On November 6, I will cast my precious ballot (or lever) for President of the United States of America for the 12th time.
And for the first time in the 50 years I have been voting, I feel a candidate has personal disdain for me, a sort of "Let them eat cake" je ne c'est quoi"... it's getting to look a lot like the French Revolution around here, and I'm Cloris Leachman.
"We were so poor, we did not have a language."
When snooty Anne Romney refers to us as "you people" one might expect the next words out of her mouth, "The peasants are revolting...you bet, they stink on ice!"
But mostly, I'm just mad about Mitt!
I'm mad he's not the best man, but the last one standing. I'm mad that his running mate, a heartbeat away from the presidency, cares more about his six-pack abs than the pain of a girl with an unwanted pregnancy. I'm mad he declared yesterday the "contraception mandate will be gone day1" I'm mad they want to adjudicate my vagina, I'm mad I even have to say 'vagina'. I'm mad at myself for liking Clint Eastwood after his, "If somebody's dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention" line.
I'm mad that they lie and distance themselves from their own GOP platform that bans gay marriage, contraception, abortions, and criminalizes birth control. I'm mad they are demanding voter ID's for non existent voter fraud, unless of course you count Bush V. Gore, I'm mad at whiney Reince Prebus' smarmy little smirk, I'm mad at their haircuts. I'm mad that our government is being held hostage by a lobbyist in the person of Grover Norquist, a member of The Three Amigos, one of the most corrupt troikas in the history of the Republic. I'm mad that every Republican including Mitt and Ryan to signed his treasonous pledge...and who elected him anyway?
I'm mad that they banned Sunday voting in black neighborhoods, I'm mad that we're even talking about vaginal probes. I'm mad the way Anne Romney says "Stop it!" I'm mad that Todd Akin, is now persona non grata after being good enough to co sponsor two bills with Paul Ryan redefining rape. I'm mad that the 112th Congress adjourned yesterday by killing the Veterans Jobs Bill!
I'm mad that Mitt says 'trust me' to everything from his tax returns to how he's going to fix the economy and create 12 million jobs...I'm mad I have to wait 10 days for the debates!
But most of all, I'm mad because I can't figure out how we got here. Didn't we deal with this already? I mean like.... 40 years ago? This is not the America I grew up in. I'm embarrassed for this America, my heart aches for this America. I'm out here to tell you, we are hurting and it's Groundhog Day... in the words of Bob Dylan...
An' here I sit so patiently
Waiting to find out what price
You have to pay to get out of
Going through all these things twice.
I have 4,176 Facebook 'friends' and I'm just stunned at the level of vitriol, arrogance and downright nastiness from the right, and every time I ask them to defend the GOP platform, or why the congress killed the Veterans Bill they wrote, they just say, "Obama is the worst president in history. Or "Where are the jobs?"
We Google our news, it's not journalism, it's "Instatainment." Romney's campaign 'sucks! Did it ever occur to them it's their candidate and not the campaign that sucks?"
I have never seen such hatred, is it because of Facebook, Hashtags, Twitter and YouTube?
I was filming at the protest for the $50,000 a plate fundraiser for Mitt Romney at Billionaire Boys Club member, David Koch's Southampton mansion in July. There was the perfunctory SUV with a fake dog strapped to the top and a huge banner "MITT ROMNEY HAS A KOCH PROBLEM" and the chants, "David come out, we got some shit to talk about." But the actual guests, the ones who plopped down $50 to $75 K, and drove by in their Escalades and gold Bentley's, you could just imagine them in the room with Romney last week, as they drove through our blockade giving us the finger and yelling obscenities, this guy rolled down his window and screamed at me, "four more months, that's all you got!" I'm REALLY mad at that guy!
Now maybe that happens at Obama's $50,000 a plate fundraisers, which of course he has, but I doubt it.
Tim Pawlenty quit last week to become a bank lobbyist... "Banks got bailed out, we got sold out."
This is the most important election of my generation. So I ask you to vote. Vote as if your life depended on it...because it does.