Why Romney’s Hair Doesn’t Move and Congress Kleptocratic Rule
By Torrence Stephens
In all honesty, Mitt Romney and the current cast of GOP caricatures remind me of a 1970s bad Kung Fu movie. Now we can outline all of Romney’s flaws and problems and even place in the open field for all to examine. But it will not make a difference objectively, for most folk, especially white ones. Likewise, we all know that the GOP traditionally is the party of white folks and it will always be such. And even though they know in their hearts and minds that Romney is dumb as a door knob, they will still vote for him even knowing you cannot trust a man’s who hair never moves.
The last part is the kicker. The election of Barack Obama was a Damascene Moment for the Republicans similar to what happened to Paul of Tarsus on his journey to Damascus. It was a call to arms for white folk especially in the GOP, to come to grips with the fact they had taken the most powerful position, the Presidency of the United State for granted assuming it would always be held by a white man or woman. They just assumed that he or she would always be a white Anglo Saxon protestant. Now they are upset: the audacity for Black folk to have a president that looks like them at the head of our table.
Much of the disdain has to do with nothing regarding policy, which is too bad. There are serious policy concerns with all elected officials, but the GOP seems not to take this position. Which I do not blame them since it would show their limited knowledge on history.
We cannot forget that this is the party of John Raese a very rich cat Republican trying to win the West Virginia senate seat after three losses and who openly compares anti-smoking regulations to the holocaust. The party of Ted Nugent, the washed-up rocker who while at the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis stated “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November; again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” In 2008, Nugent, said “Obama, he’s a piece of sh**. I told him to suck on my machine gun.” Plainly stated, knowing in America, particularly politics, that race maintains a major role. Historically, white voters have tended to lean Republican while non-whites have been strongly Democratic.
It is difficult to get out of doing all that is unpopular and against common sense and collective community well-being. Earlier this year we saw house Republicans propose cuts to nutrition assistance that will kick 280,000 low-income children off automatic enrollment in the Free School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Now the latest Republican plan in an effort to keep defense spending from being reduced makes even more reductions from that assist the poor and Americans still trying to regain ground from the recession. They have target 300 billion in cuts over 10 years, which includes slashing benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP( $78 billion) and also by Another way Republicans want to save money on food stamps is by restricting automatic eligibility for those already qualified for another program. The GOP also desire to end “Heat and Eat,” which they say is a loophole: It allows states to boost SNAP enrollees’ benefit amounts if they’re receiving heating assistance to between $1 or $5 checks. Ending the program would save $14.3 billion over 10 years. This in addition to what April 18 the House Agriculture Committee did when they passed a bill cutting over $33 billion from SNAP over the next decade.
Their plan of attack is Kleptocratic in nature which I will explain in detail later. They will say that the Obama administrations is corrupt and use Solyndra as a scandal, yet ignore the GOP scandals of the past like the Tea Pot Dome Scandal (1921) the oil reserve scandal that began during the Republican administration of President Harding. Or the Credit Mobilier scandal of 1873 pertaining to the Illegal manipulation of construction contracts for the Union Pacific Railroad.
Then there is the over regulation argument. That democrats want more regulations that get in the way and mess things up. Yet they don’t say anything about and decides it makes conveniently good sense to forget about the Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906, occurring under the Republican President Theodore Roosevelt and Charles Patrick Neill, the United States Commissioner of Labor in 1906 that required the government inspect all meat, food products and Examine “all animals before slaughtering; diseased animals slaughtered separately and carcasses examined.” Then there was the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938, which eliminated the ‘distinctive name proviso’ and required instead that the label of a food ‘bear its common or usual name’. The food would be misbranded if it represented itself as a standardized food unless it conformed to that standard. A principal author of this law was Republican Royal S. Copeland, a three-term U.S. Senator from New York.
It clear reason is because Romney has no clue, which still won’t be that much of a problem for him. Although Romney is not providing a plan with specific steps to solve the problems, he just says he wants folk out of the way, a reflection of past Republican beliefs of recent decades with are in contradiction of Republican Progressives of 75 and 100 years ago. He has, in concert with his colleagues in the Congress have not acceded one idea we have not seen different than what George W. Bush implemented. Such is a scary proclamation because if Romney fails to reclaim the White house for the GOP, we can only anticipate more intolerant obstructionism. These folks don’t get that envy is not the same as being concerned about inequality. Romney as well as the typical GOP support ignore the obvious and have no patience with history or documented truisms. For example, they are enamored with Rep. Paul Ryan’s House budget resolution but ignore that in his home state of Wisconsin, the child poverty rate increased 42 percent from 2000 to 2010.
A reason for this like i said is the GOP’s inherent “whiteness.” From their opposition in concert with democrats in 1964 to the Civil Rights Act and the incessant focusing on racially charged issues such as immigration and affirmative action, or even topics like abortion and contraception, they will try to enhance his position with the mostly white base of the party.
Actions that have the capacity to legitimize hate in the eyes of some people and appeal to the likes of the white supremacist psychopath who shot up the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC in 2009, or the Pittsburgh gunman that same year, 23 year old Richard Poplawski, who wearing a bulletproof vest that gunned down and killed three police officers and was a white supremacist who confessed disdain for President Obama. And I could go on. They on the one hand complain because Obama goes to Harvard but say nothing to the fact that Romney attended Harvard as well and obtained not only an MBA but a law degree. They avoid dealing with the exploding cost of food or real problems and focus their energy on birth certificates.
The kind of leadership we are getting from the GOP in the congress is kleptocratic if anything and Romney will continue in this vein. The put in place very inefficient economic policies while taking from the people and making themselves wealthy for their own personal consumption. As it has been noted this is done by a “divide-and-rule” strategy. This is the Republican way.
Romney speaks of an America driven by freedom, a place in which folk chase and create their own vision of happiness. But It is hard for one to expect that this vision includes me, especially from a former Morman Bishop that ignores the historical reality of America 2012 – a world that is not post racial but rather supra racial as a direct function of GOP political locution. The reality is that his America is different from ours. His and the congress is one that consist of supporters that have ancestry who likely participated in the Memphis massacre (1866), the Houston massacre (1917), Elaine, Arkansas (1919), the Omaha Race massacres (1919), the Tulsa Race massacre (1921),the Rosewood massacre (1923), the East St. Louis massacre (1917), and many others across the nation. All of which were the results of African Americans exercising freedom to prosper and rumors of black men interacting, raping, looking or touching white women. Why, because for more than 70 years, the foundation of the Republican Party has been and will continue to be the white vote, and those states representative of the old Confederacy – Southern whites.
If Romney wins, this is America’s future, and it is hard for the life of me to try and understand that folk would hate a person because of his ethnicity that bad to place the worse possible candidate in office to replace him? I guess it must be yes.