January 23, 2018
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Nazi Hunter of the Day: Newt Gingrich

This image by guest artist Newt Gingrich, revealing Mitt Romney’s anti-Jewish-senior past. Newt Gingrich reaches new lows in the Florida-race-to-the-bottom-primary almost by the minute. In yesterday’s Washington Post


we saw the signs of a right-wing lunatic fringe gone mainstream in which a Gingrich campaign stop had the feeling of a hate group rally. Today there is the robo call to elderly Jews telling them that Romney once voted against a meals bill which would have forced seniors to forgo kosher food (not true).

As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney vetoed a bill paying for kosher food for our seniors in nursing homes. Holocaust survivors, who for the first time, were forced to eat non-kosher, because Romney thought $5 was too much to pay for our grandparents to eat kosher. Where is Mitt Romney’s compassion for our seniors? Tuesday you can end Mitt Romney’s hypocrisy on religious freedom, with a vote for Newt Gingrich. Paid for by Newt 2012.

In a flash, for the votes of some old people Newt has become the tribune of compassion. Forget that, given half the chance, all meals for all needy people would be thrown into the Intracoastal waterway along with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and whatever is left. As a piece of carrot atop this gefilte fish, Newt’s text refers to “our grandmothers”. Newt Ginsberg! Who knew?? . And adding the phrase “holocaust survivor” elevates the cause, casting Mitt Romney as the perfect symbol of all that is evil. As opposed to Newt.


Suddenly Uncorrupt Ex-Congressman of the Day: Bill Delahunt

Former Congressman-turned lobbyist Bill Delahunt has graciously decided to forego the $15,000 a month fee from a company he helped get a big contract as congressman. This decision comes after an exposé by the Boston Globe, showing how public scrutiny can lead one to remarkable self-discovery. It doesn’t stop him from being the poster-boy for everything that’s wrong with our politics. As always, it’s the money, stupid.

Supreme Courage of the Day: The Montana Supreme Court

Recently the Montana Supreme Court (Chief Justice Mike McGrath sketched here) ruled that the odious Citizens United ruling handed down 2 years ago by the US Supreme Court would not pass muster in Montana.  Montana, it felt,  had had a long tradition of understanding the toxic influence of money on democracy and had the responsibility to reassert this now, amid the specter of the biggest campaign/money orgy the world has ever seen. They state:  “The Dissents assert that Citizens United holds unequivocally that no sufficient government interest justifies limits on political speech. We disagree. The [U.S.] Supreme Court held that laws that burden political speech are subject to strict scrutiny, which requires the government to prove that the law furthers a compelling state interest and is narrowly tailored to that interest.” More in Counterpunch: http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/01/27/montana-supreme-court-flouts-citizens-united/

It is possible, or likely, that this will be struck down by the US Supreme Court in time, upholding its own big mistake.  But how great to see this. And a strong reminder of the constitutional amendment banning this level of campaign contribution that we need to get to work on immediately.


Killer App of the Day

In today’s Times the difficult article about the Apple Foxconn factory in Chengdu, China. Like so many stories it implicates all of us. But this time we must connect human misery with the bright, uplifting futuristic world of the i-Pad. Hard to look, hard to look away. Ask Siri.

Blunt Object of the Day: Mitch Daniels

Last night’s speech by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (the former Bush OMB head) was the big debut of the thoughtful, friendly face that the GOP has been calling out in the night for since the primary circus has become, for them, an unending nightmare.  Daniels proposed the old cut/cut idea with a gentle presentation. But it was Paul Ryan, really, back again. What commentators didn’t include in their assessment was the fact that Daniels is set to sign off on the Indiana legislature’s passage of a Right to Work law, which would effectively bust unions in that state.  This comes after doing that to public unions; the very thing that Scott Walker in Wisconsin is now facing recall over. Indiana, however, seems not to be upset about the banana economy that this will generate.  Creating jobs regardless of whether they will keep people in the middle class or not is all that counts.  This is the great Republican revival, the Wal-Mart world for the majority and high times for the 1%.  What this union-busting goon has in his hands here, in the image of Daniels, may be called a club for growth.