The Big Picture
by Glynn Wilson
The temperature dipped down into the 60s last night in Birmingham, the first time since May, it seems, giving us a breath of hope that the global warming summer of 2012 might be starting to wind down. It was still 73 on the porch at mid-morning, allowing us a rare outdoor break from The Bunker this time of year.
Alas, the wunderground weather forecast calls for a high of 91 on Sunday, so we still have another month to go for the hottest year on record since we have been keeping records on such things. But at least we can see the cooler light at the end of the long, hot tunnel.
The presidential race, which has been pretty ho hum over the past few months, also heated up this week with Massachusetts Mormon Mitt Romney’s secret pick of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. For the past two days, that dominated the news on Twitter, temporarily outpacing Tweets on the Olympics for at least a few minutes.
While Republican operatives such as Karl Rove tweeted their little fingers off about how great a pick Ryan is, President Obama and his followers are laughing all the way back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
By choosing such a far right member of Congress, who has proposed getting rid of Medicare and Social Security in budgets that have no hope of passing in the U.S. Senate, the Republicans are making a calculated decision that Romney is not going to pick up independent voters in November so they may as well try to fire up the conservative base to turn out at the polls. He’s not going to get women, blacks or Hispanics either. Clearly Romney can’t do this all by himself. He is about as boring as watching the temperature rise on a digital thermometer.
Stories are already circulating that the Democrats can’t wait to run against Ryan and his radical budget, and that the choice of Ryan may actually help the Democrats pick up more seats in the House and Senate come November.
It is really unclear how the choice helps Romney much, although it certainly helps present a clear choice for voters. This election will now come down to the age old question: Do Americans want a strong federal government that intervenes in the economy to solve problems? Or would you rather have a government dominated by do-nothing corporate insiders who believe we should privatize everything and say to hell with the young, the old, the poor and the sick?
It sort of reminds me of a Biblical question. Do you believe in an Old Testament god of an eye for an eye? Or a New Testament Jesus who teaches that we should help one another?
It’s pretty clear now where Romney, Ryan and characters like Judge Roy Moore of Alabama come down on such a question. Now rednecks everywhere must ask themselves: Do we want to support a party that believes in the destruction of unions and the working class just because we agree with them for their racism, sexism and intervention of the church over the state? Or will we wise up and support a president who promotes more populist policies that favor the working classes and poor people instead of the super rich?
That, by dog, is a clear choice. There is little doubt where many of the rednecks from my home state of Alabama will come down on these questions. Most of them will never even find out this is the question, because it won’t be presented that way by any of the media outlets they glance at in passing.
The real question in this election will come down to voter turnout and voter fraud, and not the kind being pushed by the Republicans to try to suppress votes from traditionally Democratic constituent groups. There’s little evidence for that kind of voter fraud.
But if Obama does not win the key swing states by more than five percent, another kind of voter fraud may come into play, election theft. The Republicans will try to steal this election. If it is close enough, the race could end up in court again like it did in Florida in 2000.
But we are still betting that Obama will win this one in a landslide in the electoral college. He’s still the odds on favorite with PaddyPower at 2 to 5. It is my expert opinion that the choice of Ryan just increases the odds that Obama wins in November.
After all, the spring predictions of a summer economic collapse in Europe have not come to pass, and in fact, new economic indicators show the U.S. economy gaining steam.
I do not believe a majority of mainstream Americans will choose this radical right-wing Republican ticket to run the country back into the same ditch we were all put in by eight long, horrible years with George W. Bush in the White House and his unqualified cronies running every federal agency according to big business whims.
We need to give President Obama one more term to make things better, and we need to give him significant majorities in both houses of Congress so he can get better policies passed. Ryan and his cronies in the tea party Congress of 2010-2012 did nothing but block progress on every front to try to fool the American people into thinking that Obama was a failed president. Surely you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.
Don’t be fooled again. Get your asses to the polls and vote for Obama in November. You will be glad you did.
If you don’t, and Romney-Paul take over the executive brach of government, trust me when I say you will be fucking sorry.
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