“Ooooh that smell. Can’t you smell that smell? Ooooh that smell. The smell of death is all around you.” That is the chorus to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1979 song, “That Smell.” The song is about someone who is slowly wasting away because of drug abuse. They performed at the 2004 GOP convention and were welcomed back in 2012. That’s because their 2112 recording, “Last of a Dyin’ Breed” is loaded with right-wing rhetoric. They ended up not playing the 2012 GOP convention because of the storm. It’s too bad they didn’t get to perform as I think with a few chorus changes “That Smell” could have been the perfect song describing the convention. A little tweaking and we could have heard, “Ooooh that smell. Can’t you smell that smell? Ooooh that smell. The Smell of hypocrisy, lies and Bull Shit are all around you.”
First let’s start with the outright hypocrisy. A few months ago President Barack Obama spoke at a campaign rally and mentioned that the government can sometimes play a role in spurring entrepreneurship and creating jobs in the United States. The GOP took what he said out of context and said President Obama had contempt for entrepeneurs and the free market system. The GOP came up with a slogan, “We built it” to symbolize that success comes from having as little interaction with the state and federal government as possible. This theme about not needing the governments help led the GOP to invite Delaware Lt. Gov. candidate and small business owner Sher Valenzuela to deliver a speech about how businesses are better off without the government’s assistance. The hypocrisy is that Valenzuela was able to expand her upholstery business because of $2 million dollars in government loans. She has also gotten wealthy by having $15 million in mostly non-competitive government contracts. Somehow the GOP missed that Valenzuela has also given talks on urging other small business owners to follow the same strategy of seeking government funds. Seems like the GOP learned nothing about vetting people from the debacle of not vetting Sara Palin. Then we have the brazen hypocrisy of vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan. Ryan attacked Pres. Obama for TARP, new Medicare benefits, and other programs he himself voted for.
The smell of lies from vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s speech would have been enough to gag anyone with a brain. He attacked Pres. Obama for failing to keep open a Janesville, Wisconsin GM plant that closed under Pres. GW Bush in 2008. Clint Eastwood lied when he linked President Obama to invading Afghanistan when it was President GW Bush. He also suggested lawyers shouldn’t be president forgetting that Willard Mitt Romney has a law degree from Harvard Law School just like Pres. Obama. A top Romney adviser said earlier in the week, “We are not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” What does that say about not caring if speakers lie?
We had the smell off B.S. from Romney and Ryan who talked about what they wanted to do but gave no details as to how they could accomplish that. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christy was so vain he mentioned himself 37 times and Romney just 7 in his speech. You could see the look on Romney’s face wondering if Christy would ever get around to talking about him. Ohio Gov. Kasich also spent way more time talking about himself than Romney. The smell of B.S. symbolism was in the air. You’d be a millionaire today if you had the flag pin sales booth at the convention. Every speaker had on a U.S. flag pin. Republicans love symbols like flags and crosses. That is because symbols don’t require any actual hard work or commitment.
Then there is the red meat for the crowd of attacking what the crowd deems as symbols for the Democrats. That would be like the former Clint Eastwood (I say former as that shell of a pathetic senile old man wasn’t really Eastwood) using the word Hollywood elite. He accused those on the left in Hollywood of being “hot doggers” meaning that the media focuses on the deeds they do. I guess he means “hot doggers” like two-time Academy Award winner, Sean Penn. Penn has been “hot dogging” it by doing humanitarian work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. I’m sure you remember the Katrina disaster. Both the hurricane’s disaster and the disastrous response to victims of Katrina by Republican President GW Bush. Sean Penn co-founded the J/T Haitian Relief Organization which runs a 55,000 person tent camp. Or did Eastwood mean that “hot dogger” Brad Pitt? Pitt supports the ONE Campaign, an organization which combats AIDS and poverty in the developing world. Brad Pitt and his fiancée, Angela Jolie established a charitable organization, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, to aid humanitarian causes around the world. Pitt and Jolie have invested $8.5 million into the foundation. Like Sean Penn, Brad also spent time and money helping rebuild homes in New Orleans and donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders for emergency medical assistance to help victims of the Haiti earthquake.
I tried to find some humanitarian cause “non hot dogger” Eastwood has given time and millions to but came up empty. Republicans at the convention welcomed him with open arms without finding out if he passed the smell test to be a true conservative. Republicans would not be happy to learn he contributed to groups supporting the Equal Rights Amendment for women, which was not ratified in 1982. They also wouldn’t like the fact he is pro-choice and has endorsed same-sex marriage. The “family values” Republican types might not like the smell of Clint who has been called a “serial womanizer” and has seven children to five different women. Also Clint called the Vietnam War “immoral” and has spoken out against the Korean, Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
President Obama smells funny to Republicans because he was a community organizer. Part of his job as an organizer was to help steelworkers who had lost their jobs get help with job training. Republicans would call those unemployed workers deadbeats who were looking for “entitlements.” These same Republicans agree with Democrats that jobs are the number 1 priority in this country. The Republicans have their own way of trying to create more jobs. That would be by electing Willard Mitt Romney for president who has made his fortune shutting down viable businesses and putting people out of work so he can get richer. When Mitt was governor of Massachusetts the state was 47th in job growth. Despite that Republicans feel Willard is the man to bring those jobs. Smells like stupidity to me.
Could you smell that smell of sweat? The sweaty smell was coming from the hardest working man at the GOP convention. That was the camera man who worked his ass off trying to find some black faces in the audience during former Secretary of State Condi Rice’s speech. They kept showing the same three black women over and over. That brings me to the local idiot of the week award. That goes to WSOM’s right-wing talk show host, Tracey Winbush. Tracey was one of those three black women they kept showing. She went to Florida as a delegate from our valley. Traci went to Florida to rub elbows with conservatives in the party that if they had their way blacks would still not be voting or sitting near whites. I guess Tracey doesn’t care that the GOP is trying to cut down the number of minorities who vote. To her and other Republicans the ends justify the means, no matter how illegitimate and undemocratic the means are.
“Ooooh that smell. Can’t you smell that smell? Ooooh that smell. The smell of dead and rotting ideas that never worked that were presented to the zombies at the 2012 Republican Convention. It is a deadly toxic odor that we can’t let poison our children’s future.
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“The 1928 Republican Convention opened with a prayer. If the Lord can see His way clear to bless the Republican Party the way it’s been carrying on, then the rest of us ought to get it without even asking.” ~ Will Rogers