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What Is Cynicism?

January 19, 2015

At the recent Republican National Committee meeting, Mitt Romney criticized President Obama: “Under President Obama the rich have gotten richer, income inequality has gotten worse and there are more people in poverty in America than ever before.”

So true. During his 2008 campaign, Obama revealed that he favored redistribution of wealth, by which he meant transfer of wealth from the super-rich to the poor. When he told that to Joe The Plumber, Republicans twisted it to mean transfer of wealth from all white people to all (those lazy) black people; and they invented that lie in order to activate racists to get out and vote Republican.

And since 2008, Republican politicians and their wealthy owners have blocked attempt after attempt to help the poor.

Now Romney, Mr. Predatory Capitalism, he who criticized 47% of Americans as the lazy poor who take wealth from rich makers of value, reinflating himself as a potential Republican candidate for the presidency describes himself as a champion of the poor.

MR reaches beyond hypocrisy to faith in the inability of ordinary people to see through his falsification, willingness to subvert our general human dependance upon honesty in order to arrange our lives realistically, and willingness to exploit the inability that he helps produce, in order to achieve personal gain at the expense of the ordinary people to whom he lies.

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