The Ass and His Purchaser

A Fable by Aesop

A man wished to purchase an ass, and agreed with its owner that he should try him before he bought him.  He took the ass home, and put him in the straw-yard with his other asses, upon which he left all the others, and joined himself at once to the most idle and the greatest eater of them all. The man put a halter on him, and led him back to his owner, saying: I do not need a trial; I know that he will be just such another as the one whom he chose for his companion.

Moral:  A man is known by the company he keeps.

A man is known by the company he keeps. We’ve all heard this saying before. It was true in 600 BCE when Aesop walked under the Grecian sun, and it’s true today. We’re going to vote for our next president in November of this year, and I’d like to say a few words about the company Mitt Romney keeps.

Let’s start with obsolete rocker, rabid gun lover and extreme wingnut Ted Nugent. Mr. Nugent came up with a very unique way of avoiding being drafted and sent to Vietnam. As he tells the story, he stopped bathing, ate nothing but Vienna sausages and Pepsi, and literally urinated and defecated in his pants for approximately a month before he was due to show up at the draft board. When he did show up, the folks at the draft board took a sniff, decided that Mr. Nugent was batshit crazy and sent him home. He has a long history of uttering vilenesses about women, Democrats, liberals, hippies and everyone he doesn’t like. He called Hillary Clinton a “worthless whore,” Debbie Wasserman-Schultz a “brain-dead, soulless idiot,” and called other female Democrats “varmints.” These days, his vitriolic hatred has been specifically directed at President Obama, notably when he said that the President could “suck on his machine gun.” He was recently videotaped ranting at the NRA gun convention about being either “dead or in jail” if President Obama was re-elected in November, comparing himself to Braveheart and calling for his supporters to “chop the heads off” Democrats, and is currently under investigation by the Secret Service for his threatening language.

Mitt Romney went, hat-in-hand, to beg for Ted Nugent’s endorsement. Ted’s been bragging, too, that in exchange for his endorsement, he forced Mitt Romney to promise that he would not put any more new restrictions on guns. Good for you, Ted.

Next up in this Hall of Shame is Fred Malek III, former member of the Carlyle Group and business tycoon. A $10,000 fundraiser and birthday bash for Ann Romney was held this weekend at the home of Richard Nixon’s “Jew Counter.” In the 1970s, Mr. Malek, at the direction of President Nixon, appears to have compiled a list of Jews (or people with names ending in –berg or –witz) at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and then played a role in many of these folks’ demotions. In 1959, while sowing his wild oats, Malek was one of a group of five drunken young men arrested in a park in Peoria, Illinois, where a skinned and butchered dog was found rotating on a spit over a cookfire. One of Malek’s companions admitted to beating the dog to death as a grotesque object lesson to his buddies about “living off the land.” Malek claimed to be merely a bystander… a bystander who stood by and let his pal beat a helpless animal to death without saying a word.

And finally, for the hat trick, we have Mitt’s choice for the chair of his constitutional/legal advisory team, none other than the infamous extremist former judge and rejected Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork. When President Ronald Reagan nominated Judge Bork for the Supreme Court in July 1987, Bork already had a reputation as an “activist judge” who consistently favored the corporation over the government and the government over the individual in every single case which came before him on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Bork criticized the Civil Rights Act as “a principle of unsurpassed ugliness” and a “moral abomination.” Thankfully, the Senate rejected his nomination on a bi-partisan vote of 58-42. He is in favor of a ban on contraception, and is of the opinion that the First Amendment should not apply to art, science or literature. He believes women have no guarantee of equal rights under the Constitution and that the government can and should regulate what goes on in your bedroom.

If a man is truly known by the company he keeps, what do these companions say about Mitt Romney? Nothing good, that’s for sure.