I’m seeing a few friends freaking out about the election. Listen, guys, I know it’s scary. There are so many factors at play-a voting machine company partially owned by Tagg Romney, the lies, the racism and the money. I really get it. But look at the facts. Mitt Romney, just like Bush, said Bin Laden wasn’t important. Romney went to England and manged to piss off almost all of our allies. Romney has stated that Russia is still our greatest enemy, and has been called out twice by Chinese media for his crazy anti-China comments while making millions of dollars outsourcing to China. Finally, Romney is against things today that he supported as recently as 15 minutes ago. He is not presidential, he is dishonest and he is smarmy.
Am I worried? Yes, because there are a lot of right wingers in this country who would vote for a ferret, as long as it was white. But you know what I’m doing this morning? Wiping off the left rear side window of my car and slapping my Obama/Biden sticker on. Even here, in this conservative, hard core Christian little town, Obama/Biden signs and stickers are beginning to show up on lawns and cars. We can do this, because if folks in this town are voting for the right guys, that means folks in towns just like this all over America are doing the same.
The average age of a member of the Tea Party is 60-ish. They remember Cold War Reagan, and they worship him. They cling to the notion that America always has to have a bad guy to fight, to bomb, to convert. They love Mitt Romney because Mitt Romney not only worships Cold War Reagan, he wants to go back to the policies of that era. Let’s take a look at some of those policies.
1) Supporting the Contras. Ronald Reagan loved any group with “freedom” in their name, even a murderous band of thugs like the Nicaraguan Contras. Oh, you think they were fantastic rebels whose only interest was saving their country? Then why did the Reagan administration engage in “white propaganda” in order to change public perception of his pet freedom fighters? Human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch and the Catholic Institute for International Relations, published reports detailing the atrocities committed by the Contras. Human Rights Watch wrote “[The] contras were major and systematic violators of the most basic standards of the laws of armed conflict, including by launching indiscriminate attacks on civilians, selectively murdering non-combatants, and mistreating prisoners.” CIIR, in their report found that “The record of the contras in the field, as opposed to their official professions of democratic faith, is one of consistent and bloody abuse of human rights, of murder, torture, mutilation, rape, arson, destruction and kidnapping.”
2) The Iran-Contra Affair. Yes, I know, selling arms to Iran right after they held American hostages for 444 days in response to our meddling in their politics for oil seems a bit strange, but as usual, the Reagan administration loved those darn freedom fighters! The Boland Amendment prohibited further funding of the Contras legally, so top Reagan advisers decided to go under the radar. As anyone familiar with government knows, that sort of thing only works for so long, and they all got caught. See Oliver North, right wing American hero and noted paper shredder.
3) The Mujahideen. Again with the freedom fighters. These were Afghan freedom fighters who were funded and trained by the CIA to help the U.S. get the Russians out of Afghanistan. Reagan himself hosted a group of Mujahideen in the White House. The current right wing throws an embolism when Common appears at the White House, but they were perfectly fine with Reagan laughing it up with the future Taliban. How did the Mujahideen become the Taliban? Long story short: we used them to toss the Russians out, left their country looking like the surface of the moon, then abandoned them. Read Charlie Wilson’s War.
And now we have millions of 60-ish year old former Republicans…let me explain that. I truly believe the Republican party is dead, replaced by the fringe, the far right and religious zealots. Okay, back to these Tea Partiers. All that stuff I wrote above? Matters not a whit to them. They see the world in the same narrow way that Reagan and his cronies did. Don’t have democracy? Let us shove it down your throat. You have oil we want? Enjoy this invasion. You worship a different god or practice a religion that scares us? Let’s shoot you with guns on which have been inscribed bible verses.
That’s Mitt Romney. If you want another holy war, if you want future terrorists in the White House, if you want America to have MORE enemies, not less, then you should vote for Mitt Romney. If you believe that life begins before a woman even has sex, if you believe that gay people are less than human, if you believe David Barton history and if you believe that an employer should have the right to discriminate against a woman because she’s on the Pill, vote for Mitt Romney. If you have no need for facts, facts like 15 people gathered at the Caucus on the eve of President Obama’s inauguration, plotting the destruction of his presidency, vote for Mitt Romney. If you find all your news on Fox and worship a white Jesus who hates the poor almost as much as you do, vote for Mitt Romney.
Oh, and if you do vote for Mitt Romney, remember one thing. We’ve been down this path before, and it’s a horrible one. I understand that the new GOP consistently and energetically votes against their own best interests time and time again, and probably will in this election. If you do, if you cast a vote for war and pain and bigotry and racism and a theocracy, I have one thing to say to you. Argo eff yourself.
Thanks to Wikipedia, Charlie Wilson’s War and my dad for raising me to question everything.