By Jack Jodell, Jan. 22, 2012

Mitt Romney just can’t seem to excite many of his wretched party’s members. In every single one of his caucus or primary challenges, he has never gone beyond 50% of the total GOP vote. That means, no matter who has run against him, the combined total of his opponents has always eclipsed his. The once-presumed Republican front-runner for the 2012 presidential nomination has screwed-up badly in recent days. Last night, this fabulously wealthy member of the 1% was resoundingly defeated in South Carolina by his mouthy, upstart, egomaniac rival, NUT Gingrich. Romney this time came in a distant second, 41%-27%.With his money, organization, and huge SuperPAC there to aid him, he should have done far better. 

The fact that Romney is ultra-rich, a major and highly vocal proponent of capitalism, and has had a long time, stable family and religious life, yet STILL can’t excite the Republican base seemingly defies logic. For he has done everything a Republican could ask for: amassed a huge fortune, paid as little as possible in income taxes, and even placed millions in offshore tax havens. He has exported thousands of American jobs, supported right-to-work legislation, and publicly sparred with members of THE 99% who have verbally challenged him on his support for corporations. One would think Republicans everywhere would enthusiastically support and encourage his presidential bid. But alas, that has not been the case.

But Romney has not only transparently flip-flopped his way through nearly all of his political career; he has demonstrated little knowledge of or insight into the very wants and needs of the overwhelming 99% of those who reside beneath him on the income scale. Having displayed very little firm conviction pn most issues, is it any wonder, then, that he has been defined by his opponents as having “no soul”? He insanely accuses those of THE MAJORITY 99%, whose income has largely been stagnant for more than 30 years, of trying to “divide America”, even as he and other members of  the 1% have seen their incomes skyrocket upward by 275% during that same time frame! Not only that, but he has failed to understand the very real rage, ALBEIT TOTALLY MISGUIDED AND MISDIRECTED, felt by members of his own political party, as they have been repeatedly outmaneuvered by a black President they absolutely and irrationally HATE in Barack Obama.

For this is not the more rational Republican Party Romney’s father George had actively also sought the presidential nomination from in 1968. That party, though never fond of labor unions or government regulation, understood and accepted their importance and absolute necessity, and followed the very prudent course of tolerance with them. No, today’s Republican Party has taken a very reactionary rightward turn back to the Gilded Age of the 1890s, with its domination by the unchecked power of banks and the major industries of the day, when big business ruled and labor had little or no voice at all. There were no social safety nets, and millions of people suffered needlessly. Then as now, there was great disparity in income, and then as now, the Republicans simply didn’t care, so they did absolutely nothing about it. Romney, though not as rash as Gingrich, fits in more with today’s far-right irrational GOP than he would with his father’s more sane version of 44 years ago. After all, George Romney had a soul AND integrity as well. He released a full 12 years of his previous tax returns in 1967, well ahead of the following year’s primary season. He did so because he was an honest man who had nothing to hide. He said that releasing only one year of returns could be viewed as “a fluke”, and he wanted voters to see exactly where he was coming from.  Today, already IN primary season, his son Mitt has yet to release even ONE year of HIS returns, which will undoubtedly reveal the extent to which he has used ethically-questionable offshore tax havens to shelter his money from Uncle Sam. Today’s voters smell a rat, and justifiably so. After all, NOBODY likes a cheating rich man!

So Mitt Romney, once the proud front-runner for the Republican nomination, now finds himself to be a poor little rich boy in among a pack of extremist far-right crazies who are racist and favor the replacement of grown union workers with cheaper child labor. His SuperPAC may yet rescue the nomination for him, but the rest of us, the majority 99%, won’t care in the least because he will never get our vote. For Mitt Romney has sold himself consciously to the highest bidder, and has all but abandoned theintegrity and  moral principles his father displayed in abundance 45 years ago. Now, it’s on to Florida, the next stop in this umprecedented up and down merry-go-round of crazy Republican presidential contenders.

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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  1. Hello Jack,
    As you have so well noted and stated that, “today’s Republican Party has taken a very reactionary rightward turn back to the Gilded Age of the 1890s, with its domination by the unchecked power of banks and the major industries of the day, when big business ruled and labor had little or no voice at all.”

    These are the cold hard facts of our current day and age, and it is beyond my grasp of comprehensive, critical thinking mindset, that baffles me to no end, how anyone in the Middle Class of our society, even if registered as a Republican like myself, can support any of the current Republican Candidates with the drivel being propagated as the reason why someone in the Middle Working Class should support them for ANY political office…. Much less the Presidency.

    After last night’s primary vote has only proven one thing, South Carolina’s pack of extremist far-right crazies are in the majority of the Republican Party there. But also with an apologetic aspect voice, I would also add that those voting did not have that much to choose from right from the start.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hello, Engineer of Knowledge,
      All you and I can do is to keep up our continual rant against these crazies, my friend.

  2. How right you are here Jack! This guy is responsible for the loss of more jobs / industry / community than any other corporate raider of the 90’s. SoB. His way to run the country? Privatize, purge (quality standards to hachet costs) and profiteer. Wonderful piece!

  3. Tom Harper says:

    The Gilded Age and the Salem Witch Trials — those were the crowning moments in America’s history. And the Republican Party is determined to bring us back to that halcyon era.

  4. JollyRoger says:

    Willard isn’t even trusted by Rushpubliscums, which is the only explanation for Newt. Remember that Newt is also despised by the Klanservatives, or…. he WAS despised by them just a few years ago. That tells you pretty much what you need to know about Rushpubliscum love for Willard.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Jolly Roger,
      It’s looking more and more as though the only people the klanservatives really like or understand are…just themselves. What a crazy ethnocentric bunch!

  5. Romney hasn’t sufficiently tapped into the anger, resentment, and in some cases paranoia, of the hard-core right. Gingrich is a master of that dark art. Plus, Romney is a Mormon and sounds more like a Northeast city slicker than a southerner. Roll that all together and you’ve got a candidate who’s going to be a hard sell in places like South Carolina and to a lesser extent, Florida.

    I don’t think many Republicans or libertarians will hold his wealth, how he got it or his shabby tax dodging against him. I think many of them would say more power to him. That’s dumb, but they’re so opposed to government and paying taxes, they’ll cheer for someone who’s screwing them over too, if it means the government is denied money.

    Then there’s the “fun to go for a beer with” factor. Romney doesn’t project that kind of appeal at all. IMO, neither do Gingrich or Santorum, but they probably come closer.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      I think you’ve summed the situation up quite well. No wonder these Repubs are having such a helluva time settling on a nominee—NONE of them are worth a crap! 🙂

  6. mudrake says:

    A comment on my blog regarding the class warfare thing was interesting. The person wondered if Republicans are falling in line and accepting the classes of society model that was active in the Middle Ages. One is born into a class and remains there the rest of his life. Clearly this is operative, albeit not forced, here in the 21st century American society. How many of The People actually move up to a new strata any longer? Have today’s Republicans come to accept this societal structure and therefore Romney’s wealth is taken in stride because he’s in the deserved class?

    Frightening thought, Jack.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      VERY frightening, mudrake, and it’s up to people like us to make sure this caste system does NOT emerge here!

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