If you study history the way The Pink Flamingo has done, you know that every nation has a defining moment and a defining individual. This can be good and it can be bad. The Greeks haven’t round anyone to supplant Odysseus. You think Egypt and come up with either Ramses or Cleopatra. Rome was Julius Caesar. Charlemagne was literally the Father of Europe. El Cid defined Spain. In England it is Arthur.
These are individuals who define, for good or ill, the very character of the nation. Here in the United States, The Pink Flamingo has written, repeatedly, that our defining moment occurred on October 26, 1881 around 2:30 in the afternoon, in Tombstone, Arizona. When it was over, Wyatt Earp became forever our Arthur, Odysseus, our Charlemagne. His character is forever repeated in every John Wayne movie. He was played by Ronald Reagan. It’s about good guys verses bad guys, the lone gunfighter facing down the opposition and walking away with a swagger. A gunfighter is a good-guy who goes after the gunslinger, the bad guy. He walks away with a swagger, even if wounded.
It’s an American swagger. You don’t see it anywhere else. It is unique to this nation and our national character. There are those who call it cocky. George W. Bush said, in Texas, it is simply defined as walking. In the southwest, we see it on a daily basis. It’s very much a good guy thing, when when a man knows he’s right, and does something about it.
Tuesday evening, when the second debate was over, Barack Obama swaggered. The Pink Flamingo saw something I never thought I would see with him. He swaggered. It was the, I was right, I came, I saw, and I kicked you know what. It is a uniquely American movement. It was a gunfighter moment. It was a George W. Bush moment.
What we saw was something truly amazing, perhaps even historic. We watched a Democratic POTUS, of cowboy up, and kick the you know what out of the Eastern robber baron who claims to be aristocratic and perfect, who claims to be a Republican. In doing so, the Democrat, who has been alleged to be a socialist, marxist, or even communist, proved that he was far more Republican than the alleged Republican nominee.
Mitt Romney and his ilk have taken the GOP far far to the right. They have taken it over the edge, possibly to the point of no return, embracing right wing extremists who encompass the KKK, white supremacists, anti-government right, John Birch, national socialist white male agenda. It is an agenda which recognizes the rights of the whimpering, simpering, pathetic white male who is so ill-equip to face the modern world that he must bash and oppress anyone of a different gender and race. He thumps his version of the Bible to his scrawny chest, and demands a woman be nearly barefoot, pregnant, poorly paid, ill educated, and be home in time to cook his dinner, clean his house, wash his clothes, and have time for his more personal needs (bringing him beer while he watches football). He will thank her by a slap on the face, another new baby to birth, and telling her what a bitch she is.
This is Mitt Romney’s brave new world. It is the world of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, FOX News, the far right religious world, and all those super-rich billionaires who have propped up this failing campaign.
In embracing this world, they have destroyed everything that was good and honorable about the Republican Party. Let’s face it, John McCain was the last honorable and decent Republican nominee. We will never see his likes again. The GOP will never see another George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, or Ronald Reagan. It no longer accepts men of honor.
On Tuesday night, when Barack Obama channeled Harry Truman, with the buck stopping on his desk, he cowboyed-up. He stepped into those shoes. He proved the difference between who he is, and who Mitt Romney is. Like George W. Bush, his dad, Ronald Reagan, and Harry Truman before him, he stopped the buck on his desk. He took full responsibility of his actions. He became a leader.
The most shocking part of the evening is that he sounded like Ronnie or the two Georges. He sounded like a normal Republican, the kind the GOP no longer wishes to have represent them. His agenda, which the likes of Limbaugh, Ailes, Medved, Beck, Coulter, and Malkin consider socialist or liberal, is not much different than the agenda of Reagan, Bush-41 and Bush-42.
You will eventually be reading, via The Pink Flamingo, about Mitt Romney’s association with the John Birch society, Glenn Beck, and individuals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and William F. Buckley denounced as dangerously extreme. Buckley once wrote that, if there was ever a merger between the atheist supporters of Ayn Rand and the fascism of the John Birch Society, that he feared for our freedom. He felt the nation was in far more danger from the sorts of individuals who are backing Mitt Romney and the new GOP, than the far left.
When a Chicago based Democrat sounds more like Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush than the GOP nominee, I fear the elephant is past the point of life-support.
In Texas they call it walking! It’s a John Wayne, Wild West, Wyatt Earp, George W. Bush thing.
Welcome to the club, Mr. President.
And yes, The Pink Flamingo is one very heart-broken Republican.