Some demented Americans create a salacious video about the prophet Muhammad, Muslims’ most revered mortal; an excerpt is uploaded to YouTube, and 14 months later an angry mob converges on the U.S. embassy in Cairo. Then, in Benghazi, heavily armed terrorists invade and destroy our embassy, killing the ambassador and three other State Department personnel.
Angry demonstrations and attacks against American diplomatic posts flare throughout the Mideast, like fire whipped by treacherous winds spreading across a drought-parched prairie.
Why this and why now?
Is this series of events just coincidental to the late stage of a presidential campaign that’s not going well for America’s anything-to-win Republican Party, its billionaire backers who are used to getting their way, its racist, resentful tea party cohort and its corps of dirty-tricks specialists? It’s possible, but other possibilities should be considered and thoroughly investigated.
What follows is a possible explanation for this week’s events. We don’t claim it’s true, only that it could be — and should be investigated.
One or more super-rich conservative Republicans grow anxious and displeased watching the early 2012 GOP primaries. It seems likely Mitt Romney will be the nominee, leaving the party with a candidate its radical-right base considers a closet moderate and not to be trusted.
Republican governors and legislatures across the country, especially in swing states, are making good progress passing voter-suppression laws. The new laws, passed in response to a problem proven to be minuscule, are clearly designed to keep as many likely Democratic voters as possible from casting ballots in the November election. But our super-rich conservative Republican(s), hereinafter referred to as Deep Pockets, know voter suppression laws could fall prey to court decisions. This effort might even backfire, making targeted voters all the more determined to overcome obstacles thrown in their way.
As spring turns to summer, Deep Pockets sees 2008 happening all over again. Romney isn’t pulling ahead in polls. Even though Romney chose Rep. Paul Ryan to be his No. 2, the public remains unimpressed. Romney is continually called out for lying, and the media publicize repeated instances in which Ryan sought federal funds from programs he had condemned and voted against. Romney’s foreign bank accounts and refusal to release more than two years’ tax returns generates more bad publicity.
The GOP convention comes off as largely a dud. Speaker after speaker touts his own accomplishments, mentioning Romney only as a brief afterthought. Romney’s acceptance speech is credited as his best to date, yet few in or out of the party seem any more enthused about him. Polls show no post-convention bounce. Then the Democrats hold their convention and President Obama gets a good bounce. The media and pundits talk incessantly about the stark difference.