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Tweedledum running against Tweedledee
by Jake Highton
Oct 17, 2012 | 2811 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ditto, said Tweedledum.

Ditto, ditto, cried Tweedledee

“Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll

Mitt Romney, the GOP candidate for president in the Nov. 6 election, is outrageous. President Obama, the Democratic nominee for re-election, is just another shabby politician.

Romney is hollow, Obama is all rhetoric. Romney is a sneering plutocrat, Obama is a great betrayer.

Neither will change fundamental policies at home and abroad.

Rambo Obama is prosecutor, judge, jury and executor in the drone strikes. He has a kill list. This is what Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio calls moral depravity.

Macho Obama, the assassin in chief, had Osama bin Laden killed. Obama claims the right to kidnap U.S. citizens. His rendition policy outsources human rights abuses, including waterboarding.

A wise president will pull U.S. troops from Afghanistan at once after an 11-year folly in that unconquerable land. Neither candidate is wise. The war machine costing $737 billion annually is responsible for any fiscal crisis. Yet Obama’s budget proposes $755 billion.

American militaristic hubris in the Middle East produces Arab hatred. America has 1,000 bases globally. But rather than cut the bloated military budget, Obama targets essentials like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps.

Obama has not closed the heinous Guantánamo as he promised, allowing indefinite military detention without charges and trials. His economic boycott of Cuba puts the politics of Miami expatriates above humanity. Ditto sanctions against Iran.

While American “exceptionalism” is often cruel, it can be petty. It stopped payment on $144 million it owes the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization because UNESCO voted to make Palestine a member.

Obama keeps open the School of the Americas in Fort Benning even though it trains Latin American military in human rights violations, assassinations and disappearance of “undesirables.”

Obama admits there’s little difference between his position on Social Security and Romney’s. Obama will “tweak” it, Romney will slash it. (Tweak is Washingtonese for slashes.)

Obama promised to raise the minimum wage. He did not. He was silent about Wisconsin union-busting and Chicago teacher-bashing.

The candidates say nothing about apartheid penal policies. America with 5 percent of the world’s population has one-quarter of the world’s prisoners. It arrests 800,000 annually for bogus marijuana crimes.

Blacks and Latinos are imprisoned disproportionately in that futile fight. Obama’s Feds hunt down medical marijuana in California, refusing to legalize and tax a harmless product.

The Nuns on the Bus campaign demonstrates the moral passion, concern for justice and the very purpose of government lacking in Obama.

Romney disdains 47 percent of Americans as deadbeats. Yet corporations are the real freeloaders with subsidies, low taxes and outsourcing.

Romney’s sense of values is atrocious. He would abolish federal support for Planned Parenthood that provides 750,000 breast exams yearly for cancer. He would eliminate PBS funding, tuned in by 91 percent of TV households and watched by 81 percent of kids 2 to 8.

No, the nation’s future does not hang in the balance in this election as the New York Times ridiculously put it. The nation will endure — badly — with Romney or Obama.

The older you get, the more cynical you become about politics. You become convinced that it really doesn’t matter who is elected president.

Jake Highton is an emeritus journalism professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.
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