It is in a sad way quite reassuring. Every time that Obama drives me, a banking attorney, away from him, you go and do or say something that makes him look good, or at least far less dangerous.
Banking, John, Banking…you are driving away LGBT banking and legal professionals, and people in those professions who are sympathetic to us.. Quite a trick, really. By tradition, before you and other Republican leaders crawled into bed with the mad men that make up the Evangelical Right, The House of Morgan and similiar “families” were the mainstay of the Republican Party.
I was once a Tory, for God’s sake. I am a fiscal conservative whose views make Milton Friedman look like a radical Keynesian. I am a social liberal, though. In the Republican Party I’d be closer to Theodore Roosevelt. He probably wouldn’t be welcome in the party either. Consequently, those of us who channel long gone “Bull Moosers” have run off to the Democrats.
Sure, the WSJ is still your cheering section and utters not a murmur when you treat a woman reporter like the c*nt that you think that your wife is. But then, Rupert Murdoch would die before he wandered away from a party that offers the best chance of a permanent aristocracy and permanent peasant class as the result of it’s economic policies and its authoritarian silencing of dissent. The rest of us shudder as we think of the editorial policy of the “Grande Dame of Wall Street” being in the hands of that particularly uncouth buccaneer. We shudder even more as we wonder if the Republicans have any fiscal policy other than the dangerously intense concentration of wealth in the hands of a few.
It dovetails rather neatly with the goals of your Evangelical Allies; the re-creation of an economic feudalism with the impoverished masses sucking down the opiate of Fundamentalist Christianity as opposed to Roman Catholicism in a return to a political and financial Dark Ages. Endure your sufferings, it is God’s will. And vote for your oppressors.
I am afraid that that kind of political manifesto, clear yet unstated and unspoken, will not entice or hold us to your side, John. We will vote against short term riches as we take a longer view, the kind of longer view that the centuries old banks that employ us take. We will look nervously over our shoulder as we imagine the possibility of a Judge Roy Moore on the USSC, reversing Lawrence, and sex police coming into our offices to arrest us.
I hate to do it, but I am going to steel myself and vote for Obama, John, though he is not exactly an advocate for either economic policies that I favour, or for my status as an LGBT. I may have to have a shot or two of Jemmies before I do it, John. But I will do it.
Why? Because as disappointing as I can imagine an America under Obama being, that disappointment is just a fraction of the sheer terror and fear that I possess of an America ruled by you, because you wouldn’t rule it. The ideologues and Domionists around you, far lesser men than Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt, William McKinley or nearly any other Republican other than Bush II had, will run your country for you.