I’m old enough to remember George Wallace, the segregationist (and frankly, blatantly racist) Democratic governor of Alabama in the early 1960s, who defiantly opposed the admission of blacks to Alabama’s university system until President Kennedy forced the issue. Well, Wallace went on eventually to have a change of heart, and, I suspect, it was a sincere one, though his legacy remains tainted by his earlier stances against the civil rights movement. I am old enough, too, to remember Dr. King’s “I have a Dream” speech in Washington DC, and they were words that would eventually change America greatly for the better, and that would ultimately I suspect play their own role in Wallace’s belated conversion.
But Wallace has another distinction in American politics and that is he became one of the first major third party candidates in modern American political history, first breaking with the Dummycrooks and running for president with his first vice-presidential candidate, former chief of the Strategic Air Command General Curtis Lemay. Wallace subsequently ran again on third party tickets, and until the assassination attempt on his life that left him badly crippled, was a constant factor to be reckoned with for the ever-present threat that he might try yet another third party ticket.
It was Wallace who, looking at the Dummycrooks and Republithugs, first quipped, “There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between them.” It was a phrase that stuck, and to this day we occasionally hear it being repeated as we look on at the bland, predictable theater of phony debates and posturing that the “two” major parties and their sock puppets have become. Indeed, so bored with it all have I become – I said bored, not apathetic – that I have scarcely said anything about Barmitt Obromneyack’s candidacy. It’s like trying to decide between Trotsky and Stalin (indeed, a choice between “the lesser of two evils”). Indeed, we literally do appear to be having something of a contest between “one third fewer calories” versions of internationalist Trotsky and “nationalist” Stalin. Consider the following article on Barmitt Obromneyack’s “positions”. While I don’t ever visit such websites, this one was sent to me by Mr. V.T., and I found myself echoing its sentiments so much I had to share it:
Were Mr. Wallace alive today, he would probably say “See, I told you so….not a dime’s worth of difference between them.” I happen to be one of those millions of Americans that years ago (almost a decade and a half), became disgusted with the “lesser of two evils philosophy” especially after loyally supporting a party that claimed to represent my views, promised to undo certain things that those “scallywags” on the other side of the aisle had done, and then, watched them fail time after time to do it.
No, after reading this list, I feel even more resolute in my vote of “NO CONFIDENCE” in Barmitt Obromneyack.
See you on the flip side.