January’s Done, Marching Towards March

by dfunzy on February 1, 2012

Yup, January is done and America is marching towards March. Where are we on this first day of February? Four GOP dudes are still standing. In first place, with two wins, New Hampshire and Florida, and smiling, and looking, and talking, and being, as fresh as he can be, but still acting, like he’s auditioning for a job at Disneyland, as one of Mickey Mouse walkers, is Mitt Romney. Then we have Newt Gingrich, with one win, South Carolina, and there’s Rick Santorum, with a squealing twenty eight vote win, in Iowa, and Ron Paul, who among this class of dudes, is the only winner. Mitt, the Newtster, Rick from the Sanitarium, and Dr. Ron are the GOP primary choices.

INMHO, Rick from the Sanitarium squeaked by in Iowa, because there are a lot of GOP voters in that state, who think like him, and who should be with him in a sanitarium. There’s room in that sanitarium for the Newtster too.

For a minute, very early on, it looked like the Newtster, then like the Mitt guy, would take Iowa, but somebody out there, in God’s country, which is too Puritan to the extreme for the likes of Jesus to visit, took a look at the Newtster and found him lacking, and so they gave old Newt the boot, and gave their votes to another kook. As for the Mitt guy, well, God’s country doesn’t recognize the “latter-saint’s” man.

However, the Washington Post blog the Fix reports that in yesterday’s election in Florida, “Exit polls showed Romney winning among … born-again evangelical Christians —”a group that has ” eluded him in previous contests.”

Well, In Florida, the Newtster thought that he had them, like he thought he had them in Iowa, but then too many people remembered old Newt, and they must have changed their minds.

Mitt took New Hampshire, because, if he hadn’t won there, he couldn’t win anywhere. He’s from a neighboring state, the “Big Mass,” or the state that a lot of GOP extreme right-wingers call “the big mess.” And it is full of GOPers whom the extreme call “moderates,” whom just love the Mitt guy.

And Mitt who has lots of money to spend. Check out today’s Daily Beast article — “According to a campaign finance report, the frontrunner raised about $24.3 million between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. That’s almost 10 times what Newt Gingrich reportedly raised, and it doesn’t even include the $24 million his super PAC, ‘Restore Our Future’ has raised.”


The big Mitt guy has lots of friends among the big, rich money guys and gals, who give him money, because he’s one of them, and because, if he gets in, by hook or crook, or by some serious dark sorcery, they know that he will trim the top one percent into the elite tenth of a percent, with not only zero taxes for the really rich guys, but increased federal welfare payments too, called government subsidiaries for the critically greedy.

Then came South Carolina. The more people, who are not like him, who are not rich, and have to worry about things like rent, mortgage payments, food, and the cost of educating their children, take a look at the Mitt guy, the less they like him, and so the Newtster got his chance for a win. Also, one must never forget, that South Carolina is in the South, and if a person isn’t some kind of a Christian, he’s playing with a handicap. Now, remember what Mike Huckabee said about Romney’s religion at the beginning of the 2008 campaign, when he and Romney were contesting for the nomination?

From a Dec 11, 2007 piece in Associated Press newswire — “(2008) Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, asks in an upcoming article, ‘Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?’ — A spokeswoman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints said Huckabee’s question is usually raised by those who wish to smear the Mormon faith.”

The Huckster also said that many people believe that the Mormon faith is a “satanic cult.” This bigoted opinion is held by many in the South.

The campaigners moved on to Florida. And if the Mitt guy had lost Florida, he would not be done, but he would be scorched, like a white sheet left out too long in the sun. The smiling, auditioning for a mouse walker gig, Disney looking guy, toned down his charm, and put teeth into his smile. He went after the Newtster the way Democrats go after Democrats. He went after the Newtster, with his fists flying, his feet kicking, his head butting, and his mouth spewing every fighting word in the dictionary.


Like the more people look at the Mitt guy, the less they like him, the more they look at the Newtster, they remember why they don’t like him. And in Florida, a large part of the GOP voters are anti-Castro Cubans, immigrants and the first generation of children born from immigrant families.

The conservative Daily Caller points out that, “Mitt Romney won the Florida primary Tuesday by a commanding 14-point margin, thanks in no small part to the Hispanic community. A CNN exit poll showed 54 percent of Latinos voting for the former Massachusetts governor, more than all of his rivals combined.”

The Newtsters speeches on immigrants were never winners. And where a large part are the GOP voters are run-away Northerners, holding up in Florida, to escape the cold and the high state and local taxes of the Northeast, the Newtster, over the years has not expressed too many kind words about people who live in the Northeast. These relocated to Florida North Easterners are people who the extremes call RINOS, Republicans in name only. If the RINOS of America don’t go to the Mitt guy, where will they go? In Florida, the exit polls showed that they went to the big Mitt. Today the Fix blog reports, that yesterday, “Exit polls showed Romney “running way in front of his opponents among those who describe themselves as “somewhat conservative” — In other words, as RINOS.

Now, let’s look at Dr. Ron, who is doing just great. Really. He’s building up a base of supporters for the long term. He’s rallying his troops for a multi-year effort. Some of his supporters are saying, in so many words, that Dr. Ron’s GOP primary campaign poses the question to America– “Why replace Obama with the Mitt guy, or with the Newtster, each of whom is Obama by another name?” They are saying that the future for real change is with Dr. Ron. If not this year, with the GOP, then later. These folks see the future beginning with a journey. The starting point is an independent fall campaign to raise the consciousness of America, and to build a new political party.

INMHO, Dr. Ron is a gentleman and a patriot, and I agree with half of his program, and think that the other half, if implement, would destroy our good and beloved America. I don’t lose any sleep over worrying that Dr. Ron will ever become President. If he would buy a picture post card of the Oval Office and put it in his back pocket, that will be the closest that he will get to the White House.

As I see things on the first of February, the Mitt guy is on the road to the GOP nomination. Even if his feet stumbles along the way, or his bus runs out of gas in God’s county, he has enough strength in his legs to crawl, and enough folks hanging on, blowing fumes into his engine, for him to get across the finish line. The GOP biggie-wiggies are pushing him, pulling him, carrying him. Old Bob Dole, the GOP standard bearer in 96, came out of Viagra retirement to help carry Romney along, because, he knows what fellow GOP establishment biggie-wiggies know, just what old Newt would do heading the GOP ticket.

Old Newt would cost the GOP, the House, cost them seats in the Senate, open the graves of long dead GOPers, The old dead grand papas would come back and treat the current GOP leaders, the way small, dense boys were treated back in the 19th century, give them each a strong kick in his rear end, and slap across the head, and that America would call these GOP leaders: dumb, stupid, wretches.

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Jen February 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

What a crock. How can you justify calling Rick Santorum what you are calling him? Why the hostility? Is it because you fear God? Well, you should. The revenge will be His. I think Rick Santorum is exactly what this country needs in the sorry state we are in. Enough of all the lies and acting. Just give the facts, man. Don’t demean yourself or make yourself look stupid by name calling.

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dfunzy February 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

To the Rick from the Sanitarium supporter — To reply to your statement / question — Why do I call Rick from the Sanitarium, Rick from the Sanitarium? –”Is it because you fear God?”

The answer is Rick from the Sanitarium is Rick from the Sanitarium. The guy says crazy and stupid things.

BTW God is Love. He is not to be feared.

To your statement –” The revenge will be His.”

God does not seek revenge. Reference: Read “The Sermon on the Mount.”

I agree with you on one point, the country is in a sorry state. But if you want to see things get sorrier, continue to support candidates like Rick from the Sanitarium. He has his nose and face into the corporate feeding bin. He throws out a little red meat to members of the Rick from the Sanitarium fan club and followers — his kooky ideas on the so-called social issues.

Rick from the Sanitarium is a brought and paid for mouthpiece and willing slave of the corporate bosses.

Check out these articles: “Rick Santorum, ‘Stealth Lobbyist.” — “Rick Santorum entered Congress with modest means. But not long after he left in 2006, the former two-term senator reaped the rewards of his time on Capitol Hill, earning more than $1 million last year in cash and stock for advising corporate clients …” (http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/rick-santorum-stealth-lobbyist/story?id=15298204), “Santorum Lobbyist Meetings Part of ‘Insider’ History He Rejects …” –”He (Santorum) became a high-powered lobbyist,” said Texas Representative Ron Paul during a presidential debate in New Hampshire on Jan. 7 in a reference to Santorum’s post- congressional career in which he earned millions as a consultant to businesses and organizations advocating in Washington. ” (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-19/santorum-lobbyist-meetings-part-of-insider-history-he-rejects.html), “Rick Santorum’s Income Has Soared Since He Left Senate” –”Santorum’s resume contrasts with campaign rhetoric that casts him as an outsider who would shake up Washington. It also appears at odds with the image that Santorum stresses as a candidate with hardscrabble roots in blue-collar Pennsylvania and as the grandson of an Italian immigrant coal miner. Much of the money Santorum earned in recent years was for his work as a board member for a large health care company and consulting for a Pennsylvania energy company and a Washington lobbying firm.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/07/santorums-income-has-soar_n_1191153.html).

Corporations don’t pay politicians a whole lot of money because they like them, corporations pay for services. What kind of services do you think Rick from the Sanitarium is providing to pocket all that corporate loot?

Rick from the Sanitarium is having a surge in the past week because he is the lesser known of the four leading GOP candidates, and lots of GOPers just don’t want the Mitt guy. They don’t trust the Newtster and are afraid of Dr. Ron. Well, corporate America is afraid of Dr. Ron too. There’s no difference between Rick from the Sanitarium and the Newtster, except the Newtster has an R-rated personal life. All four of these men are bad news for the American Middle class, which has been kicked to the side of the road and is laying in a ditch.

In this Sunday’s “New York Times Book Review,” there’s an interesting review of the conservative, Charles Murray, book, “The State of White America, 1960-2010,”that touches on the real economic and social problems in this country.

“For some decades now, a popular conservative narrative of modern America has gone something like this: Our center-right nation, devout and industrious, is ruled by a politically liberal elite that disdains family, despises religion and celebrates indolence with government handouts. Many people find this story convincing. It helped fracture the postwar Democratic Party and midwifed the culture wars. Today it feeds the political frustrations of the Tea Party movement.

“Charles Murray, the influential conservative scholar and provocateur, believes this story is wrong. In his new book, “Coming Apart,” Murray flips the script that has energized Republican politics and campaigns since Richard Nixon: the white working class, he argues, is no longer part of a virtuous silent majority. Instead, beginning in the early 1960s, it has become increasingly alienated from what Murray calls “the founding virtues” of civic life. “Our nation is coming apart at the seams,” Murray warns — “not ethnic seams, but the seams of class.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/books/review/charles-murray-examines-the-white-working-class-in-coming-apart.html?_r=1&ref=review)

America needs to elect people who are going to work in the interest of the American middle and working class. If the middle doesn’t hold, America will fall.

Rick from the Sanitarium offers the American middle and working classes nothing. And his misinterpretation of what he calls, “Christian values,” which I think prompted this fan of his to write so angrily, in responding to my mild and gentle satire, would make Jesus weep.

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Erik February 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Why should we favor one of these candidates over the others? In most cases, they have no significant policy differences from each other or past candidates (Ron Paul definitely is the exception).

Whoever wins the Republican nomination will be offered campaign contributions from some of the same powerful interests that fund Obama. They want to insure that they are taken care of, no matter who wins. That should make their would-be Presidential behavior even more similar.

I read that Obama raised about $750 million for his 2008 campaign “war chest”. For me, the answer is not a Republican with a $750 million war chest (or anything remotely close to that much money).

Those millions indicate, among other things, how beholden Obama is to special interests and powerful campaign contributors. The Republican candidate is just as indebted to them, so how do I avoid electing someone who has been corrupted by that quasi-bribery?

As an example of the harm created by special interest influence, the banking deregulation and other policies that led to our current economic hardships resulted mainly from lobbying of both Democrats and Republicans by corporations involved in finance and housing. And I suspect that our decisions about if (and for how long) we wage wars are influenced by defense contractors. I’m sure there are many more possible examples.

Instead, we need somebody like this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddy_Roemer#2012_presidential_candidacy
Notice his $100 donation limit. We must vote for that kind of candidate, to eliminate corruption. And he’s a former governor, so it’s not like he’s an inexperienced oddball.

If I were a Republican, maybe I would keep casting protest votes for somebody like that, and hope that other voters also will rebel one of these years.

But the Republican Party would spend corporate donations on his behalf, if he won his party’s nomination. He might be mindful of that support, and feel pressured to reward it. So we really need a centrist third party (so both Democrats and Republicans might tolerate voting for its candidates) that refuses all special interest money. Until that happens, I’ll keep casting protest votes for random minor party candidates.

The great problem for that kind of candidate is that he will be thoroughly outspent by candidates who accept influence money and buy lots of mainstream media advertising. Because too many unthinking or lazy voters only consider heavily promoted candidates, most contestants feel compelled to raise as much money as possible, and many media pundits and voters assume that poorly funded candidates cannot win.

The mutual fear of the opponent’s campaign spending is a terrible trap stopping us from removing the corruption. Democratic and Republican voters must recognize this trap we are in, and then stubbornly refuse to allow that fear to push them into voting for bought politicians who seem “electable” because they are heavily marketed.

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Erik the Red February 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

I just want to clarify to everyone that the above commentor was not me.

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