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.