By Matthew Rothschild on November 05, 2012

1. He had the worst September since the Chicago Cubs in ’69

a. His screw up in England

b. The controversy over releasing his tax returns

c. His campaign adviser saying “Etch a Sketch”

d. And that video with him dismissing 47% of the electorate in the most derogatory way.

2. The Neanderthal Republicans on Rape

a. Todd Akin

b. Richard Mourdock

c. Paul Ryan

Not many women in America—or men, for that matter—are so coldhearted that they would force women to bear the offspring of the rapist who impregnated them.

3. The slowly improving economy

Oh, how the Republicans wished it had gotten worse, not better.

4. Romney’s constantly changing colors

a. On FEMA

b. On the auto bailout

c. On contraceptions

d. On Afghanistan

To say that Romney is a chameleon is to insult chameleons everywhere.

5. Romney’s flagrant lying

a. The Jeep jobs to China

b. On Obama and the deficit

c. On the Affordable Care Act allegedly costing 20 million people to lose their health insurance.

6. Romney, the vulture capitalist

a. See Bainport

b. See Obama commercial with worker laid off by Romney

7. Opposing the auto bailout

This killed him in Ohio and Michigan.

8. Minority Support for Obama

a. African Americans

b. Latinos

c. Gays and lesbians

9. Obama’s Progressive Rhetoric

As he put it in Madison, “The folks at the very top: They don’t need another champion in Washington.”

10. Sandy

Obama demonstrated leadership, and the images of him with Chris Christie were worth millions of dollars in paid advertisements.

Christie’s praise of Obama was an “Et tu, Brutus” moment for Romney.

Watch for Christie not to run for President in 2016 but to become Obama’s new secretary of Homeland Security.

If you liked this story by Matthew Rothschild, the editor of The Progressive magazine, check out his story “Sandy: Chronicle of a Storm Foretold."

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Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
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So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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