Is there a Hidden Time Bomb in the Romney Campaign?
Good grief. I thought I had hit Romney's five most risk-producing associates - Bork, Rove, Bolton, Kochs, and now I find that the head of Melaleuca is right up there with these big boys. We'll get to this, but first some personal memorabilia. There was a phase in my life when I was working at the UN and looking for something to do after hitting the retirement age of 65. Loving the Web, I got into various Web businesses.. One was Melaleuca, a wellness company. I have nothing seriously negative to say about Melaleuca. It is dependent for its profits on the work of affiliates. The people who are good at getting affiliates and motivating them can make out very well indeed. But if you have no taste for the sort of effort needed to convince folk on the phone to devote their lives to a prosperous home business, you will struggle and perhaps take in a few hundred a month and eventually quit. That's what I did. It was interesting and entirely different from anything I had ever done. As Dylan would say, it was "life and life only".
Now I find that the head of Melaleuca, one Frank VanderSloot, is a billionaire supporter of fellow Mormon Mitt Romney. It also emerges that Mr. VanderSloot threatens legal action against almost anyone who aims a barb at him or his company. This seems to me to set up the possibility that large players like the TV networks and the Gray Lady might investigate Melaleuca. If this elicited a high profile reaction, it is doubtful that such entities could be struck down with fear.
VanderSloot is co-chair of finance for the Romney campaign. He is said to have given a million to the Romney Super PAC Restore our Future. He is also said to have launched virulent attacks against the LGTB community.
What this says to me is that Mitt was right when he underlined the severity of his conservatism. Given the folk who would like him to win, he would no doubt exceed George W. Bush in his capacity to risk what remains of our well-being. Mitt may find that the Etch-o-Sketch is broken.
Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.
This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.
Later, when Irene joined our group to form a travelling company performing "New Rain", I learned to pick out a …
To counter the invidious efforts of Karl Rove and the Brothers Koch, simple videos of everyday people expressing gratitude for specific results from specific things that the President has achieved will create a signature response that will turn the tables on the Super PACs.
There could be an intro that flags lies distortions and anonymous attacks as unreal and even criminal and a cut to what is real, recognizable and not anonymous I am (name). I have lived here in (name) for (time). Thanks to (President Obama's (name) Act ... and so forth for ten seconds. Close with a continuation of the story narrated over evocative images and simple acoustic music.
This would be a fantastic way to counter the attacks on the President. For every specific attack, a video that shows the truth. And grass roots people who intend to vote for the President.