You may remember some time ago when I suggested a new verb might well be added to our language, “roviate.” I thought that if a word like “Quisling,” after a Norwegian traitor during WW II could be added why not roviate. I defined it as follows:
“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.”
I still believe this would be a perfectly justifiable addition to our language. What made me return to this now was something I heard from a trusted friend today. He said he had heard on the news that Rove and his merry band of vicious cutthroats had formed study groups, committees, or focus groups (or whatever they might be called) for the express purpose of considering what kinds of coded words or phrases they can best use against President Obama. As this sounds to me like vintage Rove I have no doubt it is true. In other words, they know they cannot publicly refer to Obama by the word they most probably apply to him in private so they will find the best way to call him the “n” word by innuendo and coded language. The roviating of Obama has already begun, but I’m sure we “ain’t seen nuthin yet.” We should be prepared for the filthiest, slimiest, most falsified and disgusting ads yet created. This is precisely what Rove does, what he has always done, where he “made his bones,” so to speak, and how he will attempt to defeat Obama in the coming election. Of course those billionaires who are giving him virtually unlimited funds are just as guilty as he is, but as they can remain anonymous they don’t care.
We can thank our dreadful partisan Supreme Court for allowing this to happen. Citizens United is certainly one of the worst decisions ever by that (used to be) respected body, and having done it, it will be virtually impossible to change it quickly enough to save us from the obvious Fascist state they wish to impose on us. The odious effects of this terrible decision are already quite apparent, as in Wisconsin and increasingly in the Presidential race. I wonder that now this is so obvious if they experience any shame or guilt, they certainly should, but probably don’t. Once you have become part of the ruling class you are not likely to give it up or feel any remorse. Personally, I believe Justice Roberts, if not some of the others, should be impeached forthwith, but as members of Congress are also “on the take” it won’t happen. They, too, have made it obvious they have no shame.
I don’t know if you watch Rachel Maddow or not, but you should, everyone should. Tonight she exposed at least 3 of the most outrageous lies Romney has said and never made any attempt to either correct them or apologize for them. Apparently blatant and repeated lying is considered fair by Mormons as well as Republicans. “Lying in pursuit of office is no vice,” I guess. I suppose after eight years of Bush/Cheney, who as far as I know never once opened their mouths without lying, set a precedent for Republicans because they certainly have continued the practice. In fact, their lying is so predictable and ubiquitous I no longer even bother to listen when they speak. I know politicians are supposed to lie but I didn’t think they were supposed to always lie about everything. Lying has become so commonplace among Republicans I suspect that by now they no longer distinguish lying from anything else.
With five months to go before the election there is nothing to look forward to but more of the same, just lying, distortion, innuendo, and false claims constantly. It is as if there are no serious problems confronting us, other than Obama’s birthplace, Romney’s vulture capitalism, which toady he will find for his Vice President, what really important figures like Palin and Trump will have to say, along with the usual loony suspects, Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly, Malkin, and etc. Not much of a near future is it?
Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.