The American right wing is full of hypocrites. Silly hypocrites at that. They strain at a gnat, and then swallow a camel.
Earlier this year the Arizona secretary of state warned that he would not permit President Barack Obama's name to appear on that state's 2012 ballot unless the president jumped through a series of impossible hoops with his birth certificate in hand to prove that he is indeed a citizen, and eligible to serve as president.
As recently as mid-July, an Arizona sheriff threatened to arrest the president or some such because this duly elected, Deputy-Dudley-Do-Right-cop believes the birth certificate President Obama has released to the public is a forgery. If such madness had even a kernel of truth in it, how in heaven's name could such a conspiracy be kept a secret all these years? Someone who was in on it, would have blown the whistle by now, or at least a bunch of characters involved would have begun showing up dead, like people did who were said to have been in on the inside of the Whitewater real estate scandal surrounding the presidency of Bill Clinton. But no, no Hawaiian officials who might have exposed this scam have begun showing up dead.
With all those silly histrionics being played out in prime time, none of these guys have sought to look into the eligibility of former Michigan Gov. George Romney to see when he ran for president in 1968. He was born in a polygamous Mormon colony in Mexico...yawn. No questions to be raised about that.
Furthermore, and much more serious, George Romney's son Mitt Romney has a huge credibility problem because he won't release his income tax returns [save for one year, 2010, and the promise of 2011 to come later]. Mitt Romney claims that his experience as a capitalist is what makes him better at handling the economy and creating jobs than incumbent President Obama. The problem is that he has made a calculation that the embarrassment of not releasing as many as 12 years of tax returns as his father did when he ran for president cannot be as bad as the evidence to be found in them.
Some of that evidence might surely reveal that he was really more involved at Bain Capital, the company he founded and ran, well beyond the 1999 date he said he departed, at the time when the company was clearly outsourcing jobs overseas, and profiting from other companies Bain drove into bankruptcy.
The evidence his tax returns might surely reveal is that Romney stashed millions of dollars in Swiss bank accounts, and in tax havens in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. The public has already gotten a peek into those goings-on, just from the 2010 tax return, the 12 years worth of returns back until 2000 must contain some real doozies that the guy just doesn't want the public to know about.
Why aren't some of these right wing, law-and-order citizen posses haunting Romney's campaign the way they are still doing [fruitlessly] to President Obama; the way they did without let up to smear the admirable military service record of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the 2004 Democratic Party candidate for president with what they called their "Swift boat for Truth" campaign? Why?
Well, for one thing, many of these right wing zealots don't believe in taxes to begin with. Maine Gov. Paul LaPage for example compared the Internal Revenue Service [IRS] to the Gestapo, the dreaded Nazi secret police. Then he apologized to Jewish Holocaust victims [but not to any federal workers], then he said it again. Right wingers believe the IRS and the Federal Reserve Bank are demonic creations. So morally to these guys, someone who does not pay income taxes is a hero of sorts.
And to be fair, tax "avoidance" such as would likely be revealed by release of the Romney returns is not illegal. Tax "evasion" is a crime, but multi-millionaire Romney probably paid what he legally owed, but he certainly used every tax loophole the law allows, possibly even managing to pay no taxes at all when the economy tanked in 2008-2009, despite his millions.
What continues to befuddle me is how they convince the poor, paycheck-to-paycheck, ordinary citizens that being smart like President Obama is a bad thing, but being filthy rich at other people's expense like Gov. Romney is a good thing.
The answer is because they all want to be rich with a life of ease, like Romney. Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck explained the confusion. He said America's poor do not see themselves as exploited masses, but as "temporarily embarrassed millionaires."
Any questions? Go Romney!