By Henry McRandall
I wonder how many Americans can fully comprehend just how bad things would get for the Other 99 Percent — the poor, the working class and the middle class — if Mitt The Job Killer Romney and the Republican Teabaggers won a massive victory in the November elections.
True, President Barack Obama might not be much of an improvement. But with a re-elected Obama, who would not be able to seek a third term and would not have to worry about financing his next campaign, and a Democratic Congressional majority, — perhaps dominated by “progressives” rather than Blue Dogs — self-styled “moderates” or “centrists” but really right-wingers-in-centrist-clothing — there would at least be a spark of hope that something progressive might get done. Not much, of course, but just a little bit.
Thus far, the Obama presidency has achieved absolutely nothing for anyone but the Top One Percent — the gangster banksters and the corporate robber barons — the millionaires, mega-millionaires, billionaires and mega-billionaires — the psychopathic socioeconomic elite whose insatiable greed and seeming immunity from criminal prosecution have become simply unfathomable.
Except for the occasional sweet rhetorical flourish, Obama has forgotten about the people who elected him — people from the Other 99 Percent. He has forgotten about African-Americans. He has forgotten about Hispanic Americans. He has forgotten about American Indians. He has forgotten about poor and working-class whites. He has forgotten about workers. He has forgotten about women. He has forgotten about students. He has forgotten about seniors. He has forgotten about the unemployed. He has forgotten about American families turfed out of their homes by foreclosure on the fraudulent mortgages they were lured into purchasing.
But he never forgets the Top One Percent.
The great tragedy, however, is that Mitt The Job Killer Romney would actually be much, much worse for the Other 99 Percent.
Obama’s devotion to the illegitimate and incessant demands of the Top One Percent has been motivated partly out of sheer pragmatism — he needed their money to get elected and, possibly, re-elected — and partly from the fact that he is an empty vessel. He has not really abandoned anybody because he has never really had a true commitment to anybody.
The corporate mass media likes to call Obama the first African-American president. But is he really? His skin may be fairly dark and his hair may be pre-disposed to curl. But colour is only skin-deep. The parent — his mother — who raised him was not an African-American, she was a European-American. And he did not grow up in African-American ghettoes. He never experienced much of the hardship and the desperation and the discrimination that is visited upon most African-Americans every day of the year. And that this man, Barack Obama, should be portrayed as the political incarnation of the African-American experience and the African-American “progression” in Amerikkka, is a massive deception and fraud, not only upon African-Americans but upon all Americans.
The alternative, however, would be even more sordid outcome and would be even more disastrous for the Other 99 Percent. Obama and the Democrats have abandoned the poor, the working class, and the middle class by necessity rather than by design. Romney and the Republican Teabaggers have done so by the simple desire to do evil and to unjustly inflict pain on others.
If Job Killer Romney and the psychopathic Republican Teabaggers get complete control it will get much worse for the masses and it will do so by design — by the gleeful and boastful design of a cadre of puppet political prostitutes hatefully chomping at the bit for the opportunity to inflict even more harm upon the victims of criminal corporate capitalism. That is the way psychopaths are. There is not a day goes by that neither Job Killer Romney nor some other Republican Teabagger luminary is not spewing vicious, venomous hatred at some segment of the Other 99 Percent. There is not a day goes by that Republican Teabaggers are not repeating, ad nauseam, their vow to continue eliminating all taxes for corporations and the wealthy.
If Job Killer Romney and the Republican Teabaggers win in November, it would be child’s play to accurately predict that by the end of 2014 — after just two years in power — they will have increased the official unemployment level from 8.3 percent to at least 10.0 percent and the unofficial rate of unemployment and underemployment from 25.0 percent to at least 30.0 percent.
Even the most hate-filled white Amerikkkan would have to admit that that would be an awfully high price to pay just to “get the ‘nigger’ out of the White House.”
Romney win would devastate America
By Henry McRandall