:
1) I'm for Dr. Stein. Not that it will make a damn bit of difference, since I live in TX and it will be voting for Mr. Asshole-Boss. If TX was a swing state, I could be persuaded that voting for the candidate I believe in is a wasted vote because of our fucked up system. Since it isn't, and the 2-sides system is what we're stuck with at the present time, I get to vote for the good Doctor.

2) Hang in there. The missus says she'll have something for you not later than 10/26. Hopefully it will be enough. Please keep us posted as to what you two decide to do.

At October 18, 2012 at 8:27 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Thanks. The missus and I are staying here, not because we chose to but because going south isn't an option, after all.

I got unfollowed in a rather memorable way last night by someone on Twitter. She said she was going to help until she read my blog, meaning this post, then said, "Fuckya" before unfollowing me. So I said that shooting the messenger was always a good strategy then called her a stupid twat before blocking and reporting her for spam. Immature? Sure, but it felt good. Liberals can be just as intolerant, reactionary and as stupid as conservatives.

I mean, really, am I really the bed guy now because Obama is a war criminal who's murdered hundreds of innocents and I have a problem with it? Does signing an equal pay for women act his first day in office, one that was drafted back when he was a senator, really sweep away all that bloodshed, the curtailments of our civil liberties, the drones strikes, the assassination programs? Pardon the hell out of me for bringing this up and souring your Koolaid for a moment!

At October 18, 2012 at 9:55 AM, Blogger Mithras61 said...

I noticed that Twitter exchange. She struck me as more of a "I'm a first" sort than "I'm a liberal first, and if you don't follow liberal principles I'll call you on it" type. I can sorta sympathize with those who hitched their star to Obama in the '08 campaign because he was such a breath o freshness, but anyone who has an attention span greater than a month should have been able to tell that he was a moderate at best, and most likely a DINO in fact, and that any "promises" he made on the campaign trail were just so much smoke in the wind. The simple fact is that both parties are opposite sides of the same corporate coin, and will continue to be until the revolution (or economic collapse) happens. We're gonna get austerity (most likely in the form of cuts to Medicare, Social Security and various other social assistance programs that have exactly ZERO chance of helping reduce the deficit) shoved down our throats, and if it kills us, well that's just one less drain on society's resources. The fact that every country that has tried austerity measures has made their economy worse will continue to be ignored, as will that those societies who taxed the wealthy and seized the assets of the thieves are doing well. I guess that's what happens when we live in dumbfuckistan.

Anyway, as I said before, keep bailing and we'll chip in as soon as possible.

At October 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Like the late Prof. Howard Zinn, I had zero expectations from this man. Once again, I found myself in the same position of voting not for the Democrat but against the Republican. I'm tired of using my vote to vote against in stead of for. But this pro-corporate, neofascist administration makes it very easy for me to vote Green or Justice Party with a completely clean conscience. Especially since Romney stands as much chance of carrying Massachusetts as I have of carrying it on my back.

That's why I have to shake my head at liberals who continue rah-rahing this man after he'd pissed and moaned that his proposal to cut Medicare and Social Security wasn't being attributed to him, after he'd given himself the power to indefinitely detain and charge anyone who doesn't fall in line, after giving himself the power to assassinate US citizens, including 16 year-olds, after he'd given himself the power to murder women and children with endless drone strikes and then lie about the casualty figures and slap the terrorist label on males 15 and up in order to pump up the terrorist kills and downplay the collateral damage. Undermining unions, bitch-slapping liberals, bailouts and tax breaks for the 1%. The list goes on. What are they thinking?

This man is the worst president in American history, hands down, and I'd sooner see that son of a bitch executed before a firing squad after multiple convictions of war crimes charges at the Hague than see him get re-elected.

In many ways, liberals are just as delusional as wingnuts. I suspect fear of Romney is providing much of Obama's dubious appeal just as fear and loathing of a black man is what's giving Romney all of his own dubious appeal. Black people see no further than the color of Obama's skin and they get up in arms on Twitter over people saying that, despite the fact that it's screamingly obvious. Do you honestly think Obama would get the same level of support from black voters if he was white?


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