The Bottom Line

romney on roofBitterly disappointed that their big ideas were solidly rejected by American citizens, Romney/Ryan, vapid and insipid Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates, are now trying to digest a heaping-helping of crow covered with sour grapes.

They are whining. Crying. Flinging accusations against all those people who, according to them, were allowed to vote.

They want to know, “Who invited them to the party?”

The Constitution?

For them, that’s not the correct answer. The Democrats didn’t win by voting, they won by stealing. They won because the Dems were racists. Their proof? Some “urban” precincts went 100% for the President. They won because the President’s supporters are takers; who were paid-off – in advance!

That R/R were blind sided by their defeat, only confirms that which the American electorate suspicioned after they were nominated: here are two of the most unaware, unprepared and unqualified politicians to ever be brought before the nation as candidates for the highest offices in the land.

And, the Republicans really did try to find somebody else – anyone else! It’s almost unbelievable that R/R were the only ones left standing after Michelle Bachman, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Perry, Buddy Roemer, Rick Santorum and Donald Trump stumbled, bumbled and crumbled.

Are they really the best you got, guys?

Mitt has been trying to understand and verbalize reasons for his loss. To hear Mitt trying to distance himself from himself is actually his stock-in-trade. This character trait, finely honed through years of being on all sides of important issues, leaves him unable to distinguish fact from fiction. Honesty from dishonesty. Vanity polling from math-based polling. Turning-out-the-vote efforts as opposed to suppressing the vote. Mitt can’t understand the difference between “free stuff for the 47%” and “tax breaks for job creators.” (I wonder how he accounts for the fact that eight out of the ten most wealthy counties in America went for Obama/Biden?)

Ryan, who loves to say that he brought forward big ideas, can’t understand that saying something is a big idea doesn’t make it so. His big ideas were a wonkish scam. While he was re-elected as congressman, his own congressional district and hometown went for the President. The hometown folks obviously know that Ryan might be cute but is totally unprepared to be Vice-President.

What has also become clear is the mind-set of Bain CEO Romney. Everything is dollar and cents. Obama didn’t win because of his ability to inspire and connect with Americans. The President paid everyone off. The voting public doesn’t vote on principle or for achievements, but rather can be convinced by misleading advertising and free stuff. CEO Romney, Karl Rove, et al, just needed another billion or so dollars to invest in order to outbid the President.

carl matthesSo, it’s not the big ideas that counted. It was the simple ideas: everyone is equal, each person has one vote, America supplies the level playing field and invites everyone to participate. And that’s the way it is.

The bottom line, Mitt and Paul? You lost.

Carl Matthes

Posted: Friday, 16 November 2012

Published by the LA Progressive on November 16, 2012
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About Carl Matthes

Carl Matthes is a native of Los Angeles and has lived in Eagle Rock for 45 years. He is the current president of UGLA, Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance, a grassroots organization in Northeast Los Angeles which provides a support system for gay men and lesbians and education for individuals and the community-at-large on the true nature of homosexuality. He is a former columnist and a current advisor to the Lesbian News, the oldest lesbian publication in America, which is owned and published by his sister, Ella. He was editor of the GLAAD/LA (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) newsletter, a former GLAAD National Board member and served as a GLAAD/LA representative on the LGBT/LAPD Advisory Board. Carl has also been a Board member of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

In July, 2008, Carl was legally married to Carl Johnson, his partner of 45 years, by Los Angels City Councilmember Jose Huizar. It was a unique gay/lesbian double ceremony as Carl's sister Ella and her partner Gladi were also married by Jose.

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