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Did you vote? Never mind, I'd hush it up, too

November 17, 2012 12:10 am

JALISCO, Mexico--

I have been a bad person. I did not vote. I confess it. Years ago a Japanese friend told me, "We are not too intelested in Amelican national erection." Me too either.

What was the point? We suffered years of blather from unqualified charlatans who regard the public as ignorant hamsters of low caste, and what do we get? One of the same unqualified charlatans. We could have done it without an election. Think of the peace and quiet.

This deplorable practice--holding elections, I mean--is thought to be fraught with consequences. For example, I am told that the defeat of Mitt Romney signals the end of rule by Angry Old White Men. I hope so. I enjoy living in the Third World, and soon Americans will be able to do so from the comfort of their own home.

To me, Romney's candidacy signaled the Republicans' admirable capacity to do the impossible: Find an aspirant even more depressing than Barack Obama. But they managed. It was a triumph of the human spirit. Never underestimate American ingenuity.

How was this result achieved? Romney asserted that Russia is America's most perilous adversary, wanted to deal fiercely with China, asserted the nonexistence of Palestinians, pledged his undying troth to Israel (America presumably would be a second wife), wanted to attack Iran, and thinks we need to increase the military budget.

Oh, Lord. Oh, Lord.

Were the Chinese paying him off? If you want to bring the United States down, keep it spending. On anything. On everything. Does nobody understand this?

Conservatives think that Reagan the Baffled won a great victory over the Soviet Onion by spending it into penury. Gr-r-r. Woof. But in the great sweep of things, what he did was to increase military spending. The Russians didn't matter: The Pentagon quickly found another financial pretext in Terrorism after the budgetary godsend in New York. Subsequent presidents continued the trend. From a Chinese point of view, it is wonderful. They build their economy while we assassinate ours. They don't need a military. Ours is doing the job for them.


The trick is to keep America's wars going as long and inconclusively as possible until the Land of the Free ends up selling pencils on street corners. I figure Beijing pays the White House under the table.

So much for Romney. With Obama, by contrast, we will have little cause for alarm, other than abolition of the Constitution, currency controls, selective denial of passports to enemies of the administration, uncontrolled inflation, wild federal spending, and a level of surveillance that would frighten a laboratory rat.

In a decade I figure we will look longingly at North Korea as a model of civil liberties.

Then we have the gender gap. I am told that women favored Obama by a margin of 12 points, while men went for Romney by eight. Here is clear evidence that women do not understand politics. It is too difficult for them. They worry their pretty little heads about trivia like schooling, health care, peace, security, paying the bills, and having a livable country in which to live. No nation can long survive such an agenda. Repeal the 19th Amendment, I say. Should women ever evolve politically, which doesn't seem likely, they, too, will see the wisdom of killing child goatherds in Afghanistan.

And the geography gap. I have seen Romney quoted as describing Syria as Iran's "route to the sea." This is fascinating. He doesn't know where Iraq and Turkey are. But the hamstervolk want a hamsterführer who Looks Like America, and if a candidate were discovered to know where his wars were, he would be thought elitist.

We come to the threat of socialism. Obama, I am told more often than I really think necessary, is a socialist. He is going to make America into Europe, thought to be expiring of socialism, a sort of economic gangrene. The same people also tell me, often with curious orthography, that he is a Marxist, a Muslim, and an America-hating Christian. This notion is an example of the remarkable versatility of barely existent minds. If the man is a Marxist, this being explicitly atheistic, then he cannot be a Muslim or any kind of Christian. If he is a Christian .


But socialism. On the outdated theory that words mean things, I had recourse to the dictionary and found that socialism is "an economic system in which the means of production and distribution belong to the government."

Thus, America cannot be socialist, since the means of production belong to the Chinese. Nor can I understand why Europe is regarded as socialist. I have walked the streets of Madrid, Paris, Sevilla, Frankfurt, on and on, and seen no indication that the stores and restaurants belonged to government. Neither, I thought, did Siemens, Dassault, BP, BMW, Mercedes, Santander, Leica, and, most important, Bass and Guinness.

Europe looks to me like a capitalist economy with good health care and long vacations. I feel deeply threatened by this nightmare, and hope that Congress will impeach Obama before he can impose such a dreadful thing.

The idea that Obama could turn the U.S. into a socialist realm is more interesting psychologically than economically. It suggests depths of giddy retardation that could be plumbed only in a bathysphere. Corporations control the U.S. They own Congress. Do you really think that the CEO of Lockheed-Martin wants to see the company nationalized and himself put on a federal salary?

Yes, I know. I will get mails telling me of the economic collapse of Europe, in stark contrast to America's booming economy, full employment, staggering trade surplus, and incorruptible government.

For all these blessings brought to us by our laudable leadership, I suggest that instead we ought to borrow Angela Merkel, Uri Avnery, or that indescribably gutsy and intelligent woman who is giving the dictators hives in Burma.

Diversity would be our strength.

Fred Reed, an expatriate, spent much of his boyhood and adolescence in King George County.

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