Mitt Romney scares me, and I don’t mean boo.
We dodged a bullet this election. Mitt Romney scares me, and I don’t mean boo. His shifting politics, odd declarations, such as corporations are people, and selecting a running mate who idolizes both Ayn Rand and Jesus (complete opposites), are the hallmarks of clinical psychosis. However, what scares me the most about Mittens, as he has come to be known in social media, is that he reminds me of Warren G. Harding, the oft considered “worst” president in American history. Harding was conservative, affable, had nice hair, and used a make-no-enemies campaign that made him a compromise choice of the GOP back in 1920. Harding promised to return the United States to “normalcy” and his "America first" campaign encouraged industrialization and a strong economy, but he never got around to detailing how to do such a thing. Harding had no positions. He stood for what his buddies told him to stand for, the buddies that financed his campaign.
In fairness, President Harding was too busy playing cards to be Commander and Chief. He rewarded political contributors with financially positions, leading to corruption, and the infamous Teapot Dome Scandal. Academics have argued his deregulation and privatization of American industry was something that planted some seeds for the Great Depression. With Mittens, we have heard little of his financial plans, just like President Harding. Of course, Mittens has Sheldon Gary Adelson, the Las Vegas billionaire who has pledged 100 millions dollars to defeat President Obama. Mind you, Adelson was in bed with Newt Gingrich before he lost to Mittens, the compromise candidate. Adelson hates unions, and would like nothing more to see them go away, and when you give a guy 100 million bucks one would expect something in return. In the world of foreign affairs, Mittens knows little about Iranian geography, as we saw during the last debate, but Adelson knows plenty. He hates Iran and is rumored to wanting a war with the country.
When I think of Mittens I think of “The Scorpion and The Frog” fable. A scorpion said, “Hey, froggy, can you take me across the water?” The frog refused. He was afraid of being stung during the trip, but the scorpion argued that if he stung the frog, the frog would sink and the scorpion would drown. However, the scorpion was affable and the frog agreed to carry him. Midway across the river, the scorpion did indeed sting the frog, dooming them both to a death of drowning. The frog asked why the scorpion would do such a thing and he said, “It’s in my nature, baby.” Some creatures are just irrepressible, no matter how they are treated and no matter what the consequences. This is what scorpions do.
Romney is not a scorpion, he is a puppet, and he does what puppets do. He moves his lips when his buddies tell him to speak. It is in his nature, baby. He was a front man for Bain Capitol, the Winter Olympics, and boy does he have a great head of hair. Mittens scares me because if was elected he would have been a puppet for Sheldon Adelson and all his buddies, just the way Warren G. Harding was a puppet for his Teapot Dome chums.
History doesn’t repeat, history rhymes, and at any given time we are confronted with choices. Ends up the election looks more and more like 2004 when Bush won. We got lucky and will hopefully watch Mittens fade away.