If you watched the Republican presidential hopefuls go through their convincing dud and debacle, then you must surely be worried about the future of the United States. What a dirth of talent and intellect!
However we never seem to learn. Consider who recently held the President or Vice President position: Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Dan Quayle, etc. When will we ever learn?
Why can't the United States of America draw a much, much better quality of candidates? Think carefully. What do all the men listed above have the only ability to do? Easy. Each of them sold out to corporate and money groups. Each obediently followed the dictates of some power group with greedy desires. Each had no principles that out-weighed their consistent puppethood to cater to the rich and powerful.
The American system of capitalism has destroyed the middle class. The gap between the rich and the poor in the U.S. has widened substantially. It is not enough for the right-wing. The poor and mddle class are still holding onto some things that have value and until they take it all from us, they will never be satisfied.
As Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney did some things that were honorable. He had to in that rather liberal state. But now, in order to have any chance at getting the Republican nomination, he has to run away from those principled accomplishments. And he has to battle first, Mystery Stats Michele of Minnesota, and then Rick of the Pecos. Perry, too, has had to try and run away from anything that smacked of principled decision-making. Whatever the GOP leaders may have done in their past that reflected principles, they now have to run away from to have any chance of getting close to the nomination.
The Democrats have nothing to boast in their own recent background. No more men such as FDR have surfaced recently. Think of the Democratic candidates: Michael Dukakis, Monica and Bill Clinton, stumbling George McGovern, Al Gore and the invention of the Internet, etc.
The most recent GOP debate gives us the future. Rick Perry, coming upon his well-written [by handlers] attack on Romney's change of position, said something like this in the limelight: "Does that mean you were before...or that you said before....or that before...or that you were before before you were before....." That, my friends, comes from the darling of the right-wing. AND he has God on his side, in case the corporations are not enough.