Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Sow's Ear

I’m sure you have all heard that “A watched pot never boils.” I want you to know that is just not true. I have proven it now many times over. I have proven it in different kitchens, with different stoves, at different elevations and during many different weather conditions. You might say I have proven it scientifically beyond doubt. It is perhaps my only claim to fame. But my remarkable achievement is about to be completely upstaged by another. So brace yourselves, be alert, and pay attention, you are about to witness the most mysterious, even magical, metamorphosis imaginable.

You are about to be privileged to watch the metamorphosis of Willard Mitt Romney from a sows’s ear to a silk purse. I know you have always subscribed to the old saying, “You can’t make a silk purse our of a sow’s ear,” but you are about to see that accomplished before your very eyes and ears. If ever there was a sow’s ear of a candidate for the Presidency Mitt Romney would have to be the classic case. Virtually no one wants him to be the candidate. In fact, the Republicans have been so desperate to have someone else they have even considered candidates so unworthy as to ordinarily be laughable: Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, even Donald Trump, to say nothing of Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, Ron Paul, and the latest absurdity, Rick Santorum. Even now when it appears that Romney will definitely be the candidate his endorsements are so equivocal as to give away their displeasure.

But not to worry, now that Romney is virtually certain to be the candidate, and the contest between him and President Obama is beginning in earnest, you are going to witness one of the most remarkable makeovers in all of recorded history. The MSM is going to convert this sow’s ear of a candidate into the most beautiful silk purse you have ever seen. The many gaffes will be glossed over and ignored, his most absurd pronouncements will be reinterpreted or denied, his accomplishment s will be exaggerated and his faults will disappear. He is going to appear from now on as the greatest thing since the invention of fire. This will be the whitewashing of whitewashings, the most remarkable transformation imaginable. And, of course, the voting public will buy it, and Romney will go from being far behind in the polls to neck-and-neck with the current President of the United States. An election t hat should rightfully be a landslide for the incumbent will be shaped by the media into a contest between two equally qualified candidates, reality will be ignored, and Romney’s pathetic move to the far right will become a thing of the past. He either won’t have said it, or won’t have meant it, and what he says now is how he really believes.

Make no mistake, the corporate media has the power to do this makeover. They have the power to virtually destroy a candidate if they wish. Remember what they did to Al Gore, Howard Dean, John Kerry, Dennis Kucinich, and others. They can both deny them air time and turn them into the most unworthy of candidates. They can also feature them endlessly even after they have proven to be nonentities, no longer truly even relevant. Someone the other day (I forget who but it was someone who should have known better than to suggest something so stupid) said he thought that now Gingrich was no longer a serious candidate the media should cut him off so we wouldn’t have to listen to him anymore. What a marvelous, but extraordinarily stupid idea. That would be a form of censorship (actually practiced by the media but not acknowledged as such). But would it not be wonderful? Just think of it, no more pontificating, no more outrageous claims, no more utter BS. But wait, if they could do that to Newt, why not Sarah Palin, she’s even more irrelevant than Newt, and certainly there is no reason we should have to listen to Herman Cain any longer, and what about that windbag of complete crap, Donald Trump. But then, extending the idea further, why should we have to listen to Rush, a fat jerk with nothing worthwhile to say at all other than hate speech. Or Bill O’Reilly, or Hannity, Beck, Malkin, or the rest of the hate merchants with nothing positive to contribute other than their obvious lies and distortions. Oh, what a happy day it would be if they would all disappear from the airwaves and television! But, of course, that could never happen, not in the good ol’ US of A, where free speech is protected not matter how stupid, hateful, and destructive. You see, we allow and defend freedom of speech, but we do not insist on decency, relevance, accountability, or even intelligence. We allow people with no particular expertise, knowledge, or talent to become wealthy beyond belief just by blurting out whatever they wish as long as it has shock value. Indeed, we even have a name for such unworthy and basically useless jerks, “shock jocks,” and some follow them with the passion of the mindlessly insane, passing on their hateful, stupid, divisive, ridiculous, and utterly false verbal garbage as if it is some form of gospel. These people for the most part are what are known as Republicans. Having failed to find a White Hope to fight off the Black Knight in the White House they will resort to their usual criminal tactics, lies, racism, exaggerations, and what I previously defined as “Roviation:”

roviate v. to smear, slime, malign, denigrate, and attempt to destroy an opponent through the use of innuendo, rumor, slander, outright lies and any other despicable means available. Roviation works more effectively when done in collusion with major media. (Morialekafa, September 18, 2005).

So fasten your seat belts, gird your loins, secure the hatches, sharpen your wits, study the enemy, and prepare for battle, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.”

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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