Thu May 10, 2012, 05:22 PM
grantcart (41,819 posts)
"Ahead of a Posse"
McCain had guts.
McCain stood up, rebelled and stood for principle. He stood up to his father by fucking off at the academy and graduating at the bottom of his class. When he was shot down and had multiple broken bones and sustained prolonged rope torture by his guards he turned down an early release from the Hanoi Hilton. When he had remarried and Cindy McCain was overcome with compassion and brought home a dying Bangladeshi girl McCain agreed to adopt her before even seeing her. And while he stood up to the Republican Party in his early years he ruined much of his reputation by caving to the neanderthals of the Republican Party.
Romney has never stood up. He has never rebelled against his family, his church, his country, or his party. He is the guy who would actually state that his main defect is that he loves his country "too much". He is the ultimate butt kissing sycophant coward. Even his business strategy "leveraging" involves applying massive capital pressure to apply to a faltering business at a time of weakness to get undervalued assets and either put it up on the chopping block or get huge equity with little risk. He never put his name on the door and put himself on the line. He never put himself on the line in front of customers, he just massed strength on a faltering business. He formed a posse to clean up capital's wounded entrepreneurs.
This, more than anything, causes me to despise Romney in a way that I never did with McCain.
And now we have the well documented story of Romney attacking Lauber, with more stories on the way and the Romney campaign floundering trying to get schoolmates to stand up for him, and none are.
There was something in the WAPO story that bothered me beyond the obvious.
Then I went back and looked at it again.
There it was.
Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse . .
He sat in the room and got every body excited about their hatred for the guy that was different. Got the blood lust up and then when everyone was primed he led a group of guys to attack a single frightened boy.
If this was "To Catch a Mockingbird" not only would he not be Atticus Finch, he would be the guy Atticus would stare down first, knowing that he didn't have the guts to do something and his cowardice would inform the crowd.
He didn't have the courage to hunt Lauber down and take him one one by one but he led the posse.
There is nothing as dangerous as putting a personal coward at the head of a great military, they can't wait to engage some war to prove how tough they are.
There is only one thing to do with guys like Romney.
Make sure that they never get a Posse to lead.
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.
The incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their accounts independently of one another. Four of them — Friedemann, now a dentist; Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer; Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor; and David Seed, a retired principal — spoke on the record. Another former student who witnessed the incident asked not to be named. The men have differing political affiliations, although they mostly lean Democratic. Buford volunteered for Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. Seed, a registered independent, has served as a Republican county chairman in Michigan. All of them said that politics in no way colored their recollections.
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