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Pierce writes: "He is really the only true class warrior in the race. He's counting on prejudice and ignorance because he is running in the Republican primaries and that's the coin of the realm. But he's also counting on the desperate dreams of desperate people who want to believe that there is a big bag of money out there that's going to the Wrong People, and that, if someone would only re-direct it, their lives would be better."

Mr. 1 Percent, Mitt Romney, 12/27/11. (art: DonkeyHotey/Flickr)
Mr. 1 Percent, Mitt Romney, 12/27/11. (art: DonkeyHotey/flickr)



Mitt Romney: The Real Austerity Candidate

By Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Magazine

28 December 11

 

ver the holidays, Willard Romney has been seeking once again to define himself, a job that is very similar to that undertaken by the people who renovate old country homes. The first thing you have to do is to tear down the accumulated improvements and renovations of the past 40 or 50 years, and get back down to the basic intent of the original architects. (Maybe changing the solarium into a replica of the Jungle Room at Graceland back in '62 wasn't the smartest move in the world.) So, basically, Willard is taking the sledge and the pry-bar to everything he's done politically since he bum-rushed his way into the governor's chair in Massachusetts to reveal the original moral architecture of Willard Romney, International Man of Privilege.

And, yeah, it turns out he's pretty much a smug, arrogant, and, yes, entitled rich kid who divides the world mentally into two kinds of people - himself and The Help. Lately, he's been sounding a new theme in his campaign to be our national CFO. He's railing against what he calls President Obama's attempts to turn the United States into "an entitlement society." (This charge, of course, coming as it does from a guy whose gifts as a liar are as rudimentary as his skills as a demagogue, is utterly false, but let's all be big-boy pundits and pretend for a while that truth isn't necessarily ever the point.) What is important is how easily Romney has managed to slide into the essential character of the most rabid evening-drive radio morons on your dial. Willard Romney has never known a day of peril in his life. He grew up with a silver spoon lodged so deeply in his gums that he had his baby teeth until he was 25. He did his Mormon mission in Provence, for the love of god. He moved onto a lucrative career in predatory capital. If, as was said, George W. Bush was born on third base and thought he hit a triple, then Willard Romney was born in the dugout with four runs in, nobody out, and the bases loaded.

Comes now this pure piece of manufactured product, this vacant replicant of American plutocracy, to lecture a country in the middle of a fragile recovery from an economic disaster brought on by the other soulless replicants on the topics of our vanishing work ethic, and the great moral cleansing power of onrushing poverty. And, because he cares less about the country he's planning to lead than he does about the next nickel he can squeeze out of it, he's doing so with rhetoric that owes more to George Wallace than it does to George Romney, who was a decent Republican in the days before greasy-beaked vultures like his spalpeen hijacked the party. (Which is pretty much what E.J. Dionne was saying recently.) Willard is working the old poor-people-are-robbing-you-blind melodeon again while his real targets are anyone who receives any kind of federal government assistance of any kind whatsoever. And don't fall for the old "states do it better" dodge. Willard knows full good and well that the states can't carry this kind of load, either, and that the costs will just get passed down to lower and lower levels of government until nobody can pay for anything, and the programs that he'd like to see eliminated because it will help him get elected simply disappear.

He is the real austerity candidate, the guy who will run the ball here for the banksters who are crippling Europe, and a lot of Europeans, with economic strategies that keep themselves afloat while children die of preventable diseases, and guaranteeing that whatever recoveries there will be in places like Ireland and the UK will be the sole property of the people who most deserve them. This is what Willard Romney would like to bring to America. He just has to convince enough people that the pain will be imposed upon the undeserving Them. It is a vicious puppet show of a campaign he's running.

He is really the only true class warrior in the race. He's counting on prejudice and ignorance because he is running in the Republican primaries and that's the coin of the realm. But he's also counting on the desperate dreams of desperate people who want to believe that there is a big bag of money out there that's going to the Wrong People, and that, if someone would only re-direct it, their lives would be better. Well, there is a big bag of money out there, and it is indeed going to the Wrong People, and those would be the people in whose company Willard Romney has spent his entire, cosseted, entitled existence. He has embarked on a divisive campaign of misdirection, hoping against hope that nobody notices that he mortgaged himself to his ambition on an adjustable rate, and that he's underwater on his soul.

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Comments  

 
+48 # Rick Levy 2011-12-28 19:53
Romney carries a complete set of tableware with him. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, speaks with a forked tongue, and is ready to stick a knife in the backs of the disadvantaged.
 
 
+12 # John Gill 2011-12-28 23:45
ha! nice one rick levy.
 
 
+8 # Merschrod 2011-12-29 05:03
Pierce has written an amusing piece; if only the sentence structure were simple, then the average American could read it and grasp the message.

I do like the traveling tableware :>)
 
 
+4 # jwb110 2011-12-29 12:12
Quoting Rick Levy:
Romney carries a complete set of tableware with him. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, speaks with a forked tongue, and is ready to stick a knife in the backs of the disadvantaged.

I think it is time to look at the actual numbers of disadvantaged. Most of the nation is in the disadvantaged group and the question of whether the majority of the nation should receive the benefits of the majority tax dollars that they pay and the rich don't pay. People like Romney have shoved us into being a Third World Country.
If I pay tax I am entitled to benefit from those taxes. If the reach don't pay they shouldn't benefit and they shouldn't have a say in the process.
 
 
+11 # teineitalia 2011-12-29 01:59
"He's counting on prejudice and ignorance because he is running in the Republican primaries and that's the coin of the realm. But he's also counting on the desperate dreams of desperate people who want to believe that there is a big bag of money out there that's going to the Wrong People, and that, if someone would only re-direct it, their lives would be better."

Well said, Mr. Pierce. Well said. Your entire piece is spot-on. I will be emailing it to everyone with a brain AND a heart. unfortunately, in spite of his religiosity, I believe he (like many in the current Tea-Tard party) were born genetically deficient and have no heart to speak of.

Just once, I would like to hear Mitts give a speech that doesn't sound like he's pandering to the lowest common denominator in America.
 
 
+1 # BradFromSalem 2011-12-29 10:07
I believe the Tea Potters are currently banking on Ron Paul. That supports your thesis about Tea Potters being heartless.

Of course, Romney's business history is in line with Ron Paul's philosophy.

So they want the theorist, not the practitioner? I think their genetic deficiency is more than just missing a heart, large pieces of their brains are not there either.
 
 
+18 # BradFromSalem 2011-12-29 07:27
Willard is a lot less than Charles Pierce indicates.

Romney is an empty vessel. He is honest in that I would never suspect him of taking a bribe or pimping out his positions on issues to the highest bidder. However he has no sense of political morality. He takes his positions based on what he perceives as the likeliest to succeed in convincing voters to vote for him.

Once Romney gets the nomination, watch him morph into supporting a bipartisan approach to economic issues. If he is elected, watch him shrink into a do nothing President. His specialty will be the art of delegation, especially when it comes to being responsible.

This is the character of a successful takeover executive. This is the character of Mitt Romney. It is not the character of someone we want to be President of the United States.
 
 
+3 # Midwestgeezer 2011-12-29 07:53
It's almost painful to watch Mitt's attempt to be "jest an average guy" who loves his country and wants to set it right. RIGHT indeed! Or LEFT, or MIDDLE, whatever you like.
 
 
+4 # Michael Lee Bugg 2011-12-29 09:40
I voted for Obama, and will reluctantly vote for him again, but the biggest difference is that Obama was born into a low income family and succeeded where I "hope" Romney fails - convincing people he is one of us!
 

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