I’ve recently made a couple posts stating that I do not want Romney to lose based on his religion. No matter how many issues I have with Mormonism (and there are quite a few, believe me) there is no religious test for office. (To put it bluntly, every president we’ve ever had, with the notable exception of a few of our first presidents, has believed in batshit insane things, who cares if Romney believes batshit insane things that are slightly different?)
But I do want him to lose. Badly. Mandate badly. I’d be happier if it was Santorum nominated this year, so perhaps the GOP could finally move away from the far right at the end of the cycle, but still. 2 Supreme Court justices are probably at stake this cycle. The base of the GOP has pushed a War on Women and economic policies that would be funny if they weren’t serious about them. And Mitt Romney, quite frankly, is an asshole. I am not a communist. My political beliefs are socialist libertarian. I believe in capitalism, although I have issues with unregulated capitalism and the belief that the market will solve all problems. And Mitt Romney is a perfect example of the bad side of capitalism. I’ll let the Rude Pundit explain:
Describing his successful business career at Bain & Company and Bain Capital last night after winning who the fuck cares which primaries, Mitt Romney said, “I became successful by helping start a business that grew from 10 people to hundreds of people.” That was actually Bain Capital, which he founded with other rich prickfaces. After once again listing the few companies we’ve heard of that were successes once Bain came in, Romney continued, “I’d tell you that not every business made it and there were good days and bad days, but every day was a lesson.”
“Huh,” the Rude Pundit thought. “I wonder which day or which business he was talking about.” Was it Georgetown Steel in South Carolina, which was gutted by Bain once it took over, with managers “replaced by people who knew nothing of steel,” with equipment upgrades avoided, with union benefits cut, which was fine for making the quick buck Bain wanted it to make so it could look better on paper and be sold, but not so good for making, you know, steel products, and Georgetown was driven into bankruptcy.
Or was it a bad day when a Bain-run corporation bought a paper plant in Marion, Indiana, in 1994 and immediately fired everyone who worked there and forced them to reapply for their jobs “at lower wages and a 50 percent cut in health-care benefits”? When the workers striked, Bain closed it down and shipped the jobs to Mexico. Was that a bad day or a good day? It’s hard to tell. Probably both, depending on where your paycheck was at the end of it.
Was it a bad day when Bain’s management, specifically Romney’s, created the financial situation that forced a Kansas City steel mill to close after 100 years in business, with 750 people losing their jobs and the pension fund shorted by $44 million? Or maybe ask the 1700 workers laid off from Dade International in Illinois after Bain took over?
The thing that President Obama needs to keep in mind about Mitt Romney is that he is a ruthless, amoral son of a bitch. Like Bain Capital, he makes promises that are lies when they get in the way of his greater good or his bottom line. With his polished smile and primped hair, Romney is one of the most outright depraved and evil sociopaths ever to run for office, and that’s including Richard Nixon and Pat Robertson.
Beware the man who presents himself as honorable when his actions have demonstrated nothing but disgrace.