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Election Day 2012: What Did Really It Mean

November 8, 2012 1 comment

Barack Obama has won! But Election Day 2012What does it really mean? While we are very focused on the fact that President Obama will remain in the White House for another four years, the Election Day results are full of complicated victories and valuable lessons.

It would be so easy to take Election Day at face value. I would argue it would be dangerous to do so. Barack Obama’s victory in the Electoral College will look like a landslide, but an examination of the popular vote indicates a much closer race. Further, the results also show a very polarized nation. The Obama campaign is a study of modern political science and demography. They understood what groups constituted their base, and then they pursued them relentlessly. One group that didn’t fall into the Obama base in large numbers was white men who didn’t work in the auto industry. Married white women also were not big supporters of Obama in 2012. They are angry, and the rest of the country should take some time to try to figure out why.

As America’s first Black president anticipates his second term, this nation must confront its resurgent comfort with racism and negative racial imagery and rhetoric. As a candidate, Mitt Romney had the opportunity to repudiate the nasty and unnecessarily inflammatory racial and racist rhetoric spewed by his campaign surrogates. But Romney looked the other way as John Sununu, Newt Gingrich, and Donald Trump took to social media and traditional media in a game of racist one-upmanship with each other. Hopefully, these three men will jump back into the clown car and drive away.

The role of the Latino community will take on mythic proportions as the story of the 2012 Elections will be retold…and rightfully so. After being discussed in a manner that was either dismissive or disgusting during the GOP primaries with talk of “self-deportation” or electrified fences, the Latino community was waiting for someone to say something reasonable. The executive order around the DREAM kids was policy change that the Latino community could believe in. Comprehensive immigration reform is overdue. Let’s hope everyone in Washington is finally gets it.

The LGBT community also knew it had a friend in President Obama, despite earlier frustration with him. President Obama repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a policy that institutionalized keeping active duty military personnel in the closet. Conversely, a deployed soldier was booed during a GOP debate for asking a question. But the LGBT community and the world knew President Obama has the inclusive spirit of equality and justice contemplated when we say “We the People” when he expressed his personal support for marriage equality. Marriage equality initiatives fared well in states…maybe President Obama helped change some minds.

Women make up over 50% of the registered electorate. The first official act that President Barack Obama did in 2009 was to sign the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which makes it easier to sue based on gender discrimination. So Barack Obama hit the ground running where women are concerned and never stopped. The GOP presented themselves as the perfect foil to Obama, especially in the past two years. There were some, including me, who thought that this year was going to become the Year of the Woman. Sandra Fluke was called a “slut” by Rush Limbaugh. Mitt Romney offered some lukewarm response and Barack Obama called Ms. Fluke personally to offer support. There are myriad compelling and complicated cross currents involved in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, which included attacks on privacy and access to birth control. The landmark legislation of the first term of Obama Administration, Obamacare, is extremely beneficial to women, whether it is for our own care, the care of a child, or the care of an aging, sick parent. The Affordable Care Act is now safe from threats to “repeal and replace.”

The election of 2012 is noteworthy for women because it is the year that we rejected efforts to destroy progress and go back to a time when women had little control over our bodies and our earning potential. Throughout the country there were candidates for the House of Representatives and US Senate who expressed extreme views that would have endangered the physical and economic lives of women. Those candidates LOST! The idea that in 2012 there was a debate about the definition of rape is offensive and shocking. Let’s clear it up once and for all: rape is rape because no means no. The law is clear about abortion, but the procedure should be available since it legal. The law is settled, let’s move on. I think equal pay is one area where we could focus our energy instead. The fact that the Violence Against Women Act remains in limbo is also unacceptable. But there are 20 women in the US Senate now, a record. Let’s hope that makes a difference and we can focus on issues that really matter to women and the nation.

President Obama will probably have the opportunity to appoint another Supreme Court justice. It would be amazing to see the first Black woman take her place in the highest court in the land. But there are many other firsts that could be achieved…first Asian-American, first Native-American, first open LGBT justice…there is need for diversity on the bench and President Obama is the person to achieve that goal.

The Obama campaign probably knew whether you preferred Coke, Pepsi or 7-Up. But the one thing they didn’t know was whether you would be subject to voter suppression or voter intimidation. This trend toward shaping the outcome of the election by controlling who can access the polls must stop. All of America benefitted from the fact that the efforts in Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio and other states were not successful. The people who would have been disproportionately impacted would have been the elderly and college students. The folks who invested the country and to whom we owe a debt on one end, and on the other end, we have the generation we are trying to teach the value of civic engagement and instill the habit of voting…these are the targets of the GOP campaign of voter suppression. It is shameful. It is ironic because we recently discovered that a GOP operative has allegedly engaged in voter registration fraud and that the GOP allegedly knew about it. There is such hope for our country because groups like the NAACP, the ACLU and the Advancement Project successfully fought these voter ID laws and state officials. Here’s what was amazing, voters were energized by the obstacles, not discouraged. It didn’t matter what they need to get to vote, they were going to vote. We need to remember that every Election Day and have the same passion and commitment.

Voters waited on line for hours to vote due to reduced early voting hours in Florida. Requests to expand hours in light of the long lines were denied.

Passion and commitment… In the final analysis, that was what made the difference. This election was the most expensive election in American history on the federal, state and local levels. At the top of the ticket, almost $2 billion was spent in pursuit of the White House, with the Romney campaign spending over $1 billion. This campaign was the first presidential campaign is the post-Citizens United world. The big money interests didn’t disappoint. They dumped money into the Romney campaign as though they thought they were buying the very best seats at the opera… Maybe they were. But all the money the world can’t buy passion and commitment. As Election Day drew closer, television ads lost their effectiveness, but passion and commitment motivated tens of thousands of volunteers who fanned out across the country to phone bank, knock on doors, and show up at rallies to support President Obama. Negative ads might move the news cycle, but a Get Out the Vote strategy moves voters.

Barack Obama won. This is great news for the country…all of the country. There are some folks who would have you believe that this is only good news for the people who want free stuff. Absurd. It’s time for the country to unite behind this president…for real this time. No clandestine dinners on Inauguration Night, please…

The “Fiscal Cliff” and potential sequestration loom on the horizon if all of us don’t get our act together and move forward. The time for fighting is over. The time for unity has arrived. This is the United States of America, and we have just re-elected our president. You may not respect the man, but respect the office.

Election Day 2012…What does it mean? It means that we have to realize that the country is changing is some wonderful ways…we embraced our better angels. But after some brief rest, it is time to get back to the work of restoring the nation economically, recovering from Hurricane Sandy, fixing big issues like immigration, the tax code, education and climate change and setting the course for a secure future.

On another day, there will be an autopsy on the Romney campaign, but not today. Today it is sufficient to say that President Obama won. GOP must do some soul-searching about its tactics and its lowest common denominator assumptions about the country.

We all voted. President Obama has reached 332 Electoral College votes. Now we must shift gears, and return to the work governing.

Let’s do what Americans do…Thrive.

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Kimberly S. Jones

2012

Romney Sutra: The Numerous Tortured Political Positions of Mitt

October 26, 2012 1 comment

All three presidential debates have taken place. We have seen Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. There are less than two weeks left until Election Day. We should have a very clear sense of what policies the candidates are proposing, the direction they want to take the country – we should have a full measure of each man running for the office of President of the United States.

But we don’t have the full measure of one of the candidates, Mitt Romney. Instead, it is the numerous tortured political positions of Mitt – the Romney Sutra. It is confusion, entitlement, hypocrisy, dishonesty, chaos and deception.

It is amazing that we don’t know Willard Mitt Romney. He has been running for president since mid-way through his term as governor of Massachusetts, probably before. He began to run for Election Day 2012 on February 7, 2008, as he was suspending his 2008 Presidential Campaign.

It is amazing that we don’t know Willard Mitt Romney. He has been running for president since mid-way through his term as governor of Massachusetts, probably before. He began to run for Election Day 2012 on February 7, 2008, as he was suspending his 2008 Presidential Campaign. But as he was running, he was also hiding.

We have tried to vet Mitt Romney. There are the political masochists who watched all or most of the GOP Presidential Debates – all 20 of them. If the debates were challenging for the viewer, imagine what they must have been like for Mitt Romney. From May 5, 2011 to February 22, 2012, Mitt Romney pulled, twisted, turned, and stretched himself into so many different political positions that I wonder if he recognized himself.

In the course of those debates, the only constant was his steady march to the right. Romney struggled to make the GOP believe that he is “severely conservative.” I suppose STAUNCHLY conservative wouldn’t have been enough. Even linguistically, Romney comes across as lacking authenticity and sincerity.

There was no amount of pandering that was too callow. Who can forget Romney pandering to the non-voting trees in Michigan as being just the right height? I know the folks in the South felt an instant kinship to Romney when he started referring to them as “y’all,” and telling them about his breakfast of “cheesy grits.”

During the primaries, there were certain groups who should have paid very close attention to what Mitt Romney said, or equally important – didn’t say. Seniors, women, Latinos, LGBT, public service employees, college students: you should have been listening to the various contradictory positions that Romney took on the issues of importance to you. Blacks, veterans, the poor, the sick and disabled, the middle class with a job, cities, alternative energy (e.g., wind and solar), etc. if you were marginalized or excluded from Mitt Romney’s political discussion, you will be totally excluded from a Romney Administration. You probably won’t even get a binder…

But the pandering couldn’t remove the taint of his previous remarks and his record. Or could it? A senior Romney advisor, Eric Fehrnstrom, told us they would just shake and reset after the primaries, like an Etch-A-Sketch. Six months earlier, they telegraphed the desperate dash to the middle they were going to make in the first presidential debate, but all of us, President Obama included, were still unprepared when it came. But I am certain that the people of Massachusetts were not surprised at all.

The people of Massachusetts should know him best, right? He has lived there since he moved there to attend Harvard Law School and Business School. Bain Capital is headquartered there. Mitt Romney was governor of the state. With that much history in the state, you would think he would be way ahead in the polls in his home state. You would be wrong. According to the Real Clear Politics Average of Polls, President Obama is ahead of Mitt Romney by a staggering 16.3%.

Romney’s current poll results in Massachusetts are analogous to your significant other starting a committed, passionate relationship your sworn enemy.

But for folks who aren’t from the Bay State, we must stop and ask why? The citizens of Massachusetts DID have the chance to vet Mitt Romney. They saw him in action. Was he able to create millions jobs? Did he mystically change the political culture of the capital? Did he turn water into wine? The short answer is no, not so much.

Governor Romney’s Bain Capital years… key evidence for his ability to turn-around failing circumstances – well, we have to take his word for it because many of those businesses either went bankrupt or they are privately held, so we can’t see their books. We certainly haven’t been offered the opportunity to review the books of Bain Capital during the time that Mitt Romney was running the place.

We have only seen two years of tax returns. Why shouldn’t we trust what Mitt Romney has told us about his tax returns? He contorted himself into a convenient shape on this issue once before to help himself when he was running for governor. Once he won, we discovered the information he gave the citizens of Massachusetts about his taxes was false. By his own father’s standards, Mitt Romney has fallen short by his failure to produce multiple years of tax returns, which is sad and ironic since George Romney initiated the practice in 1967.

If you don’t know who Barack Obama is, love him or hate him, then you haven’t been paying attention. He told us more than we needed to know in the two books he wrote and published about himself BEFORE he became president. The President and First Lady continue to do an amazing job of raising well-adjusted, intelligent and poised young ladies in the white-hot glare of the fishbowl of the White House.

But President Obama isn’t running to be Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, the office pursued is President of the United States.

Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, also known as Bill Cosby

The track record President Obama has established in his first term is full of hits, but if we are honest, it has not been an unqualified success. I could take an entire blog just listing accomplishments achieved during the Obama Administration. But here is Pundit On Point Cliff Notes version: Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed; Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created; automobile industry revived; two women, including the first Latina, appointed to the US Supreme Court; after a century of effort, healthcare reform created; end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Iraq War ended; and the man responsible for 9/11, Osama bin Laden, was brought to justice.

There is so much more. Ask the Dream kids, senior citizens, students with federally guaranteed student loans, women who heard Barack Obama state “rape is rape,” and the LGBT community who heard our president say he supported marriage equality.

There is more work to be done on the economy. No one is saying otherwise. But President Obama has been steady. In fact, it has been this type of even-keeled leadership that has provoked endorsements from conservative and careful sources, such as the Salt Lake Tribune and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Governor Romney has tried to strike all of the poses, but he has only succeeded at looking entitled and cheerlessly ambitious, while leaving us questioning his motives and sincerity. Pro-Choice v. Anti-Choice. Varmint Hunter v. Gun Control. Misogynist v. Binder-holder. Neo-Con Hawk v. Peacenik Dove. Severely Conservative v. Moderate. All of this hypocrisy is trapped in one person.

If you are everywhere in your principles, then you will get nowhere. As all of our parents told us, if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. We live in a time when the President of the United States must stand for more than their own ambition. Listen to the hint the people of Massachusetts are sending. The Romney Sutra, with its numerous, tortured, political positions of Mitt, will not unite and elevate our nation.

Vote. Engage this republic of ours. It will only get better when we all lift it up towards its highest purpose. Vote.

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Kimberly S. Jones 2012

Open Letter to President Barack Obama: The Day after the Debacle

October 5, 2012 1 comment

Dear President Obama:

I was raised to believe that it’s not nice to talk behind people’s backs, so I am bringing my concerns directly to you. When I say, with all due respect, I sincerely mean it. And so it is with all due respect, the day after the debacle, I must discuss last night’s debate with you.

I have watched you with admiration since you delivered the Keynote Address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. And while I have some policy concerns (e.g., the ongoing housing crisis, aspects of Wall Street reform, and the NDAA), I do believe that you are the best candidate for these times. The interests of the middle-class, the elderly, Generation X and Y, college students, veterans, women, immigrants, the LGBT community…well, 99% of the country, are better served by the policies advanced by the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, many of our concerns weren’t discussed in the debate because Gov. Romney hijacked the debate with lies and talk of eliminating funding for Big Bird.

You can change that by making sure Gov. Romney is accountable for his past statements and explicit about his future policies.

However, Mr. President, you understand as well as anyone that politics has become as much about perceived style as it is about policy substance. Last night, Sir, you were a policy wonk in the worst sense of the word. Wonks can often present policy in a manner that is dry and uninteresting, without regard for whether the audience is engaged or interested. You are known as “No Drama Obama.” Awesome, but no drama cannot be confused with no life or no preparation. Mr. President, last night, you appeared both lifeless and unprepared. I don’t believe that the demands of the office have sapped you of your charm and star power. But it’s not me you need to convince.

What happened? Was last night a part of a larger strategy? Have you been watching Muhammad Ali fights? Do you want us all to recall that larger than life figure in American culture, is that why you hung back evoking images of Ali doing his classic “Rope-A—Dope?” Are you trying to make Romney the dope? It’s an interesting idea, but you run the risk of looking like a dope yourself since there is no margin for error as the clock winds down toward Election Day.

Put up your dukes, Mr. President. If you are fighting for us, then fight Mitt Romney.

Was it a legal strategy? Were you trying to get Gov. Romney to offer testimony on the record so that you can impeach him and expose his perjury later? Oh… You were trying to give him enough rope to hang himself. But then why didn’t you immediately go back and point out the lies? President Obama, you know that in the 24-hour news cycle a lie repeated loud and often enough becomes the truth. It is your responsibility to make sure that the truth comes to light – not just for your sake, but for the sake of the American voter.

Mr. President, I do not understand how you could let Mitt Romney commit a “hit and run,” he hit the American public with so many lies and half-truths, and then he ran from his own record. How could you let him lie and misdirect about issues important to all of us, from taxes to Obamacare to Medicare to Dodd-Frank? There were so many lies the Romney/Ryan ticket would tell us “it’s so complicated” that they couldn’t explain it now…it was THAT many lies and half-truths. But you let those lies go unchallenged.

Was it a lack of preparation or a lack of political bloodlust that caused you to be so polite? To quote Mitt Romney, “this ain’t bean bag.” Politics, like life, is a full contact sport. Sir, while you were mostly factually correct, debates aren’t watched for facts, they are watched for style. The folks who think you lost the first debate believe this because they preferred Romney’s style, certainly not because his performance has held up to fact-checking.  Please be our prosecutor. On direct examination of Romney, insist on specifics, and when those details don’t make sense – CALL HIM ON IT! Democrats will love you for it, and Independents will respect you for it.

And as you prepare for the next debate, I encourage you to remember that Mitt Romney is taking great pains to make sure that he is prepared. Leave nothing to chance. Prepare, and then prepare some more. Don’t give talk of inadequate preparation any oxygen. As we saw last night, you must be prepared for anything, ranging from poor moderation of the debate to Mitt Romney 75.0, yet another version of your opponent as he shakes the Etch-a-Sketch.

Don’t let it escape America’s notice that Mitt flips, flops, flips, then does a double twisting back lay-out, and the truth is nowhere in the vicinity.

Whoever was responsible for prepping you for last night’s debate is guilty of political malpractice, which is a charge I normally level at the Romney campaign. Don’t allow it to become a habit that I can make such an assertion stick about your campaign.

 

President Obama and First Lady Obama after the First Presidential Debate in Denver, Colorado on October 3, 2012

And Mr. President, you seemed joyless and almost pained in parts. Have some fun in the dismantling of the deceitful mass of political contradictions that is the Romney/Ryan ticket. Please remember the one thing you have that Gov. Romney doesn’t…likeability. Most of America likes you, and no one likes a liar. Expose him for what he is.

Since discussions of the debate have been overwhelmed with sports metaphors, Sir, it’s time for you to get your game face on. You must treat the next two debates like Game 7 of the World Series or World Championship or the last quarter of the Super Bowl. It is now or never. So Mr. President, you have to leave it all out there on the floor.

The day after the debacle, everyone has 20/20 hindsight. We all are full of critique, disapproval and judgment about your performance. But the day after the debacle, you, Mr. President have begun to make lemonade out of the lemons on the campaign trail with a fire and crisp delivery that was absent last night. But most important, the day after the debacle, you can review and assess to make sure that you don’t have a repeat of the Denver Debate in your upcoming encounters with Gov. Romney.

One thing is clear the day after the debacle; the biggest losers of the night were Jim Lehrer, the American voter and the TRUTH. You have two more chances to make it up to the American voter and the truth.

I hate debacles, but I love a good debate. BRING IT! And please, next debate, look into the camera and speak directly to us. We’re listening.

Respectfully yours,

Pundit On Point

First Round Is on Mitt: The Pundit On Point Presidential Debate Drinking Game

October 3, 2012 Leave a comment

Tonight is the first presidential debate! Ah… It seems like so long ago I was live-tweeting the GOP Presidential Nominee Debates. But it has only a few been months since the last time I had the opportunity to see Mitt Romney engage in something he dislikes as much as eating cookies from a local Pennsylvania bakery.

Tonight’s debate has been billed as a “make or break” endeavor for the gaffe-filled candidacy of Mitt Romney. But the night is also perilous for President Obama. With 34 days left until Election Day and early voting already beginning in some key states, like Ohio and Iowa, the president cannot afford to make any major missteps either.

The result is we have a presidential debate that is the equivalent of the hype associated with the great Ali fights… “The Rumble in the Jungle,” or the “The Thrilla in Manilla.” For you younger boxing fans, this is like what the hype would be if Floyd “Money” Mayweather actually got over himself and fought Manny Pacquiao.  Yes, it is THAT big!

But since this presidential election cycle has been full of so much mendacity, silliness and misdirection…it’s enough to drive a person to drink! It is with that in mind that I am introducing the first Pundit On Point Presidential Debate Drinking Game. A reminder: all players of the game must be over the age of 21, and a designated driver is recommended, because I think the candidates are going to hit the clichés hard tonight.

The rules are simple. Every time one of the candidates says one of the designated words or phrases, everyone must drink. I don’t recommend shots, or you won’t make it to the first commercial break. If you don’t drink alcohol, grab the beverage of your choice. But I don’t recommend caffeinated beverages or this debate will keep you up all night and not just because of the policies you heard.

Here are the terms to listen for in tonight’s debate:

  • Reagan
  • Clinton
  • Solyndra
  • Keystone
  • Taxes and/or tax returns
  • Economy
  • Job creators
  • Bush
  • Regulations
  • Apology or apologizing
  • Class Warfare
  • “Unite us”
  • Voucher(s)
  • Obamacare
  • “Repeal and replace”
  • Job killing
  • Obstruction
  • Veterans
  • Libya
  • Afghanistan
  • Bain
  • Anniversary
  • “Family man” and/or “Family”
  • Food Stamps
  • Welfare

There is a bonus where everyone takes TWO drinks if…1) there is a “hot mike” moment when the candidate forgets about the microphone, or 2) there is a sincerely memorable line that will outlive the debate that is clear during the debate. Like obscenity, we’ll recognize when we see it.

It should be interesting, though I doubt it will be informative. Before the debate starts, make sure everyone you are watching with has registered to vote. It is the only reason tonight matters.

I will be live-tweeting the debate, so follow me @PunditOnPoint to see what I have to say in real time.

To show how much I celebrate wealth and success, based on the evidence in the TWO tax returns he gave American voters, the first round is on Mitt! Cheers!

London Olympics 2012: Romney Takes the Gold in Gaffes

Mitt Romney has had a very rough July. There are lingering questions about when he left Bain Capital, the private equity financial services firm he founded in 1984. There are mounting calls from Republicans AND Democrats for him to release his tax returns. He generously, please read the dripping sarcasm, released the 2010 tax return and an estimate for the 2011 tax return. Mitt Romney was anxious to reset the conversation. What better way to do that, while “appearing presidential” and reminding America of Romney’s greatest national success, the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, than a European tour?

Sounds like a smart plan, doesn’t it? It would be if you were dealing with a smart politician. But we are talking about Mitt Romney. His own senior advisor unintentionally gave us the metaphor of an Etch-A-Sketch to describe his boss. In private, Mitt Romney might be a delightful and charming person, but as a public person, he has all the personality of Pinocchio, before he became a puppet… The many faces of Romney show that he is about as truthful as Pinocchio, and has about as solid a core. But I digress.

Although it is still very early in Mitt’s trip and the Olympic torch has barely been lit, Mitt Romney is already dominating in Olympic gaffes and insults. He took the gold in every gaffe event yesterday…he had no competitors.

In one day, Romney managed to amass an impressive heap of insults that drew the ire of the British Prime Minister and the Mayor of London, as well as the British press and most British citizens. Mitt took the gold for the Bad Manners gaffe. Let’s not forget that he had the amazing lapse in judgment of wanting to let the world know that he was cool enough to meet with the head of MI-6. Mitt also took the gold for the Indiscretion gaffe.

Here’s the thing, MI-6 is a covert intelligence agency was not formerly recognized until 1994. They don’t want some American doofus bragging about a meeting. So Mitt Romney can keep HIS TAX RETURNS a secret, but it doesn’t occur to him to keep a meeting with a covert intelligence agency quiet? Doesn’t sound very presidential to me, sounds more like a teenager bragging to his friends that he scored.

The other thing that Mitt managed to keep quiet was his fundraiser held by executives of the scandal-plagued Barclays Bank. If it fell off of your news radar, the Barclays LIBOR situation is an inside baseball scandal that has a financial impact on the average American. We all need to learn more about it. The folks at Barclays are doing what every other corporate interest does; they are trying to buy potential access to the White House. We should have heightened concerns because for all of the demonization of all things “foreign,” foreign political campaign contributions flow unchecked into the system. Barclays Bank is just one source. For the Barclays fundraiser, Mitt wins the gold for the Hypocrisy gaffe, again!

After he was savaged in the British and American press, and elected officials in the UK and the United States, Mitt did started a floor exercise routine that a world class gymnast would envy. There were runs, jumps, tumbling, Etch-A-Sketch shakes – all done in reverse because by the time he was finished, Mitt was praising the city that he was doubting several HOURS earlier. For his efforts, Mitt earns a gold medal for position reversal, also known as Etch-A-Sketching.

Yes, Mitt has already cleaned up in the gaffe events at the London Olympics, before the commentators have a chance to say unfortunate things, and after athletes have already begun tweeting stupid things they wish they could take back. But none of them are pursuing the presidency of the United States. Not one of those individuals would be responsible for the safety of the Free World.

We have to wonder: if Mitt Romney can’t handle this low stakes assignment, what will he do when the stakes are higher? When you don’t believe in anything other than your ambition, then when times get tough, how tough can you get?

And we all thought Rafalca, the fancy dancing dressage horse, would be the only Romney medal winner in the 2012 London Olympics. We underestimated how gaffe-prone this guy is, even in the most friendly environment.

Yes, the man who wants to be President is giving a clinic on how NOT to appear Presidential. For this, he takes home yet another gold medal. If American voters aren’t paying attention to this pattern of gaffes and deception, which isn’t acceptable no matter how great the ginned-up disappointment in President Obama, then those folks will deserve a medal on November 7th if Mitt Romney becomes president – Gold medal in Civic Malpractice or Political Negligence.

And Mittens, we’ll be asking for those tax returns again when you get home. Safe travels!

Copyright 2012

Kimberly S. Jones

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VAGINA CORP: A Rise to Power

Women! We have been going about this all wrong! We have been asking lawmakers to respect our privacy and our right to choose our reproductive fate. We have made it clear that our reproductive health, in the form of annual screenings like mammograms and pelvic exams with pap smears, are extremely important to us. In case there was any doubt about what we meant about “reproductive health,” we told them we were talking about our vaginas. You would think we were talking about Voldermort, because evidently, the vagina is the body part that must not be named.

But the men in state legislatures who were bold enough to create legislation that was obsessed with vaginas were never mature enough or man enough to say the word without devolving to locker room humor and innuendo. But when cloaked in euphemism, like “lady parts,” law makers in Virginia are willing to insert themselves into women’s vaginas by way of an unnecessary medical procedure, which is now required before the legal termination of a pregnancy.

Michigan is even more squeamishly hypocritical. During a recent floor debate on proposed legislation where Michigan legislators where trying to force their way into the vaginas of Michigan women by banning abortion after 20 weeks unless a woman’s life is in danger, State Rep. Lisa Brown bucked the polite, yet stupid, political lexicon

State Rep. Brown’s reward for stating the obvious and speaking the outrage that millions of women have been feeling since these laws began springing up across the country… State Representative Lisa Brown of Michigan, a duly elected public official, was “gaveled down” as out of order for failing to recognize the “decorum” of the House of Representatives of Michigan. Her punishment? The men of the House of Representatives of Michigan silenced her, censored her for the debate of a bill on school employees’ retirement, which is a hot button issue in every state.

In a political climate where a member of the US Congress yells “You Lie” at the President of the United States during the State of the Union address, or 14 members of the GOP allegedly plot the downfall of the 44th president as he dances at his Inaugural Ball, or a minority of the majority party are willing to hold the entire government and economy hostage… I have a hard time with anyone trying to offer lectures about decorum for the use of the anatomically correct term for the body part in question.

Women, here is how we change the game. We incorporate our vaginas! As “lady-parts,” they are powerless. As Vagina Corp., they can rule the world. America is less of a republic or democracy, and more of a corporatocracy. We can thank Mittens Romney for the idea. After all, it was Mittens who told us, “Corporations are people, my friend.” As corporations, Vaginas would be able to enter into contracts, own property, incorporate other corporations and limited liability companies, sue, be sued… Vaginas could be like Mitt Romney but with more compassion and empathy.

Vaginas are already the birthplace of all human power in a purely factual sense. What I am proposing is a way to ensure that vaginas keep a measure of power and control, and not become victims of men who forget where they literally came from.

I am still trying to figure out if Vagina Corp. should be seemingly innocent corporate citizen, or if it would be an activist corporation like those who were members of ALEC or the Financial Services Roundtable. If Vagina Corp. is going to rise to power, it would have to interact with power, just like the Bank of America, WalMart or Halliburton does.

Vagina Corp. would have First Amendment rights. So there wouldn’t be any whispers about vagina anymore, because Vagina Corp. would be a force to be reckoned with. The key First Amendment right to be exercised would be the right to political speech, of course. One of the first items of the Vagina Corp. agenda would be the formation of a Super PAC. All of the politicians who rushed to defile “lady-parts” with legislation requiring intrusive and medically unnecessary procedures would suddenly stop and have much more respect and consideration for Vagina Corp.

Vagina Corp. would be an economic force. Let’s be clear; control over reproduction is an economic issue. Vagina Corp., by harnessing that power, would then become a force in the economy. The Vagina Corp. Super PAC would be able to pressure legislators to create bills that would do simple things like guarantee equal pay for equal work. Vagina Corp. would be able either to provide access to capital, like a venture capitalist, or pressure the financial services industry to remember that they are supposed to circulate money, not just hold it on their “fortress” balance sheets. With more woman-controlled dollars in the economy, woman-owned businesses would flourish more than they already do.  According to the US Census Bureau, women-owned firms accounted for 28.7% of all nonfarm businesses in the United States in 2007.

For anyone who thinks this is a ridiculous idea, I say “not so fast.” After all, America is the country of legal innovation and flexibility when it comes to financial matters. America came up with the junk bond, the sub-prime mortgage-backed security, and collateralized debt obligations… If we can make people believe those legal and economic fictions are profitable, despite their extremely dangerous and risky realities, then incorporating vaginas is child’s play.

The only reason not to incorporate vaginas would be the same reason that women’s reproductive health is in danger in the first place…there is an innate recognition of the power of a woman’s vagina. These legislators must believe that the vagina, like Voldermort, possesses a powerful dark magic that must be contained at all costs. And it begins with saying its name…Vagina!

Let’s go to Delaware and make their worst nightmares come true. Let’s create the first Vagina Corp. and begin our rise to power. First order of business… Destroy the little blue pills.

 

 

 

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BARACK OBAMA: President of Cool

The media could be full of REAL NEWS. The War on Women is being waged openly in votes taken on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The Secret Service evidently haggled with hoes in other countries, so the entire culture of the agency needs to be reexamined. Student loan interest is being politicized, and if nothing constructive is done, interest rates will double on July 1st. Most forgettable of all was news that Newt Gingrich realized what all of us knew months ago, he has no chance of becoming president, and will therefore drop out of the race.

But none of that mattered because this was the Week of Cool, which will conclude with the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday, April 28th.

Cool… If President Obama is Cool personified, and this week was the Week of Cool, then he had a great week, right?

Cool is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “marked by steady dispassionate calmness and self-control; lacking ardor or friendliness,” or “SLANG- a) very good: excellent; b) fashionable, hip.”  Why I find this subject so intriguing is that the President’s opponents want to have it both ways. They want to have us believe that President Obama is TOO cool in every sense of the word.  But after the Week of Cool, so it became impossible to believe that Willard Mitt Romney could ever be president of the country that gave birth to Cool.

After Candidate “No Drama” Obama became President Obama, we began to hear that he was aloof and too intellectual in his approach to his responsibilities in the Oval Office. I understand that we had to adjust after eight years of George W. Bush, whose style was less…scholarly. If the President was logical and methodical, then he was called “Spock-like.” If the President’s excellent educational credentials and background as a Constitutional Law professor caused him to seek information through rigorous questioning, also known as the Socratic Method (the bane of any First Year law student’s existence), then it was further affirmation that he was from the Planet Vulcan.

The GOP should remember that this President has been forged in the fires of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, crushing Health Care and Wall Street Reform debates that he won, ending the War in Iraq, and the longest war in American history in Afghanistan. All while the country and world is undergoing tremendous social, economic and political upheaval. Barack Obama is a fighter. I thought of cool fighters: Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee were the first ones to come to mind. Both were charming opponents who were amazing, smart, devastating fighters…and cool. That is Barack Obama as well.

But what the President’s opponents really wanted, was the stretch him out of his character, into a caricature. They wanted to see him in the stereotypical posture they could sell to America’s fears, the “Angry Black Man.” But he would never oblige them. His cultural competence was too great, the job he has is too significant to give into such self-indulgence. Barack Obama is a political Jackie Robinson. But don’t let the Cool taste fool you.  Barack Obama must be “marked by steady dispassionate calmness and self-control.” When he gave the order to kill Osama Bin Laden in his compound in Pakistan, President Obama “lacked ardor or friendliness.” A dangerous world demands a president who so cool that he has more to offer than “no apologies.”

But in the Week of Cool, the GOP doesn’t want us to remember the President’s intellectual gifts or his icy decision making capability. No, they want us to remember him as the President of Cool America, as in fashionable, hip, and exclusive. In Cool America, Jay-Z, Kim Kardashian and Ryan Seacrest could have Cabinet-level positions. The GOP, the chronically unhip kids, want to take us all back to high school. They are trying to make Barack Obama a cliché, the popular kid who was too cool to notice the average kids and their problems. The first 1% that we all experienced. They keep pointing to the President’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon as an indication of how lightly his takes his responsibilities, but this is fictious as fairness in the Ryan Budget.

I say the President’s Slow Jam of the News was a stroke of genius. He brought a rush of attention to an issue that was getting swept under the rug by Congress. Now college students realize what is about to happen to them. More importantly, they understand that they have a say. President Obama may have created the newest generation of activists by that late night appearance. The President made it “fashionable” and “hip” to discuss student loans this week. I say “Bravo!”

According to Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Coolhunt,” there are  three rules of Cool: 1) the quicker the chase of Cool , the faster the its flight ; 2) you can’t just manufacture Cool out of thin air; and 3) you have to be Cool to know Cool. The White House Correspondents’ Dinner will be held on Saturday. One of the best things about Cool is its ability to create the inside joke because it “knows Cool.” When President Obama and Jimmy Fallon Slow Jammed the News, President was making a serious policy point and most of America got the cool, inside joke. If you didn’t, now you know why.

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