Friday, July 13, 2012
here's a bit of heresy
Willard Mitt Romney being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America on Monday, January 21st, 2013 will not be a terrible, cataclysmic event.
It will be a drag, oh yes, but no toads will rain from the sky; no rivers will run red.
When Bush the Lesser won the second time (the first time he actually won, of course, but that's at least eighteen other posts) I moaned to my father,
"My god, what is going to happen to this country?"
And Dad said,
"Hey. We survived Nixon. We survived Reagan. It's going to be all right."
I worry about the Supreme Court picks, of course. That's really the most lasting and potentially damaging thing a President can leave us. The fact of the national security state (read Police State, read Galactic Empire a la Star Wars, read Orwellian Dystopia in the making) has been growing for decades and my man President Obama has done nothing to check it and everything to grow it and that's one thing I strongly disagree with when it comes to his administration.
So, Mitt's not going to make that any worse. How much worse can it get?
That's probably not a question I should lightly toss out there; probably not a rhetorical question at all.
Mitt vows to repeal the Affordable Care Act, first day in office.
Yeah. Guess what, Willard? Not in your job description. That's the legislative branch's bailiwick.
The Mittbot is programmed not to tell us what he's going to do when he gets behind the Big Desk, so it's all kind of a national guessing game right now, but seriously, look hard at that hard-working cyborg. He's the most sane, boring, low-key guy out there. Yes, he's an unthinking tool of Late (Disaster) Capitalism. That's not a good thing. Yes, he assaulted and humiliated a weaker, probably gay classmate in high school. I'm in no way dismissing that or diminishing it. Yes, he seems incapable of a genuine, honest, simple, human reaction. To anything. If a reporter lit his hair on fire and asked him to react, he'd probably bark out that weird laugh and say,
"Well, where's there smoke, there's combustion! Ha ha! More goose sauce?"
Many, many bad things if we elect this particular cyborg. (I'm pretty sure that's unconstitutional, by the way. It does say "person" in Section 1 of Article 2, but if corporations are people... I don't know, I'll leave it to the scholars.)
And I'll be doing all I can to work to keep it from happening.
But let's all stay calm and be honest about it.
It won't be the end of the world.