Now that the conventions are over, the tickets are official, the platforms are assembled, the debates have begun, the candidates have spoken, the has-beens have spoken, the wannabes have spoken, the wives have spoken, the television pundits have spoken, — not much has been said. We’re still sure we don’t like either of these unwise men. And we’re still convinced our best choice is not between them (see None of the Above, August 13, 2012). But we have a bit more clarity of the why we don’t like either of these party-ites.
It’s because they are party-ites. They are the stereotypes of what we’ve come to imagine the parties are actually about.
Willard Mitt Romney is the ultimate rich man. Named for the family friend Willard Marriott of “The” Marriotts and the famous don’t-tell-me-you-didn’t-know-him relative Milton Romney who played quarterback for the Chicago Bears in the 1920’s, is undoubtedly a rich man. With or without tax returns this is a guy who bought entire companies like normal people buy entire kitchen knife sets. He owns multiple houses, is alternately referred to as a “consultant” and a “venture capitalist,” and went to Harvard. Even Republicans can’t identify with him because most Republicans aren’t rich. He may have come off winning the debate but mostly because he was debating a real loser.
Barrack Hussain Obama, II is the quintessential Democrat mostly because the Democrats told us so. He is African American born of a Kenyan father and a white lady from Kansas (ok, so part African American), he has one house other than the White House, his religion is simply Christian, and he began his law career as a civil rights lawyer. They don’t always mention that he received his undergraduate degree from Columbia and his law degree also from Harvard and if they do, then it’s in the context of isn’t it great that a black man can go to Ivy League Universities too. He has also worked as a consultant, and is a published author. In fact, he’s made about $6 million from his and his wife’s book sales and that one house they live in (other than the White House) is worth $1.65 million. His performance at the debate was more of one being forced to a book signing rather than one who understood what he wrote.
Neither of these puppies is what the politicos want you to think of them. The Republicans have got to stop nominating people who flaunt their millions of dollars in the public’s face. The Democrats have got to stop nominating people who have so many millions they can’t hide them all and often meet the Republican stereotype better than most of the Republicans.
Less than an hour after the conclusion of the debate, as close to what we have as “legitimate news outlets” were pointing out the misleading statements, almost-truths, half-truths, and “just plain not right” uttered between the banter and the mockery. Neither of these party-ites resembles Lincoln or Jackson. It’s a sad fact that probably some of those who call themselves Democrat or Republican can’t identify which is which nor which side either was on during the debate.
If they should figure out their true directions then we may consider what the major parties’ candidates have to say about some of the important issues going on in the country. Until then, we’ll stick with “none of the above” and find someone who will.
Now, that’s what we think. Really. How ‘bout you?