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They Can't Help Themselves

They Can’t Help Themselves

By Dennis Loo (11/15/12)

First of all, this article’s not about the Petraeus Affair.

Romney’s in the news again, showing up like a bad penny, or in his case, a bad quarter of a billion dollars, telling his big money supporters that he lost the election because Obama gave a lot of big “gifts” to those infamous “takers”: “especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people.”

His running mate Paul Ryan says that Obama won because he got the “urban” vote – you know, those same takers (we need not say their names!) – even though the Democrats, including Obama, also won in overwhelmingly white and rural areas.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is appalled and repeats his call for the Republican Party to stop dividing the electorate. He so dearly wants to save the Republican Party from itself. The party without a soul is searching desperately for a soul.

Despite Jindal’s best efforts at conciliation towards Romney’s entitled “47%,” here comes Fox News piling on (as it tends to do) saying that Romney got more votes from married women but lost out among single women.

Why? Because married women “care about the future” and are more “responsible.” As for single women? Who knows? Fox doesn’t say, but perhaps it’s “sex, drugs and rock and roll.”

I’m sorry Gov. Jindal: your fellow Republicans can’t help themselves. Scapegoating the oppressed is in their blood. They can’t be Republicans without pointing the finger of blame. What, after all, would happen to Rush Limbaugh if he stopped scapegoating people? He’d wither into nothingness like the Wicked Witch of the West and all that would be left is an oversized suit and a pile of painkiller pill bottles.

Meanwhile, Obama is warning people in his base that he’s going to disappoint them with “bitter pills” in the budget negotiations over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

The excuse is already prepared. It’s been used before, a tried and true talisman: it’s those damn Republicans. “They made me do it.” You know, like the classic batterer’s excuse.

For the Republicans, it’s those entitled huddled masses that are at fault.

For Obama, it’s those Republicans who are to blame. He wanted to do otherwise, but they just won’t let him.

All of which raises a question: if they can’t help themselves, can we help ourselves?


0 # Bigbobboi 2012-11-16 03:10
It's rather silly to think that it would really matter as to whether or not Obama got elected or Romney. There is a two party system which both are being run for the same thing, big business.

Money is the fuel that keeps people believing that they are living in a free society where they believe they can make a difference. Do you actually believe that your vote for the president will have any barring as to whether or not who gets elected? The sad reality is that no one can make the differences that the major corporations can and has done.

As Chris Rock stated in one of his comedy acts, "there is a difference between being rich and being wealthy." Lil Wayne may be rich, but a Rothschild is wealthy.

The difference between being rich and being wealthy is huge and leaves a gap that no one that is not wealthy can ever full fill, and boy do I ever mean a major gap.
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0 # Bigbobboi 2012-11-16 03:11
With the right amount of money you can buy anything. You give enough money to a struggling person in dept and they will kill whomever you want put down. You give a nation with the hopes and dreams to pull their country out of the struggle and to be on their own only to realize they are left with an impossible bill they can never recover from only to, in the end, become a slave to the people which they wanted to be equal to.

People need to stop separating one another and labeling each other into "this" and "that." I am not a believer in Jesus Christ but the one thing that I can firmly take from him, if he was real at all, is his one and ultimate teaching, "love."

It may sound cliche as in the Beatle's song "All You Need is Love," but in reality that is all we need. To love one another without all the hate and indifference for one another because of silly differences in religion, race, creed, nationality, etc... will ultimately seem stupid in the end.
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0 # Bigbobboi 2012-11-16 03:15
Why do we need to constantly separate from one another? I know the person next to me is an individual, but do I and everyone else need to know that you are an unique snowflake? Why do I need to be constantly reminded that a person has a multi million dollar book, or a Porsche, or the latest fashion wear to throw in my face to let me know that my job as a service worker is not as rewarding as their job as an investor? Why do people need to degrade one another based on what they have? Is it really in our nature to shove what he have to others to show our worth in society? I would like to believe that we as a human whole that we are well above that meaningless behavior. But, unfortunately we have these so called "Christians" wearing Rolex watches and driving Range Rovers seems rather asinine to what their entire religion is and preaching.
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0 # Dennis Loo 2012-11-16 18:17
Hi BB:

You raise a lot of good points. The respect and love for each other that you speak of is something that does exist and must exist for us to continue as a species, but it's held down and strangled of its fullest possible expression by the workings of a system that depends for its existence on the fiction that everyone is an island unto themselves and that no one owes any obligations to anyone else. This is what the capitalist class wants everyone to believe so that those with wealth aren't seen as anti-social when they act in the cavalier (to put it mildly) manner they do or act criminally towards others and the environment.
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