(By American Zen's Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari Goldstein.)
I'm only 98 or 99 per cent certain that Mitt Romney's of earthly origin.
During this election cycle, I've thought that, if a conspiracy theorist
were to put enough work and research into it, s/he could get an
unlimited number of people to also believe that Mitt Romney is simply
Obviously, he is. If you look at pictures of a younger George Romney,
the similarity between him and his son Willard at comparable ages is
striking. Mitt is George's son, no doubt about it. No alien in the
woodshed in Casa del Romney.
But there's something
about Willard Romney that isn't all... quite there. He's the kind of
sociopath that makes me wish I'd gone to college and gotten a PhD in
Clinical Psychology because if I had, I could easily see myself devoting
my entire career to just studying the fascinating, dark metronome that
is Mitt Romney's clockworks.
One hears the stories and
listens to Romney himself during inevitably disastrous unscripted
remarks on the campaign trail and one is struck by how inept he is when
dealing with other sentient carbon-based life forms. Because one gets
the impression that that's exactly how Romney sees his allegedly
fellow humans: As carbon-based life forms who fall into one of two
categories: Those who will help him achieve his ravenous ambitions and
those who are obstacles that need to be, and eventually are, dealt with.
Romney is like David Bowie's character in The Man Who Fell to Earth
minus the humanity and addiction to alcohol evident in Bowie's
character, Thomas Newton. It's as if Romney has actually come from the
Kolob star system in which his cult believes God resides. He came to
earth, started a corporation, grew very wealthy, met a middle-class girl
and all for what? The movie tells us that Newton was trying to bring
water back to his dessicated planet. What Romney wants to bring back to
Kolob (American manufacturing jobs, non-711 cookies, Sheetz subs, cheesy
grits?) is anyone's guess.
But what blogs and
especially the mainstream media fail to do is to keep a running tally of
the almost inexhaustible supply of sociopathic or psychopathic
indications of the humanity-challenged Mitt Romney. Each revelation or
disclosure is treated as separate, isolated incidents, which then dooms
it to the memory hole. But if we were to assemble under one title all
the examples of Willard Romney's sociopathic disconnects from normal
human beings, we are then able to see more than a dot here and there and
can begin connecting those dots to complete a picture that virtually
anyone not blinded by a paranoid, racist hatred for Obama can see.
Adventures in Dogsitting
was the Seamus incident. Yes, I'm bringing that up again. So does Gail
Collins in every other article in her byline and God bless her for that.
It takes something on a par with a human monster to subject a dog, a
family pet, to such terror for 12 straight hours to the point where it
shit all over the family station wagon. Romney used the resurrected
incident to take a swipe at PETA by saying, "PETA doesn't like the fact
that my dog likes fresh air."
The problem was, Seamus was no longer his dog because he ran away as soon as they got to Canada. We're talking about an animal that's
renowned for its loyalty to its human pack members. Seamus, contrary to
official family history, actually ran away because the poor pooch knew
he'd be better off taking his chances in the wild and eventually getting
rescued (we can hope) by someone who wouldn't synonymize him with inanimate luggage.
Bishop to Pawn
Now, let's review what Bishop Romney did right after coming back from his infamous 1983 Canadian vacation, sans
Seamus. A woman, Carrel Hilton Sheldon, had been advised by her Mormon
doctor that if she didn't have an abortion, her life would be in serious
jeopardy. Enter Bishop Romney who told her to keep the child and that,
"as your bishop, my concern is with the child." Even worse, when Sheldon
told him she was advised to have the procedure at the behest of her
physician, the stake president, Romney flat-out accused her of being a
liar and threatened to track him down to prove her lie. Sheldon's
father, when confronted by Romney over the matter, was so offended by
the young bishop that he threw him out of his home. Decades later, he'd
reminisce, "I have never been so upset about anything in my life.
[Romney] is an authoritative type fellow who thinks he is in charge of
When confronted with this damning testimony about past sociopathy, Romney's non-reaction
was identical to the Lauber hair-cutting incident, which is to say he
was suffering from what the president would call "Romnesia": He didn't
remember. Once again, it's entirely possible that Romney doesn't remember
brow-beating this woman, who would eventually leave the Mormon cult,
because it was just one of several incidents betraying complete
indifference to the suffering of the vulnerable. It's famously difficult
to turn devout Mormons and other cultists into apostates but Romney's
personality is so abrasive when his authority is threatened or challenged that he drives people out of the cult.
if torturing poor dogs wasn't enough, Romney's sociopathy was obviously
well-established by the time he was a pampered adolescent in Cranbrook
Academy. It had come out only last spring after over four decades that Romney had viciously attacked
a fellow student with a sharp object, this time a pair of scissors.
John Lauber, a closeted gay student at Cranbrook, had come back after
spring break with dyed hair that draped over one eye and that filled
Mitt Romney with rare emotion. He flew into a rage at the thought of
anyone wearing their hair differently than him and, with a small posse,
tracked down Lauber and cut off his hair.
telling was Romney's non-recollection of the incident when confronted
with it. His refusal to remember the incident shows, at best, that he's a
fucking liar who knew he'd done wrong. At worst (and I think this is
actually the case), it's likelier that Romney really doesn't
remember assaulting Lauber with a pointed object in a fit of rage that
was serious enough to leave emotional scars on Lauber for life and fill
his little posse with remorse. Perhaps it was lost in a welter of
memories of similar incidents at Cranbrook and Harvard that haven't come to light. Romney waving off the incident as a nonstarter was disturbingly similar to George Bush's non-reaction after Doonesbury cartoonist Gary Trudeau reminded us of Bush similarly torturing another Jewish classmate by branding him with a red-hot coat hanger.
there was Romney using yet another disaster for political fodder and
his reaction to a Louisiana woman who'd just lost her home after a
flood, telling her to "go home and call 211." To cite another parallel with George W. Bush, it, too, was eerily similar to two crying women in Biloxi
that Bush had draped under either arm five days after Katrina made
landfall, and they cried to him they needed clothes for their sister and
her children. Bush, instead, tried to divert them to food and water
tables that were then, according to a German film crew, immediately
broken down the minute Bush was out of camera range. Both seemingly deaf
non-reactions to all three women were part and parcel to the
thinly-veiled Republican mantra of, "Unless you're a member of the 1%,
don't look to the government to bail you out, you worthless moochers."
I'm an Unemployed Moocher Just Like You!
the mercifully rare occasions that Romney attempts to feign empathy
with the common man, it comes off looking awkward and pathetically
comical, like a poodle trying to walk on its hind legs. Romney had such a
moment in Tampa last June, when he told a group of unemployed Floridians, “I should tell my story. I’m also unemployed.”
kind of false equivalence is also part and parcel to the Romney mind.
There's an enormous difference between being unemployed through no fault
of your own and struggling to meet even your basic bills and retiring
from a vulture capital firm with a quarter of a billion dollars
offshored in tax havens. This theme of "We all have it rough" was echoed
earlier this year by Mitt's equally sociopathic wife, Ann, who whined
about how when she and Mitt were just married, they were "living on the edge"
by having to sell the occasional stock option despite the fact that as a
teenager in Paris, he still lived better than most middle class people
ever do, with servants waiting on him in a palace. But try telling that
to the Romneys.
If You Vote For Obama, You're a Lazy Moocher
Thanks to Mother Jones'
David Corn, by now we all know that last May at a $50,000 a plate
fundraiser at the palatial mansion of another crook named Marc Leder, Mitt Romney said this:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no
matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are
dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who
believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who
believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to
It wasn't enough for Romney to blithely
write off nearly half the nation (most of whom being unable to pay
income taxes because they're too poor thanks largely to Republican
initiatives). Romney, thinking he was speaking off the record, felt free
to say what he really thinks of not just the 47% but to express his
viciously capitalist worldview. It's one in which basic necessities for
the survival of any living creature are considered entitlements,
including health care, food and shelter. To sociopaths such as Romney,
if you're not a fellow sociopath willing to fuck over innocent people to
get ahead then you don't deserve to keep body and soul together.
confronted with this the day after Corn's nuclear bomb of an article
came out, Romney didn't make much of an effort to walk back his
statements and never came close to repudiating them before the campaign,
and his sociopath wife, announced that Mitt was for 100% of America. Sure he is: 1% at a time.
Silly Poors, Entitlements Are For the Rich
Palast revealed how the auto bailout that Mitt Romney was so against
when he said, "Let Detroit fail" netted him and Queen Ann at least $4.5
million and perhaps a good deal more than that. And this wasn't the
first time Romney and Bain benefited from a bailout. Most people may
forget that Romney himself had negotiated a $10 million bailout
courtesy of Congress and the first Bush administration back in 1990. It
ought to be added that this bailout was made necessary because of
Romney's incompetent attempt to restructure Bain Capital. So, according
to Romney and others of his ilk, corporate welfare at the expense of the
taxpayer is perfectly fine as long as those same taxpayers don't expect
Social Security and Medicare after working their asses off for decades.
Oh, and food and housing? Those are luxuries and privileges, as well.
You Can't Have a Family. You're teh Gay!
he was still the Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt essentially hid under
his desk and used any and every dodge at his disposal to avoid meeting
the two LGBT activists who'd spearheaded the landmark Goodridge Vs the Board of Health ruling that introduced gay marriage to Massachusetts and America. Once they embarrassed Romney into opening his door,
they met with him for 20 minutes and, according to those who were
there, Romney sat there "stone-faced" and finally ended the perfunctory
meeting with a dismissive, "Is there anything else?" When they were
leaving his office, Julie Goodridge asked Romney, "(W)hat would you
suggest I say to my 8 year-old daughter about why her
mommy and her ma can’t get married because you, the governor of her
state, are going to block our marriage?" His reaction was, "I don’t
really care what you tell your adopted daughter. Why don’t you
just tell her the same thing you’ve been telling her the last eight
years." He also expressed surprise that gay couples had families,
completely oblivious to the fact that Goodridge Vs the Board of Health
was largely about married same sex couples being able to adopt. Later,
while addressing business leaders, he'd stated that if they could come
up with some data proving that same sex marriage could increase their
profits, he'd endorse it, which he'd conveniently do on the campaign
trail a few years later.
could go on and on about the complete black hole that understudies for
Mitt Romney's alleged soul but I trust you get the idea. At this point,
anyone who votes for Romney would have to be, A) a fellow 1% sociopath
whose fortunes under Obama have boomed but still not nearly enough or B)
a racist who just can't reconcile oneself to the fact that a black man
is running the nation and that the Caucasian model of governance is
giving way to an already long-established multiculturalism that's been a
defining characteristic of America since the 18th century.
it's been made abundantly clear time and again that between A and B,
the only people Mitt cares about is A, fellow Wall Street types who
"earned" their palatial shelters, their Cadillac health care plans and
their 5 star food by firing honest, hard-working Americans and sending
their jobs to China to bloat their profit margins and virtually
imploding the global financial infrastructure in their Gordon
Gecko-on-steroids pursuit of more money.
The primary difference between Mitt Romney and Thomas Newton is that Newton is concerned for everyone on his home planet. His pursuit of money is a means to a noble end, to save his people. Romney cares only about a small coterie
made of fellow Mormons, relatives and vulture capitalists. Romney simply
wouldn't be able to relate to someone such as a waitress who didn't have the sociopathic enterprise to become a "success"
in her own right by also fucking over her fellow man. Thomas Newton's
story may have ended in dissolution and drink but that's because Newton
had a sincere interest in interacting with humans and finding out for
himself what humanity was all about. I don't see Mitt Romney trying that
experiment any time soon.
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