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Over on Democratic Underground was a report about how Romney's bus tour mysteriously avoided going to towns in the upper Midwest where Bain Capital, (Vultures are Us) had a hand in systematically ruining people's lives and livelihoods. The initial report originated from the Nation Magazine's John Nichols.

Of course, I wouldn't want to go somewhere to meet/greet and speechify if I were associated with a corporation closing down viable US concerns and outsourcing them to Communist China. Just doesn't make for good copy on CNN if things go south.

But Freeport? That's personal. I drew my first breath in that town and have loved it every moment of my life.

Once it was a thriving town of 20,000 people who worked at places like Burgess battery, Illinois Central Railroad, Raleigh Chemical, Fairbanks Morse, Kelly Tire and other high paying jobs. Most of our families had one bread winner and the moms were able to stay home comfortably.

It was a wonderful place to grow up. It was safe, there were lots of parks and recreation, great neighbors and time to indulge in hobbies and sports.

Times sure have changed and Freeport had to change with it. I still love Freeport and go back every so often and it angers me to see the way it and other towns have been treated by successive generations of greedy vultures- all in the name of profits.

I think one of the reasons I despise unbridled capitalism and our system of governance such as it is, is the destruction wrought by people of Romney's ilk and those enablers that came before him, much like plundering Vikings or economic Tecumseh Shermans pursuing their "scorched earth policies" leaving nothing viable in their wakes.

One only needs to look at Freeport, (and if you're old enough) remember what once was, what was destroyed and what little of the good life is left for those of us in the non investor class.

To even remotely consider W. M. Romney to lead our nation is in itself an indicator of how far the "low information voter" has been led astray and how far our nation has descended in the name of greed and enrichment at any cost. And the cowardice of Romney's handlers speaks volumes. I think Freeport had a few things to say, had that bus stopped.

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  •  comments? (10+ / 0-)

    If ever I become entirely respectable I shall be quite sure that I have outlived myself- EV Debs

    by EdinGA on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 11:57:34 AM PDT

  •  I Think A Lot Of Folks (5+ / 0-)

    only thing of Illinois and Chicago and corn. But we used to have a ton, I mean a ton of industry here. Not so much anymore. In the town my parents grew up in and now live in after retirement, we had the largest Snap-on plant in the country (town of 12,500 people). Amazing jobs. It has long ago left. I assume the same is pretty much like this throughout the entire nation.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 01:32:29 PM PDT

  •  I think Freeport would have greeted him warmly (2+ / 0-)
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    webranding, NormAl1792

    Lots of low-information voters in that town. I was stuck there for three painful years.

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 01:38:05 PM PDT

    •  Maybe so. (2+ / 0-)
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      NormAl1792, 3goldens

      LBJ was promoting the Great Society when our family moved off. I'm sorry your time there wasn't pleasant, but the town as ir was then left a lasting impression on me.

      Of course, now I have the privilege of living in the all time haven for low or no info voters. It's a place where having an Obama sticker is an invitation to having your car vandalized and both of our brownshirt Senators vote as they're told and there is no electoral representation at all.

      Thanks for writing.

      If ever I become entirely respectable I shall be quite sure that I have outlived myself- EV Debs

      by EdinGA on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:11:48 PM PDT

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  •  It's pretty clear why Romney didn't go to Freeport (2+ / 0-)
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    NormAl1792, DaleA

    Freeport is in a state that Romney won't even try to win. That doesn't mean Freeport does not matter- if elected, he's be their President too. Just that he's doing a tour of states he could win if he does really well.

    Male, 21, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, remorseless supporter of Walker's recall. Pocan for Congress and Baldwin for Senate!

    by fearlessfred14 on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:22:44 PM PDT

  •  I live less than an hour's drive (5+ / 0-)

    ...from Freeport, though have never spent any time there (driven through on occasion).  Like webranding said, there are a lot of towns in IL, and the rest of the country, whose lack of good jobs is the direct result of corporations seeking ever-greater profits.

    GOP Agenda: Repeal 20th Century.

    by NormAl1792 on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:36:18 PM PDT

  •  As a future resident of Stephenson County... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...I concur.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 02:48:45 PM PDT

  •  It's a sad trend... (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    Sadly, we in Illinois are not alone in having once thriving small cities beaten down by "The Masters of the World".

    Reminds me of a song; Our Town, James Taylor.

    The Ghost of Tom Joad

    by Illinois IRV on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 05:16:20 PM PDT

  •  Obama managed to find it... (0+ / 0-)

    I spent my 21st birthday at an Obama speech in Freeport when he was running for Senate.  He was polling at 90% statewide, and he certainly didn't need the votes.  As for Romney not having a chance at winning in Illinois, at that time Stephenson County (where Freeport is located) had not voted for a Democrat in a Presidential race since the Civil War -- so it wasn't like he was coming to a place that he had droves of loyal Democrats.  But he showed up anyway.  If Romney wants to be President, maybe he should start speaking to ALL of his people and not only the ones he needs to win.

    by shannonlstewart on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 11:44:48 AM PDT

  •  Sorry to see this so late (0+ / 0-)

    I used to be something of a circuit rider, and Freeport was a regular stop. Breaks my heart to see what's happened to it.

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 06:15:52 PM PDT

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