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Lies! Racism! Voter Suppression!

Posted in Playthell on politics with tags , , on August 29, 2012 by playthell
 A Belligerent Fat Boy

 On the Republican Strategy for Victory

Watching the speakers at the opening session of the Republican convention it quickly became clear that their themes were based on the series of blatant lies they have been telling about President Obama in their campaign ads.  And it is equally clear that they are addressing an audience who does not care about the facts. This is irrefutable evidence that they believe the people who are likely to vote for them are either stupid or, like them, don’t give a whit about the truth so long as it serves their political objectives.

Hence, early on it was clear that we were in for a protracted charade, a badly conceived farce masquerading as serious drama; a sad spectacle of po dumb rednecks applauding plutocrats and their shills who are pledging to take away their health care, destroy their unions, scrap minimum wage laws, and make them work longer to get Social Security.  And in the absence of affordable health care many will not live to collect on the social security benefit that they have been taxed their entire working life to pay for.  Well, that’s one way to reduce the cost of Social Security.

They are also advocating making it harder to qualify for welfare during a prolonged period of economic depression when work for pay is beyond the reach for millions of Americansm due to structural unemployment brought on by technological innovations and globalization.  The question arises: why are these working class white folks applauding this Republican ticket?

It is a self-destructive move, because their jobs may be shipped overseas any day by the likes of Mitt and his crowd of amoral plutocrats.  These people  would plunge American comunities into chaos faster than hopalong Cassidy could draw his guns, they can increase profits by relocating overseas where they can obtain labor at near slave wages and they have no right to organize. They have done it many times before, and it’s their plan for American workers.

We heard the “Weeper of the House” John Boehner, deliver a tasteless diatribe against President Obama that amounted to bearing false witness…which according to the teachings of his church is a mortal sin.  Boehner is an embarrassment to his lofty office, and raises real questions about the intellectual and moral gravitas of the people who repeatedly elect him to office.  They apparently  believe this crude simple minded palooka is a superior guardian of the peoples’ interest than the brilliant, progressive, legislator Nancy Pelosi – one of the greatest House Speakers of all time.

Then we heard the Governors of Ohio, Wisconsin and Virginia brag about how well their states are doing while denouncing President Obama and the federal government; whose Economic Stimulus policies made it all possible. All of these states benefitted from the rescue of a collapsing economy by President Obama’s policies; after their party’s president, George Bush – who has become a non-person amongst this crowd – wrecked an economy bequeathed to him by Bill Clinton, with a balanced budget and a surplus of billions.

The governor of Ohio conveniently forgot to mention that 1 of every 8 jobs in his state is directly related to the auto-industry!  And had President Obama not rescued that last major vestige of the American manufacturing sector, as Mitt Romney advised, Ohio’s economy would be in shambles.  The state of Virginia was largely insulated from the full force of the Bush Depression by the large number of government jobs the state enjoys.  To close the naval facility at Norfolk alone – the largest naval base in the world – would plunge the state into depression.

Then came that absurd loser Rick Santorum, who was tossed from his Senate seat and kicked to the curb by Pennsylvanians. During the campaign he cast Mitt as the devil, and now has come to sing his praises.  His speech was not only based on blatant lies about the President’s welfare policies, but he nearly dammed Mitt with faint praise.  Sick Rick was a dirty joke, with his barely concealed racist dog whistles.

South Carolina Governor Nicki Hailey was as dull, mechanical and corny as the Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal; another shameless suck up to white racist with East Indian roots, whom the Republicans once thought of as their answer to President Obama.  But then we heard him offer a rebuttal speech to President Obama’s State of the Union Address, and he looked so stiff and doophus I wrote a commentary titled “The Return of Hoody Doody.”  He soon fell into a black hole and we have not seen him on the national stage again.  I predict the same fate will befall Governor Hailey.  She is a shameless liar and a grinning, boring, charlatan.

Miss Ann

Praising her Boo

Just before the keynote speaker, the rotund governor of New Jersey who looks and often acts like a a barroom bouncer, they brought on Mitt’s “secret weapon.”  Ann Romney said she had come to talk not about politics but love.  She lied.  After a sappy condescending pitch to American women, trying to relate to the experiences of working women that she obviously knows nothing about, Miss Ann offered a syrupy panegyric to the Mittster; whom she first painted as the love of her life, she made a dead up political pitch delivered with great skill and panache.  The audience loved her…but not like Sarah the Alaskan Barbarian.

As for Fat Chris…well, after announcing it’s not about love but respect, which seemed to dis Miss Ann’s silly rap, it was the standard free market anti-government, anti-union, American Exceptionalist prattle; which is common fare in the Grand Obstructionists Party.  Hence his heralded speech turned out to be much ado about nothing.

At times he came across as a pompous windbag, belting out his lines like a circus barker.  Reverend Al Sharpton, a verbal virtuosso of the first rank,  called him the “Ralph Cramden of the Republican Party.” But he looked more like a belligerent Humphrey Pennyworth to me.  And he did Mitt no great service.  Of 26 hundred words, there were 1800 words spoken before Mitt was even mentioned.

Then “Jersey Fats”  returned to talking about himself and his accomplishments in New Jersey.  His self-serving performance lends credence to the rumors about that Fats turned down Romney’s offer to run as his Vice-President because he is convinced that Mitt is destined to lose.  Therefore Christy is laying the foundation for a run at the White House in 2016.

Christy may even be deluded enough to believe this artless diatrube would do for him what Barack Obama’s eloquent insightful speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention did for his career.   As I listened to this chain of fools, mountebanks, blaggards and shameless charlatans the Grand Obstructionist Party inflicted on this nation last night – all of whom sang the praises of democracy, yet none spoke out against the shameless and possibly criminal efforts to suppress the black and Latino vote – I was once again reminded of Shakespeare’s words at the close of Macbeth: Twas a tale told by idiots / all sound and fury…signifying nothing!


 Playthell G. Benjamin

Harlem, New York

August 29, 20

Stop Whining Annie…

Posted in On Republican Women, Playthell on politics, Uncategorized with tags , , on August 20, 2012 by playthell
An arrogant, Over privileged, Stepford Wife

 ….Just Show Us Yo Tax Returns!

If, as we are told, Ann Romney is Mitt’s secret weapon, this joker is in big trouble.  As questions swirl around his tax returns, which are now routinely referred to as Mitts “Secret” tax returns, Miss Ann responds to questions from reporters about being more transparent with their tax returns over the years by becoming petulant and unhinged.

Miss Ann is a very bad actor and therefore cannot disguise her contempt for those beneath her social status who are impertinent enough to insist that she answer questions about what she and Mitt chooses to do with their money- which they have been hiding in a lot of suspicious places.  So what if the press is the eyes and ears of the people, and the reporters are just doing their jobs?

Miss Ann postures like a dowager speaking to servants as she announces in no uncertain terms that they are not telling us another word about their wealth and how it is taxed.  Yet she seems to be totally unaware of how she is coming across to those viewers who have even half a functioning brain.

For despite her haughty attitude, she looks frightened and confused; like a deer caught in the headlights of a tractor trailer bearing down on her.  When the camera zooms in close, the look of anxiety on Miss Ann’s face would make a good spot in the airline commercials that asks “Wanna get away?”

In two major television interviews she has gone from bad to worse when asked about releasing additional tax returns.  On one occasion she said to Robin Roberts, a veteran Afro-American reporter: “We have told you people enough about what we have and how we live.”  And in a later interview on NBC’s Rock Center she said emphatically that there would be no more tax returns because they will just be used by their enemies to pick them apart.  “We have paid everything the law requires of us,” she announced.

When the interviewer asked did she think the public had a right to know how much taxes they paid, since after all her husband was running for President; and would soon be debating tax policy with President Obama, Miss Ann fairly spat out her incredulous reply.  “Haven’t you seen what they are doing to us?” She asked.

Then she defiantly declared that the only thing releasing more tax returns would do is “give them more ammunition to use against us.” With an air of stony resolve, Miss Ann announced on national television that “There will be no more returns!”   My Harvard trained tax attorney, who spent 20 years working for the IRS, tells me they are definitely hiding something…. and it is almost certainly immoral and unethical.  The only question is if it’s illegal.

Despite her fumbling attempts to make nice, this is a cold blooded bitch.  I can easily hear her say of the struggling poor, the people who need the food supplement programs her husband vows to slash: “Let them eat cake!”  Miss Ann strikes me as being as clueless as Marie Antoinette; whose attitude caused her to literally lose her head.  And she seems as callous as “Hard Hearted Hanna” a dirty bitch in Savanna, who was observed standing on dry land, pouring water on the head of a drowning man!  Mitt’s weapon is not only secret….it’s deadly.

The Sport of Plutocrats

Miss Ann and her dancing beast



Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
August 17, 2012

It’s Mittster the Trickster!

Posted in Playthell on politics with tags , , , on April 25, 2012 by playthell
                 It’s Official: Republicans Are Running An empty Suit

         Romney’s Victory Speech is Hollow Mockery

Last night Mitt Romney pretty much sewed up the Republican nomination by sweeping the primaries in four states, and his most formidable challengers have left the field.  With only two deluded old fools – Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich – attempting to block his path, and Newt just announced he is retiring from the race next Tuesday,  Mitt is a shoo in.  Assuming the mantle of Republican standard bearer, Romney presented a victory speech that gave us a glimpse of what he stands for…and as the writer Gertrude Stein once said: “There was no there there.”

The speech was stiff and rang hollow; it was a burlesque on a serious statement of vision for a nation facing monumental issues.  After an introduction by his smiling blond Stepford wife, who thanked the audience for supporting “us,” Mitt the Stiff began his speech by enumerating a series of economic disasters that are consequences of the Republican destruction of our economy, and vainly attempted to hang the blame on President Obama, who actually saved the nation from a deep depression and turned things around.

Looking out on his adoring audience of New Hampshire airheads courting heartbreak – because win or lose it will be crying time – the Mittster said “I have a simple message.”  And as he began to speak it was clear that he misspoke; he should have said simple minded.

Although a confederation of well-paid white male pundits are praising the speech as the best ever from Mitt, it was like saying Spider Man is better looking than Freddie Kruger.  The Mittster’s monologue was characterized by vague promises, name calling, uninspired empty rhetoric and myriad absurdities.

It was all smoke and mirrors that attempted to confuse shadows with substance.   His language reminded me of the “New Speak” George Orwell introduced in his classic novel 1984.  Orwell tells us “Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum.”

It was as if Mitt used this as the model for his monologue, which was innocent of erudition or eloquence, and often perverted the meaning of words so that they appeared to be their opposite.  Consider the following statement Mitt makes about President Obama: “he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time.  But not here and not now.  It’s still about the economy …and we’re not stupid.”

This is a perfect description of himself!   Mitt’s campaign began with a television ad in which they took a clip of Barack quoting John McCain’s campaign manager in the last election, and edited it to look like a statement of the President’s position.  This was a blatant amoral lie.  Romney’s entire campaign is based on lies and distortions of the President’s record, and distractions, like the phony dust up over his wife.

Its quintessential Romney speak.  The incoherent mutterings of a desperate man who has no substantive criticism of the President, and thus must rely on lies and distortions in an effort to so confuse people they will vote against their interest.

The most egregious perversion of language, and insult to his audience, is when he proclaimed “we’re not stupid” as he tries to convince them to cut their throats.  Mittster the trickster could barely conceal his contempt for this howling untutored mob, who appeared to cheer on cue.

The New Hampshire Airheads Cheer Their Demise

Laughing on the way to the Graveyard?


Playthell G. Benjamin

Harlem, New York

April 25, 2012

Is Mitt Getting the White Boy Pass?

Posted in Playthell on politics with tags , , , on April 21, 2012 by playthell
  A Lying So and So….real phony balony

A Reflection on Race, Politics and Privilege

The boisterous kerfuffle around Valarie Rosen’s observation that Ann Romney is not a reliable source in assessing the aspirations of the majority of American women because she has never held a job, serves notice that Miss Ann is off limits for critical comments even though her husband says she’s his consultant on women’s affairs.

The extent to which people of all political persuasions have been willing to participate in a charade to obscure the real issue that Ms. Rosen was addressing is instructive.  Ms. Rosen observed that a woman who has never worked a job is not a reliable source on the aspirations of millions of women who earn their living in a Darwinian workplace, where they still face discrimination in pay when they compete with men!

As I write a report is being released showing that women still only make 77 cents for every dollar paid to men for comparable work, but Romney won’t say whether he would veto a bill to repeal the Lilly Ledbetter Act if a Republican Congress that opposed it sent a bill to his desk. Hence it is reasonable to ask what his wife is telling him.

If Ms. Ann is telling Mitt that position is cool, we need no further evidence that Valarie Rosen was spot on!  The response to Rosen’s factually correct observation serves notice that there are aspects of the Romney’s life and values that are not to be examined.

The problem is that many of those who are crying loudest – i.e. Republicans – consider these same questions fair game when the target of their inquiries and attacks is the Obamas.  This is just the latest manifestation of a double standard regarding Barack and his white opponents that we first saw during his campaign against John McCain.  A powerful case in point is that President Obama’s church became a major issue, with legions of white simpleton’s in the punditocracy offering the most virulent criticism.

Pretentious sophist like Bill O’Reily prattled on as if he had diarrhea of the mouth attacking Reverend Wright, Mr. Obama’s pastor.  Yet he and millions of pious Catholics would have gone bonkers if I pointed out that he belonged to a church where the priests routinely rape the kids in their trust and their Bishops cover it up!  And what’s a sexual predator who had to settle a harassment case out of court doing dispensing moral critiques?

At the same time Obama’s Pastor Reverend Jeremiah Wright – an elegant man who is a theologian, great preacher and former United States Marine – was under sustained attack, Senator McCain was thick as thieves with two far right Evangelical preachers that were warmongering bigots: John Hagee and Rod ParsleyNo one made a big issue of it, and nobody dare make an issue of Mitt’s Mormonism.  Yet for years now, Minister Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam has been largely barred from the public debate for expressing quite similar views.

The teachings of the Church of the Latter Day Saints and the Nation of Islam are both unique theologies born in the USA – one is an improvisation on Christianity the other on Islam – and their beliefs about race mirror each other.  The Mormons say black people are cursed, and the Nation of Islam says whites are devils!

Mr. Farrakhan has been silenced for his views, but Mitt is running for President.  Yet no one dare mention, let alone criticize, his religious beliefs.  Hence it’s fair to ask: Is the Mittster getting the white boy pass?


Playthell G. Benjamin

Harlem, New York

April 20, 2012

Hillary Rosen is Right!

Posted in Playthell on politics with tags on April 14, 2012 by playthell

 Speaking truth to Power

 On Women, Work and Shameless Hypocrisy

I have long argued that leaders of the Grand Obstructionist Party calculate the ignorance of their constituents into their formula for victory.  Their latest shenanigans around the factual comment of Democratic Party strategist Hillary Rosen, who pointed out that Ann Romney is a housewife who has never held a job in the workplac in her life, exposes both their venality and their hypocrisy.

After all, Mitt Romney publicly proclaimed that he understood what women wanted because his wife Ann has been out talking with women and “reports” back to him.  In the language of CEO speak that means he has delegated the responsiblilty of interpeting  the aspirations of women to her.

Thus it was he that introduced his wife as an advisor to his campaign.  That makes her fair game for criticism, and her judgment open to question; since we are told that she is an advisor on critical issues to a man who is running for the presidency of the United States. Hence what Hillary Rosen said is beyond appropriate: it is fitting….spot on!

I am referring to what she actually said; not the transparent lies and gross distortions of her comments presently being circulated by media shills of the GOP at WABC – “White Apartheid Broadcast Company” – and the FOX network.  Although the leadership of the Democratic Party, including President Obama and the first lady, are running over each other to distance themselves from what they know is a bogus interpretation; they are just playing politics.

Understandably they don’t want to get bogged down in an argument trying to explain what Ms. Rosen meant when they are already leading the Republican challenger by almost 20 points with women voters. Hence their decision to heap denunciations on Ms. Rosen is politically smart but unprincipled alas.   Since I am not in the habit of confusing politicians with saints, and would much prefer Machiavelli as an ally to Mother Theresa, I am not shocked at the demagoguery and opportunism of both the Democrats and the Republicans on this issue.

The Republicans are desperate to find an effective route into the hearts and minds of women voters, but President Obama has such a formidable record of support for women they are like drowning men grasping at straws.  What is obvious about their strategy is that the GOP strategists think women are stupid….and they have millions of women whose political choices prove it.  After all, they are passing laws all over the country that limit the life chances of women in this society, while Barack Obama’s first act was to sign the Lilly Ledbetter law, making it illegal to pay women less than men for comparable work.

And when he got the chance to appoint justices to the Supreme Court, one of the most consequential and enduring exercises of presidential power, he appointed two women to the Supreme Court over vociferous Republican opposition.  There are many more instances of dramatic support for women on the part of President Obama, like provisions in the Affordable Health Care Act, which Ann’s husband has vowed to scrap.

In view of these facts, to think that a comment about Ann Romney’s qualification to speak on behalf of millions of working women, when she has never held a job, will reduce the dramatic gender gap between Mitt and Barack, is a blatant insult to the intelligence of women.  But this issue could easily backfire on the Grand Obstructionist Party, because the Democrats can win this argument.

There are so few women who can identify with the plush life of Ann Romney that any gain the Republicans can get from this line of argument will prove insignificant.  I am convinced that intelligent working women will immediately recognize this Republican contrived kerfuffle for the bogus bullshit that it is.

What is puzzling is the way the chattering class in the media, the pundits and bloviators who comment on the news, have jumped on this issue.  Thus far they have shed far more heat than light.  Since it is hard to believe that they are as uniformly stupid as they sound, frankly I’m at a lost to explain their bizarre behavior.

All of them genflect before Ann Romney, bestowing a gravitas on her mutterings that I fail to see.  The only explanation I can conjure up is that producers in cable television with a news cycle that runs 24/7 jump on any issue that can attract viewers, even if they all know the controversy is bogus.  Ms. Rosen went so far as to apologize for an insult she did not make in order to put an end to this distraction.  It is a telling comment on the state of news commentary that it was left to comic Stephen Colbert to treat the controversy as the joke that it is.

The FOX NEWs and WABC radio crowd are doing what they were created to do…defend the Republican line no matter how absurd and inaccurate.  Alas, they thrive on this kind of hypocrisy; it is their stock in trade.  But the mealy mouth drivel coming from others in mainstream media, especially the liberals, is puzzling.  Why don’t they just tell the truth and point out that this is a manufactured controversy?

What Ms. Rosen was actualy saying is that Ann Romney, a woman who has never worked for her daily bread outside of her home, but has spent her life as the pampered wife of a multi-millionaire, is not a reliable reporter on the problems of women who must daily engage in a Darwinian struggle for bread in an economy where good jobs are becoming harder to find, real wages are stagnant or falling, and women are still discriminated against.  And many of these women are supporting several children on their own.

All most women will need is  to see is that stupid FOX interview where a clueless Ann Romney talks about how much trouble she had raising five rambunctious boys in a fabulous mansion, and able to afford all the help she needed.   When they witness this pampered priviledged woman suggesting that her ordeal is comparable to working women trying to raise children on non-union jobs who, if left to her husband, would be denied union representation, and even work, if Mitt thought he could make more money for his fat cat friends by eliminating her job; I am convinced that they will  conclude that Ms. Rosen was right!  Ann Romney is clueless!

 Ann Romney: Clueless, Pampered, Housewife…..

……and transparent demagogue.


Playthell G. Benjamin

Harlem, New York

April 13, 2012