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11/29/2012 1:01:00 PM
Letter: Why Romney lost


There are four reasons that Mitt Romney lost the presidential election.

1. Elitism

The GOP is fundamentally an elitist political party that represents the interests of the wealthy elite and the Military Industrial Complex. It is painfully obvious that the GOP is the party of the wealthy elite. It is also evident that the GOP represents corporate [fascist] Big Business interests. Small business people should never make the mistake of believing that the GOP represents their best interest.

2. Racism

Beginning in 1968, with the candidacy of Richard M. Nixon [R], the modern GOP began a concerted and deliberate effort to reach out to disenchanted racists within the Democratic party and nationally, too, and embraced their racist ideations incorporating that racism into the GOP platform to gain political power.

I urge everyone to research the “Southern Strategy” by Googling it and/or reading about it.

3. Sexism

To some extent, the GOP has always been sexist. The origins of this date all the way back to the original “founding fathers” with their decision to treat women as chattel. Women in America under our original US Constitution faired somewhat better than the slaves owned by the racist founders of the republic but not by very much. Women were property, too. That sexist ideation has changed very little over the years and the GOP remains a party dedicated to the domination and control of every aspect of women’s lives, particularly their reproductive processes.

Sadly, 45 percent of women voters voted for Mitt Romney, the sexist candidate.

4. Religious Fanaticism

Interestingly, in conjunction with the racism that became part and parcel of the modern GOP, so did religious fanaticism. This is a rather complex issue and it is difficult to reduce it a simple explanation.

The danger of over simplification cannot be overstated and therefore rather than try to delve into the complexity of this issue, it is better to merely state that religious fanaticism and racism in America have become so intertwined as to be virtually indistinguishable from each other.

In fact, there has always been a marriage of sorts between racism and religious fanaticism in America. With the introduction of slavery into America beginning in 1619, as the slave trade accelerated the determination to justify it based upon pseudo religious grounds accelerated, too, and slavery was codified into law in the original US Constitution.

Of course, this led to a more fanatic expression of alleged “Christian” dogma necessitated by the desire to justify an alleged Christian faith while simultaneously engaging in the buying, selling, trading and trafficking in human beings. This was something recognized by genuine Christians as completely antithetical to their faith.

Therefore, without too much elaboration, it is clear that the modern GOP has devolved under the domination and control of neoconservative leadership into a fascist party that expresses the core values of its voter base.

Entire treatises have been written on the relationship in America between racism and religious fanaticism. The interrelationship between these to extremes is well documented in countless historical reference books.

The four extremisms that represent the heart and soul of the modern GOP have rendered those who remain in the GOP deaf, dumb and blind to the political reality that no political party in America can sustain itself by reliance of such extremism.

Mitt Romney was doomed from the outset. Only 20 percent of the nation, approximately 57 million voters, ascribe to the elitist, racist, sexist and religious fanaticism of the GOP.

Of course, those influenced by such extremist ideation, principally children, are not included in that 20 percent figure. The indoctrination of children into racist ideation by parents, and mentors is not reflected in the popular vote.

It was predictable that the GOP had no real chance of winning the presidency given this irrefutable data. The GOP has always been a minority party. It has always relied upon the votes of unaffiliated voters infected with the virus of extremism to gain political power.

Furthermore, the reason this seems so contradictory in America is very simple. Pockets of racism exist. Places, like the Verde Valley, where the dominate ideation is racist and it distorts for them the reality that their racist ideation represents a minority opinion.

I guess one could reliably say that, “birds of a feather flock together” and thus this leads to the distorted assumption in racist communities that their racism predominates on the national level.

In other words, because they have congregated [geographically speaking] in the same area and represent in that limited area the majority view in that limited area they mistakenly ass-u-me that their racist view is shared throughout the remainder of America.

I cannot think of a worse candidate for the GOP to have presented to the American electorate than Mitt Romney. He was so utterly lacking in any moral character that it was inevitable that rational [those not infected with the virus of racism/extremism] thoughtful voters would reject him.

Ironically, in seeking political power to implement its corporate [fascist] agenda the GOP has become “hoist of it own petard” because by embracing racism, sexism and religious fanaticism and commingling it with elitism the devolution of the GOP into a minority “cult”/party was inevitable.

In conclusion, it was GOP/neoconservative EXTREMISM that was rejected on November 6, 2012 by the American people.

For me, it is very reassuring that the extremism I encounter on a daily basis in the Verde Valley has been collectively rejected by the American people.

John A. Bond


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: Phil Falbo

@ Randy

(With all due respect to a dissenting Libertarian opinion)

Simply, it is quite easy for a party that will most likely never gain either the presidency or a political majority to stand on the sidelines harshly screaming, 'Only we are not crazy and we know what to do!"

There is no record on which to run.

IMHO, (collectively) the Libertarians put way too much faith in the innate goodness of Man when it comes to both Social Justice, Environmental concern or Economic Philosophy.

Were it not for the reality of a History of Slavery, Industry taking every possible advantage of its workforce and competition, and Industry's preference for complete consumption of raw materials and pollution, you might have a point.

The existing political and legal systems did not just materialize from thin air. They have slowly precipitated from the cultural ingredients mixed in through the years.

Until the Libertarians moderate their politics, you might consider using a good throat spray.

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

@ Cody Flecker:

You said,

One has to remember that Dr. Martin Luther King was a registered Republican.


Your lack of historical perspective is appalling. You fail to recognize that prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the GOP represented the best political expression of racial equality in America.

Admittedly, prior to 1964, the Democratic Party was racist. The leadership of the Democratic Party turned a blind eye to the racism and racists within its ranks to maintain the politcal power it achieved under FDR beginning in 1932.

Furthermore, the GOP did little or nothing to promote racial equality in America even while hypocritically proclaiming itself "the party of Abraham Lincoln".

However, beginning in 1968 with the candidacy of Richard M. Nixon the GOP under Nixon's direction implemented the infamous and reprehensible "Southern Strategy" [google it if you are not to intellectually lazy to do so] that essentially embraced racism and invited disaffected racists [primarily from the South but nationally, too] from the Democratic Party into the GOP incorporating their racist ideation into the party platform.

It worked, too. When Ronald Wilson Reagan ran for office in 1980, the stage was set for the GOP regain the poltical power the wealthy elite craved and needed to implement its fascist goals.

When Mr. Reagan [formerly a Democrat], stated, "I did not leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me.", he was sending a coded message to the racist voter base of the GOP that he was "one of them, too".

He, too, had become disaffected by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

After hypocritically, for crass political purposes, solidifying that racist base in the GOP, he then pretentiously reached out to elists in the party with his infamous Reagan Revolution in which he promised to "restore America's greatness".

This too was a coded message that the elitist in the party understood to mean a return to the pre-FDR years [Reagan supported FDR as a democrat] wherein the wealthy elite regained domination and control over America like it had before the Great Depression of 1929.

Reagan then reached out to fiscal conservatives in the party by claiming his new economic "theory" dubbed egotistically "reaganomics" with its supply side, trickle down, deregulation, privatization goals, would "restore Americas financial greatness.

Now, never mind that reaganomics in truth and in fact was disguised as neoconservatism when it was in fact neo-liberalism [fascism].

Therefore, when the racists flocked into the GOP, infiltrated the leadership of the GOP and incorporated racism into its political platfrom, naturally Afro-Americans flocked into the Democratic party as it was purged of the racism and racists that formerly had occupied that space.

You then state:

" No respectable African American voter WAS EVER A DEMOCRAT. That concept changed with Lyndon Johnson and his Great Society nonsense."

I have explained to you why Afro-Americans became democrats above. However, your representation of the Great Society as "nonsense" is revelatory of your historical ignorance.

The goal of the Great Society was to address poverty in the US. Crushing, devastating poverty that was undermining our constitutional democracy.

Wealth was being consolidated into the hands of the wealthy elite with the clear outcome being the destruction of American democracy.

The goal was to implement government policies that would enable Americans not endowed with wealth to achieve economic justice.

This would secure the middle class in America and serve as a buffer between the wealthy elite and poor to prevent the usurpation of our constitutional democracy by the wealthy elite into a corporate [fascist] state.

I think you need to study American history and discover the truth about the war that has been waging in America, essentially since its inception when the wealthy elite sold out the revolution and formed into the United State of America codifying slavery into law in the original US Constitution.

Frankly, the "founding fathers" were rather unpatriotic people. They did not fight in the War of Independence.

For the most part they hired surrogates to fight in their stead in the war and with promises of freedom for their slaves they induced them to fight in the war, too, only to be reinslaved after the war because those slave-owning racists did not deem Africans to be fully human.

So, this has been a bried repudiation of your assertions with a concommitant effort to enlighten you in the process.

Whether or not it was successfurl remains to be seen. However, at least I have tried to awaken in you an awareness about the true history of America.

Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Article comment by: Cody Flecker

The reason why Mr. Romney lost the election was simply that the Republicans picked the wrong candidate to run against Mr. Obama. Romney was Mr. Milk Toast against a well oiled political machine. It's as simple as that. This has nothing to do with woman, minorities, or prejudice of any sort.

One has to remember that Dr. Martin Luther King was a registered Republican. No respectable African American voter WAS EVER A DEMOCRAT. That concept changed with Lyndon Johnson and his Great Society nonsense.

As far as prejudice in the Verde Valley, I have never witnessed any, nor seen any. I guess if you look hard enough it will rear its ugly head, but you really have to look very hard.

Most Americans are not well schooled in politics, economics, or even in basic social studies. We vote for the best interests of our pocket books, rather than for the country as a whole. Voters in the last election voted for the candidate whom they thought would deliver the best rewards for them. The election centered on the "what's in it for me theme" and nothing else.

We all know that spending someone else's money is OK, it only gets serious when "they" are spending our money. Then we get really concerned. Regardless of how we got to this economic position, this country of ours is dead broke. The Federal Reserve Bank is printing new money each month to keep this country afloat. This is highly inflationary. At some point, this over spending will have to come to a halt and when it does, watch out. That day is coming soon.

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Randy Lowe

Two wings of the same vulture. Insanity has been described as doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. We've been electing demoCrats and Republicans over and over again for a hundred years expecting a different result....therefore practicing insanity.
Wake up John....there's no difference. You've been duped by the Government Party!!!! But what else is new??

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

To those of you who posted responses to my letter with vitriolic and spiteful comments, I can only say that for you the truth can be a bitter pill to swallow. However, the truth can set you free when a compassionate heart opens the mind allowing the truth to enter in and clear that befogged mind.

Some of you are clearly uneducable. I do not impute the reason for this upon any lack of intelligence in any of you, and you know of whom I speak. I attribute your ineducability to your embracement of extremism.

It can be a manifestation of a singular extreme view such as racism, or it can represent a combination of extreme views such as elitism/racism/sexism/religiously fanaticism/fascism or any combination of these five extremisms.

Clearly, there are an infinite number of combinations that can explain such failure to be open minded.

When someone is infected with an extremist ideation, such as racism, it renders such sufferers completely incapable of rational, logical thought guided by a compassionate and caring spirit derived from a fidelity to AGAPE [unconditional love].

Quite frankly, so many of you are remarkably intelligent people who allow that intelligence to be circumvented by the virus of extremism. When you acknowledge the truth, thereby letting go of that extremism, in whatever form it manifests in you, the soul is freed from the constraints of the extremism and the mind becomes open to the truth.

This is particularly true when the truth is about you. One can acknowledge the truth and move forward [in this case out of the GOP] to embrace a genuine, egalitarian democratic political party or remain locked forever in denial.

Denial is a terrible and terrifying state to be living in for any human being. It prevents open-minded, logical and analytical consideration of facts that can lead you to the truth of a matter.

By living in denial, the person is prevented from accessing the truth and without truth life becomes a constant struggle against ones own best interest. It forces those living in denial to accept beliefs that are not only false but so spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally destructive as to render any such person morally impotent.

Of course, it goes without saying, that whenever that miraculous, and wonderful event occurs you will no longer be able to remain in the GOP because you will instantly recognize my description of the GOP as elitist, racist, sexist, religiously fanatic and fascist as truth and abandon the GOP. Then as you seek out a truly egalitarian political party consistent with those democratic principles set forth in the preamble to the US Constitution you will be free to pursue genuine democratic goals.

I am honor bound to tell you the truth. I can do nothing less. It is not my responsibility to take you by the hand like little children and lead you to the truth. I merely present it to you and then you make the decision as to whether or not you can embrace and live with the truth.

While you live in denial, America crumbles under the weight of corporate [fascist] domination and control expressed politically as the GOP.

Even now, fully one month after their ignominious defeat in a national election, the GOP continues to behave like a petulant child unable and unwilling to modify any of its views to accommodate the reality that it was trounced in the national election.

Such immaturity, such arrogance, such undemocratic behavior is intolerable in a constitutional democracy wherein co-operation and compromise are not only preferable but also absolutely essential to the preservation of our constitutional democracy.

The GOP attitude is one that essential says “Okay, democrats won the election. Now, surrender or we will hold the American economy and the American people hostage until you do.”

In other words, they refuse to acknowledge that their message, a message of elitism, racism, sexism, and religious fanaticism promoted by neoconservative corporatist [fascist] elites has been thoroughly rejected by the American people.

They do not care what the American people think or want. They are determined to dominate and control the destinies of the American people no matter what the cost in human terms of the pursuit of their fascist agenda.

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: M J



zzzzzzzzzz zzzz zzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzz

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: J M

More nonsense.

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: two cents

re: Greta Small

You're a woman, you're not wealthy, guess what, the republican party leaders don't care anything about you, except for your vote.

Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Article comment by: Ailean Wright

" I see racists " Mr Bond is like the Joe McCarthy of the local Democrat party...

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: yeah well, do you work?

Wow, someone has a lot of time on their hands.

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

@ Greta Small:

As a woman, it should be not only very disturbing to you, but also manifestly obvious that the GOP is sexist.

Recently, GOP Speaker of the House, John Boehner, announced the chairmanhships of 18 committees.

Every single one of them was a white male. Not a minority nor a woman to be seen on the list.

What does that tell you about the GOP? It should tell you a lot.

If you believe in democracy and you support the idea of an egalitarian constitutional democracy YOU do not belong in the GOP.

The GOP does not believe in democracy. It has spent the last 32 years seeking to undermine and transform our constitutional democracy into a corporate [fascist] state.

It is clear that the GOP is an undemocratic party fully loyal to the wealthy elite to the detriment of the middle class, working poor, women, minorities, seniors, and the disabled.

I think you can figure out what this means. Sadly, you apparently voted for Mitt Romney against your own best interests as a woman and as an American.

That is your burden to bear. I can only present the truth to you about the GOP and encourage you to abandon it for the fascism it represents.

The rest is up to you.

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

@ RoseMarie Babcock:

Frankly, there is nothing more important in America right now than the war [and it most certainly is a war] between democracy and fascism that is waging unabated between competing ideologies.

The GOP, as the political expression of the wealthy elite, with its conommitant reliance upon elitism, sexism, racism, and religiousl fanaticism under neoconservative leadership dedicated to the establishment of a corporate [fascist] state, is relentless in its pursuit of that goal.

The Presidential election was an important victory in the against fascism for democracy but it was merely one battle in the on-going war.

There is no time to sit back, relax and savor the transitory victory represented by that battle.

I assure, the GOP and its fascist leadership is not resting. It continues to implement its fascist goals notwithstanding anything to them as insignificant as a National Election.

There is no rest for the weary. "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance", and I am determined to remain vigilant against the assault upon American democracy by the weatlhy elite in conjunction with the Military Industrial Complex [MIC] with their goal of transforming America from a constitutional democracy into a corporate [fascist] state.

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: Lee Cali

Thank you John. Right on.

Mr. Glisson denies extemism here in our little ole Verde Valley? Obviously he is not reading the vicious comments that appear when we "progressives" try to express our opinions!

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Romney lost because he was like watching

Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Article comment by: Greta Small

I am a woman, I am not wealthy, I am a Republican, and proud of it. I do believe in charity, but I also believe that charity starts at home. Therefore I will be charitable and not raise the roof everytime Mr. Bond starts to pontificate.

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