Every time I try to write about this election, I get about two sentences finished and say “Oh, fuck it” and go watch tv or walk the dogs or do something else. It’s not that I am unmotivated- I will again crawl over glass to vote for Obama, it’s that I just can’t figure out why the election is even close. It appalls me that the debate, in which Obama offered reasonable, cogent responses to debate questions while Romney just basically lied about everything, might have lost the election. I had a dream last night that Romney won, and I yelled at my 71 year old parents (mom will fact check me on this, because she does not technically turn 71 until October 15th, so please do not call me tomorrow morning at 7 am to tell me you are not yet 71, mom. I know. You are 70.98 years old as of this post.) and said “thank you for using one of the last few Presidential votes you have left making sure that none of your children have the safety and security of medicare and social security that you currently enjoy, even though I have been paying into medicare and social security since I was 16, long before you and dad.” I woke up because Rosie bit my god damned foot again, so I don’t know what their dream response was, but since I am sure they are both voting for Romney despite his being a total fraud, I probably wouldn’t want to know what it was anyway.
If Obama loses, we will be at war with Iran.
If Obama loses, the Republicans will lower taxes on the rich and continue to shift the burden to the middle class and poor, to the tune of 5 trillion dollars. That’s a fact, despite Romney lying about it in the debate. Because, you know, job creation. Just like we created NO jobs during the Bush years despite the massive tax cuts and turning a surplus into a massive deficit.
If Obama loses, the assault on women’s rights will continue.
If Obama loses, the EPA will be gutted.
If Obama loses, more corporate leaning and national security fanatics (all probably belonging to Opus Dei, as GOD WANTS IT) will be appointed to the Supreme Court and Roe will be struck down.
If Obama loses, we will spend 2 trillion more on defense, above and beyond what the Pentagon wants.
If Obama loses, Obamacare will be gutted. But in the worst way possible. They’ll get rid of the mandate, but keep all the things that will drive costs up.
If Obama loses, Medicare and Medicaid will be gutted. Medicare will go from the safety net it is for seniors into a target rich environment for insurance fraud, with elderly patients given a pittance in vouchers to get rogered by the free market. Nothing says success than having 70 year olds negotiate dozens of health plans and then get fucked. The market will correct it, I am sure, even though the reason we have Medicare in the first place is because of a failure of the free market. As I said before:
Not to mention, Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, which means that insurers could once again deny you coverage for a pre-existing medical condition. You know how many 70 year olds have pre-existing conditions? ALL OF THEM, FIRST OF WHICH IS BEING 70. None of them would be able to find coverage that would provide them with the security they need, because no insurance company wants to take on a 70 year old diabetic with a thyroid condition, high blood pressure, and cataracts. So guess what would happen?
How can people forget this so quickly?
If Obama loses, gay rights will be set back decades.
If Obama loses, the New Deal will, for all intents and purposes, be repealed. We will be back to the days of the roaring 20’s. You know, right before the crash.
If Obama loses, Dodd/Frank will be history, and our Galtian overlords on Wall Street rule again (not that that ever really stopped, mind you), and all of your pensions, all of your local municipal investments, etc., will be raided and shipped overseas to Cayman accounts. Right next to Mitt’s foreign bank accounts.
If Obama loses, hundreds of billions of dollars in tax dodging money will be “repatriated” so it can be used to copy the Bain model and continue to bankrupt our businesses and send jobs overseas.
If Obama loses, the FDA will be gutted. But don’t worry- the market will correct!
In short, if Obama loses and RMoney wins, it will be an all out disaster for this country. Republicans like to quote the Road to Serfdom as a cautionary text, when they really do have a plan for the road to serfdom. For you and me.
I try to explain this to people, but they just snap at me and tell me I am as much a reactionary as I was when I was a Republican- only my tribe has changed. And hey- who am I to argue with them. They are informed voters who read the newspaper. Our nightly newspaper has very erudite and learned commenters. Folks like Jonah Goldberg, Michelle Malkin, Cal Thomas, George Will, and other deep thinkers are always prominent.