Matt Mahurin/ The Rolling Stone
A conservative Republican challenged me today on a number of issues. She was incensed by my suggestion that President Obama has done more for Israel than any other President in our times. “He’s a Muslim, he will destroy Israel when the time is right!”
On the immigration issue, she was completely unsympathetic to the plight of illegal immigrants and their children. “They’re a cancer on America.” I asked her how she would resolve the problem considering there are over 10 million illegal immigrants in this country: “Send them all back where they come from.” But the cost and logistics make that solution impossible. “It’s the only way we can save our country!”
When I pointed out to her that President Obama has deported more illegal aliens in 3.5 years than Bush did in 8, she asked me if I knew that President Obama had secretly opened the Mexican border in Arizona and “they’re” coming into this country like rats fleeing a fire!” How do you know that I inquired: “Rush Limbaugh or one of those other radio people who don’t have a liberal bias said so.”
My suggestion that the problem was complicated because Mexico is economically disadvantaged and it’s understandable that people living in poverty would seek a higher standard of living, was met with derision. “Of course everyone wants to live here, we’re the greatest country on Earth!” But Canadians are not trying to sneak into this country en masse? “That’s because they’re all socialists who want the government to take care of them. They have it good up there, they ain’t leaving for a country that expects them to work for a living.”
Later today I heard about an angry Romney aid who blew up that the press corps traveling with the candidate. Romney was taking in the sites today in Poland. The presumptive Republican nominee’s overseas trip has so far been most noteworthy for the numerous public gaffes that have exposed the former governor to be a rank amateur when it comes to diplomatic “speak.” Reporters traveling with the Romney campaign have not surprisingly, had little access in recent days to the latest Republican hot-shot suffering from hoof-in-mouth disease. So, what do frustrated reporters do when they are denied access to an important person who is afraid of them? They are left with no choice but to shout questions at him from afar.
Rick Gorka, an aid to Romney was having none of it. He angrily shouted to the press-corps to: “Kiss my ass. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”
“Kiss my ass?” Holy site huh? What a class act. So does Romney’s staff reflects the kind of culture that the candidate believes “makes all the difference?”
Who would vote for such a man as Mitt Romney? Idiots who think President Obama has secretly opened the borders to let Mexicans in. People angry and dumb enough to believe overpaid professional populist demagogues. Flag waving patriots who want to limit voting privileges in this country to people who will vote the right way. People who would make their social and religious convictions the law of the land. People who in 2012 still believe God wants women to be subservient to their husbands and certainly not have any say about what does and does not happen to their own bodies. People who at best, think LGBT people are perverts and sinners who have no legal rights; at worst, think LGBT people should be exiled to internment camps where they will die off and never be seen or heard from again.
Republican politics in all its glory: Rich people, manipulating stupid bigoted people into giving them the power they need to make more money. Isn’t American democracy grand?