RomneyHood & Obamaloney

RomneyHood & Obamaloney August 8, 2012

So Obama coins the term Romney-Hood and Romney retaliates with Obamaloney.

Geeish. And these men want to run our country?

They both are raising and spending campaign funds as if Jesus will show up by suppertime. Romney’s campaign reported a July haul of more than $101 million, compared to the $75 million that Obama’s campaign raised.

That’s just for one month of fundraising.

If this presidency gig doesn’t work out, I bet they both could likely find a job with David Cerullo’s Inspiration Network.  Presidential candidates and prosperity preachers alike excel at bilking the masses while shelling out pithy-promises.

And as if any of us needed more proof that the dumbing down of the leaders of this country has reached epic proportions, there’s Rep. Steve King of Iowa clarifying what little he knows about animal rights, sexual predators, and the laws of the land he’s taken an oath to uphold.

Somebody pass me the aspirin and Alka-Seltzer, please.

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  • T11publius

    My mantra as an educator is to reiterate the truth no matter how many times it takes; thus, I will appropriately repeat yesterday’s comment. Though now that I am not also IM-ing with a manic student, I will correct a couple of grammatical errors.
    The sad thing about this video is that it actually is exactly the level of political discourse that exists in the United States based upon what I see posted on facebook and most sound bites on TV. Such superficial, irrational and juvenile levels of discourse are the true abominations to our country which is a fault equally shared by all Americans and has no specific causal connection to a particular Obama (had to get that pun in, sorry). The genius of America as summed up by Alexander Hamilton was that it was the first known effort in human history to organize a communal system based upon rational and scientific pre-thinking rather than by accident or force. We have within the past century, at least, abandoned rational, scientific thought and deliberation for juvenile and irrational name calling, pictorial and superficial flair, and mindless sloganeering. Is it any wonder, then, that such immaturity in thinking has produced irresponsible borrowing, ill-advised foreign intervention, and unethical and criminal business dealings? Sounds just like what a six-year-old kid would do; I guess we better elect him! Oops, Constitution requires the kid as to be 35 or older. Well, there are plenty of those in America. Looks like Rep. King want to be first in line!

  • AFRoger

    Ask Americans what they most dislike about political campaigns, and I suspect many would say “the rhetoric”. Unfortunately, broadcasters have generally misused that word to describe what would more correctly be called invective and hyperbole laced with red herrings. There’s a generic term to describe the whole process that T11publius again presents: advertising. At one time, perhaps, a standard of decency may have dictated the need to be essentially truthful. After all, when you weren’t truthful, you opened yourself to being publicly discredited. When that standard deteriorated, we for a time sought refuge in a “truth in advertising” movement.

    In the past, it was pretty difficult to doctor film and phtographs well enough to get away with exaggerations and outright distortions. Now, thanks to CGI, all manner of things that are humanly impossible and impossible according to the laws of physics fill our daily consumption of images. We gorge ourselves on these. I’m not sure we know what’s real or fake or that we care. Image is everything. Image is expensive. Hence the need for ever larger campaign budgets. Money becomes speech, to be sure. But quality seems inversely proportional to cost.

    So with campaigns and candidates. Would to God that our campaigns were unscripted and required real rhetoric–the ability to analyze a complex subject, to present a position based on carefully constructed reasonable and factual arguments, the ability to defend both the position and the arguments themselves. It’s more than a skill of sophisticated speeh. It’s a skill of critical thought itself. That’s the business of real rhetoric. Most people today have never seen it or heard it, unfortunately. So we no longer expect or demand it of those who would be leaders and decision makers on our behalf.

    For a nice respite from the campaign season to come and the great but meaningless wallows that the party conventions will be, I’d recommend the film The Great Debaters from 2007.

    Images and ideas are not the same thing. When I was a youngster on the farm, there was a whole line of quality farm equipment once manufactured in Coldwater, Ohio. The brand name: New Idea. Today if I had the right people in advertising, I’ll bet I could start a company called No Idea and make millions, perhaps even become president.