John Harwood over at the New York Times penned a piece on the Libertarian movement, Ron Paul’s tribulations, and the Republican party that I think would prove insightful if given a read. There’s a quote in there from Dr. Paul in the article that I think paints an amusing picture of the GOP and what drives them.
“Mr. Paul, in an interview, said convention planners had offered him an opportunity to speak under two conditions: that he deliver remarks vetted by the Romney campaign, and that he give a full-fledged endorsement of Mr. Romney. He declined.
“It wouldn’t be my speech,” Mr. Paul said. “That would undo everything I’ve done in the last 30 years. I don’t fully endorse him for president.””
Here’s a question – What is the purpose of having a nomination race if we’re going to play pro-wrestling and predetermine the winners?
The media coverage throughout this whole affair has been laughable. From the early rounding up of the initial big-ticket candidates we were treated to interview after interview and debate after debate of disingenuous tripe delivered by some of the most delusional and bigoted human beings ever to breathe. Here’s a tip for the Republican party: If your nomination race resembles some sort of a geriatric Elimination Chamber, you’re in for a bad time.
Romney was the only logical choice for a Republican party that is much less republican and way more party nowadays. He’s got a good smile, he’s willing to say anything his handlers tell him to, and the worst skeletons in his closet are that he has a lot of money, and a lot of it is overseas. That’s the thing about many of his supporters: They’ll vote for a guy who’s made more money in a month than they’ll see in a lifetime. They’ll vote for a guy whose track record demonstrates a contempt for the lower class and favoritism for the top 1%. They’ll vote for a guy who is Mormon simply because it’s close enough to Christianity.
Here’s how it goes: Let’s take this guy who’s worth $200 million, this guy who enjoys the idea of firing people, this guy who isn’t Christian (but hey, at least he’s not Muslim), and let’s put him in one of the highest positions of power in the world. Let’s do this not because he has a plan to steadily and responsibly improve our economy (he doesn’t), or because he cares about every American having adequate access to healthcare (he doesn’t), or because he’ll end our overseas conflicts, bring our troops home, and stop all the invasions of our privacy (he won’t). Let’s instead put this guy in power because he doesn’t like the idea of a woman controlling her own body, and because he thinks gays are going to Hell, and because he must know a lot about military conflict, what with all the deferments he received. Hmm…
When your top priorities are abortion, marriage, and contraception, you no longer get to call yourself a candidate for the presidency. You’re a performer, and your candidacy is theatre. You’re a wrinkled marionette in a monkey suit, dangling from the strings of your campaign contributions. You’d better dance, monkey, or your handlers are going to cut the strings.
And so it goes… A politician gets into office not to enact change, but to slowly push out legislation for their real constituents – the corporations that run this place. No end in sight. And if you’re not a part of the cast, you’d better be giving this performance five-star reviews, otherwise you’ll be ejected from the theatre.
Clap, you idiot.