Republican US presidential candidate Mitt Romney is reportedly worth about $230 million. The mainstream media today is full reports about how successful he has been at getting people to give him even more money – a lot more money. Apparently, the former Massachusetts governor was able to successfully convince people to give him $106 million during the month of June alone. This was reportedly $30 million more than Obama was able to raise in the same month. Of course, the average person has a hard time imagining even one million dollars, much less thirty million or multiple hundreds of millions. Numbers such as these quickly become statistics that are lost on normal people.
A few things amaze me about all of this. One is that an average Joe or Jane would give money to someone who has a net worth of $230 million. Why would anyone do such a thing? Giving a few dollars to a friend who is down on his luck or to someone who is hungry is one thing. Middle class people giving money to someone with hundreds of millions of dollars just doesn’t make much sense. What makes even less sense is that Romney has very little chance of actually winning office. He is running against a Black man. Many people will undoubtedly find it ‘racist’ of me for pointing this out, but it’s true. And the fact is that this alone sews up over 95% of the Black vote. Romney is also running against a Democrat. This sews up two-thirds of the Hispanic vote, nearly two-thirds of the Asian vote, four-fifths of the Jewish vote and so on. In addition to the vast majority of non-Whites (click here for the statistics), Obama can also count on the support of a significant number of urban and suburbanite Whites, especially White Baby-boomer women full of racial guilt. Somewhere between a third and a half of Whites will vote for Obama. As well, Romney basically has to sweep the South to win the election. That is the GOP base. He’ll have to add to the South but anything less than a sweep here means he has almost no chance. Well, North Carolina and Florida will be very close and he will probably lose Virginia. So, the chances of a Romney victory are not too good. Finally, all these White people who are giving the super-rich Mitt-ster their hard-earned money ought to ask themselves what Romney is going to actually do for them. He’s very much in favour of Third World immigration. He’s extremely pro-war. He’s terrible on health-care. And he has flip-flopped on pretty much every single issue out there so that no one really knows what he believes (if he does actually even have any core beliefs). The only things he’s got going for him is that he is White and he’s not Obama. But is that enough to win? Will a party that is mostly supported by (an ever-decreasing) population of heavily rural, predominantly Southern and Western White Protestants turn out in mass numbers to vote for a New England Mormon just because he’s not Obama? Probably not. And even if he did win, what difference would it make? His policies are pretty much as bad as Obama’s – on some issues (such as war) they’re even worse. Why would anyone in their right mind (provided they are not a Neo-con or a Lockheed-Martin stockholder) give this man money? I just don’t get it.
Oh, one last point for our Southern readers. Romney hates the Confederate flag.