I do understand how someone could not want to vote for President Obama, but I truly cannot understand why anyone would help the chances of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan getting in. No matter what President Obama may or may not do, it’s nothing on the scale of what
these men the Koch Brothers will do. Let’s face it, at best Tweedledum and Tweedledee will be sock monkeys – Grover Norquist called it.
“All we have to do is replace Obama. … We are not auditioning for fearless leader. We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go. We want the Ryan budget. … We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate. […]
Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States. This is a change for Republicans: the House and Senate doing the work with the president signing bills. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.”
“We want the Ryan budget” – that would be the one that allows Mitt Romney to pay an effective tax rate of .82%. The man who received a $77,000 tax break for his wife’s hobby would pay less than one percent on his estimated $200,000,000 fortune.
Yes, I get it. As long as we participate in the two-ring circus, no matter how unwillingly, we are allowing it to flourish. We need more options and better options every time. But this time these are the only two we have. As a poor woman with a disabled child, the idea of how much these men could ruin our lives is enough to make me vomit in fear.
I live in Florida, where Rick Scott is currently on a massive Koch-fueled binge (and taking notes from Wisconsin’s equally Koch-addled Scott Walker). I’ve already gotten a taste of rule by the ultra-rich right. It’s not pretty. Not if you care about anything other than the feelings and fortunes of the country’s richest conservatives.
But there’s even more at stake, another angle that’s just as important as the economy and social funding and everything else the Mr. Burns of the world want to destroy to fatten their own wallets.
The Supreme Court.
Right now SCOTUS is split 5-4, conservatives over liberals. At least two of the five are funded by the Koch Brothers; Justices Scalia and Thomas have both been involved in Koch corporate fundraisers. It is these five men who gave us Citizen’s United, the machine being used to try to buy a presidency.
Given that four of the nine Justices are over 70 years old, the chances of a new appointment in the next four years is fairly good. Can you imagine the kind of Supreme Court Justice Mitt Romney might pick? Can you imagine how much money the Koch Brothers and their pals will spend to buy just the right candidate?
We have to get rid of the money in politics before we can ever successfully break the two-party system. The only way to have viable third-party candidates, or even fourth or fifth party, is to make sure that the playing field is level.
The first step to doing so is making sure the men who want to buy their own government fail. We have to stand up and call them out, name them and shame them as the true parasites ruining our country. We have to reject their store-bought mannequins by voting against them.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” ~ Bishop Desmond Tutu
By not voting for Obama, you are effectively voting for Romney and you are reinforcing the message that money can, and will, buy governments. If they get away with this, can you imagine what will come next?
I can. And if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to go throw up.