Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ~ Isaac Asimov
No, government is not meant to be run like a business, but I try to stay away from that cliche as much as possible. Instead, I’d like to spend a few moments of my free time today on Mitt Romney’s pandering to yet another interest group - the ones who can’t think their way out of a paper bag.
Yesterday, he recounted a conversation, as politicians are wont to do (actual conversation or not) he supposedly had with with a restaurant business owner who had some thoughts on government that he wanted to try out on Willard.
Mitt, being one as ever to listen to the Common Man, not only listened, but tried them out on a cheering audience.
“I was speaking with one of these business owners who owns a couple of restaurants in town, And he said ‘You know I’d like to change the Constitution, I’m not sure I can do it,’ he said. ‘I’d like to have a provision in the Constitution that in addition to the age of the president and the citizenship of the president and the birthplace of the president being set by the Constitution, I’d like it also to say that the president has to spend at least three years working in business before he could become president of the United States.’”
So subtle, so smooth, to throw in the part about the “birthplace” of the president; Donald Trump’s hair must have glowed an extra shade of orange upon hearing the news.
Going on, Romney said, “You see then he or she would understand that the policies they’re putting in place have to encourage small business, make it easier for business to grow.”
The audience, political science majors to-a-one, cheered him on.
Does anyone remember the time, not so long ago, when folks were making noises that only folks with military experience should be allowed to run for president, some even going so far as to suggest a Constitutional amendment? Probably some of those in the room (and around the nation) cheering Romney for his current bit of wisdom were probably stanch backers of this.
What has been missing from all of the debate lately is just how many “business people” in the Mitt Romney mold have held the office of president. It would be considered rude, I suppose, to ask Romney to his face. You’d just get the Romney giggle.
It might be fun, though, to ask Romney - or any of his surrogates who appear for him on television - that question.
So Donald Trump could run for president.
John McCain - not so much.
By now, of course, people will have compiled lots of lists, and the Romney campaign will be sliding in and around the lists like a snake slathered in baby oil, unwilling to face the idiocy of what he has suggested. They will double down, knowing that they can appeal to those who don’t think too deeply about these issues.
But lets follow Romney down the maze his mouth has created for us.
Three years of business experience? And just what sort of experience? The Romney camp should be relieved to know that the current president spent 12 years working for a private law firm, as well as spending two summers when he was a law student working for corporate firms.
Somehow, though, I don’t think that would count.
First off, of course, it’s Barack Obama; Romney and Donald Trump would have to decide what sort of “experience” counted as business experience. Punching a time clock, making minimum wage, or even the “living wage” - sounds good to me.
Working for idiot bosses in love with the sound of their own voices? That’s business experience.
Somehow I get the feeling that Willard means three years as a boss, one of the guys at the top, who gets to fire people.
Lots and lots of people.
After all, you’ll need to fire all those parasites, all those government workers who do nothing, like teachers, fire fighters, police officers, librarians - it’s firing, not hiring, that proves one’s mettle on Romney/Trump World.
This is the same philosophy from that those who felt that anyone running for president needing military experience should have been officers.
I do love it, though, when Romney speaks reverently about “small business,” something he wouldn't recognize if it bit him on the nose.
We used to tell our children that in this country, anyone could grow up to be president. Romney and Company, who would turn the government into a vast venture capital business, are making that more of a lie all the time.
Of course, they are also making it harder to vote, so I guess it all balances out in the end.
Washington County Democratic Party: Time for some soul searching? Or at least actual vetting of candidates?
Republican party Quorum Court member Butch Pond is one of the most reactionary members of the Court we have seen in a long time. Finally, it looked like - in the shape of Jim House - the Democratic Party had someone to finally challenge him.
Yesterday, House withdrew from the race, saying that not only is he “fine” with Bitch Pond, but that he hopes the Democratic Party won’t put up a replacement in his place to run against Pond this November.
House, who had served in the state legislature, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary this month.
Were potential candidates dissuaded from entering the primary because of House’s service in the state legislature?
House told the Northwest Arkansas Times that it was never his intention to run against Pond. In fact, he was kind enough to not only to help Pond in his own contested primary, but to tell him that he would not run against him.
Too bad he did not tell the Democratic Party, or the good people of his district.
It is unfortunate that KOFC is no longer on the air, or that folks can not access the transcripts of the early morning call-in programs. If they were able to hear the comments of Butch Pond, or read his words, they (especially Democrats) would wonder about Jim House, and the ugly game he has just played on people in his district.
Quote of the Day
A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat. - journalist Katherine Whitehorn