The McCain/Palin campaign was beaten, in part, by President Obama’s embrace of the internet and modern social media.
This year, the Romney/Ryan campaign is trying to use that same media to reach out to special interest groups in an effort to take away President Obama’s advantage among voters.
To do this, the Romney/Ryan campaign is combining mass media advertising with Koch brothers-style astroturf outreach to individual interest groups. An interesting example is an email sent by Romney economic advisor Michael C. Master, on August 15, 2012.
Master’s email said: “Jews are the driving force behind the entire liberal movement in the world. low birth rate. feminists. socialism. communism. race wars. class wars. secularism. atheism….[¶] if you vote for Democrats, then you vote for control of the USA by the Jewish tribe.... and they do not have a good track record of success when they have control. look at the mess in the USA today. Jews caused this and they control Obama.”
Before becoming a Romney economic advisor, Master was a Cheney/Bush administration crony who rode the Grifter Gravytrain to tens of millions of dollars in government contracts by submitting contract bids for a company he owns in McClean, Virginia. He fraudulently listed the company as being owned by his wife, thereby qualifying it as woman owned, and then rented a mail drop office in Washington D.C. to fabricate the pretense that the company existed in an economic development zone. A fuller picture of Master’s venality can be read here.
An administration headed by Bain Capital’s chief vulture capitalist would re-open the government station to the Grifter Gravytrain, once again making life profitable for the no-bid crony crowd.
Tip O’Neil said that all politics is local. The beneficent aspect of this philosophy is that politicians will do everything they can to ‘bring home the bacon’ to their districts, so local voters will return them to office. An example of this is Paul Ryan getting every “earmark” he could for corporate porkbarrel projects in his district, and then grasping for as much of President Obama’s stimulus money, even as he campaigned and voted against the stimulus bill.
A less beneficent aspect of “all politics is local” is some politicians’ use of local and sectorial animosities to profit from division and conflict. Sectarian strife around the world benefits politicians who traffic in profitable war investments while haranguing their voters to hate people who are different. American hero Paul Revere lived in Boston because his protestant forebearers had been driven from France to escape murderous purges by a Catholic government.
Two centuries later, the world watched as tens of thousands of Irish citizens died while “reverend” Ian Paisley and his cronies became billionaires, investing in war profits while preaching for warfare against people (mostly women and children) whose “crime” was being born Catholic. Jerry Falwell made his first millions by preaching racial hatred and running for-profit segregation academies. And wealthy mullahs around the world are now following the for-profit “christian” example by trading in arms and whipping their devotees into hate wars against members of the “wrong sects” of their own religion.
Most recently, vulture capitalist Willard M. Romney traveled to Israel to announce that he supported Bebe Netanyahu’s plan for a profitable war against Iran. Despite the U.S. government and other inspectors disclosing that there is no current evidence that Iran is pursuing development of nuclear weapons, the Romney/Ryan campaign has committed itself to a plan of aggressive, and profitable (for some), war against Iran.
There is no telling how many tens of billions Bain Capital, Romney and Ryan could each reap from such a war. Or how many children of working class families, from the U.S. as well as from Israel, will die in uniform to maximize the war’s profits.
A new aspect of the “all politics is local” meme in the Internet Age is micro-targeting of interest groups. Romney’s European phallousy tour provides an interesting example of this. Romney said that the difference between the success of Israelis living in developed cities and Palestinians living in concentration camp, ghetto squalor was a matter of “culture.”
The “liberal media” gave Romney a complete pass on this comment. But look at it locally to understand Romney’s real meaning. What if Romney had gone onto the national stage and said that the difference between the white suburbs surrounding Detroit and the ghetto entrapping black citizens in Detroit was a matter of the “culture” of the black population?
This is, of course, what Romney really was talking about. What he wanted to convey to the most racially driven segment of his Tea Party Republican base was that he agrees with them that the black population is simply inferior and less civilized.
His view was most clearly expressed by Mormon profit (now Mormon god) Brigham Young. God-Young said: "You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind…and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin…and then another curse is pronounced upon the same race—that they should be the ‘servant of servants’.” Following Young’s teaching, Utah legalized slavery in 1852.
And God-Young’s racial ‘philosophy’ continues in the modern age. In 1954, the church position was that, "If that Negro is faithful all his days, he can and will enter the celestial kingdom. He will go there as a servant, but he will get a celestial resurrection." To Romney, a slave who remains docile and obedient in this life can enjoy the benefits of continued slavery in the afterlife.
And now Romney is using astroturf micro-bloggers like Michael C. Master to revive Mormon teaching about “the blacks” in the same way that he is appealing to the anti-semite vote with hate speech about Jews. On August 9, 2012, Romney advisor Michael C. Master wrote, “the birth rate for Caucasians is less than a child per woman (2 children are required just to replace each man and woman as they age and die) while the birth rates for Hispanics, Indians, Africans, and Muslims are 3 and 5 times more, at that pace, what will the world look like in 50 years?”
On August 6 he wrote, “liberals need to be on guard. especially Jews and gays. those of you who think that a low birth rate for Christians is OK are really stupid when Muslims are having 5+ children per woman.”
In the 50s, to justify extravagantly profitable “defense” contracts, we were told to fear the “Yellow Peril” of Mao’s Chinese hordes flooding over the Pacific to invade and overwhelm us. Now that China is the prosperous beneficiary of so much of Romney’s outsourcing work at Bain Capital, we need a new enemy to fear. The sexually uncontrolled, animalistic, intellectually stunted, “culturally” inferior Latino, Black and Moslem populations are the chosen enemy, and the Republican’s Tea Party faithful are the target of the fear mongering. And, of course, everybody still loves to hate the Jews.
These are real, daily emails from the Romney/Ryan campaign. While the “liberal media” focuses on the regular, intentional lies that Romney and Ryan spew, there is an insidious, flagrantly racist, anti-semitic campaign being waged in emails to every potential hate voter in the U.S.
Posted: Tuesday, 21 August 2012