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Democracy, or republicanism — or any of the values we still pretend America stands behind — failed decades ago. Romney’s apparent ability to “convince” half the American electorate that he’d be a better President than Obama is proof.

Obama is basically a middle-of-the-road 1970s fiscal Republican, with ideals slightly on the progressive side. Romney is yet another example of a Reagan/Bush Republican — someone who is an evident fraud to any thinking person, not someone that anyone might seriously choose because they lay out a good case for their program.

Seriously, anyone willing to devote an hour to objectively comparing them side by side can only reach one conclusion regarding who would be better. But we’re long past the tipping point, and the Rove/Norquist strategy of selling the Presidency to the public just like it’s a brand of soap has long since proven its functionality. Lies don’t matter — what matters is Q meters, or whatever the SCOTUS-enabled new-guardians use to choose their televised music, pictures, and words. The “free” ad-supported press has proven to be the saddest joke of all.

Assuming Obama wins reelection (and I hope he does), you still have nearly half the voting public preferring an obvious and proven liar with no perceptible principles, who bullied kids back in prep school to the point of assault, who refused to release his tax returns to the American public, referred to 47% of Americans as lazy whiners, shipped jobs overseas to make money, keeps his accounts offshore, probably broke the law by voting in a state he did not reside in, managed to offend foreign allies like the UK during piece-of-cake-gimme photo-ops, and who, before he turned against the idea of providing universal health insurance, put the prototype for President Obama’s plan into effect in the state he governed. (Oh, yeah. A state which, having seen him close up, will vote against him by a landslide percentage.)

It almost doesn’t even matter who Romney’s opponent is. People who would prefer him to Clint Eastwood’s chair are not reliable citizens of a democracy — they are easily manipulated consumers of whoever can purchase the most, best advertising. There’s almost no point in continuing with elections, they just mislead people. We ought to just auction off the Presidency every four years — at least that would get the government some money from the wealthiest, money that is now wasted on paying for TV time.

In a situation like this, where half the people are so brain dead that they will vote for a person like this, the country has a lot of troubles to pull itself out of, and they go far beyond who happens to be President. Democracy failed long ago.

  1. No, seriously, google it.
    October 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Do you think if he removed his magic underwear the church’s influence would wear off and he’d become a decent human being?

    I blame his enchanted underwear.

  2. Anonymous
    October 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Betcha converted a ton of undecideds with that rant. Civility ain’t really so bad even when talking to what you consider lower life forms than those as self exaulted and impressed as yourself. Goes to show why you can lose even when your right.

  3. Hmm
    October 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I hear you on the brain dead voter observation. I have an in-law who is both poor and a disabled veteran, and he consistently votes Republican. He’s not interested in the clear evidence that the GOP works against his best interests. He votes for the candidates who give him the best lip service to his issues (Republicans), not the ones who actually support him with their actions.

  4. too old to have babies
    October 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    we are totally intercoursed!
    Just wait until women whose birth control fails are forced to be pregnant, that’s assuming birth control has not been outlawed……

  5. Goldie
    October 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I would say that our own Mr. Republican Joe Bonino would agree with Mitt. Joe took his talk and walked it door to door to maintain the sanctity of marriage carrying with him Yes of Eight pamphlets. I am not sure if that was before his divorce of after it.

  6. Jack Sherman
    October 29, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Claiming half the U.S. voters are “brain dead”, (for supporting Romney) is as bad as Romney claiming that the 47% of Americans who don’t pay taxes are moochers. If Romney’s bigotry received the media headlines it deserved, his “brain dead” retiree supporters would drop him tomorrow…many pay no taxes, they already paid a working-life’s worth!

    If Mitch spent any time signing up first-time voters, (inspired by Eureka’s new Fair Wage Initiative), he would understand that citizens lack education, not intelligence! The U.S. can add its lack of an informed citizenry to every other category of modern society it’s dead-last in!

    Where else but in the U.S., (where a public university degree qualifies you as a taxi-driver), can psychologists find ample resources to win a Nobel Prize for discovering a new psychosis we used to dismiss as “arrogance”, (The Dunning-Kruger Effect)?

  7. October 30, 2012 at 5:41 am

    The saddest part of this whole sham is the death of our “5th Estate,” There is no such thing as an independent new media anymore. The media, such as it is; is completely owned by that same handful of rich aristocrats. They have shown their propagandist nature from day one. It doesn’t matter what his “Lordship” says, or should I say, it doesn’t matter what his “Lordship” does. In fact they do trumpet his pronouncements as if they were great acts already accomplished. They let his lies go unchallenged. They are all basically another arm of the Republican agenda. Even NPR allows the republicans the last word in the best possible light. Oh yes, that bastion of leftist power.
    The only good thing coming from the ruling elite’s takeover of the United States is that it might finally galvanize the socialist, the laborists, the libertarians, the democrats and many others; to finally take the fight to these greedy, larcenist bastards.
    Of course first there’s going to be a lot of pain and a lot of blood.

  8. A pesky fact
    October 30, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Mitch,

    It sure must be distressing.

    Working so hard to build up a large central government, eschewing honoring God altogether, and instead placing religious faith in your own ideas, your own judgements, and your political leaders. Then having to fight a 2 front war:

    1) against yourself, because if you were *wrong* on your political worship of a failed presidency, what else might you be wrong on? Terrifying.

    2) Now that the central government is so powerful that it can give you anything (and take it away) can operate without a budget for 3.5 years, can detain and execute American citizens with an executive order, you are in the position of worrying and fretting about making sure the “right” person gets all that power.

    The fruit of following a failed ideology and worshipping a false Messiah is ripening.

    Instead of supporting a massive central government in the hopes that the “right person” stays at it’s helm, perhaps it’s time to stop supporting a massive central government, thus always preventing the “wrong person” from being at the helm?

  9. Just Watchin
    October 30, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Moviedad……..the media are “another arm of the Republican agenda” . Did you just crawl out from under a rock?

  10. Mitch
    October 30, 2012 at 6:56 am

    Ah pesky,

    You’re unable to support Romney. Good.

    You honor “God.” Neutral. Depends completely on what you mean by “God.”

    Do you mean the one the Westboro Baptists worship? The one that left golden plates for Mr. Smith or special meters for Tom Cruise’s special neuroses? The one that Christian terrorists call upon when they murder doctors, Islamist terrorists cite when they murder Jews, and Jewish terrorists cite when they murder Palestinians?

    Or do you mean the one that comes in many forms but says “above all, love one another?”

    If you worshipped that last one, you’d understand how correct you are when you talk about the fruit of worshipping a false Messiah.

  11. Mitch
    October 30, 2012 at 7:08 am

    And pesky, you eliminate the nation-sized capitalist monsters that exist, by law, for the sole purpose of moving money into their shareholder’s hands (even if it means killing all their shareholders), and I’ll be happy to work to reduce the size of the federal government.

  12. A pesky fact
    October 30, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Mitch, we all know you’re ignorant on the topic of religion, no need to illustrate it for us with blatant straw men.

    If your argument in favor of the leviathan is that there are other, smaller, fish in the sea, you have deluded yourself. The kraken from the deep is the greatest threat, with corporations being less so.

    Further, it is the behemoth that gives life to the other sea bests. Through massive bailouts, quasi-nationalization, large guarantees, and special legal protections.

    You have matters backwards. If it is the corporations you fear, shrink the central government (starve the beast) so that it isn’t large and powerful enough to protect it’s squid offspring.

    It is the large central government that sustains the corps that you hate.

  13. Fact Checker
    October 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

    pesky? yes. “annoying” too. facts? no

  14. October 30, 2012 at 8:22 am

    “Adolph Mitt-ler.”

  15. Mitch
    October 30, 2012 at 8:30 am

    pesky,

    If only the religious terrorists of all stripes were straw men, they wouldn’t be so easily recognizable as major drivers of the world today. Your take that it is the large central government that sustains the corporations is interesting; when democracy fails, the government does get taken over by the most powerful. When you see the government defending the corporations against the citizens, that’s a sign that democracy has failed.

    And, for the record, I don’t hate the corps. I recognize that the economic system in which they are embedded fails to control them properly, but I see them as efficient machines.

  16. October 30, 2012 at 8:46 am

    “You have matters backwards. If it is the corporations you fear, shrink the central government (starve the beast) so that it isn’t large and powerful enough to protect it’s squid offspring.”

    No Sir, you are completely duped. It is US! The “beast” protects. Corporations have been continually looting the treasury for decades. They are starving the beast alright. Except this so-called “beast” is our country. And those starving it, are tax-dodging traitors. Every action they take is self-serving and Anti-American. To them the constitution is a communist manifesto. The American people are serfs and slaves that need to bow down and “worship” at the feet of the greedy.
    Oh well, you can’t convince the “Jews for Hitler,” crowd of anything. When they too are homeless and jobless, it will be too late.

  17. Mitch
    October 30, 2012 at 8:50 am

    moviedad,

    It would be easy to recognize sincere opponents of excess government power. You’d see them lobbying to reduce the size of the military, eliminate the Dept. of Fatherland Security, stop the war on drugs and the militarization of civilian police forces, and restore civil liberties.

    When instead you hear people claiming to oppose government power, but getting upset primarily about programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, you know they don’t really oppose government power at all — they just hate the idea that some little guy somewhere might be getting a helping hand.

  18. Plain Jane
    October 30, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Especially when they want to increase their power to force women to bear their future cannon fodder.

  19. Balance please
    October 30, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Claiming the Westboro kooks represent most Christians is a stupid as claiming that Mitch, Moviedad and the other kooks here represent most Democrats.

  20. Mitch
    October 30, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Balance please,

    Sad that you choose to interpret my phrase “Christian terrorists” with your phrase “most Christians.” Talk about straw men.

  21. Plain Jane
    October 30, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Bet he doesn’t have a problem with interpreting “Muslim terrorists” as “most Muslims,” Mitch.

  22. October 30, 2012 at 10:44 am

  23. Mitch
    October 30, 2012 at 10:58 am

    “Jack Sherman,”

    Sure, citizens lack education. But that’s not due to any lack of easily available factual information, it’s only due to people’s lazy acceptance of whatever they are spoon fed via a few channels, all of which belong to one class. (No, not the wealthy. The technocrats. Not all of them are wealthy.)

    Maybe I should change “brain dead” to “voluntarily comatose.” I’m not exactly anxious for them to wake up, though, because history suggests they’re not all suddenly going to wake up one day, announce how much they love everyone, and bring about heaven on earth.

  24. October 30, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Sorry, not a democrat.

  25. Jack Sherman
    October 30, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    ”Maybe I should change “brain dead” to voluntarily comatose.I’m not exactly anxious for them to wake up, though, because history suggests they’re not all suddenly going to wake up one day, announce how much they love everyone, and bring about heaven on earth.”

    This is exactly the same BS that keeps the local and national democratic party from even attempting to educate and register voters…bigoted, classist prejudice discarding the unwashed masses because they aren’t worth it and can’t be trusted.

    Unbelievable.

    Which “history” do you refer to?

    The one that elected and reelected FDR…or the rest of the industrialized world that voted for universal health care?

  26. Jack Sherman
    October 30, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    “Sure, citizens lack education. But that’s not due to any lack of easily available factual information”.

    Practically everything wrong with this society can be traced to the lack of easily available factual information.

    You didn’t watch the debates?

  27. October 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I believe the real situation is truly complex, and self-recursive, Jack. So that only real invention of newly advancing stories can attract and thus open better chapters. It’s what I think is the nature of our historic moment.

    However, I very much trust that the many individuals of the kinds I meet and get to know a little over time on the bus, and so forth, who are making some life work via the $8, benefit-less jobs as Barbara Ehrenreich drew the picture of so well, would vote very sensibly, out of the surprising peace and clarity they draw for their situations, out of all the noise. Yes, their children know little of this, many of them, and are drawn by the noise, but that’s also what they do well with, my friends..

    This is like Humboldt itself, as I grew up, and though California seems to be a done deal, I am hoping to trust the many more beyond it to give the chance to go forward again, next Tuesday.

    Europe didn’t put things together either, until two devastating wars, and they deal with all human reaction as trouble descends upon them now; it’s just that they intend to do it out of the possibility of some forms of better wisdom.

    Maybe you have to look the alternative straight in the face, before wisdoms become clearer; maybe that’s also what we all are..

  28. October 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    “Jack”,

    You say “Practically everything wrong with this society can be traced to the lack of easily available factual information.”

    You probably mean “practically everything wrong with this society can be traced to the lies reported without comment by the media.”

    The truth is available easily enough — you certainly think you’ve found it, so calling me a bigoted classist has an element of pot/kettle/black.

    But most people prefer to hear what makes them feel good, truth be damned. People NEVER want to hear that they’ve contributed to their problems or that they will have to work — themselves — at lengthy and unpleasant tasks in order to solve the problems. What they want instead is to be told which other party is the responsible one, and they will reliably follow any leader who finds a suitably weak scapegoat and makes people feel noble in bashing the scapegoat.

    What history? Any history. Pick your choice.

  29. Jack Sherman
    October 30, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Tragic, that you feel compelled to invoke a few human psychological faults to justify discarding over half the potential U.S. electorate! We discard them at our own risk.

    Truly unbelievable! And another fine example of self-fulfilling prophesy, or idiocy, as I see it.

    Is it a coincidence that this nation’s owners fear that enlightened voters might start rushing to the poles; while both major parties, public education and the media fail for 30 years to address the worst voter participation rates in the industrialized world, for fear that they might start rushing to the polls?

    This is how we turn our fears into reality.

    Once again, your so-called “brain dead” majority that are “too lazy to find the truth”, resounds with elitist, classicist bigotry indistinguishable from those who are also eager to blame U.S. victims of poverty for their plight.

    You should be ashamed.

    (BTW, why waste extra strokes by placing my name in quotes? Twice shame!)

  30. Anonymous
    October 30, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Geojackrge Clashermanrk.

  31. Mitch
    October 31, 2012 at 6:58 am

    I put your name in quotes, “Jack,” because unlike almost all the pseudonyms in use at the Herald, yours has consistently shared an IP address with at least one other pseudonym (and one that is supportive of your opinions, “Jack”).

    There is no shame, as I see it, in acknowledging reality. As far as I can tell, it’s a necessary first step towards any successful change. If a doctor were to diagnose illnesses based on what the doctor felt was politically correct, rather than what the doctor observed, the doctor would be of no use in curing disease. The world has seen such systems, and they don’t work (except, short term, for the doctors).

    Leftists are fond of invoking the need for “education.” The difference in simple human decency between Romney and the President seems to me so great that I cannot believe half the American electorate needs “education” prior to being able to choose the better man.

    With George W. Bush, at least people could say Al Gore didn’t seem very Presidential. With Ronald Reagan, at least there were hostages.

    With Mitt Romney, there’s nothing but an oily used car salesman telling people he’s got secret plans, up against a President who saved the country from deep depression.

  32. October 31, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Here’s the situation I see. A nation’s electorate changes with each oncoming generation. Each oncoming generation’s attitudes are partly formed by the previous generations, but partly by the experiences they’ve had, which includes (more now than in the past) what they’ve seen in the media.

    This nation has always had dubious reasons for thinking itself superior. First, it stole a continent from the rightful owners, giving itself more plunder than the Spanish colonialists could have dreamed of. Then, it was protected on its eastern and western borders, and had a friendly country to its north and a weak country to its south, so it had little worry about invasion. And then it was the last economy standing after World War II. (None of that is to discredit such Enlightenment masterworks as the Declaration and Constitution — they point to noble values few Americans seriously honor.)

    For several generations, then, the American dream has allowed people far more plenty than other equally-hard-working people in other countries. We’ve been a technology leader and a go-to country for ambitious people from other countries.

    But over these same several generations, technology has changed the meaning of national borders and enabled capital owned by people in one country to be used in association with labor from anywhere in the world. Blue collar Americans woke up to that twenty or thirty years ago, and white collar Americans are in the process of waking up to it.

    There are a couple of potential paths by which people can analyze their situation today.

    They could recognize that their parents had it good and that they are going to need to work harder to maintain the same material superiority that their grandparents had gratis. That’s a path that could maintain peace, but it’s one that would require, at the least, that society provide its actual workers a greater share of what they produce, leaving less for the parasites at the very top. Unfortunately, the parasites and their enablers dominate the media to the point of defining even the questions we ask ourselves. (And they absolutely don’t think of themselves as parasites, though you could put them all in prison and the nation’s production of goods and services would not decline.)

    Or they can invest heavily in a military in hopes they can keep the rest of the world down. That’s an approach we’ve tried.

    Or they can psychologically invest in theories that some mysterious other has brought them down. That’s an approach the Moral Majority has been working on for forty years or so. The problem, according to that approach, is we’re being suckered by the [your scapegoat here]. That, combined with the heavy military expenditures, is the approach that Reagan, Bush, W, and Romney all stand for. The particular scapegoat chosen is largely irrelevant unless of course you’re in that group, in which case it’s of extreme relevance.

    People love that last approach. Not all people, but substantial numbers of them. When you see the world that worked for your grandparents not working for you, it’s an easy, lazy out to put the blame on shadowy external forces, especially shadowy external forces controlled by people you can bully around. It enables you to feel morally superior by bombing people, or putting them in ghettoes, or going around in brown shirts and beating them up, or even demonstrating your intellectual superiority by building an infrastructure to find a complete and final solution for the problem of the “other.” You needn’t fear the religious authorities — although some religious people will fight you the religious authorities will lend you their support, every time, as long as you give them lip service and pay them off.

    The time for “education” was forty years ago. It doesn’t help the situation to look at things as they are today and yammer about the need for “education.” Education’s always valuable, and investments in education will be of great help forty years hence, for whoever’s around then. So by all means, educate. Don’t expect it will change the way today’s brownshirts think.

  33. notafan
    October 31, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Ya Mitch, a 20 page plan of talking points. Do you realize that you could not even work for Mitt as he hires the top people.

  34. October 31, 2012 at 8:16 am

    For what it’s worth, I was headhunted by Wall Street thirtyish years ago, and basically told to name my price. I told them to get lost. We all make our choices.

  35. October 31, 2012 at 9:11 am

    This is why I can never relate to republicans. The ‘right’ to a mother and father? WTF? How is that a right? What if one of your parent dies? Who are they going to blame for that? Bush for sending your daddy to war? They dont give a frak about children – they make this shit up because their ignorant, hateful base, love to hear about how gays and muslims are the cause of all their problems. As opposed to burning coal, eating high fructose, and watching TV 6 hours a day. Gay families probably raise much better citizens than your average dysfunctional family of the bible belt.

  36. October 31, 2012 at 9:21 am

    “their ignorant, hateful base love[s] to hear about how gays and muslims are the cause of all their problems”

    That’s it exactly.

  37. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Using words like ignorant, hateful & worse, to describe those who disagree with you politically only appeals to the left wing fringe and discredits you with thinking people on the left or right.

    It also gives liberals a bad reputation and that is why the voters of Eureka have turned their backs on you.

  38. October 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Eulogizing a mob boss is okay, right?

  39. October 31, 2012 at 11:00 am

    #37,

    If you were a Jew in Germany in the early 30s, how would you have characterized your fellow Germans? Remember, they were all highly respectable members of the world’s finest society, the land of Beethoven and Bach and huge advances in chemistry and physics.

  40. October 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Anonymous :
    Using words like ignorant, hateful & worse, to describe those who disagree with you politically only appeals to the left wing fringe and discredits you with thinking people on the left or right.
    It also gives liberals a bad reputation and that is why the voters of Eureka have turned their backs on you.

    Im not talking about people who disagree with me politically, unless they are the people who blame gays and muslims for their problems. Those people are ignorant and hateful no matter what their politics are. Its just that most people with those views happen to be republicans.

    I know plenty of so called conservatives who dont hate gays and non-christians. And they are equally pissed that the GOP takes advantage of those people in the name of politics, because it only appeals to the right wing fringe and gives conservatives a bad reputation.

  41. Fact Checker
    October 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    #37 “ignorant, hateful & worse” These people don’t exist in America, only in “foreign” countries. Right?

  42. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Mitch :
    #37,
    If you were a Jew in Germany in the early 30s, how would you have characterized your fellow Germans? Remember, they were all highly respectable members of the world’s finest society, the land of Beethoven and Bach and huge advances in chemistry and physics.

    Are you so far gone that you compare the Republicans to the Nazis? You need some serious therapy my friend.

  43. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    bolithio :

    Anonymous :
    Using words like ignorant, hateful & worse, to describe those who disagree with you politically only appeals to the left wing fringe and discredits you with thinking people on the left or right.
    It also gives liberals a bad reputation and that is why the voters of Eureka have turned their backs on you.

    Im not talking about people who disagree with me politically, unless they are the people who blame gays and muslims for their problems. Those people are ignorant and hateful no matter what their politics are. Its just that most people with those views happen to be republicans.
    I know plenty of so called conservatives who dont hate gays and non-christians. And they are equally pissed that the GOP takes advantage of those people in the name of politics, because it only appeals to the right wing fringe and gives conservatives a bad reputation.

    Your protestations might be believable if you were equally insulting of the Democrats who try to scare Seniors with lies claiming the Republicans will destroy their Social Security and Medicare. Or those Democrats who claim Republicans have a war against women.

  44. October 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Next thing you know #43 will be telling everyone the earth is flat.

  45. Mitch
    October 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    #42,

    All I’m saying is that there is now a substantial portion of the American public that is fine with torture, fine with going to war for resources (if there’s a fig-leaf available, or even if not), fine with leaving people hungry in the streets. It is opposed to civil liberties, feeling such frills delay progress. It is happy to use coded racial language in pursuit of its goals. This group insists the government should control women’s bodies and everyone’s sex lives. It is over-represented in the country’s military and police forces, which continue to grow. It adores powerful business leaders, and is heavily supported by them. It claims it has a solution to the economic difficulties our country is going through, and blames leftist policies for our troubles.

    The group is only too happy to lie in pursuit of its goals, and has found an apparently compelling leader who will do anything to obtain power, as proven by his repudiation of his own prior policies, his willingness to misquote his opponent, and his willingness to lie about his own prior statements. Members of the group are unperturbed that their leader has refused to release his tax returns and maintains accounts off shore, behavior that used to be associated with underworld figures. They are dimly aware at best that, as a student, their leader committed pranks that would constitute assault in today’s classrooms. They remain unalarmed by their leader’s apparent ability to offend even our most loyal and long-term allies, and don’t notice that this implies a serious inability on their leader’s part to empathize with the feelings of others.

    If that reminds you of anyone, I can’t very well help that.

  46. tra
    October 31, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    It’s a historical fact that the last Republican president we had tried to privatize Social Security (though Bush’s plan didn’t get anywhere) and that Romney and Ryan are proposing to replace Medicare with a voucher program. So there is no need for Democrats to “lie” to “scare” anyone. All they have to do is point out the Republicans’ actual track record, and stated plans.

    And many leading Republicans, including Romney and Ryan, have made it crystal clear that they would de-fund Planned Parenthood and reduce coverage for contraception, and would seek to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe vs. Wade. So whether you want to call that a “War on Women” or not is a matter of perspective, but there’s no denying the underlying attack on women’s rights. “Legitimate rape,” mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds, and “your rape was part of God’s plan, so you should obediently carry your rapists’ offspring” are just the icing on the cake.

  47. Jack Sherman
    October 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    “Leftists are fond of invoking the need for ‘education’.”

    No, this quote isn’t taken from John Birch literature, but from, “I Was Head Hunted by Wall Street Mitch”.

    To arbitrarily claim that voters require a 40-year education effort is way beyond the self-serving claptrap I expect on Heraldo. And for what? To bolster Mitch’s equally ridiculous and bigoted mistrust claiming, “I’m not exactly anxious for them (half this nation) to wake up”?

    Outrageous! But, a great example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect.

    Nothing progressive will get done without the other half of this nation’s eligible voters, leaving them to the wind is a self-fulfilling “Brownshirt” prophesy.

    Considering the local republicans living in Eureka’s largely poor communities, please show me where any local print-media reported the corruption surrounding the Rex Bohn campaign! The true story is NEVER TOLD about the tiny cabal of shot callers behind the corruption of local campaigns! It’s a story that, if followed-up and appropriately repeated, would cause considerable defections from average members of the republican party. (Few are “Brownshirts”). The Republican Party already lost millions from their stance on abortion. Have you tried searching this nation’s newspapers for headlines of Romney’s condemnations of “America’s mooching retirees”, did you see it on the local TV news, no?

    Are you serious that Joe Six Pack should take responsibility for failure to read the NY Times every day? If it appeared there once, and nowhere else in the nation…did it really happen?

    But, Mitch is correct about one thing. It takes gritty hard work and sacrifices to build a better community and nation. For example, only about 12 individuals who have been gathering signatures for the Eureka Fair Wage Initiative are the only ones who know how eager local citizens are to register to vote, once they’re educated on this single issue. Just like the paltry dozen volunteers canvassing for Cheryl Seidner who found people eager to register for the first time when informed about her far-superior qualifications and the corruption surrounding the Rex Bohn campaign. Education is the single most important issue in voter participation and governance, and the reason the republican leadership does all they can to discourage it.

    Maybe if Gestapo-Mitch wasn’t so busy researching the IP addresses of Heraldo posters, he too could join in the hard work of making a better community by educating and registering voters, a task that was once the cornerstone of the democratic party, union, and civil rights activism. Or, at least, Mitch could please restrain himself from disparaging the dire and effective need to educate and register voters, (to the glee of any actual Brownshirts).

    “(Obama) saved the country from deep depression.” (Mitch).

    FDR saved the nation from a deep Depression. Obama lacks the leadership to do so, despite having the blueprint. 11 million more foreclosures are forecast, no jobs are returning from Asia. Record numbers are sleeping in local bushes….the New Depression is not being televised…

  48. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    tra :
    It’s a historical fact that the last Republican president we had tried to privatize Social Security (though Bush’s plan didn’t get anywhere) and that Romney and Ryan are proposing to replace Medicare with a voucher program. So there is no need for Democrats to “lie” to “scare” anyone. All they have to do is point out the Republicans’ actual track record, and stated plans.
    And many leading Republicans, including Romney and Ryan, have made it crystal clear that they would de-fund Planned Parenthood and reduce coverage for contraception, and would seek to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe vs. Wade. So whether you want to call that a “War on Women” or not is a matter of perspective, but there’s no denying the underlying attack on women’s rights. “Legitimate rape,” mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds, and “your rape was part of God’s plan, so you should obediently carry your rapists’ offspring” are just the icing on the cake.

    Try being honest. The privatization was to be voluntary. Nobody had to do it that didn’t want it. Social Security wasn’t being destroyed but changed for some. Are women only about abortion? The rape comments were made by one or two kooks and have been denounced by the Republican Party.

    Are lies, deceptions and exaggerations the only tools you have to debate with? If so you have already lost.

  49. Mitch
    October 31, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    “Jack,”

    Gestapo-Mitch here. Fuck off.

  50. Plain Jane
    October 31, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I only have time to address the abortion part of #48’s post, but I’m confident the rest of his misinformation will be corrected in short order.

    Women don’t just care about abortion. But they care greatly about being free to make their own decisions, among them financial, political, religious and sexually. I’m sure you would agree that the decision of whether or not to procreate and take on the responsibility of another life for at least 18 years is one that most women take very seriously. The anti-abortion ideology isn’t just about abortion either. It is about making anyone who isn’t white male Christian into a 2nd class citizen. “If we are to have women in the workforce” the majority of them are more concerned over jobs and earning equal pay for equal work than they are about being home to fix dinner for hubby.

  51. tra
    October 31, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Not quite. 4:02. Ryan’s original Medicare plan (which Romney expressed strong support for) proposed eventually turning Medicare into a voucher program for all future participants, and was changed to a “voluntary” proposal by the Romney campaign only after Ryan’s plan came under withering criticism. And even in its current form, the Romney/Ryan approach would most likely lead to the unraveling of the traditional Medicare as healthier, less expensive (and therefore potentially profitable) patients were siphoned off into the private, for-profit plans, leaving the traditional Medicare program saddled with the sicker, more expensive patients. Since I don’t think Romney or Ryan are unaware of this dynamic, nor stupid, I think it’s safe to conclude that they are willing to risk destroying Medicare as we know it.

    And no, women aren’t “only about abortion,” but yes, it is an extremely important issue to many women, both on a personal level, as it relates to their own health and freedom, and as emblematic of the level of respect given, or not given, to women. There is simply no denying the clear distinction between Romney, who has clearly expressed his desire to overturn Roe vs. Wade, and Obama, who clearly favors maintaining existing abortion rights. Given the liklihood that one or more Supreme Court justices will be stepping down in the next 4 years, it is no exaggeration to say that the winner of this election could well determine whether Roe vs. Wade remains the law of the land or not. To pretend otherwise — now that would be a deception. And note who’s doing the attempted deceiving: The Romney campaign, through one of their surrogates…

    http://www.christianpost.com/news/romney-surrogate-assures-voters-roe-v-wade-will-remain-intact-84190/

  52. October 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    “Are you so far gone that you compare the Republicans to the Nazis? Read William Shirer’s: “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” The similarities are astounding.

  53. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    moviedad :
    “Are you so far gone that you compare the Republicans to the Nazis? Read William Shirer’s: “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” The similarities are astounding.

    Everybody knows you are so far gone & have been for a long time.

  54. Anonymous
    October 31, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Plain Jane :
    I only have time to address the abortion part of #48′s post, but I’m confident the rest of his misinformation will be corrected in short order.
    Women don’t just care about abortion. But they care greatly about being free to make their own decisions, among them financial, political, religious and sexually. I’m sure you would agree that the decision of whether or not to procreate and take on the responsibility of another life for at least 18 years is one that most women take very seriously. The anti-abortion ideology isn’t just about abortion either. It is about making anyone who isn’t white male Christian into a 2nd class citizen. “If we are to have women in the workforce” the majority of them are more concerned over jobs and earning equal pay for equal work than they are about being home to fix dinner for hubby.

    Spoken like a male chauvinist pig, patronizing the little woman. Women care about jobs just like men do. Obama has failed miserably.

  55. Jack Sherman
    November 1, 2012 at 12:19 am

    “Gestapo-Mitch here. Fuck off.”

    My favorite: “I Was Head Hunted By Wall Street Mitch”.

    I’ll take Mitch’s response as affirmation that he will graciously refrain from disparaging the long-avoided education and registration of over half this nation’s eligible voters….that Mitch refers to as: “THEM”.

    From the juvenile replies above…skipping the salient points of their debate opponents…I have concluded that #54/#53 and #49 are the same individual. (As if I cared).

  56. Plain Jane
    November 1, 2012 at 5:06 am

    #54 is nuts and functionally illiterate.

    The NYTimes editorial today blasted Mitt for his deceit and end with:

    “What Mr. Romney cannot admit is that all this is a direct result of the government investment he would have rejected. It’s bad enough to be wrong on the policy. It takes an especially dishonest candidate to simply turn up the volume on a lie and keep repeating it.

    ¶ By doing that in a flailing, last-minute grab for Ohio, Mr. Romney is providing a grim preview of what kind of president he would be.”

    AND
    Greg Palast reports:
    “UAW FILES CHARGES AGAINST ROMNEY ON HIS AUTO BAIL-OUT PROFITEERING
    At a press conference in Toledo, Bob King, President of the United Automobile Workers, will announce that his union and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have filed a formal complaint with the US Office of Government Ethics in Washington stating that Gov. Romney improperly hid a profit of $15.3 million to $115.0 million in Ann Romney’s so-called “blind” trust.”

    “In 2009, Ann Romney partnered with her husband’s key donor, billionaire Paul Singer, who secretly bought a controlling interest in Delphi Auto, the former GM auto parts division. Singer’s hedge fund, Elliott Management, threatened to cut off GM’s supply of steering columns unless GM and the government’s TARP auto bail-out fund provided Delphi with huge payments. While the US treasury complained this was “extortion,” the hedge funds received, ultimately, $12.9 billion in taxpayer subsidies.

    As a result, the shares Singer and Romney bought for just 67 cents are today worth over $30, a 4,000% gain. Singer’s hedge fund made a profit of $1.27 billion and the Romney’s tens of millions.

  57. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 8:40 am

    boooorringggggg!!!!!! The story is Obama’s screw-up in Lybia.

  58. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Anonymous :
    boooorringggggg!!!!!! The story is Obama’s screw-up in Lybia.

    The story isn’t just the screw-up but the cover-up. The cover-up by the Obama administration, the National Media and by Heraldo & Mitch.

  59. November 1, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Personally, I was shocked at the size of the bribes the administration was offering to tiny outlets like the Herald. I would have rejected it, but Heraldo’s been eyeing that new yacht built for the Jobs family, Aluminum Boredom. So coverage of Libya is dark at the Herald until after the election. Free market at work.

  60. Plain Jane
    November 1, 2012 at 9:27 am

    These trolls haven’t noticed but Romney is no longer playing the Libya card because it had no substance, as even Condi Rice has said, and these trolls are just reminders of Mitt’s ignorance and blunders. The only place it is getting any play is in the far right fringe so you know what these cretins rely on for their information.

    I’m going to read The Nation for their scoop on Romney’s vulture deals with the Vulture King Singer to extort a bailout for a firm they didn’t acquire majority ownership in until 2009, Delphi, which enriched Singer by billions and Romney by 10’s of millions.

    http://www.thenation.com/article/170644/mitt-romneys-bailout-bonanza

  61. November 1, 2012 at 9:34 am

    The above commentary serves as a good foundation for the “Syria debacle” coming to Humboldt Bay. We’ll see who is headhunting who then.

  62. Plain Jane
    November 1, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Just a little reminder of who exactly Paul Singer is:

    “Singer’s modus operandi is to find some forgotten tiny debt owed by a very poor nation (Peru and Congo were on his menu). He waits for the United States and European taxpayers to forgive the poor nations’ debts, then waits at bit longer for offers of food aid, medicine and investment loans. Then Singer pounces, legally grabbing at every resource and all the money going to the desperate country. Trade stops, funds freeze and an entire economy is effectively held hostage.

    Singer then demands aid-giving nations pay monstrous ransoms to let trade resume. At BBC TV’s Newsnight, we learned that Singer demanded $400 million dollars from the Congo for a debt he picked up for less than $10 million. If he doesn’t get his 4,000 percent profit, he can effectively starve the nation. I don’t mean that figuratively – I mean starve as in no food. In Congo-Brazzaville last year, one-fourth of all deaths of children under five were caused by malnutrition.”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/10/1024814/-Paul-Singer-Vulture-Capitalist-Hater-of-Humankind

  63. Plain Jane
    November 1, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Now why would someone like Singer, who would starve children to further enrich himself, want Mitt Romney as president so badly that he would personally spend millions to make it happen? Which of our resources do you think he expects Romney to sell him at fire sale prices as our country collapses under the nonsensical Romney “plan?”

  64. Jack Sherman
    November 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    As Romney pointed out in the debates, Obama’s retirement fund is full of money from former U.S. jobs moved to China..on the backs of child-labor. It’s their first line of defense against domestic threats to imperialist ideology…share the guilt to get everyone on the same dirty page.

    Thanks to a complicit media, it works, the topic ends there…right over the heads of viewers!

    “In for a penny, in for a pound”.

  65. Plain Jane
    November 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Just about everyone with any sort of pension fund they don’t manage themselves has investments you wouldn’t want to have on your conscience, but making a conscious choice to make such investments and doing so both here at home closing factories and in China and the third world investing in factories – personally and directly is what Romney did.

  66. Jack Sherman
    November 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Too bad Obama didn’t have a little earpiece connected to Plain Jane during the debate!

    Neither candidate, nor the media, will go there because, “Just about everyone with any sort of pension fund they don’t manage themselves has investments you wouldn’t want to have on your conscience”.

    The beauty of tyranny revealed once more: Remind the witnesses how they are beneficiaries of the crime, and few will report it to the authorities.

    Don’t tell the kids!!

    Another huge teachable moment lost to the few who tune-in.

  67. Just Watchin
    November 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Jack…..given PJ’s admitted heavy drug use, you should pay no attention to her ramblings. She really should seek help.

  68. Just Watchin America Fall
    November 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    That’s all you got? Insults?

  69. Just Watchin
    November 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Just Watchin America Fall :
    That’s all you got? Insults?

    Hiding behind a new name PJ???

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