Because we are a nation of misguided fools adhering to inaccurate beliefs. Bush Jr. convinced me of that. Obama, international man of mystery and lost documents, has sealed that belief.
The worst part about this? We are going to do it again.
George Carlin was right. We don't elect people in this country that represent us, the majority. We elect people who represent a vast minority. Think about that for a minute.
Do the majority of us go to Yale, Harvard, or Columbia? Are the majority of us born into ultra rich and elite families? Do we have networks of rich families willing to give us cushy jobs with big titles? Are the majority of us such ego driven maniacs that we are willing to say anything to get elected? Do we have the ability to tap banks for hundreds of millions in contributions? No, of course not.
Why then do we keep electing these assholes?
We have a collective, illusory belief in this country. It is a lie. It is a lie passed from generation to generation. It is a layered lie. A lie where wealth and intelligence cannot be separated from truth. It goes something like this.
First you must be born into wealth. If not, you must acquire wealth or be willing to acquire it any way possible. Wealth is power. Entry into a prestigious school with ridiculous standards and outrageous tuition costs helps a lot. You are paying for an image. That image of success is undeniable. It is an essential part of our U.S. belief system that says graduating from Harvard or similar school is a guarantee of success. In fact, were it deniable, Harvard would not be anything special. Harvard is only special in the minds of people who BELIEVE it is special. Obviously that's a lot of people. Virtually every Supreme Court Justice graduated from Harvard. All nine of them. How is that possible? Is Harvard the only law school in the U.S.? Does every other law school suck? Apparently.
Perception may be reality- but it is often fallible as decades worth of proof mount up.
We have this ridiculous perception in America that money means success. The terms, money and success, are interchangeable we think. In furtherance of the value we place on money we believe wealth equates to intelligence. If you have more money than us- you must be more intelligent than we are. Therefore, we tend to elect successful looking or wealthy people. People that have created an "image" of success. It doesn't matter whether they have truly accomplished anything just so long as they appear to have accomplished something. The right image. If you have that superficial pre-requisite in place, people believe.
Mitt Romney is the perfect example of another ineffective and superficial elitist. He was born into wealth, given the best schooling, had the best connections, and got a little lucky. You want to know the best part? He is a BANKER. (Bain Capital) The same people that have pillaged this country. The left and the right and the banking industry want you to elect him. Of course they do and you will. Mitt Romney just oozes maintenance and safety of the status quo. Business as usual. Read this glowing abstract of the life of Romney. It looks as though Mitt wrote it himself except that he probably paid someone else to do it. Romney even made People's list of the 50 most beautiful people. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_Romney
Mitt Romney is the perfect package. Wealthy, well educated, beautiful, elite. He is a continuation and perfect example of this country's inability to elect someone of substance. Someone with personal courage who will step up to the plate and do the nasty work that needs doing. Someone who represents the 95% of us who do not make 200k or over and who are struggling to survive. Instead we will march dutifully to the polls and elect this protector of the status quo and elite. I guarantee it. Mitt Romney, barring some unforeseen disaster, is your next President and our next failure.
We just can't seem to get anything right. We elect people that represent the elite minority. The middle class, the 95%. Losing. George Carlin was right.