In today's Washington Post Ezra Klein commented on the newspapers across the country that have chosen to endorse Mitt Romney and their reasoning-in-common: That it would be better to have a President with whom Congress is willing to work than to endure another 2-4 years of obstructionist back-and-forth. Klein, of course, finds this to be a bad idea.
I find it to be more than a bad idea. I also find the excessive politesse shown Romney et al by the media (Klein included), to be an insult in itself. As Romney lies his way through the campaign in repetitive and bald-faced fashion, journalists and the media at large refer to these outrageous statements as "misstatements," "misstatements of fact," "falsehoods," as "missing the mark," and other euphemisms for what they are: Lies.
Klein (who I like, don't get me wrong) says that "There are good reasons to endorse Mitt Romney for president. But if you want the political system to work more smoothly, endorsing McConnell and Boehner's strategy over the past four years is folly."
And he bends over for them. Backwards? No. Head first. Ezra Klein, ever the diplomat, refuses to call out the lying blackguards who have run the nation nearly into the ground, and doesn't even address the lying semi-human who would work with them to finish the job. He says to endorse this candidate (only indirectly) would be "folly."
In reality it would be suicide.
To vote for a pair of men, one of whom lies on a daily basis, changes his positions as often as the guy in Warhol's "Sleep," who will say anything at any given moment to pander to the audience of the moment, and the other who has honestly articulated a vision of whosale regression into at least the mid-1950s (anyone remember McCarthy, polio, Jim Crow, etc.) would not be mere folly. It would be, in the reasoning of editorials by the staff of, say, the De Moines Register and of course David Brooks of the overrated New York Times, pragmatism, something for which the sitting president has been criticized and at times derided for practicing. So get rid of him, give away the store, and let the pragmatism turn into an open croneyism instead. That's the ticket. That's the way to get things to "work." Of course that's only if you want things like an overturning of Roe vs. Wade; vaginal probe sonograms (rape with an instrument), "throwing out" of our public school system in favor or a privatized system of education in which the indoctrination programs would be decided by boards of directors; the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") repealed and hundreds of thousands of Americans stripped of healthcare or subjected once again to pre-existing conditions constraints; damn near every skilled job in the country shipped off to China, and of course, lest we forget, war without end, starting with Iran...then by all means, bend over and take it. You'll like it after a while. Because that's what they want to do, and no euphemism will suffice here. What they want to do is fuck you, me, and everyone else in this country, including their most ardent and most foolish supporters.
The newspapers that have endorsed Mitt Romney for president use the logic that is it better to submit to political rape than it is to continue to struggle against it, to endure a slow recovery made slow by the enemy in Congress that wants nothing more than to see the current president put out of office...and why?
Do I even need to say it?
So yes, by all means, from Des Moines to New York, go on, get it over with, bend over and take it, because if you manage to get your boys into office, you are going to be not merely the victims of "folly," but rape victims who truly did ask for it. Only we'll all be getting fucked, thank you very much, and I, for one, have no intention of submitting to this forcible rape of my nation, my ethics, nor my personal life.
If Romney and Ryan should prevail, I make you this promise: Their political lives and those of their abettors in Congress will become a hell the likes of which they clearly can not imagine. The nation will surely suffer, but so will they. In the end we may all be ruined, but they will not take us from behind, with outrageous lies and senseless theories.
No justic, no peace.
I, for one, do not believe the American people will bend over for this bald and florid power play. I cannot accept an America that allows itself to be raped in order to avoid a little discomfort, then hand over its wallet. Then again, I grew up in the aftermath of the Second World War and the most prosperous and (up till now) crazy time in our history. There were giants in the land then - and some of them were Republicans.
I believe the giants are still here, and that on November 6 they will wake and send these lying, cheating, inhuman bastards back to their dark and sordid corners to sulk.
Yes, I believe that will happen. And I believe in calling a lie a lie. We can not elect a blatant liar president, and I believe the majority of us will not bend over and take it for the sake of expedience.
I don't believe the America will commit suicide on November 6.
I know I won't.