Politics bring out people’s best and worst… and the deeply weird.
For example, the 2012 prize for “Stupidest Thing Said About Women” was in the bag for those two GOP senate candidates who flashed voters with gross displays of their masculine boorishness and ignorance on the topic of rape. But then, out of far right field, came Janis Lane to snatch the prize from the men. President of the Central Mississippi tea party, Ms. Lane blurted to a reporter that the worst change in American politics was letting women vote. “There is nothing worse than a bunch of mean, hateful women,” she explained. “They are diabolical… double-minded, you can never trust them.” Janis added that she always preferred to have a male boss.
Speaking of which, take Donnie Trump – please! On election night, he surpassed his own world record in the egomaniacal high jump by sending tweets complaining that Obama was being declared president, even though he’d lost the popular vote. “Revolution!” tweeted the twit – “Let’s fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice.” Only… Obama had won the popular vote, leaving the Penthouse Revolutionary looking even more ridiculous than usual.
Maybe Holly Solomon has the only effective solution for shutting down The Donald’s irritating ego explosions. A Romney backer from suburban Phoenix, she was not only distraught that Obama had been re-elected, but also infuriated that her hubby, Daniel, had failed to vote – as though, he had personally caused Romney’s loss. Finally, her fury erupted in a parking lot, where he’d gotten out of the car as she was yelling at him for his civic inadequacy. Fury turned into bedlam, for Holly chased him in the car, still yelling, and ran him down, leaving poor Daniel pinned under the vehicle in critical condition.
Be careful – it’s weird out there.
National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be – consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks. Twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Hightower believes that the true political spectrum is not right to left but top to bottom, and he has become a leading national voice for the 80 percent of the public who no longer find themselves within shouting distance of the Washington and Wall Street powers at the top. He publishes a populist political newsletter, “The Hightower Lowdown.” He is a New York Times best-selling author, and has written seven books including, Thieves In High Places: They’ve Stolen Our Country And It’s Time To Take It Back; If the Gods Had Meant Us To Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates; and There’s Nothing In the Middle Of the Road But Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos. His newspaper column is distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate.
This piece was first published on Jim Hightower’s website.